TCH030: Image Design and Editing

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

For a complete list of the materials to be used in this course by your enrolled student, please visit MyInfo. All lists are subject to change at any time.

Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

This introductory design course is for students who want to create compelling, professional-looking graphic designs and photos. Students learn the basics of composition, color, and layout through the use of hands-on projects that allow them to use their creativity while developing important foundational skills. They use GIMP software to create a graphic design portfolio with a wide variety of projects involving the mastery of technical topics, such as working with layers and masks, adding special effects, and effectively using typefaces to create visual impact. The projects help students develop the skills they need to create and edit images of their own.

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Course Length

One Semester

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Course Outline

Unit 1: Course Overview

Students learn how to move through the course and switch between windows. In addition, they learn how to find files and folders, set up their Web browser, zip and unzip files, and download and install the course resources.

  • Lesson 1: Start the Course
  • Lesson 2: Set Up Your Computer
  • Lesson 3: Set Up a Browser and Zip Files
  • Lesson 4: Download Resources and Zip Assignments

Unit 2:  Working with GIMP

Students learn how to navigate in GIMP and develop an understanding of the tools available.

  • Lesson 1:  Navigating GIMP
  • Lesson 2:  Working in the Image Window

Unit 3: Working with Digital Images

Students learn about the properties of digital images, so they can create, save, open, and resize them.

  • Lesson 1: Opening and Saving Images
  • Lesson 2: Image Properties

Unit 4: Cropping and Colorizing Photos

Students crop, optimize, and colorize an image in GIMP. They learn the following terms, tools, and skills: cropping, pixels, zooming, resolution, image optimization, saving, black and white adjustment, tint, hue, and saturation.

  • Lesson 1: Cropping
  • Lesson 2: Colorizing

Unit 5: Tracing Photos

Students learn to add new layers, change the brush type and color, trace photos, fill in an outline's color, and add a colorful background with the Paint Bucket tool. They learn the following terms, tools, and skills: layers, Brush tool, basic brushes, tracing, brush size, foreground color, Color Picker dialog box, hiding layers, and Paint Bucket tool.

  • Lesson 1: Tracing Photos
  • Lesson 2: Adding Color

Unit 6: Drawing Without Tracing

Students draw a banana, select it with the Magic Wand tool, and refine the edge with the Eraser tool. They draw and color an apple and an orange, add detail, decorate with the Special Effect brush, and design a new brush. They learn the following terms, tools, and skills: selection, Magic Wand tool, expand selection, the [ and ] keys, Eyedropper tool, Eraser tool, lock transparent pixels, reordering layers, Move tool, brush presets, designing a brush, Rectangular Marquee tool.

  • Lesson 1: Drawing a Shape
  • Lesson 2: Drawing More Shapes
  • Lesson 3: Using Brushes

Unit 7: Using Filters

Students crop a background layer and shrink an image. They pick a filter from the filter gallery and add multiple filters. They learn the following terms, tools, and skills: document size, tabs, copy, paste, scale, bounding box, filter gallery, primary colors, secondary colors, and colors in design.

  • Lesson 1: Creating Layouts
  • Lesson 2: Filtering and Colorizing

Unit 8: Arranging Images

Students learn to open multiple images at once and to use Free Transform to arrange images. They learn to add a stroke effect and a drop shadow to an image, and to append patterns to the pattern gallery. They learn the following terms, tools, and skills: Elliptical Marquee tool, Free Transform, layer effects, layer styles, stroke, drop shadow, multiply, preset manager, patterns, and unlocking.

  • Lesson 1: Cropping and Arranging Images
  • Lesson 2: Adding Visual Effects

Unit 9: Layering Images

Students remove the background around an image, append, add, and rename talk bubble shapes, refine talk bubbles with the Direct Selection tool, and add captions. They learn the following terms, tools, and skills: options bar, Custom Shape tool, talk bubbles, path, Direct Selection tool, Horizontal Type tool, font types and usage, and text alignment.

  • Lesson 1: Foreground and Background Images
  • Lesson 2: Adding Text

Unit 10: Masking Images

Students duplicate a layer, create a mask layer, and blur the background. They learn the following terms, tools, and skills: masks, duplicate layer, Quick Selection tool, add to and subtract from selection, layer masks, and blur.

  • Lesson 1: Masking Images

Unit 11: Developing Selections Skills

Students practice with the Lasso tools, fix the selection edges with the Quick Mask mode, and change the selection color with a layer mask. They draw straight lines, anchor points, and curves with the Pen tool, and edit the path's shape. They learn the following terms, tools, and skills: Lasso tool, Quick Mask mode, nondestructive editing, adjustment layers, Polygonal Lasso tool, Magnetic Lasso tool, Pen tool, anchor points, curve handles, and Add and Delete Anchor Point tools.

  • Lesson 1: Free Selecting and Colorizing
  • Lesson 2: More Free Selecting and Colorizing
  • Lesson 3: Drawing and Selecting Paths
  • Lesson 4: More Selecting and Colorizing

Unit 12: Making Word Graphics

Students learn to skew and warp a word, resize images inside words, expand and feather a mask, add a stroke layer style, and add an outer glow. They learn the following terms, tools, and skills: transform, skew, warp, layer thumbnails, link/unlink, feather, stroke, and outer glow.

  • Lesson 1: Typing and Shaping Words
  • Lesson 2: Adding Images to Words
  • Lesson 3: Adding More Style

Unit 13: Enhancing Images

Students add a gradient and headline text, append all shapes, and customize a shape with color and style. They learn the following terms, tools, and skills: illusion of depth, gradient, and Gradient tool.

  • Lesson 1: Masks and Gradients
  • Lesson 2: Text and Shapes

Unit 14: Adding Effects

Students add depth to a circle, add and modify a texture, spherize the texture, add stars using the Noise Filter, make the stars into the Milky Way using Difference Clouds, add space gas, and make the planet glow. They learn the following terms, tools, and skills: Ellipse tool, inner shadow, texture, spherize, noise, difference clouds, and lens flare.

  • Lesson 1: Making Spheres
  • Lesson 2: Adding Effects

Unit 15: Reflecting Images

Students flip an image, make an image look watery, ripple the water, and add a shore to the water's edge.

  • Lesson 1: Reflecting Images
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Lesson Scheduling

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling