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Class 1 Tasks and Assignments

Reading: Overview and Tutorial Guidelines

Assignments:

1. Complete the class check-in form.

If you have not done so already, go to the page for the section you're in (via my home page and click on the link near the bottom of the page for Check-In. You will be taken to a page where you will need to create a username and password. Once you press the submit button, I will get an email stating that you checked in. Within 24 hours of your checking in, I will activate your class account so you can access all the class pages with your username and password. Be sure to not use your student ID number as a user name when you check in, or when you use the discussion forum.

2. Obtain class textbook, and software if needed.

Be sure to get the correct (CC or CS6) edition. Instructions for purchasing is on the class Syllabus page.

There are old printed versions from earlier semesters. They will not work for this course. We have updated the materials for this semester.

3. Introduce yourself to me.

  • Complete and submit the Instructor intro form to let me know a little about yourself so that I can teach you more effectively. If you are going to use a computer other than the college lab, you will tell me the platform (Mac or Windows), operating system, processor speed, and how much RAM is in your system.
  • If you have any special needs or concerns, you can also tell me about them here. Anything you put in your instructor introduction will be kept confidential.

4. Introduce yourself to the class on the Discussion Forum.

  • The passwording for the forum is independent of the SRJC CATE system that we use for the rest of the course. Before you can post to the forum for the first time, you will need to click the Register link at the top of the forum. Then you will need to log in before you can read or post a message.
  • Since I won't know who you are unless you sign your postings with your real name, make it happen automatically by setting up a Forum Signature. Log into the forum, then click on the Personal button at the top of the screen. Once there, click the My Settings link on the left of the page, then enter your name into the Signature 1 box. Click on Save Changes, and every post you make from now on will contain your name at the bottom. While you are looking at Personal Forum settings, be very careful about the Subscriptions settings. When activated, you will receive an email every time someone posts to your chosen forum. This can really get annoying, expecially when you are still getting emails from next semester's students. If you do choose to subscribe, make sure to unsubscribe at class end.
  • Locate the Forum for your specific section. Each time that you post to the Forum, you will need to log in. Then, introduce yourself to your classmates by creating a new thread with your intro. I'd suggest naming it something like 'intro-lastname'. Please make your introduction more than just a 'one liner' - tell us all a little bit about yourself. Feel free to reply to each other's intros as well. Here's an example of how I would introduce myself:
    Hi, I'm Donald Laird, your instructor. When I'm not playing with Photoshop (which I do a LOT), I have oodles of other hobbies and activities to keep me busy. Here are a few:
    • Geocaching - a world-wide 'treasure hunt', using a GPS or smart phone and the Internet to find caches hidden by other players. Feel free to ask me about it, if it should sound like fun to you!
    • California history. I'm in the process of visiting and documenting every one of the over 1100 California State Historical Landmarks.
    • Amateur (Ham) radio. I am the newsletter editor for the Sonoma County Radio Amateurs and enjoy using these radio skills for lots of public service events I work on with my son, another ham.
    • Volunteering with KRCB Television. I've been able to help them with several local live broadcasts, and had a blast learning about television production.
    • Playing the periodic computer game. Usually when I should be doing something more useful!
    • Oh yeah. I also have a very patient wife and two great kids - one in high school, and one in second grade.

5. Carefully review our class Web site to acclimate yourself to the class Web site and learn how to submit your homework. You are held responsible for knowing what's on the syllabus.

6. Take Quiz 0

  • This isn't so much a quiz as it is an assessment of what you know about Photoshop at the beginning of the course. It'll be fun to see how your skills at the end of the semester compare to them now :)



Class 2 Tasks and Assignments

Reading: Tutorial 1: Photoshop Basics and Tutorial 2: Files for Print & Web

Assignments:

1. Guided Exercise 1.7 (Pumpkin).

  • Name your finished file pumpkin.jpg. Be sure to save it following the File Preparation and Submission guidelines given on the class Syllabus page. Upload it to the Pumpkin inbox. When you upload a file, your name will be added to the file name.
  • View the carved pumpkin gallery.

  • Suggestions and Reassurance Following the First Tutorial:
    • Photoshop is tremendously complex. This first tutorial gives you some examples of what is possible, but it covers a lot of material.
    • Don't expect to master everything that is in the tutorial. We will review constantly as the course continues.
    • Many students find it is helpful to repeat each hands-on lesson at least twice. The first time through, focus on understanding the lesson's instructions. The second time through, concentrate on Photoshop.
    • Pay careful attention to the Save for Web & Devices tutorial at the end of Tutorial 2. You will submit all of your images using this method. You want to keep your uploaded files as close to 300 kb as possible, with the largest dimension in the Image Size set to 800 pixels. Be careful that you upload the jpg version not the large psd file.

2. Take Quiz 1

  • All exams in this class are timed (one minute per question), open book open-note, open Photoshop. But, the more you read and study before taking each exam, the more you will learn. Once you open an exam, take it. (I can tell if you open and close exams without taking them, and will let you know when the time limit will begin being enforced.) I won't enforce the time limit on the first couple of quizzes, but will warn you if you go over the limit. Please try to be aware of the time you take.
  • This quiz covers overall course mechanics and the topics in Tutorials 1 and 2 of the text.



Class 3 Tasks and Assignments

Reading: Tutorial 3: Selection

Assignments:

1. Guided Exercise 3.9 (Tool Critter).

  • Do each step of Guided Exercise 3.9.
  • Save for Web following the submission guidelines given on the class Syllabus page, and upload to the tool critter inbox.

2. Evaluate the Carved Pumpkins

  • Look at the Carved Pumpkin Gallery from last class's assignment to see your classmates' work.
  • Choose one of the images from the gallery to evaluate.
  • In the class discussion forum, find the topic for this assignment. Reply to the topic with your evaluation, answering the following questions:
    1. Who did the project you are evaluating, and what is its full url when you view the project expanded in the gallery. (Copy this from the browser's address bar and paste into your forum post.
    2. Why did you pick this project to evaluate?
    3. What do you especially like about it?
    4. Any suggestions for improvement?
    5. Other comments?

NOTE: If three students have already reviewed a project, please find a different project to review to share the glory. Thanks.

3. Take Quiz 2.




Class 4 Tasks and Assignments

Reading: Tutorial 4: Layers

Assignments:

1. Guided Exercise 4.3 (Layer Basics).

  • Do each step of Guided Exercise 4.3.
  • Save for Web following the submission guidelines, and upload to the layer basics inbox.

2. Complete Layer Fun exercise.

  • Beginning with the layers.psd file from the end of guided exercise 4.3, play with blend modes and layer styles to change the image. Do not crop the image (transforming elements is okay, though). Be sure your image includes at least three layer styles and at least three different blending modes. Try to make your second version very distinct from the first one. Have fun experimenting. Save the file as layer-fun.psd.
  • Save for Web following the submission guidelines, and upload to the layer fun inbox.



Class 5 Tasks and Assignments

Reading: Tutorial 5: Layer Case Studies

Assignments:

1. Guided Exercise 5.2 (Type Fun).

  • Save for Web following the submission guidelines, and upload to the type fun inbox.
  • View the online gallery of your classmates' assignments.

2. Make your own original tool critter.

  • For this assignment, you will be creating your own, completely original critter, using all of the tools you used earlier. The critters can be either fairly realistic, or completely fanciful. Do not just recreate the first tool critter you made, or any shown in the text - this one should be completely original. Also, do not use any filters, painting tools, blending mode changes, or layer styles - I want to be able to see what you've done.
  • Begin with toolcritter-start.jpg from Tutorial 3.
  • Select each tool, and copy and paste it onto its own layer. Remember to name those layers.
  • Select the entire background and press the delete key to fill the background with a solid color.
  • Using layers to simplify the process, use the tool layers to make your own critter. Feel free to duplicate layers, transform them, etc. to make your critter more interesting.
  • Be sure your critter uses all of the tools.
  • Use the Type tool to give your critter a title.
  • Save for Web following the submission guidelines, and upload to the original critter inbox.
  • View the original critter gallery.

3. Evaluate the Layer Fun Images

  • Look at the Layer Fun Gallery from last class's assignment to see your classmates' work.
  • Choose one of the images from the gallery to evaluate.
  • In the class discussion forum, find the topic for this assignment. Reply to the topic with your evaluation, answering the following questions:
    1. Who did the project you are evaluating, and what is its full url when you view the project expanded in the gallery. (Copy this from the browser's address bar and paste into your forum post.
    2. Why did you pick this project to evaluate?
    3. What do you especially like about it?
    4. Any suggestions for improvement?
    5. Other comments?

NOTE: If three students have already reviewed a project, please find a different project to review to share the glory. Thanks.

4. Take Quiz 3.




Class 6 Tasks and Assignments

Reading: Tutorial 6: Painting

Assignments:

1. Guided Exercise 6.10 (Cartoon).

  • Save for Web following the submission guidelines, and upload to the cartoon inbox.
  • View the online gallery of your classmates' cartoons.

2. Evaluate the Original Tool Critters

  • Look at the Original Tool Critter Gallery from last class's assignment to see your classmates' work.
  • Choose one of the images from the gallery to evaluate.
  • In the class discussion forum, find the topic for this assignment. Reply to the topic with your evaluation, answering the following questions:
    1. Who did the project you are evaluating, and what is its full url when you view the project expanded in the gallery. (Copy this from the browser's address bar and paste into your forum post.
    2. Why did you pick this project to evaluate?
    3. What do you especially like about it?
    4. Any suggestions for improvement?
    5. Other comments?

NOTE: If three students have already reviewed a project, please find a different project to review to share the glory. Thanks.

3. Take Quiz 4.




Class 7 Tasks and Assignments

Reading: Tutorial 7: Image Sources and Resolution

Assignments:

1. There is nothing to hand in from this tutorial.

2. Evaluate the Cartoons

  • Look at the Cartoon Gallery from last class's assignment to see your classmates' work.
  • Choose one of the images from the gallery to evaluate.
  • In the class discussion forum, find the topic for this assignment. Reply to the topic with your evaluation, answering the following questions:
    1. Who did the project you are evaluating, and what is its full url when you view the project expanded in the gallery. (Copy this from the browser's address bar and paste into your forum post.
    2. Why did you pick this project to evaluate?
    3. What do you especially like about it?
    4. Any suggestions for improvement?
    5. Other comments?

NOTE: If three students have already reviewed a project, please find a different project to review to share the glory. Thanks.

3. Take online Quiz 5.

4. Look ahead to the About Me Project you will do next class.

Locate at least four images to include in your composite image that will show the class what you are interested in. Your images can be those you took from a digital camera, scanned from your personal photo collection, or you downloaded from a site for downloading free photos. Be sure that the images you choose are high quality for printing and not low quality for Web pages.



Class 8 Tasks and Assignments

Reading: Tutorial 8: Design Principles

Assignments:

1. There is nothing to hand in from this tutorial.

2. Do the About Me Project.

  • Create a blank document, 5 x 7 inches, or 7 x 5 inches, at the appropriate resolution for your printer.
  • Locate at least four images to include in a composite image that will show the class what you are interested in. Your images can be those you took from a digital camera, scanned from your personal photo collection, or you downloaded from a site for downloading free photos (note: only 1 of the images may be a drawing or illustration - the rest must be photographs). Here are some sources for free images:
    http://www.freefoto.com/
    http://stock.d2.hu/
  • Using one of your images as the base, add selected parts of the other images to build your composite. As you do, you should use each of the following:
    1. A layer or selection that is transformed.
    2. A layer opacity less than 100%
    3. A layer blending mode other than Normal
    4. A layer style
    5. A type layer
  • Incorporate painted elements into your composite. Use:
    1. A gradient
    2. Something painted with the Brush tool
    3. A stroked selection (Edit > Stroke command)
    4. A filled selection (Edit > Fill command)
  • DO NOT use any filters, please. They often prevent me from being able to evaluate the quality of your selections and painting.
  • Be sure to integrate the image parts into a cohesive image - I don't want to see images just placed onto a page without any attempt at integrating them together.
  • Save your document as me.psd and print it on photo-quality paper. (Since we submit assignments online, you will not submit your printout.)
  • Save for Web following the submission guidelines, and upload to the About Me inbox. For comparison, print the web-sized version on the same paper as the original.
  • Fill out the About Me Documentation Form where you will answer the questions below. (You may want to keep track of them as you work.) The grading system may show a zero for your score until I grade the assignment. I cannot give you a score for this assignment until you complete the documentation form.
    1. List each image you used, along with its source, and explain briefly why you have the right to use it.
    2. Identify at least one item that you transformed.
    3. Describe at least one layer with an opacity less than 100%.
    4. Describe at least one layer with a blend mode other than Normal.
    5. Describe at least one layer with a layer style.
    6. Where did you use a gradient? Something painted with the Brush tool? A stroked selection? A filled selection?
    7. How do your high-resolution and web-quality printouts compare?
    8. How did the Design Principles tutorial influence how you combined your images?
    9. Evaluate your project. What do your like? What don’t you like?
    10. Describe any problems you had.
  • View the About Me gallery to see your classmates' work.



Class 9 Tasks and Assignments

Reading: Tutorial 9: Bridge and Simple Automations

Assignments:

1. Take the Midterm Exam. You have 30 minutes to complete the Midterm exam.

2. Automation sample.

  • On your own, make a PDF presentation slide show containing 4 of your own images.
  • Be sure to add a transition to the show.
  • Upload the PDF to the automation inbox.
  • NOTE: For this assignment only, the PDF you upload can be up to 5mb.



Class 10 Tasks and Assignments

Reading: Tutorial 10: Correcting Image Tonality

Assignments:

1. Guided Exercise 10.5 (Seattle).

  • Important note: there is a 1-pixel white line at the top of each of the five individual Seattle images. Do not include this in your selection when completing this guided exercise, or you will get the incorrect results.
  • Save for Web following the submission guidelines, and upload to the Seattle inbox.

2. Evaluate About Me

  • Look at the About Me Gallery from last class's assignment to see your classmates' work.
  • Choose one of the ABout Me projects from the gallery to evaluate.
  • In the class discussion forum, find the topic for this assignment. Reply to the topic with your evaluation, answering the following questions:
    1. Who did the project you are evaluating, and what is its full url when you view the project expanded in the gallery. (Copy this from the browser's address bar and paste into your forum post.
    2. Why did you pick this project to evaluate?
    3. What do you especially like about it?
    4. Any suggestions for improvement?
    5. Other comments?

NOTE: If three students have already reviewed a project, please find a different project to review to share the glory. Thanks.




Class 11 Tasks and Assignments

Reading: Tutorial 11: Adjusting Image Colors

Assignments:

1. Color Adjustment Sampler.

  • Use Contact Sheet II to make a single page that contains the four results of Guided Exercises 11.4 through 11.7. Be sure to make the thumbnails as large as possible.
  • Save for Web following the submission guidelines, and upload to the Color Adjustment Sampler inbox.

2. Complete the Tone and Color Project.

  • Open birdwall.jpg. It is a digital camera image of a bird on a wall.
  • Straighten the image. Crop just enough to take care of the debris left over from straightening the image.
  • Use Auto Tone or Auto Color to improve the tonal range and remove the color cast.
  • Duplicate the image.
  • With one copy of the image, use Replace Color to change the color of at least two distinct elements of the image, such as the blue wall and the flower.
  • With the other copy of the image, go wild - use anything you learn in this tutorial to colorize any specific parts of the image (variations, replace color, color balance, etc.). Select the elements first, then change the colors. Be sure to change at least 4 or 5 distinct image elements - not just general areas like the leaves.
  • Sharpen the images as needed.
  • Save both files for Web following the submission guidelines, naming them replace.jpg and wild.jpg, and uploading them to the Tone and Color inbox.
  • View the gallery of your classmates' image corrections.

3. Take Quiz 6.




Class 12 Tasks and Assignments

Reading: Tutorial 12: Painting with Special Tools

Assignments:

1. Repair the Hairy Beast image.

  • Using the techniques you learned in Tutorial 12, completely remove all the wires from the Hairy Beast image.
  • Name the finished image beast.jpg.
  • Save the file as a jpg. For this assignment only, the largest dimension should be 800 pixels, and the file size can be up to 400k.
  • Upload the file to the Hairy Beast inbox.
  • Look at the gallery of images for this assignment.

2. Take Quiz 7.




Class 13 Tasks and Assignments

Reading: Tutorial 13: Restoration Case Studies

Assignments:

1. Case Studies 1, 2, and 3.

  • Complete Case Studies 1, 2, and 3.
  • When completing the twins case study, be sure to colorize all parts of the image.
  • Save the three restored images according to the guidelines.
  • Upload them to the Case Studies inbox.

2. Repair and Correct Project.

  • For this assignment, you will download a color image in need of repair from among a collection of images I provide. Here is the collection. Each of these images has some combination of color, tonality, and physical damage problem. Choose one of these images to restore. As a Photoshop novice, your goal is to make the after image look better--but in most cases it will not be perfect. You should improve overall image tone, repair obvious damage, and correct color if needed.
  • As you work, keep track of what you do to improve the image. Once you are done, you will need to answer the following questions:
    • What was wrong with the image?
    • What steps did you follow to fix the overall tonal values of the image?
    • If the image needed color correction, how did you go about correcting the color?
    • What were the steps you took to repair damage on this image? Please list the tools and other methods you used.
    • How successful do you feel you were at correcting your chosen image?
  • Save the improved image for the Web following the submission guidelines. Name the file after.jpg and upload to the Repair Project drop box.
  • Complete the Repair Project Documentation Form where you will answer the above questions.
  • View the gallery of your classmates' restorations.



Class 14 Tasks and Assignments

Reading: Tutorial 14: Fun with Filters

Assignments:

1. Liquify a portrait.

  • Start with the starting image from Guided Exercise 14.7.
  • Use the liquify command to modify the image. Some possible things to do would be to change his expression, make him look like he's in a bad mood, or whatever you choose - just be sure to do something other than what is shown in the textbook. Be sure, however, to make it look as realistic as possible - no extremely crazy twirling, etc. Again, go for a substantial change, but keep it lifelike.
  • Using another copy of the starting image, do a 'wild makeover' - keep the kid recognizable, but don't worry about keeping it realistic. Have fun!
  • Save for Web following the submission guidelines, and upload both images to the Portrait inbox.
  • View the gallery of your classmates' images.

2. Use the Motion Blur filter on your own image.

  • You will work on an image of your own, following the technique in Guided Exercise 14.5.
  • Locate an image that has a nice subject on a distracting background.
  • Apply the tutorial steps to your chosen image.
  • Save for Web following the submission guidelines, naming it blur.jpg, and uploading it to the Motion Blur inbox.
  • View the gallery of your classmates' images.

3. Evaluate the Repair Project

  • Look at the Repair Project Gallery from last class's assignment to see your classmates' work.
  • Choose one of the Repair Projects from the gallery to evaluate.
  • In the class discussion forum, find the topic for this assignment. Reply to the topic with your evaluation, answering the following questions:
    1. Who did the project you are evaluating, and what is its full url when you view the project expanded in the gallery. (Copy this from the browser's address bar and paste into your forum post.
    2. Why did you pick this project to evaluate?
    3. What do you especially like about it?
    4. Any suggestions for improvement?
    5. Other comments?

NOTE: If three students have already reviewed a project, please find a different project to review to share the glory. Thanks.

4. Look ahead to final project.

  • Look at the assignment info for next class - you will need to provide some of your own images, so it's a good idea to start looking for them now.



Class 15 Tasks and Assignments

Reading: Tutorial 15: Putting it all Together

Assignments:

1. Guided Exercise 15.7 - Postcards.

  • When you complete this exercise, you should have an original postcard, based on the daisy starting image. Have fun experimenting while making this cards. Be sure to include text in the card. Remember to make it have the look and feel of a postcard.
  • Save for the Web following the submission guidelines, and upload the file to the Postcard inbox.
  • View the gallery of your classmates' postcards.




Class 16 Tasks and Assignments

Assignments:

1. Final Project.

Your final project will consist of two unique postcards. For each, begin by making a new document using the postcard preset you made in tutorial 15.

The first postcard will be based on this image that you have restored. The subject of the restored image should become part of a postcard, but not the entire postcard. Be sure the restored portion takes up at least 25% (but less than half) of the postcard, though - if it's too small, I can't properly evaluate your restoration work.

The other will be based on an object that you have removed from its background in a photo. The object should be on a relatively busy background--not a solid color.

As you develop your postcards, use many of the tools and methods you have learned in this class. I would like to see text, gradients, painting tools, filters, and experimentation with opacity and blending modes. This is your final project, so please spend some time on both postcards. Here are the questions you will need to answer when you complete the associated documentation form:

  1. Postcard 1: Restoration
    • Where did you find the image? Why do you have copyright permission for using the image?
    • Briefly list the steps you used to restore the image?
    • What problems did you have with the restoration? Creating the postcard?
    • How successful were you? How well do you like the postcard?
    • How many layers and layer groups did you use? What was your organizational strategy? You MUST use at least one layer group with at least two layers in it.
    • Where did you use the following in the restoration postcard? (You should have used every one at least once.): Text, gradient, pattern, painting tools, opacity and blending mode changes, filters.
  2. Postcard 2: Creative Techniques. Here is your opportunity to go "Photoshop Wild."
    • What did the image look like that you removed this object from? Where did you find the image? Why do you have copyright permission for using the image?
    • What selection tools and commands did you use to remove this object from its background?
    • What steps did you take to create the postcard?
    • Where did you get the rest of the images for the postcard, besides the cutout image?
    • What painting and editing tools did you use to create this postcard?
    • What problems did you have creating the postcard?
    • How successful were you? How well do you like the postcard?
    • How many layers and layer groups did you use? What was your organizational strategy? You MUST use at least one layer group with at least two layers in it.
    • Where did you use the following in the creativity postcard? (You should have used every one at least once.): Text, gradient, pattern, painting tools, opacity and blending mode changes, filters.
    • Which postcard was the more difficult to create and why?
    • Which postcard do you like better and why?
  • Submit the original (or 'before') version of your removed object image to the Final Project drop box. Be sure it meets the normal file submission guidelines.
  • Submit the finished versions of the two original postcards to the Final Project drop box. Be sure they meet the normal file submission guidelines.
  • Complete the Final Project Documentation Form where you will answer the above questions.
  • View the gallery of postcard images.

2. Take Final Exam.