Category Archives: Basic Trainings

Principles of Design | Shape and Pattern

Shape is a formative element in design. Movements you have learned about like Art Deco and Bauhaus put major emphasis on shape and form, which inform how we use shape today. Although it often goes unnoticed, shape is everywhere, from … Continue reading

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Branding | Logo Design

Here at LAITS, you may be asked by a client to design a logo to help brand themselves, their course(s), or their program(s). Some courses also create printed material on mugs, bookmarks, buttons, etc., which is why we would like … Continue reading

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A-Z from Building a New Cascade Site to Client Communication

Creating a New **UNIT** Site in Cascade After receiving a confirmation email from the client with all of the necessary information (site acronym, site admins, site type) to create their site, this will be the first step. 2. Cascade CMS: … Continue reading

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Branding | Research for Meaningful Brand Systems

Introduction This training will introduce to you the concept of brand systems and shed light on some of the research processes that can be undertaken before working with a new client or creating a brand. By reading through some of … Continue reading

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Photography | Photo Sourcing and Color Grading

Design often relies of photography to better communicate its ideas – a picture is worth a thousand words and all that. Subtleties in a photo from subject matter, to layout, to coloring can have a big non-verbal impact on how … Continue reading

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Animation | Motion Graphics (Advanced)

Introduction / Review In the first KB training on Adobe AfterEffects, you learned how to create simple animations for Online Course Graphics. Fundamentals that you were introduced to include:  storyboarding the AE User Interface and creating compositions  setting keyframes (position, … Continue reading

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Animation | Logo Animation (Advanced)

1. Introduction This lesson explains how to use the logo you created on How to Design a Logo and turn it into a motion graphic using Adobe After Effects (AE). This activity aims to provide STAs with multiple tools with … Continue reading

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Animation | Keyframes: The Very Basics

One of the fundamental concepts in working on After Effects is working with keyframes. These are markers in time that allow you to tell After Effects where you want to change the value of an effect or transformation, such as … Continue reading

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Principles of Design | Color Theory

The purpose of this lesson is to get a full understanding of how color works and interacts for the purposes of improving design.  By the end of this training you will: Learn the history behind color theory as we know … Continue reading

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Typography | Create Custom Wordmarks using Bezier Curves

In this training, you will be creating a Custom Wordmark for a Logo using the Bezier Curve in Adobe Illustrator. By the end of this training, you will: Be able to manipulate anchor points and handles to achieve the desired … Continue reading

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Typography | Type Hierarchy in InDesign

Typography can be an effective design all by itself. By the end of this training you will: Learn how to set up an InDesign document Create an event poster for a particular brand using only type Direct the reader’s gaze … Continue reading

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Branding | Iconography

Creating an effective Icon The purpose of this basic training is to go over how to create an effective icon. You will be using Adobe Illustrator to create your icons. Icons are symbols used to communicate an idea, actions, or … Continue reading

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Typography | Intro to Typography

Fonts are an integral part of graphic design. Behind every bit of text that you see – on websites, billboards, and even your phone’s keyboard – lives a designer who spent time choosing the perfect font that fits the texts’ … Continue reading

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Intro to Design Styles | History of Design

Introduction This is an introductory lesson that elaborates on the different movements, eras, and styles that influenced graphic design and designers throughout history until the present day. The aim of this lesson is to introduce STAs to the beginnings of … Continue reading

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Web Design | Web Accessibility Standards

Awareness and understanding of disability has certainly deepened in recent years but there is still a great deal of work to be done. Disabilities span the realms of physical, mental, cognitive, and developmental, just to name a few. People with … Continue reading

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How to Process a Cascade Help Request and Train the Chatbot

As STAs, we have all completed our Cascade and Web Editor training, but staff and faculty members do not have those formal training. So, when staff and faculty members have questions while editing their sites, they would submit a help … Continue reading

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Principles of Design | Learning the Principles and Elements of Design

One of the first steps to better understand the principles and elements of design is to identify what they are and how they function. The elements are the building blocks of a work of art or design. They are the … Continue reading

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Publication Design | Infographics

. Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor and design program that is popularly used to create beautiful designs that can go anywhere—print, web and apps, video and animations, and more. In this training, you will be using AI to … Continue reading

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Basic Training: Project Time Estimates

When do I need a Project Time Estimate? Hello STA! At some point, you may be asked to estimate the number of hours you think you will spend on a “Service Center Project” before starting actual work.  Service Center Projects … Continue reading

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Intro to Design Styles | Create Pixel Art in Illustrator

In this training, you’ll take an image (either a photograph you’ve taken or a famous painting) and turn it into pixel art using Adobe Illustrator. What is pixel art? It’s a style of art that mimics retro computer graphics created … Continue reading

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[Archived] Basic Training: HTML and CSS

In this training you will be introduced to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, the languages that can be used as tools to help you develop simple websites. This training is quite involved and can be frustrated or confusing, so be sure … Continue reading

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Photography | Cutting Objects Out in Photoshop

Not all images are created alike, which means some pictures are harder to cut out than others. This tutorial allows you to cut out more intricate things, like curly hair and feathers with Levels and smoother objects with Quick Selection. … Continue reading

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Basic Training: Studio Course Graphics

Courses taught in LAITS studios  One of the main services LAITS provides is online course production. Studio courses are recorded by the LAITS production team, including Video STAs, Audio STAs, and Design STAs, and are offered to students either live … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Create an Interactive Game Using Canvasser

Canvasser is a building tool that allows you to create simple animations and interactives that can be displayed on the web (in both desktop or mobile view). An interactive is essentially content that changes depending on the input of a … Continue reading

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Photography | Color Correction

Photoshop Color Correction The purpose of this basic training is to go over the various ways in photoshop to manipulate the light and color of a digital photo. When editing a photo for work, we tend to mostly want the … Continue reading

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Basic Training: Make a Magazine Spread with InDesign

InDesign is a powerful tool for typesetting (arranging type) and document creation. It is best for creating books, brochures, flyers, and magazines. By the end of this training you will: Create a 4 page spread  Use INDD’s master pages tool … Continue reading

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Photography | Image Trace

This basic training will introduce you to the image trace tool in Adobe Illustrator. The tool allows you to quickly convert any raster image (.png, .jpeg, .psd) into vector artwork (.pdf, .eps, .ai) without having to manually retrace the image. Vector … Continue reading

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Basic Training: How to Create Canvas Buttons

Canvas classes sometimes request a set of buttons to function as external links on their homepage. The buttons are used for things such as tech support, professor’s email, or outside websites that are used frequently for class. In this tutorial, … Continue reading

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Principles of Design | Color Wheel

In this training, you will go over color terminology and relationship to understand how colors interact with each other. This training will help you familiarize yourself with the basic relations of colors by placing them creatively in a re-invented color … Continue reading

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Publication Design | How to Create Flashcards

In this Photoshop training you will be designing a set of beautiful flash cards, you’ll sharpen your technical skills, and conceptual skills, such as: familiarizing yourself with choosing copyright-free icons from the Noun Project that look consistent in line wight/style … Continue reading

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