DGD102 - Photoshop

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-09-24 01:05:17.991
Last review date 2018-11-07 14:36:33.166

Subject Title

Subject Description
This hands-on subject begins with the core features of photo manipulation and continues with advanced functions that focus on measurable improvements in productivity and speed. Topics include using layers to build composite images, adjusting tonality, retouching images, using filters, feathering photos, masking, colour range selection, professional retouching skills, systematic image analysis, filter technology, advanced composite images and colour models.

Credit Status
I full credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

•   Understand the role Photoshop plays in modern print, web design and photography
•   Creating an efficient workflow pipeline for design projects
•   Understanding Photoshop’s core toolset
•   Grasp beginner and advanced photo retouching and compositing techniques
•   Using Photoshop for prototyping
•   Working non destructively
•   Understanding complex selections and layer techniques
•   Use advanced automation techniques to increase productivity
•   Organizing design assets for flexible workflow
•   Common vocabulary used by Photoshop designers
•   How Photoshop integrates into the full design software stack

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  •      Photoshop User Interface
  •      General workflow techniques
  •      Understanding graphic types and file formats
  •      Understanding Colour Modes
  •      Resolution
  •      Resizing
  •      Effective use of Selection Tools
  •      Understanding the role of brush based tools
  •      Introduction to 3D Objects
  •      Smart Objects
  •      Task Automation
  •      Typography
  •      Resizing and cropping
  •      Image Composition
  •      Portrait Retouching
  •      Compositing
  •      Designing document components for print
  •      Layers
  •      Blend Modes
  •      Understanding the Histogram and Curves
  •      Illustration and Colourizing images (Optional)

Mode of Instruction
Classroom instruction and extensive hands-on experience will be provided with each participant having exclusive use of a computer. Additional modes of instruction will include class discussion and question and answer period.  

Prescribed Texts

Required Supplies
USB Flash Drive

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

In Class Project 1  25%
In Class Project 2  35%
Research Assignment  40%
Total  100%

Approved by: Robin Richardson