Digital Image Processing (Lightroom and Photoshop)
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 36.0
Credit Value: 2.5
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2020
Prerequisites: VDES70029
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Digital Photography
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20200106_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This course is offered on-campus. The sessions may include a variety of interactive and engaging activities including discussions, workshops, group activities, role plays, case studies and presentations. Readings, video, and podcasts may be provided online, on Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE), to support class activities and reinforce material covered during class sessions. Assignment details will be provided in class and on SLATE. Students will need reliable access to the internet.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
This course is designed for individuals with minimal experience in digital asset management and digital image processing. While working with different applications, students develop the skills to create and process digital images, recognize and manage workflows and implement professional best practices for both print and web environments. Through interactive lectures, demonstrations, projects and in-class practice sessions, students are introduced to RAW processing and explore digital darkroom tools such as Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

Program Context

Digital Photography Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This is a compulsory course in the Digital Photography Certificate Program.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to implement digital asset management and Raw processing tools such as Adobe Bridge, Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop, for both print and web usage.
Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Customize Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop digital work spaces to allow for efficient workflow.
  2. Create an organized image filing system using Lightroom and Adobe Bridge meta data and keywords.
  3. Create simple and complex selections using Raw processing and core asset management tools offered through Photoshop.
  4. Layer functions, selections, adjustments, retouching, masks, filters, effects, and blend modes to manipulate images.
  5. Navigate Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop tools to create simple actions, smart objects, and grey conversion techniques.
  6. Distinguish file types and file sizes, relevant to their colour management, based on print and web standards.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 In-Class Assignments (2 x 10%)20.0%
 Home Assignments (4 x 15%)60.0%
 Final Project - In-Class20.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL The following protocol applies to every course offered by Continuing and Professional Studies. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the instructor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified date and time. Missed tests, in-class/online activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding Sundays and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. An extension or make-up opportunity may be approved by the instructor at his or her discretion.

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
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam
    Notes:  PLAR eligible via a Challenge Exam

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
RequiredTextbookAdobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, Martin Evening, Routledge, 2018, ISBN 9781138086760, 2018
OptionalTextbookLightroom Transformations: Realizing Your Vision With Adobe Lightroom Plus Photoshop, Martin Evening, New Riders, 1st, ISBN 9780134398280, 2016

Applicable student group(s): Continuing and Professional Studies students in the Digital Photography program
Course Details:

Module 1 – Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

  • The Photoshop CC workspace
  • Navigating panels
  • Working with the panel dock
  • Working with panels and panel groups
  • Navigating and working with the tools panel
  • Tool bar and customization

Module 2- Introduction to Adobe Lightroom

  • The Lightroom CC workspace (Library and Develop Panels)
  • Lightroom Pre-sets (Processing)
  • Export Pre-sets (Saving and exporting)
  • Processing tools
  • Comparison between Lightroom and Adobe Bridge as asset management tools

Module 3 – Asset Management & Introduction to RAW processing

  • Fundamentals of image asset management
  • Photoshop – ACR
  • Lightroom RAW processing
  • File formats
  • Bit depth and colour space

Home Assignment – RAW processing (15%)

Due Module 4 – Must be uploaded to SLATE prior to beginning of class

Module 4 – Creating Selections

  • Tool bar and option bar
  • Saving Selections

In-Class assignment – RAW process and selections in Photoshop (10%) Uploaded to SLATE before end of class

Module 5 – Image Adjustments and Layers

  • Tonal and Colour corrections in Photoshop
  • Adjustment layers and colours
  • Tonality and histograms
  • Using levels and curves
  • Adjusting hue, saturation and luminosity
  • Luminosity masks

Home Assignment – Masking and selective adjustments using multiple layers (15%)

Due Module 6 - Must be uploaded to SLATE prior to beginning of class

Module 6 - Retouching and Repairing

  • Brushes
  • Clone and Heal
  • Content Aware fill
  • Sharpening

In-Class assignment (10%) Uploaded to SLATE before end of class

Home Assignment (15%) Due Module 7 - Must be uploaded to SLATE prior to beginning of class

Module 7 – Colour Management and Retouching Techniques

  • Understanding Colour profiles
  • Optimizing images for web
  • Skin retouching
  • Product retouching
  • Image compositing

Module 8 – Smart Objects

  • Smart object from RAW process
  • Smart filters
  • Creating simple actions
  • External Plug-ins for Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop

Home Assignment (15%) Due Module 9 - Must be uploaded to SLATE prior to beginning of class

Module 9 – Grey Scale Conversion Techniques

  • Simple grey scale conversion
  • BW adjustment layer
  • Hue saturation
  • Channel Separation
  • Gradient Map
  • Calculations
  • Silver Effex Pro 

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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