Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog 
    Jul 15, 2024  
Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog
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GDES 212 - Publication Design with InDesign

A practical application of design fundamentals for single and multipage publications. Students use industry standard page assembly software while creating well-designed layouts for publications of all kinds. In addition to the functions of the software, topics include typography, graphics, color, aesthetic page flow, and transition design. PREREQUISITE(S): GDES 116  or consent of department. Two hours lecture, four hours laboratory each week.

4 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Employ the use of basic tools within the application.
  • Demonstrate basic design principles.
  • Apply design grids to specific publication needs.
  • Describe major type classifications.
  • Compare and demonstrate the appropriate use of fonts.
  • Demonstrate the use of all typographic controls.
  • Apply vector and bitmap graphics to page design.
  • Use graphics libraries.
  • Demonstrate the use of links to external graphics.
  • Employ the use of transparency, feathering, and blending.
  • Create document formats consistent with design needs.
  • Employ the use of ‘styles’ in type and document format.
  • Create master pages for design flow consistency.
  • Apply master page modifications to existing documents.
  • Evaluate the impact of color choices.
  • Employ the use of ‘spot’ and ‘process’ colors.
  • Create and employ tint swatches.
  • Employ the use of gradients to achieve desired effects.
  • Demonstrate grayscale image colorization.
  • Apply effective design principles to multiple pages.
  • Apply text and design flow to consecutive pages.
  • Assess assembly and design flow using paper dummies.
  • Demonstrate document preflight procedures.
  • Describe document exporting procedures.
  • Employ soft-proofing methods.
  • Interpret standard proof reader’s marks.
  • Evaluate hard copy proofs.

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