Computer Imaging provides students the opportunity to develop their Photoshop and Illustrator skills. We discuss how graphic designers employ the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design to render aesthetic images. We also touch on different ethical issues surrounding digital imaging.
The first unit introduces the the tools and functions of Photoshop. Who uses Photoshop and what do they use it for what? Discover how one can harness its power for their own benefit. The elements of design will be established as a tool for evaluating images and inform students' best practices when making creative decisions.
Once we have established fundamental understanding how the tools we delve into photo retouching and enhancing. With these practices we discus the ethics surrounding photo manipulation.
This semester we will collaborate with the 2D Art class to create Principles of Design posters in a "client" situation. Before we began working on the posters, students will practice their Adobe Illustrator skills.
Photobomb: Spoil a photograph of (a person or thing) by unexpectedly appearing in the camera's field of view as the picture is taken, typically as a prank or practical joke.
In this assignment we discus websites that provide stock images both paid and free. This service should save designers time and money so they they do not have the stage and shoot specific scenes for what ever their project may be. Our task is to get comfortable searching through various databases to find an image for their Photobomb assignment. Their job is to convey a sense of irony by proposing away of inserting themselves into the photo to make it humors. They have to consider how best to photograph themselves and with Photoshop combine the two images so that it looks like one seamless images.
Then we do an artist study in Illustrator which includes a 5 + 1 writing assignment where students must write from the perspective of their chosen artist. They must attempt to reproduce a well known piece of art using Illustrator and write an essay form the original artist's perspective to consider how they would use Illustrator and tool for creating art if they were alive today.
The Polly Portrait project allows students to combine their PS and AI skills to create a dynamic portrait. We take a look at this trending style both commercially and in fine arts. It is process heavy and labor intensive but students feel a great sense of accomplishment when the have a successful final product to use as there cool new profile picture in what ever social media site they frequent.