Photoshop Basic & Advanced Skills Pack: CS5, CS6 & New CC


This series will help you get started using world’s leading image editing software, an overview of the interface,the tools, panels and options you’ll need as a foundation for using Adobe Photoshop CS6.

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Grasp the opportunity to learn the functions and features of Photoshop, by signing up to this bumper package that covers CS5, CS6 and CC versions of this popular, industry standard piece of software. As a world leader in the field, learning how to navigate and utilise Photoshop can help you to not only get ahead in your current role but also ensure that all of your creativity – both at work, and at home – has a platform on which it can flourish. From foundation topics, such as learning about the interface and how to draw simple shapes, to more advanced areas including retouching images, working with Photoshop 3D and solving more complex design problems, this project-based course will take you through all of the steps that you need to master the application, and will do so in as flexible a way as possible.

Prepare yourself to Ace the ACE Exam

Gain a new appreciation of what Photoshop can really do, and join this in-depth course today. The syllabus is broken down into three easy-to-understand chapters, which are further split into individual units to help you to learn as effectively as possible. Photoshop CS6 Extended: Essentials will help you to get to grips with some of the basic elements of the application, and is broken down into nine core units which should take approximately seven hours to complete. Once this chapter is complete, you will move on to some of the more advanced techniques, which will take a further 5 study hours. Finally, you will move on to learn about Photoshop CC – the new Creative Cloud version of the software. The 12 chapters within this portion of the syllabus will take an average of 5 hours to complete, and by the end of it, you’ll be ready to sit the Photoshop ACE exam in Visual Communications, which is the highest certification that you can achieve. Holding this qualification will prove your skills and help you to further your career within the digital design industry.

Practice your Skills with the Photoshop Software

Course delivery is online, giving you ample flexibility and convenience to complete the syllabus within your own time, whenever you have a spare hour or two. It’s recommended that you have the Photoshop software to hand during your study, so that you can practice your new-found skills. If you don’t already have it, you can sign up for a free trial of the software online.

Key Learning Points

This course is ideal for those who want to take a comprehensive look at Photoshop – from essential through to advanced skills – complete with exam preparation to prove their proficiency.

  • Explore the various interfaces, panels and settings that are found within the different versions of Photoshop and familiarise yourself with them.
  • Learn how to make selections using tools such as the lasso and magic wand, and use the quick selection and refine edge tools with proficiency.
  • Learn how to create layer masks, and feel comfortable working with them.
  • Discover how to create composite images, how to load and paste selections and how to work with layer styles, opacity and the gradient tool.
  • Learn how to work competently with text, including how to add layer styles and designing text to suit different audiences.
  • Learn how to restore and correct photographs, using healing brushes and spot tool.
  • Feel confident using the pen tool and brush panels, so that you can create drawings and paintings that can rival professional images. Dabble with textures and lights to create images that look real.
  • Get to grips with Adobe Bridge and feel confident using it.
  • Learn how to create a photo gallery on the web and how to improve image composition with cropping and auto adjustments.
  • Explore the 3D modelling element of Photoshop, including how to create a smooth grayscale gradient and how to merge various 3D layers.
  • Learn how to competently use pixel and vector-based tools.
  • Gain insight into the Photoshop ACE exam, and feel confident in your preparation for it.

Advantages of this course

  • Go from beginner to expert with this bumper Photoshop course package that leaves no stone in this software unturned!
  • Improve your Photoshop skills vastly and appeal to prospective employers within the industry.
  • Free trials of Adobe software, including Photoshop, available via their website, so that you can apply your knowhow in a practical sense.
  • Learn online, in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace and at a convenient time to you.
  • Interactive simulations can help you to apply your knowhow practically and learn through doing.
  • Test yourself with online self-assessments to help you to learn, and track your progress.

Paint a picture of your future – do you see yourself in a rewarding, yet challenging, career with Photoshop loaded on your desktop? If so, sign up for this course, today!


Photoshop CS6 Extended: Essentials

Getting Started
  • Exploring the Interface & Panels
  • Switching & Customizing Workspaces
  • Using the Tools Panel & Options Bar
  • Creating & Opening New Documents
  • Zooming & Changing Document Views
  • Saving Documents
Making Selections
  • Working with Basic Selection Tools
  • Working with the Lasso Tools
  • Using the Magic Wand Tool
  • Using the Quick Selection Tool
  • Using the Refine Edge Command
Non-Destructive Editing & Working With Layers
  • Making Panoramic Pictures with Photomerge
  • Creating a Layer Mask with Quick Mask Mode
  • Moving Images to Other Documents & Using Free Transform
  • Working with Layer Masks & Applying an Adjustment Layer
  • Creating a Grayscale Image with Actions
Creating Composite Images
  • Arranging Multiple Open Documents On-screen
  • Loading a Selection & Pasting into a Selection
  • Creating an Adjustment Layer with a Layer Mask
  • Working with a Hue Saturation Adjustment Layer
  • Merging Photos with the Merge to HDR Pro Command
  • Using Content Aware Fill
  • Working with the Patch Tool
  • Using the Gradient Tool to Combine Picture Elements into a New Picture
  • Working with Layer Styles, Fill Opacity & Opacity
  • Exploring the Filter Gallery
  • Adjusting Composited Images using Layer Effects
Designing With Type
  • Defining the Project
  • Brainstorming the Project
  • Creating Guides
  • Placing Images
  • Working with Text
  • Adding Layer Styles to Text
  • Designing for a Different Audience
  • Improving the Design Layout with Filters
  • Using the New Content-Aware Move Command
  • Converting Text to a Shape
Restoring & Correcting Photos & Exploring Blending Modes
  • Arranging Multiple Open Documents On-screen
  • Scanning an Image
  • Using the Spot Healing Brush Tool
  • Using the Healing Brush Tool
  • Using the Patch Tool & Clone Stamp Tool
  • Using Content Aware with the Patch Tool
  • Applying an Action from the Actions Panel
  • Understanding Blending Modes
  • Using Blending Modes to Colorize an Image
Drawing & Painting in Photoshop
  • Reviewing the Drawing Modes
  • Using the Pen Tool
  • Drawing & Altering Shapes
  • Exploring the Brush Panel
  • Painting with Brushes
  • Applying the Oil Paint Filter
Using Adobe Bridge
  • An Overview of Adobe Bridge
  • Using Automated Tasks
Creating a Web Photo Gallery
  • Using the Histogram Panel
  • Using Auto Adjustments
  • Improving Image Composition with Cropping
  • Creating a Web Photo Gallery
  • Credits


Photoshop: Mastering Advanced Techniques

Artistic Compositing
  • Choosing Suitable Source Material
  • Loading a Path as a Selection & Floating It to a New Layer
  • Good Hair Day – Using Channels for Difficult Masks, Part 1
  • Good Hair Day – Using Channels for Difficult Masks, Part 2
  • Layer Management with Smart Objects
  • Creating a Fiery Texture from an Illustration
  • Applying a Texture with Liquify
  • Compositing Fire
3D Modeling in Photoshop
  • Introduction to 3D
  • Making a New Mesh from Grayscale
  • Creating a Seamless Object from Grayscale
  • Creating a Smooth Grayscale Gradient
  • Using Curves as a Modeling Tool
  • Advanced Grayscale Modeling
  • Merging 3D Layers
  • Exporting, Importing & Combining 3D Objects
Textures & Lights
  • Creating a Seamless Tarnished Metal Texture
  • The 3D Panel, Scene Settings & Render Presets
  • Setting 3D Material Options
  • Performance Optimization & Setting Up 3D Lights
  • Adjusting Material Shininess, Point Lights & Spot Lights
  • Creating an Ivory Material to Texture the Skull
  • Using Bump Maps to Create Metalwork Detail
  • Creating Additional Detail with Bump Maps
  • Using Complex Bump Maps for a Bas-relief Effect
32 Bits Putting it Together
  • Compositing the Fire Sprite into the Chalice
  • 32 Bit as an Artistic Tool
  • The Final Element: Type
  • Reducing Bit-Depth for Export Using Smart Objects
  • Credits


Photoshop CC: Prepare for the Adobe Certified Expert Exam

Everything You Need to Know About The Photoshop ACE Exam
  • The Aim of this Course
  • Why Take this Exam?
  • How Much Do You Need to Know About Photoshop to Take the Exam?
  • Career Paths with Adobe Certifications
  • Some Important Facts About the Exam
  • How to Register for the Exam?
  • How to Prepare for the Exam?
  • Recertification
  • Test Your Knowledge!
Getting Images Into Photoshop
  • Overview of the Topic
  • View Options
  • Preferences
  • Find
  • Quick Search
  • Collections and Smart Collections
  • Labels
  • Ratings
  • Reject
  • Show Items from Subfolders
  • Filtering
  • Metadata
  • Copyright Status
  • Keywords
  • Tools > Photoshop Commands
  • AutoStack
  • Placing Images
  • Placing Vector Artwork
Navigating And Customizing The User Interface (UI)
  • Overview of the Topic
  • Working with Panels and Menus
  • Toolbar
  • Using Workspaces
  • Document Windows
  • View Options
Understanding Tsols and Tool Settings
  • Overview of the Topic
  • Selection Tools
  • Retouching Tools
  • Drawing Tools
  • Vector Tools
Creating and Working With Layers
  • Overview of the Topic
  • Understanding Layer Concepts
  • Working with Blending Modes and Opacity
  • Using Layer Masks
  • Filter Layers
  • Applying Layer Styles
Adjusting Images
  • Overview of the Topic
  • Cropping Images
  • Resizing Images
  • Straightening Images
Applying Globle Tonal and Color Adjustments to Images
  • Overview of the Topic
  • Level and Curves
  • Other Adjustment Layers
  • Working with Tools to Retouch an Image
Working with Filters
  • Overview of the Topic
  • Understanding and Working with Smart Filters
Using Pixel and Vector Based Tools
  • Overview of the Topic
  • Vector Drawing Modes
  • Working with Vector Shapes
  • Working with the Pen Tool
Creating Selections
  • Overview of the Topic
  • Basic Selection Tools
  • Advanced Selection Tools
  • Color Range
  • Refine Edge
  • Editing Selections
Getting Images Out of Photoshop
  • Overview of the Topic
  • Printing Images from Photoshop
  • Understanding File Formats when Saving Images
  • Color Modes
  • Behance
  • Before Taking the Exam