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Adobe Photoshop Essentials

  • Length 2 days
  • Version CC2023
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Why study this course

Learn how to create, edit, and apply special effects to images and text for print, websites, or social media with Australia's #1 Adobe Training Partner, City Desktop.

This two-day introductory Adobe Photoshop® course starts from the very beginning, looking at the toolbox, which is explored thoroughly, utilising both the surface defaults and the hidden options available for each tool. Shortcuts are emphasised, both for the tools and as a method of working.

You'll be introduced to the latest techniques and Photoshop tools used in the current version (CC2023) for photo-retouching, tonal correction, deep etching, image editing, colour painting, and montaging.

To fast-track and reinforce your Photoshop training, City Desktop has developed their own courseware (step-by-step workbooks) that you can take with you after the course. Our specially designed courseware highlights the features and updates to the latest version but is also suitable for CS6 or earlier versions.

City Desktop Public Schedule

With Lumify Group's recent acquisition of City Desktop Training, we're pleased to now offer you an extensive public schedule of Adobe end user training in Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. As we move to consolidate our end user offering with both Nexacu and City Desktop, you can access the schedule of the most closely aligned courses and book, by clicking on the link below.

What you can expect with City Desktop Training

  • Small classes (average 4 to 6)

  • Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC) with industry experienced, certified instructors

  • Course eBook and sample files

  • Class exercises relevant to industry

  • AATC Adobe endorsed certificate upon course completion

  • After-course support

  • Free course resit (6 months) *

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* Free resit applies to all public courses; does not include custom or private training.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this course, students will have the knowledge to:

  • Understand graphics formats

  • Understand selections and masks

  • Understand type

  • Work with layers and fill layers

  • Work with colour models and modes

  • Edit images with cropping and scaling

  • Use transform, colour correction, and retouch tools

  • Understand painting and blending modes

  • Resolve resolution issues

  • Work with Smart Objects

  • Work with animated GIFs

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Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to learn the basic features of Adobe Photoshop and use its tools to work with photographic images.

Course subjects

The Photoshop Interface

  • Operating Systems, Versions, Menus, and Shortcuts

  • Dialogue Boxes and Panels – Some Efficiency Tips

  • The Start Workspace

  • Graphic Formats

  • Photoshop Preferences

  • The Photoshop Interface

  • The Tools Panel

  • The Options Bar

  • Photoshop Panels

  • Photoshop Workspaces

  • Viewing File Information

  • Zooming and Scrolling

  • Screen Modes

  • Arranging Images

  • Undoing, Redoing, and Reverting

  • The History Panel

  • Photoshop Help

  • The Photoshop Learn Panel

Photoshop Fundamentals

  • Resolution

  • PPI versus DPI

  • Working out the Required Resolution and Size of Images

  • Changing the Size and Resolution of Images

  • Photoshop Colour Modes

  • Creating a New Image

  • Commonly used Image Formats

Selection Techniques

  • Selecting an Entire Image

  • Removing a Selection

  • The Selection Tools

  • Selection Tool Options

  • The Marquee Tools

  • Transforming Selections

  • The Lasso Tools

  • The Quick Selection Tool

  • The Magic Wand Tool

  • Inversing a Selection

  • The Colour Range Command

  • The Select and Mask Workspace

  • Feathering and Shifting Selections


  • Layers and the .psd Format

  • The Layers Panel

  • Layer Visibility

  • Renaming Layers

  • Changing the Background into a Layer

  • Selecting Layers

  • Moving Layers

  • Creating a New Layer

  • Rearranging Layers

  • Deleting Layers

  • Selecting the Pixels on a Layer

  • Layer Opacity

  • Layer Blending Modes

  • Duplicating Layers

  • Duplicating Layers between Images

  • Linking Layers

  • Merging Layers

  • Flattening Layers

  • Erasing

  • The Eraser

  • Selecting and Deleting

  • Layer Styles

Introduction to Colour Correction

  • The Adjustment Menu versus the Adjustment Panel

  • The Hue/Saturation Command

  • Applying an Adjustment Layer

  • Editing an Adjustment Layer

  • Hiding and Showing Adjustment Layers

  • Making Adjustment Layers Effect only the Layer Below

  • Deleting an Adjustment Layer

  • Brightness and Contrast


  • Type Layers

  • Point Type

  • Paragraph Type

  • Selecting Type

  • Formatting Type

  • Working with Type Layers

  • Layer Styles

  • Rasterizing Type

  • Saving Type as Vector Type

Cropping and Transforming

  • Cropping Images

  • Cropping to Extend the Area around an Image

  • Transforming

  • Aligning Layers


  • Creating a Facebook Header (Cover Photo)


  • Supplying Files for Printing Purposes

  • Supplying Files for Screen Usage

  • Common File Types for Screen Usage

  • The Save for Web Command

  • The Export as Dialogue Box

Colour and Tonal Correction

  • The Colour Wheel

  • The Colour Balance Command

  • The Info Panel

  • Identifying a Colour Cast

  • The Hue Saturation Command

  • Adjusting the Hue and Saturation of Specific Colours

  • Colourise a Greyscale Image

  • Tonal Range Correction

  • The Histogram Panel

  • The Levels Command

  • Using Levels to Remove a Colour Cast

  • Advanced Optional Extras

  • Measuring Highlights and Shadows

  • Making Automatic Colour and Tonal Corrections

  • The Shadow/Highlight Command

  • The Black and White Adjustment

  • A Suggested Colour Correction Workflow


  • Painting in Photoshop

  • Foreground and Background Colours

  • Choosing a Colour from an Image

  • The Colour and Swatches Panel

  • The Colour Picker

  • The Brush Tool

  • Opacity, Flow and Smoothing

  • The Brush Picker

  • Introduction to Blending Modes

  • Filling Selections and Layers

  • Fill Layers

  • The Eraser Tool

  • The Magic Eraser

  • The Paint Bucket Tool

  • The Gradient Tool

Layer Masks

  • Layer Masks

  • Creating a Layer Mask

  • Editing a Layer Mask

  • Creating a Mask from a Selection

  • Clipping Masks


  • Automatically Cropping and Straightening Images

  • The Canvas Size Command

  • Flipping and Rotating Entire Images

  • Flipping and Rotating Layers and Selections

  • Transforming

  • Free Transform

  • Content-Aware Scale

  • Warping Type Layers

Image Retouching

  • Retouching Images

  • The Clone Stamp

  • The Spot Healing Brush

  • The Healing Brush

  • The Patch Tool

  • Content-Aware Fill

  • Content-Aware Move Tool

  • The Red Eye Tool

  • The Sponge Tool

  • The Dodge and Burn Tools


  • Photoshop Filters

  • The Gaussian Blur Filter

  • The Unsharp Mask Filter

  • The Smart Sharpen Filter

  • Smart Blur

  • The Filter Gallery

Creating Animations

  • The Timeline

  • Creating Animated GIFs: Step-by-Step



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