VISC102 - Fundamentals of Imaging
Prerequisite or Corequisite:
Demonstrated competency through appropriate assessment or earning a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 024 or ENGL 093 and ENGL 031 or ENGL 083.
Introduces students to a full range of image input technology and manipulation including conventional photography, digital imaging, and computer scanners. Students will learn to communicate concepts and ideas through various imaging devices. Explores composition and fosters creativity.
Intro to Photoshop
Learning the basics of Photoshop
In this course, we will discuss the various applications and capabilities of Photoshop in the multimedia and design industries. We will also familiarize ourselves with the basic layout of functions of Photoshop.
Masking & Selection
Using various methods to select and isolate layer elements
There are many ways to select and isolate image content. In this lesson, we will discuss the advantage of using non-destructive masking techniques to show and hide different image elements.
Non-destructive ways to adjust our file's color and lighting
In this lesson, we will learn some advanced techniques to enhancing a photo's lighting and color through non-destructive Adjustment Layers.
Vectors & The Pen Tool
Practice using Photoshop's vector toolset
In this lesson, we will learn how to use Photoshop's vector tools to make selections, masks, and shapes that would otherwise be difficult or cumbersome using Rasterized methods.
Repairing damaged old photos and retro-fying new photos
Using a combination of tools in Photoshop, we will learn to restore an old and damaged photo to look as good as new.
Altering someone's physical features through digital surgery
In this lesson, we will discuss the moral debate surrounding the use of digital means to alter people's appearance as well as learn the very techniques that are used in such situations.
Graphic Design & Typography
Disecting what makes a good layout
In this lesson, we will learn how to use Photoshop's type tools and about good layout principles when using type with an image.
This week we will be reviewing for the test.
Illustrator & Vector Imaging
Intro to Adobe Illustrator
We've seen briefly what Photoshop is capable of with regards to the Pen tool. Now, let's dive into Illustrator and immerse ourselves in more advanced vector graphics techniques.
Pictograms & Simple Vector Illustration
Communicating through iconography
In this lesson, we will learn some more techniques to create simplified vector images. We will also study principles behind effective communication through simple imagery and symbology.
Understanding what makes an affective trademark
Sometimes less is more. This is especially true in logo design. Modern culture is swarming with corporate logos that have been permanently etched into our memories. This week, we will discuss what makes a logo affective and apply those principles to creating our own logos in Illustrator.
3D Elements in Illustrator
Working with Illustrator's 3d tools
In this lesson, we will learn how to use some of Illustrator's powerful 3D tools and apply them to creating our own application icons.
Communicating complex ideas visually
Inforgraphics have quickly become one of the most popular and entertaining ways to visually explain abstract concepts, heavy amounts of data, and much more. This week, we will learn principles of effective data communication and how to apply those principles to creating our own infographic.
Album Cover Design
Combining Photoshop and Illustrator to create a album art
We will go over the various principles we have learned throughout the course and then discuss our final project - designing an album cover for a fictitious band.
Designer Best Practices
100 Do's and Don'ts of Design
These are some of the most common mistakes I see beginnings repeat over and over. Good design can be acheived by learning some basic rules.