Adobe Photoshop

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 172

       Course Name: Adobe Photoshop

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 3 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Previous or concurrent enrollment in CAB 160 or consent of instructor.

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

  1. Identify the tools and the uses of those tools in the program environment.
  2. Identify the option bar and panels.
  3. Make selections, add to and subtract from a selection, refine selections.
  4. Work with layers.
  5. Make basic image corrections and adjustments.
  6. Add text to an image, then formatting and manipulating the combination.
  7. Use paths, vector objects, masks and channels.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to use brushes effectively.
  9. Use 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 work area
    1. Window components
    2. Menus
    3. Panels
    4. Resolution and image size
    5. Toolbox
  2. Using Tools
    1. The Tool Options Bar
    2. Other tool panels
  3. Selections
    1. Working with selection tools
    2. Refining selections
  4. Working with Layers
    1. Layer Properties
    2. Layer Styles
    3. Managing layers
    4. Layer comps
    5. Image correction
    6. Adjustments (levels, brightness, hue/saturation, etc.)
    7. Straightening and cropping
    8. Cloning, Patching, healing, brush tools
    9. Sharpening images
    10. Preparing for print
  5. Masks and Channels
    1. Creating and refining masks
    2. Quick masks
    3. Clipping masks
    4. Working with channels
  6. Type
    1. Placing type in an image
    2. Type effects
  7. Vectors, 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
  8. Image modes
  9. Filters
  10. Photoshop and the Web
    1. Saving Files and File Formats for the Web

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.

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, exams, projects, attendance, and class participation.

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.