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Digital Imaging (CG PS 01)

Course Category: 

47 hours (17 weeks).  

Various; distance learning format.

September 2012 – Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: use Adobe Photoshop to create, edit, and manipulate digital images; work with basic and advanced selection tools; apply special effects and color corrections to images at an advanced level; manipulate and format text; create photo montages; export images in multiple file formats; and use creative methods for arriving at solutions to technical problems. 


This course is delivered in an instructor-monitored, distance learning format and consists of study guides, required texts, supplemental reading, essay assignments, quizzes, homework, observation, required interaction with an instructor, and 24-hour access to on-line support as needed. Topics include: Photoshop interface, pixels vs. vector, creating, opening and editing files, resolution, document dimensions, and color modes; paint brush and pencil tool, brushes options, foreground and background color, selecting new colors, briefly touch on pantone colors; resizing images, cropping images and changing canvas size, rotating canvas, layers panel; creating new layers, editing, rearranging, grouping and linking; selection tools; marquees, magic wand, lasso, quick selection tools, and transformation tools; history panel, history brush, colors, blending modes, color continued, patterns, gradients, paint bucket, pattern brush, beginning text, and basic effects; advanced effects, masks, clipping masks, and retouching tools; adjustments, cloning, highlights, midtones, shadows; adjustment layers; focal point, hierarchy, balance and composition vector in Photoshop; shape tools, pen tool, custom shapes, rasterizing. action, filters and effects, sharpen and blur, filter gallery, smart objects, smart filters, burn and dodge, vanishing point, special effects and styles, channels, curves, colors, printing and output; saving for web and devices, slicing, optimizing, animation 3D fundamentals, file formats. Prerequisite: Demonstration of computer ability and record of formal education.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Graphic Design, Media Arts, Graphic Arts or Digital Arts (12/15) (6/17 administrative review) (9/22 revalidation).