This course examines the essential capabilities of Photoshop, from correcting colour to retouching portraits, navigation, resolution, cropping, selecting, printing, making web graphics, and providing in-depth information and real-world context needed by serious students who want to master this application.
Adobe Photoshop is one of the world's most powerful image editors used for editing photographs and creating photo-realistic artwork.
This course is designed for those who want to master the fundamentals of Photoshop. This includes those individuals who have an interest in graphic design, web design, or a desire to make images look creative and dynamic. This course assumes you have no prior knowledge or experience with Photoshop or any of its predecessors.
- This course does not have prerequisites, students must however meet the recommendations and requirements in the Notes section along with any proficiencies identified below.
- Students may register for ICT 436 Adobe Photoshop and ICT 437 Adobe Illustrator in the same term.
Courses are instructor-led, face-to-face and may be delivered in three formats:
- In Class - all classes are taught in a computer lab.
- Online - all classes are taught synchronously in real-time.
- Blended - delivery is both in a computer lab and synchronously online, alternating weekly.
It is the students responsibility to carefully read the course section content below to know which delivery options are available for the course they are registering into.
- Registrations within 24 hours of course start time must be made by phone (403-220-2988).
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Course Level Learning Outcomes
- Understand principles of working with bitmap vs vector graphics
- Demonstrate proficiency with selection tools and adjustment layers
- Compose complex images using layers
- Integrate typography appropriately in compositions
- Correct flaws and enhance digital photos
- Optimize digital images for web, print, and video
Topics of Instruction
- Photoshop Interface: Functions of Toolbox and Panels
- Image Size, Resolution and File Formats
- Navigation and Magnification
- Opening a File Using Adobe Bridge
- Straightening and Cropping images
- Layer Basics
- Working with Selections
- Smart objects and rasterizing layer content
- Eraser Tools
- Design Principles, Elements and Composition
- Printing and Producing Consistent Colour
- Correcting and Enhancing Digital Photographs
- Adjustment layers, Masks and Filters
- Typographic Design
- Understanding Colours in Photoshop
- Introduction to Clipping and Vector Masks as well as Channels
- Compositing Techniques
- Preparing Images for Web, Print, and Video
- Optimizing Images for the Web and Devices
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Recommendations and Requirements
Courses are 30 hours and are scheduled to be completed in either 5 weeks or 10 weeks. Generally, 5 week courses have two classes per week, and 10 week courses have one class per week.
Courses may be delivered in class, online, or blended (both in class and online). All delivery formats will use Desire2Learn (D2L) and Adobe Connect Meeting (ACM) tools to varying degrees and it is the students responsibility to ensure they are comfortable with these tools prior to the start of the first class.
Students are encouraged to read Student Online Learning Resources to determine the delivery format that will best meet their learning needs.
- Students familiar with D2L and ACM from previous course work, require no further introduction to these learning tools.
- Students who register into an in class only course section and who are unfamiliar with D2L and ACM learning tools are recommended to take the necessary time to fully explore these learning tools prior to the start of class.
- Students who register into an online or blended course section and who are unfamiliar with D2L and ACM learning tools are recommended to take BMC 352 Learning Online.
For online and blended delivery, students should have access to their own computer with required software, Internet connection, a headset with speakers and microphone, webcam, and a monitor large enough to display multiple applications (or the use of two monitors). Students should test their environment prior to the start of class to ensure everything is working properly.
Students will need access to software outside the classroom lab to enable work on assignments, projects, and other course work.
- The software used in this course is Adobe Photoshop CC which may be downloaded from Adobe.
- If necessary, additional requirements will be announced at the start of the course.
It is strongly recommended that students attend every class. It is the responsibility of the student to communicate potential absenteeism to the instructor.
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