|Week 1 Tasks and Assignments|
1. Complete the class check-in form.
If you have not done so already, go to the Section page and click on the link near the bottom of the page for Check-In. You will be taken to a page where you will need to create a username and password. Once you press the submit button, your instructor will get an email stating that you checked in. Within 24 hours (or so) of your checking in, your instructor will activate your class account so you can access all the class pages with your username and password.
2. Obtain class book and notes CD, and software if needed.
3. Introduce yourself to your instructor.
4. Introduce yourself to the class on the Discussion Forum.
5. Carefully review our section home page to acclimate yourself to the class web site and learn how to submit your homework.
|Week 2 Tasks and Assignments|
E. Do Project 1: Visual Introduction.
A. Read and do Chapter 1 notes CD.
B. Read Chapter 1, Studio Techniques.
C. Complete Project 2: Grape Juice Poster - Using Custom Brushes.
D. Complete Project 3: Decoration.
E. Take online Quiz 2 – Painting.
|Week Three: Optimizing and Customizing Photoshop|
A. Study Chapter 2 CD notes.
B. Complete the online Optimization and Customization Worksheet.
C. Take online Quiz 3 – Optimize and Customize.
|Week four: Color Theory (September 11-18)|
A. Study Chapter 3 CD notes.
B. Read Chapter 5, Studio Techniques.
C. Read Bonus CH-01 Line Art.pdf, Studio Techniques CD.
D. Complete Project 4: Grayscale Conversion
E. Complete Project 5: Bitmap Conversion
F. Take online Quiz 4 – Color Theory.
|Week Five: Spot and Process Colors (September 18-25)|
A. Read and Do Chapter 4 CD notes on Spot and Process Colors.
B. Complete Project 6: Spot and Duotone Conversion
C. Take online Quiz 5: Spot and Process Colors
|Week Six: Web Graphics and Animation - (September 25 - October 2)|
A. Study Chapter 5 CD notes on Web Graphics and Animation.
B. Complete Project 7: Animation
C. Complete Project 8: Indexed Color Conversion with different color tables.
E. Take online Quiz 6 – Web graphics and animation
|Week Seven: Photoshop and ImageReady for the Web|
A. Study Chapter 6 CD notes on ImageReady. You may also choose to read the class notes PDF taken by Nancy Carroll and partially edited by Barbara Heiman.
B. Complete Project 9: NavBar with Remote Rollover.
In this project, you will use the same procedure for creating a rollover as in chapter 6 of the notes. This time, though, you get to choose the shape of the button as well as what appears on the button in both the Normal and Over states.
C. Complete Project 10: Image Map.
In this project, you will use the same procedure for creating an image map as in chapter 6 of the notes. This time, though, you get to choose the beginning image, as well as set up the image map regions.
Sara Silver, a former student, did a particularly nice job on this assignment because she incorporated a remote rollover with each image map regions, so that the user can see that a region is clickable, and where it will lead to. Check it out.
D. Take online Quiz 7 – ImageReady.
|Week Eight: Review - October 9-16|
A. Review for the comprehensive Midterm Exam. It uses the same format and testbank as the quizzes, only it has 30 questions.
B. Take the Midterm Exam.
|Week Nine: Actions - October 16-23|
A. Study Chapter 7 CD notes on Actions
B. Complete Project 11: Actions and Automations
C. Take online Quiz 8 – Actions.
|Week Ten: Color Management - October 23 - 30|
A. Study Chapter 8 CD notes on Color Management.
B. Read Chapter 7, Studio Techniques.
C. Complete the online Color Management Worksheet.
D. Complete Project 12: RGB to CMYK conversion
C. Take online Quiz 9 – Color Management.
|Week Eleven: Type - October 30 - November 6|
A. Study Chapter 9 CD notes on Type.
B. Read Bonus CH-04 Type and Background Effects.pdf, Studio Techniques CD.
C. Complete Project 13: Variations on a Word
C. Take online Quiz 10 – Type.
|Week Twelve: Paths - November 6 - 13|
A. Study Chapter 10 CD notes on Paths.This chapter has been rewritten with much more detail since the CD was published. Get the new Chapter 10 here. This has been compressed for download time, so, if you print it, it will not have the same high-quality as the Notes from the CD. The files to go with the new chapter are in a .zip file here (644K).
B. Read Pp. 418-42 on the Pen tool from the Studio Techniques book.
C. Complete Project 14: Type on and in a Path.
D. Complete Project 15: Stroked Paths
E. Take online Quiz 11 – Paths.
|Week Thirteen: Shapes, Fill Layers, and Vector Masks - November 13 - 27 (two weeks - Happy Thanksgiving!)|
A. Study Chapter 11 CD notes on Shapes, Fill Layers, and Vector Masks.
B. Read Pp. 4-42 on shape layers, and Pp. 458-462 on vector masks from the Studio Techniques book.
C. Complete Project 16: Vector Garden.
D. Take online Quiz 12: Shapes and Vector Masks.
|Week Fourteen: Masks and More Masks - November 27 - December 4|
A. Study Chapter 12 CD notes on Masks.This chapter has been rewritten with much more detail since the CD was published. Get the new Chapter 12 here. This has been compressed for download time, so, if you print it, it will not have the same high-quality as the Notes from the CD. The files to go with the new chapter are in a .zip file here (2.1MB).
B. Read Chapters 2-3 and 13-15, Studio Techniques.
C. Start big project - travel or nonprofit poster.
In this project, you will combine multiple images to create a new image. You will choose your own images. These may be images you’ve scanned, digital camera images, or images you’ve obtained by any other copyright-appropriate method.
Before you begin, view examples from previous semesters. You will see examples of three themes-- a travel poster to a real or fantasy location, a National Enquirer spoof, or a poster for a non-profit organization.
1. Start by creating a blank PSD document, RGB image mode, that is no larger than 13 x 19 inches or 19 by 13 inches, 200 ppi. These are the requirements to give a good-quality printout for the wide format Epson printer in the CIS lab in Petaluma. If your computer does not have at least 512 kb RAM, work in 150 ppi. The image will still print quite well, although slightly less than professional quality. (You probably won't be able to tell the difference.)
2. Bring your images into this blank document. As you make your poster, do not use any filters except for Gaussian Blur, Unsharp Mask, Lens Flare, and Lighting Effects.
3. All layers should be given descriptive names.
4. Use the techniques you have learned or practiced in the course so far to make your poster. For full credit on this project, your final image must have ALL of the following:
5. If you are able to (not restricted by management software in the CIS labs), take a screen capture of your Layers palette, showing all the layers in your document.
6. Save a copy of the image to print in generic PDF format, print quality, and print it.
7. Downsamplea copy of the image in the Image > Image Size dialog box to no more than 800 x 600 pixels (a little larger than usual, if you wish) and then save another copy for the web. Your original image will be too large to go straight to Save for Web. Save the image as a .JPG file. For this assignment only, this JPG file may be as large as 200k. Name the file bp.jpg.
You have a couple of weeks to work on this project. When you are done, you will submit the file to the Big Project drop box. The specific instructions are on the submission page itself. If you were able to take a screen capture, name it bp1-screen-xxx.jpg and drop it in the project drop box as well.
C. Take online Quiz 13: Masks.
|Week Fifteen: Combining and Compositing - December 4 - 11|
A. Study Chapter 13 CD notes on Combining and Compositing
B. Read Bonus CH-03 Shadows.pdf, Studio Techniques CD.
C. Continue working on the Big Project. There are no assignments due this week.
|Week Sixteen: Finals - December 11-18|
A. Complete Big Project. Submit the file(s) to the Big Project drop box. View the class gallery for the Big Project.
B. Participate in online review.
C. Take the Final Exam.
D. Your final exam and Big Project MUST be submitted by midnight on Monday, December 18. I might be soft on deadlines during the semester, when you have good excuses, but I have only a couple of days after that to get the Gradebook wrapped up and your grades submitted.
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