MCW750 - Photoshop Level I

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Last review date 2018-11-07 14:43:17.569

Subject Title
Photoshop Level I

Subject Description
Photoshop is the industry-leading standard in image-editing software. It allows users to create and manipulate images with a freedom that is only bound by the imagination. Learn to develop workflow techniques that will maximize your creative potential, create powerful images for the web, a brochure, or just to share with your friends and family.

Credit Status
Participating students who attend at least 70% of the scheduled class(es) receive a document confirming he/she attended this workshop.

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

1. Use the Photoshop Toolset.
2. Navigate within the Photoshop workspace and menus.
3. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of working with a variety of image formats.
4. Modify image modes.
5. Use Photoshop for image manipulation and correction.
6. Use filters.
7. Optimize images for the web.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

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 Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

MCT100 or equivalent experience. 

Topic Outline
Introduction to the Photoshop Workspace

  • Customizing workspace
  • Viewing and Hiding Palettes
  • Menus
  • Creating a new image canvas
  • Copy and Pasting Images
  • Modifying Image and canvas size
  • Switching image modes

Acquiring New Images
  • Legal issues surrounding copyrighted images
  • Online resources for rights managed and royalty free images

  • Selection Tools
  • Move Tool
  • Magic Wand
  • Crop
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint Bucket
  • Eraser
  • Text
  • Eye Dropper
  • Modifying default tool options

Layers Palette
  • Working with multiple layers

Changing the stacking order of layers
  • Introduction to layer effects
  • Linking and Grouping layers
  • Changing the Photoshop Colour Palette

Image Manipulation
  • Brightness Contrast
  • Hue Saturation
  • Variations

Photo Retouching
  • Removing Blemishes using the Healing Brush
  • Changing Eye Colour
  • Adding colour to enhance facial features
  • Removing cracks and tears
  • Special Effects

  • Gaussian Blur
  • Motion Blur
  • Extract Filter
  • Sharpen
  • Liquify

Optimizing Images for the Web
  • Saving for Web display

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, lecture and question and answer period. 

Prescribed Texts
The following textbook will be provided:
Visual Quickstart Guide - Photoshop CC
(Pearson Education)

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 ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
There is no formal testing or process to evaluate the students understanding. It is up to the student to evaluate his/her own progress. Students must attend 70% of the class(es) to receive a document confirming he/she attended this workshop.

Approved by: Denis Gravelle