MKAD1221 Adobe Photoshop

Course Description

Adobe Photoshop is a complex graphics and image editing software as well as a paint program. Adobe Photoshop has become a mainstay with graphics and interactive designers, professional photographers, and even hobbyists to edit graphics as well as create and manipulate images. Students will learn the most commonly used commands and techniques for obtaining consistent, predictable, high quality images using this leading image editing software application. Using the creative tools of the software, students learn how to select pixels in images, use layers, color correct images and to apply layer styles and filters to create special effects. Students will learn how to use vector paths for a variety of purposes, including masking and clipping paths. In addition, students will learn basic scanning techniques and how to create and save images in formats for press, print and Web use.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate between color modes and use of raster versus vector graphics.
  • Identify and navigate the elements of the Photoshop environment.
  • Select appropriate resolutions and image sizes for different bitmap files and output types.
  • Examine the use of the software¿s selection tools to properly edit and extract images pieces and sections.
  • Create and manipulate multiple layers to create composite images.
  • Apply blending and shading effects to create realistic composites.
  • Manipulate image colors using the various palettes and use Photoshop to create artwork or retouch images for print and Web images.
  • Create and format text within an image and apply layer styles and filters to create special effects.
  • Prepare images, saved to a variety of file formats for use with other applications and the Web.
  • Research, brainstorm and sketch various layout concepts to create final layouts as part of the creative process.


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3 credits: 2 lectures / presentations, 1 lab, 0 other