Featured course: Adobe Photoshop 101

Become a YELLOW BELT in Adobe Photoshop (Adobe Authorised Training)

There is no doubt that Photoshop is one of the most flexible, comprehensive and easy to use photo editing packages out there. Whether you’re just looking to re-touch your photos for greater impact, or to make your own layered Photoshop masterpieces, the Photoshop 101 course will introduce you to the fundamentals of the package and give you the essential hands-on practise you need to get started working with the program.


This class provides you with the concepts and skills to use Adobe Photoshop effectively. You get hands-on practice working with basic through to intermediate techniques to get the most out of your experience. You will use Adobe Photoshop tools for painting, retouching and enhancing images.

Who is this course for?

This class is for all levels of Photoshop users, for those who are completely new to the application through to seasoned users may wish to take this class to rid themselves of those bad Photoshop habits.

Assumed Knowledge

Before taking this course, you should have a basic understanding of your computers operating system. For example; you should know how to launch an application, create and save files, and copy files from CD and other media.

What you will learn

*Enhance an image by removing colour cast
*Compensate for flash lightning and red eyes
*Increase/Decrease the contrast and brightness of your artwork
*Create simple compositions by blending images together
*Use colour in Photoshop effectively
*Create type and produce simple adverts
*Output an artwork for web
*You will earn your Yellow Belt in Photoshop


Introductory level

• The Adobe Photoshop environment:

• Controlling the workspace

• The screen layout

• Navigation and zoom shortcuts

Working with selections

• What are selections, and why are they useful?

• Creating selections using the Marquee tools

• The Lasso tools

• The Magic Wand and Quick Selection tools

• Adding to or deleting from selections

• Saving and loading selections

• Cropping and rotating an image

Fixing problem images

• Using Levels to fix tone range

• Using Curves to fix contrast

• The Clone Stamp and Heal tools

• Shadow and highlight adjustments

• Hue and saturation controls

• Blurring and sharpening filters

Painting and retouching Images

• Creating, saving and loading custom colours

• The Paintbrush tools

• Creating and using new brushes

• Digital darkroom techniques

• Creating and editing gradients

Working with layers

• Layers and selections

• The Transform commands

• Building layered compositions

• Merging layers

• Applying transparency

• Basic layer blending modes

• Adding text layers

• Adjustment layers

• Special effects

• Layer masks

Saving files

• Choosing the right colour mode

• Adjusting resolution and image size

• Cropping or enlarging the canvas

• File formats

• Optimising images for the web

By the end of this course, no matter who you are or how much experience you’ve had with the program in the past, you will be an advanced user capable of using Adobe Photoshop like a professional to create, edit, and manipulate images. Photoshop is much more than a photo editor. You’ll be surprised at what you can do with it!