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CAWT 074 - Introduction to Photoshop - Sara Stuart

Course:Introduction to Photoshop
Professor:Sara Stuart
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


We are happy to bring you this short-term, accelerated 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.

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, compressed, five-week course introduces basic digital image editing using Photoshop, including layers, selections, masks, image retouching, color correction, paint tools, text tools, and special effects, with application to commercial or personal projects. This is NOT a course in digital photography or art, but rather it focuses on the basic functionality of Photoshop -- its interface and tools. Familiarity with a PC or a Mac and the computer’s operating system, especially file management, is assumed.

This is a fully-online course, requiring no campus attendance. It is important to realize, however, that this is a five-week, accelerated class, covering the same material and requiring the same amount of work as the eight-week version of the course. Consequently, this class moves at a fast pace and involves one-to-two assignments per week.

It may be required for students to purchase a Photoshop CC subscription in order to have regular access to the program, although COC is currently partnering with Adobe to provide students enrolled in certain courses with a free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Currently, it is not possible to purchase a physical copy of Photoshop. Adobe offers Photoshop using an annual fee-based subscription model only.

What to Expect in this Course

This course requires proficiency with your computer’s operating system, computer file management, the Internet, a browser (especially Firefox or Google Chrome), and the ability to send e-mail.

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

  1. Proficiency with Microsoft Windows, Ver. 10 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 2021.
    1.  NOTE: Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Mobile, similar image editing applications, and older versions of Photoshop, such as the CS series, are not sufficient to successfully complete this course.
  2. Windows 10 or MacOS operating system able to run the latest version of Photoshop CC 2021.
  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:

Please refer to the Adobe website at

Types of Assessments

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

Textbook Information

No textbook is required.
Subscription: A free video library subscription is required (See below)


Students are required to obtain a free Los Angeles County Library (LACL) or Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) card and PIN number with which they can access the video library at no charge. While public libraries are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, library cards and PINs can be obtained online at the library website (See URLs below) or by using curbside service. A subscription to the video library is a requirement of this course.

Free access to the entire video library is also available to COC students who are residents of counties outside of Los Angeles through various county and city libraries, as well as through other public agencies. Students residing outside of Los Angeles County who do not qualify for a digital library card, may obtain a physical library card using the LACL sidewalk service. The physical library card can be used to access through the LACL website, even for those who live outside of Los Angeles Country. Students living in states other than California, should explore similar offerings through their local public resources, such as libraries. In addition, those without access to public resources may purchase a video library subscription through, which has acquired

Los Angeles County Library (LACL) URL

Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) URL

Possible Free Photoshop Subscription

At the time of this writing and due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Adobe is offering a free, 90-day subscription to the entire Adobe CC suite to COC students enrolled in this course. Whether or not Adobe will continue this offer through the remainder of the year is unknown at this time, but will be announced at the beginning of the course.

If Adobe discontinues its free Photoshop CC access to COC students before or during the course, students will be required to purchase a Photoshop CC subscription in order to have regular access to the program. Current student pricing can be found at .

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

CAWT 074 can also be applied as elective credit for the degrees and certificates in Computer Applications and Administrative Assistant offered in the CAWT Department.

Course Information

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 also obtain access to the video library early in the first week of class.

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 ( 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: 03/17/2022 Sub#: 1010