Adobe Photoshop

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Adobe Photoshop is the premier software application used by artists, designers and creative professionals for so different disciplines including graphic design, digital photography, web design, and many other industries. This semester course is designed to give students an introductory understanding of how to use Photoshop and perform many different image-processing techniques. Students will learn the Photoshop fundamentals such as tools, terms and concepts to create/edit graphics and manipulate images. Various lessons, projects, and class assignments will assist students learn how to select parts of images, retouching photographs, layers, filters, col.or modes, and many other specific Photoshop operations. Some studio fees may apply to this course. Prerequisite class for Advanced Graphic Arts: Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator.

Class Outline

  • Concentration on specific tools within the program and the different uses.
  • Masking and various techniques to effectively create a clipping mask.
  • Selections and the numerous ways a selection can be created within Photoshop.
  • Knowledge of pixel based artwork and images.
  • Thoroughly discuss and explore Photoshop palettes and extra features/options.
  • In depth view and use of the pen tool, and how to efficiently create vector paths.
  • Color and the importance of understanding how digital artwork uses color.
  • Brushes: creating, using, and manipulating Photoshop brushes.
  • The fundamentals of using layers to isolate and separate elements of an image.
  • Filters and how to properly use them within Photoshop.
  • Best practices for opening, saving, and exporting documents.
  • Understanding image resolution settings of pixel based artwork in Photoshop.
  • Best practices and guidelines for layout design within Photoshop.
  • Knowledge of fonts to achieve optimal results with rasterized text.

Class Outcome

  • Will gain knowledge of Photoshop history, techniques, terms and pixel based concepts.
  • Familiar with the basic operation of the Macintosh computer system.
  • Learned to use the Internet to research and retrieve information relating to Communication Design.
  • Become adept at using Adobe Photoshop to solve Communication Design problems.
  • Students will understand the role of other graphic software applications such as InDesign, scanning software and Illustrator.
  • Used sketches as a preliminary step to solving problems on the Macintosh.
  • Learned to present design work in a professional manner.
  • Students will have learned the process of initiating positive, constructive criticism of design projects.
  • Recognize the importance of and built the sense of discipline and strong work ethic required in the Graphic Arts industry.

Course Standards

  1. Graphic Design Principles and Elements of Art: Students will have an understanding of and be able to explain basic principles of design, elements of art and their use in graphic design.
  2. Design Ideas and Sketches: Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to compare and contrast a variety of their thumbnail sketches and justify the development of a single design idea.
  3. Artistic Works and Influences: Students will demonstrate an understanding of art/design in its historical context, including the social, political, economic, and religious context through research and discovery.
  4. Experimentation and Practice: Students will explore digital software tools to manipulate vector paths, edit raster images and prepare graphics files with correct color, resolution, and file formats for both print and screen output.
  5. Digital Tools and Software: Students will use non-destructive editing techniques to correct, improve, alter, and combine original photographs and digital graphics using Apple hardware, Adobe software, and other forms of creative applications.
  6. Creativity and Originality: Students will be able to put into practice the design process to conceive, develop and construct new idea solutions from conceptual sketches to aesthetically finished pieces of art.
  7. Demonstrate and Communicate Art Concepts: Students will be able to apply creative problem-solving procedures to visually produce cohesive designs that successfully communicate the intended message.
  8. Involvement and Collaboration: Students will effectively perform individually or as a member of a design team to produce artwork in response to client/teacher generated projects.
  9. Artistry and Accuracy: Students will demonstrate the correct usage of digital editing software to combine graphics, images, color, and typography in single and multi-page design document.
  10. Completion and Critique: Students will be able to finish artwork that demonstrates various problem-solving design strategies and can verbally deliver a presentation describing the thought process of their visual work.

Graphic Arts Club

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Photography Club

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