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Creative Media Technology
CMT 145 Image Processing I 
Adobe Photoshop
Spring 2016


Jesse Ramirez
Phone: 915 504 9509
[email protected]
Available by appointment

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Class CMT 145 - 01
3 Credits 2 - 3:40 pm
Tuesday Thursday
East Mesa Campus
Room 201 

Class Retrieval Folder:
J:(DAMA MOON) / 201DADM / To Students / CMT 145

Your Working Folder:
D: (Student) / 145 Your Name 
(Do not rely on this folder to keep your projects. Cary your current projects with you.)

CMT 145 Master Syllabus
Click the above link to view the master syllabus for this course. 

This is the link to Canvas where you will be able to check your grade and submit assignments. If you don't yet have a NMSU ID click on "Set Up Your NMSU Username and Password".

Memorize this address or at least write it down. Here you will find the class calendar, information on grading, handouts, and project files. 

You will find important dates here.

A note from your instructor Jesse: 
This is not a difficult class nor are student expectations extreme.  Many of you will achieve an A in this class and several of you will garner an A+. But every semester I fail several students, or should I say, several students fail themselves.  If you can not come to class on time, come to class regularly–or at all, turn in your assignments, or put a bit of effort into your work, then you will surely fail.  If these simple expectations seem unachievable to you, then I recommend that you withdraw from the class early in the semester so that you can 1) Get your money back, 2) Not destroy your GPA, and 3) Not waste any more of your time. 
As a working professional outside of the educational field, I do not have time to indulge you and I shouldn’t have to. I am here to help you develop your skills in Photoshop, and I’m more than happy to do so.  Please come talk with me early in the semester if you feel that you are struggling and we can work out a solution. As a certified expert in Photoshop and seasoned professional photographer, it is my joy to be here with you sharing my passion and fostering your talent. 
Welcome to higher education and self-responsibility. 
Thank you, Jesse 

Visit Computer Lab 103 laboratory on the East Mesa campus.

Student Computer Access:
Hours for open Computer Lab 103 laboratory on the East Mesa campus are:
8 am to 9 pm Monday through Thursday
8 am to 5 pm Friday
9 am to 3 pm Saturday
Call: 575 528 7265 for more information.

If you care to purchase Photoshop:
You can no longer purchase Photoshop, instead you now lease Photoshop.
Go here for more info: https://creative.adobe.com/plans/

CATALOG COURSE DESCRIPTION: CMT 145 Image Processing I 3 cr. (2+2P)
Design and creation of digital graphics using a raster or bitmap program for use in print, multimedia, video, animation and web. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Preparing original digital graphics for print and web is vital in making your work fresh and credible. This class is designed to take you into this exciting area of digital imaging.


Required: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 Release Classroom in a Book, Adobe Press, 2015
>4 GB USB flash drive or method of electronic file storage. I recommend that you create a blank folder on your flash drive and name that folder with your name and phone number incase you loose it.

Students will be able to: 
• To demonstrate skill in the fundamental concepts and features of Adobe Photoshop 
• To exhibit basic design principles using type, layout, and color 
• To exhibit knowledge of selections, filters, layers, masks and channels, gradients, resolution, printing,  
   web graphic preparations and procedures 
• To demonstrate ethical use and creation of media 


Basic Techniques

  • Navigation
  • Tools
  • Palettes
  • The Bridge
  • Making Selections
  • History
  • Text
  • Retouching Photos
  • Brushes

Non-destructive techniques and features

  • Quick Masks
  • Layer Masks
  • Adjustment Layers 
  • Advanced Layer Use
  • Color Correction
  • Adjustment Layers 
  • Effects/Filters

Creating Professional-Level Images And Distribution 

  • Basic design principles
  • Scanning 
  • Resolution
  • Files Formats
  • Web Techniques

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to: 

  • To demonstrate knowledge of fundamental feature and navigation of Adobe Photoshop
  • Perform basic manipulations
  • Add brushes and text to images
  • To develop skills in using non-destructive techniques to create complex raster images.
    • Develop images using advanced, editable techniques
    • Edit previously saved images to understand techniques used. 
  • To use professional techniques in capturing and outputting images
  • Scan photos and original artwork
  • Resample images to correct and explain purpose and process
  • Save images in correct file formats for print, web, and video
  • Apply design and artistic skills in preparing images 

Class time will include lecture and demonstrations, and will provide time to work. Your use of the entire period is an important aspect for your participation grade. Handouts will be given outlining daily discussions, exercises and additional techniques. The textbook will be used as a reference tool and you will complete assignments from it. Tutors are available to answer questions and to assist students, but they do not complete students’ homework.

Projects will be evaluated by rubric at each stage of the process based on usability, design, composition, legibility, appropriateness, completeness, authenticity and visual communication effectiveness. In addition there will be quizzes, worksheets, design discussions and group critiques.

You will be given exercises in class to reinforce the concepts which we are learning. Take these exercises, apply the concepts discussed, and let your creativity go. Various class exercises will be turned in for a grade. 

The textbook will be used to reinforce concepts covered in class and you will be given exercise from the text to complete and submit through Canvas. The projects will be graded on Photoshop proficiency, creativity, quality, and overall impression. A project must be turned in on time even if you are not able to be in class. All work must be your own. 

Two to four quizzes will be given during the semester. These may be theory or application and will be announced the class before the quiz. Quizzes CANNOT be made up except in extreme circumstances where prior arrangements have been made. 

For the final project, you will create a complete and detailed computer illustration for a specified use. You will present your project to the class during the exam period and explain how you designed and prepared it. All work must be your own.

Students are expected attend all classes as stated in the attendance policy stated in Doña Ana Community College catalog. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. If you are going to be late or absent you must notify the instructor prior to class via phone or e-mail. If you miss class, you are responsible for getting notes, assignments, and special instructions from other students or the instructor. Tardiness after 10 minutes will be considered an absence, unless you contacted instructor and made prior arrangements. If you need to leave class early, please notify instructor prior to class starting, otherwise it will be considered an absence. Instructors may drop a student if the student misses 3 classes. Students should not assume they will be dropped automatically by instructor. It is your responsibility to drop a course or withdraw from school in the event that you will no longer be attending.


This information can be found in Canvas by clicking on the DACC Resources tab or by going to http://dacc.nmsu.edu/studentsupportandinstitutionalinformation/


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