Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
GD 160
Course Title:
Digital Imaging 1
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Course Description

Introduces professional software to control digital image editing, photo manipulation and layer compositing of raster art. Emphasizes file formats, techniques and tools used by graphic designers. Placement permission slip required. Prerequisites: GD 116, GD 122, GD 140, GD 150. Prerequisites/concurrent: GD 141, GD 151.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Set up documents to specifications required for professional quality output.
  • Utilize color systems, screen resolution and file formats defined by industry standards.
  • Navigate and manipulate the software interface at the expectation of employers in the field.
  • Apply professional methods of image selection, editing and layer management.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Successfully designed and output printed projects and a skills test will be the major criteria for evaluation. Additional assessment may include quizzes, in-class exercises, research assignments and attendance.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Technical Proficiency
Raster Manipulation

Non-destructive Editing
Controlled Alteration
Accurate Selections
Interface Navigation
Resizing Resolution

Critical thinking
Attention to detail


  • Determine appropriate sequence of editing techniques
  • Manipulate pixel data with photorealistic results
  • Thoroughly organize a highly complex document
  • Maintain safe practices for protecting pixel data