Welcome to Unit 2 – Digital Design

Unit Outline

In this four week unit it is expected that you learn:

  • The rationale for colour design.
  • The basic tools of graphic design for a software program (Photoshop)
  • Development of graphic skills for commercial and artistic design


Assessment will be based upon:

#1 – Colour Theory – an investigation into the rationale behind the aesthetics of colour and design. (30 marks) – an Assignment based on correct completion

#2 – Photoshop Tutorials – develop the skills and tools necessary for basic Photoshop work. (60 marks) – a Tutorial based on correct completion and demonstration of basic Photoshop skills

#3 – Photoshop Projects – produce two Photoshop Major Projects – one based on commercial design and the other as an artistic design. (30 marks each based on Photoshop Rubric)

#4 – Reflection/Review – Review what you have learned about Photo Editing. (30 marks)


#1 – Colour Theory

Why should we care about colour in digital design? Colour is one of the essential elements to any digital design that you create.

Use this Powerpoint to help  – Colour Theory and Graphic DesignColour and Graphic Design

Answer the questions from this Word Document and post on your blog on a new page called “Unit 1 – Photoshop”: Assignment #1 – Introduction to Colour Theory and Graphic Design

Here is a designer “Cheat Sheet” to download for colour theory:



#2 – Photoshop Tutorials

Use these tutorials to help understand the basics of Photoshop – #2 – Photoshop Tutorials– Upload your png or jpeg files to your unit one page with a caption explanation for each.

These tutorials are based on:


#3 – User choice. Select a two projects that interest you from the tutorials provided here – Photoshop Assignments. Confirm your choice with the instructor before you begin. Use the outlines for the project to guide you –

#3a – Brushes

#3b – Fonts

#3c – Layers

#3d – Additional Effects

#4 Reflection-Review  – answer these final questions, create a reflection, present your Original Work, and “snip” comments left on other student blogs.