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Adobe Photoshop – Level 1

Duration: 14 hours (2 days)

Target audience: photographers, graphic designers, web designers or anyone who needs image editing for professional results

Prerequisites: Ability to work in PC and/or Mac O/S environments

Related courses: Adobe Photoshop – Level 2, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere Pro

Software version: In addition to the current software version, Documedia teaches previous versions and we can provide customized training that focuses on new features. Please contact us for details.

Course description

This course provides you with the concepts and skills to use Adobe Photoshop effectively. You will get hands-on experience working with basic and advanced image editing techniques. You will learn colour painting, photo retouching and image editing.

About Adobe Photoshop

According to Adobe, “Adobe Photoshop software accelerates your path from imagination to imagery. Ideal for photographers, graphic designers, and web designers, the professional standard delivers new features such as automatic layer alignment and blending that enable advanced compositing. Live filters boost the comprehensive, non-destructive editing toolset for increased flexibility. And a streamlined interface and new timesaving tools make your work flow faster.”

Course objectives

By the end of this course, you should be able to import, touch-up and export photos for various outputs such as print, web, PDF etc.

Unit 1 – Discovering Photoshop

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Define pixel graphics
  • Manipulate Photoshop interface and preferences
  • Determine pixel, resolution and re-sampling
  • Navigate pictures
  • Use Adobe Bridge and browser

Unit 2 – Selection tools and their properties

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Use selection tools
  • Add and subtract selections
  • Identify Photoshop shortcuts
  • Use anti-aliasing and feathering using refine edge

Unit 3 – Layers

By the end of this unit, you should be able:

  • Work with smart objects, video layers and 3D layers
  • Use layers and layer styles
  • Modify layer opacity and use transparency effects
  • Use the transform tools

Unit 4 – Brushes and gradients

By the end of this unit, you should be able:

  • Work with various brush tools (create, delete, modify)
  • Create gradient effects
  • Work with the eraser tool

Unit 5 – All about colours

By the end of this unit, you should be able:

  • Identify the different colour modes (RGB, CMYK, LAB, WEB, Indexed, Duotone)
  • Use colour swatches (create, import, save)
  • Replace colour

Unit 6 – Mask

By the end of this unit, you should be able:

  • Work with the quick mask
  • Make a layer mask
  • Edit, delete, and add a layer mask

Unit 7 – Typography and shapes

By the end of this unit, you should be able:

  • Use the type tool, format and its properties
  • Apply text effects such as emboss, bevel, shadow, and glow
  • Use replace colour
  • Work with vector shapes

Unit 8 – Basic colour correction and filters

By the end of this unit, you should be able:

  • Work with levels
  • Colour correct pictures using colour balance
  • Set hue, saturation and brightness
  • Use basic filters such as sharpen, blur, and liquefy

Unit 9 – Basic photo touch-ups

By the end of this unit, you should be able:

  • Work with the dodge, burn and sponge tools
  • Use the blur and smudge tools
  • Use the clone and healing tools

Unit 10 – Exporting images

By the end of this unit, you should be able:

  • Save Photoshop files
  • Set export formats and properties
  • Tips and tricks

Teaching method

The concepts will be presented by your instructor and procedures will be demonstrated step-by-step. This will be followed up by practical exercises where you will be able to apply your newly acquired skills with the guidance of your instructor.

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