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Digital Imaging I
Class 01: Introduction to Digital Imaging


    • Class Introduction
    • Apple, Windows, & Adobe
    • Intro to Photoshop
    • Assignment 01

Class Introduction

Hi There!

I'm Jon Cone

I am one of the full-time faculty in Cecil’s Visual Communication Program. I am mostly responsible for the game design and web design programs. I am also a freelance animator typically working on visualizations.

Office Hours
None currently available on campus
Honestly just e-mail me. I will make time when it works for you.
Contact Information: (prefered)
(240) 466-1996 (personal)
410-287-6060 X 1470

This is an actual picture of me.


Assistant Professor, Cecil College

Demo Reel (a short collection of work)

What’s your name? What do you go by?
Why you are here:
Is this required for your major? Are you taking this course as an elective? Personal Enrichment?
Do you have any history with graphic arts or arts in general? Any experience with Adobe or other graphics software?

Alright here is an actual picture of me.


Assistant Professor, Cecil College

Course Description:

VCP 116 Digital imaging I introduces the student to the creation and manipulation of electronic imagery. Students learn to import digital images; scan film, prints, and artwork; create and manipulate images; prepare images for use in web documents; and make archival inkjet prints with Adobe Photoshop. Visual thinking and communication are emphasized. Students complete weekly lab assignments, and produce a final portfolio of printed images, including: color correction, colorized black-and-white, restoration, compositing, imagery with text, abstraction, and a personal project. Credit Hours: 2 Prerequisites: None


Each week a new assignment will be given. All assignments will be submitted before class on Blackboard.


There will be a final exam given on the last week of the course. You will be tasked with creating an image based on specific criteria.

Discussion Boards

After each assignment is completed, the image should be posted displaying your work along with a brief description. You will also post an introduction video the first week of the course.
You must also reply to two of your peers posts for full credit. You will have two weeks to post and reply from when the Discussion Board opens.

Weekly Assignments 6 70%
Final Exam 1 20%
Discussion Boards 6 10%


We will using Blackboard pretty significantly throughout the course. Although most materials can be found here you will need to submit assignments via Blackboard. This is also where you will find your grades.

Click the image to the right to go to Cecil’s Blackboard login page.

Apple, Windows, & Adobe


You will notice that the VCP lab is full of Mac machines. We will be using them in all face to face classes. If you are taking this class online it doesn’t affect you. If you are not familiar with the Apple platform you should not be concerned, it is more similar to Microsoft Windows than you might think.

The largest difference you may notice when switching from a PC to Mac is that many commands replace the ctrl key with the cmd key.

You do not need a Mac for this class. Adobe photoshop is available for both PC and Macintosh systems.

For more information about the iMac you may visit the iMac support page.


My home computer is a Windows machine. Therefore all tutorials will be utilizing that operating system. You can however use a Mac just as well for this course.

Adobe Creative Cloud:

Adobe Systems is a computer software company. They primarily produce digital imaging software. They have produced or acquired; Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Animate (Flash), Dreamweaver, and many more products that have all become the industry standard in their related fields.

In the past an individual or company could purchase a single perpetual license of a program, such as Photoshop, or a whole suite of Adobe programs. After the CS6 version of Adobe software this is no longer the case. Adobe no longer offers perpetual licenses but instead offers a subscription based model.

The Creative Cloud is a subscription based model that allows you to lease a single program or the entire suite of programs for a very reasonable price. There are educational discounts as well.

You can find out more about Adobe and the Creative Cloud on the official site.

Introduction to Photoshop


Digital Imaging I will focus entirely on using Adobe Photoshop to manipulate and create imagery. This program has become the standard in many industries including photography and graphic design.

The Interface

click on accordion below to learn about the different panels in Adobe Photoshop.

1: The Main Menu

Basic file management such as open, close, save,etc. Change preferences, settings, display etc. Drop-downs for whole image adjustments, etc.

2: The Toolbar

Settings specific to the current tool selected.

3: The Toolbox

Contains major tools used most to affect specific areas of an image or to generate imagery itself.

4: The Work Area

Area where your workable images is located.

5: The Panels

Customizable panes that store tools, functions, and general information.

6: The Layers Panel

A significant panel that allows you to navigate through the layered “sheets” of your image.

Introduction to Photoshop’s Interface Video

These videos quickly explain the areas of Photoshop. You may download the image used in this tutorial here: digitImaginWeek01LabMaterials.

Assignment 01

Basic Image Editing:

Your first assignment is to produce three versions of a recent image of yourself or someone you know. There should be an original unedited, enhanced, and creative image. The purpose of this assignment is merely to help get you acquainted with Photoshop. Exploration and variation is highly encouraged.

  • Unedited:
    Simply save a version of your image that has not be changed in any way.
  • Basic Adjustments:
    Use adjustments to fix the overall quality of the image, enhancing its color, value, contrast, etc.
  • Creative:
    Utilize a variety of filters and tools to produce a creative image. Really just try to experiment to see what you can create.

You will submit this digitally on Blackboard. All assignments will also include the project cover sheet. You can grab it here. Just answer the questions in the document.
Be sure to post your images on the Discussion Board for critique.

You will be graded on the following:
  • Project Cover Sheet
    • Thoroughly completed and thoughtfully written with little or no grammatical errors.
  • Basic Requirements
    • Three 6 x 9, 300 ppi, PSD images (unedited, enhanced, creative) placed in a folder and zipped (winzip).
  •  Enhanced Image
    • Effective and appropriate use of adjustments that truly enhance the image.
  •  Creative Image
    • Innovative use of tools. Very unique and interesting image. Something very different from others. Novel and innovative.
Project Cover Sheet
You may download the project cover sheet here.
Assignment Video Tutorials
You may watch the tutorial videos below to help you complete your assignment.
This application allows you to apply transparency to a window. This mean you can make a tutorial video see-through behind the document you are working on. It could be helpful while completing tutorials. You may download it here.

Assignment Video Tutorials

This tutorial covers making basic image adjustments, creative exploration to enhance a portrait photo. You may download the image used in this tutorial here: digitImaginWeek01LabMaterials.

Wait! Before you go!

Did you remember to?

  • Familiarize yourself with Blackboard
  • Read through this webpage
  • Submit Week 01Basic Image Editing Assignment on Blackboard
    • original image, enhanced image, creative image, and project cover sheet