In this module, we'll cover the basics of computer graphics. We'll talk about creating your own graphics with paint and illustration programs, downloading graphics from the Internet, using scanners and screen grabbers, and performing other basic graphics-manipulation tasks.
This painting and graphics module will not focus on a specific computer platform or graphics software program. Instead, we'll cover the common ground that unites most all paint and graphics software packages, in an attempt to give you skills that will work in whatever graphics environment you find yourself in. Our goal is not to teach you to draw and paint like a digital Da Vinci; rather, with the knowledge gained from this module, you'll be able to create and use informative, illustrative graphics for everything from class handouts to Web pages and e-mail attachments. Good luck and welcome to the CTAP 050 Painting and Graphics module.
Before starting this module, you should be familiar with the basic functions of your computer such as opening and closing windows, creating folders, opening files, and launching and switching between applications. You can get these skills in our Basic Computer Skills module.
You should also have a browser such as Netscape or Internet Explorer on your computer and a connection to the Internet.