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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Essentials

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Course Description:

This excellent Photoshop CS4 Extended: Essentials course has been created for beginners and intermediate users of Photoshop CS4 who want to gain a good grasp of Photoshop CS4 and how best to use it. During this excellent Photoshop CS4 Extended: Essentials course learners will cover various topics including: photo retouching, colour correction and how to use the Quick Mask mode, work with selections, resize images and many more valuable and time saving techniques to use when working with Photoshop CS4. Gain insider knowledge and a whole host of expert tips about Photoshop CS4 from a master!

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?

  • Learn how to non-destructively adjust image colour
  • Discover how to use layers to organize and lay out a poster
  • See how to create and apply special effects
  • Discover how to create and save intricate selections
  • Learn how to set file format and image compression for use on the web

Meet the Instructor:

Geoff Blake is a Toronto-based author, trainer, designer, and artist. For the past ten years, he’s provided a wide range of graphic design, artwork, consulting, in-class training, and web design services.

A professional public speaker since 1997, Geoff has taught desktop publishing, web design, and graphics courses in both the corporate and post-secondary environments, working closely with some of the largest training providers and colleges in the Toronto area. His appearances, in-class training, and consulting have taken him throughout North America, where he’s built a solid reputation for delivering otherwise “jargony” material in a fun, enjoyable, and entertaining way.

With his diverse print and web experience, he regularly contributes to magazines and web sites, and is currently working on a series of print, web, and design books—penning Ten Ton Dreamweaver in 2006 with Peachpit Press, and following up with Ten Ton Flash, which is in current production.

Geoff is very comfortable with modern digital and pre-press print preparation, cutting edge web design techniques, and software/hardware troubleshooting. Throughout his career, he’s provided expert training and support for a variety of applications, including Microsoft Office, Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign, and Illustrator.

You can visit Geoff online at, where he posts his latest tricks, techniques, reviews, and other discoveries in the ever-expanding world of technology.

Course Outline:

  • Module 01: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS4
  • Module 02: Exploring Adobe Bridge
  • Module 03: Resizing & Cropping Images
  • Module 04: Working With Basic Selections
  • Module 05: Getting Started With Layers
  • Module 06: Painting In Photoshop
  • Module 07: Photo Retouching
  • Module 08: Introduction to Colour Correction
  • Module 09: Using Quick Mask Mode
  • Module 10: Working With the Pen Tool
  • Module 11: Creating Special Effects
  • Module 12: Exporting Your Work

How will I be assessed?

  • You will have one assignment. Pass mark is 65%.
  • You will only need to pay £19 for assessment and certification.
  • 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?

If you pass the exam successfully then you will be awarded a certificate in Photoshop CS4 Extended: Essentials.

What careers can I get with this qualification?

This Photoshop CS4 Extended: Essentials 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 : 72
1: Introduction To Adobe Photoshop Cs4
1. Exploring the Toolbox
2. The New CS4 Applications Bar & the Options Bar
3. Exploring Panels & Menus
4. Creating & Viewing a New Document
5. Customizing the Interface
6. Setting Preferences
7. Zooming & Panning an Image
8. Working with Multiple Images, Rulers, Guides & Grids
9. Undoing Steps with History
10. Adjusting Color with the New Adjustments Panel
11. The New Masks Panel & Vibrance Color Correction Command
12. The New Note Tool & the Save for Web & Devices Interface
13. The New Auto-Blend & Auto-Align Layers Commands
14. The New 3D Commands
2: Exploring Adobe Bridge
1. Browsing Images in Bridge
2. Metadata, Keywords & Filters
3. Building Collections & Smart Collections
4. Moving, Copying & Renaming Images
3: Resizing & Cropping Images
1. Understanding Pixels & Resolution
2. The Image Size Command
3. Interpolation Options
4. Resizing for Print & Web
5. Cropping & Straightening an Image
6. Adjusting Canvas Size & Canvas Rotation
4: Working With Basic Selections
1. Selecting with the Elliptical Marquee Tool
2. Using the Magic Wand & Free Transform Tool
3. Selecting with the Regular & Polygonal Lasso Tools
4. Combining Selections
5. Using the Magnetic Lasso Tool
6. Using the Quick Selection Tool & Refine Edge
7. Modifying Selections
5: Getting Started With Layers
1. Understanding the Background Layer
2. Creating, Selecting, Linking & Deleting Layers
3. Locking & Merging Layers
4. Copying Layers, Using Perspective & Layer Styles
5. Filling & Grouping Layers
6. Introduction to Blending Modes
7. Blending Modes, Opacity & Fill
8. Creating & Modifying Text
6: Painting In Photoshop
1. Using the Brush Tool
2. Working with Colors & Swatches
3. Creating & Using Gradients
4. Creating & Working with Brushes
5. Using the Pencil & Eraser Tools
6. Painting with Selections
7: Photo Retouching
1. The Red Eye Tool
2. The Clone Stamp Tool
3. The Patch Tool & the Healing Brush Tool
4. The Spot Healing Brush Tool
5. The Color Replacement Tool
6. The Toning & Focus Tools
7. Painting with History
8: Introduction To Color Correction
1. Color Spaces & Color Modes
2. The Variations Command
3. The Auto Commands
4. Adjusting Levels
5. Adjust Curves, Non-Destructively, with Adjustment Layers
9: Using Quick Mask Mode
1. Quick Mask Options
2. Painting a Selection
3. Saving & Removing a Selection from the Background
10: Working With The Pen Tool
1. Understanding Paths & the Pen Tool
2. Creating Straight & Curved Paths
3. Creating Combo Paths
4. Creating a Clipping Path
11: Creating Special Effects
1. Getting Started with Photoshop Filters
2. Smart Filters
3. Creating Text Effects
4. Applying Gradients to Text
12: Exporting Your Work
1. Saving with Different File Formats
2. Saving for Web & Devices
3. Printing Options
4. Credits
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