Adobe Photoshop Fundamentals
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 12.0
Credit Value: 0.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2019
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Adobe Creative Suite, Photography - Other Related
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20190903_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: As of Fall 2019, our Adobe registration requirements will be changing. Students will need to register for the course at least three (3) days prior to the course start date. Upon registration, students will need to register with Adobe and download a license linked to their Sheridan username. A license can be downloaded by visiting Upon the start date of the course, students will only be able to participate in the course if they've downloaded the appropriate license and logged in with their username and password. Last minute registrations will not be accepted. For information regarding the downloading of licenses, please contact our IT department at (905) 845-9430 ext. 2150 prior to the start date of your class.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Develop skills from basic image editing and retouching to making adjustments and combining images with layers. Exercises are geared towards gaining a clear understanding of fundamental issues surrounding file size, resolution and colour and how they relate to preparing images for print and/or the web. Instruction is in a MAC lab.

Program Context

Adobe Creative Suite Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Although this course is not part of a program, it may of interest to those in this field of study.

Photography - Other Related Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to produce basic Photoshop techniques including file adjustments, colour applications, workspace recognition, retouching, and layer effects.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Recall a brief history of Photoshop, specific help, and additional resources.
  2. Recognize the navigational workspace including menu, tools, panels, and viewing options.
  3. Place images into Photoshop for file size, resolution, and bit depth options.
  4. Applying colour and swatches to the photo, including foreground and background colours.
  5. Diffentiate Paint Bucket Tool, Gradiant Tools, Eyedropper Tool, Red Eye Tool, Clone Stamp Tool, and Healing Brush.
  6. Use basic editing and retouching skills on images.
  7. Format layer effects including saving, applying, and adding layer styles.
  8. Operate image filters, including Blur and Sharpen techniques.
  9. Produce images for web upload.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Pass / Fail Evaluation100.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
Students receive a mark of satisfactory upon completion of this course.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
Resource(s): N/A
Applicable student group(s): Continuing Education Students
Course Details:

Students can expect the workshop to contain:

Introduction to Photoshop

  • A brief history of Photoshop
  • Bitmap vs. Vector presentation
  • Getting help and additional resources

Looking at the Workspace

  • Introduction to menus, tools, and panels
  • Customizing panel arrangements
  • Loading and saving Workspaces
  • Navigation and viewing options

Getting Images Into Photoshop

  • Working with Adobe Bridge
  • File size, resolution, and bit depth
  • Colour Theory (RGB vs. CMYK)
  • Scanning basics and terminology
  • Changing resolution and colour mode

Working With Painting Tools

  • Using the Colour and Swatches panel
  • Using the Eyedropper Tool to select colour
  • Setting foreground and background colours
  • Filling with foreground and background colours
  • Using the Brush and Gradient Tools
  • Using the Paint Bucket Tool

Basic Editing and Retouching

  • Cropping and straightening images
  • Transforming (scaling, rotating, and distorting)
  • Basic retouching with Clone Stamp Tool
  • Using the Healing Brush and Red Eye Tool

Working with Selections

  • Making rectangular and elliptical selections
  • Transforming and size and shape of selections
  • Using Lasso and Polygonal Lasso Tools (or not)
  • Adding to and removing from selections

Working with Type

  • Creating and editing a type layer
  • Setting character and paragraph attributes
  • Saving as Photoshop PDF (view in Acrobat)

Applying Layer Effects

  • Adding a drop shadow and other styles
  • Discuss responsible use of Layer Effects
  • Saving and applying other layer styles
  • Loading styles from the panel menu

Making Tonal and Colour Adjustments 

  • Working with a histogram to adjust Levels
  • Tonal adjustments using the Curves dialog
  • Automatic tonal Shadow / Highlight fix
  • Applying Colour Balance adjustments
  • Global vs. Local adjustments

Working Non-Destructively

  • Duplicating layers to preserve the original
  • Using Adjustments layers and the panel
  • Saving PSD files with all layers intact
  • Saving files in other file formats

Working With Filters 

  • Using Blur and Sharpen filters
  • Working with the Filter Gallery
  • Combining multiple filters

Preparing Images for the Web

  • Considerations for web and devices
  • Using Save for Web and Devices
  • Using the GIF and JPEG presets

Printing Options 

  • Repositioning and scaling print size
  • Page setup and Print options

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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