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CAWT-074 - Introduction to Photoshop - Alan Strozer

Course:Introduction to Photoshop
Professor:Alan Strozer
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week
  • 8 Week


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We are happy to bring you this short-term course in Photoshop, making basic graphic manipulation accessible to all, including those without prior imaging editing experience or web technology training. 

CAWT 074 is a non-technical class that can be successfully completed by anyone with a desire to edit images, retouch photos, or create original artwork.

I am Alan Strozer, your instructor and Professor of Information Technology in the CAWT Department at College of the Canyons where I have been teaching computer technology courses for the past 25 years. I will be your online facilitator and look forward to getting to know you throughout the semester.

Adobe Photoshop is the current de facto standard image editing software used in industry. It is used extensively by many companies and organizations that have a need for employees with graphic manipulation or creation skills.

Course Description

This 1.5-unit course introduces basic digital image editing using Adobe Photoshop CC, including layers, selections, masks, image retouching, color correction, paint tools, text tools, and special effects, with application to commercial or personal projects.Photoshop CompositeThis is NOT an art, design, or digital photography course; rather it focuses on the basic functionality of Photoshop -- its interface, tools, and workspaces. If you prefer a course that focuses on expression of your artistic creativity, please check offerings in the GMD and Photography Departments. Familiarity with a PC or a Mac and the computer’s operating system is assumed.

This is a fully-online course, requiring no campus attendance, and is offered in two online formats: 1) an 8-week normal-paced version,  entailing one assignment per week, for the most part, and 2) an accelerated 5-week version, usually entailing two assignments per week. Details about obtaining a highly discounted Adobe CC license will be provided during the first week of class.

Currently, it is not possible to purchase a physical copy of Photoshop. Adobe offers Photoshop using an annual, fee-based subscription model only. Photoshop mobile, Photoshop Express, Photoshop Elements, Photopea, Pixlr, or other similar applications are not sufficient for this class. This is a course exploring the application itself, so access to Adobe Photoshop CC running on a desktop or laptop computer is mandatory (MacOS or Windows). 

What to Expect in this Course

SKILL REQUIREMENTS -- Prior to taking this course, students should have acquired the following skills:

  1. Proficiency with Microsoft Windows, Ver. 10 or higher, or MacOS (especially file management,  including the ability to create, edit, copy, move, delete, and rename files or directories, as well as the ability to upload files, download files, and navigate through directories).
  2. Proficiency with the Internet and browsers (especially Google Chrome)
  3. Proficiency with e-mail, including the ability to send and receive attachments.
  4. Proficiency with the creation and extraction of zip archives (.zip files)


  1. Students must have access to or own a subscription to the latest version of Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud 2023. Substantially discounted pricing for enrolled students is available through the Foundation for California Community Colleges.
    •  NOTE: Photoshop Elements, older versions of Photoshop, such as the CS series, or mobile versions intended to run on phones and tablets, or image editors other than Photoshop CC, are not sufficient to successfully complete this course.
  2. Windows 10 (or higher) or MacOS operating system able to run the latest version of Photoshop CC 2023.
  3. Reliable access to broadband Internet.
  4. Browser software, preferably Google Chrome.
  5. Zoom teleconferencing software
  6. Adobe Reader, latest version (free download at
  7. A media player that is compatible with mpg4, mov, wmv, and swf formats (free VLC media player is recommended:


Minimum Photoshop CC system requirements for Windows or MacOS platforms:

  1. Please refer to the Adobe website at

Other hardware requirements:

  1. A laptop or desktop computer. Mobile devices, including phones or tablets are not sufficient for this class.
  2. A microphone and headset for Zoom sessions


Types of Assessments

Hands-on projects, final project, graded discussion, possibly some short quizzes in Canvas.

Textbook Information

There is no required textbook for this class. Students may purchase or borrow any current Photoshop book that appeals to them, if a book is desired.

A free Linkedin Learning (formerly video library subscription is required.

The Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) will provide all students enrolled in this class with free access to the Linkedin Learning video library (formerly Information regarding how to access your free Linkedin Learning account will be provided in the course Syllabus and in Canvas. To supplement this course and In lieu of a costly textbook, students will be required to access a specific course in the Linkedin Learning video library and to study assigned videos. Free Linkedin Learning subscriptions are dependent upon continued FCCC funding, which is not guaranteed indefinitely. In the case that funding should cease, students enrolled in this class may also qualify for a free Linkedin Learning subscription offered by a number of public library systems throughout the State of California or through other public state agencies throughout the country.


Los Angeles County Library URL

Los Angeles Public Library (City) URL

Other Relevant Course Information


CAWT 074 is required to obtain the following degrees and certificates offered at College of the Canyons:

A.S. Degree in Web Development 

A.S. Degree in Web Publishing & Design 

Certificate of Achievement in Web Development 

Certificate of Achievement in Web Publishing & Design 

Certificate of Specialization in Web Development

A.A. degrees in Animation, Computer Animation, and Animation Production

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)


Differentiate the features of Photoshop's tools and assess their application to the integration of various techniques.


Create a portfolio of original complex digital images.

Canvas Accounts

The course employs Canvas, the learning management system currently used at College of the Canyons. Student Canvas accounts are created automatically once course fees are paid. Access to Canvas from home will require access to broadband Internet.

During the first week of class, it is important that all students log into Canvas to update their Profile, if necessary, and to change their password. Students who have already used Canvas in previous semesters should still have an active password, which they can continue to use. Make sure that the e-mail address recorded in Canvas is your correct MyCanyons e-mail account.

Students must log into Canvas daily and are responsible for reading all content posted in Canvas. Please do not share passwords with others. The integrity of your Canvas account is your responsibility.


All students must use their e-mail account created for them by the College. In order to authenticate student identities and comply with FERPA regulations, instructors have been asked by the College to respond only to student e-mail originating from a account. The account is integrated with Microsoft’s Windows Live, which includes a free 7GB One Drive account for cloud data storage. All students must make sure that they have activated their e-mail account. To activate your account, log into MyCanyons (WebAdvisor) on the college web site and follow the appropriate links related to student e-mail.

Please always insert your course number (074) in the Subject header of your e-mails and identify yourself at the end of your e-mail messages with your full name.

For class-related issues, all e-mail correspondence to me should be sent to the e-mail address posted in Canvas ( and NOT to my general COC (.edu) account. If you send your e-mail messages directly through Canvas, they will be routed to the correct account.


If you have further questions regarding the course or need to contact me, please e-mail me at and insert the course number (074) in the Subject header of your e-mail.

I hope that you find this online course a worthwhile experience and look forward to meeting you online.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 08/19/2023 Sub#: 787