Advanced Adobe PhotoShop

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 272

       Course Name: Advanced Adobe PhotoShop

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 3 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

CAB 172 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues Photoshop usage and image manipulation presented in CAB 172 (formerly CAS 217); focus is on final output. Content includes using Photoshop special effects and filter in projects; features available in Photoshop for Web site construction.

IV.   Learning Objectives

A.     Students will become more comfortable with PhotoShop’s environment and powerful tools and demonstrate this solid foundation through the use of these features in their hands-on projects
B.     Students will demonstrate the ability to combine stock photos and clipart and use PhotoShop special effects to make the appearance of these combination files plausible and realistic.
C.     Students will demonstrate the ability to use PhotoShop features to create Web pages and other  background images that can be used on Web pages.

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

A. Review of Panels and Tools
     1.    Layers
     2.    Channels
     3.    Paths
     4.    Brushes
     5.    Adjustments
     6.    Selection tools
     7.    Layer move tool
     8.    Brush tools
     9.    Modifying/editing brush tools
B. Using filters
     1.    PhotoShop filters
     2.    Second-party filters
C. Combining photos and clipart
     1.    Matching resolutions
     2.    Measuring relative object size
     3.    Changing image and canvas size
     4.    Applying special effects
D. Optimizing for traditional printing
     1.    PhotoShop adjustments
     2.    Printer adjustments
E. Working with file formats
     1.    Still images
     2.    Basic GIF animation elements
     3.    Camera RAW
F. Web site construction features
     1.    HTML page elements
     2.    Navigation control buttons
     3.    Background images
     4.    PhotoShop action list for batch-processing

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture/demonstration, hands-on exercises/projects, individualized instructions, progress checks.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Attend seminars as scheduled.  Participate in class.  Complete required assignments.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Production and Exercises         30%
Tests and Projects                   60%
Attendance and participation    10%

XI.   Other Course Information

Rules for computer use are posted in computer labs as well as available in writing in each of the labs.  Lab assistants and tutors are available to assist you in the lab regarding software and hardware questions.  If you have a question about an assignment, however, you should contact me.

Users of the College’s information technology facilities and resources, including hardware, software, networks, and computer accounts, are expected to use computer resources responsibly and appropriately, respecting the rights of other information technology users and respecting all contractual and license agreements

Under no circumstances is any of the software used at Oakton to be copied.  Copying software is in violation of Federal law and College policies.  Suspected violations will be vigorously investigated and, if warranted, appropriate penalties applied.  Specifically, you do not have the right (1) to make copies of software for yourself or others, (2) to receive and use unauthorized copies of software, or (3) copy all or parts of a program written by someone else.

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