One of the first courses you will take when you start the Interactive Media Arts (IMA) program will be Digital Design, and to many this is considered the “Adobe Creative Cloud Beginner” class. One of the first things you’ll learn is that the class will be the teaching you all the basics of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and After Effects. Thankfully, if you already have previous experience with some of the software, there are opportunities to take some projects further and expand your knowledge even more.
The first program you learn will be Adobe Photoshop CC, and this is due to the simplicity of the software and tools in comparison to the other programs. Photoshop acts as the teaching tool that allows you to learn the essentials of how Adobe programs and tools work, which makes transitioning to other programs such as Illustrator much easier. Selection tools, keyboard shortcuts, transforms, touch ups, document setups and general tool knowledge are the main focus of this section.
Adobe Illustrator CC moves students on from editing raster images to creating vector graphics, and learning the basics of the pen tool, pathfinder tools, bezier handles, and using multiple artboards. Students can expect to learn how to create basic vector images, create lines and shapes with the pen tool, and eventually make some icons and simple illustrations with the program. Setting image size and quality are an important step when exporting from illustrator, as most illustrator graphics can be made to any size desired.
InDesign CC sets students on the path of creating simple designs of printable and online mockups, including magazines, business cards, websites, brochures, and other media. Moving files from Photoshop and Illustrator to InDesign is essential. The program is heavily focused on alignment and unifying images with text and graphics. Students should expect to be able to create finished products and mockups with InDesign and can assume they will be using it much more often from then on.
Finally, The class touches briefly on the basics of creating 2D and 3D animations in Adobe After Effects CC, including animating text, created graphics, and lighting in 3D space. Audio and music is briefly touched upon, and students will learn tricks to help animate different objects efficiently. Most learning processes are done as a class, with the exception being the final project being to create your own 10-20 second animation to showcase learned skills.