Notes for Class 1 Illustrator

Learning Objectives:

You will be able to post on Discussion Board inside Canvas.

You will be able to identify the different between Vector and Bitmap Graphics

You will be able to describe the difference between Illustrator and Photoshop



Read: Getting Started & Quick Tour

Watch: Illustrator Overview Tutorial

Resources: Post on Canvas under the Resources on the Discussion Board Section.

Find as many resources that will help you "Keep up to speed" in class. You should be able to find at least one page full of resources. (The more resources you find, the better the grade.) and Adobe and Cartoon Smart are examples of the type of sites you could use.


Start thinking about a final project! Movie or Campaign Posters or a complete set of Logos for a business

Topics Covered:

Digital Image Types:

Bitmap: Photoshop is the main Adobe Tool for creating and editing

Vector Graphics: Illustrator and Fireworks are the tools used to create Vectors Graphics.

Bitmap vs Vector:

Bitmap is for digital pictures.

Vector graphics is for drawings that you may want to resize.


Web: 72 pixels per inch

Publishing: 200 - 300 pixels per inch

Graphic Formates

Tagged Image File is a good format for publishing. Tiff (extension is .tif)

Joint Photographic Experts Group Jpeg (extension is .jpg)

Graphics Interchange Format Gif is the old format developed by Compuserve

Portable Network Graphics is the new kid on the web block PNG (extension is .png)

RGB: Red Green Blue color model is an additive color model in which red, green, and blue light is added together in various ways to reproduce a broad array of colors.

CMYK: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (black) process color, four color is a subtractive color model, used in color printing

Royalty free Pictures for Education

Viewing Modes: Preview and Outline Video

Introduction to the Class:

This class is in Hybrid Mode which means we will meet only 8 times but will be covering the same content we would normally cover in 16 weeks. The remaining part of the week you will be required to cover the content of the class on your own. This Syllabus is subject to change depending upon how the class goes. I will give you advance notice to any changes in the timing of the class.stress

Please note the steep learning curve for this class. The learning curve is steeper than normal because we have only 8 weeks to finish. It is okay to feel overwhelmed at times!

Please note the best way to contact me is via Email! During the week, my goal for returning email is 24 hours and on the weekend my goal is 48 hours

You have several outside resources designed to help you succeed.

The Learning Support System has tutors for computer classes and the PVCC Library has research tutorials and Ask a Librarian 24/7 Chat Line for help with research.

You will be posting your homework to Canvas and using it to check your grades.

The Canvas Student Guide has tutorials that will help you post on their discussion board and assignments. Youtube also has Video Tutorials.

For Canvas and other technical assistance, contact:
PVCC Help Desk 602.787.7780  - 
Canvas 24x7 Toll Free Support: 1-888-994-4433

Go to Canvas and introduce yourself by posting on the Discussion Board under Please Introduce Yourself.

Go to Student Email - Forward to an email account you read on a regular basis.

Extra Help: (Covid changes: Everything is online!)

I hold my office hours in E-146 an hour before class time or in the Computer Commons just outside of E-146 if another class is using that room. The Learning Support Center (LSC )  has tutors that can help you with this class.

The majority of services are open Monday – Thursday 8:00 -7:00 and Friday 8:00 – 5:00.  It would be wise to make an appointment.  Visit our Web Site at for more information.

Directory of Resources is a starting point for finding information about PVCC 

The Canvas Student Guide has tutorials that will help you post on their discussion board and assignments. Youtube also has Video Tutorials.

For Canvas and other technical assistance, contact:
PVCC Help Desk 602.787.7780  - Canvas 24x7 Toll Free Support: 1-888-994-4433

If you are academically inactive for 14 consecutive days, you may be withdrawn from the class.  If it is after the 45th day of the semester, the faculty member may post the grade you earned, such as a D or F based on the points accumulated.”

Please Check Your Grades regularly, and if you have any questions, please contact me via email or in class.  I usually answer my email during the week within 24 hours and on the weekend within 48 hours.

Library - E Building, (602)787-7200.  The PVCC Library offers a print and media collection of approximately 40,000 items.  Also, the library now has a collection of electronic books.  An Online catalog provides indexing too much of the material held by PVCC as well as materials owned by other Maricopa County Community College libraries. 

Veteran’s Services, KSC 111 (602) 787-7045, is located in the Admissions and Records Office.



Late Homework: The homework is due on the date on the syllabus but won't be late until I start grading.




Dr. Jon Storslee
Phone: 602-787-6734

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