Digital Imaging – ARTS 342

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 12/12/2022

Course Description

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. (Formerly ARTS 351)

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

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.

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 5-15 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have up to a 18-minute time limit.

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. Take one photoshop file and create a collage showcasing things about yourself, hobbies, family etc.

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, take your black and white photo to the next level. You 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: Crop Assignment 

The student will will take 2 different pictures and make them into a mash up that is completely integrated together testing their photoshop ability and creativity.

Design Project: Retouching Assignment 

The student will use tools like Content Aware, Retouching, or cloning you will be taking an object out of a photo.

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”. 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 they plan for their animation to be in the Design Project 7 or a rough GIF to show their beginning stages

Design Project: Animation Assignment 

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