Week 3 (Summer 2018): Photoshop

Now that you’re familiar with Photoshop tools and techniques from last week’s tutorials assignment, it’s time to finish the first multimedia project in this course: the Graphic Design Project. This project is intentionally left vague to allow each of you the freedom to create according to your chosen topics and interests, but please read the instructions carefully to make sure your idea will fit all the requirements.

Please note the Unit 1 Quiz is due this week in Blackboard, which covers the Unit 1 readings for Weeks 2 and 3. You can take this anytime before the deadline but, remember, the Blackboard submission portal closes on Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.

For this project, don’t worry about your artistic abilities or creativity – it’s more about communicating a clear and original message visually. If you are worried about this, please start the project early and ask for help early on so we assist you with plenty of time to work through the details.

Week 3 To-Do List

❑ Read the Week 4 readings listed on the course schedule
❑ Take the Unit 1 Quiz in Blackboard by Tuesday
❑ Complete and submit the Graphic Design Project Feedback assignment by Tuesday
❑ Complete and submit the Final Graphic Design Project by Friday
❑ Earn your Unit 1 Participation Credit by checking in with me (Colin Storm) if you haven’t already (you must check in via email with me once per unit in order to earn this)

Photoshop 1.0

For fun, here’s a video of Photoshop experts attempting to use Photoshop 1.0, which debuted 26 years ago in February 1990.

Week 2 (Summer 2018): Photoshop

Congratulations… you’ve officially made it through the first week of the summer semester. Now, it’s time to dive into Week 2! Hopefully everyone has submitted their WordPress Blog Assignment (if you haven’t submitted it yet, please be sure to do so as soon as possible, with Wednesday being the final day to submit for partial credit).

When it comes to copyright law, there’s lots of misinformation out there, and it’s important you’re aware of the details so you can create unique and exciting materials without infringing on someone else’s protected work. Under copyright law, original text, graphics, audio, video and all other elements that make up the original nature of the material are protected, and are property of the original owner unless specific permissions and protocol is in place. It’s very important that all assignments and materials used in this course follow copyright laws. If you have a question regarding these regulations throughout the semester, be sure to reach out to make sure you don’t include any illegal material!

With your course blog and selected topic completed, it’s now time to dive into your multimedia projects and the start of Unit 1! This week we will work through the same set of Photoshop tutorials to learn some tools and techniques. You will also begin assembling a rough draft of your final Photoshop project (yes, this class moves fast during the summer!).

Beginning this week, you will need access to Adobe Creative Cloud software. Students in Pullman can choose to use campus labs rather than purchasing the software (see the Holland Library page for hours), but all students who need or prefer to use their own computers will need to choose a software subscription. The options for this are explained on the Software & Technical Requirements chapter from Week 1. If you have any additional questions regarding purchase, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Everyone can also download a free 7-day trial of Photoshop, which gives you some additional time to figure out which subscription plan is best for you. Download each program from this Adobe Downloads page (which is also linked in the left menu on course website). Note that downloading Photoshop can take quite a while, especially depending on your internet speed or other installation issues with your computer. Leave yourself plenty of time to do so.

Week 2 To-Do List

❑ Download Photoshop if you plan to use it on your own computer
❑ Complete the Photoshop Tutorials assignment
❑ Complete Image Collection and Graphic Design Rough Draft assignments
❑ Go through the Week 2 readings listed on the Course Schedule

Good luck on this week’s assignments, and don’t forget to do the readings before you dive in…


Week 1 (Summer, 2018): Welcome to COM 210!

Welcome to COM210: Multimedia Content Creation! This can be a challenging course, but most students who leave plenty of time for assignments say that it’s a fun one. I’m your professor, and if you’d like to become better acquainted, please feel free to make an appointment to connect with me or learn more on the About page.

During Week 1, we get started right away with a lot of information and the first assignment.

A couple of things I want you to know about COM 210:

1. This class is big. What this means is that you need to be your own best advocate, and ask for help when you need it.

2. This class is not easy. You should definitely ask for help if you’re struggling, but this course is designed to give you hands-on problem-solving experience, which means it takes time. If you block out that time in your schedule now, you’ll get much more from the course than if you try to rush before deadlines.

3. This class has been substantially revised. The overall structure and learning goals remain the same, but many details have changed. If you have taken this course before or heard about it from other students, be careful to go through this semester’s materials and avoid making assumptions.

Week 1 To-Do List

❑ Make sure you are receiving COM210 emails
❑ Read the course syllabus and take the Syllabus Quiz
❑ Review the Course Schedule
❑ Complete all readings and assignments listed for Week 1