Course Title: Enhance, manipulate and output photo images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: VART6272C

Course Title: Enhance, manipulate and output photo images

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4312 - Certificate IV in Photo Imaging

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teachers: Janelle Low


Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will cover digital image processing, manipulation and print output. Tutorials and class exercises focus on practical industry skill sets including photo restoration, portrait retouching and file manipulation. The manipulation and output processes employed are used to enhance and resolve various image concepts. Students will work both independently and under supervision.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPHI404A Enhance, manipulate and output photo images


1. Retrieve work prints or digital files

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Clarify and confirm concept for final image in
consultation with relevant colleagues as required
1.2 Identify and select work prints or files that are consistent
with concept or brief


2. Plan image output

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and confirm qualities and characteristics of the
work prints or files suitable for enhancement and
2.2 Resolve output strategies consistent with the purpose of
the final image, including identification of constraints and
requirement of specified image use


3. Prepare work environment for analogue or digital work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Select work environment to meet requirements
3.2 Care for work environment so that it remains clean and
safe during the production of work
3.3 Safely set up relevant equipment and prepare materials for
the work


5. Output image(s)

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Select appropriate materials and/or equipment for output
5.2 Safely output image by digital or analog means


4. Enhance and manipulate the image(s)

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Select techniques for image manipulation and
enhancement consistent with the concept, testing processes
and purpose of the work
4.2 Select appropriate materials and equipment
4.3 Consider screen-based issues where appropriate
4.4 Apply selected techniques to enhance and manipulate the
images to resolve them ready for output, which includes
resolving output strategies


6. Restore work environment, equipment and materials and ensure safe storage

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Safely restore work area after use
6.2 Minimise and clean up waste according to safety
6.3 Clean and maintain equipment according to manufacturer
6.4 Store equipment according to workplace procedures and
ensure readiness for future use

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

 You will be able to:

  • produce a body of images that demonstrates command of enhancement and manipulation techniques
  • apply knowledge of processes and options for the enhancement of photo images.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities include, but are not limited to:
group discussion
peer teaching
online research
teacher directed group activities/projects

Out of Class Activity
Visit to a professional photographic lab

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentAssessmentElements
1Introduction to course, assessment & facilities.
Power Point Presentation -
The basics about pixels
How digital capture works.
The Structure of Photoshop & the importance of short cuts
Setting up preferences Instruction.

FORMATIVE assignments - :
Replicating a digital image
Building your own digital image.

Demonstration: Replicating a digital image
Practical Session: Students to work the, ‘Replicating a digital .image’ exercise.

Formative 1 & 2 Set1,2,3,4,5
2Practical Session: Students to work the, ‘Replicating a digital image’ exercise.
Assignment 3: Processing in Adobe Camera RAW
Demonstration: Bridge > Adobe Camera RAW
Practical Session: Students to work the, ‘Adobe Camera RAW’ exercise.
3Practical Session: Students to work the assignment model and developing the their individual models 1,3,4,6
4Assignment 4 : Restoration retouching
Demonstration: Restoration damaged photographs – History Brush
Practical Session: Class exercises on, damaged photographs (supplied files)
Demonstration: Restoration damaged photographs – Family photo
Students working on retouching exercises in class .
Formative 1 & 2 Due at the start of the class 
5Demonstration: (Again) Restoration damaged photographs – History Brush & Family photo
Practical Session: Class exercises on, damaged photographs (supplied files)
Practical Session: Students to work the, ‘Adobe Camera RAW’ exercise.
Students working on retouching exercises in class
6Practical Session: Class exercises on, damaged photographs (supplied files)Formative 3 Due: Camera RAW1,2,3,4,6
7Practical Session: Class exercises on, damaged photographs (supplied files)
Demonstration: Retouching methods, portrait retouching
softening wrinkles
teeth & eyes
skin blemishes
soft focus techniques
Practical Session: Students to work the retouching exercise.
8Demonstration: Retouching methods, portrait retouching
Practical Session: Students to work the retouching exercise.
Assignment 1s : Portrait - Close up Head and Shoulder
Assignment 2s: Portrait of a couple
Lecture discussion on basic portrait considerations
Framing composition
The background work for you or against you
Depth of field and point of focus
Light direction & fill
Relaxing your subject
Formative 4 & 5 Restoration Retouching Due

Formatives 6. The Couple &7. Soft Focus are set.

9Class portrait retouching exercises
Lab time for students to work on there own portrait images under supervision.
10Class portrait retouching exercises
Lab time for students to work on there own images under supervision.
6. The Couple
7. Soft Focus
11Using PS Selection Tools in combination to make selections
Demonstration and class exercise using selection tool combination to create masks.
Lasso tool
Magnetic Lasso Tool
Magic Wand
Masking with channels
Choosing the right channel to duplicate
Using levels to increase contrast
Using Burn/Dodge tools
Painting the mask with “Overlay” mode
12Lab time for students to work on there own images under supervision 1,2,3,4,5,6
13Alternative Digital Post Production Effects – Demonstration and class exercises
Demonstration: Digital special effect 01
Practical Session: Students to work the retouching exercise
Demonstration: Digital special effect
Practical Session: Students to work the retouching exercise
Assignment SUMMATIVE 1 Due1,2,3,4,5,6
14Demonstration: Digital special effect
Practical Session: Students to work special effect exercise
15Lab time for students to work on there own images under supervision 1,2,3,4,5,6
16Final Assignment Due Class review, discussion and feedback of final submissionAssignment



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Photoshop CS5 Essential Skills - Mark Galer


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

Due to the large file sizes a large portable 350 - 500Gb Hard Disk is required

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include a series of practical tasks including the application of new photographic techniques.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this unit are either ungraded or graded. Ungraded tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial (graded) assessment tasks.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.
Formative Assessment 1: Replicating a digital image – (Foundation)
Formative Assessment 2: Building a digital image – (Foundation)
Formative Assessment 3: Abobe Camera Raw – (Foundation)
Formative Assessment 4: Restoration retouching – (Foundation)
Formative Assessment 5: Image Retouching – (Portraiture 01)
Formative Assessment 6: Image Retouching/The couple – (Portraiture 02)
Formative Assessment 7: Soft focus

Summative assessments
Assignment 1: Portrait retouching and print  - Classes review & discussion
Assignment 2: Applying alternative special effect processing to your portrait and print output

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competent Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment matrix
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions 

All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity


All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:

Course Assessment Committee/Program Advisory Board
These committees promote the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The Course Assessment Committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University.

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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