British Columbia Institute of


MDIA 3203 - Photoshop for Web Publishing

Media Communications Part-time Studies Course

School of Business

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.


MDIA 1205 and MDIA 2205 or equivalent.





Fall 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2019 term.

CRN 38371

Tue Sep 10 - Tue Nov 26 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 10 - Nov 26 Online



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. 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

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

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