Chana Messer

Chana Messer

Website: | Expertise: Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere
Chana Messer wears many hats from fine artist to designer to software evangelist to an Adobe Trainer. Here at the Annenberg Digital Lounge, Chana teaches both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator certification courses. She has been teaching at the university level for 30+ years in the fields of Fine Art and Digital Imaging over at UCLA, USC School of Cinematic Arts, and now the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. In addition to lecturing, Chana contributes with her extensive knowledge of Illustrator through her work with several publications. She is a current contributor to the new Adobe Illustrator Wow book, wrote a new course for Peachpit’s MyGraphics Lab online learning program, and served as a tech editor adviser for Against the Clock Illustrator CC book. Chana is an Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Partner, a member of the Adobe Freelance Team, and an Adobe User Group Manager. As such, she has been invited to present at many Adobe events across the United States and overseas.

Introduction to Photoshop: Creating Simple Composites

Want to add more skills to your resume? Photoshop is the place to start! Adobe Photoshop is an industry-standard image-editing and design software that works across desktop and mobile devices. In this beginner’s workshop, we’ll introduce you to the software and walk you through how to create a simple composite.

Showcasing Your Portfolio Work in Creative Ways

Got design work to show off? Flyers? Reports? Presentations? Screen designs? We’ll show you how to mock up and showcase those designs in a professional way. Learn how to take advantage of Photoshop templates that use the power of smart objects to display your work and make it look even better than it already does.

Making a Simple, Cohesive Icon Set in Illustrator

Learn how easy it is to create your own custom cohesive icon set in Adobe Illustrator. We’ll show you good examples of icon sets and discuss how the design choices create the brand’s tone or mood. You’ll then take those concepts and apply them to creating your own icon set using various tools and panels in Illustrator, including the Pathfinder panel, shape and line tool, Align panel, and more.

Creating Custom Artwork in Illustrator

Drawing tools like the pencil and pen tool can seem daunting to use. We’ll show you how you can use the power of the pen tool to trace or adjust objects and make them into vectors that can be customized. Throughout the course, we’ll practice drawing and let you have some fun with making your own objects.