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Adobe Photoshop CC - Level 1

Self-taught course


The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Photoshop CC - Level 1 are sufficient to be able to use and operate the software effectively.

Target audience

Adobe Photoshop CC is designed for users who are keen to learn how to use Photoshop to create, modify and adjust images and photographs.


Adobe Photoshop CC - Level 1 assumes little or no knowledge of the software. However, it would be beneficial to have a general understanding of personal computers and the Windows operating system environment.

Topics covered

Getting to Know Adobe Photoshop

  • Starting Photoshop From the Desktop
  • The Welcome Experience
  • Dark Versus Light Interface
  • The Photoshop CC Workspace
  • Understanding Panels
  • Working With the Panel Dock
  • Working With Panels and Panel Groups
  • Panel Techniques
  • Understanding the Tools Panel
  • Working With the Tools Panel
  • Resetting the Tools Panel
  • Understanding the Options Bar
  • Opening an Existing File

Your First Document

  • Creating a New Document
  • Customising and Saving Workspaces
  • Understanding the Rulers and Ruler Tool
  • Understanding the Preferences Dialog Box
  • Saving a Document

Navigating Images

  • Understanding the Document Window
  • Navigating With the Zoom Tool
  • Navigating With the Hand Tool
  • Navigating With the Navigator Panel
  • Navigating With Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Understanding Screen Modes
  • Working With Tabbed Documents
  • Arranging Multiple Documents
  • Working With Multiple Documents

Digital Image Basics

  • Understanding File Formats
  • Understanding Image Size Versus Resolution
  • Understanding File Size
  • Understanding Colour Mode

Making Selections

  • Using the Marquee Tools
  • Understanding the Lasso Tools
  • Using the Lasso Tool
  • Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool
  • Using the Magnetic Lasso Tool
  • Using the Quick Selection Tool
  • Using the Magic Wand Tool
  • Growing a Selection
  • Add to or Subtract From a Selection
  • Saving a Selection
  • Understanding the Refine Edge Dialog Box
  • Refining Hard-Edged Selections
  • Refining Soft-Edged Selections
  • Selecting With Colour Range
  • Moving and Copying Selections

Working With Layers

  • Understanding Layers
  • Understanding the Layers Panel
  • Creating a New Layer
  • Working With Layers
  • Adding Images to Layers
  • Working With Layers
  • Working With the Background Layer
  • Changing the Layer Stacking Order
  • Changing Layer Opacity
  • Transforming Layers
  • Organising Layers Into Groups

Resizing Images

  • Understanding Resizing and Resampling
  • Resizing an Image for Printing
  • Using the Print Dialog Box to Resize Images
  • Resampling an Image for Email or Web
  • Guidelines for Cropping Images
  • Understanding the Crop Tool Options Bar
  • Cropping Images
  • Cropping Images to a Preset Size
  • Applying a Non-Destructive Crop
  • Using the Crop Tool to Add a Border


  • Understanding Colour
  • Colour Fundamentals
  • Understanding the Colour Panel
  • Applying Colour With the Colour Panel
  • Selecting Colours Using the Swatches Panel
  • Selecting Colours Using the Eyedropper
  • Selecting Colours Using the Hue Cube
  • Identifying a Colour
  • Using the Brush Tool to Apply Colour
  • Changing Brush Styles
  • Creating a Custom Brush
  • Using the Mixer Brush

Working With Text

  • Understanding Vector Based Text
  • Adding Point Text
  • Changing Text Size
  • Changing Text Colour
  • Changing the Font Family
  • Installing Typekit Fonts
  • Editing Text
  • Creating a Custom Path Frame
  • Adding Text Inside a Custom Path
  • Filling Text With an Image
  • Creating and Applying Paragraph Styles
  • Creating and Applying Character Styles
  • Creating a Watermark


  • Drawing a Standard Shape
  • Drawing a Custom Shape
  • Arranging Shapes
  • Drawing a Straight Line
  • Selecting and Editing Shape Layers
  • Understanding Guides
  • Understanding Smart Guides
  • Using Smart Guides to Position Shapes

Retouching and Repairing

  • Understanding the Retouch and Repair Tools
  • Removing Blemishes
  • Reducing Wrinkles
  • Removing Stray Hairs
  • Whitening Teeth
  • Intensifying Eye Colour
  • Removing Red Eye
  • Sculpting With Liquify
  • Removing Unwanted Objects and Wires
  • Moving Objects Using Content Aware
  • Using the Clone Stamp Tool


  • Understanding Saving
  • Saving Layered Files
  • Saving PSD Images in Another Format
  • Understanding the Save for Web Dialog Box
  • Optimising Photos for the Web Part 1


  • Printing Single Images
  • Understanding the Print Dialog Box
  • Using the Print Dialog Box
  • Understanding Printing Marks

Getting Help

  • Understanding the Help Menu
  • Investigating New Features
  • Using Online Help
  • Searching for Online Help
  • Accessing Online Tutorials

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  • recognise and understand the fundamental aspects of Photoshop
  • create your first Photoshop document
  • navigate images
  • understand the concepts of file formats, file size, colour modes and image resizing
  • make effective selections in an image
  • understand and work with layers and the Layers panel
  • resize images using a variety of techniques
  • understand how to select, use and work with colour.
  • create and format text layers
  • draw and format standard and custom shapes
  • retouch and repair artefacts in images
  • understand the process of saving in Photoshop
  • understand printing and printing techniques
  • use the Help menu and access online help resources

Watsonia workbook with 139 topics.

Files for the exercises are also provided on a CD at the back of the book or can be downloaded here

System requirements

Adobe Photoshop CC


Approximately 6 - 8 hours

Related courses
Graphics and Photos

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