CAWT-074 - Introduction to Photoshop - Alan Strozer


Course: Introduction to Photoshop
Professor: Alan Strozer

Format: Hybrid
Length: 8 Weeks
Textbook: None required


Introduction and Course Description Photoshop

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.

This 1.5-unit 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, rather it focuses on the basic functionality of Photoshop --  its interface and tools. Familiarity with a PC and the Windows operating system is assumed.

This is a hybrid course requiring two and a half hours of lecture in the classroom per week, every Tuesday, and three hours of lab outside of class, either on campus, at home, or at some other venue. Classroom attendance is mandatory. It is not necessary or required for students to purchase a copy of Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop is freely accessible to all students on campus in the TLC and in the ASG lab in the Student Center (across from the cafeteria). Of course, students may elect to purchase an Adobe subscription to Photoshop. (Currently, it is not possible to purchase a physical copy of Photoshop. Adobe offers Photoshop using an annual fee-based subscription model.)

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


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. 

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

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.


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.

Textbook Information Photoshop image

There is no required textbook for this class. The Adobe subscription-based business model has made textbooks virtually obsolete because publishers cannot keep up with the automatic updates that are frequently pushed out to Adobe subscribers. Adobe Photoshop is an application that is currently in flux, so any book that students purchase may not perfectly match every feature or aspect of the interface in the very latest version of Photoshop. If students prefer to use a textbook, they may borrow or purchase any recent Photoshop book that appeals to them. In addition to lectures, this class will be heavily supplemented with instructional videos.

Free access to the entire video library is also available to all residents of California through various county libraries and other public agencies. California residents may obtain a Los Angeles County (not City) library card and PIN number with which they can register at

Los Angeles County Library URL: 

Once at the Los Angeles County Library website, click on the Online Learning link in the navigation bar at mid-page or click the Digital Library link at the top of the Locate the logo or a link to, and read the information directing you to enter your library card information.

Other Relevant Course Information


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 account. If you send your e-mail messages directly through Canvas, they will be routed to the correct account.

Additional Resources


The course can be accessed via Canvas at on the first day of the course. Follow the login instructions at the bottom of the screen to log in. Here, you can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. For any Canvas related issues please call the Canvas Student Support line at (661)362-3344 during college business hours, or (877)889-9052 for 24/7 support.

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 tutoring resource to COC students including:

  • Face-to-face & ONLINE tutoring
  • Testing Center: offers test proctoring services for courses that have required proctored exams
  • Study Jam Review Sessions
  • Computers with over 300 software programs For more information visit the TLC Website.

Disabled Students Program & Services (DSPS)

College of the Canyons DSPS 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 Disabled Students Program & Services 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

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress – it could save someone’s life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text “Courage” to 741741. It’s free, available 24/7, and confidential.



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 hybrid course a worthwhile experience and look forward to meeting you online.

Alan Strozer, Professor

Computer Applications & Web Technologies

College of the Canyons