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Creative Media Technology
CMT 245 Image Processing I 
Adobe Photoshop
Spring 2016


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

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Class CMT 245 - 01
3 Credits
4 - 5:40 pm
Tuesday Thursday
East Mesa Campus
Room 201 

Class Retrieval Folder:
J:(DAMA MOON) / 201DADM / To Students / CMT245

Your Working Folder:
D: (Student) / 245 Your Name 
(Do not rely on this folder to keep your projects. Cary your current projects with you.)

CMT 245 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 245. Image Processing II 3 cr. (2+2P)
Advanced techniques in editing and manipulation of raster images for digital graphics for print, multimedia and web. Prerequisite: CMT 145. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Same as OEGR 260.

Course Rationale:
It’s time to take things to the next level. This is where we make the difference between your average Photoshop designer and an excellent one. Just knowing Photoshop will get you a good job, mastering the advanced techniques will get you a great job. As internet and graphic design become a mainstay in world businesses, more talented people are needed every day. Businesses are beginning to pass over people because a higher level designer is needed. By mastering Photoshop and learning how to incorporate all of your design talents and software you too can land that great job with a great company.


Course Text and Materials:
>4 GB USB or method of electronic file storage. I recomend that you create a blank folder on your flash drive and name that folder with your name and phone number incase you loose it.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Develop an advanced knowledge of Adobe Photoshop as it pertains to your industry of choice.
Learn the advanced techniques of making the software do what you want and even uncover a few secret tricks.
By the end of the class, you will be able to:
Create a seamless layered image from different multiple images.
Use layers, channels and masks to enhance an image and be able to quickly make changes at a later time.
Quickly adjust the color correction or image quality of any picture.
Easily retouch and fix problem photos to perfection.
And a whole lot more... 

Topical Outline:

  • Review & strengthen your fundamentals of Photoshop
  • More Quick Keys 
  • Image Retouching 
  • Advanced Color Correction
  • Selective Color Change 
  • Clipping Paths / Vector Masks 
  • Image Masking
  • Image Enhancement 
  • Smart Objects
  • Smart Filters
  • Vector Shapes
  • Vector Paths
  • Actions
  • HDR Image Blending
  • Adobe Camera Raw
  • Channels
  • Masks from Channels
  • Spot Colors 
  • Color Calibration

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

  • To demonstrate knowledge of advanced features and advanced navigation in Adobe Photoshop
  • Perform advanced manipulations
  • Use advanced brushes and text
  • To develop skills in using advanced non-destructive techniques to create complex raster images
    • Develop images using advanced, compositing techniques
    • Manipulate images with advanced adjustments
  • To use professional techniques in capturing and outputting images
  • To interface with Adobe Camera Raw
  • To interface with Photoshop using advanced shortcuts
  • Save images in correct file formats for print, web, and video
  • Apply advanced 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. Reading assignments will be given to provide the basis for in-class work. Handouts will be given outlining daily discussions, exercises and additional techniques.

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. 

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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