Course detail

Introduction to Computer Typography and Graphics

FEKT-CZSGAcad. year: 2017/2018

The course is devoted to the overview of fundamental principles, algorithms of computer graphics and the techniques of documents typesetting (preparation and production of presentation materials in general, basic qualification for work in a graphical studio or DTP, typesetting of the diploma thesis). In the area of practical graphics/image processing the students acquaint with the computer graphic editor GIMP, in the area of document typesetting is the course aimed at the LaTeX system.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

* Student acquaints with the basic principles of plane (2D) computer graphics and image processing.
* He/she learns the fundamental linear and non-linear image processing methods for publishing purposes.
* He/she learns the optimal way of color space reduction from the point of view of print economy and data amount.
* He/she understands modern technologies of image compression and learns to utilize them.
* He/she learns the basics of typography.
* He/she learns to use the GIMP editor and the LaTeX typesetting software.


Knowledge on the secondary school level; courses BASS and BCZS.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Žára, J., Beneš, B., Felkel, P., Moderní počítačová grafika, ComputerPress, 1999.
Beran, V. Typografický manuál : učebnice počítačové typografie. 1. vyd. Náchod : MANUÁL, 1994. přeruš. st. Bibliogr. ISBN 80-901824-0-2.
Plch, R., Lomtatidze, L. Sázíme v LaTeXu diplomovou práci z matematiky. 1. vydání. Brno : Masarykova Univerzita, 2003. 122 s. ISBN 80-210-3228-6.
Steiner, J. GIMP - ilustrovaný průvodce. Neokortex, Praha. ISBN 80-86330-04-4
Knuth, D. E. Digital typography. Stanford : Center for the Study of Language and Information, 1999. xv, 685 s. ISBN 1-57586-010-4.
Rybička, J. Latex pro začátečníky [3. vyd.]. 3. vyd. Brno : Konvoj, 2003. 238 s. ISBN 80-7302-049-1.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Requirements for the completion of the course are specified by the lecturer responsible for the course.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

The image as a two-dimensional signal. Vector vs. raster graphics. Sampling, aliasing.
Color spaces. Reduction of teh color spaces, duplex, monochromatic images.
Graphical formats.
Discrete image transforms and their utilization. Image compression.
Scanning. Technical photography. Graphical edidor GIMP. Linear and non-linear image processing. Retouching.
The typical cycle in document preparation. Analogy with program code creation.
Logic vs. visual structure of documents. Mark-up languages.
Principles of book design. Typesetting foundations, measures, terms. Specifics of czech text.
Types and formats of fonts, ways of their representation and design.
Rasterization algorithms.
Typesetting systems. TeX. LaTeX. WISIWYG systems. Macro-languages.
Pre-press. PostScript. PDF format.
Print and distribution. Output units.
Drawing technical schemes directly in LaTeX.
Preparation of graphs an images in MATLAB and embedding them into an electronic document.


To provide overview of basics principles of plane (2D) computer graphics and image processing. To acquaint with the raster based software GIMP as a representant of the computer graphics editors. To learn basic operations in a document preparation process. To acquaint with typograpy basics, with specifics of czech documents and with mathematical and technical materials. To learn to typeset a technical document in LaTeX system.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-BC Bachelor's

    branch BC-TLI , 3. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, optional specialized

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer