Tuesday/Thursday Class JRN 302: Introduction to Graphics and Visual Communication- Intro. to class, Overview of Design Softwares Tuesday, 1/14/14
Class Objectives • Anyone here hoping to get bumped in? • Lecture • Introduction to the course; review the syllabus • Quick look at http://www.sxc.hu • Overview of Design Softwares • Homework assignment • Buy book • Review the Syllabus • Sign into sxc.hu • Review class webpages (http://ccfacourses.cmich.edu/jrn/302/kubik/index.html)
Sites you will use • For legally free images • Sign up for www.sxc.hu (may want to sign up with a junk account) • For software tutorials • Google, Youtube • For homework drops, our CCFA server • We’ll go over when things are closer to due dates
Overview of Design Software • In the world of graphic design (vs. CG/Animation/Interior Etc.), Adobe is the monopoly • Think of design software as doing either • The creation of graphics • The creation of outputs that have graphics in them • Getting snobby here- I’ll argue with you every time if you say Wordpress is a design software!! Using templates is fine, but it’s hardly unique design work.
Creating Graphics • Think of this order as “lowest base on pyramid” first • 2d raster image creation/manipulation • Photoshop, Fireworks • Camera Raw, Paint, Gimp • Even Instagram and mobile apps can do limited manipulation • 2dstatic vector image creation/manipulation • Illustrator, FreeHand • Can export to raster image formats
Creating Graphics and Output • 2d animated vector images • Flash exports to SWF • Can export to 2d static vector and raster • 3d static or animated vector images • 3d Studio Max, Maya, Sketchup, Rhino, all engineering software (CAD) • Can export/render to multiple 3d animated, static formats and modes (wireframe, skinned, etc.) • Can export to 2d static vector and raster
Creating Output only • For Print • Adobe InDesign, Quark XPress, Acrobat (kind-of) • For Web • Dreamweaver, MS Expression, Flash • For Mobile (optimized sites) • Google Sites (kind-of), SiteSpinner, Dreamweaver