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Adobe Photoshop CS6

Self-taught course


The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Photoshop CS6 are sufficient to be able to understand the Photoshop screen, the different palettes and use the Photoshop tools to modify and adjust images.

Target audience

Adobe Photoshop CS6 is designed for users who are keen to learn how to use Photoshop to create, modify and adjust images and photographs.


Adobe Photoshop CS6 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
  • Dark Versus Light Interface
  • The Photoshop CS6 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
  • Understanding Mini Bridge
  • Working With The Options Bar
  • Opening An Existing Document
  • Creating A New Image
  • Brush Tool Essentials
  • Selecting Colours Using The Swatches Panel
  • Selecting Colours From An Open Image
  • Undoing Actions

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
  • Changing Screen Modes
  • Working With Multiple Images

Digital Image Basics

  • Understanding File Formats
  • Understanding File Size
  • Understanding Colour Mode
  • Understanding Resizing And Resampling
  • Resizing An Image For Printing
  • Resampling An Image
  • Understanding The Crop Tool Options Bar
  • Cropping Images
  • Cropping Images To A Preset Size
  • The Delete Cropped Pixels Option
  • Using The Crop Tool To Add A Border

Making Selections

  • Using The Marquee Tools
  • Working With Selections
  • Using The Quick Selection Tool
  • Using The Magic Wand Tool
  • Using The Lasso And Polygonal Lasso Tools
  • Understanding The Refine Edge Dialog Box
  • Refining A Selection

Working With Layers

  • Understanding The Layers Panel
  • Creating Layers
  • Adding Images To Layers
  • Working With Layers
  • Working With The Background Layer
  • Changing The Layer Stacking Order
  • Changing Layer Opacity
  • Transforming Layers

Transforming Images

  • Flipping And Rotating Images
  • Straightening Images
  • Straightening Scanned Images
  • Correcting Perspective Problems
  • Fixing Perspective Problems With Puppet Warp
  • Scaling, Skewing And Rotating Images
  • Warping Images
  • Creating A Panorama

Tonal And Colour Corrections

  • Understanding Adjustment Layers
  • Using Adjustment Presets
  • Understanding Tonality And Histograms
  • Using Levels To Improve Contrast
  • Using Curves To Improve Contrast
  • Opening Up Shadows
  • Repairing Photos That Needed Fill Flash
  • Using Auto Colour
  • Adjusting Colour Temperature
  • Desaturating Colours Selectively
  • Changing Hues Selectively
  • Converting Colour Images To Greyscale
  • Brightening Washed Out Colours
  • Adjustment Layers In A Multi-Layered Image

Retouching And Repairing Images

  • Removing Blemishes
  • Reducing Wrinkles
  • Whitening Teeth
  • Removing Red Eye
  • Removing Unwanted Objects And Wires
  • Using The Clone Stamp Tool

Masks Filters And Blending Modes

  • Understanding Layer Masks
  • Understanding Filters
  • Understanding Blending Modes
  • Applying A Vignette
  • Applying A Soft Focus Effect
  • Applying A Blurred Lighting Vignette
  • Applying A Focus Vignette Effect
  • Blending Images
  • Sharpening Images With The Unsharp Mask
  • Adding Grain With The Add Noise Filter
  • Applying A Creative Filter
  • Smoothing Skin
  • Dodging And Burning With Overlay Mode

Layer Effects

  • Applying A Drop Shadow
  • Applying A Glow
  • Adding Borders
  • Copying Effects To Other Layers
  • Saving Layer Effects As A Style

Working With Text

  • Adding Point Type
  • Changing Text Size
  • Changing Text Colour
  • Changing The Font Family
  • Editing Text
  • Adding Paragraph Type
  • Warping Text
  • Drawing Paths For Text
  • Creating Text On A Path
  • Filling Text With An Image

Printing Sharing And Saving Images

  • Printing Single Images
  • Using The Print Dialog Box
  • Creating A PDF Presentation
  • Creating A Web Photo Gallery
  • Saving Layered Files
  • Saving Images In A New Format
  • Understanding The Save For Web Dialog Box
  • Optimising Photos For The Web – Part 1
  • Optimising Photos For The Web – Part 2

Concluding Remarks


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

  • work with the Photoshop workspace
  • navigate images
  • resize and crop images
  • make and work with selections
  • create new layers and perform other basic layer functions
  • transform images
  • make various colour corrections using adjustment layers
  • use various retouching and repairing techniques to correct images
  • use layer masks, filters and blending modes
  • apply layer effects and save them as a style
  • create, edit and work with text
  • print, share and save your images in various formats

Watsonia workbook with 144 topics.

Many of the topics in Adobe Photoshop CS6 require you to open an existing file with data in it. These files can be downloaded free of charge from the Watsonia web site at Simply follow the student files link on the home page. You will need the product code for this course which is INF538.

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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