The Professor | PHO102_DE_2018

PHO102B Digital Photographic Imaging

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PHO  102B - 1001   Digital Photographic Imaging I
PHO  102B - 1002   Digital Photographic Imaging I


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!!!

You will need QuickTime installed on your computer to view videos. This is a free download.

You will need Java installed on your computer  (it should already be installed, it is also a free download. You may need to update your version if your files do not upload

Book required: No book required

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

ONLINE STUDENTS: HANDING IN YOUR WORK and viewing grades:                                                                              
We will work from Canvas for this. Submit you files here and look at your grades and comments from me on your projects.

TITLING INFO: Please name files: LastName_FirstInitial_ProjectName.Extension                                                                    
Mary Smith retouch should be turned in as:    Smith_M_retouch.psd                                                                                      

Files not names properly named 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!!!                                                                                                                            
ONLY UPLOAD FILES, NOT FOLDERS -do not zip files or folders                                                                                              
All files should be 2160 Pixels on the longest side 240ppi, 8bit                                                                                              
(exceptions are the files I provide to you)                                                                                                                                

I want to see Layers in these files!                                                                                                                                            

Semester Assignments:
•Who Are You
•Layered Canvas (saved as .PSD)
•Retouch (saved as .PSD)
•Colorize  (saved as .PSD)
•Duotone Contact Sheet (this can be turned in as a .PDF or .JPG)
•Simple Action
•CC 50 Images
•CC Levels
•Female Portrait
•Male Portrait
•Liquify Portrait
•Final Portfolio

week 1: TH, August 27 -Sept 2, 2018


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 type of photography are you interests you?
•What photography classes have you taken. Anywhere, high school, workshop, online?
•Do you Have Photoshop? Do you plan to subscribe this semester?
•Have you used Photoshop?
•Do you want to be a Professional Photographer? Hobby? For Fun? Sounded cool?
•Tell me something cool, unusual, Something you want me to know about yourself.

Turn in by Tuesday September 4, 8am for full credit. Do it now.
Online Students: Subject Line: PHO102B DE - Who are you

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

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 RGB (1998) or ProPhoto RGB would be a  good choice.


Assignment: Layered, New Canvas
Due Tuesday September 4, 11:59PM

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

2) Create a New Canvas:
3) Photoshop Preferences:
3) Marquee Tools:
4) Lasso Tools:
5) Gradient Layer:
6) A Little More Info:

•••Photoshop Tool Panel Overview - PRINT THIS!•••

Would you like a review of today's class and a little more information about the interface?
Watch this video. Terry White, The Interface, 59:09  -The good info starts around 5:50.
Be sure to take notes as you are watching.

week 2: TH, September 3 - 9, 2018

Due: New Canvas, Tuesday September 4, 11:59PM

Assignment/how to: Retouch (an old photograph)

my scanned images for you to use

Watch some movie by me, Remember to click the play button at the bottom of the movie window.
07) Straighten and Crop an image 007straighten_crop
08) Duplicate Layers 008duplicatelayers
09) Turning your RGB image to Grayscale 009B&W ( If you take your image to grayscale you CANNOT get the RGB information back)
010) Healing Brush and Clone Stamp 010healing_clone
011) Spot Healing Brush and Patch Tool 011spot_patch_SpotHealing
012) History Panel 012history_cursors
013) Copy and Paste 013CopyPaste
014) Watch more retouching 014WatchMore
015) 015)OneLast Thing

week 3: TH, September 10-16, 2018

Due: Retouch, Monday September 10, 11:59PM

Assignment/how to: Colorize

Watch some movie by me, Remember to click the play button at the bottom of the movie window.
016) Colorize Method 1 016method1
017) Colorize Method 2 017method2
018) Colorize Method 3 018Method3
019) Additional colorize info 019Additional_Info

Photoshop shortcuts

week 4: TH, September 17-23, 2018

Due: Colorize, Monday September 17, 11:59PM

Assignment: Sizing Images

My Images for you to use:

My Videos for You:
020) How to: Sizing
021) How to: Cropping


A video from Adobe on sizing

Resolution explained

week 5: TH, September 24-30, 2018

Due: Sizing, Monday September 24, 11:59PM

Assignment/how to: Duotone/BatchRename/Contact Sheet
Use your own images for this one. Bring in a full resolution image to use for this project. Do not download an image from social media. Start with an image at least 3000 pixels on the longest side.

022) How To: Make a Traditional Duotone Video

023) Faux Duotone

024) Bridge Basics

025) Batch Rename Files

Contact Sheet

Assignment Simple Actions

027) How To: Create a Simple Action

028) How To: Saving an Action in Adobe Photoshop


FINAL PORTFOLIO This is the second time you’ve seen this.

week 6: TH, October 1-7, 2018

Due: Duotone/BatchRename/Contact Sheet, Monday October 1, 11:59PM
Due: Simple Action, Monday October 1, 11:59PM

Assignment 50 IMAGES

Introduction to Adobe Camera RAW
How To:

Bring files to practice with - Or use Mine.

My Movies on Color Correction: Adobe Camera Raw
34) Set up ACR (Adobe Camera Raw)
35) White Balance ACR
36) Shadow Slider ACR
37) Clarity Slider ACR
37a) Basics Tab and a little more in ACR
37b) ACR plus localized corrections in PS
37c) Transform and straighten tool in ACR

week 7: TH, October 8-14, 2018

Assignment: Levels (Global Correction)

Levels, Curves and Localized Corrections

My Movies on Color Correction
25) setting whitepoint, blackpoint numbers 18wbpoint
26) Levels Zilla image 19levelszilla
27) Another Levels
28) Sliders adjustment 21sliders
29) Whitepoint with Sliders 22wpsliders
30) Levels with Vibrance Adjustment Layer 23levelsvibrance
31) Levels with Photo Filter Adjustment Layer 24levelsphotofilter
32) 4 ways to remove a color cast 25bluecast
33) Screen and Multiply Blend Mode Adjustment 26lightmulti

week 8: TH, October 15-21, 2018

Due: Color Correction Levels, Monday October 15, 11:59PM

You are working on the 50 images - snapping and correcting. Don't wait you will get better with practice! Images must not be from the same shoot we are looking for different lighting conditions, different subjects, Have fun go shoot - That is what photographers do. Get out of your house. get off of the campus. stop someplace new to explore after work, after school. Go explore this weekend. bring your camera everywhere, snap what you see! Make images!!!

Assignment: Black and White including Localized Corrections

My Videos for you
36a )B&W using an Adjustment Layer in PS

week 9: TH, October 22-28, 2018

Due: B&W, Monday October 22, 11:59PM

50 images Due at the end of class.
Work in class to finish project and get feedback before submission

week 10: TH, October 29-November 4, 2018

Due: The 50 Images, Monday October 29, 11:59PM

Assignment/how to: Sharpening (Global and Localized)
Use your own images for this one. Start with an image at least 3000 pixels on the longest side.

My Movies on Sharpening
38) Sharpening Prep/Unsharp Mask
39) LAB Sharpening
40) Luminosty Sharpening
41) Layer Sharpening
42) High Pass Sharpening
43)  Creative/Portion Sharpening    (Localized - Using your Layer Mask Skills)


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.

week 11: TH, November 5-11, 2018

Due: Sharpening, Monday November 5, 11:59PM

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

My Movies on portrait retouching
44) Intro to Portraits- Base Retouch
45) Clone, Opacity, Blend
46) The Mouth-Teeth
47) Eye and Teeth Whitening
48) Hair Coloring
49) Wrinkle Reduction
50) Selective Sharpening

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

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

week 12: TH, November 12-18, 2018

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.

more of my my movies on portrait retouching

51) Male Retouch
52) Selective Sharpening
52) Dodge and Burn Vignette
53) Liquify

week 13: TH, November 19-25, 2018

Due: Female Retouch, Monday November 19, 11:59PM
Due: Male Retouch, Monday November 19, 11:59PM
Due: Liquify Retouch, Monday November 19, 11:59PM

Assignment/how to: Borders
Use your own images for this one. Start with images at least 3000 pixels on the longest side.

My Movies on borders and vignetting

52) Simple Stroke
53) Extended Canvas
54) Border and Text
55) Painted Border - Brushes
56) Painted Border 2

week 14: TH, November 26-December 2, 2018
Due: Borders, Monday November 26, 11:59PM

week 15: TH, December 3-9, 2018
All late projects or re-submissions are Due by Wednesday December 5th

Final Project Due -December 11, 2018 •You must Submit the Final Project on time•