Photoshop CS - Beginner To Medium Level

Learn to use layers, tools palette, file types, filters, styles, print and web image production, and much more.

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

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Develop your skills in image manipulation for web and print

Develop a basic understanding of how to create and manipulate images and artwork compositions using Adobe Photoshop for use on the web, email and print. This is an excellent entry level course for anyone wanting to use Photoshop CS in their work, and is also suitable for keen amateurs.

Gain skills in using palettes and layers, preparing images for web and print, using filters, masking, making adjustments and much more. Photoshop has been a standard software tool for processing digital images, for a long time.

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 to 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 capabilities 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 for manipulating and transforming various components of an image or composition.
  7. Adjustments and modifications
    • This lesson lists the steps required 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 required to prepare the finished files for use in print, 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 by applying modifications
  • Apply interesting filters and effects to images or compositions
  • Prepare 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 or download photos from a digital camera and edit them
  • Prepare images for email
  • Use the major Photoshop tools and improve understanding of 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

Introduction to Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a raster program, also known as a paint or image manipulation program. It is the industry standard software of raster programs. There are many other image manipulation programs include Macromedia's Xres, Paint Shop Pro and Corel's Photo Paint, all similar in content to Photoshop. 

Paint and image-editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, generate bitmap images, Also called raster or pixel based imagery. The images use a grid of small squares, known as pixels, to represent graphics. Each pixel in a bitmap image has a specific location and colour value assigned to it. For example, a bicycle tyre in a bitmap image is made up of a collection of pixels in that location, with each pixel part of a mosaic that gives the appearance of a tyre.

When working with bitmap images, you edit pixels rather than objects or shapes. Because they can represent subtle gradations of shades and colour, bitmap images are the most common electronic medium for continuous-tone images, such as photographs or images created in painting programs. Bitmap images are resolution dependent; they represent a fixed number of pixels. As a result, they can appear jagged and lose detail if they are scaled on-screen or if they are printed at a higher resolution than they were created for. Bitmap images are good at reproducing the subtle shading found in continuous-tone images, such as photographs. However, bitmap images do not enlarge well and can show jagged edges when magnified or output to higher-resolution devices.

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