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PhotoShop Bootcamp - Clarke College
Technical Platform: At Clarke College we have a Macintosh Lab equipped with networked iMacs with 300+ megahertz processors and Iomega Zip drives (each student is required to bring his/her own Zip cartridge on which to save one's work). We also have a projectable system for class demonstrations.
Though one can develop excellent technique using a simple mouse with Adobe PhotoShop, the real power of PhotoShop is best leveraged using a stylus and pressure sensitive tablet. The Wacom Graphire is among the better tablets the instructor recommends. if you are s serious user, a Graphire is a must and is less than $100.
Adobe PhotoShop's tools (the brush) airbrush and eraser) have been programmed to respond to the pressure sensitive tablet This enables the user to attain not only precise control, but a much more natural feel for spontaneous drawing and painting. Though the instructor doesn't require students in this course to purchase a tablet, if you are serious about PhotoShop, and believe it will become an important part of your career, a tablet would be an excellent investment (you can avail yourself of a significant student discount... check with campus technology resources or check Wacom.com, the leading manufacturer of pressure sensitive tablets for use with PhotoShop). Pressure sensitive tablets are made for either Mac's and PCs. Gary will be demonstrating the Wacom GraphireTablet from time to time during class. It's a duo platform USB tablet that works with both Mac and PC computer platforms. If you're interested in learning more about pressure sensitive tablets, talk to your instructor.
At issue in the Macintosh Labs is that all of the iMac computers use USB ports rather than standard serial device connections. This is terrific if your personal computer is also equipped with a USB port. Then you could carry your tablet with you and plug it in wherever you happen to be.
Student Qualifications: This is a basic-level to mid-level skills course for students with little or no previous experience with PhotoShop 5. However, even those with mid-level mastery of PhotoShop basics could benefit from taking this course. Because PhotoShop has broad applications and a vast tool set, users often become specialized around a specific and limited set of capabilities. Even experienced users often feel they are not using the program to its fullest potential. Furthermore, many users do not fully comprehend the complex application of such issues as pixel resolution and how it applies to commercial printing. Those who use PhotoShop as a Web design tool need more experience learning how to maximize print quality. Those who use PhotoShop for printing, tend to be insecure in Web applications and leveraging color palette reduction and file compression options to improve Web site performance. Then there are those users who wish to use PhotoShop for the myriad of multimedia applications, CD-ROM interactive media, digital video editing, etc., all of which have their own image format considerations. Consequently, all of these students will likely benefit from this course.
Course Logistics: This course is based on a hands-on workshop learning model. Student assignments as well as class lessons can be executed on the Library's Mac Lab or on Communication Department Lab Computers which have PhotoShop 5 onboard.
Student Materials: Though it is not absolutely necessary, it is advisable students own a personal copy of PhotoShop 5, and a personal computer on which to run it. Undoubtedly, there will be the need to complete class assignments on ones own, and a lab computer might not be convenient or available on demand. The software is available to students at a significant discount in the Clarke Bookstore.
Course Objectives: This course is designed to provide students with a functional knowledge of how to use PhotoShop 5 to edit digital media and learn how PhotoShop is used in design and production phases in publishing, Web design and multimedia applications.
Student Requirements: The student is required to complete the 5 assignments which include:
VI. Learning Objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will know the following skills, techniques and tools that apply to PhotoShop 5
A. Getting images into PhotoShop B. Working with Resolutions C. Anti-aliasing: Understanding
and utilizing one of PhotoShops most powerful features which interpolates
contrasting pixel colors to render smoother gradations in color and better rendering of
type elements. This feature contributes to more pleasing results when re-sizing graphics
and changing resolution.
B. Working with Resolutions
C. Anti-aliasing: Understanding and utilizing one of PhotoShops most powerful features which interpolates contrasting pixel colors to render smoother gradations in color and better rendering of type elements. This feature contributes to more pleasing results when re-sizing graphics and changing resolution.
D. Choosing the most appropriate graphic file format for your project and how these formats relate to platform dependence, color management, color depth and file size
E. Identifying and Working with Color Palettes
F. The PhotoShop 5 Tools
G. Working with Foreground and Background Color
H. Editing Modes
I. Working with Layers
J. Working with Paths
K. Working with Channels
L. Type Manipulation in Adobe PhotoShop 5
M. Layer Effects
N. Image Editing
O. Image Manipulation
2. Adjusting an Image
4. Apply Image
6. Image Size
7. Canvas Size
9. Rotate Canvas
P. Layer Manipulation
Q. The Select Menu
R. The Filter Menu
S. The View Menu
T. Windows and Palettes
Course Syllabus for PhotoShop 5 Boot Camp
The course is held over an 8-week schedule. There are two classes per week.
Objective: Convey to students what the instructors expectations are to successfully complete this course.
In this first assignment we will use the following tools, working on this image right along with the instructor.
Special Notice: Save your practice file that you downloaded to your disk. We will be revisiting this for class lectures and demonstrations.
Class 2: Assignment: Creating the Photographic Postcard
Objective: The student learns the following steps in the process
of digitizing an image which include The Scan, Color Balancing, Retouching, and Optimizing
Resolution for Target Application Requirements: Students must have two or more photographs they
wish to scan and manipulate and a portable disk on which to store the file. Elements of
both photographs will be combined into one photograph. Special Notice: In the previous class we didn't get a chance
to talk about masking or clipping tools. We will endeavor to cover these capabilities of
PhotoShop in this or the next class. Class 3 The Photograph (continued) Objective: Supervise students progress on their
photographs and provide individualized guidance and remedial help for those in need. In
this session we are going to learn how PhotoShops anti-aliasing feature works to
improve image quality.
Requirements: Students must have two or more photographs they wish to scan and manipulate and a portable disk on which to store the file. Elements of both photographs will be combined into one photograph.
Special Notice: In the previous class we didn't get a chance to talk about masking or clipping tools. We will endeavor to cover these capabilities of PhotoShop in this or the next class.
Class 3 The Photograph (continued)
Objective: Supervise students progress on their photographs and provide individualized guidance and remedial help for those in need. In this session we are going to learn how PhotoShops anti-aliasing feature works to improve image quality.
Class 4: Working in Layers and Combining Image Elements from Different Sources
Objective: In this class we begin by scanning our second image
so we can combines elements of both image sources to create a single compelling image.
Extensive use of PhotoShops layering is covered in this class. Click
here to retrieve pieces for a lesson which will help you
learn the principles of this portion of the class. Download the pieces
to your hard drive on your workstation.
Click here to retrieve pieces for a lesson which will help you learn the principles of this portion of the class. Download the pieces to your hard drive on your workstation.
Class 5: Working with Type Elements in PhotoShop 5
Objective: The student learn to use type elements in layers, and
the tools used to manipulate those type elements including the following effects: Outer Bevel Requirement in this Class: Students
will add type element to their composition and an appropriate effect that will contribute
to the effectiveness of the image. This will complete the first class project. See
the Gallery to view the students' Postcard
Requirement in this Class: Students will add type element to their composition and an appropriate effect that will contribute to the effectiveness of the image. This will complete the first class project. See the Gallery to view the students' Postcard Design Project!
Class 6: Choosing the Correct File Format for your Image
Objective: In this pivotal class, students will learn the most
appropriate file format for their image file and understand the correlation of resolution
to file format. Also, we will discuss the cross platform implications of certain file
formats and their appropriateness for one operating system over another. Expectations: Students will save their image in two different
formats for the following target application: high-resolution printing and the Web.
Expectations: Students will save their image in two different formats for the following target application: high-resolution printing and the Web.
Class 7: Working With Color in PhotoShop 5
Objective: Students will understand the different characteristics of color in PhotoShop 5.
Assignment: The Web Banner: Students will be required to create a photographic or rendered image through a combination and composition of imagery. They then must optimize the result for the most efficient Web deployment.
Requirements: Students must bring image elements to class, either found or created, that can be combined to create an advertisement for the Web. The theme is provided by the instructor.
Class 8: The Web Banner Project (continued)
Objective: Students must make some progress on their individual assignments and present them for review by the instructor and fellow classmates. This will be a lab day in which the assignment can be advanced during class time.
Class 9: Working with Filters in PhotoShop 5
Objective: Students will learn the practicalities and applications of PhotoShops filters, among them:
Assignment: An Original Image (Poster): This assignment serves to provide experience in working with PhotoShops array of image manipulation filters.
Requirement: Students must bring imagery that can be used in a original composition. It can contain photographic, drawn or painted images. The design objective is to create a poster, so have a theme ready for class or the instructor will provide one.
Class 10: Review the Poster Project
Review: Students will present their posters (both electronic and hard copy) and describe their techniques for achieving their results.
Lesson and Objectives: We will cover the art of grayscale and bitmap image creation using PhotoShop 5. Students will learn how to:
Assignment: The Black and White Image (halftone): Scan, optimize and convert an image to Grayscale and then to a Bitmap image.
Student Requirement: Students must have an appropriate image with which to work. Students will scan the images in class, manipulate them according to the lesson and choose the best file format with which to save the image on disk.
Class 11: The Black and White Halftone Assignment Continued
Objective: This is a lab class in which students can use lab equipment to further manipulate their image. Supervision by the instructor will determine areas of opportunity or remedial help. There may be a further detailed lesson in this class depending on opportunities discovered among the students as they seek to meet their individual objectives.
Lesson: Determined by students progress on the assignment
Student Requirement: Students must be prepared to present final image for evaluation.
Class 12: Preparing for the Final Assignment
Objective: Students will begin working on their Final Assignment which is a complex, layered composition which will utilize several of PhotoShops effects filters.
See Memories of a Lifetime for samples which illustrate the basic concept of this assignment.
Assignment: The Layered Illustration with Background Texture and Compositional Elements Gathered or Created by the Student. The student must plan, collect and execute a layered composition using a background texture, photographic elements, 3D objects), and possibly some uniquely created elements, either drawn or painted.
The Theme: This will be a personal, visual, biographic depiction of your entire life up to now. It must contain images and objects that symbolize important memories or milestones in your life. It can contain images of your parents, significant people in your life present and past, found objects such as buttons, badges, athletic equipment (baseball, perhaps), old shoes, a piece of sheet music, images from a movie that was important to you, the lyrics to a song, a photo of a pet, a childhood sketch, a favorite book. Use your imagination.
Class 13: Preparing your Composition
Objective: This is a hands-on opportunity in the lab to discover opportunities and determine remedial help among the students.
Lesson: The lesson for this class will be determined by the level of sophistication in the students works and their desire for more creative opportunities and variations.
Student Requirement: Students must make significant progress on his assignment during the class.
Class 14 Lab and Catch-up
Objective: Students must be prepared to show their work in either digital or hard copy form.
Class 15: Portfolio Review
Objective: Students will learn techniques of portfolio creation and maintenance from an expert, both traditional and Web-based. The
Lesson: The instructor provides insight into portfolio presentation, both traditional and Web-based.
Class 16: Lab and Catch-up
Objective: Students bring their portfolios to class for evaluation by the instructor
Lesson: An original video is planned for the class which features a local design studio with interviews of how these professionals use PhotoShop 5 to pursue their livelihoods.
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