Class hours: 9:40 – 2:05
Welcome to Digital Image Manipulation!
This 3 Credit College class is based around “Digital Image Manipulation“. We will use Photoshop, the undisputed industry standard in this regard.
Assignments come out on Wednesday’s at Noon. You will get 2 weeks per assignment. Wednesday’s at noon the previous assignment is due, and Wednesday at noon the next assignment will be posted.
From the CCV website:
Students will learn the properties of various digital image files and their use in both Internet and print applications. Using an industry standard image editing program, students will learn how to select, modify, adjust, combine and manipulate digital images for the internet and print applications. The technical and creative aspects of image manipulation will be covered, as well as image file types such as .jpg, .gif, .png, and .tif. Copyright issues, ethical usage of images on the web, and explanation of the different resolution requirements between web and print images will also be discussed.
- Demonstrate the use of various image editing tools including: selection, cloning, painting and drawing as well as defining their sensitivity or selection criteria.
- Explore the various color modes, RGB, CMYK, and Hexadecimal and their adjustments using various tools including: contrast, curves, brightness, contrast and saturation.
- Create and/or modify images using levels, mats, filters and effects.
- Explain the differences between Web images and print images including the color gamut and formulas used to determine image resolution.
- Explain the differences between bitmap/raster image editing programs and vector graphics drawing programs.
- Demonstrate imaging technology skills and apply appropriate techniques and terminology.
- Explain copyright issues and guidelines and apply them to all course assignments.
- Create new images and modify existing images for presentations on the Web and in print.
- Create new images for use on the web and modify existing images for presentation on the web.
All student work will be uploaded to the Cawd server just as our traditional high school class-work, only in a different folder structure. Attention to detail in work submission will be as strict as in Cawd, file naming, location, and extensions must be as specified for full credit – mimicking best practice in the design world.
Each week your digital work will be supplemented by a Self Critique which shows up on that project page. These Critiques must explicitly and expressively explain what you have done – this was a major requirement from CCV to allow us to have this course. The ability to express what you have done digitally with words is an integral part of this class.
Late work receives a 3 letter grade penalty. For example, “A” level work turned in late would count as a “D”. Late work will grade graded with our class rubric first and then penalized from that grade.
Following is the Rublic used for DIM classes:
100% of your grade for Digital Image Manipulation comes from the 7 DIM specific projects. 6 of the projects will be Design Focused, with the seventh (concurrently assigned with the 6th Design Project) being a research paper. It does appear the final projects will be due in January – I could not get everything in before break without it feeling rushed.
Turning in work
Create a folder called “dim” in your root directory. Inside of this create a website to display your work. You can hand code it, you can use Bootstrap, you can use Angular. You will be presenting ALL of your work through your website in “dim”.
Whatever I ask for in the specific requirement must show up in each of your “dim” projects. Each project will have it’s own page, and own link. At the end we will have a comprehensive website with all of your work product from this college class.
Each and every assignment will have a written self reflective critique. I will not talk to you about your work, I will read your work that not only defends what you did, but helps explain the process. Each critique will be 1-2 pages of text in length, and will be created with headings, paragraphs, etc, and be interspersed with your imagery.
- Goals of the assignment.
- Depending on the amount of work product assigned, break down each section and explain what you did. For example DIM1 has 3 mini projects, you would write about each one separately.
- Self-reflection. What went right? What would you change in the future? Give yourself Constructive Criticism. (Must have at least 1 critique of your own work, this helps growth and internal evaluation of you as a designer.)
(All of the above information will be in Assignment 1 only as a reference. Feel free to ask any question at any time. You know where Cawd is.)
Assignment 1: Featured Design Element
The first assignment of Digital Image Manipulation will combine both obtaining of raw imagery with our cameras and equipment in Cawd2, as well as post-processing in Photoshop. It also connects nicely with Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk on Saturday, October 6th – THIS SATURDAY.
From Scott Kelby’s site:
On the first Saturday of October each year, photographers and enthusiasts around the world get out their cameras and meet up at a designated location in their town to walk around and take photographs, socialize, and make new friends.
The goal of this assignment is to feature a single design element in a fall foliage themed photo. You will do this by desaturating the other elements in the scene, and potentially exaggerating the visual look of your selected design element. Maybe increase the saturation of the oranges to really put emphasis on the foliage, as an example, but stay this side of the realistic/fake line.
I am looking for foliage powered projects, with limited human evidence. No pies, no pumpkins, no Dunkin Donuts fall coffees.
Step 1 is going to be going out in the world during our Vermont Foliage Season and taking photographs. Assume that 90% of your photos will be “meh”. If you need 3 good ones, take 30 photos. Just as cooking with fresh ingredients makes better food, doing post-processing work in Photoshop with higher quality photos (both in focus and composition) will lead to a better end result.
Tools and Techniques you will be practicing include:
- Taking photos
- Transferring photos from camera to computer
- Masks / Clipping Paths
- Clipping Masks
- Desaturation of non-featured design elements
- Color balances
- Hue / Saturations
I do want you to push this design to the bounds of reality. I don’t want the colors to look fake, but I do want them to be pushed to exaggerate the realities. You as a designer will have to find that sweet spot between saturation and exposure adjustments, without making it look like an 8-bit color palette.
You are going to turn in 3 images raw images, and 3 post produced images for grading (3 images used twice). Here are some post produced images to show the work product you may have:
You have two weeks for these assignments as they will force you to think and learn how to do … whatever you wish to do. This is college, engage the brain. I have no problem with you working together as long as you are doing your own work. If Judah learns about a new type of mask in Photoshop CC 2018 and wants to teach a quick 10 minute mini-lesson in Cawd – do it!
On the “DIM1 – Featured Design Element” page place a total of 6 .jpgs:
- “raw_1.jpg” through “raw_3.jpg”
- “post_1.jpg” through “post_3.jpg”
I need to see the raw imagery you started with, and then the post production you did in Photoshop.
I do not care if in DIM you scale down your thumbnails as original versions of your work. Use CSS for this if you would like. While this is not best practice for most Web Projects (as your thumbnails may be huge file sizes), the fact that I am assessing you on the images themselves means I must have access to the huge .jpg’s. If you really REALLY want to scale down the work and create smaller images that is fine, but I must have links to the full size images. .
Use paragraphs around each set of images to best show off your work. Quality Photoshop can present very poorly, show off your work as best you can – just as you would in your Portfolio for whichever college you are applying for.
If you don’t know how to do something
- Talk to Mr. Moore. He is very good at this.
- Google. Google. Google.
- Talk to me.
Plan your time well. Ask Mr. Moore for Cameras. Give yourself time to go out and take great photos. Give yourself enough time for the post-production in Photoshop.
Consider taking October 6th and joining a Photo walk. Or get together on Saturday and hang out and walk through the UVM campus, or go to Stowe, etc.
Keep in mind that October 6th is also the first day of Bow Hunting in Vermont, so don’t dress up like a Deer to blend into nature and just walk into the woods. You don’t want to be looking at this through your lens.
One more thing…
Keep all your photos! You may need a photo for DIM4, and maybe something you take for DIM2 will work.
Dates to remember
- Assigned Wednesday, October 3rd at noon
- Due Wednesday, October 17th at noon