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MACA 2300 - Advanced Photoshop

Credit Hours: 4.00


Prerequisites: MACA 1320  

(3 credit hrs prior to Fall 2005)

MACA 2300 explores image and art problems utilizing Adobe Photoshop advanced techniques. Students create portfolio projects ranging from single to composite images. Color theory, manipulation and correction of existing files are covered.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create or manipulate raster based imaging projects.

Objectives:

  1. Use templates or scanned files in order to create, alter, or manipulate existing raster based information.
  2. Prepare files for output to imagesetters and service bureaus.
  3. Manipulate raster based files to conform to a given purpose or layout.
  4. Use the tools needed to create and modify rasterized (pixel) images in an electronic document.
  5. Convert colors to conform to various specification modes.
  6. Identify color theory and prepare files for various prepress specifications (separations: process color, spot color and trapping, etc.).
  7. Use various filter and plug-ins to enhance projects.
  8. Change application defaults that affect documents created in a computer application.
  9. Navigate through an electronic document.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify problems, approach them systematically, and explore viable solutions.

Objectives:

  1. Use templates or scanned files in order to create, alter or manipulate existing raster based information.
  2. Trace templates or scanned files in order to create paths and/or selections.
  3. Import files from various graphic, drawing, and scanning applications or library storage disks for the purpose of composite imaging.
  4. Output files to various peripheral devices, laser printers, and color printers.
  5. Save files in the proper file formats (for imagesetters or internet).
  6. Prepare files for output to imagesetters and service bureaus.
  7. Manipulate raster based files to conform to a given purpose or layout.
  8. Place and modify graphic images in the document.
  9. Use the tools needed to create and modify rasterized (pixel) images in an electronic document.
  10. Select various type styles and sizes to conform to specific job specifications.
  11. Apply various type or character attributes to conform to specific job specifications.
  12. Use the printers system of measure.
  13. Scan black and white, grayscale, or halftone and color images.
  14. Convert colors to conform to various specification modes.
  15. Identify color theory and prepare files for various prepress specifications (separations: process color, spot color and trapping, etc.).
  16. Use networking and servers.
  17. Use various filter and plug-ins to enhance projects.
  18. Connect to a (filesharing) network to transfer and save files.
  19. Change application defaults that affect documents created in a computer application.
  20. Navigate through an electronic document.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to to import and export various text and graphics formatted in several different file formats.

Objectives:

  1. Import files from various graphic, drawing and scanning applications or library storage disks for the purpose of composite imaging.
  2. Prepare files for output to imagesetters and service bureaus.
  3. Manipulate raster based files to conform to a given purpose or layout.
  4. Place and modify graphic images in the document.
  5. Use the tools needed to create and modify rasterized (pixel) images in an electronic document.
  6. Select various type styles and sizes to conform to specific job specifications.
  7. Apply various type or character attributes to conform to specific job specifications.
  8. Navigate through an electronic document.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create various path selections using Bezier path attributes.

Objectives:

  1. Trace templates or scanned files in order to create paths and/or selections.
  2. Use the tools needed to create and modify rasterized (pixel) images in an electronic document.
  3. Navigate through an electronic document.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create raster based files for proper output to a service bureau, internet application, or media printer.

Objectives:

  1. Use templates or scanned files in order to create, alter, or manipulate existing raster based information.
  2. Save files in the proper file formats (for imagesetters or internet).
  3. Prepare files for output to imagesetters and service bureaus.
  4. Manipulate raster based files to conform to a given purpose or layout.
  5. Use the printers system of measure.
  6. Convert colors to conform to various specification modes.
  7. Identify color theory and prepare files for various prepress specifications (separations: process color, spot color and trapping, etc.).
  8. Use networking and servers.
  9. Connect to a (filesharing) network to transfer and save files.
  10. Change application defaults that affect documents created in a computer application.
  11. Navigate through an electronic document.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will create composite images for use in various media applications.

Objectives:

  1. Use templates or scanned files in order to create, alter, or manipulate existing raster based information.
  2. Import files from various graphic, drawing and scanning applications or library storage disks for the purpose of composite imaging.
  3. Manipulate raster based files to conform to a given purpose or layout.
  4. Use the tools needed to create and modify rasterized (pixel) images in an electronic document.
  5. Change application defaults that affect documents created in a computer application.
  6. Navigate through an electronic document.

Outcome 7: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to work within a network environment.

Objectives:

  1. Output files to various peripheral devices, laser printers, and color printers.
  2. Save files in the proper file formats (for imagesetters or internet).
  3. Prepare files for output to imagesetters and service bureaus.
  4. Use networking and servers.
  5. Connect to a (filesharing) network to transfer and save files.
  6. Navigate through an electronic document.

Outcome 8: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to work with peripheral devices such as removable drives, printers, and scanners.

Objectives:

  1. Output files to various peripheral devices, laser printers and color printers.
  2. Save files in the proper file formats (for imagesetters or internet).
  3. Prepare files for output to imagesetters and service bureaus.
  4. Use the printers system of measure.
  5. Scan black and white, grayscale, or halftone and color images.
  6. Navigate through an electronic document.

COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE

  1. Introduction to Photoshop
    1. Cross-platform issues
    2. Keyboard equivalents
    3. Menu conventions
    4. Undoing actions
    5. Macintosh requirements
    6. Image files
    7. Images used in Photoshop
    8. Resolution
    9. Resampling images
    10. Scanning resolution
    11. Setting preferences
    12. Creating a new document
    13. Transparency preferences
    14. Image display vs. image size
    15. NavlgaTor palette
    16. Dragging a marquee with the Zoom tool
    17. Working on detailed areas
    18. Opening documents
    19. Opening and placing Adobe Illustrator files
    20. Acquire command
    21. Saving documents
    22. Saving copies of documents
    23. Saving Photoshop documents as EPS and TIFF files
    24. Clipping paths
    25. Palettes
    26. Actions palette
    27. Tool palette
  2. Selecting ltems and Colors
    1. Color modes
    2. Indexed color
    3. Foreground and background colors
    4. Palettes
    5. Where colors come from
    6. Selecting colors with the Eyedropper tool
    7. Using the Color and Swatches palettes
    8. Eyedropper options
    9. Fill command
    10. Marquee selection tools
    11. Ellipse marquee tool
    12. Marquee options
    13. Adding to a selection
    14. Deleting from a selection
    15. The Lasso tool
    16. Polygon Lasso tool
    17. Lasso tools options
    18. Single Row and Single Column selections
    19. Feather command
    20. The Magic Wand tool
    21. Moving a selection
    22. Moving selected pixels
    23. Eraser/Magic Eraser tools
    24. Painting and Filing Images
    25. Painting and editing modes
    26. Hue, saturation, and brightness
    27. Color gamut
    28. Using the Paintbrush tool
    29. Soft-edge brushes
    30. Creating new brushes
    31. Saving and loading brushes
    32. Creating custom brushes
    33. The Paint Bucket tool
    34. Filling with a pattern
    35. Using the Airbrush tool
    36. Airbrush tool options
    37. Using the Gradient tool to create
    38. Painting modes for gradient fills
    39. Using the Gradient Editor
    40. Editing a gradient fill
    41. Gradient transparency mask
    42. Painting with the Line tool
    43. Applying arrowheads to lines
    44. Using the Pencil tool
    45. Applying the Stroke command
    46. Linear and radial fills
  3. Working with Layers
    1. Layers
    2. Using the Layers palette
    3. Creating layers
    4. Moving layers
    5. Displaying layers
    6. Arranging layers
    7. Deleting and merging layers
    8. Linking layers
    9. Copying layers between documents
    10. Making a selection into a layer
    11. Composite controls
    12. Layer masks
    13. Adjustment layers
    14. Editing adjustment layers
  4. Editing Images
    1. Midtones, shadows, and highlights
    2. Floating and non-floating selections
    3. Saving selections.
    4. Transforming selections and layer contents
    5. Copying and pasting
    6. Cutting and clearing images
    7. Paste Into
    8. The Rubber Stamp tool
    9. Retouching with the Rubber Stamp tool
    10. Aligned and non-aligned cloning
    11. Cloning with a pattern
    12. The Smudge tool
    13. Using the focus tools
    14. The toning tools
    15. The Actions palette
    16. Multiple command actions
    17. Inserting commands
    18. Duplicating actions
    19. Reordering actions
  5. Contrast
    1. Reading a histogram
    2. Using the Levels dialog box
    3. Defining black and white points
    4. Defining a neutral gray
    5. Using the Curves dialog box
    6. Correcting overexposed images
    7. Adjusting color balance
    8. Color Balance to adjust brightness levels
    9. Adjusting hue and saturation values
    10. Colorizing
    11. Using the Variations command
    12. Color Range
    13. Using adjustment layers for tonal correction
  6. Working with Type
    1. Anti-aliasing
    2. Type and type tools
    3. Type and layers
    4. Creating type
    5. Changing the color of type
    6. The Type Mask tool
    7. Creating transparent type
    8. Selecting individual type characters
    9. Using rulers, guides, and grids
    10. Filling type with a gradient
    11. Filling type with a pattern
    12. Applying special effects to type
    13. Rotating type
    14. Flipping type
    15. Using the Pen Tool
    16. Points and paths
    17. The Pen tool
    18. Adjusting a curved path
    19. Drawing straight lines
    20. Reshaping curved paths
    21. Adding and deleting anchor points
    22. The Rubber Band option
    23. Converting anchor points
    24. The Paths palette menu
    25. Path segments and subpaths
  7. Masks and Channels
    1. Masks
    2. Channels
    3. Quick Mask mode
    4. Saving selections in channel
    5. The Channels palette
    6. Channels palette icons
    7. Naming channels
    8. Channel Options
    9. Editing a selection in a channel
    10. Duplicating channels
    11. Using a selection as a mask
  8. Converting and Manipulating Images
    1. Image modes
    2. Modes and channels
    3. Changing modes
    4. Converting from grayscale to color
    5. Converting from grayscale to duotone mode
    6. Importing duotones into page layout programs
    7. Using the Crop tool
    8. Determining image size
    9. The Modify commands
  9. Filters
    1. Artistic filters
    2. Blur filters
    3. Brush Stroke filters
    4. Distort filters
    5. Noise filters
    6. Pixelate filters
    7. Render filters
    8. Lighting Effects filter
    9. Sharpen filters
    10. Sketch filters
    11. Stylize filters
    12. Diffuse filter
    13. Emboss filter
    14. Extrude filter
    15. Find Edges and Trace Contour filters
    16. Texture filters
    17. Filter factory
    18. Offset filter
  10. Printing
    1. Continuous tone images
    2. Dot quality
    3. The moral of the story
    4. Converting to CMYK mode
    5. Compensating for dot gain
    6. Verifying percent of dot gain
    7. Transfer functions
    8. Trapping colors
  11. Photoshop and Other Applications
    1. Other applications
    2. DCS format
    3. Photoshop and Illustrator
    4. Getting Illustrator files into Photoshop
    5. The Place command
    6. The Open command
    7. Exporting/saving paths and clipping paths in Photoshop
    8. Photoshop and QuarkXPress
  12. Photoshop and the Web
    1. Graphics on the Internet
    2. Internet graphics issues
    3. Scanning for the Web
    4. Scan settings
    5. Reducing image resolution
    6. Avoiding interpolation
    7. Color correction
    8. File formats
    9. Computer color display
    10. JPEG files
    11. GIF files
    12. JPEG vs. GIF files
    13. Deciding on a compression format
    14. Cross-platform format
    15. Indexed color for GIFs
    16. Dithering
    17. Types of dithering
    18. Indexing an image
    19. Color palettes
    20. Standard 256-color palettes
    21. Adaptive palettes
    22. Super palettes
    23. Conclusions
    24. Interlaced GIFs
    25. Transparent GIFs
    26. Aliased transparent GIFs
    27. Type on the Web
    28. Type from Illustrator

Primary Faculty
Sheehan, Shawn
Secondary Faculty
Sarcona, Shaun
Associate Dean
Thero, Laura
Dean
Hutchison, Donald



Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088



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