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Adobe Photoshop

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  • 3 Credits
  • 06/16/2020 to 01/01/2075
  • Modified 07/24/2023


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)


Prerequisite Course: Minimum 2.5 in ARTS 102 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 Learning Commons Computer Lab located in the TLC Building.

Contact Hours







Total Hrs


Student Learning Outcomes

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

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


Tools, Equipment or Apparel (Required of the Student)

One 1GB USB portable digital storage or cloud storage for digital images.


Student Electronic Access to Grades

Students will have access to their grades through D2L in order to receive feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus.

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
Final Exam 10%

Competency Assessment: Your last assignment is a Photoshop Re-Creation that will assess your skills and knowledge of Photoshop techniques learned throughout the semester.

Projects 75-80%
Quizzes 10-15%


College Standard Numeric Grade

Narrative Equivalent

Guideline for Performance Achievement of Objectives



91% to 100%



86% to 90%



81% to 85%



76% to 80%



71% to 75%



66% to 70%



60% to 65%


Failed - Finished

0% to 59%


Failed - Unfinished

0% to 59%

Course Policies


Extra Credit

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


Class Attendance/Participation

Institutional Policies


For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer Center webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students to search how 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.

Students interested in transfer should contact the Transfer Center in the Gannon Building, Room 2204, or call (517) 483-9700.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class should contact the Center for Student Access (CSA). They are located in the Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support.  You can also access the Center for Student Access website, or call (517) 483-1924.  Contacting the Center early helps ensure that accommodations for you are put in place as soon as possible.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that supports 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.  The College has established procedures for reporting and addressing alleged violations.                 

Students must follow the Student Code of Conduct and the General Rules and Guidelines. Also, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Enrollment Verification

Instructors will verify participation in a course 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. Students who have not participated will be dropped from the course and may be responsible for any non-refundable fees.

Academic Success Coaches (ASC)

Student success is our first goal. Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals. Faculty or staff may submit an Academic Alert to refer you to an ASC for the resources needed to be successful in class. Please watch your LCC email for a referral.

We also suggest you contact an ASC on your own if you need help or advice to reach your goals.  

To contact an ASC, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coach Team website for more information.

Nondiscrimination Statement

LCC provides equal opportunity for all persons and prohibits discriminatory practices based on 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 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; Human Resource Manager/Employee Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1879; Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-9632.

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.  Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

College Catalog

For information, rules, and procedures on matters such as the Academic Calendar, Appeals, Extra Credit, Incompletes, Withdrawals, etc., please review the College Catalog, and contact your Academic Advisor or Academic Success Coach with any questions.

Emergency Notifications and the Rave Guardian App

The College uses an emergency notification system to provide information on urgent situations such as power outages, weather emergencies, and other incidents related to the safety and security of those on campus.  Therefore, it is important that we have the correct contact information on file. To review and update your contact information for those alerts, go to myLCC, School tab, Student eToolbox, and click on “Emergency Notification System”.  You will be directed to your RAVE alert personal dashboard, where you can review, update, confirm, and test the phone numbers and email addresses on file.  Students with a mobile/cell number on file will receive text alerts. If you made updates to your contact information, please also go to the Banner Self Service Personal Information tab to update your contact information in Banner.  You may also want to download the Rave Guardian app which has features to enhance your safety on and off campus.  For more information, see the Police Department website.

Academic Advising

Academic Advisors help students identify and update programs based on career goals, and assist in building semester course MAPs (degree plans). They are available to discuss transfer options and ensure students are meeting the requirements for graduation. It is highly recommended to schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor before registration each semester. To schedule an appointment online, visit our Academic Advising webpage. Be sure to also check out the Preparing for Your Appointment page.

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. (Individuals in need of accommodations should contact the Computer Graphics Program Coordinator.)

All authorized users must present a current LCC ID card (StarCard) (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 and Design 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 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 1308, 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, 1304, 1302, 1272, 1269, or 1268. 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 and Design 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.