Photoshop (Beginner To Medium Level)

Learn the basics of photoshop. This this online course teaches you image processing techniques used by professionals to create and manipulate artwork..

Course CodeVIT202
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

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Learn how to create and manipulate photographs, images and artwork  using Adobe Photoshop for use on the web, email and print.

Photoshop is the most commonly used software in business, publishing and the graphics industry.  This course provides not only a well designed pathway to learning, but also an opportunity to ask questions of professional graphic artists who use the software on a daily basis. Excellent for new and intermediate students alike.

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Learning The Menus
    • This lesson will familiarize the student with all of the main menu options and their basic functions
  2. Working with Digital Image Files
    • This lesson provides an overview of the major digital file types as well as how resize an image and save from one file type to another.
  3. Understanding the Tool Palette
    • This lesson teaches the student the various uses of the major Photoshop tools for creating and manipulating artwork, photos and digital compositions.
  4. Using Layers, Actions and History
    • This lesson explores the creative power of the Photoshop Layers palette, which is the foundation of why Photoshop is such a powerful creative tool.
  5. Digital Painting, Shapes and Colours
    • This lesson begins to explain the basic concepts of colour. The lesson continues by walking the student through a "How-to" guide to creating simple original artwork.
  6. Selecting, Resizing, Transforming and Masking
    • This lesson explores the tools available to manipulate and transform various components of an image or composition.
  7. Adjustments and modifications
    • This lesson lists the steps needed to improve the quality of an image by applying adjustments and modifications.
  8. Adding Filters and Styles
    • This lesson will focus on the various styles and effects that can be applied to an image or composition.
  9. Preparing Files for Print and Web
    • This lesson will list the steps to prepare the finished files for use in Print, The Web or Email.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Open digital files using Photoshop
  • Resize images and save them in multiple file formats
  • Create original graphics using the Photoshop tools
  • Manipulate individual elements of a graphic composition or image
  • Improve the quality of an image (clean it up) by applying modifications
  • Apply interesting filters and effects to images or compositions
  • Prepare your files for the web, print or email

What You Will Do

  • Learn the major menu options and what they mean
  • Open and save files in different formats and learn what the differences are
  • Scan photos or download from a digital camera and edit them in using Photoshop
  • Prepare images for email
  • Use the major tools to understand how graphics are created
  • Create multiple layered compositions and explore movement and position
  • Understand colour
  • Create original graphics and artwork
  • Add exciting effects to images
  • Format files for the web and print

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