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Photoshop CS2 Advanced

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Course Description:

This excellent Photoshop CS2: Advanced course explores the endless possibilities of digital imaging with Photoshop CS2, and covers the advanced tasks which can be completed on Photoshop CS2. During this excellent Photoshop CS2 course learners will cover various advanced topics including: 16-bit support, HDR integration, tools for adding sharpness and removing blur and noise, as well as how to apply duotones, spot colours, and gradients. Gain insider knowledge and a whole host of expert tips about Photoshop CS2 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?

  • Designed to help master the craft and unveil advanced techniques in Adobe’s flagship graphics program
  • Learn how to integrate HDR, add sharpness and removing blur and noise, as well as how to apply duotones, spot colours, and gradients
  • Transform and edit layers non-destructively using Smart Objects, allowing a professional user to go back and revise without any loss in quality

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.

Course Outline:

  • Module 01: Setting up ‘Shop
  • Module 02: Advanced Levels and 16 Bit
  • Module 03: The Bridge and Camera RAW
  • Module 04: The Wonders of HDR
  • Module 05: The Art of Sharpen
  • Module 06: Adding Blur and Removing Noise
  • Module 07: Mixing the Perfect Monochrome
  • Module 08: Duotones, Spot Colours, and Gradient Maps
  • Module 09: Advanced Retouching Techniques
  • Module 10: Vanishing Point
  • Module 11: Smart Objects

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: Advanced certificate. Anyone eligible for certification will receive a free e-certificate, and printed certificate.

What careers can I get with this qualification?

This Advanced 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 : 109
1: Setting up ‘Shop
1. Customizing Preferences
2. Optimizing Color Settings
3. Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
4. Working in Different Color Spaces
5. Customizing the Info Palette
6. Changing the Background Color
7. Saving Preference Settings
2: Advanced Levels and 16 Bit
1. Introducing Levels & 16 Bit
2. Using the Levels Command
3. Restoring an Image after Adjusting Levels
4. Targeting Shadows & Highlights
5. Setting the Black Point to Match a Target
6. Setting the White Point to Match a Target
7. Adjusting Flesh Tones by Setting the Gray Point
8. Downsampling & Saving for Print
3: The Bridge and Camera RAW
1. Viewing .DNG Images in Bridge
2. Using the White Balance & Color Sampler Tools
3. Adjusting Temperature & Tint
4. Adjusting Exposure & Shadow Levels
5. Adjusting Brightness, Contrast & Saturation
6. Cropping & Upsampling Images
7. Viewing Image Metadata
8. Opening & Saving .DNG Images in Photoshop
9. Editing Multiple Images at Once in Camera Raw
10. Cropping a Group of Images
11. Copying & Pasting Camera Raw Settings
12. Accessing & Purging Cache Files
4: The Wonders of HDR
1. Applying the Levels Command to 16 Bit & 8 Bit Images
2. Applying the Curves Command to 16 Bit & 8 Bit Images
3. Introducing HDR
4. Downsampling with the Image Processor
5. Using the Merge to HDR Command
6. Adjusting the Exposure & Saving HDR Images
7. Downsampling HDR & Adjusting Hue/Saturation
5: The Art of Sharpen
1. Creating a Custom Sharpen
2. Applying the Unsharp Mask Command
3. Adjusting Basic Smart Sharpen Settings
4. Adjusting & Saving Advanced Smart Sharpen Settings
5. Creating a More Accurate Smart Sharpen
6. Using the Fade Command
7. Correcting Motion Blur
8. Sharpening with the Emboss Filter
9. Color Sharpening in Lab Color Mode
10. Color Sharpening with the Fade Command
6: Adding Blur and Removing Noise
1. Using Smart Sharpen to Fix Motion Blur
2. Using the Dust & Scratches Filter to Get Rid of Stray Hairs
3. Adding a Layer Mask to Bring Back Detail
4. Using the Layer Mask to Paint Away Noise inside the Skin
5. Using the Remove Noise Filter
6. Blending Layers in the Layer Style Dialog Box
7. Removing Compression Artifacts with the Reduce Noise Filter
8. Working with the New Surface Blur Filter
9. Getting Rid of Whiskers Using the Average Filter
7: Mixing the Perfect Monochrome
1. Using the Channel Mixer to Create an Autumnal Effect
2. Mixing Channels & Adjusting Blending Options
3. Converting an RGB Image to Grayscale Automatically
4. Creating a Grayscale Image Using the Channel Mixer
5. Using the Color Range Command to Create a Layer Mask
6. Balancing Source Channels
7. Punching up Luminosity Values Using the Curves Command
8. Flattening a Converted Grayscale Image
9. Converting to Grayscale in the Camera Raw Dialog Box
10. Cropping & Adjusting the Curves of a Grayscale Image
11. Editing Curves in the Camera Raw Dialog Box
12. Compositing Versions of a Grayscale Image
8: Duotones, Spot Colors, and Gradient Maps
1. Monochrome & Multi-Ink Monochrome Images
2. Converting Images to Duotones
3. Adjusting a Duotone Curve to Balance the Inks in an Image
4. Editing a Duotone
5. Loading Preset Duotones
6. Inspecting the Independent Channels of an Image
7. Adding Spot Colors to an Image
8. Saving an Image
9. Using Gradient Maps
10. Working with Deke’s Predefined Gradients
11. Modifying Adjustment Layers
9: Advanced Retouching Techniques
1. Rotating a Canvas & Using Variations
2. Creating a Gradient Selection & Filling with History
3. Painting with the History Brush
4. Using the Healing Brush Tools
5. Using Color Range to Generate a Selection to Make a Patch
6. Filling in Seams of a Patch with the Healing Brush
7. Retouching Using the History Brush, Cloning & Fading
8. Adding Noise with the Healing Brush & Fading Opacity
9. Moving & Transforming a Selection from One Image to Another
10. Adjusting the Levels of One Image to Match Another
11. Merging Two Layers Using the Healing Brush
12. Using the Liquify Filter to Retouch an Image
13. Softening Transitions & Bolstering Shadows
10: Vanishing Point
1. Preparing to Use the Vanishing Point Filter
2. Creating a Grid
3. Adding Planes to a Grid
4. Editing an Image inside Vanishing Point
5. Healing Transformed Areas
6. Retouching Using the Stamp Tool
7. Pasting & Compositing with Vanishing Point
8. Adjusting Masks for Better Composites
9. Accounting for Different Perspectives
10. Pasting Text into Vanishing Point
11: Smart Objects
1. Placing an Illustrator® File as a Smart Object
2. Using Illustrator to Edit the Contents of a Photoshop File
3. Importing an Image into a Composition
4. Converting a Standard Layer to a Smart Object
5. Duplicating & Transforming Smart Objects
6. Applying Warp Transformations to Smart Objects
7. Modifying Smart Objects in the Liquify Dialog Box
8. Changing the Color of Smart Objects
9. Applying a Color Overlay to a Single Smart Object
10. Grouping Layers & Making Final Transformations
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