Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
GD 151
Course Title:
Digital Illustration 2
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Course Description

Explores advanced techniques of creating vector illustrations for 2- and 3-dimensional applications. Prerequisites: GD 116, GD 122, GD 140, GD 150. Prerequisites/concurrent: GD 124, GD 160.

Addendum to Course Description

A grade of a "B" or higher is required for placement into the second year of the program.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Determine appropriate illustration techniques for use in professional communication materials.
  • Create scalable, non-degrading vector images for multiple client applications.
  • Render 3-dimensional vector art for commercial applications.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Create a photo-realistic illustration from an existing photograph.
  • Design and produce a 3-dimensional package that incorporates surface patterns.
  • Digital technical skills exam.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Technical Proficiency    
  • Industry Methods


  • Critical Thinking
  • Process
  • Craft
  • Detail


  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Raster/Vector Integration


  • Blend both the shape and color of two digital symbols
  • Create the appearance of a blend using gradient mesh
  • Create a gradient mesh object starting with a rectangle
  • Edit mesh objects and blends
  • Distort shapes using envelopes and warps
  • Apply raster effects to vector objects
  • Solve common printing problems encountered when using raster effects
  • Analyze lighting and apply correct highlights and shadows to photo-realistic illustrations
  • Create and save symbols in a symbol library
  • Use various techniques to apply and edit symbols in digital illustrations
  • Create an isometric drawing
  • Create a die-line for a box
  • Print die-line and create dummy of box
  • Apply graphics to a box die-line
  • Print box die-line and construct box to create a 3-dimensional package
  • Exporting images using various file formats