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Erynn Lyster

Erynn Lyster is a Canadian Graphic Artist and owner of the designer firm Urban Motif Design Inc. She has been designing professionally for over five years for a range of clients from non-profit organisations to corporations to individuals. She holds a masters certificate in graphic and web design and also dabbles in interior design.

Courses Taught

Design and Composition

What makes any image work, in graphic design or digital photography? The answer is composition. Composition, literally the assembly or construction of elements, is the artful arrangement that guides the viewer’s eye and unifies your work. In this hands-on course, you’ll develop your compositional skills by analyzing everything from Grand Masters to Madison Avenue ads to tubes of toothpaste. Through a series of artistic workouts, you’ll learn the principles of effective composition. Your designs may never be the same!

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Photoshop Bootcamp

Adobe Photoshop is the premiere image manipulation tool for print design, Web design, and photography. It’s a must-know if you’re planning to work with photos or design projects at any level. This course starts you off with the basics of the Photoshop interface and quickly gets you working on hands-on projects. You’ll learn to choose and use the best tools for common Photoshop jobs including silhouetting, exposure correction, retouching, layering, and special effects. You’ll discover how to make high-quality selections and edits, and develop an efficient imaging workflow. Master the technical fundamentals to unleash your creativity as an artist or designer.

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Photoshop Basics

Learn fundamental Photoshop techniques through hands-on projects. Adobe Photoshop is the premiere image manipulation tool for print design, web design and photography. It’s a must-know if you’re planning to work with photos or design projects at any level. This course starts you off with the basics of the Photoshop interface and quickly gets you working on hands-on projects. You’ll learn to choose and use the best tools for common Photoshop jobs including silhouetting, exposure correction, retouching, layering, and special effects. You’ll discover how to make high-quality selections and edits, and develop an efficient imaging workflow. Master the technical fundamentals to unleash your creativity as an artist or designer.

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Fundamentals of Typography

Typography is what sets designers apart from other artists. In visual communication, typography must be integrated (every last loop, bowl, and descender) into a total design. In this course, you’ll explore the anatomy of the letterform. Through interactive lectures and hands-on exercises, you’ll learn how to classify typefaces and use them creatively. Understanding the fundamentals of typography will give your work power, eloquence, and beauty. Basic experience in Photoshop, Illustrator or another imaging software is suggested but not necessary. You can get this experience by taking the Photoshop Bootcamp course.

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Color Theory

Color is probably the most relative medium in art. Each color has a specific property, whether it’s the particular wavelength in optical perception, the molecular construction of pigments or an RGB value for a monitor. Though each of those properties may be fixed, the expression and perception of a color may change within different contexts. Understanding color requires that you understand its systems, interaction—even a bit of physics! This course deals with the abstract language of color. We’ll discuss basic color principles, terminology, and applications, with an emphasis on manipulating color. Basic experience in Photoshop, Illustrator or another imaging software is suggested but not necessary. You can get this experience by taking the Photoshop Bootcamp course.

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