My name is PC Boss and, in this post, I am going to give a complete review of IPMC Ghana’s graphic design programme: how to apply, courses, fees, and all other relevant information you need to know. Thank you.

Graphic designing is in high demand in recent times. A certificate, diploma or degree in Graphic Design will place you ahead of your colleagues in the job world.

It is an emerging creative career in Ghana with a lot of job and growth opportunities.

A graphic designer creates and designs visual concepts on a computer with the help of creative software and tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Windows Paint Software, Corel Draw and more.

Most graphic designers in Ghana are self-taught, meaning they didn’t attend any formal school to acquire the skills. There is a chunk of tutorials on the internet which can take you form basic graphic design to advance concepts.

Is it worth it to take graphic design as a course in a school? Yes, getting certified in whatever you do places you ahead of your colleagues in job seeking.

Although acquiring the skill matter, employers love to hire people who can do the job and have certificates to prove skill acquisition.

 

IPMC Graphic Design Courses

In regards to Graphic Design at IPMC, the school has short courses and advanced courses. The have the following courses under graphic design:

  • Graphic Designing & Web Development Career Programme

IPMC Professional Diploma in Graphic Designing & Web Development trains you to use a range of powerful programs and software to create stunning visual communications for the web and other mediums.

Upon successful completion of your course, you become the proud holder of a professional or post graduate diploma in Graphic Design & Web Development that makes your profile stand out from your peers, and opens a whole world of opportunities for you.

 

  • Adobe Photoshop (Short Course)

This course provides a thorough review of the Photoshop interface including how to use tools and panels, and how to customize and save workspaces. Core skills you will gain in this course include an understanding of strategies for retouching photographs, how to determine resolution and image size, how to straighten and crop images, and adjust color and tone.

You will learn to work with many of the selection tools in Photoshop to isolate parts of images for adjustment or editing. You will learn how to use layers, and how to apply gradients, styles and effects to layers.

Duration of course: 32 Hours (3 hours per day)

Course outline

Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Starting to work in Adobe Photoshop
  • Using the tools
  • Sampling a color
  • Working with tools and tool properties
  • Undoing actions in Photoshop
  • More about panels and panel locations

Basic Photo Corrections

  • Strategy for retouching

Resolution and image size

Opening a file with Adobe Bridge

Straightening and cropping the image in Photoshop

Adjusting the color and tone

Using the Spot Healing Brush tool

Applying a content-aware patch

Repairing areas with the Clone Stamp tool

Sharpening the image

Working with Selections

  • About selecting and selection tools

Getting started

Using the Quick Selection tool

Moving a selected area

Manipulating selections

Using the Magic Wand tool

Selecting with the lasso tools

Rotating a selection

Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso tool

Selecting from a center point

Resizing and copying a selection

Cropping an image

Layer Basics

  • About layers
  • Getting started
  • Using the Layers panel
  • Rearranging layers
  • Applying a gradient to a layer
  • Applying a layer style
  • Adding an adjustment layer
  • Updating layer effects
  • Adding a border
  • Flattening and saving files

Masks and Channels

  • Working with masks and channels
  • Getting started
  • Using Select and Mask
  • Creating a quick mask
  • Manipulating an image with Puppet Warp
  • Using an alpha channel to create a shadow

Typographic Design

  • About type
  • Getting started
  • Creating a clipping mask from type
  • Creating type on a path
  • Warping point type
  • Designing paragraphs of type
  • Adding a rounded rectangle
  • Adding vertical text

Quick Fixes

  • Getting started
  • Improving a snapshot
  • Adjusting facial features with Liquify
  • Blurring a background
  • Creating a panorama
  • Filling empty areas when cropping
  • Correcting image distortion
  • Extending depth of field
  • Moving objects with the Content-Aware Move tool
  • Adjusting perspective in an image

Vector Drawing Techniques

  • About bitmap images and vector graphics
  • About paths and the Pen tool
  • Getting started
  • Drawing with the Pen tool
  • Working with defined custom shapes
  • Importing a Smart Object
  • Adding color and depth to a shape using layer styles

Advanced Compositing

  • Getting started
  • Arranging layers
  • Using Smart Filters
  • Painting a layer
  • Adding a background
  • Using the History panel to undo edits
  • Upscaling a low-resolution image

Painting with the Mixer Brush

  • About the Mixer Brush
  • Getting started
  • Selecting brush settings
  • Mixing colors
  • Creating a custom brush preset
  • Mixing colors with a photograph

Editing Video

  • Getting started
  • About the Timeline panel
  • Creating a new video project
  • Animating text with keyframes
  • Creating effects
  • Adding transitions
  • Adding audio
  • Muting unwanted audio
  • Rendering video

Working with Camera Raw

  • Getting started
  • About camera raw files
  • Processing files in Camera Raw
  • Applying advanced color correction

Preparing Files for the Web

  • Getting started
  • Using layer groups to create button graphics
  • Automating a multistep task
  • Designing with artboards

Producing and Printing Consistent Color

  • Preparing files for printing
  • Performing a “zoom test”
  • Identifying out-of-gamut colors
  • Adjusting an image
  • Converting an image to CMYK
  • About color management
  • Specifying color-management settings
  • Proofing an image on screen
  • Saving the image as a CMYK EPS file
  • Printing a CMYK image from Photoshop

 

  • Corel Draw (Short Course)

CorelDRAW training imparts knowledge and skills to understand and use different features and tools of CorelDRAW software. Participants learn how to use this vector-illustration and page-layout application to present objects, layers, and pages in an effective and presentable form.

 A large collection of fonts, clip art, and editing tools enables the user to create logos, brochures, website graphics, illustrations and other artwork.

Course duration: 32 hours (3 hours per day)

CorelDRAW Basics and Interface

  1. Getting Started
  • Exploring the CorelDraw Screen
  • File Management
  • Setting Up the Page
  1. Moving Around and Viewing Drawings
  • Moving Around the Current Page
  • Viewing Modes
  • Inserting and Deleting Pages
  • Changing Page
  1. Customizing Options
  • Using Multiple Workspaces
  • Customizing the Toolbars
  • Using Shortcuts
  • Saving Defaults
  • Setting File Backups

Objects- Creation And Manipulation

  1. Drawing and Shaping Objects
  • Drawing and Shaping Tools
  • Using the Freehand Tool
  • Drawing Lines and Polylines
  • Drawing Freehand Polygons
  • Drawing Perfect Shapes
  • Reshaping Lines and Polylines
  • Drawing Curves
  • Reshaping Curves
  • Drawing Rectangles
  • Drawing Circles
  1. Selecting & Manipulating Objects
  • Selecting and Deselecting Objects
  • Moving Objects
  • Copying and Deleting Objects
  • Deleting Objects
  • Sizing Objects
  1. Transforming Objects
  • Mirroring Objects
  • Rotating and Skewing Objects
  • Using Transform Docker
  1. Outlining & Filling Objects
  • Eyedropper and Paint bucket Tools
  • The Outline Tool
  • Choosing Outline Thickness
  • Choosing Outline Colors
  • Using Fill Tool
  • Uniform Fill, Fountain Fill, Pattern Fill
  • Interactive Mesh fill
  • Copying Attributes
  • Setting Outline and Fill Defaults
  1. Arranging Objects
  • Arranging Objects
  • Grouping and Ungrouping Objects
  • Using Guidelines
  • Using Dynamic Guides
  • Using Snap To
  • Aligning Objects
  • Group and Child Objects
  • Combining and Breaking Objects
  • Welding Objects
  • Using Intersection
  • Using Trim
  1. Using Layers
  • About Layers
  • Editing Layers
  • Setting Up a Master Layer
  • Moving, Copying, and Locking Layers
  • Reordering Layers
  • Using the Object Manager

Working With Special Effects And Texts

  1. Special Effects
  • Drawing With the Artistic Media Tool
  • Shaping an Object with an Envelope
  • Extruding an Object
  • Blending Two Objects
  • Using the Lens Effect
  • Adding Perspectives
  • Using Power Clips
  • Applying Contours
  • Applying Drop Shadows
  • Using Interactive Fills
  • Applying Distortions
  • Using Interactive Transparencies
  • Applying Mesh Fills
  1. Working with Text
  • The Text Tool
  • Creating Artistic Text
  • Editing Text
  • Formatting Text
  • Setting Text Options
  • Creating Paragraph Text
  • Choosing Paragraph Options
  • Setting Indents Using the Ruler
  • Importing Text
  • Using the Spell Checker
  1. Working With Paragraph
  • Text Implementing Color Management
  • Creating Custom Color Palettes
  • Choosing a Color Using Color Harmonies
  • Applying Colors Using the Color Docker
  • Automatically Creating Color Styles
  • Importing and Sizing Paragraph Text
  • Flowing Text Between Frames
  • Formatting Paragraph Frames
  • Wrapping Paragraph Text Around Objects
  • Applying Drop Caps
  • Typing Text Into Objects
  1. Special Text Effects
  • Fitting Text to a Path
  • Converting Text to Curves
  • Creating Blended Text Shadows
  • Special Text Effects
  • Jumpy Text
  • Neon Text
  • Glowing Text
  • Chrome Text
  • Bevel Text
  • Creating Enveloped Text
  1. Using Symbols and Clipart
  • Inserting Text Symbols
  • Adding Clipart
  • Modifying Clipart
  1. Working With Bitmaps
  • What is a Bitmap
  • Importing Bitmap Options
  • Adjusting Color
  • Hiding Certain Colors in a Bitmap
  • Applying Special Bitmap Effects
  • Creating Web Images
  • Advanced GIF Options

Page Layout, Printing, Exporting and Advanced Features

  1. Special Page Layouts
  • Creating a Greeting Card/li>
  • Print Previewing the Layout
  • Creating Labels
  1. Printing
  • Print Options
  • Print Previewing
  1. Exporting Drawings
  • Exporting to Graphic Formats
  • Copy and Pasting Into Other Applications
  1. Using Styles and Templates
  • About Styles and Templates
  • Creating a Style
  • Applying a Style
  • Copying Properties
  1. Custom Creation Tools
  • Creating Custom Patterns
  • Managing and Using Symbols
  1. Using Corel Trace
  • Types of Graphic Formats
  • About Corel Trace
  • Tracing Images
  • Importing Traced Files into CorelDraw
  • Special Trace Effects
  1. Using Corel R.A.V.E.
  • About Corel RAVE
  • Playing sample RAVE animations
  • Performing the five steps necessary to create RAVE animations
  • Working with the Timeline Docker
  • Tweening objects to create animation
  • Exporting to Macromedia Flash format
  • Publishing to the web Create web rollovers
  • Inserting hyperlinks
  • Creating sprites and adding behaviors
  • Creating interactive movies

Post update on January 27, 2022