Photoshop Advanced Course

If you’ve been using Photoshop for a while now but would like to develop your imaging skills, our Photoshop Advanced course will give you the boost you need. Emphasis is placed on understanding the process and how to use a combination of functions to develop the effects you want. We explore various approaches to creating special effects, and delve into new features as well as features of the application you may not have known existed. Along with developing your image editing techniques you’ll develop your workflow skills through the use of shortcuts and automation to get your work looking better.

Aimed at participants who have a strong understanding and application of the program, are confident in making selections, using adjustment layers and layer masks, this two day course is packed with real-world techniques and exercises to introduce you to some of the newest features and give you a fresh appreciation of professional techniques that have been around for years.

Our advanced Photoshop course highlights the latest Photoshop CC update, and its powerful new features like linked smart objects, Camera Raw as a smart filter and enhancements to the blur gallery and smart sharpen.

Prerequisite: Students should have either completed the Photoshop Essentials course or should have been using Adobe Photoshop for several years on a regular basis. A Photoshop assessment is available if you are unsure of your Photoshop user level, please email us at [email protected]

At City Desktop Training – an Adobe Authorised Training Centre – upon course completion participants receive a Certificate endorsed by Adobe.

  • Course Focus

    • Combining Bridge with Photoshop
    • Advanced Tools & the Options Bar
    • Sharpening & Blurring
    • Advanced Layers
    • Layer Styles & Effects
    • Using Layer Masks
    • Using Vectors & Paths
    • Actions & Automation
    • Improving Workflow
    • Camera Raw
    • Understanding Colour Management
  • What You Get

    • Designed Workbook
    • Class Exercises Relevant to Industry
    • AATC Adobe Authorised Certificate
    • Choice of Mac or PC
    • After Course Support
    • Free Course Resit
    • Small Classes (average 4 to 6)

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Price: 890+GST
2 Days | 9am–4:30pm

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Course Outline

Advanced Tools & the Options Bar

  • Using Common Tools (Review & Shortcuts)
  • Selections using Quick Selection Tool and Refine Edge
  • Ruler & Measurement Tools

Product Mockup

  • Preparing the Image
  • Using Gradient Fill Layers
  • Painting in a Shadow/Getting the Lighting Right
  • Placing and Transforming the Logo
  • Keeping it Realistic

Retouching Tips

  • Removing Blemishes
  • Fixing Red Eye
  • Managing Wrinkles & Smoothing Skin
  • Enhancing Teeth and Eyes
  • Adjusting Skin Tone
  • Correcting uneven Skin Tone and Texture

Sharpening & Blurring

  • Smart Sharpen & Unsharp Mask
  • Lens, Motion Blurs
  • The Blur Gallery
  • Smart Sharpen Filter

Advanced Layers

  • Review Layer Blending Modes
  • Benefits of Adjustment Layers in Imaging
  • Adjustment Layers for Tonal Correction
  • Adjustment Layers & Black/White for Contrast
  • Adjustment Layers and Curves
  • Setting up Smart Filters
  • Linked Smart Objects
  • Embedded Smart Objects
  • Turning on and Filter Layer Order
  • Filters and Effects
  • Exploring Filters
  • Working with Complex Filters
  • Sharpen Filters – As Edge Detection
  • Improved Guides

Using Layer Masks

  • Understanding Use of Layer Masks
  • Creating and Editing Masking Layers
  • Gradient & Vector Masking Layers

Layer Styles and Effects

  • Using Layer Effects
  • Shadows and Glows
  • Creating Patterns and Overlays
  • Bevel and Embossing
  • Making a Style, Preset Styles
  • Applying Multiple Effects in Photoshop CC

Actions & Automation

  • Using Actions – Loading and Saving and Editing
  • Automation of Actions
  • Improved Photomerge

Improving Workflow

  • Time Saving Shortcuts
  • Loading and Saving Styles, Presets and Brushes
  • Working Tool Presets

Camera Raw

  • Benefits of Raw
  • Tonal Curves
  • Hue/Saturation/Luminance (HSL)
  • Grey Scale Adjustments
  • Sharpening in Raw
  • Camera Raw as a Filter
  • Lens Correction


  • Channels (Colour & Selections) as Storage
  • Loading and Saving Selections in Channels
  • Using Channels to make Selections
  • Complex Selections with Calculations
  • Combining Selection Techniques
  • Alpha Channels
  • Grey Scale Channels (All Colour Channels)

Using Vectors & Paths

  • The Paths Panel
  • The Work Path
  • The Pen Tool to Create Vectors
  • Creating a Custom Shape
  • Loading and Saving Selections as Paths
  • Stroking and Filling Paths
  • Creating Vector Masks

Understanding Colour Management

  • Understanding Colour-Managed Workflow
  • Calibrating/Profiling your Monitor
  • Profiling your Digital Printer
  • Getting Consistent Colour
  • Profiles & Soft Proofing
  • Creating and Applying Profiles
  • Synchronising in Bridge
  • Colour Profiles for Australian Printers

Combining Bridge with Photoshop

  • Benefits in Workflow
  • Batch Processing Files
  • Working with Metadata
  • Creating and using Collections