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Photoshop ACA Jumpstart: Zero to Hero

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?

Duration: 5 days
Level: Fast Track - Introduction to Intermediate
Price: £997.00

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