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Weekly Design Exercise abbrev. DEX

/‘wiːkli/ /‘dɪˈzʌɪn/ /‘ɛksəsʌɪz/ | noun

noun: weekly design exercise; plural noun: weekly design exercises

1.Activity requiring physical effort occurring once a week, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness of your freakin’ mind.

E.”Weekly Design Exercise improves your Adobe skills and design power"

Feel free to jump into our weekly design brief and produce a mini design project. They are completely free. No catch! These exercises are The Graphic Design School’s contribution to the continuum of the design education of our design graduates, students and the design world at large. Gosh darn that’s nice of us!

Who is this for?

Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced level designer. There is a brief to suit you. Follow the instructions in the brief to the letter.

How do I submit my work?

Once your done upload your image to share. We may upload your image to our new Instagram page, be sure to include your Insta handle (@username) so we can credit you. If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can just type in your name. Leave your details blank if you like.

What is a good size for the images?

Please make sure your image is of good resolution, it shouldn’t exceed more than 5mb or thereabouts. png, jpeg, svg all acceptable formats. By uploading your image you are giving us permission to publish it.

Can I subscribe to this awesome concept?

If you would like to receive an email from us each week with the brief and video. Be sure to subscribe at the top right of this page. We won’t share your information or be spammy.

What if I want to go further?

If you love what we do, and think you would like to try your hand at becoming a designer. Check out our courses here.

Can I contribute?

If you would like to become a regular video contributor, let us know. Even though we offer them for free, we pay contributors. Or if there is a technique that you would really like to learn, email us a visual, and any ideas you may have.

Can I contact The Graphic Design School?

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Layered Effect With Illustrator & Photoshop
23mins Icon for photoshop Adobe SoftwareIcon for illustrator Adobe Software
Design Brief:
Create a layered effect and sense of depth using a Photoshop element that overlaps and goes behind the same Illustrator typographic element.
beginner:
Using a single vector word or logo in Illustrator, combine it with one photographic image. Deep-etch the image in Photoshop and use layers and masks in Illustrator to show part of the photographic image overlapping one or more of the letters.
intermediate:
Using a vector word or logo in Illustrator, combine it with a more than one photographic image. Deep-etch the images in Photoshop and use layers and masks in Illustrator to show part of the photographic imagery overlapping the letters. Add drop shadows to imagery on top of type.
advanced:
Using a vector word or logo in Illustrator, combine it with a more than one photographic image. Use layers in Illustrator to show part of the photographic images overlapping the letters. Add drop shadows to imagery on top of type. Create a textured background in Illustrator as part of the design.
Design Constraints:
Use Illustrator for vector work and Photoshop for image deep-etching. Final artwork to be in Illustrator using layers to show depth.
Design Goals:
Create a layered effect in Illustrator by combining vector typography and bitmap imagery.
Tools & Techniques:
Photoshop Mask ToolAdobe IllustratorAdobe Photoshop
Total Time Allowed:
40 Minutes for Beginner - source and deep-etch imagery, create typographic element, and combine these in Layers in Illustrator. 60-90 Minutes for intermediate - source and deep-etch imagery, create typographic element, and combine these in Layers in Illustrator. Add drop-shadows to imagery on top of type. 60-120 Minutes for advanced: source and deep-etch imagery, create typographic element, and combine these in Layers in Illustrator. Add drop-shadows to imagery on top of type. Add a textured background.

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