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Adobe Photoshop CS2

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Course Description:

This excellent Photoshop CS2 course explores the endless possibilities of digital imaging with Photoshop CS2. During this excellent Photoshop CC course, both novices and more advanced users of Photoshop CS2 will learn to use the next generation design tools only found in this product. During this Photoshop CS2 course learners will be given realistic examples of working with Photoshop CS2, and will also gain advice and tips from an expert instructor about how to get the most out of Photoshop CS2. Gain insider knowledge and a whole host of expert tips about Photoshop CS2 from a master! As an added bonus, this Photoshop CS2 course also includes stock photography, courtesy of PhotoSpin, Inc. and iStockphoto, Inc.

Our learning material is available to students 24/7 anywhere in the world, so it’s extremely convenient. These intensive online courses are open to everyone, as long as you have an interest in the topic! We provide world-class learning led by IAP, so you can be assured that the material is high quality, accurate and up-to-date.

What are the requirements?

  • You must be 16 or over
  • You should have a basic understanding of English, Maths and ICT
  • You will need a computer or tablet with internet connection (or access to one)

What skills will I gain?

  • Understand the process of selecting, aligning, and grouping multiple layers for ease of design and creative development
  • Learners will experience new levels of flexibility and quality using Smart Objects

Meet the Instructor:

In 1985, Deke McClelland oversaw the implementation of the first personal computer-based production department in Boulder, Colourado. He later graduated to be artistic director for Publishing Resources, one of the earliest all-PostScript service bureaus in the United States.

These days, Deke is a well-known expert and lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He serves as host to the interactive Video Workshop that ships with Photoshop CS as well as the exhaustive and entertaining Total Training for Adobe Photoshop CS. His other DVD- and CD-based video series include Total Training for Adobe Illustrator CS and Total Training Presents: Photoshop Elements 3 Unleashed and QuarkXPress to Adobe InDesign CS—Making the Switch.

In addition to his videos, Deke is creator of the tutorial One-on-One series, published by Deke Press in association with O’Reilly Media. These full-colour titles include 12 classroom-style lessons with two hours of video tutorials produces by Total Training. Titles include the bestselling Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One, Adobe InDesign CS One-on-One, and the upcoming Photoshop Elements 3 for Windows One-on-One. Deke’s other books include Photoshop CS Bible, Photoshop CS Bible—Professional Edition, Photoshop CS For Dummies, and Photoshop Elements 3 For Dummies (both Wiley).

In 1989, Deke won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Computer Book. Since then, he has received honours from the Society for Technical Communication (once in 1994 and twice in 1999), the American Society of Business Press Editors (1995 and 2000), the Western Publications Association (1999), and the Computer Press Association (1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, and twice in 2000). In 1999, Book Bytes named Deke it’s Author of the Year. In 2002, he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, sponsored by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

In addition to his other credits, Deke is an Adobe Certified Expert, a member of the PhotoshopWorld Instructor Dream Team, a featured speaker for Geek Cruises’ Mac Mania and Photoshop Fling events, a regular speaker for The InDesign Conference, and a regular contributor to Photoshop User magazine. He lives in Boulder, Colourado.

How will I be assessed?

  • You will have one assignment. Pass mark is 65%.
  • You will only need to pay £19 for assessment.
  • You will receive the results within 72 hours of submittal, and will be sent a certificate in 7-14 days.

What Certification am I going to receive?

Those who successfully pass this course will be awarded a Photoshop CS2 certificate. Anyone eligible for certification will receive a free e-certificate, and printed certificate.

What careers can I get with this qualification?

This Photoshop CS2 course will give you an in depth education in Photoshop, and will give you a whole host of useful tips to take your work to the next level. With this certificate you could go on to higher level study of these programmes, or could get a job in a related field, like Graphic Design. The average salary of a Graphic Designer in the UK is £21,778, which goes up with experience ( You could get a job in any of the following industries:

  • Image editing
  • Photography
  • Graphic design
  • Digital Design

Key Features

Gain an accredited UK qualification

Access to excellent quality study materials

Learners will be eligible for TOTUM Discount Card

Personalized learning experience

One year’s access to the course

Support by phone, live chat, and email

Course Curriculum Total Units : 310
Section 1
1: What Photoshop Can do
1. Introducing Adobe Photoshop CS 2
2. Moving a Selection from One Image into Another
3. Correcting Colors
4. Fixing Details with the Clone Stamp Tool
5. Using Adjustment Layers
6. Sharpening the Focus
7. Creating a Dramatic Sky & Cropping the Image
8. Text Effects
2: The Bridge
1. Introducing the Adobe Bridge
2. Using the Lightbox & Thumbnail View
3. Using the Filmstrip View
4. Viewing Thumbnail Metadata & Labeling
5. Showing Off New Features
6. Managing Your Images
7. File Naming Inside the Bridge
8. Workspaces, Location Tracking & Slide Shows
3: Setting up ‘Shop
1. Setting Preferences
2. Choosing Color Settings
3. Choosing Creative Suite Color Settings
4. Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
5. Organizing Palettes & Saving Workspaces
4: Navigation and Resolution
1. Zooming an Image
2. Scrolling & Panning
3. Changing Resolution & Image Size
4. Upsampling an Image
5. Downsampling an Image
6. Using the Navigator Palette
7. Customizing Your View
5: Rotate and Crop
1. Introducing the Crop Tool
2. Cropping with the Crop Tool
3. Cropping with the Marquee Tool
4. Automating Crop & Straighten
5. Straightening with the Measure Tool
6. Cropping with Perspective
6: Basic Color Correction
1. Introducing Variations
2. Adjusting Color with Variations
3. Correcting Color with Variations
4. Using the Fade Command
5. Modifying Colors with Hue/Saturation
6. Specifying Colors in Hue/Saturation
7. Selecting Color Ranges in Hue/Saturation
7: Red Eye Removal and Recolor
1. Correcting Red Eye
2. Using the Red Eye Tool
3. Recoloring with the Brush Tool
4. Using the Color Replacement Tool
8: Painting with the Edit Tools
1. Introducing the Dodge Tool
2. Introducing the Burn Tool
3. Introducing the Sponge & Focus Tools
4. Using the Dodge Tool
5. Using the Burn Tool
6. Working with the Sponge Tool
7. Pushing Pixels with the Smudge Tool
9: Clone, Heal, and Patch
1. Introducing the Clone Stamp Tool
2. Compositing with the Clone Stamp Tool
3. Using the Spot Healing Brush Tool
4. The Healing Brush & the Options Bar
5. Healing & Fading
6. Creating Textures & Patterns
7. Using the Patch Tool
10: Using the Selection Tools
1. Introducing the Selection Tools
2. Using the Magic Wand Tool
3. Exploring Magic Wand Options
4. Using the Grow & Similar Commands
5. Selecting with the Polygonal Lasso Tool
6. Selecting with the Marquee Tool
7. Saving & Loading a Selection Outline
8. Making a Composite
9. Adding a Drop Shadow
10. Cleaning Up a Selection Edge
11: Selecting with Color Range
1. Selecting Translucency
2. Darkening with the Multiply Blend Mode
3. Defining a Color Range
4. Selecting Image Highlights
5. Compositing Highlights into an Image
12: Making the Most of History
1. Modifying an Image Using Variations
2. Using Undo
3. Using the History Brush
4. Understanding History States
5. Fixing Saved Files
6. Choosing History Options
7. Saving Snapshots
Section 2
1: Introducing Layers
1. Customizing the Layers Palette
2. Creating a Layer Via Copy
3. Using the Spherize Command & the Eraser Tool
4. Moving Layers in the Canvas
5. Blending Layers
6. Creating a Clipping Mask
7. Changing the Layer Order
8. Using the Fade Command
9. Using a Levels Adjustment Layer
10. Activating a Layer & Making a Composite
11. Resizing the Canvas
12. Feathering a Selection to Create a Vignette
2: Groups and Comps
1. Introducing Layer Groups & Comps
2. Applying Gaussian Blur & Deleting Layers
3. Merging Layers
4. Creating a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer
5. Working with Layer Groups
6. Creating a Repeating Pattern
7. Modifying a Layer Comp
8. Creating a New Layer Comp
3: Opacity and Blend Modes
1. Introducing Opacity & Blend Modes
2. Adjusting Layer Opacity
3. Adjusting the Fill Value
4. Understanding Last Document State
5. Introducing Blend Modes
6. Using the Normal & Dissolve Blend Modes
7. Using the Darkening Blend Modes
8. Changing Blend Modes with Keyboard Shortcuts
9. Using the Lightening Blend Modes
10. Using Overlay through Hard Mix Blend Modes
11. Using Difference through Luminosity Blend Modes
12. Applying Motion Blur to a Text Layer
13. Updating Layer Comps
4: Advanced Blending
1. Introducing Advanced Blending
2. Creating a Lens Flare
3. Merging Layers with Screen Mode
4. Preserving Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac Dock
5. Previewing Free Transform
6. Merging Blend Modes
7. Adding a Logo Element
8. Grouping & Naming Layers
9. Creating Knockouts
10. Using the Luminance Blend Mode
11. Colorizing a Layer
12. Creating a Knockout from a Layer
5: Layer Styles
1. Introducing Layer Styles
2. Colorizing an Individual Group Using Blend Modes
3. Selecting Layers with Keyboard Shortcuts
4. Applying a Drop Shadow to a Layer
5. Creating a Directional Inner Glow Using Inner Shadow
6. Adjusting Layer Colors
7. Duplicating Layer Effects
8. Working with the Layers Palette
9. Transparency Masking & Painting with Layer Styles
10. Enabling Layer Masks & Effects
11. Adjusting Opacity & Fill inside Layers
12. Saving & Applying a New Layer Style
6: Masks and Channels
1. Selecting an Image with the Magic Wand Tool
2. Using the Channels Palette & Mixing Channels
3. Choosing a Blend Mode Best Suited for a Mask
4. Using the Variations Tool to Improve a Mask
5. Fixing the Edge of a Mask Using Inner Glow
6. Selecting a Color Channel Best Suited for a Mask
7. Adjusting Levels in a Color Channel
8. Using the Dodge & Burn Tools to Make a Mask
9. Inverting & Combining Channels for Mask Edges
10. Changing the Color of the Rebuilt Overlay
11. Fixing Masks with the Brush Tool
12. Compositing a Masked Image into Another Background
13. Matching the Color Temperature of Images
14. Fixing Mask Edges with Inner Shadow
7: Transform and Warp
1. Introducing Transformations
2. Masking with the Levels Command
3. Using Free Transform
4. Duplicating Transformations
5. Transforming Selections
6. Masking with the Calculations Command
7. Warping an Image
8. Modifying an Image with a Layer Mask
8: Creating and Editing Type
1. Working with the Pen Tool
2. Introducing Text
3. Editing Text
4. Creating Point & Area Text
5. Modifying Existing Text
6. Modifying Multiple Text Layers at Once
7. Using Advanced Formatting Options
9: Special Type Effects
1. Checking Spelling in a Type Layer
2. Warping & Transforming Text
3. Working with Text on a Path
4. Applying Effects to Text on a Path
5. Placing Text inside a Path
6. Using Advanced Text Formatting
7. Adjusting Leading
8. Adjusting Kerning
10: Vector-based Shapes
1. Resolving Font Issues
2. The Advantages of Vector-Based Shapes
3. Introducing the Vitruvian Man & Shapes
4. Introducing the Shape Tools & Fill
5. Applying a Stroke Layer Effect
6. Using the Exclude Overlapping Command
7. Modifying a Shape Using the Arrow Tools
8. Intersect, Subtract, Add & Combine Path Components
9. Working with the Polygon Tool
10. Deleting Paths & Drawing a Gradient Arrow
11. Working with Custom Shapes
12. Creating a Custom Shape
11: Printing and Output
1. Using the Print with Preview Command
2. Exploring Output Options
3. Managing Color
4. Using the Printer Dialog Box
5. Using the Contact Sheet II Command
6. Creating a Picture Package
7. Creating a Web Photo Gallery
12: Actions
1. Introducing Actions
2. Creating a Custom Action
3. Modifying an Action
4. Playing an Action
5. Loading & Saving Actions
6. Deleting & Adding Steps in an Action
7. Applying a Gradient Map
8. Correcting Anti-Aliasing
9. Adding a Drop Shadow
10. Testing an Action
11. Final Comments & Credits
Section 3
1: Adjusting Levels
1. Using the Brightness/Contrast Command
2. Adjusting Levels Automatically
3. Using the Auto Commands
4. Working with the Levels Command
5. Adjusting Individual Color Channels
6. Fixing Washed Out Colors
2: Curves, Shadows, & Highlights
1. When Levels Won’t Do
2. Introducing Curves
3. Using the Histogram Palette
4. Adjusting Values in Curves
5. Balancing Color in Curves
6. Making Final Corrections
7. Working with the Pencil Tool
8. Using the Shadow/Highlight Command
9. Using the Advanced Shadow/Highlight Options
3: Adjustment Layers
1. Pasting an Image into a Selection
2. Using a Photo Filter Adjustment Layer
3. Affecting an Adjustment Layer with a Gradient Mask
4. Using a Levels Adjustment Layer
5. Creating an Adjustment Layer without a Layer Mask
6. Adding a Layer Mask or a Vector Mask
7. Using a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer
8. Using an Inverse Adjustment Layer
9. Assigning a Shortcut for a Levels Adjustment Layer
4: Camera Raw
1. Using the Adobe Digital Negative Converter
2. Working inside the Camera Raw Dialog Box
3. Making Color Adjustments
4. Modifying Levels
5. Using the Detail & Lens Tabs
6. Using the Curve & Calibrate Tabs
7. Using Advanced Camera Raw Options
5: High Bit Depth and Exposure
1. Understanding Bit Depth
2. Comparing 8 & 16 Bit Grayscale Ranges
3. Using an Amalgam Mask to Isolate Grays
4. Comparing 8 & 16 Bit File Types & Sizes
5. Getting Ready to Merge Images
6. Using the Image Processor to Convert Camera Raw to JPEG
7. Performing an HDR Exposure Merge
8. Adjusting the Exposure in an HDR Image
9. Converting from HDR to 16 Bit
6: Sharpening Focus
1. Introducing the Sharpen Filters
2. Using Unsharp Mask
3. Understanding How Unsharp Mask Works
4. Sharpening a Low Quality JPEG Image
5. Fading & Blending Unsharp Mask
6. Introducing Smart Sharpen
7. Correcting a Lens Blur with Smart Sharpen
8. Correcting Motion Blur with Smart Sharpen
7: Blurring and Averaging
1. Using Gaussian Blur
2. Using the Median & Dust & Scratches Filters
3. Creating Box & Surface Blurs
4. Using Smart Blur
5. Creating Lens & Shape Blurs
6. Creating Motion & Radial Blurs
7. Removing Stray Hairs Using Median
8. Painting a Blur inside of a Layer Mask
9. Reducing Noise & Restoring Highlights
10. Removing JPEG Artifacts
11. Creating Clouds & Adding a Gradient
12. Creating Stars Using the Add Noise Filter
13. Averaging Colors
8: Filters and Masks
1. Using the Lens Blur Filter
2. Using a Gradient as a Depth Mask
3. Blending Channels to Create a New Mask
4. Using a Mask to Create a Depth of Field Effect
5. Looking at Different Sharpening Results
6. Applying Multiple Filters to a Layer
7. Creating an Edge Mask to Sharpen an Image
8. Applying Smart Sharpen to an Edge Mask
9: Distort and Displace
1. Using the Spherize Filter
2. Using the Pinch Filter
3. More Distortion Wackiness
4. Making a Lens Correction
5. Introducing Displacement Maps
6. Understanding Displacement Maps
7. Using the Displace Filter
8. Creating a Displacement Map
9. Making Someone Thinner with a Displacement Map
10: Liquify
1. Introducing the Liquify Filter
2. Using the Show Backdrop Options
3. Setting Brush Options
4. Warping Images with the Forward Warp Tool
5. Viewing Wireframes with the Show Mesh Command
6. Warping with Other Liquify Tools
7. Restoring & Masking Warped Images
8. Creating a Superhero Face Using the Liquify Tools
9. Using the Reconstruct Tool to Restore Details
10. Saving & Reloading Wireframe Meshes
11: Vanishing Point
1. Introducing the Vanishing Point Filter
2. Selecting in Perspective with the Marquee Tool
3. Cloning in Perspective with the Stamp Tool
4. Compositing Images Using Vanishing Point
5. Using Copy Merged in Vanishing Point
6. Fixing Edges with a Black Outer Glow
7. Working with Text in Vanishing Point
12: Smart Objects
1. Introducing Smart Objects
2. Creating a Smart Object
3. Dynamically Transforming Smart Objects
4. Introduction to Updating Smart Objects
5. Changing the Color of a Transparency Pattern
6. Replacing & Updating Smart Objects
7. Importing Vector Smart Objects
8. Pasting Illustrations as Smart Objects
9. Importing a Camera Raw Image as a Smart Object
10. Final Comments & Credits
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