PH272 - Basic Image Design with Photoshop
Tuesday 2-5pm
Professor Terry Towery
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Course Outline
Course Overview This class introduces students to Adobe Photoshop. Since the computer has radically changed the imaging world, in this class students will learn to use it as a tool in making and editing images. A core philosophy of this class is learning to use the tools most relevant to image-makers, specifically selecting, adjusting, transforming and retouching. Additionally using Layers, Masks, & Alpha Channels will be emphasized.
Using the computer as a tool for image-makers, weekly assignments are devoted to introducing basic 2&3D design concepts as they apply to making and editing images, Assignments will become increasingly complex as students gain technical mastery. Reading, writing, and out of class independent visits are assigned throughout the semester to further students understanding of design, technology, and visual literacy. A mid-term and final will be assigned.
Form, Line, Positive and Negative Space, Value, Contrast, Rhythm, Abstraction, Movement, Pattern, Organic and Geometric
Color Concepts
Hue, Saturation, Luminance, Monochrome, Polychrome, Color's effect on content
Computer Skills
PhotoShop, Scanning Images (slides, negatives, prints), Printing, DPI, LPI, PPI, Vector, Raster
Reading and Writing
You are required to turn in several written responses over the course of the class. All responses must be typed on the computer, double-spaced, ten or twelve-point type only. No Courier type.
You will create a series of 10 images, 5x5 inch square, each one must illustrate 2-3 different ideas explored during the first half of the semester. When looking at the sequence of images the texture, light, and value should reinforce an overall sense of movement. The pacing of the images is extremely important in creating this effect successfully.
The final will consist of a portfolio of images no smaller then 5x5 that have a specific order which creates a larger meaning, through juxtaposition, placement, and pacing. This portfolio should consist of 20 color prints. Two of the pages must include type. The images should be developed from the images you create during the weekly assignments. Your developing critical journey should be apparent in this group of imagery. Additionally you must turn in a portfolio of all the images you created for the semester. These images will be returned to you one week after the end of classes.

Bring materials to every class
Some assignments will require additional materials
Zip Disks – at least three Macintosh compatible only
Sketch book -  at least 8x10
Drawing implements – pencils – artists
Writing implements – pens, black markers, thick and thin – sharpies
Pencil sharpener, eraser – kneaded and white
Straight edge metal ruler – 24” is good
Glue  - stick is good
A selection of your own images - no copywritten materials may be used for class


Required Books:
These can be purchased at the FIT Bookstore
Photohop 6 Against the Clock
Non-Designers Design Book by Robin Williams

During the semester you will be required to read three from this list:
Art in America
Art Forum
PDN – Photo District News – especially the Pix issue

Additional Reading-not required:
Photoshop 6 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide by Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas

New York Times arts and technology sections
How Magazine
You Must Attend Class! After three absences you will be dropped from the class. You Must Be On Time For Class! Three tardies counts as one absence, if you arrive late to class you must make it clear to me that you have arrived or you will be marked absent. All assignments must be turned in on time, at the beginning of class. No late work will be accepted.
  Tardiness, participation, and attitude will be reflected in your grade.
Weekly assignments 30%
Midterm project 20%
Final Project 25%
Writing assignments 15%
Active Participation 10%
A = 100 - 90
B = 89 – 80
C =79 - 70
D =69 - 60
Failing = 59% and below


Week 1

Introduction and Overview: Desktop, Creating New & Saving files.

Homework:Chapters 1 & 2 in Against the Clock.
Week 2

Layers, Selection tools & Transformation Menu: creating images with the selection tools, working with the layers pallette, using transform tools.
Design Principals: Negative & Positive space.

Homework: create 3 images using the selection tools that activate positive & negative space. Chapters 3 & 4 in Against the Clock
Week 3
Printing & Scanning: Learning to use the printer, bring in 3 images/objects to scan.

Homework:using scanning, create 3 collages. Chapters 5 & 6 in Against the Clock


Week 4

Color Adjustment Tools: - Using the color adjustment & correction tools
Design Principals:Scale & Space

Homework:Using scanned images & objects, make 3 images showing scale & creating a sense of space.
Week 5
Pen Tool: paths & the pen tool.
Design Principals: line & shape,
Homework: Use the pen tool to create 3 compositions that focus on line and shape to create a visual rhythm. Chapter 7 & 8 in Against the Clock
Week 6
Open Lab - Work in Progress: Bring in all work up to this point, printed out in black & white to brainstorm for mid-term. Homework: Mid-term project due next week.
Week 7
Mid-term Critique - no late work - no excused absences
Week 8
Using and understanding the type tool

Homework: Use black and white only - create 3 compositions with type - one abstract, one showing positive & negative space, 1 combining text and images. Print out.

Chapter 9 in Against the Clock Non-designers Design Book - chapters 7-9

Week 9

Using filters - why and why not!

Homework:Using a combination of text, images, and native shapes create a composition that makes used of filters. Color - on disc.

Chapters 10 & 11 in Against the Clock

Gallery review due next week

Week 10
Color 1: Color basics, color wheel, monochromatic, complementary, analogous - hue, value, tint, shade

Homework:create 3 versions of 1 composition, 1 - monochromatic, 1 complementary color scheme, 1 analogous color scheme.

Chapters 12 & 13 in Against the Clock

Week 11

Color 2: Split complementary schemes, simultaneous contrast, optical effects.

Using adjustment layers, blending modes, et.


Homework: Chapter 14 in Against the Clock. Non-designers Design Book - chapters1-6

Week 12

Design Principals: activating space & creating movement. masks & alpha channels

Homework:Using Color as a metaphor, create 3 collages that give an active sense of movement & space.

Against the Clock project 2 - print out in color

Week 13
Brainstorming for final: bring in all work to date


Week 14

Homework: turn in all work up to final - printed out, in a packet.

Publication Review due next week

Week 15
12/10 Final Meeting
Open Lab - Work in Progress 15 black and white proofs due.
Week 16
12/17 Study day
Final Project Due - no late work - no absences will be excused

Links of interest:

Adobe maintains a wealth of tutorials tutorials
Hotwired on photography
Doc OZone's now classic cheese page
KPT Kai's Power Tips Understandg channel operations
Deepspaceweb offers tips
Digital Camera Resource
Copyright info
Graphic Arts professional organizations:

Photo Marketing Assn
Natl Assn of Photoshop Professionals
Digital Imaging Marketing Assn
Professional Photographers Assn
American Institure of Graphic Arts
American Society of Media Photographers
Digital Video Professionals Assn
Graphic Artists Guild
digital techniques:
Distort Commands
Layer Compostiting
Direct scanning
Duotones/Tri and Quad
Shooting off the screen
Inkjet transfer
shooting for Compositing in photoshop - green/Blue screen and lighting
Places to get prints from digital files
Shutterfly (650/610-5200),
Photo-Access (206/264-2488),
Ofoto (510/647-0514) .
Kodak also offers services from ofoto

Analog special effects:
Polaroid processes
Double exposure
Negative and slide sandwiches
Scratching on film
Overexposure with diffusion
Flash and Jiggle
Uelsmann's multiple printing techniques
Cross processing On Hotwired or A simple how to and how to simulate it digitally
Filtration on camera (eg Cokin), on lights (eg gelling the lights)
Alt processes - Cyano, Platinum etc...
Toning - Copper, Sepia, silver