Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Define common terms and concepts related to Adobe Photoshop,
including but not limited to: raster, vector, flatness, path, mask,
pixel, color depth, and color space.
2. Analyze a set of system specifications and figure out if Photoshop,
and associated plug-ins, could be successfully installed.
3. Design and create an effect, using the Actions palette and Automate
4. Determine an appropriate application for each of the following
color models and modes; bitmap, grayscale, duotone, RGB, CMYK, Lab,
indexed color, multichannel, 8-bit color, and 16-bit color.
5. Apply resolution concepts to recommend appropriate scanning
resolution for typical production situations.
6. Compare and contrast the characteristics, functions, and
appropriate use of selection tools and commands, including
selection by color, by area, and by paths.
7. Experiment with Photoshop's painting and editing tools and compare
their characteristics, functions, limitations. Include an
appropriate use for each tool.
8. Compare and contrast the characteristics, functions, limitations,
and appropriate use of layers, channels, and masks.
9. Determine the appropriate file format, save options, and procedures
to export a Photoshop file to a specific application to accomplish
a particular task. File formats to be addressed are: Photoshop
native (PSD), Tagged Image File Format (TIFF), Encapsulated PostScript
(EPS), Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), Portable Network
Graphics (PNG), Portable Document Format (PDF), Picture File Format
(PICT), and Graphic Interchange Format (GIF).
10. Experiment with Photoshop's vector and type creation and editing
tools. Compare their characteristics, functions, and limitations.
Include an appropriate use for each tool.
11. Evaluate a graphic and describe the steps to prepare the image for
printing with color separations and comparables.
12. Generate an image for Web or other on-screen publication,
considering both image quality and file size.
13. Distinguish between the steps to calibrate a monitor on the
Macintosh platform and the Windows platform, including using the
Adobe Gamma utility.
1. General information
a. Platform and system requirements
b. Cache levels, virtual memory, scratch disks, plug-ins
c. Installing and running Photoshop
d. Common graphics terms and concepts
2. Photoshop work area
a. Common keyboard shortcuts
b. Menus and commands
c. Image Size and Canvas Size commands
d. Rules, guides, and the Measure tool
3. Actions and automation
a. Create, record, play, and edit actions
b. Non-recordable commands
c. Action sets and batch process
d. Automate commands
4. Importing and adjusting images
a. Resolution concepts
b. Appropriate scanning resolution for typical production situations
c. Image Size, Import, Place, and File Info Commands
5. Making selections
a. Area selection tools
b. Color/tone selection tools and commands
c. Selection data and pixel data
d. Use the Grow, Similar, Expand, Contract, Smooth, Reselect, and
e. Paths palette and the pen tools
f. Convert paths to selections and vice versa
g. Clipping paths
6. Painting and editing
a. Painting tools
b. Brushes palette
c. Foreground and Background colors
d. Type tools
7. Using layers
a. Layers and layer options
b. Layer masks, clipping groups, adjustment layers, and layer effects
c. Painting and blending modes
8. Using Quick Mask mode and alpha channels
9. Color and color correction
a. Image adjustment commands
b. Color models and modes
10. File format/import/export procedures
11. Preparing files for production
a. Separations and comps
b. Monotones, duotones, tritones, and quadtones
c. Preparation of an image for Web publication
12. Color calibration and setup
a. Calibration on the Macintosh and Windows platforms
b. Color management