Art 248/1912 CIS 248
Fall 2004
Time: 10:30 a.m.--11:45 a.m.
Room: 4607
Instructor: Olga Workman

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the computer graphics software program Adobe Illustrator 11.0. You will learn the fundamentals of vector–drawing skills, work on short-term and long-term projects, solve design and computer problems, and participate in classroom analytical discussions. Discussions, team projects and write ups are intended to help you improve communication skills. This course can serve as a springboard to more specialized areas of computer graphics including multi media design, electronic imaging and web page design.


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Course Goals

Exploring Adobe Illustrator 11.0, you will learn
how to:
• Use Adobe Illustrator interface, tools and palettes
• Distinguish between bitmap/raster images and vector graphics
• Draw sophisticated lines, create complex shapes, and trace images
• Brighten design with color
• Work with brushes, patterns and strokes
• Make 3-D images , create airbrush effects, use blends and gradients
• Create images in perspective
• Work with text and images to design eye-catching layouts
• Use fonts and characters
• Improve efficiency of computer illustration
• Combine illustration, text and photographs
• Achieve interesting effects by using filters
• Explore cross application capabilities of Illustrator
• Prepare images for a print shop
• Save printing costs
• Learn the basics of four–color printing
• Prepare graphics for multimedia and web design projects

Advisory: computer and desktop experience


Be productive and use studio (class) time effectively by:
a) using class time as an opportunity to get the job done
b) reading class and home materials
c) participating in class critiques and class discussions
d) attending all process class sessions, attendance records will be kept on the blackboard course web site. Please do not forget to sign in at the beginning of each class.
e)demonstrating highest standards of personal integrity

Please remember:
• Successful students are ready to start class at the appropriate time and conduct themselves in a professional manner.
• Being attentive during class and active participation in class projects demonstrate a serious attitude.
• Successful students do not doze off, do homework for other classes, organize their bags or purses, or compose letters to friends.
• They do not engage in side conversations and whispering because this is disruptive and distracting to others.
• Successful students are sensitive to what might offensive to others.
• Disruptive and distracting students may be asked to leave the class.

Instructor’s Individual Assistance: Check office hours at
If you have a question or a problem, make contact via e-mail or call me at 760-720-9088. Remember: always keep in touch!
Students with Disabilities: Any student with a verified disability may be entitled to appropriate academic accommodations. Please contact the Disabled Student Services Office for further information.

Lab/Class Requirements
• All pagers and cellular phones must be turned off during classes. A student can be expelled from the class for disruptive behavior .
• The CIS Computer Lab is available for your convenience for practicing and completing course work.
• When you are working in the computer lab, record your lab usage on the designated computer.
• After each class please shut down all the computers.
Print cards are required for lab printing and may be purchased at the bookstore.
• Lab technicians will assist you with technical problems involving printers, scanners or computers.
Note: Absolutely no food or drink is allowed in the lab or the classroom at any time.
No students, except those officially registered by the instructor for the course, are allowed in the lab during class hours.

My Flash Assistant. You can "click and drag" him any time you wish.

• You must save your class work on Zip disks or CD ROMs.


You will be required to purchase Adobe Illustrator 11.0: Classroom in a Book. Adobe official training workbook Adobe Press, 2004.

Optional Literature
Real World Illustrator by Deke McClelland. ISBN 0-201-77630-8.
The Illustrator WOW! Book by Sharon Steuer.ISBN 0-201-70453-6
Illustrator 8: F/X and Design by Sherry London and T. Michael Clark. ISBN 1-57610-408-7.
Understanding color: An Introduction for Designers by Linda Holtzschue 0-471-3822-2.

Supply List

• One CD ROM for your electronic portfolio and web site,
a USB Flash Drive, PC Zip Disk or CD
ROM for your class and home projects
REMEMBER!!! You must save your class work on Zip disks or CD ROMs.
• Photo quality glossy paper
• 3 Black Mounting Presentation Boards (precut boards are available
at the MCC book store)
• Elmer's Spray Glue or U-HU Stick Glue
• Ruler, eraser, paper and pencils
• X-Acto Knife (optional)
(above are available at AAron Brothers in Oceanside or any other art shop)

Field Trip

A field trip in place of a class on December 1 , you will go on a field trip to West Products Company (, located at 2180 La Palmas Drive in Carlsbad. The goal of this trip is to introduce you to the commercial digital printing environment.


Field trip review


Projects for this course will take the form of four long–term projects and many in–class projects. For the long–term projects, you will be expected to conduct research and submit your work for class presentation. Home and class projects will be posted on the Blackboard web site at Use your student ID and password information to log on. It may take some time for you to get accustomed to the Blackboard interface. Do not get discouraged. Be persistent and will discover in Blackboard a great source of valuable information.
Illustrator projects are intended to be fun, interesting and are designed to get you to think creatively. You will be expected to meet deadlines, be neat, precise, and creative. Learning through process is most important.

Assess your work and make appropriate revisions by getting feedback through peers and your instructor.

During the semester you are encouraged to participate in various exhibitions.
Participation in a computer art exhibition will add an additional 25 points to your final grade.

Your electronic portfolio, saved on a CD ROM should include:
• Project–1: Visual Identity for the Timbuktu Coffee Bar (Team Assignment)
• Project–2: Greeting Card
• Project–3: Stamp
• Project–4: Web site design saved on a CD ROM.


Examples of class and final projects

Examples of home projects

Important dates

The last Day to add class: August 28
Drop without "W": September 4
Last day to drop with "W": November 18
(Students are responsible for adding and dropping the class.)

• First Project Due: Sept 13
• Second Project Due: October 11
• Third Project Due: November 29
• Field Trip to West Products Company ( December 1
• Fourth Project / Portfolio Due: December 8
• No class on December 13 (Digital Imaging Final exam in 4607 starting at 9:30 a.m.)
• Final Exam week: December 15 (according to MCC catalogue p. 56 starts at 10:30 a.m.)


A 90-100% (of the total Grade book score) awarded for work that exceeds expectations and/or shows exceptional effort, skill, or creativity

B 80-89% (of the total Grade book score) awarded for work that exceeds expectations

C 70-79% (of the total Grade book score) awarded for work that meets expectations

D 60-69% (of the total Grade book score) awarded for work that is below expectation
Students, seeking an "I", must file a petition, citing "unforeseeable, emergency, and justifiable" reasons.


At the end of the course review your grades and get an honor certificate

Digital Imaging:Adobe Photoshop