Course detail

Introduction to Computer Typography and Graphics

FEKT-BPC-ZSGAcad. year: 2020/2021

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

Learning outcomes of the course unit

* Student gets acquainted 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 image data 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 the basics of the Photopshop editor and the LaTeX typesetting software.


Knowledge on the secondary school level; basic knowledge of continuous and discrete signal processing.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Žára, J., Beneš, B., Felkel, P., Moderní počítačová grafika. Druhé vydání. ComputerPress, 2005. ISBN 80-251-0454-0 (CS)
Beran, V. Typografický manuál : učebnice počítačové typografie. 1. vyd. Náchod : MANUÁL, 1994. přeruš. st. Bibliogr. ISBN 80-901824-0-2. (CS)
Rybička, J. Latex pro začátečníky [3. vyd.]. 3. vyd. Brno : Konvoj, 2003. 238 s. ISBN 80-7302-049-1. (CS)
Knuth, D. E. Digital typography. Stanford : Center for the Study of Language and Information, 1999. xv, 685 s. ISBN 1-57586-010-4. (EN)
Plch, R., Lomtatidze, L. Sázíme v LaTeXu diplomovou práci z matematiky. 1. vydání. Brno : Masarykova Univerzita, 2003. 122 s. ISBN 80-210-3228-6. (CS)
Grusová, L.: XML pro úplné začátečníky. Computer Press, Praha, 2002. ISBN 80-7226-697-7 (CS)
Pihan, R.: Mistrovství práce s DSLR. Institut digitální fotografie s.r.o., 2006. První vydání. ISBN 80-903210-8-9 (CS)
RAJMIC, P. Základy počítačové sazby a grafiky. Brno: Vysoké učení technické v Brně, 2012. s. 1-152. ISBN: 978-80-214-4451- 5. (CS)
RAJMIC, P.; DAŇKOVÁ, M. Úvod do řídkých reprezentací signálů a komprimovaného snímání. Brno: Vysoké učení technické v Brně, 2014. s. 1-56.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures and computer laboratories. The course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to work out an individual typesetting project during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Tests during semester: 25 points
Individual project: 25 points, minimum 10 points
Final exam: 50 points, minimum 25

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1 Introduction. Image as a two-dimensional signal. Vector vs. raster graphics. Rasterization, sampling, aliasing
2 Colour models and spaces. Colour management. Colour amount reduction, monochromatic images. Graphic formats
3 Discrete image transforms and their utilization. Image compression (RLE, Huffman, JPEG, JPEG2000)
4 Scanning. Parameters and classes of scanners. Technical photography. Linear and non-linear image processing - brightness, contrast, histogram, filtering
5 Typical cycle in document preparation. Analogy with program code creation
6 Logical vs. visual structure of documents. Mark-up and mark-up languages, SGML, XML, MathML, HTML, and CSS
7 Principles of book design. Typesetting foundations, measures, terms. Specifics of the Czech text. Specifics of publishing on the Internet
8 Types and formats of fonts, ways of their representation and design. Bézier curves
9 Typesetting systems. TeX/LaTeX as a representative of batch system. WISIWYG systems and Adobe InDesign
10 Pre-press fundamentals. PostScript language, bounding box. PDF format. Adobe Acrobat
11 Printing technologies. Output units. CtP technology. Postpress
12 Graphics in LaTeX - internal and external images. Using additional packages. Document class 'thesis' for typesetting bachelor and master theses. Conversion from TeX to HTML. Publishing XML documents via TeX


To provide students with an overview of the basic principles of plane (2D) computer graphics and image processing. To acquaint them with the raster based software Photoshop as a representative of computer graphics editors. To teach them the basic operations in a document preparation process. To acquaint them with typography basics, with the specifics of Czech documents and with mathematical and technical materials. To teach them to typeset a basic technical document in the 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 BPC-AUD Bachelor's

    specialization AUDB-ZVUK , 3. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
    specialization AUDB-TECH , 3. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme BPC-IBE Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
  • Programme BPC-SEE Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
  • Programme BPC-TLI Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer