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MDIA 3203 - Adobe Photoshop for Web

Media Communications Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

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Course Details

This course introduces you to the Photoshop interface and tools to create or edit graphics and images for use on the web. You will apply colour theory and management knowledge using different colour modes and bit depth. Topics include painting and editing tools, cropping, rotating, creating selections, saving selections in channels, layers, typography, paths, masking, colour correction with curves and levels, and using filters. Photoshop tools will be used in creating graphical web page elements, navigation buttons, animations, and designing and aligning web page components. You will format image files and optimize images for the web, design an email newsletter, use the slice tool, and export sliced images to HTML format.





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 79246

Tue Jan 04 - Tue Mar 22 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Mar 22 Online


Janice Wood

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. This course will be delivered entirely online, however, is an asynchronous course which does not require that you meet each week at a specific time. You will be expected to meet assignment deadlines according to the schedule on the course outline and directions of the instructor.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Apply colour theory principles to demonstrate the correct use of different colour spaces for the web.
  • Demonstrate the use of Photoshop tools and panels, including making selections, using layers; selecting, linking, showing/hiding, merging, flattening, editing, copying, moving, deleting and locking layers, adjustment and fill layers as well as layer groups, effects and styles.
  • Create digital images using the Photoshop painting tools including the brushes, paint bucket, gradient, pencil, airbrush, shape, and line tools.
  • Apply the use of blending modes as well as image manipulation techniques such as, flipping, rotating, cropping and resizing, adding borders or rounded corners to images.
  • Correct typography and formatting using the Photoshop type tool and related options.
  • Design an email newsletter by using the slice tool and exporting images in HTML.
  • Select the correct image file formats for different types of output.
  • Optimize images to an appropriate file size and resolution for delivery on the web.
  • Design and construct GIF animations.
  • Edit, retouch, and restore photographic images using different techniques and tools
  • Colour correct images with levels, curves, variations, and colour range tools.

Effective as of Winter 2017

Related Programs

MDIA 3203 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Web Technologies
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Associate Certificate
  2. Web Technologies
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Certificate


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