An Introduction to Computer Graphics
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New Interactive Video-Based Publication
Take a comprehensive, video-based tour through the Adobe Photoshop© and Adobe Illustrator© applications with an experienced college instructor with over 14 years in the classroom and 23 years working with these applications.
Chris Nielsen’s An Introduction to Computer Graphics presents an in-depth discussion of the Adobe Photoshop© and Illustrator© applications from the basics (like Setting Up your Preferences) to working with some of the most recent, advanced methods.
Chapters are set up to focus on particular topics and include:
- Over 1,800 Step-by-Step and subtitled Tutorial Videos
- Exercise Lesson Files so the user can follow along
- PDF Chapter Introductions
- PDF Chapter SLOs (Student Learning Outcomes) for each chapter exercise
- PDF Multiple-Choice Chapter Review Tests
All Tutorial Videos were recorded while using Adobe Photoshop© and Adobe Illustrator© CS6.
Many of the tutorials showcase a combination of the basic rules of the applications and specific tools, to the advanced tricks and time-saving shortcuts that Chris has learned over the past 23 years.
You will be up and running in these two industry-standard graphics applications in no time!
Chris Nielsen is a Part-Time Instructor (But “Associate Professor” just sounds better!) at 4 local colleges in southern California... Cal State Fullerton, Orange Coast College, Santa Ana College and East Los Angeles College.
In 1992, he received his BFA Degree in Graphic Design from CSUF. He started teaching computer graphics courses back in 1998 after getting his MFA Degree in Illustration that same year, also from CSUF.
He currently teaches classes in Digital Media, including full-semester classes such as: Introduction to Computer Graphics, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.
Chris lives with his Wife Marie and his best buddy - their son, Jonah.
In the short amounts of spare time he can find between all his classes, Chris is also a part-time digital fine-artist and freelance illustrator.
His hobbies include: Drawing in Adobe Illustrator every day... Creating Papercraft Models... Collecting Ninja Turtles Action Figures (he has collected every single figure since they were first introduced back in 1988!)... And he is an avid reader and collector of all X-Men and G.I. Joe Comic Book Titles.
While working at home, Chris prefers to listen to Loud Heavy Metal Bands such as: Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Metallica and Iron Maiden.
Oh yeah, and he totally digs drawing highly-detailed portraits of Custom Motorcycles!
You can check out more of his work at his website: www.pentoolart.com
"These videos are great for visual learners. Also, they can be used in the future if needed."
- K.M. (Orange Coast College)
"The DVD Tutorial is super clear and easy to follow! Plus, subtitles help. Learned tons of useful techniques and terminologies step by step."
- E.K. (Cal State Fullerton)
"I cannot lie. I don't really find much need to ask questions anymore. They're pretty much all answered on the DVDs."
- T.L. (Orange Coast College)
"Chris Nielsen's videos gave the launching point to understand Illustrator and Photoshop. I feel more confident working and painting digitally and I found a new appreciation for digital media."
- A.D. (Cal State Fullerton)
"I have been using Adobe Photoshop© and Illustrator© for over 10 years and found these tutorial videos to be extremely useful. Nielsen covers hidden features that I never knew and learned useful tips and tricks."
- D.B. (Cal State Fullerton)
"Chris Nielsen keeps his videos concise and to the point. He doesn't waste any time. They are some of the best instructional videos I have had the opportunity to learn from."
- R.T. (Cal State Fullerton)
"The videos are very thorough and teaches even the newest user of Illustrator everything they need to know to start their own complex projects."
- C.C. (Cal State Fullerton)
"I am so thankful this form of textbook exists. I am finally learning how to use Adobe Photoshop© and Illustrato©r and this is helping me to become familiar with both in a rather short period of time. Since I am a hands-on visual learner, the videos and demos really help me a lot, unlike a standard textbook which just tells you the steps. I highly recommend this to ANYONE who is learning these programs from scratch."
- R.S. (Cal State Fullerton)