Teacher Name: Mrs. Meg Palmieri

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Teacher voicemail extension: 3605

Classroom Number: 132-computer lab &134 shop area

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Course Description: Adobe Photoshop / half year 1 Credit Grades 9-12

This course is designed to give students an understanding of how to apply Adobe Photoshop CC to perform many different image-processing techniques. Adobe Photoshop CC has become an industry standard for so many different disciplines including graphic design, digital photography, web design, digital video editing, and creating animations. Adobe Photoshop CC is often a prerequisite for many other software programs and is the one program that everyone in every area of digital media should know. Students will produce and will be assessed on many projects. Through project work, students will learn how to use several tools for selecting parts of images, retouching, layers, special filters, digital photography scanning techniques, Wacom Tablets and animation, Students will learn, applications in Adobe Photoshop CC, Comic Life, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Bridge  and also applications in ilife: (iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes and Photo Booth).

Prerequisite: None

Expectation: Quality Producer.

Course Intent

Student will be expected to meet the entire course goals listed and be able to demonstrate their understanding of the underlying concepts. The instructions will be application-based with a minimum of lectures and demonstrations. The course requires student research and completion of all projects. Student will work individually to complete several projects that enable the student to learn how to work independently work to accomplish a task. Assignments will require students to draw upon academic skills in mathematics, science, and language arts to successfully complete assigned projects. Student assessment will be based on individual completion of projects, written reports, final portfolio quiz of student’s knowledge of important design concepts and demonstrations of these skills in carrying out projects. Students will explain how they worked through the assignment and considered various alternatives to complete the project.


1. Getting To Know Your Mac

  1. Mac log in
  2. Making your own folders
  3. System Preferences
  4. Mac OS X

2. Storage

  1. Using flash drives
  2. Store files on your mac documents
  3. Using Shard documents
  4. Transfer a file from your flash drive to other computers
  5. Naming, Coping and organizing files

3. Computer Technology

  1. Demonstrate various computer operations using appropriate software.
  2. Adobe Ph0toshop CS5

4. Digital Imaging 

    • Marking click art your own
    • Saving and using click art in Adobe Photoshop CS5
    • Saving an image from the main computer to yours
    • Placing images in Adobe Photoshop CS5
    • Taking pictures/your camera/your phone/camera on computers
    • Using I-photo and Photo Booth
    • Using photos in Adobe Photoshop CS5
    • Using Solution Menu  on your computers
    • Saving and using your images in Adobe Photoshop CS5

5. Copyright Laws

  1. Name three elements of a copyright law
  2. Identify elements of the U.S. copyright law
  3. Identify “fair use” of copy written material, both published and electronic
  4. Select items that may or may not be copyrighted
  5. Determine local printing trade customs

6. Applying for a job

  1. Write a resume using technical skill
  2. Prepare a personal portfolio

7. Typography

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of typography.
    1. Styles
    2. Selection
    3. Production
    4. Psychology
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of copy preparation.
    1. Manuscripts
    2. Spacing
    3. Proofreading
    4. Headlines
    5. Copy fitting

8. Layout and Design

  1. Use proper procedures in advertising layout and design.
    1. Thumbnails
    2. Roughs
    3. Comprehensives
    4. Design Elements
    5. Line, shape, color, value, format, texture
    6. Art and photo scaling
    7. Resolution
    8. Logos
    9. Pictorial, logo type, initial, abstract

9. Adobe Photoshop

  1. Adobe Photoshop Workspace
  2. Interface Layout
  3. Palettes
  4. Toolbox
  5. Selection Tools
  6. Alteration Tools
  7. Drawing and Selection Tools
  8. Assisting Tools
  9. Color Boxes and Modes
  10. Basic Image Editing
  11. Cropping
  12. Resizing
  13. Correcting
  14. Saving
  • COMPETENCIES: Graphic Arts grading uses a competency based educational approach by moving control of learning from the “instructor” to the “learner.”  A competency is simply a statement of learning outcomes for a skill or a body of knowledge.  When students demonstrate a “competency,” they are demonstrating their ability to do something.  They are showing the outcome of the learning process.  Lots of the things that people do in their lives can be defined as different competencies job skills, living skills, etc. Mastery levels are determined by course project rubrics (see Appendix A&B).  Students must meet the criteria and demonstrate the competencies for each project.
  • Attendance: You are expected to be here on time and for every class. It would be hard for me to catch you up for hands on time that you had missed; you should be here for the entire class session. Not being here will affect your grade in this course because it’s a hand on class. Important information will often be covered in the beginning of class, and announcements, discussions and problems will frequently be addressed during work sessions and at the end of the period. Stopping work 15min or more before the bell, will also affect your grade.


  •  ADVANCED Learner —Grade Level 100-90(A+A-)Did research, designed, planned, and completed projects on time; applied academic skills; evaluated work and made adjustments; did quality work; needed little help from the teacher; sought and found resources independently; demonstrated knowledge with a grade of 93% or higher; produced a quality portfolio.
  • PROFICIENT Learner —Grade Level 89-80(B+B-)Did research, designed and planned; needed some help from the teacher; did quality work with a few flaws; needed feedback from the teacher to realize work did not meet standards; redid work to meet standards; demonstrated knowledge with a grade of 85% or higher; produced a better-than average portfolio.
  • BASIC Learner—Grade Level 79-70(C+C-)Needed help to research, design and plan or had to be given a plan; relied a great deal on the teacher; had to be given procedures for performing tasks; required significant help to produce a quality product; needed help to evaluate a product; final product stall did not meet standards; demonstrated knowledge with a grade of 74% or higher; produced an average portfolio.
  • BELOW BASIC Learner—Grade Level 69-60(D+D-)Required a great deal of help in completing research, designing, planning and completing projects was unable to evaluate projects; required step-by-step instruction; competencies not mastered; demonstrated knowledge with a grade of 66% or higher; produced a poor or partial portfolio.
  • FAR BELOW BASIC—Grade Level 59-0(F)Did not complete projects; if projects were completed, they were of such low quality that they did not pass; failed to document procedures; did not show criteria for determining quality; scored 65% or lower; produced a poor portfolio or none at all.


  • Resources: Materials needed for this Class: USB flash drive 2 GB or more

Grade Weights: 

Projects:  50% of student’s grades are hands on everything will be done on the computer.

Employability Skills: (25%) this has many parts but mainly involves attendance, discussion, and critique activity, Quizzes, being on task and daily class preparation.

Final Portfolio: 25% of student’s grades are their final Portfolio and other related projects

  • Makeup Work (late, missing, or incomplete assignments):
  • Many assignments in this class will be graded at the student’s computer or will be printed out and placed in a folder. If a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to talk to the teacher what he/she had missed. Also, if the student is not able to make up assignments during class time, the student needs to be prepared to spend time after school and make up any missing assignments.
  • All projects are due on the due date.  Each day the project is late, 10 points will be taken off and after 3 days a 0 will have to  be given.  Being on time with projects is the student’s responsibility.
  • Extra Help: Mrs. Palmieri is available 30 minutes before and after school, unless attending a meeting, and during lunch and prep period or any other time by appointment