Marymount Manhattan College
Department of Art
New York, NY
This project-based course emphasizes interpretive analysis of contemporary and historical visual media. Students gain expertise in using professional imaging software to enhance and transform digital imagery. Projects address photo manipulation and digital painting, color correction and enhancement, photo retouching and compositing. Students are encouraged to employ inventive and stylistic solutions to visual problems. Students will become familiar with fundamental concepts of digital imaging. Digital imaging is inclusive of all aspects of computer based pictorial manipulation. The components of imaging are: painting and drawing (using the digital brush and pencil), mechanical drawing (path tool); masking, isolating parts of the image and making selections; retouching photographs; analysis of aspects of color (color wheel, hue, saturation, brightness); color correcting and color altering of photographs; collage/layering and other methods of combining imagery (modes) unique to the software. Scanning, importing, exporting, and preparing imagery for various outputting, as well as how the software links to other software, is also addressed. This class is oriented to the graphic designer, illustrator and photographer. Photographs are used for manipulation, but need not be taken by the student. Each class will begin with a lecture/demonstration followed by individual work on projects. Tutorials are concurrent with projects. Adobe Photoshop software program will be the class concentration. This is one of three industry standard software packages that graphic design students must master to begin their design careers or advance to graduate school to pursue further design studies. Portfolio quality imagery will be created.
Course description adapted from text provided by department.