Christen Turney: The Digital Quill

The Digital Quill
Christen Turney
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Take your designs from pen and ink to pixels and points. This class will bust common design myths (good news, you don’t have to vectorize everything!) and will cover the basics of design so you can confidently set up calligraphy projects for both web and print. We will walk through the fundamental functions of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Students will head home with an understanding of how these programs shine on their own and work in harmony with one another. Demos include removing the background from your calligraphy and cleaning up and tweaking letters in Photoshop, building letters and other design assets in Illustrator, and laying out complete designs in InDesign. This class has been developed for students without laptops with them–you will greatly benefit from the course with pen and paper. If you have a laptop with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign on it, bring it! You will receive a zip folder with project files prior to class so you can follow along with the demo during class, or try it on your own when you get home. The course will be guided using the most recent version of Adobe Creative Cloud software.


Pen and notepad for note taking, Semi-translucent bond (Borden and Riley Marker Layout #37), Tracing paper (just a sheet or two), Your favorite ink. (I recommend Sumi Moon Palace when scanning work for digital use; however, any ink will work for the class), Your favorite pen holder and nib. Both broad edge and pointed pen will work for class. A colored pen or pencil for marking up work, Ruler or t-square.

Optional Supplies
A laptop with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign from the Adobe Creative Cloud, Genius Scan Smart-phone app: a free app that turns photos of your work into scanned images.

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