This month I am studying “InDesign CC interactive document fundamentals”
This month I am studying “InDesign CC interactive document fundamentals”
This month I am studying “Photoshop one-on-one fundamentals”
I figured it was about time I actually sat down and updated my Adobe Photoshop skills for the new version.
Expecting this will take me most of the month if I do all of the exercises and any extra exercises too.
This week I am studying “Beast Lighting”
Haven’t had much occasion to play around with the Beast Lighting plug-ins for either Maya or Unity 3D and I felt I was falling behind on both those fronts. Time to correct my oversight. Based on the (on-line, interactive) class content, it appears this will take me 30 or 50 hours of studying to plow through if I do all of the examples. It is supposed to be a three-month class, but I think I can get through it reasonably quickly if I push myself.
This week I am studying “Texturing in Substance Designer”
I admit I am a terrible texturer and texture designer, and I don’t think I will ever be anything but terrible, but I am willing to at least try.
This week I am studying “3DS Max”
I use 3DS Max quite regularly, and have been using it since it was just 3DS Studio back in the mid-90’s.
However, I am much more facile with Maya and SoftImage and have never sat down and just got to know 3DS Max inside-and-out.
Looking to fix that oversight this month with this extensive workshop from Gnomon.
This month I am studying “Integrating type in to videos with After Effects”
Short video course and exercise files on how to do various type effects in After Effects.
Update: Pretty basic stuff. Not sure it was worth my time. Wrapped everything up inside of a week. Think I will just spend the rest of the month practicing my figure and landscape drawing.
This month I am studying “Compositing and effects with After Effects”
I don’t have much call to use After Effects in my job but it is always useful knowing one more software package in the Adobe suite.
This month I am studying “Creating retina graphics with Photoshop and Illustrator”
This is an online class consisting of a bunch of pre-recorded video and some exercises.
I’ve got a lot of experience making assets at different resolutions for the same project. Though I suspect that there are some tricks I can still learn.
Update: Was rather disappointed. I didn’t come away with a single new piece of knowledge. It was good practice, but I think I could have spent the time on a more fruitful pursuit.
I managed to log 30 hours of study (watching videos) and then self-directed practice.
This month I am studying “Creating retro futuristic illustrations with Photoshop”
Bit of a short course. 15 hours of pre-recorded video and some exercise files.
This month I am studying “Drawing on the iPad with SketchBook Pro”
In-person workshop at local art school over on Zelzah
I love SketchBook Pro on my Surface. Time to start practicing with it on my iPad Pro.
This month I am studying “Google SketchUp Pro tools & techniques”
This is an in-person class. Two day workshop at local art school.
New version of SketchUp Pro, new skills to learn. Have been using the package for years to design the furniture I build in my workshop.
Update: Logged 25 hours between the 12 hours of the workshop (8 hour days but not counting lunch and coffee breaks) and 13 hours of extra studying and practice.
This month I am studying “Creating characters in Adobe Illustrator”
It is an online class consisting mostly of prerecorded video and some exercises.
Should be fun.
Update: Between the video, exercises and extra work I logged 29 hours over the month in improving my character creation skills using Adobe Illustrator.
This month I am studying “SketchUp Pro master class”
I use SketupPro on my Surface a lot for furniture designs. I also like Mischief too.
Logged 26 hours of total study time and practice exercises.
This month I am studying “InDesign typography”
Already studied a bunch of typography techniques over the years so I am treating this as more of a refresher course and how to apply specific techniques using InDesign itself.
This is an online class consisting of video tutorials and exercises.
Update: I logged 28 hours of studying, between the all-too short video tutorials 21 hours of practice.
This month I am studying “Adobe InDesign tips & tricks”
Good time to figure out some shortcuts and hidden tricks that I maybe didn’t pick up in the previous months.
This is a short-course, just 6 hours of video, with no real exercises to speak of so I will just fill in the rest of the month with my own self-directed work.
Update: Was not as “tips & tricks” laden as I had hoped. After I got done with the 6 hours of video I went ahead and logged another 14 hours of InDesign study just going through specific design exercises.
This month I am studying “InDesign advanced training”
Well we got the basics down last month with 15 hours of recorded video and a bunch of exercises. This month I figured I should try and take it to the next level with more advanced techiques.
Update: A lot of the advanced training was to do with typography, page layout, composition, etc. Most of the stuff I know how to do in Illustrator or Photohop. The actual studying was a breeze to get through.
Between the video tutorials, exercises and just practicing what I learnt I logged a total of 29 hours of study for the month.
This month I am studying “Introduction to InDesign”
InDesign is one of those packages I hardly ever use so I sort of fumble around more than be productive. I am hoping this course will correct that.
Update: I would say I have a working familiarity with InDesign now. It is not a particularly complex package to figure out. I doubt I will have much use for the knowledge going forward unless I plan on creating my own magazine.
Log update: 27 hours of study and practice.
This month I am studying “Tracing artwork with Illustrator”
This is a short class on using Illustrator to convert artwork to line drawings using the built-in tracing tools.
I don’t really need to take a class in this subject, and I certainly don’t need to spend an entire month studying it. I am in a time crunch this month. I am splitting my time between teaching an advanced iOS development class at the Apple campus and developing Lucky Ace Slots for release in the New Year. Just not enough hours in the day.
Update: Managed to at least log 16 hours of study and practice throughout the month. Hotel rooms are great places to just focus on what work needs to be done.
This month I am studying “Package design with Illustrator”
I’ve always had a fascination with really good package design.
Not just the language and metaphors used in the packaging, but also how graphics are wrapped around a three dimensional object.
Expecting to extract a lot of useful knowledge from this intensive design class.
This is an online class consisting of video tutorials and practice exercises.
Log: Managed to log 18 hours of tutorials, study and practice exercises.
This month I am studying “Creating website wireframes with Illustrator”
Generally when I want to do web design I stop at the wireframe/prototyping stage with either pen & paper or Balsamiq Mockups and turn to doing the code.
Wondering if there is any advantage to using Illustrator to go one step further towards a complete design.
Update: Between watching the videos, practicing the exercises and doing some extra-curricular work, I logged 21 hours of study time for the month.
This month I am studying “Creating logos and icons for mobile apps”
It looks like the course primarily relies on Adobe Illustrator for most of the work, with a few outline sketches.
The course is about 12 hours long, and there are several lengthy exercises to work through, so I am anticipating this will take me at least a month to work through, complete the exercises and then review what I have learnt.
Update: I studied and practiced for 26 hours total.
This month I am studying “Creating poseable characters with Illustrator”
I seem to be on an Adobe Illustrator kick, of late. Forth class in a row dealing with interesting aspects of how to use the software.
Log: 20 hours of practice
This month I am studying “Creating maps in Illustrator”
I love maps. I am looking forward to this class on how to make them in Illustrator.
This seems to be a hybrid class. It has an in-person one-on-one workshop component and then a bunch of video tutorials and exercises to work through. Should be interesting to see how the format plays out.
Update: 27 hours logged between the half-day workshop, the video tutorials, the exercises and the extra work I did.
This month I am studying “Changing a portrait studio background in Photoshop”
I am thinking it will take me about two weeks, but if I allow myself a month I can do some extra free experimentation exercises.
Update: Managed to work on over a dozen different portrait studio images in my spare time. I had to go back and review some of the techniques because I wasn’t quite achieving the look I wanted.