Typography

For web designers, understanding typography is an important aspect of creating a great User Experience. If you work in the web design field, you need to understand typography and how to apply this technique to your UI/UX projects. This self-paced course is all about typography! You will learn the rules of typography and gain a highly marketable visual communication skill.

What students will learn  

  • The purpose of typography
  • The difference between fonts and typefaces
  • The rules of typography and when how professionals break the rules
  • About Section 508 compliance considerations
  • How to make type flow
  • How to build a style guide for your project

How students will benefit

  • Expand your toolkit as a web designer
  • Transition from a graphic design role to web design

Color Theory

Color plays an important role in visual communication, especially when designing websites. For web designers, understanding color theory is a key to creating a color palette for UI/UX projects. This self-paced course will teach you the fundamentals of color theory and how to apply this framework to your web design practice.   

What students will learn

  • About the traditional color wheel and explore color in Adobe Illustrator
  • About relationships between colors and how to create a color “feel”
  • Basic color theory principles
  • About considerations for print and web
  • To create a color palette for your project

How students will benefit  

  • Master the basics color theory in a completely online environment
  • Expand your web design skills to UI/UX
  • Perfect your use of color in your design projects

Photographing People With Your Digital Camera (Self-Paced Tutorial)

Photographing people can be fun, exciting—and complicated! This course will make taking beautiful pictures of adults, children, and babies simple. You will start with the basic principles you need to know in order to become a people photographer. You will discover the best way to shoot faces, fix common close-up problems, and use digital photo editing techniques to retouch your photos and make other improvements. 

Then you will move onto portrait and formal group shots, where you will learn how to organize people, which angles to use, and which to avoid. You will become proficient in action photography, and you will learn some fun, creative ways to photograph children and babies. You will even gain expertise in filling your photographs with imagery, setting moods, and creating themes. This course will have you well on your way to becoming a skilled people photographer.

Travel Photography for the Digital Photographer (Self-Paced Tutorial)

Come and discover the fascinating world through a photographer’s eye. This course will teach you what you need to capture scenes from around the world and bring them back to your home. You will discover tips for digital photographers, and how to use both traditional techniques, as well as those unique to digital equipment. You will learn how to get the best shots of animals in captivity and animals in the wild. You will discover ways to blend in with nature and the best kind of equipment for specialized shooting. You will discover tips on taking shots for professional use and those to treasure from a family vacation. 

This course will address environmental challenges that can put your camera equipment in jeopardy such as, freezing temperatures and tropical heat, and offer practical solutions that travel easily. You will learn how to travel with digital equipment and what to take and what to leave behind. You will examine various examples from destinations around the world, and expand your knowledge of techniques for shooting digitally and working with the images when you return from your trip.

Introduction to InDesign CS6 (Self-Paced Tutorial)

In this Adobe InDesign CS6 class, you’ll get hands-on desktop publishing training and come away knowing how to use this popular page layout software program to design and create professional-quality letterhead, business cards, brochures, PDF files that play movies, and more. You’ll discover that you don’t have to be a designer or an artist to produce professional-quality documents!

Lesson by lesson, you’ll explore the best ways to use the features in this program to create different types of material, how to organize and name your files, and how to reuse items such as colors and artwork. By the time you finish the course, you’ll not only be comfortable with the tools and features that InDesign CS6 offers, you’ll also know the most efficient ways to use the program to produce the materials you need for your own work, recreation, or hobbies.

Photoshop CC for the Digital Photographer (Self-Paced Tutorial)

Adobe Photoshop CC (also known as Photoshop Creative Cloud) is a powerful subscription software solution providing support and specialized editing tools for digital photographers and graphic artists. In this course you will master techniques to edit and enhance your digital images and add a professional polish to your work. The course offers simple, step-by-step instructions for basics like cropping, rotation, and sizing images. You will experiment with Photoshop’s tools for correcting exposure, adjusting color and colorcasts, and work with Adobe’s powerful layer and selection tools. You will learn how to add text, retouch, and even clone away unwanted elements from your images. You will discover how to work with raw images and prepare images for print or online use. 

In this course, you will be guided through detailed explanations and instructions for using the tools that make this software so popular and unique in the world of digital editing. Whether you are a novice or accomplished photo editor, this course will give you a collection of useful techniques that will quickly show you amazing results in your images.

Photographing Nature with Your Digital Camera (Self-Paced Tutorial)

Nature photography can be a fun, relaxing, and exciting hobby! In this course, you’ll learn about the many aspects of outdoor photography as well as how to master your digital camera’s controls and features. With the knowledge you gain in this course, you’ll be taking exceptional nature photos in no time.

You’ll explore composition and lighting issues and find out how to take beautiful photos of landscapes, flowers, trees, and water. Along the way, you’ll delve into your camera’s shutter speed and aperture controls so that you’ll be able to capture the photos you really want. You will discover how to use your computer to process your photos and digitally correct the most common problems. You’ll see how your photos can become works of art rather than just snapshots of nature. By the end of this course, you’ll have become the nature photographer you always wanted to be!

Introduction to InDesign CC (Self-Paced Tutorial)

Have you ever seen a terrific-looking brochure or newsletter and wondered how it was made? Chances are the designer used Adobe InDesign CC, the industry-standard desktop publishing software now available through the Creative Cloud.

In each lesson, you will learn an important aspect of InDesign CC and prepare a range of print and online products for a fictional company. You will get dozens of files to work with, including a partially completed InDesign document used to start each lesson. Then you will use the downloaded graphics, images, fonts, and other content to complete the project. And to check your work or troubleshoot any problems you encounter, you will always get a copy of the finished InDesign project file.

Lesson by lesson, you will discover how the program features relate to producing actual usable documents. You will explore the best ways to create different types of material, how to reuse items such as colors and artwork, and how to produce publications for different page sizes and devices. You will come away knowing how to use this popular page layout software to design and create professional-quality letterhead, business cards, brochures, forms, interactive PDF files, an eBook, and more.

Introduction to Photoshop CC (Self-Paced Tutorial)

Photoshop is the world’s most popular photo-editing program. Artists, photographers, designers, and hobbyists all rely on Adobe Photoshop for image creation and editing. The course provides detailed, step-by-step instructions that will teach you how to use Photoshop CC with confidence.

Photoshop CC has a host of impressive new features for photographers, and you will encounter a number of them in an introduction to the Photoshop environment. Next, you will learn how to create simple digital paintings. Then you will be editing your own photographs to get rid of dust and scratches, fix the color, and correct image exposure. You will master techniques for switching the backgrounds on images and removing wrinkles and blemishes from photos, just like they do in magazines.

You will also learn about the content-aware Move tools in CC that, like magic, let you move something on an image and intelligently replace the “hole” left behind at the same time. By the time you finish this fun, hands-on, project-oriented course, you will be well on your way to expressing yourself with the most exciting graphics program ever developed.

Introduction to Illustrator CS6 (Self-Paced Tutorial)

In this course, you will learn to apply color, create shading effects and painterly brushstrokes, and add special effects such as 3D to your drawings. You can also easily move designs back and forth between Photoshop and Illustrator to take advantage of the strengths of both programs.

Each lesson contains an assignment that challenges both your creativity and your growing skill. The course is designed to let you work at your own level, whether you’re just getting started or looking to refresh your Illustrator skills.