ARTS 342 Digital Imaging

Creating multiple digital images through a varied methodology. Preparing digitized art for electronic media and the printed page through electronic pre-press techniques. Training in a professional image-editing application. May be taken twice for credit. (Formerly ARTS 351)

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Training in a professional image editing software application is crucial to the development of a graphic and media designer. The ability to create, manipulate, edit and create digital images from photos and other digital media is a required skillset for anyone entering these or related fields.

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Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be at least 200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Design Project Assignments (8)

The student will implement the creative process and apply learnings of digital imaging to create various projects focusing on using certain tools within Adobe Photoshop.

Design Project: Collage Assignment 

The student will demonstrate software knowledge by combining several photos on different layers within Photoshop. The student will take one photoshop file and create a collage showcasing things about himself/herself, hobbies, family, etc.

Design Project: Panorama Assignment 

The student will demonstrate software knowledge of Camera Raw by importing at least five photos within Photoshop Camera Raw. The student will then take the five pictures and merge them to create a panorama.

Design Project: Layers Assignment 

The student will demonstrate software knowledge by combining at least 3 photos on different layers within Photoshop to create a scenery.

Design Project: Color Assignment 

The student will use the tools and features of photos to take his/her black and white photo to the next level. The student will demonstrate using the selection and coloring tools to add a splash of color to a black and white photo. The overall goal is to bring a dull photo back to life by coloring the components to make them seem life-like.

Design Project: Retouching Assignment 

The student will use tools like Content Aware, Retouching, or cloning. The student will be taking an object out of a photo. This must be done to three photos.

Design Project: Movie Poster Assignment 

The student will plan and create a movie poster in Photoshop choosing appropriate typefaces, adjusting the hue, value, and saturation of color harmonies to create appropriate and aesthetically pleasing color harmonies that foster legible type. The movie poster will be a mock for the movie “Outside walls”. The student will choose images that can be manipulated together to create a scenery from the movie.

Design Project: Animation Milestone Assignment 

The student will submit sketches of what he/she plans for his/her animation to be in the Design Project 7 or a rough GIF to show his/her beginning stages.

Design Project: Animation Assignment 

The student will use the timeline feature of photoshop to create a simple animation introducing himself/herself. The student can choose to either use frame animation or video timeline settings.

Quizzes (7)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5-14 multiple-choice, multiple-answer, and true/false questions, and have a 45-minute time limit.

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