Unit 1: Understanding graphic design
Designers use design principles to evaluate and inform the consistency and visual hierarchy of their design. Put into action, design and typographic principles, can then be used to make sure designs reach an intended target audience and/or meet the goals of a company or individual. Use this unit to introduce how to use design and typography principles so students can evaluate and inform their designs and how to create design comps to present multiple design ideas as part of the design process.
Unit 2: Image editing
Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard program for manipulating images and creating bitmap graphics. In this unit students are introduced to the interface, terminology, and basic panels in Photoshop. They will how to work with layers, how to organize and customize the workspace, how to manage color, how to edit images and how to create and edit graphics from images. They will also learn some advanced imaged editing techniques to help them design creative, unusual, and stunning images.
Unit 3: Illustration
Adobe Illustrator is superior for creating vector-based graphics from images. Use this unit to introduce your students to the interface, terminology, and basic panels in Illustrator, work with swatches to manage colors in an Illustrator document, understand and work with layers, and save and export files. Students will also learn how to use the drawing, shape, and text tools in Illustrator and Photoshop.
Unit 4: Publishing
Different mediums—print, web, and video—require different file formats. This unit teaches students how to generate appropriate image and graphic file formats for these mediums.