semester 1, year 1
Leave a comment

I. pixel based imaging

module

year 1 > semester 1
10 credits
100 hours learning hours

This module introduces the essential skills of pixel-based imaging on the computer. We cover the practical issues of screen resolution, file sizes and vector versus bitmap. The making of accurate selections, use of colour alteration and correction, and the imaginative use of filters will be explored. Alongside practical software skills, students will be encouraged to develop an awareness of basic design principles and ethical issues of copyright.

supportAndGuidance
tutorial support is available during the workshop sessions on a weekly basis. you can also contact tutors by email and phone at other times. Technical support is provided by course teams and through the kcda support forum.

module leader

andy bossom > andybossom@yahoo.co.uk

aims and outcomes

the aims of this module are to:

  • Teach digital image manipulation with mainstream software
  • Create an understanding of file resolutions and formats for a variety of purposes
  • Make the student aware of basic copyright and design issues.

learningOutcomes
Students who successfully complete this module will be able to:

  1. Identify suitable sources of imagery with an understanding of copyright and quality issues.
  2. Perform a range of image manipulation processes
  3. Identify the correct resolution and format of images for a variety of uses
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of basic design principles.

module content

The practical skills will be acquired in two hour workshops through small projects, step by step exercises and will be accompanied by one to one tutorials. Topics will include scanning, separating an image from its background, making accurate selections and using transformations on them, combining images, using paths, cleaning up images, using filters to produce special effects, and adding text.

use in conjunction with the  course calendar

  1. Week1
    Module introduction.
    PS Formats & Image Compressions
  2. Week2
    PS Selection tools – task using 3 images
  3. Week3
    PS Filters experimentation + Copyright intro
  4. Week4
    PS Paths/ Pen tool + Blending Options tab – task
  5. Week5
    Illustrator techniques related to PS (recap).
    Pen illustration 2D/3D look
  6. Week6
    PS Import/Scan – Composition mixed from selected Photographs & illustrated images
  7. Week7
    PS Transform & Effects tools – pattern exercise
  8. Week8
    PS Timed Exercise recapping skill sets
  9. Week9
    Re-Intro to Ass.2 – 6 book illustrations.
    PS Using Text with Images
  10. Week10
    PS Masks & – exercise to create own masks/ Demo use as 3D material (C4D)
  11. Week11
    PS Working with Channels – altering or enhancing images via channels
  12. Week12
    1 to 1’s/ trouble shoot idea problems/ recap skill sets.
  13. Week13
    1 to 1’s/ trouble shoot idea problems/ recap skill sets
  14. Week14
    Final lesson.
    Printing final work.
    Hand in Work for Ass.2 – Book Illustrations

learning resources

  • Adobe Photoshop CS2 Gone Wild by Sherry London
  • Adobe Illustartor CS2 Gone Wild by David karlins & Bruce K. Hopkins
  • Photoshop : the latest artwork & techniques from the world’s top digital art. – Gloucester,Mass. : Rockport Publishers, 1998.
  • Turnbull, Arthur Thomas. – The graphics of communication : typography, layout, design. – 2nd ed. – New York; London : Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1968.
  • West, Suzanne. – Working with style : traditional and modern approaches to layout and typography – New York : Watson-Guptill, 1990.
  • Holtzschue, Linda. – Understanding color : an introduction for designers New York; London : Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1994.
  • Holzschlag, Molly E.. – Color for websites Crans-Près-Céligny; Hove : RotoVision, 2001.
  • Spiekermann, Erik Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works 2002 Adobe Press
  • Galer, Mark and Horvat, Les Digital Imaging: Essential Skills 2002 Focal Press.
  • Evening, Martin (Foreword), Andrews, Philip Adobe Photoshop Elements: A Visual Introduction to Digital Imaging 2001 Focal Press.

learning activities

assignment 1 – timed exercise in the workshop / 200 word essay

Length: 2 hours
Timing: Distributed in week 7 and submitted in week 7
Weighting: 50%
Assessor: Module tutors

This will be an examination in class where you will be required to prepare a montage of provided images.

There will also be a short essay (200 words) with the title
‘Copyright; can I use the work of others?’

You must also submit an electronic workbook.

The Electronic Workbook
The electronic workbook should record, document and reflect upon all the work you do on the module. It should include the work you do in the sessions, in your own time and your research around the area. It can include things that didn’t work and avenues you have abandoned alongside your progress to the final outcome.
A blog is an ideal vehicle to record this. if you use one blog across all modules be sure to use categories to separate the modules out.

grading criteria 1

there will be evidence that you can demonstrate the following competencies:

  • choose the correct mode and resolution for scanning
  • separate an image accurately from its background
  • use transformations on selections
  • use paths
  • combine images to form a composite.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of copyright issues

Any competencies not demonstrated in this exercise can be transferred to the next assessment. All competencies must be achieved to pass this module.

assignment 2 – book (with 8 illustrations) and screen image for a band/song of your choice

Timing: Distributed in week 7 and submitted in week 15
Weighting: 50%
Assessor: Module tutors

You will design 6 illustrations for a book that you will print and construct yourself prepare the illustrations in the correct mode and resolution. You will then design a screen (640 x 480 pixels, or 800 x 600 pixels) which has the same identity and design elements as the book. You will prepare the screen at the correct resolution and in the correct format for delivery via the web.
You must also supply the original .psd files so that the techniques can be checked. look at http://www.hi-res.net/

You must also submit an electronic workbook.

The Electronic Workbook
The electronic workbook should record, document and reflect upon all the work you do on the module. It should include the work you do in the sessions, in your own time and your research around the area. It can include things that didn’t work and avenues you have abandoned alongside your progress to the final outcome.
A blog is an ideal vehicle to record this. if you use one blog across all modules be sure to use categories to separate the modules out.

grading criteria 2

there will be evidence that you can demonstrate the following competencies:
• Use filters to achieve special effects
• Correct and alter colours
• Add text to an image
• Use channels and masks
• Demonstrate some basic design principles
• Save and export images in the correct format for a variety of purposes.

Pass requirements
All twelve competencies must be demonstrated to achieve a pass.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *