Learning Catalog

Digital Imaging

Digital Imaging

Credits .5

Competency Group Overview

Meets art or ICT graduation requirement

Competencies

Pre-Requisites

None

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

1 segment/ 16-18 weeks

Overview

This is the perfect course for anyone who wants to create compelling, professional looking graphic designs and photos. You’ll learn the basics of composition, color, and layout before moving on to technical topics like working with layers and masks, adding special effects, and effectively using typefaces to create visual impact. At the end of this course, you’ll have created a variety of original projects for your graphic design portfolio.

Students Materials/System Requirements: Access to a Digital Camera capable of connecting to a PC and GIMP (A link to the free installation files is included within the course.) **GIMP is not compatible with Chromebooks.**

This course is one of our Career Exploration offerings.

 

Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

Course Requirements

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, VLACS guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. This course is project-based. Assessments are in the form of multiple-choice questions and projects that are assessed with individualized rubrics. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.

**GIMP is not compatible with Chromebooks.**

Major Topics and Concepts

 

Segment 1

  • Crop and zoom.
  • Desaturate and colorize an image.
  • Change the resolution and optimize an image for the Web.
  • Add, hide, and arrange layers.
  • Trace an image.
  • Draw with the Paintbrush Tool.
  • Change the foreground and background color.
  • Change a tool’s size and shape.
  • Use the Bucket Fill Tool to add a background color and fill areas with color.
  • Use GIMP’s selection tools to select areas of an image.
  • Create a custom brush.
  • Move, scale, and rotate layers.
  • Use filter effects.
  • Combine images.
  • Use script plugins.
  • Add and format text.
  • Use masks.
  • Add effects and colors to a selection.
  • Add gradients and custom shapes.
  • Use patterns.
  • Reflect an image.

 

Project 1: Crop and Colorize a Photo

  • Crop and zoom.
  • Change the resolution of an image.
  • Desaturate an image.
  • Colorize an image.
  • Save an image for the Web as a JPEG.

 

Project 2: Trace a Photo

  • Add and hide layers.
  • Trace with the Paintbrush Tool.
  • Change the brush size.
  • Change the foreground color.
  • Add a background color with the Bucket Fill Tool.

 

Project 3: Draw without Tracing

  • Draw freehand, without tracing.
  • Use the Fuzzy Select Tool and the Grow command to select an area.
  • Change the size of a tool.
  • Use the Eraser Tool.
  • Use the Lock Alpha Channel button.
  • Arrange layers.
  • Use special effect brushes.
  • Design a brush and add it to the brush list.
  • Paint with the custom brush.
  • Use the Clipboard Brush.

 

Project 4: Use Filters to Make a Poster

  • Copy and paste an image.
  • Scale an image.
  • Apply filter effects to layers.
  • Colorize different layers.
  • Add a background color.

 

Project 5: Make a Collage

  • Open multiple images as different layers.
  • Crop layers with the Ellipse Select Tool and the Rectangle Select Tool.
  • Move, scale, rotate, and arrange layers.
  • Add script plugins to GIMP.
  • Add strokes and drop shadows to images.
  • Add a pattern to the background.

 

Project 6: Make a Single-Panel Comic

  • Use the Select by Color Tool to remove an image’s background.
  • Combine a foreground image into a different background image.
  • Resize and position the foreground image.
  • Draw, move, and resize a talk bubble shape.
  • Add and format text in the talk bubble.

 

Project 7: Mask an Image

  • Duplicate a layer.
  • Create a layer mask based on a selection.
  • Blur the background image.

 

Project 8: Develop Your Selection Skills

  • Make selections with the Free Select Tool, the alternate Free Select method, the Scissors Select Tool, and the Foreground Select Tool.
  • Draw straight and curved paths with the Paths Tool.
  • Convert paths into selections.
  • Change a selection with the Quick Mask and the Paintbrush Tool.
  • Add a Hue-Saturation layer mask to change a selection’s color.

 

Project 9: Make a One Word Graphic

  • Scale and rotate a word.
  • Shear and curve a word.
  • Turn a word into a mask.
  • Add an image to the background of a word.
  • Feather and expand the edges of a word.
  • Add a border and outer glow.

 

Project 10: Make an Ad

  • Use a mask to create the illusion of depth.
  • Add gradients.
  • Add a custom shape.
  • Color and style the shape.
  • Add text to the shape.

 

Project 11: Create a Planet

  • Add a pattern to give texture to a circle.
  • Spherize and color a circle.
  • Add an inner shadow.
  • Make a black background with stars.
  • Add space gas and a lens flare.

 

Project 12: Reflect an Image

  • Select an area of an image to turn into a reflection.
  • Copy and flip the selected part of an image.
  • Add a transparent blue color to the reflection.
  • Draw a border as the shore.
  • Add the noise filter to make the shore grainy.

 

 

Career

Visual Designer

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Create Text and Images for an Audience: Students will demonstrate how to use the elements and principles of visual design to effectively communicate a message.

Project

You are a Visual Designer and your new client asked you to create a digital promotional poster for a topic of your choice. You will incorporate text and images into the design and then prepare for a meeting with your client. In this meeting, you will explain how your poster design utilizes the elements and principles of visual design in order to communicate a message to the intended audience.

Career

Magazine Photo Editor

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Enhance an image’s design: Students will demonstrate the ability to use application tools to edit, enhance, and manipulate digital designs.

Project

You are Magazine Photo Editor. For this month‘s edition, you will select a topic or theme on which to compile a collection of photographs that your copywriters can use to accompany their articles. One might even make it to the magazines front cover! These can be your own photographs or photos taken by others. You will edit, enhance, and manipulate each of the photographs in a variety of ways in order to provide a collection of photos that can be used for a variety of formats and purposes.

Career

Graphic Designer

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Create Web and Print-Based Images: Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to create a design that matches the purpose and medium by creating images for web and print.

Project

You are Graphic Designer that works for a company that advertises both on the web and in print. Your Art Director asked you to put together a promotional campaign for your company that includes advertisements to use on the web as well as for print. You will consider what makes an effective image design for the intended medium (print or web). After you complete your designs, you will prepare a memo to your Art Director which explains the purpose of each design and how it is an effective design for the web or print medium.

Career

Digital Imagin Specialist

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Network and Software File Management: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the application (GIMP) operations, software file management, and problem-solving.

Project

You are a Digital Imaging Specialist for a large company, and your Technology Director asked you to evaluate GIMP as a photo editing tool for the company. You will create a presentation based on your evaluation of GIMP, and you will be making a recommendation on whether or not to use this software. In your presentation, you will need to describe GIMP’s features and operations, explain how you can use GIMP to solve specific issues associated with digital images, and discuss how to manage the files and software.

Status:

Open

The Experiences Pathway allows students to demonstrate mastery of competencies and earn credit through experiences, such as internships, travel, service learning, entrepreneurship, or independent study. Students may elect to meet all competencies in a particular competency group (i.e., English 1 or Economics) or they can master  competencies in multiple discipline areas. Once a student enrolls, a VLACS instructor will work with the student to refine the Experience, identify the competencies that will be met, and determine products that will demonstrate mastery of each competency.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Use google drive.
  2. Meet weekly or every two weeks with their instructor.
  3. Secure an outside expert.
  4. Plan the experience prior to completing it. (Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.)

Here is how to enroll in an Experience.

  1. Identify the course(s) that matches most closely with your Experience.
  2. Click “Enroll Now” from www.vlacs.org or from our learning catalog.
  3. From the enrollment page, navigate to the course that matches your Experience.
  4. Select all competencies that you hope to meet through your Experience. Do not worry if you are unsure of the exact competencies, they can be adjusted.
  5. Select the Experience bubble.
  6. If there are additional competencies from other discipline areas you hope to meet, enroll in these in the same manner.
  7. Your parent/guardian will receive an email asking for approval of your enrollment. This must be completed before we can assign you an instructor.
  8. You will receive a welcome email from your instructor within five days, given that space is available.

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you mastered your learning objectives.

Internship

Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career, while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.

Travel

While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies.  The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline specific content so that learning can takes place through problem solving and collaboration.

Entrepreneurship

Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

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