Adobe Photoshop

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 172

       Course Name: Adobe Photoshop

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 3 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Hands-on computer experience using software that runs in a Windows operating system environment.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

An introduction to Adobe Photoshop, an image-editing program that makes it possible to produce high-quality digital images and manipulate scanned images as well as outputting color separations and halftones. Practical exercises will introduce students to the tools and capabilities of the Photoshop program in this course.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Identifying the tools and the uses of those tools in the program environment.
  2. Making selections, adding to and subtracting from a selection.
  3. Working with layers.
  4. Cloning, cropping and manipulating a photograph.
  5. Adding text to an image then formatting and manipulating the combination.
  6. Using paths, masks and channels.
  7. Applying the basics of various color models in Photoshop.
  8. Converting images and inverting colors.
  9. Using Photoshop for the WEB.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

  1. The program environment
    1. Window components
    2. Menus
    3. Palettes
  2. Working with palettes
    1. Toolbox
    2. Brushes palette
    3. Channels palette
    4. Colors palette
    5. Info palette
    6. Paths palette
    7. File browser
  3. Selections
    1. Working with selection tools
  4. Working with Layers
    1. Layer Properties
    2. Layer Styles
    3. Layer sets
    4. Layer comps
  5. Painting and editing
    1. Working with the brush tool
    2. Cloning, Patching, healing, brush tools
  6. Paths, masks and channels
    1. The Pen and Shape tools
    2. Creating, editing, saving, filling a path
    3. Creating, editing a mask
    4. Working with channels
  7. Photographic Color
    1. Various color models
    2. Making color corrections
  8. Resolution
    1. Changing resolutions
    2. Using auto resolution
  9. Photoshop and the Web
    1. Saving Files and File Formats on the WEB
    2. Using Image Ready

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Seminars and individualized instruction.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attend seminars as scheduled.
  2. Attend lab as required.
  3. Complete required assignments and tests.
  4. Seminar schedule may be adjusted based on needs of the class.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Adobe Photoshop, Classroom in a Book with CD-ROM, MacMillian Computer Publishing USA

Storage media such as zip disks, or writeable CD.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Production and exercises, exams, projects, attendance, and class participation.

XI.   Other Course Information

Software users! Copying software is in violation of Federal law and College policies. Suspected violations will be vigorously investigated and if warranted, appropriate penalties will be applied.  Specifically, you do not have the right to; Make copies of software for yourself or others or receive and use unauthorized copies of software.

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at