Adobe Photoshop Intermediate
  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: APPL78014 Adobe Photoshop Fundamentals

Program(s): Adobe Creative Suite, Digital Photography
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
Build on skills learned in Photoshop Fundamentals, by examining more efficient ways to edit and retouch images, make more professional adjustments using layers and masks, and utilize more advanced aspects of the program to develop powerful and flexible processes that can fit into any workflow. Instruction is in a MAC lab.

Program Context

Adobe Creative Suite Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Digital Photography 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 build on their Photoshop skills by practicing with keyboard shortcuts, Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layer organization, Pen Tool, vector recognition within Bitmap, and Masks.
Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Set keyboard shortcuts and understand their importance
  2. Describe Adobe Bridge and how to work with Stacks, Labels, Ratings, and Filter Panels
  3. Investigate `Camera Raw' files, including working with Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, and shadows
  4. Produce intermediate editing and retouching of photos using Lens Correction
  5. Organize layers including Auto-Align layers, Auto-Blend layers, and layer comps
  6. Defining the lightest and darkest points of photos
  7. Differentiate between global and local adjustments
  8. Create with the Pen Tool including Work Paths and Shape Layers
  9. Recognize vectors within a Bitmap World, and how to work with them
  10. Practice working with Masks, including Layer and Vector Masks
  11. Distinguish the advantages and disadvantages of working with Smart Objects
  12. Build Warped Text through Type layers

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 will 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:

Customizing the Workspace

  • Customizing panel arrangements
  • Editing menus and keyboard shortcuts
  • Loading and saving workspaces

Doing More With Adobe Bridge

  • Creating and working with Stacks
  • Labels, Rating, and Filter Panel
  • Using the Photo Downloader

Working With Camera Raw Files

  • Advantages of working with Camera Raw
  • Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, and Shadows
  • Making White Balance adjustments
  • Synchronize settings for multiple images

Working With Painting Tools

  • Using shortcuts with all painting tools
  • Creating custom Solid / Noise Gradients
  • Defining a new Brush / Scatter Brushes
  • Using Bristle Brushes / Erodible Tips

Intermediate Editing and Retouching

  • Painting with History and Art History
  • Lens Correction including Auto Corrections
  • Adaptive Wide Angle (selective corrections)
  • Cloning and Repeating Pattern vs. Pattern Stamp
  • Using the Healing Brush and Patch Tool
  • Adaptation in Content Aware Patch

Content-Aware 'Awesomeness'

  • Using Auto-Align layers and Layer Masks
  • Auto-Blend Layers to generate layer masks
  • Working with Content-Aware Scale
  • Working with Content-Aware Fill
  • Using Content-Aware Move / Extend

Organizing Your Layers

  • Grouping layers into folders and subfolders
  • Saving, viewing, and editing Layer Comps

Intermediate Work With Selections

  • Editing selections using Quick Mask
  • Modifying selections with Refine Edge
  • Saving and loading selections (channels)
  • Shortcuts for working with selections

Intermedate Adjustments

  • Setting white, gray, and black points
  • Determining the lightest / darkest points
  • Working with the Colour Stamper Tool
  • Channeling adjustments 'by the numbers'
  • Global vs. Local adjustments

Using the Pen Tool

  • Creating Work Paths vs. Shape Layers
  • Tracing / editing paths with the Pen Tool
  • Making selections with saved paths
  • Filming and stroking saved paths

Vectors Within A Bitmap World

  • Working with vector shape tools
  • Creating and editing Shape Layers
  • Editing and applying Layer Styles
  • Global light and scaling effects

Working With Typelayers

  • Creating Warped Text
  • Area Tpe and Type on a Path
  • Paragraph and Character Styles
  • Creating an Editable Type Mask

Working With Smart Objects

  • Advantages of working with Smart Objects
  • Modifying embedded vector / raster artwork
  • Convert exisitng layer(s) to Smart Object

Working With Masks

  • Options for Layer and Vector Masks
  • Working with Layer Clipping Masks
  • Editing Masks vs. Properties panel

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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