- Prerequisite: CD124 Vector Graphics
- Date & Time: Wednesday 3:10 pm - 6 pm
- Classroom: Marvin Feldman Center Room 511
- Semester: Spring 2018
- Professor: Christie Shin
- Email: email@example.com
- Office: D317
- Phone: 212-217-5651
- Office Hours: Monday 3pm–4pm, Tuesday 2pm–3pm, Wednesday 2pm–3pm, Thursday 2pm–3pm
- Class Website: ChristieShin.com
This course explores the various methods and purposes of creating digital composites with bitmap graphics using Photoshop. The lecture starts with basic photo manipulations including collage and color corrections. It continues with the use of different selection tools, layers, and masks. Students will learn nondestructive ways of editing in bitmap graphics by utilizing adjustment layers, smart objects, and smart filters. This class will also introduce the core concepts and disciplines of digital storytelling such as sequence, keyframes, frame mobility, the idea of infinite canvas, and understanding of timeline. The fundamental knowledge of print and screen-based file preparation including resolutions, dimensions, and output formats will be addressed thoroughly.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- understand the principles and processes of bitmap imagery
- demonstrate an intermediate level of proficiency in the bitmap imagery program
- apply fundamental visual design concepts to create digital image composites
- analyze and evaluate digital imagery with visual storytelling
- develop, design, concept, and create digital image composites and image sequences
- In-class workshop: Self-portrait (5%)
- Project 1: A digital composite for an article (20%)
- Project 2: Storytelling a phrase, saying, proverb, or idiom in 6 steps (25%)
- Project 3: Shakespeare in motion (30%)
Unit/Area of Study:
UNIT 1 – SINGLE FRAME DIGITAL COMPOSITE
Visual communication, digital composite, deconstruction vs. reconstruction, destructive vs. non-destructive editing
Week 1-4 (4 lecture/8 studio hours)
Project 1 : A digital composite for an article
The project is to create a single frame digital composite for a newspaper/magazine article. Students will learn how to create a compelling message using a combination of photographs and other visual graphics.
The goal of this project is to learn how to visually communicate and deliver a message effectively through digital composition.
Students choose one from two articles provided by the professor.
Duration of the project:
- Select an article for your digital composite
- Read an article and write one sentence defining what you would like to focus on. It can be the core message or a part of a story from the article
- Sketch your concept and find image resources for your digital composite. You can do an online search, scan images… etc. It is highly recommended you take photos with your own camera. Please make sure all of your images are hi-resolution
- Compose your digital illustration in Photoshop
UNIT 2 – MULTI-FRAME DIGITAL COMPOSITE
Smart object, visual narration, sequence, keyframe, master-storyboard, and frame mobility
Week 5-9 (5 lecture/10 studio hours)
Project 2: Storytelling using a phrase, saying, proverb, or idiom in 6 steps
This project is to create visual storytelling in sequence. Students choose a phrase, saying, proverb, or idiom and communicate it in 6 steps. They must visualize the message in 5 keyframes using only images, completing the message on the last frame. All the frames must have a consistent tone of voice in terms of the look and feel of the visual style.
The goal of this project is to storytell a message using multiple keyframes. Students will have a better understanding of the fundamental concepts and techniques of storytelling such as sequence, masterboard, keyframe, and frame mobility.
A phrase, saying, proverb, or idiom.
Duration of the project:
- Choose a phrase saying, proverb, or idiom
- Storyboard: break down the message/concept into 6 scenes in sequence
- Add descriptions and keywords for each frame on the storyboard
- Work on the visuals and styles
- Complete the storyboard with style frames
- Create an animatic in Photoshop
UNIT 3 – MULTI-FRAME STORYTELLING
Digital storytelling, timeline, sequence, animatic, and the idea of infinite canvas
Week 10-14 (5 lecture/10 studio hours)
Project 3: Shakespeare in Motion
This project leads to the next level of visual storytelling building on concepts and skills learned from the previous projects. Fundamental motion design concepts are introduced to enhance visual communication. The project begins by visualizing a story in 6 main scenes (keyframes), and continues by them into time-based sequences using Photoshop’s timeline.
Students can approach this project with multi keyframes, a master storyboard, or a panoramic scene. Then, students will frame the sequences (key-framing) and create cohesive storytelling digital composites in motion.
The goal of this project is to learn time-based storytelling methods through multi-frame scenes. Students will first complete a set of keyframe compositions, and then turn them to a simple motion piece using Photoshop’s timeline. Students will have basic understanding of time-based design fundamentals and principles including the concept of the infinite canvas and dynamic ways in visualizing a concept. In addition, students will learn how to work with complex layer structures.
Shakespeare plays, either an overall theme or a specific message.
Duration of the project:
- Choose one of Shakespeare’s plays. Summarize an overall theme and come up with a specific message you would like to communicate
- Visualize it in the form of a storyboard with your own unique visual language (interpretation) and aesthetics
- Create a dynamic and effective visual communication piece
- 80% Projects (In-class workshop: 5%, Project 1: 20%, Project 2: 25%, Project 3: 30%)
- 20% Class participation and professionalism
Attendance is not optional. If you are going to miss a class, you must contact the instructor via telephone or email ASAP. If a class is missed, it is your responsibility to get information regarding missed assignments and lectures from one of you classmates.
- Students are required to attend all classes, be on time, and remain for the entire class.
- Students who are absent for 3 classes will receive a grade of "F."
- Student who arrives 10 minutes after the start of the class will be considered late
- 2 late occurrences = one absence
- A student who arrives over 1 hour late or not returning from the break will be consider absent from the class
- An excused absence is still considered an absence