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Advanced PhotoShop
Course: CIS220DF

First Term: 2012 Spring
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   4 Period(s)   3.7 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S

Description: Goes beyond the basic use of palettes, selections, layers, menus, and tool options, and focuses on using Photoshop software`s advanced features to manipulate and correct digital and digitally produced images

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Demonstrate advanced color manipulation. (I)
2. Apply advanced repairing, retouching and photographic enhancements. (II)
3. Demonstrate sophisticated image compilation and comprehensive use of masks. (III)
4. Apply state of the art filters. (IV)
5. Use advanced painting features. (V)
6. Apply advanced type manipulation and typography. (VI)
7. Describe uses of third-party plug-ins to move from PhotoShop to Illustrator and Illustrator to PhotoShop. (VII)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Sophisticated color corrections
   A. Color modes
   B. Spot colors
   C. Choosing, specifying, assessing and adjusting color using channel mixing, color modes, spot color overlays, duotones, and controlled re-coloring of images
   D. Sharpening luminosity
   E. Overprinting colors
   F. Converting color modes
   G. Shading and toning tools
   H. Tinting, adjusting curves.
II. Advanced special image effects
   A. Quick tone adjustments
   B. Framing with masks
   C. Focus adjustments
   D. Retouching and special effects and fixing problem photos
   E. Using levels in threshold mode
   F. Sepia tones
   G. Image swapping
   H. Setting blend modes
   I. Healing in stages, skin softening and patching
   J. Coloring black and white photos
   K. Focusing attention with color
   L. Composition principals and elements of design including harmony, dominance, variety, space, movement, proportion, economy, and craftsmanship
III. Advanced blending
   A. Layer and vector masks
   B. Clipping groups
   C. Blending options
   D. Layer sets and layer colors
   E. Merging and flattening
   F. Assembling a still life
   G. Blending a panorama
   H. Collaging with masks and groups, integrating type, and wrapping objects onto other objects.
IV. Sophisticated use of filters and image adjustment controls
   A. Sharpening, lighting effects, liquefy
   B. Applying 3d transformations
   C. Warping
   D. Filtered frames
   E. Displacement maps
   F. Kerning and tracking
   G. Making composite layers.
V. Advanced brush
   A. Choosing, editing, and creating custom brushes and filling tools (paint bucket and gradients)
   B. Pencil, airbrush, eraser, smidge, and pattern stamp
   C. Cloning tools
      1. History
      2. Erase to history
      3. Art history brush and clone stamp
   D. Watercolor tips, dithering
   E. Gradient maps
   F. Layering with paint
   G. Developing creativity
      1. Light as a subject
      2. Artificial light
      3. Painting with light
   H. Short/long depth of field
   I. Portraits/self-portraits
   J. Panning/blurred motion
VI. Sophisticated use of type with layer styles
   A. Style components
      1. Overlays
      2. Glows
      3. Shadows
      4. Satin
      5. Stroke
      6. Bevel and emboss
   B. Contours
      1. Textures
      2. Blending options and the anatomy of layer styles
      3. Clipping groups
      4. Limiting color changes
      5. Styling in stages
VII. Overview of cross application
   A. Uses and open architecture of Photoshop
   B. Description of aftermarket software to integrate applications enhancing Photoshop, such as: Alienskin, Eyecandy, Andromeda, Extensis, and others.
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  12/9/2003

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