If you’re interested in communications or designing, it’s likely you’ll need to know how to use Photoshop and Illustrator. Learn all of the basics of these two software programs during our two-day Digital Arts Basics workshop.

The first day covers Illustrator, and the second day covers Photoshop. 

Day 1: Illustrator

Illustrator is a vector art, drawing program that’s effective in creating precise formal artwork for anything from logo design to illustrative compositional drawing. In this class we’ll cover basic principles of design that we’ll apply to real world design situations. Illustrator is also one of the most important text editing tools in the field. We’ll discuss typography and the process of integrating illustrative elements with typographic elements to create anything from magazine covers, wine labels, or even your own T-shirt designs.

Students will learn…

Illustrator Tools

  • Program Interface
  • Document Setup
  • File Format
  • The Tool Bar
  • The pen tool
  • The freehand drawing tool
  • Cutting and Erasing tools
  • The symbol, pattern and color palettes
  • The pathfinder palette
  • Understanding the type editor and its applications
  • Shape tools and how to use them as building assets
  • The warping and transform processes
  • Precision manipulation

The Design Process: Looking, Thinking, Doing, Critical Thinking, Composition and Content

  • Elements of Design
    • Line
    • Shape
    • Form
    • Color
    • Texture
    • Space
    • Pattern
  • Typography
    • Deconstructing fonts
    • Manipulating the structure of text
    • Creating letters

Day 2: Photoshop

We’ve all heard the term, “Photoshopped.” We know when an image looks “too good to be true” that it probably is. In this 

class, we’ll learn about the broad range of possibilities Photoshop can offer. After one day, you’ll have the ability to understand and design media content that can be used for print or web. We’ll use Photoshop to consider photographic principles of light, color, tone, and composition. We’ll also explore Photoshop as an image creation tool, and we’ll be creating collages, realistic special effects, and digital painting. Finally, Photoshop has many applications for design creation, which we’ll explore.

Students will learn…

  • Program Interface
  • Document Setup
  • File Format
  • The Tool Bar
  • What Pixels are and how they relate
  • Layer structures
  • Filters and why we use them
  • The auto select tools
  • Layer Masking
  • Clipping layers
  • Adjustment layers
  • Color corrections (The adjustment palette)
  • Clone stamping (air brushing effects)
  • Text Tools
  • Selecting Tools

About the Instructor

Jeffrey Rinehart, M.F.A:

Jeff is a multimedia artist based in New Orleans.  He graduated from Eastern Washington University with degrees in Art and Graphic Communications.

He is a graduate of the UNO MFA program and has been teaching at the University of New Orleans since 2008.  Jeff works with many forms of photomedia and digital arts and is engaged in research about ways these mediums intersect.  He teaches 3D modeling and design and runs the Fine Arts Digital Animation Studio in the UNO Library.  He has worked in multiple collective spaces in the city of New Orleans and has been exhibiting nationally, most recently at Texas Tech University and the Acadiana Center for the Arts.


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