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InDesign I

  • OAK Campus 
  • EXCOM-1100-02
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., April 26
  • 1 session. $140. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: knowledge of computer basics, Mac or PC 

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

Adobe Creative Suite Intensive

  • SF Campus
  • EXCOM-1300-01
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., June 7-8 & 14-15
  • 4 sessions. $315. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: basic computer skills, Mac or PC

Adobe Creative Suite is the industry standard for digital imaging and publishing. This four-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. The final session is split between overviews of Adobe Acrobat workflow and working on personal student projects with individualized assistance.

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., August 2 
  • 1 session. $140. Noncredit 
  • Prerequisite: knowledge of computer basics, Mac or PC 

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

Illustrator I

  • SF Campus
  • EXCOM-1102-01 
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., June 21
  • 1 session. $140. 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
  • Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., June 28
  • 1 session. $140. 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.

Photoshop I

  • SF Campus
  • EXCOM-1103-01
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July 19
  • 1 session. $140. 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.

Photoshop II

  • SF Campus
  • EXCOM-1104-01
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July 26
  • 1 session. $140. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: knowledge of computer basics, Mac or PC; basic Adobe Photoshop knowledge

This workshop includes several hands-on exercises using Photoshop, Bridge and Camera Raw. Exercises include step-by-step instructions for creating or editing an image, as well as lots of explanations and techniques. Subject material includes advanced layers techniques, color correction, photo retouching and manipulation, print production techniques, automation, and best practices for workspace and image management.

Because this is a fast-paced workshop, the instructional materials assume that the student has basic experience with the application and general graphic terminology. If you are not sure of your knowledge, it is strongly recommended that you take Photoshop Basics first.

Optional: Participants may bring a USB flash drive 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.

Digital Drawing and Painting: Wacom Tablet Intensive

  • OAK Campus
  • EXMED-1200-01
  • Instructor: Eugene Young
  • Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July 13-August 3
  • 4 sessions. $315. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics or equivalent. Previous drawing, painting, or illustration experience recommended

An ever-growing number of animators, illustrators, graphic designers, and architects are choosing the convenience and versatility of the Wacom tablet for the creation of illustrations, concept art, and storyboards. This hands-on workshop introduces the Wacom tablet as a digital drawing and painting tool using Photoshop.

The first half of the course emphasizes the tablet itself, how it works, proper set up, handling and care of the tablet and stylus, and setting up an efficient digital workspace. Students build hand-eye coordination, confidence, and spontaneity with the tablet through mark-making, gesture studies, and methods for building value, texture and form. Techniques for creating custom brushes, coloring existing line art, and grayscale images are also covered.

During the second half of the course, students work on an assignment using photographs and scanned drawings to give a greater context to the skill-building exercises, while emphasizing creativity and problem solving.

Bring to first class: Digital images of your own that you would like to work with, USB flash drive or CD-R/RW for saving exercises, sketchbook, and pen or pencil. One student per Macintosh computer.