COURSES :: ME120.720 :: digital imaging I - vector illustration

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    Offered: 1st and 2nd Quarter, 1st Year
    Instructors: Jennifer E. Fairman, Assistant Professor, Lead Instructor
    Ian Suk, Assistant Professor
    Credits: 3 credit hours

    An overview of the technical aspects of digital art production using vector and raster-based digital imaging applications

    COURSE objectives

  • Understand basic differences/strengths/limitations between vector and raster-based applications.
  • Understand the concepts of varying color bit depth, resolution of files
  • Recognize differences between PPI, LPI, and DPI
  • Understand differences between resolution-independent images vs. resolution-dependent images
  • Understand procedures for size management, storage, input, and output of digital files
  • Develop working knowledge in use of digital imaging applications (Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Understand processes involved in translating a traditional sketch into a digitally-rendered illustration
  • Understand considerations for scanning traditionally-rendered line, tonal and color artwork
  • Understand considerations/procedures for labeling artwork using vector and raster applications.
  • Understand various options for printing digital files of traditionally and digitally-rendered line, tonal, and color artwork
  • Understand procedures for outputting from digital files


    Macintosh/PC computer hardware/software, removable media, scanners, modems, stylus-based input devices, CD-R drives, laser printers, ink-jet printers, and dye-sub printers. Handouts, software manuals, tutorials, and 3rd Party books on various computer topics will be available.

    COURSE assignments

    Students will further develop their skills through class lectures/demonstrations, tutorials and class exercises, including:

      1. Scanning a working sketch, convert into vector paths using Live Trace
      2. Introduction/tutorial in Illustrator
      3. Creating a vector-based illustration with labels
      4. Linotronic output of a color-separated Illustrator vector file
      5. Introduction/tutorial in Photoshop
      6. Scanning traditionally-rendered tonal sketches, as well as final line, tonal and color illustrations
      7. Creating a combination traditional/digital continuous-tone illustration with labels
      8. Linotronic output of a digital tone file
      9. Digitally labeling as well as printing a traditionally-rendered line illustration
      10. Creating a digital spot color file

    COURSE evaluation

  • 1:1 faculty-student interface
  • Interim class critiques
  • Written critique on final project
  • Review of sketches
  • Final grade


    Refer to 1st year calendars and syllabi.

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