Note: These weekly webpages will typically appear on Tuesdays each week.
Welcome to GCOM 330, Digital Imaging I. We explore design principles, digital manipulation and creation of pixel-based imagery, and become familiar with Adobe Photoshop, the industry-leading image editing software.
Requirements and expectations:
Tom’s Rule of Three: Watch it, Read about it, Do it…(lecture, reading, tutorials)
Introductions; syllabus review and expectations; the textbook, online resources, and the Mac interface; the textbook’s project files and use of image files and lessons; the “nearly-paperless” course modality; use of Photoshop in the design industry—digital imaging as a design tool; quick tour of Photoshop.
Yes, you can earn the Royal Order of the Magic Wand: Believe it or not, if you just do the work, watch the videos, come to class, pay attention, read the book, then do the assignments — and generally mess around and play with Photoshop, you will become quite proficient, quite competent, and feel confident in your skills.
Please read the ENTIRE syllabus. You should have a hard copy. Note: The SYLLABUS is subject to change and it is on this weekly lecture page where changes will be mentioned. You MUST check this site every week for updates etc.
Assignments for this coming week:
Required Textbook: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 Classroom in a Book
It is a printed textbook and runs about $47. You can opt to buy the Kindle or eText version, but it isn’t much of a deal. There is one copy in the Design Lab, but it cannot leave the lab. Don’t count on it as there are 100 GCOM 330 Students going in and out of the lab all week.
It can be purchased either in the College Store or online at places like Amazon. NEW or USED, doesn’t matter, as I provide all of the digital files.
After you get the book, go over the “front matter,” the Contents page, Getting Started pages, including the instructions to download all the lesson files. I will also put these lesson files here to download.
For those that do get the course materials, begin working on Lesson 01 in the CIB (Classroom in a Book).