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Adobe Photoshop for Non-Majors

  • Spring 2019
  • Section All
  • 2 Credits
  • 01/07/2019 to 05/06/2019
  • Modified 12/18/2018


This course is designed to give non-majors an introduction to the Adobe Photoshop software. Students will learn file formats and saving files properly, scanning, color correction and adjustment, compositing, and image manipulation of print and digital images for web use and printed output. (F,Sp,Su)


Prerequisite: None
Recommended: Computer experience

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Total Hrs


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the various Photoshop tools by their respective icons, and identify what each tool does
  2. Identify the different palettes
  3. Choose the specified file format for the desired output, and save work  as specified
  4. Explain the difference between screen and print resolutions
  5. Choose the specified scanning resolution and produce a digital scan for the desired output
  6. Locate, identify, and record the image mode, file size, resolution and pixel dimensions of a digital image file
  7. Determine what type of file to create based on the purpose of the image
  8. Select and use the retouching tools and techniques to eliminate image flaws
  9. Adjust the tone, hue and saturation of an image to improve its overall visual quality
  10. Utilize selection and masking tools to create a finished composite image from multiple original images
  11. Print finished images



Student Electronic Access to Grades

Desire2Learn (D2L) is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day. 

If your instructor is using an electronic gradebook system other than D2L, instructions on accessing that system will be provided below.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Assignments 10-20%
Participation 10-25%
Final Exam 10-20%
Projects 25-50%
Quizzes 10-20%


The grading scale used in this course is as follows:

Pass/Fail Option
P ---- Credit
Z ---- No Credit

Course Policies

Class Attendance/Participation


Extra Credit

Extra credit may be available in this course. This information is provided by the section instructor.

Electronic Gradebook

Institutional Policies

Transfer Potential

For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer website.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and the MACRAO Transfer Agreement simplify the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. MACRAO will be replaced by the MTA which is effective for students entering Fall 2014 or later. Students who started prior to Fall 2014 will be able to complete the MACRAO Transfer Agreement through Summer 2019, or they may complete the MTA requirements. For the most current information, see the LCC MTA website or  MACRAO webpage.

For additional transfer information contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Center for Student Access, Gannon Building, Star Zone - Campus Resources, via the Center for Student Access website, or by calling (517) 483-1924 [TTY (517) 483-1207] as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

LCC supports a positive educational environment that will benefit student success. In order to ensure this vision, the College has established the LCC Student Code of Conduct and the Student General Rules and Guidelines to ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community, as well as to support the efficient operation of College programs. In addition, the College has established guidelines for the redress of grievances by individuals accused in such proceedings.                 

It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with, and abide by, the Student Code of Conduct, as well as the General Rules and Guidelines. Furthermore, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom environment. Violations of the Student Code may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Enrollment Verification

Class attendance and participation are essential to student success. Instructors will update class rosters by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer to accurately reflect student enrollment in each course. Students who have not attended by these dates may be administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges.

Academic Success Coaches

At Lansing Community College, student success is our top priority.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  LCC faculty or staff may refer you to an Academic Success Coach if they recognize that mentoring or assistance may be helpful to you. Please monitor your LCC email for referral notifications.  Your participation in academic success coaching is voluntary.

In addition, we encourage you to contact an Academic Success Coach on your own if you need help, guidance or assistance to reach your goals.  To contact an Academic Success Coach, call (517) 483-1422 or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Additional Items

Course Practices

Use of computer resources is a privilege extended by Lansing Community College to students and employees, as a tool to enhance the educational process and promote the basic mission of the college. Anyone who uses this for illegal activities or to contravene the basic mission of the college may have their privileges revoked and may be subject to prosecution.

Only authorized users may use the lab, its equipment and materials. "Authorized" means the user's name is on the current Users List provided by the Program Coordinator to lab personnel. No exceptions will be made to this rule. (Staff with special needs should contact the Computer Graphics Program Coordinator.)

All authorized users must present a current LCC ID card (driver's licenses, etc. are NOT acceptable substitutes) to lab personnel before entering the lab.

Users will follow the directions of the lab staff, in accordance with the current lab policies. These policies may change and such changes will be posted on the door of the lab.

Users are limited to one hour of computer use when others are waiting. Use of scanners maybe limited to as little as fifteen minutes. Users may not change workstations during a lab session without specific permission to do so from the lab staff.  If you discover a problem with the hardware or software, please report it to the lab aide or your instructor at once. Use of more than one station is strictly prohibited.

Resource materials are for in-lab use only and may not be removed from the labs at any time.

Users may not alter any files or directories on the hard disks, must store their personal files to their own disks, and must observe all software licensing agreements. Copying of software is illegal and those who steal software will be prosecuted.

Users may not use software applications other than those provided by the LCC Art, Design and Multimedia Program. Aside from the danger of viruses, most software packages alter the system, install hidden files and fonts, and change various settings when used. Thus, any software that is to be used, even from  personal floppies, must be approved by the lab technician well in advance of the use.

Users may not plug or unplug anything from the computers or peripherals, including headphones, mouse, etc. Some computer ports are very sensitive to static, and even bumping cable could cause problems. (Special sound stations have been set up for those who need to edit sound--ask lab aide.)

Users may not play music CDs on college computers. CDs severely impede the performance of the computer, and since users may not plug or unplug headphones from the back of the computer, the sound may disturb other users.

Users will be held responsible for any damage to lab equipment. Damage or loss of pens will result in the user being billed for the cost of said pen ($90.00).

How we run things: the Open Computer Graphics Labs Policies

Before you enter the lab:

  • Check in at GB 113, and give your validated LCC ID to the lab aide. At some times the staff may be in one of the labs solving a problem. Ring the bell, or seek the staff in one of the other rooms, 108, 110, 112, 114, or 116. The staff will keep your ID until you check out.
  • The lab aide will check to see if you are on the list. You must sign a rules sheet upon entering the lab for the first time each semester.
  • The lab aide will assign you a seat and give you a card with the number of the station on it. That card is your proof you are in the lab legitimately. Stick it to the velcro square at the upper left corner of your monitor, where all can see it. 
    To check out a manual, or other resource material, fill out a check out slip.  These materials may not leave the lab at any time.
  • THE LAB AIDES ARE NOT YOUR PERSONAL TUTORS. They may answer general questions, but they are there to look after the lab, not the users.

When the lab is crowded:
No one will be forced to give up a computer who has not used it for at least an hour.

The user who signed in earliest will be the first asked to leave.
Anyone who leaves a computer for more than ten minutes may be considered finished, and the station may be assigned to the next user. Lab aides are the final arbiter of how lab time will be distributed fairly.

Use of Printers:
Use of printers is limited to ONLY classwork for Art, Design and Multimedia classes which meet in the lab! Special projects may be okayed by your instructor, or the CG program coordinator. You MUST print a proof to a black and white printer and check it carefully before printing to a color printer. Color printers are for final copy ONLY--one color print per project, ever. If there is a problem, you must get permission to print again from your instructor or from the Lab Technicians.

Users may not use papers brought in from outside the lab, except in special cases approved by the  Lab Technician.  If you discover a problem with any hardware or software, please report it to the lab aide or your instructor AT ONCE.