I. Course Prefix/Number: CAB 172
Course Name: Adobe Photoshop
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 3 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course introduces Adobe Photoshop, image editing program. Content includes producing high-quality digital images and manipulating scanned images, as well as outputting color separations and halftones. Practical exercises with tools to demonstrate capabilities of the Photoshop program. Recommended: Hands-on experience using Windows software.
IV. Learning Objectives
- Identify the tools and the uses of those tools in the program environment.
- Identify the option bar and panels
- Make selections, add to and subtracting from a selection, refine selections.
- Work with layers.
- Make basic image corrections and adjustments.
- Add text to an image, then formatting and manipulating the combination.
- Use paths, vector objects, masks and channels.
- Demonstrate the ability to use brushes effectively.
- Use Photoshop for the WEB.
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
- The work area
- Window components
- Resolution and image size
- Using Tools
- The Tool Options Bar
- Other tool panels
- Working with selection tools
- Refining selections
- Working with Layers
- Layer Properties
- Layer Styles
- Managing layers
- Layer comps
- Image correction
- Adjustments (levels, brightness, hue/saturation, etc.)
- Straightening and cropping
- Cloning, Patching, healing, brush tools.
- Sharpening images
- Preparing for print
- Masks and Channels
- Creating and refining masks
- Quick masks
- Clipping masks/li>
- Working with channels
- Placing type in an image
- Type effects
- Vectors, Paths, masks and channels
- The Pen and Shape tools.
- Creating, editing, saving, filling a path
- Creating, editing a mask
- Working with channels
- Image modes
- Photoshop and the Web
- Saving Files and File Formats for the Web
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Attend seminars as scheduled.
- Attend lab as required.
- Complete required assignments and tests.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
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.