COM 3400


(Software required: Adobe CC) (Hardware required: Mac computer with specs listed at An in-depth study of digital still photography and the capabilities of computers to manage, enhance, and manipulate images. Using Adobe Photoshop, the students will study and perform techniques previously possible only in the darkroom; plus, they will explore capabilities only available using computers. Besides covering the basic and advanced techniques, the course is intended to expand students’ understanding of digital imaging as a means of visual communication.


  1. Develop a controlled use of selected filters.
  2. Identify and specify different graphic file formats for print and web.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency with layers (naming, organizing sets, styles, adjustment layers).
  4. Create well-executed composite images, giving consideration to “nondestructive” editing.
  5. Demonstrate a mastery of the selection tools (Wand, Marquee, Lasso, Quick Selection).
  6. Illustrate how to optimize images for output to print and web.
  7. Apply editing techniques using retouching tools (Healing Brush, Clone tool, Patch tool) to use in composites.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency creating and editing masks (quick, channels, layers, clipping).
  9. Distinguish image resolution from resolution of input and output devices.
  10. Critique others’ use of imaging techniques and determine how the effective use of these techniques can enhance communication.
  11. Explain bit depth and image modes (bitmap, grayscale, RGB, and CMYK).
  12. Use type and type effects.
  13. Distinguish between vector and raster graphics.
  14. Use the Pen tool as a selection device.


  1. COM 2010
  2. COM 1020
  3. COM 1010


Adobe Photoshop CC classroom in a book

Publisher: Peachpit Press (2013)
Author: Adobe
ISBN: 978-0321928078
Price: (No information available)

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