Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog 
    Jun 22, 2024  
Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog
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GDES 214 - Photoshop for Graphics and Photography

(Also offered as PHOT 214 . Credit cannot be received for both GDES 214  and PHOT 214 .)

An in-depth study of digital editing as it applies to the needs of the graphics or photography student and professional. Students manipulate scanned images and digital photographs in preparation for publication layout and design, web output, use in other software packages, or immediate output. Topics include photo-restoration, composite imaging, masking, and the adjustment and correction of images used in graphic design and photography. PREREQUISITE(S): None, but previous computer experience is necessary. It is strongly recommended that photography majors take PHOT 161  prior to this course. Two hours lecture, four hours laboratory each week.

4 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Identify brush characteristics and available options.
  • Demonstrate operations with all painting and editing tools.
  • Apply painting and editing techniques to photographic restoration.
  • Describe all color spaces used in Adobe Photoshop.
  • Compare and employ color profiles in both RGB and CMYK.
  • Describe the basic file formats and indicate when to use them.
  • Determine resolution requirements based on desired end result.
  • Identify all options for creating and saving files.
  • Demonstrate procedures for utilizing digital photographs and scans.
  • Demonstrate the use of all selection tools.
  • Demonstrate saving selections and use of Channels Palette.
  • Examine the function and use of layers.
  • Demonstrate multiple layer composite images.
  • Demonstrate the use of layer masks and other area isolation tools.
  • Demonstrate channels and masks for image creation and modification.
  • Demonstrate the use of channel operations with layers.
  • Interpret the image histogram relative to exposure and value range.
  • Demonstrate image correction using ‘Levels’ and ‘Curves.’
  • Identify the need for basic color correction.
  • Demonstrate the use of adjustment layers and adjustment menu.
  • Demonstrate the use of typography, vector imaging, and vector masks.
  • Demonstrate the use of filters for creative modification.
  • Demonstrate the use of filters for image correction and enhancement.
  • Identify output options.
  • Describe matching output controls to output device.
  • Differentiate between web output and print output.
  • Demonstrate ‘Save for Web’ options.

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