You will need to install Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. Make sure you do this before the day of the first class.
We will use the class Brightspace site only for limited tasks - submitting assignments and receiving feedback on assignments. Class content will be found at the web site you are using now.
Please sign up for a Slack account here. Slack will be our main communication tool.
Make sure you can access Youtube videos.
Please download the Zoom app.
NotePad++ is a good, free Windows text editor.
Processing is a free ownload, for Mac OS, Windows or Linux.
For this class, we will be using industry-standard tools, where-ever possible. However, there are alternatives that are cheaper or free, that you may want to investigate.
Affinity makes software similar to Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. They are far cheaper than Adobe's offerings and you pay a one-time licence fee, not a monthly subscription. However, don't expect all the features of the Adobe programs, and don't expect complete file compatibility with team members, clients or suppliers using Adobe software.
Affinity Photo has many of Photoshop's capabilities.
Affinity Designer is a modern alternative to Illustrator for basic work.
Affinity Publisher is a reasonable substitute for InDesign.
Open source software is free to share or modify. The source code - the computer code that is transformed into the program you use - is available to anyone with few restrictions, unlike closed-source commercial software.
In some disciplines, such as programming and web development, open source tools are the norm, or at least are on an equal footing with closed-source, commercial tools. In the graphics world, many open source tools are less refined that their closed source counterparts, but as they are free to use, are often practical alternatives to commercial software.