Photographic Retouching and Finishing
I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 118
Course Name: Photographic Retouching and Finishing
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 6 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
*Note: Students are expected to buy their own film and paper. Total cost of these items is approximately $150-200 in addition to the regular lab fee. The student who does not own a camera, tripod or light meter may borrow these items from the College by paying a refundable deposit fee. Deposits will be retained when equipment is damaged or not returned on the specific due date.
IV. Learning Objectives
B. To demonstrate the skills needed in digital photo retouching.
C. To identify the specific retouching technique required for each job.
D. To construct frames.
E. To create a professional-level portfolio of work to be used as resume in a job-specific situation.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
a. type of brush
b. size of brush
d. dyes and pens
2. Work space:
a. stationary base
b. motorized base
a. retouching as art
b. photo apprentice
c. the problem of the sky
d. “post visualization”
e. technical developments
B. Print retouching:
1. mixing dyes
2. color retouching
3. brush technique
4. copy negative
C. Digital retouching:
a. Photoshop basics
b. Dodge/burn tool
c. Cloning/healing/content awere
a. work flow
b. job specific application
c. scan rate vs. original appearance
d. ethical issues
1. double and triple matting
2. computer controlled systems
3. dry mounting color
1. selection of materials
2. hand tools
3. power tools
4. handling of glass
1. artist statement
4. final appearance
VII. Methods of Instruction
B. Demonstrations of all required techniques.
C. Critiques of student work, both in progress and at the end, to develop standards and evaluative criteria.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
B. Produce a final portfolio of at least 20 original pieces ready for display.
IX. Instructional Materials
Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.
A. CAMERA: Analog or Digital DSLR.
B. Mat board: Museum grade rag board.
C. Wood molding.
D. Portfolio case.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
A. Completion of weekly photographic assignments: 80%
B. Final project: 20%
XI. Other Course Information
B. All assignments and projects are to be submitted on time and demonstrate proficiency.
C. Instructors will specify in their syllabus the approximate cost of materials over and above the lab fee.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.