Raster and Vector Graphics

Course Number: 
NAIS-130
Credits: 
3

This course introduces students to the skills needed for the successful production and manipulation of raster and vector images using image creation and production software. Students will work in bitmap and vector applications, producing and editing with the tools and techniques offered by the software programs such as selection techniques, basic layer controls, digital masking, image correction and enhancement. Additional topics will include the relevance of image size, resolution and file format specifications when working with raster and vector images. Comprehension and correct usage of terminology and concepts are emphasized.

Goals: 
  • Develop reading, writing, analytical thinking, and problem solving skills related to
    bitmap and vector images and basic digital image manipulation.
  • Learn how to use raster and vector programs to create and manipulate images.
  • Foster ability to make fundamental image manipulation decisions.
  • Understand how to design and evaluate digital images.
  • Enhance knowledge needed for saving and managing graphic files in various file
    formats for screen, digital printer, or press output.
  • Understand how to compress, store and retrieve digital images.
  • Learn to make appropriate decisions regarding file formats and file management.
  • Prepare for the job application and interview, resume writing, and portfolio building processes.
Topics: 

1.0      Definition, purpose, benefits, differences, between bitmap and vector graphics

2.0      Basic tools, menus and controls needed for bitmap and image creation and editing

3.0      Working with selections

4.0      Layers in bitmap graphics

5.0      Correcting and enhancing digital photos

6.0      Masks and channels

7.0      Type

8.0      Vector tools in a bitmap application

9.0      Selecting and aligning tools

10.0      Creating shapes combining and editing

11.0      Transforming objects

12.0      Drawing with vector tools

13.0      Color

14.0      Working with type

15.0      Working with Layers in vector graphics

16.0      Working with perspective drawing

17.0      Blending and adjusting color and shapes

18.0      Working with Brushes

19.0      Applying and editing effects

20.0      Appearance attributes and graphic styles

21.0      Vector graphics and other applications

Learning Outcomes: 

Outcome:

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

Assessment Method

  1. Compare and use raster and vector software applications as appropriate for design and job specifications.

Successful completion of projects per specified criteria; tests and exams

  1. Identify and describe characteristics of raster and vector images.

Successful completion of projects per specified criteria; tests and exams

  1. Use Adobe Photoshop to create, save, and edit raster images.

Successful completion of projects per specified criteria; tests and exams

  1. Use Adobe Illustrator to create, save, and edit vector images.

Successful completion of projects per specified criteria; tests and exams

  1. Explain and discuss issues of ethics, copyright, and professional responsibilities in the selection, use, and/or modification of graphic images.

Critiques, class discussions, tests and exams.

  1. Identify and demonstrate the use of correct file formats for Web and print.

Successful completion of projects per specified criteria; tests and exams

  1. Describe primary skills learned in this course; select and archive projects which may be appropriate for inclusion in a portfolio.

Successful completion of projects per specified criteria; tests and exams

 

Textbooks: 

Adobe Illustrator CS5 Classroom in a Book [Paperback] ,
Adobe Creative Team (Author)
ISBN:032170178X

Adobe Photoshop CS5 Classroom in a Book [Paperback] ,
Adobe Creative Team (Author)
ISBN:0321701763

Additional Notes/Details: 

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (most recent versions) are required for this course.