Digital Tools

Register online for summer 2016 CCA Extension courses »

Adobe Creative Cloud Intensive

  • OAK Campus
  • EXCOM-1300-01
  • Instructor: Eugene Young
  • Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., June 5-19
  • 3 sessions. $290. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: basic computer skills, Mac or PC

Adobe Creative Cloud is the industry standard for digital imaging and publishing. This three-day intensive introduces students to Adobe's InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, combined with an overview of Adobe Acrobat PDF workflow, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw.

The first day is spent learning to draw and alter vector images in Illustrator; the next day covers learning the basics of photo editing, color correction and manipulation in Photoshop. In the third session, the class puts it all together in InDesign, learning layers and multipage document setup while exploring type styles and basic layout. 

Throughout, participants explore the tools, palettes, menus, and essentials of each application through a series of hands-on, in-class exercises designed for beginners, with optional intermediate take-home work if desired.  Course topics may change to best suit the individual needs of the class.

Optional: Participants may bring USB flash drive or CD-R/RW  to class for copying exercises or class work. One student per Macintosh computer.

InDesign I

  • SF Campus 
  • EXCOM-1100-01
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., July 30
  • 1 session. $145. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: knowledge of computer basics, Mac or PC 

InDesign is the industry standard for page layout and publishing due to its ease of learning and seamless integration with other Adobe programs. This workshop teaches students how to create a variety of documents from simple postcards and brochures to multi-page documents such as books and magazines. The following topics are covered in this workshop: creating a document, page sizes, handling type and text flow, paragraph and character formatting, and handling pictures. One student per Macintosh computer.

InDesign II

  • SF Campus
  • EXCOM-1101-01
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., August 6
  • 1 session. $145. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: knowledge of computer basics, Mac or PC ; InDesign I or equivalent experience

In this workshop, we explore how to use InDesign’s more advanced features for working with longer documents such as books and magazines. We learn how to create page masters and control paragraph and character styles to create a flexible document. Additionally, we explore adding multimedia content such as video, audio, slideshows, interactive buttons, and form fields into InDesign and publishing to various digital formats such as interactive PDFs, Flash websites, ePubs, and digital publications for mobile devices. One student per Macintosh computer.

Illustrator I

  • SF Campus
  • EXCOM-1102-01 
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., July 9
  • 1 session. $145. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: knowledge of computer basics, Mac or PC

In this one-day workshop, participants learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to create high quality illustrations, logos, posters, and other custom artwork. Using the various vector tools, students discover how to transform existing shapes and add color to drawn objects, as well as how to transform a scanned raster image into editable vector artwork. Participants also use layers to organize their artwork, and explore the options for exporting Illustrator files.

Throughout, the class explores the tools, palettes, menus, and essentials through a series of hands-on, in-class exercises designed for beginners.

Optional: Participants may bring USB flash drive to class for copying exercises or classwork. One student per Macintosh computer

Illustrator II

  • SF Campus
  • EXCOM-1106-01
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., July 10
  • 1 session. $145. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: knowledge of computer basics, Mac or PC; basic Adobe Illustrator knowledge

In this one-day workshop, students investigate advanced time-saving tools in Illustrator and learn how to move beyond the basics of Adobe Illustrator. The class explores the power of masks, symbols, and custom brushes, while learning to create custom patterns, styles and effects. Students also explore the 3D tool and the perspective tool to expand their artwork into a new dimension.

Throughout, the class explores the advanced features through a series of hands-on, in-class exercises designed for intermediate and advanced users.

Optional: Participants may bring a USB flash drive for copying exercises or class work, as well as jpg scans of black and white line drawings to work with. One student per Macintosh computer.

Adobe Illustrator for Laser Cutting

  • SF Campus 
  • EXCOM-1202-01
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Friday and Saturday, 9:30a.m.-3:30p.m., June 3 & 4
  • 2 sessions. $200. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: knowledge of computer basics, Mac or PC 

Laser cutters can be used to cut, etch and engrave intricate designs in a variety of materials such as acrylic, wood, paper and cardboard. In this class, students will learn how to use Adobe illustrator to set up and create their own designs for output on the laser cutters. Students will be able to select their choice of materials and turn their design into reality by the end of class. The class includes a one-hour safety orientation on how to use the laser cutters.

Photoshop I

  • SF Campus
  • EXCOM-1103-01
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Saturday, 9:30a.m.-3:30p.m., June 11
  • 1 session. $145. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: knowledge of computer basics, Mac or PC 

Adobe describes their Photoshop software program as “the ultimate playground for bringing out the best in your digital images, transforming them into anything you can imagine, and showcasing them in extraordinary ways.” It has certainly become the standard for image creation and manipulation in many professions including: design, photography, architecture, art, and marketing.

This one-day workshop provides an overview of Photoshop, Bridge, and Camera Raw through which participants learn to navigate through the workspace using palettes and windows such as Layers, Color Space, Masks, Text, Gradients, Adjustment Layers, Resolution, red-eye and blemish correction, the application of artistic effects, as well as best practices for organizing adjustments or selections into layers for more control and nondestructive editing.

Upon leaving this class, students should be able to create Photoshop images from scratch and properly manipulate, color correct, or touch up existing images, as well as export for print or the web. Optional: Participants may bring USB flash drive to class for copying exercises or class work. One student per Macintosh computer. Please bring any photographic or graphic images you would like to edit in Photoshop.

Creative Projects Workshop

  • SF Campus
  • EXCOM-1107-01
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., June 17
  • 1 session. $145. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, computer basics, Mac or PC 

Stuck in a rut on your design project or just need pointers in Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign? This Creative Projects Workshop offers the opportunity to bring your work-in-progress files for troubleshooting, recommendations for best practices, feedback, and critiques, to get your project finished and out the door. The workshop does not focus on web design. Students should have basic proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and need to come prepared to work on their projects in class. One student per Macintosh computer. 

Digital Drawing and Painting: Wacom Tablet Intensive

  • OAK Campus
  • EXMED-1200-01
  • Instructor: Eugene Young
  • Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July 17-August 7
  • 4 sessions. $325. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics or equivalent. Previous drawing, painting, or illustration experience recommended

A growing number of animators, illustrators, fine artists, concept artists and designers prefer the convenience and versatility of the Wacom tablet. This hands-on workshop introduces the Wacom tablet as a digital drawing and painting tool using Photoshop.

The first three sessions focus on the tablet hardware and software and adapting traditional concepts to a digital workflow. Students will learn hand-eye coordination, confidence, and spontaneity with the tablet through mark-making, quick studies, and basic methods of building value, texture and form. Additional skill-building exercises cover custom brushes, and coloring existing line art or grayscale images. 

During the fourth session, students work on individual projects based on their area of interest that give greater context to the skill-building exercises emphasize creativity and problem solving.

Bring to first class: Examples of your work or work you find inspiring, USB flash drive for saving exercises, sketchbook, and pen or pencil. One student per Macintosh computer.