PHO102B Digital Photographic Imaging

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PHO  102B - 2001   Digital Photographic Imaging I Tu 6:00PM - 9:50PM  North Las Vegas Bldg A 1744

This course will introduce students to the basic Adobe Photoshop techniques such as layers, layer masks, color correction and retouching, directed specifically to how it applies to photography, will be explored. We will be using digital camera images. This course can be taken in the same semester as PHO 101. The student must be familiar with computer navigation, saving files, renaming files and using the internet.

The Class
1) Work consistently, don’t procrastinate. Things will go wrong. To get the most out of this class you should plan on working in photoshop every day for the next 15 weeks.
1a) OK this is a jam filled class. don’t wait to get started. Start NOW! NOW! NOW!
2) Have fun, explore, share ideas, have an open mind, be respectful or others, work hard, shoot more. Negativity and sarcasm ruin the class. Constructive opinions are welcome, I am open to opinions that are thought out and expressed appropriately.
3) Because this class is mainly a technical class you will not be getting much aesthetic criticism from me.  If you have a problem with a project I will let you know how to improve.  Ask questions, let me know what you are thinking. send me links to photographers you like, let me know your successes. Please email me at
4) TITLEING INFO: please name all files:
Last name_First initial_project.extension
(example) protz_h_retouch.psd
•files not names properly will not be accepted. I will not know the file belongs to you without your name. I will not know the project without the project name included. Makes sense, right? DO NOT INCLUDE MY NAME IN YOUR FILE!!!

Book required: No book required

•••Any Project can be turned in BEFORE the due date•••

week 1: T, Aug 29, 2017


Office Hours

Assignment: Who Are You, Send an email to (save this email for future use)
Include your first and last name. Best phone number to reach you. Best email to reach you. Favorite photographer that is not Ansel Adams. Look one up if one does not come to mind. Tell me why you are drawn to the photographers work. What photography classes have you taken. Turn in by Monday September 4th, 8am for full credit. Do it now. Subject Line: PHO102B Tuesdays Who are you

Final Portfolio: Its never to early to start working on your final project.

•Watch this videos before the next class

Terry White, The Interface, 59:09  -The good info starts around 5:50.
Be sure to take notes as you are watching.


week 2: T, Sept 5, 2017

Introduction to Photoshop
Tools, Panels, creating a canvas.
Today we will explore photoshop, open a new canvas, look at panels, play with the tools. This will be an overview of where things are. how to pick a tool. color panels, setting up your photoshop color space for at home.

Set up your color space on your home computer:
Edit – Color Space  : I recommend  North America Prepress 2 and keeping the Adobe RGB (1998) color space. Your color space depends on your output. here at school we are using Inkjet printers and the Adobe 1998 or ProPhoto RGB would be a  good choice.

Assignment: Layered, New Canvas
This will be graded in class TODAY

Macintosh Keyboard PC Keyboard
Command Key    =    Control Key
Option Key    =    Alt Key
Delete Key    =    Backspace Key
Return Key    =    Enter Key

Check this out:
The Tool Panel, all the fly out tools and where the hide. You might want to print this!

week 3: T, Sept 12, 2017

assignment/how to: Retouch (an old photograph)

my scanned images for you to use

week 4: T, Sept 19, 2017

Retouch Due

Assignment/how to: Colorize

500 PS CS5 shortcuts

PS CS6 Shortcuts


Watch a Video About: sizing your image, from Photoshop essentials. com

Resolution explained

week 5: T, Sept 26, 2017

Colorize Due

Assignment/how to: Duotone/BatchRename/Contact Sheet

Start planning, start shooting, the end of the semester will be here before you know it. Discuss your ideas and images with me. I am a valuable resource. All work must be photographed this semester!  -print it

week 6: T, Oct 3, 2017

Duotone/BatchRename/Contact Sheet Due

•We will be making Prints today in class. Bring your paper

Presentation and Discussion on Color Calibration and Profiles

Some of you may want to make better prints, watch the videos below.
Make BETTER Inkjet Prints… the EASY WAY!
by CrockettCo Technology

Tutorials from Adobe


Assignment: Color Correction part 1

Download the images below.
Click on the link below, see the image, using your mouse, click, hold, drag image to desktop, save to HD
download the 6 images to color correct using levels.

Check out this website:

week 7: T, Oct 10, 2017

Color Correction Part 1 Due

INFO about Adobe Camera RAW

Assignment Color Correction Part 2

Assignment: Color Correction Part 3 •All files must have Localized Corrections

Assignment: Color Correction Part 4   •Explore Adobe Camera RAW

week 8: T, Oct 17, 2017 

NO CLASS TONIGHT - I am at Adobe Max.
Continue working on your Color Correction Projects.

Color Correction Part 2 due

We will Continue working on CC3
I will work with each of you individually today, bring the 15 corrected images and additional ones to work on.

week 9: T, Oct 24, 2017

Color Correction Part 3 due

Color Correction Part 4 due

Assignment/how to: Sharpening (can be graded in class today if you get it done)

If you are a Canon shooter what lens do you shoot with? Is it a pro lens?
If not check out a pro lens from CSN and make a sharpness comparison.
It is worth the money to buy a pro lens?

FINAL PORTFOLIO This is the third time you’ve seen this. Do you think it is important. If you have not started shooting for your final, Start Today… DUE WEEK 15••• A final portfolio is a series of images from multiple sessions, not just one shoot. You build on what you learn from shoot to shoot.
Sample ideas for portfolios: All of these portfolios were found on the Photo Eye website. Great work, gallery and bookstore in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Don’t want to change the skin tones much with an adjustment layer, change the blend mode to luminosity…

week 10: T, Oct 31, 2017

Sharpening Due

Download this PDF for a workflow strategy - putting it all together

Assignment/how to: Female Portrait

Assignment/how to: Male Portrait

Assignment/how to: Liquify

how to: Portrait Retouching Techniques

A great book
Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop (Voices That Matter) by Scott Kelby

week 11: T, Nov 7, 2017 

Portrait Continued:
We will continue working on the portrait assignment. Practice is how you become a photoshop guru… Remember not every technique is appropriate for every image, working on a second image will give you a chance to practice techniques you did not use on the first portrait. If you started with a woman your next portrait could be a man, child, push yourself.

week 12: T, Nov 14, 2017

Portraits Due
Matting Demo:

Assignment/how to: Borders

week 13: T, Nov 21, 2017

Borders Due

Assignment/how to PDF Presentation

week 14: T, Nov 28, 2017

Presentation Due

Work on Final projects and get caught up on assignments. All Projects must be submitted by the end of class today for credit.

week 15: T,  Dec 5, 2017

Final Projects due at the end of class

Final Critique Dec 12, 2017 •You must attend the Final Critique for full credit On Final Project•