CSULB / COTA / DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN  |  DESN 255 — INTRO TO COMPUTER GRAPHICS I  |  SPR 2020  |  M/W 4:00–6:45PM  |  DSN103

REMINDER / ADVICE !!

This is a "Skill-building" class (as defined by department leadership). Focus on developing your VISUAL COMMUNICATION skills (sketching, rendering, etc.)
and confidence, first and foremost. I am here to guide, coach, and assist you, and assess a value to the work product you create, but not
do your work for you.

There's no such thing as talent, just discipline and commitment. Period. No excuses.

"There is no try; only do,
or do not." —Yoda

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SCHEDULE

WEEK 1  |  255

Monday, January 20

No class, MLK Jr Holiday Observed

Wednesday, Jan 22

Review roster, website, syllabus, schedule,
books, supplies, other resources:
facebook/laforteclasses
facebook/lafortedailydemos
youtube/lafortedailydemos

WEEK 2  |  255

Monday, Jan 27

Complete unfinished business as necessary

BEGIN PROJECT 1: PHOTOSHOP -
SKETCH TO RENDERING

Wednesday, Jan 29

Work session with Demos as necessary

WEEK 3  |  255

Monday, February 3

Work session with Demos as necessary

Wednesday, Feb 5

Work session with Demos as necessary

WEEK 4  |  255

Monday, Feb 10

Work session with Demos as necessary

Wednesday, Feb 12

Work session with Demos as necessary

WEEK 5  |  255

Monday, Feb 17

P1 DUE - PRESENTATIONS W/FEEDBACK

Digital submission due to Dropbox.com prior to start of class

Submit 11x17" print with presentation, viewed on video display

Wednesday, Feb 19

P1 - DAY 2 - PRESENTATIONS W/FEEDBACK

BEGIN PROJECT 2. ILLUSTRATOR
PART A. PERSONAL LOGO
PART B. ORTHOGRAPHIC RENDERING

Introduction to Logo Design with Aaron Draplin

Homework: 200 Sketches

WEEK 6  |  255

Monday, Feb 24

PART A. INTRO TO ILLUSTRATOR WITH LOGO DESIGN

Wednesday, Feb 26

Work session with Demos as necessary

WEEK 7  |  255

Monday, March 2

PART B. ILLUSTRATOR FOR ORTHOGRAPHIC RENDERING

Wednesday, Mar 4

Work session with Demos as necessary

WEEK 8  |  255

Monday, Mar 9

 Work session with Demos as necessary

Wednesday, Mar 11

 Work session with Demos as necessary

WEEK 9  |  255

Monday, Mar 16

 Work session with Demos as necessary

Wednesday, Mar 18

 Work session with Demos as necessary

WEEK 10  |  255

Monday, Mar 23

P2 DUE - PRESENTATIONS W/FEEDBACK

Digital submission due to Dropbox.com prior to start of class

Submit 11x17" print with presentation, viewed on video display

Wednesday, Mar 25

P2 - DAY 2 - PRESENTATIONS W/FEEDBACK

SPRING BREAK (March 30 – April 3)

WEEK 11  |  255

Monday, April 6

BEGIN PROJECT 3: INDESIGN - POSTER PRESENTATION

AND

BEGIN PROJECT 4: INDESIGN - SELF-PROMO BOOK

Wednesday, Apr 8

P3 Introduction. Getting started in InDesign with a "Poster" layout, 24x36" presentation panel

WEEK 12  |  255

Monday, Apr 13

P4 Introduction. Getting started in Booklet Layout. Making a Saddle Stitch Booklet.

Wednesday, Apr 15

Work session with Demos as necessary

WEEK 13  |  255

Monday, Apr 20

Demo - PUBLISHING YOUR "BOOKLET" FOR PRINT

Wednesday, Apr 22

P4 FIRST HARDCOPY "PROTOTYPE" PRINT OF YOUR BOOKLET — B/W OK, COLOR HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

WEEK 14  |  255

Monday, Apr 27

 Work session with Demos

Wednesday, Apr 29

 Work session with Demos

WEEK 15  |  255

Monday, May 4

 Work session with Demos

Wednesday, May 6

FINAL WORK SESSION

WEEK 16  |  255

Monday, May 11

FINAL EXAM SESSION

5:00 – 7:00 pm

P4 - FINAL PRESENTATIONS W/FEEDBACK

Digital submission due to Dropbox.com prior to start of class

Submit 11x17" print with presentation, viewed on video display

Attendance is Mandatory

Conduct Final/Closing Business

Academic CalendarKey Dates & DeadlinesFinal Exam Schedule

COLOR LEGENDSTART. PROJECT INTRODUCTIONINTERMEDIATE DUE DATEEND. PROJECT DUE DATEHOLIDAY BREAKUniversity Deadlines

PHOTOSHOPPROJECTS AND TIPSILLUSTRATORPROJECTS AND TIPSINDESIGNPROJECTS AND TIPS

 

WEEK

The instructor reserves the right to update and change the schedule and due dates as necessary.

  • PHOTOSHOP 1

    • Import image
    • Image Size / Canvas Size
    • Resolution
    • Crop / Perspective Crop
    • Clone Stamp Retouching
    • Level Adjustments
    • Unsharp Mask
      (if necessary)
    • Adding Text / Signature
    • Transform > Scale
    • Saving as JPG for print
  • PHOTOSHOP 2

    • Color Modes and “Desaturation”
    • Layers
    • Layer Blending Options
    • Painting / Coloring
    • Lasso Selections
    • Magic Wand Selections
    • Color Adjust w/Hues
      & Saturation
    • Quick highlights / core-shading
  • PHOTOSHOP 3

    • Color Modes and “Desaturation”
    • Layers
    • Layer Blending Options
    • Painting / Coloring
    • Lasso Selections
    • Magic Wand Selections
    • Color Adjust w/Hues & Saturation
    • Quick highlights / core-shading
  • PHOTOSHOP 4

    • Applying Patterns
    • Creating Custom Tiles
    • Transform > Mirror Flip (symmetry in top views)
    • Transform > Warp & Distort
    • Trees & People

Note: Change Project sequence to accomodate related courses

InDesign 1 > Illustrator > Photoshop > InDesign 2

PSD

 ILL

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DRAWING

RENDERING

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DESN THINKING

EMERGENT SPACES

CONFERENCES

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* Estimate only. See instructor and calendar for specific due dates. Summer Session schedule is more compressed with one week equal to approximately two and half semester weeks.

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