Maricopa Community Colleges  BPC220DF   20046-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 12-9-2003

BPC220DF  2004 Fall – 2011 Fall

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  4.0 Period(s)  3.7 Load  Occ

Advanced PhotoShop

Goes beyond the basic use of palettes, selections, layers, menus, and tool options, and focuses on using Photoshop software's advanced features to manipulate and correct digital and digitally produced images.

Prerequisites: (BPC/CIS120AF, BPC/CIS120BF and BPC/CIS120CF) or BPC/CIS120DF, or permission of Instructor.

Cross-References: CIS220DF

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


BPC220DF  2004 Fall – 2011 Fall

Advanced PhotoShop



Demonstrate advanced color manipulation. (I)


Apply advanced repairing, retouching and photographic enhancements. (II)


Demonstrate sophisticated image compilation and comprehensive use of masks. (III)


Apply state of the art filters. (IV)


Use advanced painting features. (V)


Apply advanced type manipulation and typography. (VI)


Describe uses of third-party plug-ins to move from PhotoShop to Illustrator and Illustrator to PhotoShop. (VII)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


BPC220DF  2004 Fall – 2011 Fall

Advanced PhotoShop


I. Sophisticated color corrections

A. Color modes

B. Spot colors

C. Choosing, specifying, assessing and adjusting color using channel mixing, color modes, spot color overlays, duotones, and controlled re-coloring of images

D. Sharpening luminosity

E. Overprinting colors

F. Converting color modes

G. Shading and toning tools

H. Tinting, adjusting curves.

II. Advanced special image effects

A. Quick tone adjustments

B. Framing with masks

C. Focus adjustments

D. Retouching and special effects and fixing problem photos

E. Using levels in threshold mode

F. Sepia tones

G. Image swapping

H. Setting blend modes

I. Healing in stages, skin softening and patching

J. Coloring black and white photos

K. Focusing attention with color

L. Composition principals and elements of design including harmony, dominance, variety, space, movement, proportion, economy, and craftsmanship

III. Advanced blending

A. Layer and vector masks

B. Clipping groups

C. Blending options

D. Layer sets and layer colors

E. Merging and flattening

F. Assembling a still life

G. Blending a panorama

H. Collaging with masks and groups, integrating type, and wrapping objects onto other objects.

IV. Sophisticated use of filters and image adjustment controls

A. Sharpening, lighting effects, liquefy

B. Applying 3d transformations

C. Warping

D. Filtered frames

E. Displacement maps

F. Kerning and tracking

G. Making composite layers.

V. Advanced brush

A. Choosing, editing, and creating custom brushes and filling tools (paint bucket and gradients)

B. Pencil, airbrush, eraser, smidge, and pattern stamp

C. Cloning tools

1. History

2. Erase to history

3. Art history brush and clone stamp

D. Watercolor tips, dithering

E. Gradient maps

F. Layering with paint

G. Developing creativity

1. Light as a subject

2. Artificial light

3. Painting with light

H. Short/long depth of field

I. Portraits/self-portraits

J. Panning/blurred motion

VI. Sophisticated use of type with layer styles

A. Style components

1. Overlays

2. Glows

3. Shadows

4. Satin

5. Stroke

6. Bevel and emboss

B. Contours

1. Textures

2. Blending options and the anatomy of layer styles

3. Clipping groups

4. Limiting color changes

5. Styling in stages

VII. Overview of cross application

A. Uses and open architecture of Photoshop

B. Description of aftermarket software to integrate applications enhancing Photoshop, such as: Alienskin, Eyecandy, Andromeda, Extensis, and others.


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