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VCT 2067 - Color Concepts in Graphic Design

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: This course begins with an in-depth study of color as a product of viewer, object, and light source and moves into the practical application of color management and how to create output that consistently matches the appearance on the display screen. In addition, this course will address digital image color correction and the step-by-step process for creating professional quality output. Students will work on projects using a variety of techniques including evaluation, tone targeting to a specific output device, color cast removal, retouching, sharpening, and proofing.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): VCT 1018 
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Banding and posterization
  2. Bit depth and dynamic range
  3. Calculating tone target values
  4. Color as an event
  5. Color correction
  6. Create a color-managed workflow
  7. Creating color consistency
  8. Creating monitor profiles
  9. Creating printer profiles
  10. Evaluating photographic originals and digital originals
  11. Halftone cells in a digital halftone
  12. How the computer sees color
  13. Outputting and proofing
  14. Retouching and sharpening
  15. Screen frequency and gray levels
  16. Test a color-managed workflow

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify the components of different color systems.
  2. articulate the visual differences between colors, images, and other digital documents.
  3. describe color as the interaction between object, light source, and viewer.
  4. use different tools, such as the computer, to display and analyze colors.
  5. analyze the emotional response to color, color symbolism, and anomalies
  6. evaluate the relationships among different color combinations.
  7. create display and printer profiles.
  8. apply various digital imaging techniques such as tone targeting, color correction, and sharpening
  9. evaluate the best course of action for improving and outputting a digital image.
  10. output images to a rip (raster image processor) and proofer.

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