CISG 102 Photoshop 2*

Students will continue their exploration of Photoshop through working with advanced layering and compositing tools, techniques, and processes. Students will create a digital painting and will learn to composite  photographic art with digitally-created art. Students will be introduced to vector drawing tools and their applications in a pixel-based imaging program. Color theory will be introduced with an emphasis on producing and printing consistent color.

Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisite

CISG 101

CISG 102Photoshop 2*

Please note: This is not a course syllabus. A course syllabus is unique to a particular section of a course by instructor. This curriculum guide provides general information about a course.

I. General Information

Department

Visual and Performing Arts

II. Course Specification

Course Type

Program Requirement

Credit Hours Narrative

3 Credits

Prerequisite Narrative

CISG 101

Grading Method

Letter grade

Repeatable

N

III. Catalog Course Description

Students will continue their exploration of Photoshop through working with advanced layering and compositing tools, techniques, and processes. Students will create a digital painting and will learn to composite  photographic art with digitally-created art. Students will be introduced to vector drawing tools and their applications in a pixel-based imaging program. Color theory will be introduced with an emphasis on producing and printing consistent color.

IV. Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

Outcome 1: Students will create a digital painting, starting with a blank canvas, using Photoshop’s painting tools and filters. Students will also employ advanced layering techniques in the painting. Assessment: Students will submit the painting for review and grading by the instructor. Students will also show the completed work in a peer review (critique) so that fellow classmates may evaluate the quality of the work and offer suggestions. Outcome 2: Students will create a mock catalog page comprising at least four photo images and appropriate text. They will use the vector drawing tools to create vector clipping paths, and will composite the clipped images into the catalog page. Students will use Photoshop’s typographical tools and effects in the layout of the page. Assessment: Students will submit the catalog page for review and grading by the instructor. Students will also show the completed work in a peer review (critique) so that fellow classmates may evaluate the quality of the work and offer suggestions. Outcome 3: Students will create a 10-second animation incorporating both photographic and non-photographic artwork (i.e., vector or hand-crafted art). Assessment: Students will submit the animation for review and grading by the instructor. Students will also show the work in a peer review (critique) so that fellow classmates may evaluate the quality of the work and offer suggestions. Outcome 4: Students will apply concepts relating to RGB and CMYK color models, and be able to make appropriate color settings to assure consistency in color printing. Assessment: Students will take a written examination to determine proficiency in understanding about color management processes in Photoshop.

V. Topical Outline (Course Content)

Outcome 1 Objectives: Import a layer; clip a layer; create and edit an adjustment layer; use the Vanishing Point filter; set up layer comps; manage layers; flatten a layer; merge and stamp layers; use the paint brush, smudge tool, paint bucket, gradient tool; create and use custom brushes; apply opacity and blending modes to painting tools and layers; choose colors using the Color Picker and Color palettes; create and save a custom color. Outcome 2 Objectives: Differentiate between vector and bitmap images; draw vector paths and convert paths to selections (and vice-versa); save paths; draw and edit layer shapes; draw custom layer shapes; import and edit a Smart Object. Outcome 3 Objectives: Record and play back an action to automate a series of steps; add guides to aid in placing and aligning images properly; create animation frames and manipulate sequence, frame rate, tweening; use layer masks to perfect edges of objects; employ appropriate output compression and format for smooth playback. Outcome 4 Objectives: Define RGB, grayscale, and CMYK color spaces for displaying, editing, and printing images; prepare a document for output to a four-color press; create and print four-color separations; understand how images are prepared for printing on high-resolution printers and presses.

VI. Delivery Methodologies

Required Materials

Standard 8.5 x 11 inch notebook for daily lecture notes; pocket-size steno notebook for shortcuts; USB flash drive, 1 GB or higher recommended; blank CD or DVD for saving files at semester end; You will provide your own photos for the class projects. You’ll need access to a good-quality camera (5 MP or higher) for high-quality print output. The instructor’s standard for image resolution for all projects is 300 pixels per inch (ppi). To import digital camera images into Photoshop at the correct size and resolution, do the following: Open the image to be resampled in Photoshop. Under the Image menu, choose Image Size. In the Width and Height boxes: First, make sure the chain-link icon appears with brackets connecting the Width and Height boxes. If not, click the chain link to make the brackets appear. If your image is portrait mode, type 11 inches for Height. Do not change the Width setting; Photoshop will automatically apply the correct value to hold the proportions to the correct aspect ratio. If your image is landscape mode, type 11 inches for Width, and do not change the Height setting. In the Resolution box, type 300. Under Resample, choose Automatic from the list. Click OK. Under the File menu, choose Save as . . . Rename your file to avoid overwriting the original. Save the file into your student drive on the Graphics2 server. At the bottom of the "Save as" dialog box, choose TIFF format. Click OK. In the next window, leave all settings as they are and click OK.