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Syllabus for Photoshop 10 week course at the University of the Arts.
Explore Photoshop through hands-on web-design exercises. The course starts with an introduction to the Photoshop interface and tools and the types of files that are used for web graphics. The course continues as you learn how to use layers, effects, text, filters and image optimization tools for the web. Once you gain familiarity with the tools of Photoshop, you will be able to use those skills to create website templates, rich graphics and web page elements such as content boxes and buttons.

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  1. 1. CE 2423C 01 | Adobe Photoshop - Spring 2016 Instructor Information Name: Chris Seabo Email: cseabo@uarts.edu Chris Seabo studied at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and Rutgers School of Business. She is a senior graphic designer at the Wyanoke Group and has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of the Arts for six years. Photoshop Course description: Explore Photoshop through hands-on web design exercises. The course starts with an introduction to the Photoshop interface, tools and optimizing files for the web. We will discover how to use layers, effects, text, and vector images to create effective unique graphics for print and web purposes. Session 1 Topic Coursework Due 2-04 Introduction Class Introductions. Review course syllabus. Student survey completed in class. Presentation/ In-Class work Image Essentials • Resolution, file types and color space overview • Optimizing images for print and web graphics A Tour of the Photoshop Environment • Setting up and saving a custom workspace • Opening, saving and creating new documents • Application Preferences and tool options Introduction to and practice with tools • Learn difference between pixel and vector tools and how to use both. Assignment In Class Assignment: Create a 5”x7” psd document with a text layer with your name above a raster background. Save your file in our shared workspace with your first initial and last name. 2-11
  2. 2. Session 2 Topic Coursework Due 2/11 Review Review of last class and homework. Presentation Importing images into Photoshop Working with pixel images • Making selections Working with Vector Shapes • Create vector shapes with shape and pen tool Working with Text • Point text vs paragraph text • Editing a text layer • Applying basic rules of typography • Using Layer Styles with text In-Class Assignment Create a 11” x 8.5” layered psd that Includes the following: • One text layer in the file with a question you have about the tools we have learned or confirmation that you understand the material presented. •One text layer with your name. • One layer with a raster image. Save your document with your first initial and last name in our shared workspace. 2-11 Homework Bring content for a social media graphic or your choice. Stock content will be provided if you do not have a personal purpose for a social media post. 2-18
  3. 3. Session Topic Coursework Due Session 3 2/18 Review Short review of last class. Questions and Answers about information discussed last week. Presentation/ In-Class work Working with Layers • How Layers work • Creating Layers • Layer blending modes • Layer styles • Renaming and grouping Layers • Adjustment layers Assignment Design a composite social media graphic. Social Media Graphics • Facebook News Feed: 470 x 246 px • Twitter in-stream preview 440 pixels wide and 220 pixels tall • Pinterest 736px x 1128px high. 2-18 Homework: Refine social media graphic. Bring two photos to retouch next week 2-25 SESSION 4 TOPIC COURSEWORK DUE 2/25 Review Interactive homework presentation by students. Presentation/ In-Class work Retouching Photographs Work with healing brush and clone tool to remove imperfections from photograph. Animated GIFs Instructor led demonstration Students will create an animated gif to demonstrate their before and after retouching work in photoshop. Homework Homework: Create a photoshop file with layer groups containing the before and after retouched images. Save as an animated gif and bring to class next week with your pdf to present to class. Choose a topic for a print ad that will direct people to a website landing page. Stock content will be provided if you do not have a personal purpose for a social media post. 3-3
  4. 4. Session 5 Topic Coursework Due 3/3 Review Homework presentation by students with review. In-Class work Using Layer Masks Mocking Up Print ad • Create the primary visual for the ad Photoshop by creating large color areas that blend with your photo so type can be reversed from the background. Use blending techniques so that photo and background blend seamlessly. Mid course survey Complete online mid course survey. 3-3 Homework In Class Assignment and Homework: Finalize 7”x10” CMYK print ad to direct people to landing page developed later in course. 3-10 Session 6 Topic Coursework Due 3/10 Review Ad presentation by students with critique. Presentation Adjustment layers and Channels Assignment 3-17 Session 7 Topic Coursework Due 3/17 Review Review of concepts covered in class thus far and address any unanswered questions. Presentation/ In-Class work Artboards- How to use in responsive design. Email design Chris will create an email design using Photoshop. Students will create an email comp to drive visitors to the web landing page in Session 8. In Class Assignment: • Layout email comp in photoshop Homework Assignment Students will refine their email design based on feedback received in class and present to class with a description next week. 11-19
  5. 5. Session Topic Coursework Due Session 8 3/24 Review Review of last class followed by email design presentations by students. Presentation In-Class work Layout out a Landing Page • PSD canvas setup for desktop page • PSD canvas setup for mobile page • Lay out each page structure Homework Assignment In Class Assignment and Homework: Complete a landing page comp in Photoshop. 12-3 Session Topic Coursework Due Session 9 3/31 Review Review of last class followed by short critique. Answer questions. Presentation In-Class work Create and Use Actions Record processes you tend to repeat as an action that can be applied to a group of photos. Homework Refine your best work from the course to submit next week. 4-14 Session Topic Coursework Due Session 10 4/14 Presentation Review of last class followed by short critique. Students will complete online course evaluation In-Class work Course project presentations Students will present their final projects to the class and demonstrate psd layer organization, webpage features and calls to action. Save psds with first initial last name_project name on our shared workspace. COURSE MATERIALS 1 - Flash Drive or Cloud storage for saving classwork and homework assignments. COURSE ACTIVITIES In-Class Assignment and Homework Assignments In Class Projects and Presentations Critiques - Led by Chris with student participation expected.
  6. 6. Attendance + Participation All students are expected to attend classes regularly and promptly, and for the duration of the scheduled instructional time. Individual instructors will decide the optimum time for taking attendance and may penalize for habitual lateness of absence. Repeated absences may result in a grade of "F" for the course. Students who withdraw from a course must do so in writing. Nonattendance does not constitute an official withdrawal. UNIVERSITY POLICIES: Academic Honesty/ Integrity Policy Violations of academic integrity are considered to be acts of academic dishonesty and include (but are not limited to) cheating, plagiarizing, fabrication, denying others access to information or material, and facilitating academic dishonesty, and are subject to disciplinary action. To review the Academic Honesty/ Integrity Policy in its entirety, please visit: http:// cs.uarts.edu/ce/policies#academichonesty/integritypolicy ACT 48 Activity Hours To have ACT 48 Activity Hours for this course reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) you must complete and return the CE Request for Activity Hours Submission Form to the UArts Continuing Studies Office and meet all requirements outlined by the PDE. Student Code of Conduct It is the policy of the Division of Continuing Studies to provide a safe and healthy environment for learning, personal growth and enjoyment. The well-being of this community depends upon the good judgment and considerate behavior of its members. Student status at The University of the Arts is not an unconditional right, but a privilege subject to certain rules and expectations articulated in the Student Code of Conduct. To review the Student Code of Conduct in its entirety, please visit: http://cs.uarts.edu/uploads/media_items/student-code- of-conduct.original.pdf Grading: Students will be evaluated on their personal progression, competency with the material and class participation. Completion of class assignments and homework are necessary for a passing grade. Students are encouraged to ask questions during the demonstrations and to bring up any concerns or trouble they are having with the material during critiques. Component Points In class participation and exercises 30% Homework assignments 30% Artist Presentations 20% Design Quality of work 20% Total 100%
  7. 7. Your grade will be calculated using the following scale: Grade Percentage Range Grade Point A 100 – 93% 4.0 A- 92 – 90% 3.67 B+ 89 – 87% 3.33 B 86 – 83% 3.0 B- 82 – 80% 2.67 C+ 79 – 77% 2.33 C 76 – 73% 2.0 C- 72 – 70% 1.67 D+ 67 – 69% 1.33 D 63 – 66% 1.0 F 59% or less 0.0 P Pass -

Syllabus for Photoshop 10 week course at the University of the Arts. Explore Photoshop through hands-on web-design exercises. The course starts with an introduction to the Photoshop interface and tools and the types of files that are used for web graphics. The course continues as you learn how to use layers, effects, text, filters and image optimization tools for the web. Once you gain familiarity with the tools of Photoshop, you will be able to use those skills to create website templates, rich graphics and web page elements such as content boxes and buttons.

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