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Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
Course: CIS120DB

First Term: 2020 Fall
Lec + Lab   3.0 Credit(s)   4.0 Period(s)   4.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: T - Lab Load

Description: Provides students with the knowledge and skills to use Adobe Illustrator graphics software on a computer. Basic foundation course in the use of electronic techniques to create, manipulate, and edit images, text, abstract art, graphics design, color graphics and business charts; determine file formats appropriate for web and print; utilize tools to optimize graphics and create a PDF file.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Use computer software to generate abstract art drawings, graphics designs, and images. (I)
2. Create computer graphics utilizing toolbox. (I)
3. Create and manipulate abstract art, graphic designs and images. (II)
4. Utilize Paint tools to create and edit colors. (II)
5. Adjust color saturations. (III)
6. Utilize Paintbrush tool using different brushes. (IV)
7. Create new brushes. (IV)
8. Transform objects. (V)
9. Create a graph. (V)
10. Format text. (VI)
11. Create a PDF file. (VI)
12. Create gradients. (VII)
13. Apply color to text, graphics, and images. (VII)
14. List printing devices. (VIII)
15. Publish to print. (VIII)
16. Explain web file formats. (IX)
17. Determine web safe colors. (IX)
18. Generate an image map. (IX)
19. Publish to the web. (IX)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Computer imaging toolbox
   A. Toolbox
   B. Palettes
   C. Status bar messages
   D. On-Line help
   E. Basic shapes
   F. Selection tools
   G. Paint objects
   H. Bounding box view
   I. Object scaling
II. Painting techniques and tools
   A. Colors
   B. Color palette
   C. Color saturation
   D. Patterns, gradients, and brushes
III. Draw tools
   A. Straight lines
   B. Split lines
   C. End Path segments
   D. Curved lines
IV. Brush techniques
   A. Paintbrush tool to draw with differing brush types
   B. Brush color/settings
   C. New brushes
   D. Paths
V. Transform
   A. Objects and groups
   B. Part selection
   C. Object manipulation
   D. Perspective
   E. Transformations
   F. Graphs
VI. Text
   A. Paths
   B. Containers
   C. Attributes
   D. Formatting
   E. Wrapping
   F. Masks
   G. PDF File
   H. Pathfinder
VII. Blends
   A. Gradients
   B. Color gradients
   C. Gradient blends
   D. Mesh objects
VIII. Publishing to print
   A. Printing devices
   B. Printing requirements
   C. Color principles
   D. Color separation
   E. Two-Color printing
   F. Special considerations for print output
IX. Publishing to the Web
   A. File formats
   B. Web safe colors
   C. Image map
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 25, 2020

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