Digital Imaging – ARTS 542

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

This is a directed study of the creation of images utilizing digital and other tools for the purpose creating digital images. Students will choose one of five areas of concentration within the course: digital painting for fine art, digital illustration for commercial design, interactive media prototype development, digital photographic processes, imaging and compositing, special topics suggested by the student. This study will comprise of a series of four (4) special project modules that are related in a thematic or serial manner. There will be a written research module to investigate thoroughly the concentrated area. The projects will culminate in a formal presentation at the end of the semester with work properly presented accompanied by a verbal presentation. May be taken twice.

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


Whether the area of specialization for the designer is illustration, design, print, or interactive media, the study of the creation of digital images is crucial. An in-depth exploration of theory, concept and creation is key for the design professional to develop personal style and direction. Research into broad-reaching implications and applications of this discipline can be impactful on the student.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (5)

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.

Exercise: Base Drawing Assignment

In this exercise, you will be working on Exercise 01: Base Drawing from the textbook "Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop" by 3D Total Publishing (page 31). The goal is to develop your foundational skills in digital painting by creating a solid and detailed base drawing using the instructions provided on that page.

Exercise: Value & Color Assignment

In this exercise, you will be working on Exercise 02: Value (page 42) and Exercise 03: Color (page 50) from the textbook "Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop" by 3D Total Publishing. These exercises aim to develop your skills in creating value-based and color-based digital paintings using the instructions provided.

Exercise: Fairytale Scene Beginning Assignment

In this exercise, you will be working on Chapter 9: Fairytale Scene from the textbook "The Photoshop Workbook" by Glyn Dewis. The goal of this assignment is to create a fairytale scene by incorporating a miniature room and adding toys.

Exercise: Fairytale Scene Final Assignment

In this exercise, you will continue working on the Fairytale Scene assignment from Chapter 9 of the textbook "The Photoshop Workbook" by Glyn Dewis. In Part Two of the assignment, you will focus on adding shadows, children, transitioning day to night, creating wardrobe light, and adding finishing touches.

Digital Painting Project Assignments (4)

The outcome for the Digital Painting Project is the creation of realistic food paintings that symbolize the Fruits of the Spirit mentioned in the Bible (Galatians 5:22-23). The Fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Your goal is to visually capture the essence and symbolism of 2 fruits through realistic digital food paintings.

Digital Painting Project: Topic Selection Assignment

To do this effectively, you will need to identify your style, composition and food that will symbolize the Fruits of the Spirit.

Digital Painting Project: Base Drawing Assignment

The base drawings will serve as the foundation for your final digital food paintings, allowing you to express the chosen fruits' symbolism and convey their significance.

Digital Painting Project: Value & Color Assignment

In the Value & Color assignment, you will explore values and colors to enhance the realism and visual impact of your digital paintings. Building upon your base drawing, this phase allows you to vividly convey the significance of your chosen fruits. By selecting and applying values, you create depth and dimension through light, shadow, and form. Additionally, you will experiment with colors to accurately represent the unique hues, saturations, and temperature of your fruits. Top of Form

Digital Painting Project: Detail, Texture & Final Assignment

In the Detail and Texture assignment, you will add intricate details and textures to your digital paintings, enhancing their realism and visual impact. Building upon your base drawing and previous work with values and colors, this phase brings your chosen fruits to life with finer nuances. By incorporating careful details and textures, you will enrich the surfaces and features of the fruits, creating dynamic and captivating artwork.

Digital Photo Manipulation Project Assignments (4)

The Digital Photo Manipulation Project aims to create visually captivating artworks blending surrealism with themes inspired by faith and Christianity.

Digital Photo Manipulation Project: Topic Selection Assignment

By selecting a topic that aligns with your faith, conducting thorough research, and engaging in planning and brainstorming, you will develop a concept that effectively conveys your message.

Photo Manipulation Project: Photo Placement Assignment

By carefully choosing and placing photos, you will build a composition that reflects the desired surrealistic elements and effectively communicates your message.

Photo Manipulation Project: Review Assignment

You will start manipulating the chosen photos to create visually captivating artworks that blend surrealism.

Photo Manipulation Project: Final Assignment

In this stage, you will focus on finalizing your composition, ensuring that all elements are cohesive, visually captivating, and effectively communicate your intended message.