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Photoshop CS3 Channels and Masking

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Photoshop CS3 Channels and Masking

Course Description:

This excellent Photoshop CS3: Channels and Masking course explores the endless possibilities of Photoshop CS3. During this excellent Photoshop CS3 course learners will cover various topics including: the fundamentals of RGB, LAB and CMYK Channels, and working with Alpha Channels. Learn to create, refine, test and clean up your masks, plus learn how to composite and blend flawlessly. Gain insider knowledge and a whole host of expert tips about Photoshop CS3 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 the fundamentals of RGB, LAB and CMYK Channels, and working with Alpha Channels
  • Create, refine, test and clean up your masks, plus learn how to composite and blend flawlessly
  • Mask like the pros using Quick Mask, Advanced blending, Exposure, Adjustment Layer, and Smart Mask techniques
  • Work with the key blend mode features, the Channel Mixer and Colour techniques to get the most from your images
  • Discover tips and tricks used in the industry every day that will give you a polished look, save you time, and wow your clients

Meet the Instructor:

Justin Seeley is an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert and graphic designer with nearly a decade of experience in the creative media industry. A recognized Photoshop trainer known for his straight-forward teaching style and creative prowess, his techniques have been featured on podcasts such as the Adobe Creative Suite podcast and Photoshop TV, and his tutorials have appeared in publications such as Digit magazine.

Justin has been an avid Photoshop user since version 4.0 and hosts a variety of internet shows dedicated to teaching people around the world. He is the creator and host of the Photoshop Quicktips podcast which is consistently in the Top 10 Software How-To Pod-casts on the iTunes store. Justin is also the host and producer of the Photoshop Quick-tips: Special Effects and Quick Fixes training DVD.

In 2007 Justin co-founded the Photoshop Designers User Group, a non-profit organisation which helps further the education of students and other members of the community. Justin serves as President and Lead Instructor for the group and also presents several free mini-seminars on a variety of digital imaging topics.

A member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Justin currently works for Murray State University as a Graphic Designer and Marketing Consultant. To learn more about Justin and his endeavours visit his websites at and

Course Outline:

  • Module 01: Introduction To Channels
  • Module 02: Making Selections
  • Module 03: Quick Mask Mode & More
  • Module 04: Channel Masking
  • Module 05: Layer Masking
  • Module 06: Using Blend Modes
  • Module 07: Mixing With Channels
  • Module 08: Real World Masking Techniques
  • Module 09: Tips & Tricks

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 CS3: Channels and Masking.

What careers can I get with this qualification?

This Photoshop CS3: Channels and Masking 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 : 73
1. Overview of the Channels Panel
2. Viewing Channels in Color
3. Viewing RGB Color Channels
4. Working in Lab Color Mode
5. Viewing CMYK Color Channels
6. Creating an Alpha Channel
7. Using an Alpha Channel as a Mask
8. Modifying a Mask
1. Overview of the Selection Tools
2. The Double Life of Selections
3. Using the Lasso Tools
4. Using the Magic Wand Tool
5. Using the Pen Tool
6. Quick Selection Goodness
7. Using the Refine Edge Command
8. Compositing the Selections
1. Selecting with the Color Range Command
2. Painting with Quick Mask
3. Modifying a Quick Mask
4. Adjusting Levels in Quick Mask Mode
5. Contract or Expand a Selection
6. Smooth a Selection & Set Reference Points
7. Cleaning Up the Selection
8. Testing the Selection
1. Beginning a Channel Mask
2. Curves vs. Levels
3. The Overlay Trick
4. Refining the Outline
5. Testing the Mask
6. Final Clean Up
7. Compositing Images
8. Blending a Composite with the Burn Tool
9. Basic Multiplication
1. Meet the Masks
2. Keyboard Shortcuts for Masking
3. Basic Blending
4. Creating Adjustment Layer Masks
5. Creating Smart Filter Masks
6. Creating Exposure Masks
7. Clip It Good
8. The Smart Object Trick
1. Introducing Blend Modes
2. Opacity vs. Fill
3. Using Blend Mode Shortcuts
4. Using the Darkening Blend Modes
5. Using the Lightening Blend Modes
6. Contrast & Complimentary Blend Modes
7. Using the Composite Blend Modes
8. Applying a Blend Mode to a Layer Group
1. Creating Grayscale Images
2. Mixing Monochromes
3. Adding Color & Contrast
4. Creating an Infrared Effect
5. Using the Calculations Command
6. Using a Black & White Adjustment Layer
7. Toning & Saving
8. Creating Selective Color Compositions
1. Luminance Masking
2. Corrective Masking
3. High Pass Sharpening
4. Density Masking
5. Creating Knockout Layers
6. Creating an Edge Mask
7. Testing an Edge Mask
8. Masking a Glass Image
9. Real World Blue Screening
10. Implementing a Blue Screen Mask
1. Removing Redeye
2. Creating a Neutral Density Filter Effect
3. Removing Color with the Blend If Option
4. Creating Borders with Quick Mask Mode
5. Giving an Image a Hand-Sketched Effect
6. Final Comments & Credits
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