Course Identification

ART 180-200  

Digital Photographic Imaging

Saturday  10:00-1:45  – F216

Credit hours: 3

Contact hours:  4: lecture 2, lab 2

Co-requisite: Registration or credit in ART-160

Faculty Information

Instructor: Kevin Brady

Office Location: none

Office Hours: By appointment only

Mailbox Location: F130

Office Phone: none

email address:

Course Description  

The art/graphic design studio course explores the techniques of acquiring, manipulating and outputting digitized photographic images. The emphasis is on digital image-making concepts and techniques, and uses historical references in both art and photography. Fee is required. (4 contact hours)

Textbooks/Reading List

Required: Instructor handouts, class website

Optional: Adobe Photoshop CC, Visual Quick Start Guide, Peachpit Press

Supplies: Portable storage devices, Dropbox account, Sketchbook, visual journal, portfolio, additional supplies as needed to complete projects

Software: Adobe Photoshop CC

Platform: Macintosh iMac OS X 10.10—Yosemite

Course Goals

ART 180 is an overview and exploration of Photoshop CC as used to produce and enhance digital photography. The digital photographer acquires images.

There are three ways to accomplish this feat:

  1. scanning original photographic prints, film and transparencies,
  2. downloading digital images from stock photography sites,
  3. or using a digital camera.

This course will explore all three methods.

You will be introduced to the creative potential as well as the constraints of computer graphics.

Adobe Photoshop is recognized by the design and imaging industry as the premiere image manipulation software program. Expertise in Photoshop is the basic building block in the digital artist/designer’s arsenal of tools.

Course End Competencies

The student’s final grade will depend upon the student’s comprehension of the following course end competencies.

By the end of the course, students should:

  • have a clear understanding of the operation of Photoshop’s main features and be able to use the software’s tools and commands
  • be able to import images by scanning, photo CD and digital camera
  • be able to select specific areas or colors in the photographic image
  • understand layers and channels
  • be able to use the Image > Adjust commands such as Levels, Brightness/Contrast, Color Balance and Variation controls
  • be able to resize, resample and adjust the canvas and image size of an image
  • use a variety of image filters to enhance their photographic images
  • Students must produce a portfolio of advanced work that will demonstrate to a future employer the quality and substance of students’ thinking and image making.

Major Concepts

There are four components to this course:

  1. The operation of a Macintosh-based computer graphics workstation including hardware/software, the central processing unit (CPU), the graphic-users interface (GUI), and the use of removable storage disks.
  2. The generation and manipulation of bit-mapped images with paint and continuous tone software applications
  3. Input of images/photographs using flat-bed and/or transparency scanners and digital camera
  4. Output of images for hardcopy production via laserwriter and inkjet printers

The concepts that these units will detail are—

  • System Hardware and Operating System Software
  • Input/Output Devices & Techniques: hardcopy production; import of text and graphics
  • Storage using portable drives
  • Creating images/design using graphic tools in both Illustrator and Freehand
  • Computer Graphic Capabilities/Constraints with Traditional 2-D Design
  • Graphic File Format Distinctions (i.e., PSD, EPS, JPEG, PDF, etc.)
  • Monochrome, Grayscale, and Color Images (bit-depth, resolution, dithering/halftones, RGB vs. CMYK, memory needs)

Point Breakdown

  • Four Projects – 70 Points
    • Project 1 – 15 points
    • Project 2 – 15 points
    • Project 3 – 20 points
    • Project 4 – 20 points
  • Midterm 5 points
  • Final Exam Project 5 points
  • Final Portfolio, print/digital 10 points
  • In-class projects/critique/participation 10 points

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