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GRD 464 - Digital Artistry

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
Learn the hottest tips, tricks and techniques to create eye-catching digital illustrations by combining the best of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Use advanced level methods to create stellar artwork that will leave others saying “WOW!”
Prerequisite: GRD 459 , GRD 463  
Competencies
  1. Appraise software interface
    1. Examine software menu commands and panels
    2. Distinguish between new and open file commands
    3. Identify by name and function tools contained in the toolbox
    4. Interpret information displayed in software dialog boxes
    5. Determine software preferences to control work environment
    6. Enter appropriate information in document set-up dialog box
  2. Use Bridge to manage images
    1. Explore the Bridge window
    2. Preview and organize digital images
    3. Examine image metadata
  3. Manage color
    1. Discuss the color management workflow process
    2. Determine correct color management profiles
    3. Define spot colors to add to Swatches panel
    4. Define CMYK color to add to Swatches panel
    5. Define gradient fill to add to Swatches panel
    6. Apply color to stroke and fill of objects
    7. Use channels to create pixel-based images containing spot colors
  4. Determine image size
    1. Crop an image
    2. Change an image size
  5. Demonstrate advanced methods to manage layers
  6. Apply Advanced Layer Styles
    1. Edit layer styles using advanced methods
    2. Copy layer styles between layers
  7. Create complex layer masks
    1. Edit layer masks using advanced methods
    2. Use one layer to mask another layer
    3. Use a layer to mask multiple layers
  8. Save complex selections as channels
    1. Define pixels to include in selection area using selection tools
    2. Save and name a selection in the channel panel
    3. Load a selection
    4. Examine RGB channels and how they contribute to the final image
  9. Demonstrate how to colorize and image using the hue, saturation and brightness components of an image
  10. Demonstrate how to adjust the levels of an image to optimize the tonal range
  11. Demonstrate how to adjust the curves of an image to improve the contrast
  12. Demonstrate how to apply advanced filters to an image
  13. Demonstrate ability to work with smart objects
  14. Demonstrate ability to apply custom brushes to a Photosho0p image
    1. Create custom brushes
    2. Load custom brushes
    3. Edit custom brushes
  15. Demonstrate ability to apply seamless patterns to a Photoshop image
    1. Create seamless patterns
    2. Load seamless patterns
    3. Edit seamless patterns
  16. Create and apply complex brushes to an illustration
  17. Apply complex blending modes to an illustration
  18. Apply complex transparency effects to an illustration
  19. Demonstrate an understanding of the term transparency as applied to an Adobe Illustrator image
  20. Demonstrate an understanding of the term flattening as applied to an Adobe Illustrator image
  21. Demonstrate the ability to work with the live color option in Adobe Illustrator
  22. Demonstrate how to use advanced methods to seamlessly integrate multiple Photoshop and Illustrator images into a creative composite image
  23. Demonstrate how to create simple animations using Adobe Photoshop
  24. Create complex Web page structures prior to exporting to an Adobe Fireworks and/or Adobe Flash file
  25. Demonstrate advanced methods to retouch images
  26. Demonstrate how to apply complex special effects to type
  27. Demonstrate proper advanced use of tools contained in the toolbox
  28. Demonstrate how to apply complex blending modes to an image
  29. Create complex vector shapes and paths
  30. Demonstrate skills by creating complex mesh gradient illustrations
  31. Save and export files
    1. Explore available options for saving and exporting files
    2. Differentiate between file formats
    3. Determine correct save or export file format
  32. Output files to print
    1. Analyze appropriate printing method for file output.
    2. Select printer via desktop printer menu
    3. Evaluate page set-up dialog box before printing
    4. Enter correct information in print dialog box to insure proper output
    5. Analyze and correct print error messages



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