VISC102 - Fundamentals of Imaging

Prerequisite or Corequisite:
Demonstrated competency through appropriate assessment or earning a grade of ā€œCā€ 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.

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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.

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Adjustment Layers

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.

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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.

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Photo Restoration

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.

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Body Modification

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.

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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.

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Test Prep

Photoshop Review

This week we will be reviewing for the test.

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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.

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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.

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Logo Design

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.

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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.

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Infographic Design

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.

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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.

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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.

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