Beginning Photoshop

Course Number: CAS 108
Transcript Title: Beginning Photoshop
Created: April 3, 2015
Updated: July 16, 2019
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 40
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


RD 90 or equivalent placement test scores


prerequisite/corequisite: CAS 101

Course Description

Introduces image editing features of Adobe Photoshop to create and modify computer based graphics. Introduces image layering techniques. Prerequisites: RD 90 or equivalent placement test scores. Recommended prerequisite/corequisite: CAS 101. Audit Available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use Adobe Photoshop to modify digital images.
  2. Identify the tools the program provides to edit digital images and the uses in the program environment.
  3. Use the specialized vocabulary associated with Photoshop.
  4. Use critical thinking skills to design and create digital images.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: Scored assignments or projects such as graphics produced using Photoshop, objective tests

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Photoshop terminology
  • Selection tools
  • Drawing and painting tools
  • Modify digital images using crop, color adjustments, and clone tools
  • Undoing actions in Photoshop
  • Introduction to layers
  • Composition and design of digital images including retouching, cropping, and adjusting¬†color