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Photo Optimization: Photoshop Essentials XBST 1008

Broadcast and Media Communications Part-time Studies Course

Course details

​If you are passionate about photography, you need to develop advanced skills in editing. In this course, you will learn how to edit RAW images in Adobe Camera Raw for powerful edits. After working with basic editing tools, you will optimize your images by utilizing exposure, saturation, levels and curve adjustment layers and manage different types of selection tools: healing, cloning, dodging and burning.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Adjust exposure, contrast, whites and blacks
  • Read histograms to aid touching up photos
  • Crop, transform and fix perspective distortion
  • Colour correct by adjusting hue, saturation and colour balance sliders
  • Create layers and masks to isolate and edit parts of an image
  • Learn how to correct exposure with tone curves and levels
  • Utilize various brush and clone stamp tools to remove distracting objects
  • Work with selective colour, channel mixer and photo filters to add creativity and exception to your editing
  • Edit in Photoshop without compromising image quality

Effective as of Winter 2022

Related Programs

Photo Optimization: Photoshop Essentials (XBST 1008) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. The Art of Photography
    Microcredential Part-time


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