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Adobe Creative Cloud Intensive (Oakland)

  • Oakland campus
  • EXCOM-1300-02
  • Instructor: Eugene Young
  • Sun, July 22-August 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 3 sessions. $295. 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.

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.  Course topics may change to best suit the individual needs of the class.

Optional: Participants may bring USB flash drive or use an off-site storage service for copying exercises or class work. One student per Macintosh computer.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Intensive (San Francisco)

  • SF campus
  • EXCOM-1300-01
  • Instructor: Eugene Young
  • Sun, June 3-June 17, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 3 sessions. $295. 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.

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.  Course topics may change to best suit the individual needs of the class.

Optional: Participants may bring USB flash drive or use an off-site storage service for copying exercises or class work. One student per Macintosh computer.

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Illustrator I

  • San Francisco campus
  • EXCOM-1102-01
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Sat, July 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • 1 session. $150. 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, you explore 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

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Illustrator II

  • San Francisco campus
  • EXCOM-1106-01
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Sat, July 21, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.
  • 1 session. $150. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Illustrator I or equivalent experience using Illustrator

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 custom brushes and patterns.

Students also explore creative ways of working with type using the warp tool, and touch type tool, creating illustrated text and circular text. Throughout, the class explores the advanced features through a series of hands-on, in-class exercises designed for intermediate and advanced users.

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InDesign I

  • San Francisco campus 
  • EXCOM-1100-01
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Sat, July 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • 1 session. $150. 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.

You learn how to create a variety of documents from simple postcards and brochures to multipage 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.

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InDesign II

  • San Francisco campus 
  • EXCOM-1101-01
  • Instructor: Peter Kuo
  • Sat, August 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 1 session. $150. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: InDesign I or equivalent experience using InDesign

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 use master pages to set up page templates and control paragraph and character styles to create a flexible document. Advanced paragraph styles features such as parent styles, nested styles, nested line styles, and next styles are also covered.

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.

Digital Paintings made by intro to digital painting students
 

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Intro to Digital Painting

  • San Francisco Campus
  • EXMED-1505-01
  • Instructor: Stacy Tang
  •  This class is not available during our current session. Please email specialprograms@cca.edu to be added to a notification list for the next time it's offered
  • 8 sessions. $520, Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics or equivalent. Previous drawing, painting, or illustration experience recommended

This course introduces students to the fundamental knowledge and techniques of digital painting using Adobe Photoshop.

Participants focus on developing a strong foundation -- learning how to to render form, realistic lighting, and material surfaces effectively through a variety of painting studies. Class time is used for demos, practicing painting exercises, group discussions and critiques.

While designed primarily for beginners and those with minimal digital painting experience, a basic knowledge and some hands-on experience in painting using traditional medium would be helpful.  

Bring to first class: Examples of past artwork (traditional and/or digital)

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Digital Drawing and Painting: Wacom Tablet Intensive

  • Oakland Campus
  • EXMED-1200-01
  • Instructor: Eugene Young
  • Sat, July 21-August 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • 4 sessions. $260, Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics or equivalent. Previous drawing, painting, or illustration experience recommended

An ever-growing number of animators, illustrators, graphic designers, and architects prefer 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.