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Certificate in Adobe Photoshop

Detailed Course Curriculum
The module Introduction to Photoshop is a foundational course that aims to provide beginners with a basic understanding of the software and its interface. The module begins by introducing the software, its features, and capabilities, giving students a broad understanding of the software’s purpose and the benefits of using it. The module then covers the different parts of the interface, including panels, menus, and tools, as well as how to navigate around the software. Students will also learn how to download and open project files provided by the course instructor, which they will use throughout the course.
In the module Layers, students will learn how to work with layers in Adobe Photoshop, a critical skill for graphic designers and photographers. The module covers the basics of layer creation, selection, and manipulation, including navigating through layers, changing layer order, and applying layer masks. Students will also learn how to use layer blending modes, layer styles, and adjustment layers to create complex designs and photo manipulations. By the end of the module, students will have a solid understanding of how to work with layers in Photoshop and how to use them effectively to create visually stunning graphics and images.
The Colour & Adjustment Layers module is an essential part of learning how to use Adobe Photoshop effectively. Adjustment layers are a non-destructive way to make changes to an image’s color, brightness, contrast, and other characteristics. In this module, students will learn how to use adjustment layers to improve the quality of their images and create unique effects. They will learn how to use tools such as Levels, Curves, Hue/Saturation, and Color Balance to adjust and manipulate colors. The module will also cover how to use adjustment layers to make targeted changes to specific parts of an image, such as using layer masks to create selective color adjustments.
In the Shapes & Text module, students will learn how to create shapes and text in Adobe Photoshop, two key design elements in creating graphics and visual designs. The module will cover topics such as creating specific sized documents and working with shapes, including creating stars, squares, circles, and other geometric shapes. Students will also learn how to use Adobe Color Themes and steal colors to enhance their designs. The module will also cover creating text, warping text, and getting text to follow a line or circle to create dynamic and interesting designs.
In the Layer Styles & Cropping module of Adobe Photoshop, students will learn about the different layer styles available in the software and how to apply them to text. Layer styles such as line, bevel, and drop shadow effects can be added to text to give it a more appealing look. In addition to this, the module will also teach students how to crop images, including how to crop them for frames, straighten horizon lines, and present their work for their portfolio. Students will be able to apply these techniques to create their own postcard project and showcase their newly acquired skills.
The Selections & Masking module is designed to teach students how to create and manipulate selections and masks in Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn how to copy from one image to another, crop images inside of text, remove backgrounds, use the Quick Select tool, put text behind a person, create layer masks, cut a person out and put them into another image, weave text in and out of an image, select hair, select things with straight edges, and get text to interact with ink and plants.
In this module, students will learn about the different types of filters and effects available in Adobe Photoshop. They will explore how to use the filters to create a variety of styles such as oil painting, halftone effects, and vignettes. Additionally, the module covers the use of smart objects in Photoshop, which allow for non-destructive editing and flexibility in applying effects to images. Students will also learn how to create motion blur and lens flare effects and how to use the history panel to undo or redo changes made to their images. Overall, this module provides students with a strong foundation in using filters and effects to enhance their images and create a range of visual styles.
The Transform & Distort module is a comprehensive guide for students to learn how to transform and distort images in Adobe Photoshop effectively. This module covers several techniques, including how to use the warp and transform tools to bend and distort an image, the liquify tool to manipulate specific parts of an image, and the puppet warp tool to move and warp specific areas of an image. Additionally, students will learn how to create a wide range of stunning visual effects, including how to make a logo bend to match a surface, create a peeling effect on the sky, and shrink body parts realistically. The module also covers how to create a unique dripping paint text effect using several tools and techniques, such as creating a custom brush, adding textures, and using blending modes to achieve the desired effect.
The Retouching module is an important part of learning how to edit and retouch images effectively in Adobe Photoshop. This module covers a range of essential skills and techniques used by professional photographers and image editors. Students will learn how to remove unwanted people or text from an image using various tools such as the clone stamp and the healing brush. The module also covers how to remove red-eye, a common problem in flash photography, as well as how to retouch skin, enhance eyes, and fix teeth. These techniques are particularly useful for portrait photography, but can also be applied to a range of other types of images.
This module is all about using blending modes in Photoshop to create interesting and creative effects in your designs. You’ll learn how to instantly remove the white background from a logo, which is a useful skill for creating transparent logos that can be placed on any color background. You’ll also learn how to use blending modes as color accents to add visual interest to your designs, and how to place images inside a bottle for a unique and eye-catching effect. These skills can be applied to a wide range of design projects and will help you take your Photoshop skills to the next level.
The Visual Styles & Art Boards module in Photoshop covers advanced techniques for creating visually stunning designs. Students will learn how to create popular visual effects, such as Duotones, Anaglyphs, Vintage Matte Photos, and Paper Cut Effects, to enhance their designs. The module also teaches students how to use artboards to organize their work and improve their workflow. With artboards, students can easily create and manage multiple design variations, and experiment with different layouts and styles. This module provides students with the skills and tools needed to take their design work to the next level and create professional-looking designs with ease.
In the Colour Modes & Resolution module, students will learn about the various color modes used in digital imaging, such as RGB and CMYK, and the importance of choosing the correct color mode for a specific project. They will also learn about the role of resolution in creating high-quality digital images, and how to adjust image resolution for different output methods. The module will cover topics such as understanding pixel dimensions and file sizes, choosing the appropriate resolution for different output mediums, and how to change the color mode of an image.
In this module, students will gain an understanding of the various brush tools available in Photoshop and how to use them to create unique and creative effects. Students will learn how to customize brushes, create new brushes, and use brushes to paint and draw. Additionally, the module covers the importance of shadows in creating depth and dimension in images. Students will learn how to add shadows to objects in an image and how to create realistic shadow effects for a range of objects.
The Exporting module in the is an essential component for any Photoshop user looking to prepare and export their work. This module will cover the various options available for exporting images from Photoshop, including file formats and settings appropriate for different types of output. Students will learn how to export images for print, web, and social media, and how to optimize their images for efficient uploading and sharing. The module will also cover the different file types such as JPEG, PNG, GIF, and PDF, as well as advanced options such as exporting layers and using the save for web feature.
The Conclusion module is an important part of the Certificate in Photoshop course as it helps students to consolidate their learning and understand the key takeaways from the course. In this module, students will review the course content and reflect on their progress and achievements. They will be encouraged to consider how they can apply their new skills and knowledge in real-world situations, and to continue developing their skills further. The Conclusion module will also provide tips and resources to support ongoing learning and development in the field of Photoshop. Ultimately, the goal of this module is to help students feel confident in their ability to use Photoshop to create high-quality digital images, and to inspire them to continue exploring and pushing the boundaries of their creativity.

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