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1st Edition

Graphic Design
Learn It, Do It

ISBN 9780367075347
Published June 21, 2019 by CRC Press
422 Pages 229 Color & 71 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Graphic Design: Learn It, Do It is an introduction to the fundamentals of graphic design and the Adobe Creative Cloud applications used to put these concepts into practice. This book is intended for production-oriented audiences, those interested in the what, why and how of graphic design. The "what" is effective graphic design, a visual solution created using the design principles that stands out in a crowded marketplace. This discussion includes color theory, typography and page layout. Focus on the "why" of design begins with the reasons why we communicate. Attention is paid to the purpose of the visual solution and to its audiences. The conversation highlights output options (print vs. onscreen) and their related file properties. The "how" of design addresses the stages of production and use of Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC to translate an idea into a visual solution. Following an overview of each application and its uses, step-by-step exercises are provided to foster familiarity with each application’s workspace and its tools. These exercises provide opportunities to implement the design principles and to produce examples of work for a design portfolio.

Key Features:

  • Content based on over a decade’s worth of experience teaching graphic design
  • Contemporary examples and online references
  • Guided exercises for working in the Adobe Creative Cloud applications, Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC
  • Accompanying exercise files and supporting materials available for download from the book’s companion website
  • Discussion questions and activities included at the end of chapters to expand the presented topics

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Breaking Down Design
Chapter 2: The Elements and Principles of Design
Chapter 3: Color in Design
Chapter 4: Defining the Project
Chapter 5: File Properties
Chapter 6: Getting Started in Photoshop
Chapter 7: Photoshop Continued
Chapter 8: Digital Photography in Design
Chapter 9: Photo Editing in Photoshop
Chapter 10: Typography in Design
Chapter 11: Getting Started with Illustrator
Chapter 12: Illustrator Continued
Chapter 13: Page Layout
Chapter 14: Getting Started with InDesign
Chapter 15: InDesign Continued
Chapter 16: Bringing It All Together

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Katherine A. Hughes, PhD, is an educator, a traveler and a photographer. Katherine is associate professor of communications at Elizabethtown College. She earned her doctoral degree in mass communications, as well as her master's degree in television/radio/film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She earned her bachelor's degree in mass communications from James Madison University. When not in the classroom, Katherine is likely on the road exploring the national parks or planning her next study abroad program.