This course concentrates on the sophisticated capabilities of Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Adobe Bridge CS4 as illustration, design and photo-retouching tools. Students explore a wide range of selection and manipulation techniques that can be applied to photos, printed and computer graphics and video.

Prerequisite(s): The student needs to have basic keyboarding and computer experience, and an interest in graphic or media production.

Class Location: B0906 Multimedia Graphics Lab
Front Range Community College: Westminster Campus

Class Meets: Saturdays 1pm until 4:40pm

Instructor: Jay Shaffer • • 303 875-3958

Office Hours: Friday 12:00noon-1:00pm B0907

Class Website:

Required Text:  Adobe Photoshop CS4–Classroom in a Book by Adobe Press           
 ISBN-10: 032157379X   ISBN-13: 978-0321573797

Materials Needed:  A 2 GB. flash drive or portable hard drive for saving and transporting files. Note taking materials.

Important Dates: The final day you can drop this class with a refund is Feb. 03, 2010 and the final day you can drop this class without a grade penalty is Apr. 19, 2009 (no refund).
SPRINGL BREAK 2010 Mar. 22-28 No Classes 

Class Objective: The aim of this class is to have you understand the principles of design as it relates to image editing and creation. At the conclusion of the class you should have a good foundation on using Adobe Photoshop as an image editing and creation tool.
Everyone brings a different background and experience to the class and you are expected to help each other by sharing your knowledge with others. Social networking and class collaboration is encouraged. The material covered in this class might vary somewhat from the following schedule. It will be adjusted at times depending on conditions and where we are as a group in our collective experience.

Course requirements: Grading Rubric:

Class lab exercises will be graded on tool techniques.
Projects: You are required to present two projects.

1. A CD cover and disc design
Due at the beginning of Session #8 October 17

2. A Web Page Design
Due at the beginning of Session #14  December 5

Class time will be divided into approximately 1/3 lecture, 1/3 exercises and 1/3 lab time
Your grade will be based on these projects and your class participation in a variety of lab exercises in each session.

Project deadlines are absolute! Projects will not be accepted after the due date except in extremely extraordinary circumstances (Hospitalization, death in the family, eminent destruction of the planet... you get the idea.)
Special Exception for H1N1 Flu
Do not come to class if you are sick. Try to keep–up with the lessons in the book and turn-in late work at the first opportunity.

Group critiques are meant to be learning experiences for all students. Students must be willing to accept criticism as part of the creative process. It is
equally important to be able to give criticism in a positive and helpful manner. If there are special circumstances that need to be taken into consideration, please discuss that with me in private prior to any critique.

Semester Grade Rubric:
Class Attendance: 30%
General class participation and completion of class lab exercises: 20%
Assignment 1: 25%
Assignment 2: 25%

Grading Scale A=90-100   B= 80-89   C= 70-79    D= 60-69    F=under 60


Session 1- 1/23/10 - Syllabus and announcements • Macintosh Computer and MGD network orientation• What is PhotoShop?• Resources • Lesson 1: Work Area Introduction.

Session 2-  1/30/10 - Image Principles •  Lesson 2 Basic Photo Corrections • Assign Project 1 CD/DVD Cover

Session 3-  2/6/10 -  Basic Design Principles •  Lesson 6 Retouching and Repairing

Session 4- 2/13/10– Lesson 3 Selections

Session 5 – 2/20/10-  Lesson 4 Layers

Session 6 – 2/27/10-  Lesson 5 Mask & Channels

Session 7- 3/6/10– Lesson 7 Typography

Session 8 – 3/13/10- Project 1 due - Project 1 critique • Lesson 14 Outputting and color control• Assign Project 2 Web page design

Session 9 – 3/20/10- Vector Vs. Bitmap • Lesson 8 Vector Drawing Techniques • Lesson 8 Texture Creation • 

SPRING BREAK 2010 - 3/27/10

Session 10- 4/3/10– Lesson 9 Advanced Layering

Session 11- 4/10/10- Lesson10 Advanced Compositing

Session 12-  4/17/10- Lesson 11 Web design • Preparation for Web publishing

Session 13-  4/24/10- lesson 12 3-D • Special applications: 3-D texture maps, Video Titles

Session 14 - 5/1/10Project 2 Web page design due • Project 2 critique

Session 15 – 5/8/10- Jobs and careers in design • Portfolio creation • Copyrights and Creative Commons

Labs: The computers in these labs have all the software used in this course. Open Labs are a courtesy of MGD, not a student right nor are they paid for by student fees. Lab Schedules will be posted in the Hallway in front of Room B0807 and on The lab monitor is charge of the labs and has the right to eject any student from the labs. Please sign-in and out when using the lab. No food or drink in the labs. Be courteous to the lab monitor. Lab monitors are a work study position, if you are interested in being a lab monitor contact student services.

Class Policies:
Important concepts will be presented in each class to help you understand this complex subject. If for some reason you need to miss a class, it is important that you “catch-up” on your own. I suggest you team up with a couple of class members who will help you if you need to miss a class.

You are expected to use only the images deemed by the instructor as not being a copyright infraction.
No food or drink is allowed in the classroom. There will be at least a ten minute break per hour of class.
Cell phones must be silenced! Textimessaging during lecture time is discourteous to the class and the instructor. If I even think you are texting, it will hurt the class participation portion of your grade and I may ask you to leave the classroom for the remainder of the session.

Plagiarism: Although in this class, the use of other’s material is allowed and expected from time to time (royalty-free licensed images and Public domain images), there should be no plagiarism when producing final work or presenting one’s own ideas.  If you have a question, talk to me for clarification as to what is allowed for educational use in a Multimedia classroom or refer to the Front Range catalog where it states:

The Humanities Department strives for academic excellence and encourages all students to achieve their best. Moreover, the department promotes academic honesty and does not tolerate cheating or plagiarism. Cheating is defined as the practice of fraud or trickery, to violate rules dishonestly and to act deceivingly. Plagiarism is defined as presenting ideas or words of another as one’s own. As a college student it is your responsibility to fully understand the concepts of cheating and plagiarism. Instructors are always available to clarify for students the exact definition of cheating and plagiarism. Failure to understand these concepts does not excuse you from potential reprimand. According to Front Range Community College policy, consequences of cheating or plagiarism can result in an F on the assignment or exam, an F in the course, and/or dismissal from Front Range Community College.

In this class it means dismissal from the class and an automatic F.
Student Code of Conduct: Simply put, read it, abide by it.


Students with Special Needs:
Any student who requires accommodations because of a physical, learning, psychiatric, vision or hearing disability must contact the instructor and the Special Services office (303-404-5302) at the beginning of the semester. After the student has documented their disability with Special Services, please make an appointment with the instructor to discuss the accommodations.



NOTE: A list of private (those that are not free) tutors will gladly be provided to those who do not qualify for free tutoring services, or who wish to hire their own tutor.
How do you qualify for free tutoring?
  1. Meet the prerequisites for the course for which you are requesting assistance or have assessment scores indicating you should be in that class.
   2. Be attending class regularly, including logging on, participating, and submitting assignments for online courses.
   3. Be getting a C or below in the class for which you are requesting assistance.
   4. Have attempted other resources for help, i.e. Learning Development Center, Math Lab.
How do I Request a Tutor?
  1. Download, complete and sign the Referral for Tutoring form.
   2.  Ask your instructor to sign this form. A tutor cannot be assigned without the instructor's signature.
   3. Those on the Westminster Campus may leave these forms in the red folder outside room B1208. Students at other campuses may arrange, at the front desk, to have them faxed or sent via intercampus mail to Special Services .
   4. You will be contacted by phone with several tutors' names and telephone numbers. If a message cannot be relayed via phone, then it is the student's responsibility to make other arrangements to get the information. For students at Boulder County campuses and the Brighton Center, the instructor will be contacted and given tutor names and phone numbers. Those students may then obtain the tutor list from their instructors. Call the numbers you have been given and discuss scheduling tutoring times. If times can't be worked out, call the Tutoring Office.

This syllabus is subject to changes as the semester goes along.