Class hours: 9:40am – 2:05pm
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 mornings. (I say this, but there is a very good chance they come out the weekend before. I like working early and being ahead. The assignments will always be out by Wednesday morning…but there is a very real chance assignments are there Monday if you want extra time to work.)
You will get 2 weeks per assignment. There is a critique component of each project which this year I am transitioning from a written narrative to a presentation. I feel this more accurately matches up with our industries. You don’t turn in papers to clients, you present. While you present I will be looking at your file management to ensure you have followed the specifications of the project. Presentations will happen at 11:10, every second Wednesday mornings in Cawd2. Mr. Moore was nice enough to carve out some of his days while I have coverage with our English teacher.
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. I will be looking to see your organization when you present to the class on Wednesday’s at 11:10.
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:
As you are in your own room, with your own teacher this year, 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.
(All of the above information will be in Assignment 1 only as a reference. Feel free to ask any question at any time.)
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 7th.
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. 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
- Tranfering 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 3 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.
Turning in work
Create a folder called “dim”.
Create a folder called “assignment_1” inside “dim”.
Inside place a total of 6 .jpgs, nice and big.
- raw_1.jpg through raw_3.jpg
- post_1.jpg through post_3.jpg
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.
The presentation is 100% of your grade. You will take 3-5 minutes and present:
- Goals of the assignment (1 or 2 sentences, we will all have the same-ish content, but it is good to do)
- Your three images, and what you did specifically with each. What were your goals with each specific photo?
- Self-reflection. What went right? What would you change in the future? (Must have at least 1 critique of your own work, this helps growth and internal evaluation of you as a designer.)
- Show me your files / digital asset management.
Be ready by 11:10 every other Wednesday. Plan your time well. Ask Mr. Moore for Cameras. Give yourself time to go out and take great photos. Plan on at least two hours for each project in Photoshop.
Consider taking October 7th and joining a Photo walk. None in Vermont as of now … create one! Maybe all of you crazy kids go out and do it together. Mt. Philo? Mt. Mansfield? Dawsons Creek? All good options.
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 4th
- Due Wednesday, October 18th at 11:10 AM through Presentation in Cawd2