Adobe Creative Suite

Adobe Photoshop Training Syllabus

Adobe Photoshop Level 1 Outline

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1 Day Course

Course Description

Adobe® Photoshop® has been an indispensable image-editing software application for many years. As an aspiring graphic designer, you would like to familiarise yourself with design creation and image editing using this software. Understanding the different tools and features available in Photoshop will help you maximize your creative potential. In this course, you will use the various tools and features of Photoshop to work with images.

Delivery Method

Instructor-led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured, hands-on activities.

Application Overview

  • Vector vs. Raster based images
  • Resolution
  • Anti-aliasing
  • Starting the application
  • Opening files from the hard drive, and opening new files
  • Saving files, and choosing file formats
  • RAM and Hard Drive requirements
  • Photoshop preferences and colour settings

The Photoshop Workspace

  • Toolbox, palettes, hiding and docking palettes


  • Getting around, and viewing images using the Navigator palette
  • Zooming in and out
  • Using the Hand tool


  • Switching the foreground and background colours
  • Using the Swatches Palette
  • CMYK and RGB colour spaces
  • Using the colour sliders to choose colours
  • Choosing custom colours


  • Creating, viewing, reordering, linking, and moving
  • Background layers and regular layers
  • Layer Sets
  • Locking layers

Selection Tools

  • Using the basic selection tools: the Marquees, and Lasso tools
  • Selecting by colour, using the Magic Wand
  • Using the colour range command to select colours
  • Adding and subtracting from selections
  • Filling selections with foreground and background colours
  • Stroking selection outlines
  • Hiding edges
  • Saving selections
  • Using the Modify menu to modify selections
  • Transforming selections
  • Feathering selections

Basic Key Commands

The Move Tool

  • The difference between moving pixels and moving selection outlines
  • Hiding or deleting parts of the image

Other tools

  • The Crop Tool
  • The Brush Tool
  • Setting brush options
  • Modifying brush shapes
  • The Airbrush Tool
  • The Eraser Tool

The Gradient Tool

  • Creating gradients

The History Palette

  • Setting History Options
  • Creating Snapshots
  • Creating documents from History States

Basic Image Adjustment and Correction

  • Using Variations
  • Using levels
  • Basic Retouching
  • Using the Clone Tool
  • Text and Type Effects
  • Layer Styles and the Styles Palette

*Time permitting; we will end the class by creating a composite image.


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Paul F Adams

Adobe Certified Instructor

Specialist in the Adobe Creative Suite.