Photoshop Essentials Course

Learn to create, edit and apply special effects to images and text that can be prepared for various uses such as print and marketing materials, presentations, websites, eLearning and digital apps. With Photoshop you can easily cut out items, change colours and create compositions. This course introduces you to the newest techniques and tools used in Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 for photo-retouching, tonal correction, deep etching, image editing, colour painting and montaging. Learn new features available in Photoshop CC 2018 like the Select and Mask Workspace: a dedicated new workspace, which will save you time while making your selections and masks more precisely and easier than ever.

Students should have a strong working knowledge of either Mac or Windows.

Our instructors are Adobe Certified, industry experienced and passionate about training! Our training highlights the features and updates in the latest version of the software - Photoshop CC.

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

  • Training Modules (Overview only)

    • Photoshop Interface & Image Basics
    • Selections
    • Compositing
    • Cropping & Scaling
    • Output
    • Colour Correction
    • Working with Smart Objects
    • Introduction to Masks
    • Retouching
    • Painting
    • Combining Images
    • Automation
    • Automated Output
  • What You Get

    • Free Course Resit
    • Adobe Authorised Certificate
    • 12 Months Access to Help Desk
    • No Risk! Money Back Guarantee
    • Choice of Mac or PC*
    • Customised Proprietary Courseware
    • Adobe Certified Instructors
    • Professional Training Environment
    • Small Classes (average 4 to 8)
    • High Frequency of Courses

Completing Photoshop Essentials will contribute 13 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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Price: 790 +GST
2 Days | 9am–4:30pm

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Course Outline

The Photoshop Interface

  • A note about Operating Systems, Versions, Menus and Shortcuts
  • Dialogue Boxes & 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 layer 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 Extra:
  • 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