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Intro to Still Image Design

Still Image Design, created by Rick Hughes

Oct 14 - Nov 22

Location: Online
Hours of Instruction: 36

Course Fee:



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Deadline is Sept 30.

Course Policies


This 6-week online course on Still Image Design using Adobe Photoshop is the second in the Digital Design Certificate Program.  We welcome students who are looking to develop a solid foundation in design skill sets or professionals seeking to broaden their capabilities to join in with students enrolled in the full certificate program.

Course Description:

This course provides a thorough introduction to digital still image design using Adobe Photoshop, the industry standard design and production software for raster-based images.  Exercises and projects will explore the areas of photo manipulation, composting, and layout design (including text), and will be based on the creative application of production techniques, project planning, and the artistic principles of color theory and content. There will be a student project gallery, critique and feedback areas, and downloadable videos specific to the curriculum. Particular techniques will include layer masks, adjustment layers, blending options cloning, toning, filters, and color correction.

Students should anticipate spending 2 hours on an exercise, 3 or more hours on a project, and 1 hour on peer review each week. The course has an asynchronous learning environment which means students do not have to log on to the course at specific times. However, the instructors may post deadlines for course projects or other assignments.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program students will have:
• A solid understanding of the basic toolsets and techniques of Photoshop
• Enhanced design capabilities in 2D digital design
• A portfolio of still image design projects


Basic computer literacy and an interest in art and design for either personal or professional purposes. 

Required Materials:

Students can use either a Mac or a PC and need Adobe Photoshop for this course.  All other resources will be provided.

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About the Instructor:

Instructor Photo: Rick HughesRick Hughes

Professor, Media Arts
University of Montana
Teaching areas: Digital Technology in the Arts, Photoshop

In the Fall of 1998 Rick helped initiate the integration of digital technology and the arts when he developed and taught the first Integrated Digital Art course at the University of Montana.  A year later he developed and began teaching the first Photoshop course, motion design course and web design course in the School.  Rick continued his busy teaching schedule while serving as Director of the School of Media Arts from 2006 through 2012 and for the past two years has served as Director of Academic Affairs for UMOnline. Currently he teaches in the Integrated Digital Media specialization. His primary research areas are online education and the artistic application of digital technology in the Arts.

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  • The University of Montana
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