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Adobe Photoshop CC Visual Design Essentials Course


Adobe Photoshop CC Visual Design Essentials Course

If you wish to become proficient in Photoshop’s wide range of image editing tools or wish to undertake a course of study to prepare you for the Adobe Certified Professional in Visual Design Using Photoshop CC examination, an industry-recognised qualification, then this is the course for you.

The Adobe Photoshop CC Visual Design Essentials Course follows the syllabus for the corresponding Adobe Certified Professional examination (Formally Adobe Certified Associate / ACA) and, as well as being suitable for beginners, who wish to become proficient in Photoshop’s wide variety of image editing features, the course can be used both as a primer or as a refresher course prior to taking the Certified Professional examination.

Adobe’s Photoshop CC is the world’s leading visual design software, setting the standard for digital imaging excellence with powerful image editing features available through an intuitive user interface. With Photoshop CC you can work with raw images from your digital camera as well as with leading image formats, such as JPEG, TIFF, and PNG, and this course teaches you everything you need to know about the Photoshop software, providing you with all of the skills required to demonstrate proficiency in digital imaging skills.

For the absolute beginner, the course is self-paced and highly-practical, teaching you the fundamental concepts and features through hands-on exercises and assignments and, if you have previous Photoshop experience, we investigate and try out many advanced features, such as Content-Aware Fill, creating placeholders with the new Frame tool, and advanced filters.

The course comes with the wide range of photographs you will need to practice all of Photoshop’s important features and, by the end of the course, you will have worked with images in a wide range of popular file formats, including Photoshop’s proprietary PSD format, and you will be using Photoshop like a professional.

We start with the basic theory, explaining about bitmaps and vectors, pixels and resolution, the RGB and CMYK colour models, and colour management settings, and go on to introduce all of the important Photoshop tools, including the wide range of painting, editing, selection, type, layer, and filter tools, finishing up with a great Camera Raw project and a Web Design project.


The Adobe Photoshop CC Essentials Course Includes the Following Units:

Unit 1: Getting Started

The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction to the Course
  • Introducing the Photoshop CC Software
  • Opening and Saving Files
  • Basic Photo Processing Techniques
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 1 – Photo Processing Exercises.
Unit 2: Using Photoshop Tools

The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction
  • Using the Selection Tools
  • Using the Painting Tools
  • Using the Image Editing Tools
  • Working with Type
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 2 – Image Editing Exercises
Unit 3: Layers, Paths, Masks & Channels

The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction
  • Understanding Layers
  • Applying Styles to a Layer
  • Applying Effects to a Layer
  • Introducing Paths
  • Introducing Masks and Channels
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 3 – Layers and Masks Exercises
Unit 4: Adjusting Colours & Applying Filters

The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction
  • Adjusting Colour
  • Producing Consistent Colour
  • Applying Filters to an Image
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 4 – Colour & Filter Exercises
Unit 5: Video, Animation & Effects

The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction
  • Creating and Editing Video
  • Animation and Slices
  • Special Effects
  • Lesson review & Quiz
  • Assignment 5 – Video and Animation Exercises
Unit 6: Camera Raw & More

The following topics are included:

  • Introduction
  • Working with Camera Raw
  • Miscellaneous Items
  • Preparing Files for the Web
  • Setting Project Requirements
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 6 – Camera Raw and Web Design Projects
  • The Adobe Certified Associate Program.

Key Information


Course Format

Self-study Time

Delivery Time



Approximately 120 Hours (Self-Study)

1-2 Working Days (Email)


You should have a working knowledge of your computer and operating system, including accessing the frequently-used menus and commands, and how to open, save, and close files.

Computer & Software Requirements:

To complete this course you will need a Windows or Apple Mac PC with at least 1gb of spare disk space and a subscription to Adobe’s Photoshop CC software, with both Photoshop CC and Bridge CC installed. 

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.


You will be assessed on the completed assignments contained in the training programme. The coursework consists of a series of image processing exercises, layers and paths exercises, colour processing and filtering exercises, a video production project with animation and special effects, and a web design project. At the end of the course, you submit your coursework to your course tutor for assessment and feedback.

Open Awards Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive our Adobe Photoshop CC Essentials Certificate of Completion with feedback from your tutor and students can also apply for the Adobe Certified Professional (ACP) Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop CC exam.

Adobe ACP Examinations must be sat at a registered Certiport Testing Centre. You can locate testing centres and schedule appointments on their Website:

When searching for exam centres on the Certiport Search Facility, you should choose the Program, Version and Exam from the right-hand menu before adding your location.

Exam fees can vary, but an Adobe Exam Voucher (Valid for 12 Months) can be purchased from our website for £96.00. We usually advise buying a voucher when you are ready to sit your test, although you can add this to your order when you purchase your course. Exam Centre’s will also usually charge an additional proctoring fee (approximately £15.00 to £25.00) for sitting exams.

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