Adobe Photoshop I, GRDSN 158

Welcome to the Photoshop CC 2015 course.

This course will explore the basic functions and operations of Adobe's amazing image manipulation and painting application, Photoshop. We will be learning the tools and concepts while creating projects, using the Against the Clock textbook. This course will work through the first four projects to give you working knowledge of the toolset. The second Photoshop course, GRDSN 166, covers the remaining projects, which deal with more advanced tools and problem solving.

At this stage you should logged on to the Canvas Learning System and have opened your course, and clicked on the Assignments button. You will find links to the project instructions, quizzes, an file turn-ins.

Check the Syllabus/FAQ page if you have questions.

Working Tips

Please pay attention to these instruction pages. If problems and errors are found in the textbook, they will be listed for each lesson.

Read and work through the project in the Against the Clock book. You will use the sample files provided by Against the Clock.

The project files are stored in the Canvas Files area, and also on the server in the graphics labs, AVA-Disciplines/GRDSN/Against_the_Clock. Against the Clock provides the files on their website. If you work outside the lab, files can be downloaded by following the instructions on the inside back cover of the book. If you are checking out books from the Library the online code may not work, so be sure to save files from our lab server.

The Source files

The project and font files are stored on the server in the graphics labs, AVA-Disciplines/GRDSN/Against_the_Clock. If you work outside the lab, files can be downloaded by following the instructions on the inside back cover of the book.

You have several options for storing your class files at SFCC.

  • You have a network account Home Directory with 8 gigabytes of storage space. This can be accessed from any computer you log in to on campus, but cannot be accessed off campus.
  • You can use a USB flash drive or portable hard drive to save your work and access your work from any computer you plug this device into.
  • If you are working on a Mac, a set of secure folders are created in your “User directory”. These exist only on the machine you have logged onto, and they remain there all quarter. No one but you will be able to access these files. If you return to the same machine day after day you could store working files on the machine. Be forewarned that these machines are not immune to hard drive crashes and other dire events. You could lose everything stored on a computer; this applies to any computer, anywhere. You should always save a backup of your files to the network or a portable device.
  • In a pinch, if you have an email account that allows large attachments, you can email yourself an archive .zip file of your lesson. The archive process is explained later.
  • Consider saving your completed work onto CD or DVD disks. These are not read-write media, but they are a cheap and stable place to keep backups of files, in case of system problems. It is wise to keep your backup disks at home or another safe place...not a in a backpack or in your car.

The Exercises

Begin by reading the Getting Started and User Interface sections in the book. Follow the instructions and try out the page layout options and the tool panels. Create your customized workspace and do the short image exercise.

Once you have settled in with the interface, the sample files, and the work station, you will be ready to tackle the first project.

What to turn in

To try out the Canvas turn-in tool, take two screen shots of different screen views.

To take a Screen Shot:

On the Macintosh, press the Command+Shift+3 keys and a .png image of the screen will be saved on your Desktop, named "Picture".
On Windows, the Print Screen key will copy the screen image to the clipboard and you will have to paste into a document, for example a Word, Paint, or Photoshop file. You may have a screen capture utility program, depending on the version of Windows you have.

Make yourself a new folder to store your work. In the Finder, use File>New Folder and rename it from Untitled folder to 158-interface-My name. (Rename a folder by selecting it and pressing Return. The name will turn blue and you can type the new name).

Move your two screenshots into the new folder.

Create a compressed .zip archive of your folder. The zip files are a very safe way to move collections of files over the internet, and they usually reduce the file size.

Use the Macintosh Finder’s File>Compress "Filename”, or Windows’ “New>Compressed (zipped) Folder” tools to create a .zip archive of the folder. Remember to save a copy of your work folder onto your personal storage device.

Attach your 158-interface-My file to the Canvas turn-in item for the Interface project.

Take the quiz

Go to the Assignments section in Canvas and take the project quiz. You are allowed to take the quizzes only twice. You might review and print the quiz before starting the project and locate the answers as you work.


You are done learning the Interface!



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