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Digital Foundations: Introduction to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Cloud - Revised Edition

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xtine burrough

Michael Mandiberg

Copyright Year: 2017

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

Language: English

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Reviewed by Rick Lostutter, Associate Professor of Art and Design, Hanover College on 4/23/21

The content of this book covers a great deal of design methodology as it pertains to the use of the Adobe Creative Cloud software. Given that it is an introduction, I believe that it does a good job of introducing many skills need to create a... read more

Reviewed by David Burns, Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale on 3/31/21

Digital Foundations is an excellent introductory text exploring the visual, theoretical, and historical contexts of digital media design. The text investigates digital media design practices using popular, industry software Adobe Creative Cloud... read more

Reviewed by Skipper McFarlane, Part Time Instructor, Lane Community College on 8/13/20

This text is a good, comprehensive introductory review of Adobe’s three main tools, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. It frames all three of these tools in a good mix of art history (the Bauhaus), design theory and computer operating systems.... read more

Reviewed by Angela Amaral, Adjunct Professor, Bristol Community College on 6/30/20

I reviewed the Online version. A comprehensive guide for the entry-level student. Student gets a thorough basic instruction on a mix of brief historical information to what they will be learning and how it relates to what they will be doing,... read more

Reviewed by Jennifer Dowling, Professor, Framingham State University on 6/29/20

The book is quite comprehensive. The interspersing of fine art with digital terms/vocabulary and software techniques (demonstrating tools with steps and technical aspects, such as shortcuts, use of mouse/keyboard) is very effective. Important... read more

Reviewed by Michelle Dreiling, Graduate Teaching Employee, University of Oregon on 5/20/20

Subject coverage is comprehensive for an intro-level course - it would be useful to have an index in particular, as terms are defined fairly thoroughly throughout. read more

Reviewed by Chris Ingersoll, Assistant Professor, Marshall University on 3/13/20

The author’s execute the idea of mixing the aesthetics of art and design history with learning the basics of Adobe Creative Cloud software. The book teaches with step-by-step images, text, video and practices. It provides good content for students... read more

Reviewed by Stephanie Paine, Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Arts , University of Louisiana at Lafayette on 10/19/19

The text covers a wide-range of topics useful for the introductory-level student; yet the organizational structure of the chapters provides a quick review for intermediate and advanced students. It includes a breadth of vocabulary relevant to... read more

Reviewed by Moe Folk, Professor, Kuztown University on 5/14/19

While the book covers a great deal and includes some good post-chapter key words, it should include an index with important design words and also sections based on particular applications (e.g., Photoshop, then some of the main things someone... read more

Table of Contents

  • Part I. Chapter 1: The Metaphor of Using Graphics Applications
  • Part II. Chapter 2: Searching and Sampling - Becoming an Expert Web User
  • Part III. Chapter 3: Symmetry
  • Part IV. Chapter 4: Type on a Grid
  • Part V. Chapter 5: Color Theory & Basic Shapes
  • Part VI. Chapter 6: Line Art and Flat Graphics
  • Part VII. Chapter 7: Scanning
  • Part VIII. Chapter 8: Tonal Scale
  • Part IX. Chapter 9: Layering and Collage
  • Part X. Chapter 10: Repetition and Cloning
  • Part XI. Chapter 11: Non-Destructive Editing
  • Part XII. Chapter 12: Getting It Out - Digital Output for Web
  • Part XIII. Chapter 13: Multiple Pages: Unity
  • Part XIV. Chapter 14: Two-Page Spreads

About the Book

Digital Foundations uses formal exercises of the Bauhaus to teach the Adobe Creative Suite. All students of digital design and production—whether learning in a classroom or on their own—need to understand the basic principles of design in order to implement them using current software. Far too often design is left out of books that teach software for the trade and academic markets. Consequently, the design software training exercise is often a lost opportunity for visual learning. This revised edition updates the original text for use with Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 software.

About the Contributors

Authors

xtine burrough

Michael Mandiberg