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Introduction to User-Interface Design Tools: Photoshop, Illustrator, & Sketch

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Price: $90.00 /per person

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This class is a 2-day series running on Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th from 11:45am to 4pm each day.

Please note: Class-time will be divided to cover and compare three of the major tools used to create designs for web and mobile applications (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Sketch) by completing simple exercises.

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About the programs:

• Photoshop is Adobe's photo editing, image creation and graphic design software. The software provides many image editing features for raster (pixel-based) images as well as vector graphics. It uses a layer-based editing system that enables image creation and altering with multiple overlays that support transparency. Photoshop been the industry standard image manipulation program for so long that its name has even become a verb!

• Illustrator is an Adobe program used by both artists and graphic designers to create vector images. These images will then be used for company logos, promotional uses or even personal work, both in print and digital form. It can be used to create a wide range of sizes and media, including site mockups, assets, illustrations, charts, graphs, logos, diagrams, cartoons of real photographs, and more.

• Sketch is a lightweight, modern, and powerful vector design software from Bohemian Coding. It is easy to learn, costs a fraction of the price of Photoshop and is quickly becoming the industry go-to. Sketch is perfect for designing on multiple devices and delivering assets quickly. ***PLEASE NOTE: SKETCH IS MAC ONLY, BUT NON-MAC USERS MAY USE THIS TIME TO WORK ON AN ADOBE-BASED ASSIGNMENT PROVIDED BY THE INSTRUCTOR DURING THIS TIME***

Within each program, we will cover:

• The major pros and cons

• The programs' interfaces, from windows and workspaces to all those different tools and menu options (focusing on those used most frequently in a web workflow)

• Basic techniques for exporting, organizing, and working with files

• Using plugins and actions to get you designing quicker and more efficiently

Required Software:

• Your laptop. A netbook or tablet is NOT a substitute.
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PLEASE NOTE: If you are using free trial versions of the following programs, please do not install the programs until the day before or the day of class to make sure you get the most out of your free trial!

• Photoshop: With a free Creative Cloud membership, you can download a 7-day free trial (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/free-trial-download.html) version of Photoshop - just make sure you've downloaded (and preferably opened) Photoshop prior to the class so you're certain it's fully installed and working on your computer.

• Illustrator: With a free Creative Cloud membership, you can download a 7-day free trial (http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator/free-trial-download.html) version of Photoshop - just make sure you've downloaded (and preferably opened) Illustrator prior to the class so you're certain it's fully installed and working on your computer.

• Sketch: If you do not currently have Sketch on your computer, you can buy it for $99 or download a free 14-day trial here (https://www.sketchapp.com/). ***PLEASE NOTE: SKETCH IS MAC ONLY, BUT NON-MAC USERS MAY USE THIS TIME TO WORK ON AN ADOBE-BASED ASSIGNMENT PROVIDED BY THE INSTRUCTOR DURING THIS TIME***

About the Teacher:

Bridget Reed is currently a full-time Philadelphia-based front-end developer at Brownstein Group, as well as a part-time designer, organizer, and instructor for Girl Develop It Philadelphia and an active member in the Philly tech community. On the rare occasion that Bridget is offline, she can be found participating in local tech meetups, sampling craft beer, digging through crates of vinyl records, and exploring local brunches for the best biscuits and gravy around town.