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Adobe Creative Cloud Intensive (Oakland)

  • Oakland campus
  • EXCOM-1300-02
  • Instructor: Eugene Young
  • Sun, Dec 2- Dec 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ​Sorry! This class is full. Add your name to the waitlist here
  • 3 sessions. $310. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: a solid understanding of 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)

  • San Francisco campus
  • EXCOM-1300-01
  • Instructor: Eugene Young
  • Sun, Oct 28- Nov 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sorry! This class is full. Add your name to the waitlist here
  • 3 sessions. $310. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: a solid understanding of 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: Eugene Young
  • Sat, Nov 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • 1 session. $150. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Solid understanding of computer skills, 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

motion design with after effects

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After Effects I: Introduction to After Effects & making abstract animated gifs

  • San Francisco campus
  • EXMED-1201-01
  • Instructor: Helene Park
  • Wed, Nov 7 & 14, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • 2 sessions. $150. Noncredit
  • Prerequiste: Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator

This two-day workshop introduces participants with some design background (at least Photoshop and Illustrator) how to make motion graphics and animations through the use of Adobe After Effects.  

Students start the course exploring the After Effects interface and the best practices of working with the program. Topics covered include: Creating compositions and pre-compositions, creating shapes with solid layers and shape layers, creating a moving texture, and learning how to import images.  the basics of motion curves, frame rates and keyframe animation.

We will look at movement in the natural world as a model for movement of abstract shapes. Through observing and animating live objects such as plants, ribbons and balloons moving in the wind, students will develop an understanding of weight, lightness and balance, in order to create animation that has an intuitive feeling of satisfaction.

Students will export their animations into videos, and convert video files into animated gifs.

Bring to Class: Laptops with After Effects

 

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After Effects II: Using After Effects for Original Motion Design

  • San Francisco campus
  • EXMED-1204-01
  • Instructor: Helene Park
  • Sat, Dec 1 & 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 2 sessions. $250. Noncredit
  • Prerequiste: Knowledge of After Effectrs, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

This workshop can either deepen the practice begun in After Effects 1 or help designers, who are already proficient in After Effects, approach motion design from an intuitive, organic, and artistic angle.

Objects, patterns, and behaviors in nature are the core building blocks of great motion design, and these are the key principles explored here.

Using traditional approaches inspired by the classical animators of the Walt Disney era, the workshop takes a close look at various instances of organic movement. Through careful observation and replication of real objects in motion, students develop a keen eye towards weight, lightness, and balance. We will explore animating from a place of sense and natural intuition.

Bring to Class: Laptops with After Effects