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Intro to Computer Graphic Art by Mind Map: Intro to Computer Graphic Art
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Intro to Computer Graphic Art

Image courtesy of Samuele Storari http://www.flickr.com/photos/sstorari/3383080180/    

Computer Basics

Operate a Computer

Turn On/Off

Log In/Out

Insert/Eject Removable Media

Connect/Eject Devices

User Preferences

Navigate, Desktop, Windows, Files, Applications, Launch/Exit, Menu Commands, Tools/Panels, Help Files

Search, Files, Folders, Applications

File Storage

Local, User Folders

Removable, Devices (USB, FireWire), CD-R/DVD-R Burning

Network, Instructor Share & DropBox, mySCC User Folder

Input

Import images

Removable Media

Download, Stock Image Licensing, Creative Commons Search, Attribution

Scan

Operate Scanner, Crop, Enlarge/Reduce

Determine appropriate input resolution

Output

Set appropriate output resolution

Print

Select appropriate paper

Control Printer Output, Orientation (Page Setup), Print Settings, Media Type, Paper Tray, Output Quality, Resolution, Color/Black & White, Distinguish Professional Quality Results, Troubleshooting

Computer Graphics Software

Photoshop CS4

Raster / Resolution-Dependent Graphics

Common Uses in Graphic Design

Work Area, Menus, Options Bar, Document Window, Tools, Panels, User Preferences

Files, Create, Open, Save, Formats

Image Manipulation, Retouching, Painting, Cropping, Layer Effects, Filters, Adjustments, Image Modes

Printing Proofs

Illustrator CS4

Vector / Resolution-Independent Graphics

Common Uses in Graphic Design

Work Area, Menus, Control Panel, Document Window, Tools, Panels, User Preferences

Files, Create, Open, Save, Formats

Computer Illustration, Drawing, Type, Color

Printing Proofs

InDesign CS4

Common Uses in Graphic Design

Work Area, Menus, Options Bar, Document Window, Tools, Panels, User Preferences, Rulers & Units, Display Performance

Files, Create, Custom Size, Bleed, Page Setup, Open, Save, Formats

Page Layout, Frames, Graphics, Placing Graphics, Link, Embed, Text, Add Text, Format Text, Story, Paragraph, Character, Proofreading Features

Printing Proofs, Preflight, Package

Design Process

Idea Development

Research

Audience

Physical Requirements

Common Elements

Design Principles

Layout Planning

Presentation

Physical

Trimming

Mounting

Labeling

Verbal

Identify, Yourself, Your Project

Describe, Design Goals, Techniques Used, Problems, Achievements

Evaluation

Observation

Critical Response