Master the basics of Photoshop and Illustrator and gain invaluable insights in this introductory level course from Jake Bartlett. By the end of this course, you'll be able to create your own artwork from scratch with tools and workflows used by professional designers every day.
Apr 4, 2022
"I've used After Effects on a daily basis for more than 8 years, but I was just scared to open Photoshop & Illustrator. This course helped me a lot. Jake Bartlett is an incredible instructor, he'll teach you every little trick he knows to help you discover and go further with these two softwares. After this course, I had enough confidence to create my own illustrations in Illustrator and to animate them with After Effects." - Julie Faussard, Summer 2019
Jake Bartlett is a motion designer and online instructor based in Denver Colorado. After working at a production company in Los Angeles for nearly five years he decided to quit his day job to pursue the freelancer’s life, teaching animation online. His creativity runs on coffee, lego bricks and “Weird Al” Yankovic. Throughout his career he’s had the opportunity to work for clients like Coca-Cola, Twitter, Skype, Evernote, HGTV, NatGeo Wild and Norah Jones.
Meet your classmates, get comfy with the Student Portal, and dive right in with your first project designed to get you creating on the first day!
Time to jump in and start creating vector artwork with Adobe Illustrator using the some of the most important tools the program has to offer.
This week we’ll jump into Photoshop where you’ll learn how to cut out and manipulate assets to create images that entertain and inform. You’ll even have your first taste of what it’s like to work with direction from a Creative Director.
Take a week off to focus on any lessons and homework you’re behind on. You’ll get a short primer on the history of Adobe software, and why a lot of the tools you’ve been using feel very similar even though they’re in different programs.
Let’s dive even deeper into the software and explore tools and techniques that will help you build up your design chops. By the end of this week you’ll be more confident and ready for an even bigger challenge.
You’ll be challenged like never before with a real-world project that will put all of your new-found Photoshop and Illustrator knowledge to the test.
You’ve got an additional 2 weeks to finish your final project and to get targeted feedback from your Teaching Assistant. This should give you plenty of time to give that project some polish so you can start building up your portfolio.
Our student community is welcoming, diverse, and growing rapidly.
You can expect to commit about 15-20 hours per week on coursework. The lesson videos are 1-2 hours in length. There are 9 assignments total. Typically assigned on Mondays and Thursdays with soft deadlines the next day. We have designated weeks with no lessons or assignments built into the schedule so that students are able to keep up the pace of the course.
Schedule and Course Length
Length 8 weeks of Photoshop + Illustrator Unleashed
You can begin with either course! Both are a ton of fun! Photoshop and Illustrator Unleashed will teach you the foundations of Illustrator and Photoshop for motion design and After Effects Kickstart will teach you the foundation of AE. It's designed to take students from setting their first keyframe to animating a short explainer video.
If you are really on the fence about which one to take, we suggest Photoshop and Illustrator Unleashed first. This way you can become familiar with the tools that Adobe has to offer. You'll have more time getting comfortable in the software, making artwork, and learning techniques that you can use in some of the exercises in After Effects Kickstart.
You'll also have a better understanding of how PS and AI files are set up and created. This can be helpful when working with imported artwork in After Effects, which you will do in After Effects Kickstart.
This course will teach you how to create artwork from scratch using the tools and workflows that pro's use every day. You will master the most commonly used tools in both Photoshop and Illustrator as well as the best practices to use them.
The only thing you need to take this class is an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. We'll take you from blank page to finished piece, giving you the opportunity to build new skills with each lesson.
Adobe Illustrator CC 2018.1 (22.1.0 or Higher)
Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 (19.1.5 or Higher)
Our flexible course format makes it possible to be engaged from anywhere in the world on your own schedule. All of our courses are taught completely online through pre-recorded lesson videos, podcasts, and handouts. Students typically receive homework assignments twice per week, which have soft deadlines. All student work is critiqued by our highly trained Teaching Assistants. School of Motion TA’s are professional motion designers with real life experience in the industry. They will be there for you throughout the entire session to critique your work in our proprietary critique portal. Our TA’s are able to critique as many versions of your work as you would like to submit during the duration of the session; so you get the feedback you need to sharpen your skills. During the course you will be invited to a private classroom that contains all of the Teaching Assistants and students in your session. This is a great tool for connecting, asking or answering questions, sharing thoughts or insights, and winning cool contests!