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Photoshop ACA Jumpstart: Zero to Hero

Photoshop ACA Jumpstart: Zero to Hero
  • Price £997.00
  • Level Fast track to Intermediate
  • Duration 5 day(s)
All major credit cards accepted


Zero to Photoshop Hero in just 5 days and become an Adobe Certified Associate(ACA)

This class provides you with the concepts and skills to use Adobe Photoshop effectively. You get hands-on practice working with basic through advanced techniques to get the most out of your experience. You will learn layer basics, photo retouching and image editing. Whether you are a designer, illustrator, photographer, video artist, webmaster or just a beginner, Photoshop offers you many opportunities to make your images look great.

You will be prepared for and take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam at the end of this course.

Get recognised for the new skills you’ve just gained: Get Certified!

  • Earn your Green and then Red Belt in Adobe Photoshop


This class is for all levels of Photoshop users. From complete novices to seasoned users who may wish to take this class in to rid themselves of bad Photoshop habits. Target customers are Advertising Agencies, Marketing Agencies, Production Houses, or departments that work in such disciplines within larger organisations.

Assumed Knowledge

Before taking this course, you should have a basic understanding of your computers operating system. For example,you should know how to launch an application, create and save files, and copy files from CD and other media.


  • Enhance an image by removing colour cast
  • Compensate for flash lightning and red eyes
  • Increase/Decrease the contrast and brightness of your artwork
  • Create simple compositions by blending images together or selecting only parts of an image
  • Use colour in Photoshop effectively
  • Create type and produce simple adverts
  • Output an artwork for web
  • Produce advanced face retouching & manipulation techniques
  • Use colour in Photoshop effectively
  • Maximise the potential of Photoshop Brush engines
  • Work with advanced compositions
  • You will also be prepared for and take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exams in Photoshop. Get recognised for the skills you’ve just gained: Get Certified!
  • Earn your Yellow and then Green Belt in Adobe Photoshop

Course Content

Managing the Adobe Photoshop Environment

  • Exploring default Workspace & Bridge
  • Introduction to the Toolbar
  • Palette management & Screen real estate
  • History Palette & Undoing Actions
  • Navigation shortcuts

Working with Selections

  • Creating Selections using Magic Wand
  • Adjusting Selections
  • Quick Selection and Lasso tools
  • Combining Selection tools for complex objects
  • Saving and Reloading a Selection

Enhancing an Image

  • Using Levels and Curves
  • Compensate for flash with Shadow & Highlight
  • Variations to quickly decide about a colour cast
  • Hue & Saturation controls
  • Blurring and sharpening using Filters

Painting and Retouching Images

  • Digital darkroom techniques
  • Clone Stamp and Heal tools
  • Creating, saving and loading custom colours
  • Painting with Paintbrush, Pencil or Paint Bucket tool
  • Introduction to Gradients and painting with Gradients
  • Working with Quick Mask mode & Layer Masks

Working with Layers

  • Importing images, Layers and Selections
  • Transforming Layer Objects & using the Smart Objects
  • Starting to build layered compositions
  • Applying Transparency
  • Basic Blending Modes
  • Other goodies as Text Layers, Adjustment Layers and Layer Styles

Outputting your artwork

  • Colour modes, Resolution and Image Size
  • Cropping an image Vs Extending the Canvas
  • File formats & optimizing artwork for Web

Managing the Adobe Photoshop Environment

  • Working with Tool Presets
  • Using Layer Comps for layouts
  • Exploring default Preferences
  • Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Camera Raw files functionality
  • Colour management
  • Actions, Droplets & Batch processing

Advanced Image Adjustments

  • Face Retouch & Manipulation
  • Sharpening with Lab Mode
  • Greyscale with Black & White Conversion
  • Advanced effects with Gradient map
  • Photo Filters
  • Creating Panoramic images with Photomerge
  • Affect Perspective using Vanishing Point

Advanced Painting & Retouching

  • Exploring the Brush Engine and creating custom Brushes
  • Working with Patterns
  • Using Smart Filters
  • Liquify Techniques
  • Lighting effects and 3D Textures

Advanced Layer Compositions

  • Replace colour & Colour Range vs Extract
  • Selecting Pixels using Paths
  • Advanced Masking with Calculations
  • Advanced use of Blending Modes
  • Knockouts and Clipping Masks
  • Type on a Path

Advanced Outputting features

  • Animated bitmaps
  • Combining Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Creating Multi Package
  • Getting It Right In Print

Adobe Certification Prep and ACA Exam day

  • Take Practice exam
  • Work through exam preparation sheet
  • Any other questions?
  • Photoshop ACA Exam
  • Pass or fail?

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