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GRD 439 - Digital Asset Production

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
Learn the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to create digital assets for use in rich media and animation content. Explore the essential tools, processes, and functions to create vector and raster art.
Competencies
  1. Implement computer usage by using current operating system
    1. Select and navigate folder structure and file hierarchies
    2. Examine and manage structure of files and folders
    3. Open files from removable drive, hard drive, and server
    4. Locate and launch applications
    5. View file info and properties
  2. Appraise the software interface
    1. Examine graphical menu and interface
    2. Identify tools and panels by name
    3. Select and toggle between various viewing modes
    4. Explain and enter appropriate information in document set-up dialog box
    5. Analyze and establish software preferences to control work environment
    6. Prepare and change workspace layout
    7. Recognize and use common keyboard shortcuts
  3. Create vector shapes and paths in Adobe Illustrator
    1. Demonstrate techniques of selecting objects
    2. Produce and edit of basic vector shapes
    3. Select and use the Selection and Direct Selection tools
    4. Employ Pathfinder and Shapebuilder tools to combine shapes
    5. Apply Fill and Stroke colors to vector shapes
    6. Demonstrate how to use the Pen Tool to draw bezier curves and lines
    7. Choose drawing tools to accurately trace artwork templates
    8. Revise and edit vector paths
    9. Select and use Brushes and the Width Tools to add line variation to paths
    10. Apply technique to join vector paths together
    11. Manipulate Appearance properties
    12. Select and use the Align Panel and Smart Guides
    13. Examine and view artwork in Outline and Preview Modes
    14. Assemble vector Type in Illustrator
    15. Apply gradients and blends to achieve multiple tonal values
  4. Generate a Digital Illustration in Photoshop
    1. Select and set resolution and image size
    2. Employ brushes to sketch a digital drawing
    3. Develop multiple layer iterations to build illustration
    4. Illustrate by adding color and tonal values
    5. Apply transparency blending modes
  5. Perform Adjustments in Photoshop
    1. Select and resize an image
    2. Make and refine selections
    3. Adjust Curves and Levels
    4. Change Brightness and Contrast
    5. Apply Hue and Saturation
    6. Employ Dodging and Burning tools
    7. Make color adjustments to a layer
    8. Apply and modify filter effect settings
    9. Demonstrate how to sharpen an image
    10. Employ Cloning and Spot Healing Tools to retouch imagery
    11. Prepare and combine selections from different images to create a composite
  6. Organize Layers to Construct Vector and Raster Artwork
    1. Demonstrate how to create new layers using Layers panel
    2. Select, organize, and rename layers
    3. Examine by hiding and showing layers
    4. Demonstrate how to lock and unlock layers
    5. Review how to merge and flatten layers
    6. Change attributes of artwork using Layers panel
  7. Evaluate type usage for project
    1. Review typography terminology
    2. Identify between different font families and styles
    3. Select and add type to a document
    4. Transform and manipulate type
    5. Review and format type using Character and Paragraph panels
    6. Apply effects to type
    7. Distinguish between different font file types
  8. Generate Color Management Options
    1. Identify correct color settings
    2. Select and assign colors to artwork
    3. Adjust and define new color swatches
    4. Demonstrate how to sample and apply color from an existing source with eyedropper tool
    5. Select and manage various color swatches and palettes
    6. Apply transparency blending modes
    7. Examine and use existing color libraries
    8. Apply various tonal tools to create realistic tonal values
    9. Assemble and modify gradients
  9. Modify project artwork and selections
    1. Demonstrate how to save selections of artwork
    2. Select and administer refinement of selections
    3. Apply selection channels to raster objects
    4. Explain and use align and distribute tools to maintain consistency and order
  10. Create Artwork by Combining Photoshop and Illustrator
    1. Demonstrate the process of creating Smart Objects
    2. Practice mixing Vector and Raster assets
    3. Prepare vector objects within Photoshop Apply Smart Filters
    4. Discuss differences between Photoshop and Illustrator
    5. Explain and differentiate reasoning for creating vector or raster artwork
  11. Perform file saves and exports
    1. Analyze correct file format for artwork
    2. Prepare file settings for printed output
    3. Produce raster and vector files for animation
    4. Practice importing assets into motion-graphics software
  12. Evaluate non-destructive editing techniques
    1. Select and use Masks to conceal or reveal artwork
    2. Apply Layer Masks to a layer
    3. Prepare Adjustment Layers
    4. Demonstrate the process of creating Clipping Masks
    5. Apply Smart Filters to objects and layers



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