Topic: Design with Photoshop

“This class was great. The instructor expected a lot from the students, but gave us ample instruction and personal attention to meet those demands. We were given every opportunity to succeed. I have never been in a class this organized. The materials for our projects were well organized online from day one and the syllabus was right on the money.”

“This was a great class! Loved the professor and the environment that we got to learn in!”

“Loved the knowledge this teacher had and how willing she was to help the students.”

“Her knowledge of the program enabled her to help each student within a few seconds of hearing the problem … we ventured into in-class assignments which kept the course load at more of an introductory level, which was nice. It wasn’t too overwhelming, but it was more than I was used to; a good stepping stone to the larger course loads I will have in the future.”

“My knowledge of Photoshop definitely increased due to this course. I would love to see courses of the same format for other Adobe products …”

“Amazing professor. Does everything to see her students succeed and I would definitely recommend her to everyone I know.”

“I would like to thank you for the great semester. I learned a lot in your class and wish I would be able to have more computer graphic design classes with you. This class really made my last semester of college so much more enjoyable.”

“Professor Oser was a phenomenal Photoshop instructor.”

“Professor Oser is a great teacher, I’m sad that she doesn’t teach more classes that I need. The projects were fun and challenging!”

“The instructor was very knowledgeable about what she was teaching. Class was taught at a good pace for the students.”


This hands-on course covers the fundamentals of digital image manipulation and graphic creation using Adobe Photoshop. Photo retouching, image capture, and image creation will be emphasized as well as current techniques and trends. This class will culminate with the rendering of a professional portfolio component.


To complete the course requirements students will:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of Photoshop.
  • Utilize and understand the difference between destructive and nondestructive editing.
  • Be able to design with Photoshop for both digital and print.
  • Critique artworks
  • Develop a personal body of work.
  • Be able to produce a professional client-ready website mock-up.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Think critically and analytically.

Instructional Methods

The computer is a perfect medium for fertile artistic creation. Even with its limitations, computers offer freedom of experimentation like no other media. As an example, if the artist tries one style or method and does not like it, they may easily and quickly change it as if the first version never existed. Therefore, once you have completed your class assignment, I strongly encourage further experimentation. Feel free to try out a variety of layouts or renderings for each assignment and select the one that works best. Try to incorporate the principals of design and color theory in each of your assignments. Use your time wisely and don’t quickly rush through the assignments just to get them completed. Discover, experiment, and explore the wide range of possibilities that the computer affords you.

  • Photo Manipulation Ethics Paper
  • Facebook Cover
  • Twitter Background
  • Colorize
  • Color Splash
  • Business Card
  • Postcard
  • Magazine Cover
  • Restoration
  • Photoshop Tennis
  • Web Mock-Up
  • 12-month Calendar
  • Ethics of Photo Manipulation Paper
  • Quizzes

Student Work Samples

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