Photographic Retouching and Finishing
I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 118
Course Name: Photographic Retouching and Finishing
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 6 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. To demonstrate the skills needed in digital photo retouching.
C. To identify the specific retouching technique required for each job.
D. To be able to construct frames.
E. To create a professional-level portfolio of work to be used as resume in a job-specific situation.
V. Academic Integrity
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.
VI. Sequence of Topics
a) type of brush
b) size of brush
d) dyes and pens
2. Work space:
a) stationary base
b) motorized base
a) retouching as art
b) photo apprentice
c) the problem of the sky
d) “post visualization”
e) technical developments
B. Print retouching:
1. mixing dyes
2. color retouching
3. brush technique
4. copy negative
C. Digital retouching:
a) Photoshop basics
b) Dodge/burn tool
a) work flow
b) job specific application
c) scan rate vs. original appearance
d) ethical issues
1. double and triple matting
2. computer controlled systems
3. dry mounting color
1. selection of materials
2. hand tools
3. power tools
4. handling of glass
1. artist statement
4. final appearance
VII. Methods of Instruction
B. Demonstrations of all required techniques.
C. Critiques of student work, both in progress and at the end, to develop standards and evaluative criteria.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
B. Produce a final portfolio of at least 20 original pieces ready for display.
IX. Instructional Materials
A. CAMERA: 35mm negative size format or larger.
B. Mat board: Museum grade rag board.
C. Wood moulding.
D. Portfolio case.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
A. Completion of weekly photographic assignments: 80%
B. Final project: 20%
XI. Other Course Information
B. All assignments and projects are to be on time and demonstrate proficiency.
C. Instructor will specify in their syllabus the approximate cost of materials over and above the lab fee.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Office of Access, Equity and Diversity. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.