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Course Syllabus: Adobe Photoshop CS4


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Course Description


Adobe Photoshop is a complex graphics and image editing software and paint program.  Chances are, you've heard of Photoshop frequently in the past even if this will be the very first time that you use the program.  Adobe's Photoshop program has become a mainstay with graphics designers, professional photographers, and even hobbyists to edit graphics as well as create and manipulate images.  It's fun to use, and it can turn the most amateur photographer to a professional with just a few clicks of the mouse.

 

If you've ever used any software program to edit graphics or images before, then the Photoshop interface may seem familiar to you and some things may be quite easy to learn.   The reason is because most image editing programs on the market today are based on the Photoshop program.  Everyone wants to copy it because it is simply that convenient and effective.  However, Photoshop is by far the most extensive program available and offers the most features and options. 

 

Over the duration of this course, you're going to learn how to use Photoshop CS4.   You'll learn the basics so that you can complete the most basic of tasks, but you'll also get the chance to delve into some advanced features.  Whether you're a graphics designer or photographer who wants to improve your Photoshop skills – or a hobbyist who enjoys editing and manipulating images – you'll learn everything about Photoshop that you need to know in the upcoming lessons.

 

(this course will focus on Adobe Photoshop CS4- but the majority of the features and tools discussed are present in other versions of Adobe Photoshop. )

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have the following:

-  Adobe Photoshop CS4  (recommended) *
- a high school reading level.


No books will be required.
 
*students interested can download the free trial version of Adobe Photoshop CS4 for this course.

Course Goals and Objectives

Course Goal:
 

-Learn how to use Photoshop CS4. 

-Learn the basics so that you can complete fundamental tasks

- and Learn how to make use of more advanced features that will make your Photographs pieces of art.
 

Course Objectives:

 

Lesson 1: INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS4

1. About Photoshop

2. Navigating Photoshop

3. Menus and panels

4. Opening new files

5. Opening existing files

 

Lesson 2: Getting Started with Photoshop
1. Exploring the Toolbox
2. The New CS4 Applications Bar & the Options Bar
3. Exploring Panels & Menus
4. Creating & Viewing a New Document
5. Customizing the Interface
6. Setting Preferences

 

Lesson 3: Working with Images
7. Zooming & Panning an Image
8. Working with Multiple Images, Rulers, Guides & Grids
9. Undoing Steps with History
10. Adjusting Color with the New Adjustments Panel
11. The New Masks Panel & Vibrance Color Correction Command
12. The New Note Tool & the Save for Web & Devices Interface
13. The New Auto-Blend & Auto-Align Layers Commands
14. The New 3D Commands

Lesson 4: RESIZING & CROPPING IMAGES
1. Understanding Pixels & Resolution
2. The Image Size Command
3. Interpolation Options
4. Resizing for Print & Web
5. Cropping & Straightening an Image
6. Adjusting Canvas Size & Canvas Rotation

Lesson 5: WORKING WITH BASIC SELECTIONS
1. Selecting with the Elliptical Marquee Tool
2. Using the Magic Wand & Free Transform Tool
3. Selecting with the Regular & Polygonal Lasso Tools
4. Combining Selections
5. Using the Magnetic Lasso Tool
6. Using the Quick Selection Tool & Refine Edge
7. Modifying Selections

Lesson 6: GETTING STARTED WITH LAYERS
1. Understanding the Background Layer
2. Creating, Selecting, Linking & Deleting Layers
3. Locking & Merging Layers
4. Copying Layers, Using Perspective & Layer Styles
5. Filling & Grouping Layers
6. Introduction to Blending Modes
7. Blending Modes, Opacity & Fill
8. Creating & Modifying Text

Lesson 7: PAINTING IN PHOTOSHOP
1. Using the Brush Tool
2. Working with Colors & Swatches
3. Creating & Using Gradients
4. Creating & Working with Brushes
5. Using the Pencil & Eraser Tools
6. Painting with Selections

Lesson 8: PHOTO RETOUCHING
1. The Red Eye Tool
2. The Clone Stamp Tool
3. The Patch Tool & the Healing Brush Tool
4. The Spot Healing Brush Tool
5. The Color Replacement Tool
6. The Toning & Focus Tools
7. Painting with History

Lesson 9: INTRODUCTION TO COLOR CORRECTION
1. Color Spaces & Color Modes
2. The Variations Command
3. The Auto Commands
4. Adjusting Levels
5. Adjust Curves, Non-Destructively, with Adjustment Layers

Lesson 10: USING QUICK MASK MODE
1. Quick Mask Options
2. Painting a Selection
3. Saving & Removing a Selection from the Background

Lesson 11: WORKING WITH THE PEN TOOL
1. Understanding Paths & the Pen Tool
2. Creating Straight & Curved Paths
3. Creating Combo Paths
4. Creating a Clipping Path

Lesson 12: CREATING SPECIAL EFFECTS
1. Getting Started with Photoshop Filters
2. Smart Filters
3. Creating Text Effects
4. Applying Gradients to Text

Lesson 13: EXPORTING YOUR WORK
1. Saving with Different File Formats
2. Saving for Web & Devices
3. Printing Options
4. Credits

 

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class. In order to fully benefit from this course, though, you do need access to Adobe Photoshop CS4.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review exam along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify and describe the major functions of Photoshop CS4.
  • Work and manipulate images,
  • Resize and Crop images.
  • Work with basic selections.
  • Create, edit, delete and manage Layers.
  • Paint.
  • Retouch photos.
  • Correct Colors.
  • Use Masks and the Quick Mask Mode.
  • Use the Pen Tool
  • Create Special Effects.
  • Export Your Work, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Lesson 1 Assignment1
Lesson 1 Exam9
Lesson 2 Assignment1
Lesson 2 Exam8
Lesson 3 Assignment:1
Lesson 3 Exam8
Lesson 4 Assignment1
Lesson 4 Exam8
Lesson 5 Assignment1
Lesson 5 Exam9
Lesson 6 Assignment1
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Assignment1
Lesson 7 Exam9
Lesson 8 Assignment1
Lesson 8 Exam9
Lesson 9 Assignment1
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Assignment1
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Assignment1
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12 Assignment1
Lesson 12 Exam10
Lesson 13 Assignment1
Lesson 13 Exam9
Final Exam117
Total Points:249
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