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Adobe Photoshop

  • Spring 2021
  • Section 50112
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/11/2021 to 05/10/2021
  • Modified 01/06/2021


This course provides an introduction to computer manipulation of digital images using Adobe Photoshop through projects, learning activities, assessments and exploration of resources. (F,Sp,Su)


Prerequisite Course: Minimum 2.5 in (ARTS 102 or PHOT 118) or concurrently
Placement Scores: Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 6

Course Note: Adobe Photoshop CC software is used. Online students are required to have semester-long access to Adobe Photoshop CC to complete their assignments. Students have access to these in the LCC TLC 100 Computer Lab.

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Total Hrs


Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and its working environment.
  2. Understand primary document set up and saving techniques in Adobe Photoshop including image types, image modes, file size and resolution.
  3. Apply selection techniques in Adobe Photoshop using selection tools.
  4. Solve page layout challenges by using layers to organize your images.
  5. Utilize type tools in Adobe Photoshop to apply typography to page layouts.
  6. Apply blending modes and filter effects in Adobe Photoshop.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of color management and correction techniques in Adobe Photoshop.
  8. Apply Adobe Photoshop image adjustment and retouching tools.
  9. Create web graphics and digital assets while understanding the basics of web design in Adobe Photoshop.
  10. Evaluate image layouts in Photoshop while identifying proper techniques and usage of Adobe Photoshop tools and capabilities.
  11. Develop a portfolio while working in Adobe Photoshop on a variety of projects.
  12. Demonstrate an overall understanding of Adobe Photoshop by completing a comprehensive assessment project at the end of the course.


Tools, Equipment or Apparel (Required of the Student)

Will need access to Adobe Photoshop CC software and Mac or PC computer

Adobe Photoshop CC 2020: The Professional Portfolio Series

  • Author: Against the Clock
  • Publisher: Against the Clock
  • Edition: 2020
  • ISBN: 978-1-946396-34-1
  • Availability:
  • Price: $59.99 (See Discount Code in Notes Below)


• Use the Discount Code LCCDB2019 when ordering the printed books from to receive a special 15% LCC student discount. Students may also purchase the Ebook as an option to the printed version. The Ebook cost $44.99 and is also available from There is no discount code for the Ebook however.


• You may also purchase and use the 2021 edition.


Student Electronic Access to Grades

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.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Intro to Course Quiz 2% Intro to Course Quiz

Your first graded component is the Intro to Course quiz which is worth 20 points total and tests your knowledge of how the course works and helps familiarize you with all the course requirements.


Book Projects 64% Book Projects

There are 8 total book projects. They are step by step projects and are grades as either Pass or Fail. You mush complete each project to a minimum 95% accuracy to receive a Pass grade. Each book project is worth 80 points.


Book Project Quizzes 16% Book Project Quizzes

There are a total of 8 Book Project Quizzes. Each should be taken after completing the associated book project. Each quiz has 20 questions and is worth 20 points.


Final Project 10% Portfolio Projects

You are required to complete a final projects worth 100 points. This should be completed after you complete the Book Projects and Book Quizzes. You will be provided with several final project options and must chose one to complete. Unlike the book projects that focus more on technical skill, all the final project options allow you to explore your creative freedom while showcasing what you learned in Photoshop during the course.


Competency Assessment 8% Photoshop Re-creation

Your last assignment is a Photoshop Re-Creation challenge that will only be available the last two weeks of the semester. It is worth 80 points and will assess your skills and knowledge of Photoshop techniques learned throughout the semester.




College Standard




College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Class Attendance/Participation

Because the entire course material is online, you are not required to attend class and are not graded on attendance or participation. Use your own judgement on attending as needed to utilize the instructor as a resource. Note that the instructor does take attendance per LCC policy but it is not used as a grading criteria.


Extra Credit

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

Institutional Policies

Transfer Potential

For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students the ability to search courses and discover how those courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education 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 - Center for Student Support, via the Center for Student Access website, or by calling (517) 483-5323 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 learning environment that provides opportunities for student success. The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that encourages honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community, as well as aid in the efficient operation of College programs. In addition, the College has established procedures for addressing reports of alleged violations.                 

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 of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines 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, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Sarah Velez, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1874; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.

Compliance with COVID-19 Safety Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping the LCC community safe.  Everyone entering campus is required to adhere to the safety measures as outlined on the Spring Refresh 2021 webpage. Reports of noncompliance will be submitted to the Student Compliance Office for appropriate action.  Students with questions or concerns should email [email protected].

Media Release Statement

Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be taken for College-related business, in connection with their enrollment or participation in LCC activities without compensation from LCC, its Trustees, officers, directors, employees, students and agents of each of them, and photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

Additional Items


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 may be 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.