ME:120.721 :: Digital Imaging II – Raster Illustration

Course Description

Offered: 3rd Quarter, 1st Year
Instructors: Jennifer E. Fairman, Associate Professor, Lead Instructor
Ian Suk, Professor
Credits: 3 credit hours

Creating digital artwork for print media: color two-dimmensional still image.

Course Objectives

  • Understand procedures involved in creating digital color illustrations
  • Understand considerations and preparation for printing digital files
  • Understand the procedures for size management, storage, input, and output of digital files
  • Recognize the differences between RGB and CMYK color modes
  • Recognize colors in terms of hue, value, saturation, and temperature and arrange into a pallete
  • Create an anatomical illustration from original anatomical illustration sketches
  • Conceptualize and simplify detailed anatomical information
  • Recognize the various methods of proofing print-ready artwork


Macintosh computer hardware/software, removable media, scanners, modems, stylus-based input devices, CD-ROM drives, and laser printers. Software manuals, tutorials, and 3rd Party books on various computer topics will also be made available.

Course Assignments

Students will further develop their skills through class lectures/demonstrations, tutorials and class exercises, including:

  • Creating a digital version of color swatch studies
  • Survey of various digital file considerations for print work including various pre-press concerns
  • Creating a digital anatomical illustration based on original Anatomical Sketching drawings.

Course Evaluation

  • 1:1 faculty-student interface
  • Interim class critiques
  • Written critique on final project
  • Review of sketches
  • Final grade


Refer to 1st year calendars and syllabi.

All students with disabilities who require accommodations for this course should contact Catherine L. Will, Disability Services Coordinator for Graduate Biomedical Education ( or 410-614-3781) at their earliest convenience to discuss their specific needs. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive.


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