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GRM23-Week 9

Illustrator Templates due Wednesday, March 5th.

GRM23 – Week 10

Welcome Back. I hope you all had a pleasant and productive Spring Break. We continue to practice making paths with Illustrator’s pen and editing tools.We’ll also continue our study of the transformation tools, gradients and patterns. We’ll wind down the introduction of Illustrator with a look at its 3D capabilities, and we’ll learn how to work with the Type tools by completing at Type Exercise I call “The Seal.”  Due Wedensday, April 10th.

GRM24 – Week 8

Discover article exercisedue at the end of class tonight, March 7th. If you have not completed your exercise (some have already turned it in), you will turn in whatever you have  completed as of tonight. I’d like the pdf and the InDesign Package sent to me by email, usendit or other web transfer means. Post your layout on our blog.

Tonight the class will review the status of our book project. Students will share their progress with the class. We will determine the book’s size and other specifications so that each student can begin to set up printable files. Determinations will be discussed among the author’s and will be based on:

  • printing and binding capabilities
  • purpose / type of book / audience
  • book’s content – text and images

GRM24 – Week 7

In week 7 we reviewed these InDesign Topics:

  • text flow and threading
  • automatic page numbering
  • automatic jump lines
  • paragraph rules
  • inline graphics
  • style sheets: paragraph, character, and object styles

Menu exercise – use style sheets to recreate one of the panels in the Melrose Café Menu. Sample menu handed out in class. Submit by email when complete. Due at the end of class.

We also discussed our book project. Students are to come to class Week 8 with an outline of the content to be included in their chosen chapters. Students will begin to thumbnail concepts onto 2-page spreads in Week 8.

GRM23 Week 6

  1. NPR Radio Show with Terri Gross – Shepard Fairey: Inspiration or Infringement (7)
  2. Electronic Highway Robbery An Artist’s Guide to Copyrights in the Digital Era by Mary E. Carter (Paperback – July 1996. Buy it used)
  3. Discussion (7)

This week we move on to Adobe Illustrator. As we begin to understand the pen tool, we examine more closely the differences between raster and vector graphics. We’ll review popular cultural images and discuss the designer’s role and responsibility as relates to copyright law.

ESSAY: Copyright (7)
Demonstrate an understanding of intellectual property rights and copyright law as they apply to digital and media arts. Explain the how copyright law can affect the work of a graphic designer.

  • Minimum 1250 words
  • May include photos and illustrations

Due Week 10 – Wednesday, March 27th

GRM 24 – Week 5

Our class has decided to create a book on publishing and prepress, covering each topic area in a separate chapter that is presented in such a manner that a child could understand.

Possible topic areas for our book project:

  1. substrates, papers and paper finishes 
  2. printing processes and types of printers – Myriam
  3. print finishes – Paul
  4. bindery and binding methods – Kara Keeler
  5. color models – Robert Pearson
  6. bleeds – Robert Pearson
  7. folds – Kara Keeler
  8. imposition – Joshua
  9. rasters and vectors – Paul
  10. resolution – Joshua
  11. 4-color process / spot colors – Kara Edwall
  12. image capture devices – Kara Edwall
  13. font formats – Maria
  14. image file formats – Monica
  15. Acrobat – Myriam
  16. measurement systems – Michelle
  17. copyright and trademarks – Maria
  18. proofreaders symbols – Monica
  19. proofing methods
  20. glossary of terms – Michelle

Can you think of other topics that should be included in our book? Each student must choose two topics to write and illustrate.

Tonight we will create a template that will be the basis for each student’s chapters. We will all create documents with the same page size, margins and automatic page numbering. We will also work on some dummy layouts to prepare for creating our book in InDesign.

Your chapter of the book is Due April 25th, 2013 for the first proofing.

GRM23 – Week 5

Today was lab session. Because there are no classes tomorrow, Tues., Feb. 12th and Mon., Feb. 18th, the due date for the Retouching Projects has been pushed up to Wednesday, February 20th. On Wednesday, we’ll discuss using Photoshop as a painting tool.

GRM24 – Week 4

Part II – Tight comps with color proofs – due tonight Feb. 7.

Tonight we will have a group review of everyone’s color proofs. These are your “proof prints,” the last step before sending your files to the printer for reproduction.

We will also continue our discussion of the book project, which is as of now, loosely described as an easy reference book for publishing and prepress presented in a way that a child could understand. We’ll break the book down into its parts tonight. They might be broken down into something like:

  • substrates
  • color models
  • reproduction methods,

with each part referenced as a “Chapter.”  Tonight we’ll assign each student with a Chapter to be completed in time for the printing and bindery of 17 books.

During lecture, we’ll take a look at a short run print job, and discuss steps the photographer, designer and printer can take to achieve pleasing color in print and how to predict color by the number.

GRM23 – Week 3

We will continue our Photoshop exercises with the Sphere Exercise.

Upon completing the sphere exercise, you should have an understanding of:

  • Elementary Layers
  • Marquee Selections
  • Simple Gradients
  • Feathering the edge of a selection
  • Fill a Selection

In addition, upon completing the printed portion sphere exercise, you will create one additional image.

The new image specs:

  • 8″x10″
  • 300 ppi (pixels per inch)
  • Image must include a new sphere that you create in an “active” and perhaps, unexpected role
  • You must create an “environment” for the sphere and put it in action

The Spheres project is due Wed. February 6th at the beginning of class.

…preparing you for the poster project.

GRM-24 Week 2

This week we will begin a discussion of Color Management

A Printer is a Printer is a Printer – Check out the sidebar on p. 27 of the Cohen book, From Design Into Print, herein after referred to as FDIP.

The objective is to understand the digital workflow and the process of preparing the digital file to print properly for a variety of print processes. For example, a bleed vs. no bleed, Spot UV or Foil Stamp, Special Folds or Cuts, Card Stock vs. Cover Stock.

  • Color modes/models beginning with the Camera and Photoshop and ending in ink
  • RGB>CMYK – What all the hullabaloo? Color Mode Bit Depth Chart, p. 80 FDIP
  • Understanding Color Gamut
  • Resolution
  • Bleeds
  • Imposition
  • Time and money-saving techniques – step and repeat

Project #1 – Business Card Design
Objective: Create a press-ready business card file for three different variations on the theme with the goal of three price-points: low, medium and high.
Part I – Rough comps for a logo and business card design with low res (72dpi minimum) proofs – due Jan. 31.
Part II – Tight comps with color proofs – due Feb. 7.
Part III – Final press ready PDF and Package Files – due Feb. 14.