Center for Publishing

Design Skills for Publishing: Introduction to Photoshop and InDesign

Understanding the basics of creating successful and effective book and magazine covers, layouts and promotional materials, as well as basic UX/UI design is important for publishing professionals. In this lab-based course, students will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator for print and web. Basic typography and design principles will be covered as well as introductory computer-based illustration and image processing. Students will learn how to combine photographs, illustrations and type into professional quality files ready for output. Through hands-on projects, inspired by real-world art department design challenges, students will explore the tools that give creative expression to specific editorial concepts on the brand level as well as for individual layouts. By understanding the fundamentals of publishing design, from layout composition to grids and typography, students will learn how to communicate clearly with a design team and create inspiring work that stands out. This is a beginner-level desktop publishing course intended for those with little or no prior experience with the Adobe Creative Suite.
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Associated Degrees