last updated 12/7/06 changed due date for final exam, added EC final review

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CIS 73.31C • Section 2335 • Fall 2006

Assignments for Weeks 123456 7891011121314 15 16


A. Complete the class check-in form.

If you have not done so already, go to the Section page and click 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, your instructor will get an email stating that you checked in. Your instructor will need to manually activate your class account so you can access all the class pages with your username and password.

B. Obtain Notes CD, textbook, and software if needed.

C. Carefully review our section online materials and acclimate yourself to the key pages of our class web site.

D. Introduce yourself to your instructor and your classmates.

Barbara introducing herself: Hi! I'm Barbara Heiman, your class instructor. I've been teaching in the Computer and Information Sciences Department since 1990, so I've taught many different classes. Right now, I'm concentrating on Photoshop and digital archiving. This is my first "retirement" semester, meaning that I no longer teach fulltime for SRJC, but I am busy writing about Photoshop, and with many family issues. When I'm not teaching (this semester in Petaluma, and Sonoma) my husband and I like to travel, garden, distill essential oils like lavender and lemon grass, cook, grow grapes, and make red wine. We try to train our elderly Scottish terrier, and keep snails out of our garden by collecting kitsch escargot. We also enjoy watching our solar panels run our electric meter backward--when the sun comes out.

Donald introducing himself: Donald introducing himself: Hi! I'm Donald Laird, your class instructor. I’ve taught quite a number of different classes in the CIS Department over the last ten years, but have been specializing in Photoshop for the last several. As you'll find out in this class, I have many hobbies and interests – visiting historic sites throughout California, PT Cruisers, visiting Disneyland, geocaching, and cows, to name a few. We have a cat (a 20-pound moose) and one yellow mutt-type dog. Oh, I also have an 8-year-old and another coming in September. Needless to say, I manage to keep myself busy.

E. Do Project 1: Visual Introduction.

F. Take online Quiz 1 on course mechanics.

WEEK Two: Painting

A. Read and do Chapter 1 notes CD.

B. Read Chapter 1, Studio Techniques.

C. Complete Project 2: Grape Juice Poster - Using Custom Brushes.

D. Complete Project 3: Decoration.

E. Take online Quiz 2 – Painting.

F. EC Gradient Painting (2 points).

Start with a document that is 600x400 px ..then take that and use .. make an image using only gradient tool, no painting, no imported images no filters . Use only gradients. You can use selection, you can select areas, You can use layers, blend modes, and layer styles. I will not grade it if uploaded after Sept. 21 . Post to Gradient Inbox. View Gallery.

Week Three: Optimizing and Customizing Photoshop

A. Study Chapter 2 CD notes.

B. Complete the online Optimization and Customization Worksheet.

C. Take online Quiz 3 – Optimize and Customize.

Week four: Color Theory

A. Study Chapter 3 CD notes.

B. Read Chapter 5, Studio Techniques.

C. Read Bonus CH-01 Line Art.pdf, Studio Techniques CD.

D. Complete Project 4: Grayscale Conversion

E. Complete Project 5: Bitmap Conversion

F. Do: Color Theory Worksheet online.

G. Take online Quiz 4 – Color Theory.

Week Five: Spot and Process Colors

A. Read and Do Chapter 4 CD notes on Spot and Process Colors.

B. Complete Project 6: Spot and Duotone Conversion

C. Take online Quiz 5: Spot and Process Colors

Week Six: Web Graphics and Animation

A. Study Chapter 5 CD notes on Web Graphics and Animation.

B. Complete Project 7: Animation

C. Complete Project 8: Indexed Color Conversion with different color tables.

E. Take online Quiz 6 – Web graphics and animation

Week Seven: Photoshop and ImageReady for the Web

A. Study Chapter 6 CD notes on ImageReady. You may also choose to read the class notes PDF taken by Nancy Carroll and partially edited by Barbara Heiman.

B. Complete Project 9: NavBar with Remote Rollover.

In this project, you will use the same procedure for creating a rollover as in chapter 6 of the notes. This time, though, you get to choose the shape of the button as well as what appears on the button in both the Normal and Over states.

C. Complete Project 10: Image Map.

In this project, you will use the same procedure for creating an image map as in chapter 6 of the notes. This time, though, you get to choose the beginning image, as well as set up the image map regions.

D. Extra Credit (2 points): make a small site using the same starting graphic as Project 10 that uses one or more remote rollovers. ( 2 points).

Except in special cases like Donald Laird's Landmark site, I prefer to use rollovers and remote rollovers to image maps, because it is easier for the user to see that a region is clickable. To make it more fun, I can even include a remote rollover--something in the image that changes beyond the slice the mouse is over, down, etc. Sara Silver, a former student, did a particularly nice job on this assignment because she incorporated a remote rollover with each hot spot region, so that the user can see that a region is clickable, and where it will lead to. Check it out.

E. Take online Quiz 7 – ImageReady.

Week Eight: Review

A. Review for the comprehensive Midterm Exam. It uses the same format and test bank as the quizzes, only it has 30 questions.

B. Take the Midterm Exam.

Week Nine: Actions

A. Study Chapter 7 CD notes on Actions

B. Complete Project 11: Actions and Automations

  1. Read the notes on Actions and Automations, trying out the various actions and automations that are described in the chapter.
  2. Use at least one action or automation in your own workflow. You may either make up your own steps, or use a premade action or automation. If you download something from the Web, or use an online tutorial, be sure to reference it.
  3. Post your action or automation to the class forum describing:
    • What you did and why you did it.
    • How it worked.
    • Additional comments

C. Take online Quiz 8 – Actions.

Week Ten: Color Management

A. Study Chapter 8 CD notes on Color Management.

B. Read Chapter 7, Studio Techniques.

C. Complete the online Color Management Worksheet.

D. Complete Project 12: RGB to CMYK conversion

C. Take online Quiz 9 – Color Management.

Week Eleven: Type

A. Study Chapter 9 CD notes on Type.

B. Read Bonus CH-04 Type and Background Effects.pdf, Studio Techniques CD.

C. Complete Project 13: Variations on a Word

C. Take online Quiz 10 – Type.

Week Twelve: Paths

A. Study Chapter 10 CD notes on Paths.

B. Read Pp. 418-42 on the Pen tool from the Studio Techniques book.

C. Complete Project 14: Type on and in a Path.

D. Complete Project 15: Stroked Paths

E. Take online Quiz 11 – Paths.

Week Thirteen: Shapes, Fill Layers, and Vector Masks

A. Study Chapter 11 CD notes on Shapes, Fill Layers, and Vector Masks.

B. Read Pp. 4-42 on shape layers, and Pp. 458-462 on vector masks from the Studio Techniques book.

C. Complete Project 16: Vector Garden.

D. Take online Quiz 12: Shapes and Vector Masks.

Week Fourteen: Masks and More Masks

A. Study Chapter 12 CD notes on Masks

B. Read Chapters 2-3 and 13-15, Studio Techniques.

C. Start big project - travel, business promotion, or nonprofit poster.

In this project, you will combine multiple images to create a new image. You will choose your own images. These may be images you’ve scanned, digital camera images, or images you’ve obtained by any other copyright-appropriate method.

Before you begin, view examples from previous semesters. You will see examples of three themes-- a travel poster to a real or fantasy location, a National Enquirer spoof, or a poster for a non-profit organization.

1. Start by creating a blank PSD document, RGB image mode, that is no larger than 13 x 19 inches or 19 by 13 inches, 200 ppi. These are the requirements to give a good-quality printout for the wide format Epson printer in the CIS lab in Petaluma. If your computer does not have at least 512 kb RAM, work in 150 ppi. The image will still print quite well, although slightly less than professional quality. (You probably won't be able to tell the difference.)

2. Bring your images into this blank document. As you make your poster, do not use any filters except for Gaussian Blur, Unsharp Mask, Lens Flare, and Lighting Effects.

3. All layers should be given descriptive names.

4. Use the techniques you have learned or practiced in the course so far to make your poster. For full credit on this project, your final image must have ALL of the following:

5. If you are able to (not restricted by management software in the CIS labs), take a screen capture of your Layers palette, showing all the layers in your document.

6. Save a copy of the image to print in generic PDF format, print quality, and print it.

7. Downsamplea copy of the image in the Image > Image Size dialog box to no more than 800 x 600 pixels (a little larger than usual, if you wish) and then save another copy for the web. Your original image will be too large to go straight to Save for Web. Save the image as a .JPG file. For this assignment only, this JPG file may be as large as 200k. Name the file bp.jpg.

Submit the file to the Big Project drop box. The specific instructions are on the submission page itself. If you were able to take a screen capture, name it bp1-screen-xxx.jpg and drop it in the project drop box as well.

C. Take online Quiz 13: Masks.

Week Fifteen: Combining and Compositing

A. Study Chapter 13 CD notes on Combining and Compositing

B. Read Bonus CH-03 Shadows.pdf, Studio Techniques CD.

C. Continue working on the Big Project. There are no assignments due this week.

D. Extra credit--participate in the final review on the forum by noon, Wed. Dec 13, earn up to 5 EC points.

Week Sixteen: Review

A. Complete Big Project. Submit the file(s) to the Big Project drop box. View the class gallery for the Big Project.

B. Participate in online review.

C. Take the Final Exam.

D. Complete your Metrics That Matter course evaluation.

The Computer & Information Sciences department is an Authorized Adobe Training Center (ATCP) in Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. Our industry partnership provides you with quality Adobe instruction, as each graphics instructor is required to pass the rigorous Adobe exam (ACE) in order to teach for our department.

As an ATCP, we participate in an online student evaluation program through Metrics That Matter. This data collection is important to our program and helps us improve our curriculum. It also ranks the quality of SRJC Adobe instruction against other training providers throughout the world.
Visit to fill out your student evaluation. It should take about 5-10 minutes of your time. You will receive FIVE extra credit points for completing this survey by the day after the final exam. (It will open on December 4th, if you want to do it earlier.)

Once you are at the website, select your Photoshop class:
CIS 73.23A #2335 - Photoshop 3 Petaluma Fall 06 Heiman

Finals Week

A. Attend the required final class meeting, Tuesday Dec. 19th 9:30-12:20, room 217. Present your poster project to your classmates and participate in the informal class evaluation.