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Foundations of Digital Art and Design with Adobe Creative Cloud

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-08-01
  • Publisher: New Riders

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Foundations of Digital Art and Design, Second Edition

Fuses design fundamentals and software training into one cohesive approach!


All students of digital design and production–whether learning in a classroom or on their own–need to understand the basic principles of design. These principles are often excluded from books that teach software. Foundations of Digital Art and Design reinvigorates software training by integrating design exercises into tutorials that fuse design fundamentals and core Adobe Creative Cloud skills.

The result is a comprehensive design learning experience organized into five sections that focus on vector art, photography, image manipulation, typography, and effective work habits for digital artists. Design topics and principles include: Bits, Dots, Lines, Shapes, Unity, Rule of Thirds, Zone System, Color Models, Collage, Appropriation, Gestalt, The Bauhaus Basic Course Approach, Continuity, Automation, and Revision.

This book:

  • Teaches art and design principles with references to contemporary digital art alongside digital tools and processes in Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Addresses the growing trend of compressing design fundamentals and design software into the same course in universities and design colleges
  • Times each lesson to be used in 50 to 90-minute class sessions with additional practice materials available online
  • Includes free video screencasts that demonstrate key concepts in every chapter

Download work files and bonus chapters, view screencasts, connect with the author online and more; see the Introduction to the book for details.

"This ambitious book teaches visual thinking and software skills together. The text leads readers step-by-step through the process of creating dynamic images using a range of powerful applications. The engaging, experimental exercises take this project well beyond the typical software guide."

ELLEN LUPTON, co-author of Graphic Design: The New Basics


Author Biography

xtine burrough is a hybrid artist and educator. She is the editor of Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design and co-author of Digital Foundations: Intro to Media Design with Adobe Creative Suite. She uses remix as a strategy for engaging networked audiences in critical participation. A Professor and Area Head of Design + Creative Practice in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas, burrough is the Creative Director of LabSynthE, a laboratory for synthetic and electronic poetry.

Table of Contents

Note: First Edition table of contents; Second Edition to follow. (See New Features in This Edition section for more information on changes.)

Introduction: What Are the Foundations of Digital Art and Design?

Section 1: Bits, Pixels, Vectors, and Design (Adobe Illustrator)
1. The Dot, the Path and the Pixel
2. Drawing Expressive Lines
3. Modify Basic Shapes

Section 2: Digital Photography (Adobe Photoshop and Bridge)
4. Creating and Organizing Digital Photographs (Your Camera, Bridge)
5. Resolution and Value
6. Color Models

Section 3: Digital Manipulation and Free Fair Use (Photoshop)
7. Repairs and Hoaxes
8. Select, Copy, Paste, Collage
9. Blended Realities

Section 4: Typography (Illustrator and InDesign)
10. Type and Image (Illustrator)
11. The Grid (Illustrator)
12. Continuity (InDesign)

Section 5: The Web (Photoshop and Dreamweaver)
13. Graphics on the Web (Photoshop and Dreamweaver)    
14. Know the Code (Dreamweaver)
15. Remix the Web (Adobe Creative Suite)

Section 6: Effective Work Habits (Photoshop, Bridge, and InDesign)
17. Pagination and Printing (InDesign)
18. Revision Practices in Media Art and Design

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