Centre for Continuing Education

Adobe Photoshop Course: Level 1

Adobe Photoshop. Transform your images into anything you can imagine.

Photoshop gives you a complete set of professional tools for retouching, compositing, and editing down to the pixel level. Learn Adobe Photoshop the smart way with Adobe Photoshop courses at the University of Sydney.

This course is delivered using Adobe Creative Cloud 2015
This course is delivered using the latest versions of Adobe software from the Adobe Creative Cloud. Courses are suitable for users of Adobe product versions CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6 and all CC versions. Older versions of Adobe products may not include some features available within Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 versions and some visual and functional differences may exist. Project files created in Adobe Premiere Pro as part of training may not be compatible with earlier versions.

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An introduction that will teach you how to optimise and create digital images. Learn how to add those finishing touches to your photographs or use the editing techniques to create images.


  1. Recognise and understand fundamental aspects.
  2. Create your first document.
  3. Draw and format standard and custom shapes.
  4. Understand the process of saving.
  5. Understand printing and printing techniques.
  6. Use the Help menu and access online help resources.


Getting To Know The Application

  • Starting From The Desktop.
  • The Welcome Experience.
  • Dark Versus Light Interface.
  • The Workspace.
  • Understanding Panels.
  • Working With The Panel Dock.
  • Working With Panels And Panel Groups.
  • Panel Techniques.
  • Understanding The Tools Panel.
  • Working With The Tools Panel.
  • Resetting The Tools Panel.
  • Understanding The Options Bar.
  • Opening An Existing File.

Your First Document

  • Creating A New Document.
  • Customising And Saving Workspaces.
  • Understanding The Rulers And Ruler Tool.
  • Understanding The Preferences Dialog Box.
  • Saving A Document.


  • Drawing A Standard Shape.
  • Drawing A Custom Shape.
  • Arranging Shapes.
  • Drawing A Straight Line.
  • Selecting And Editing Shape Layers.
  • Understanding Guides.
  • Understanding Smart Guides.
  • Using Smart Guides To Position Shapes.


  • Understanding Saving.
  • Saving Layered Files.
  • Saving PSD Images In Another Format.
  • Understanding The Save For Web Dialog Box.
  • Optimising Photos For The Web – Part 1.


  • Printing Single Images.
  • Understanding The Print Dialog Box.
  • Using The Print Dialog Box.
  • Understanding Printing Marks.

Getting Help

  • Understanding The Help Menu.
  • Investigating New Features.
  • Using Online Help.
  • Searching For Online Help.
  • Accessing Online Tutorials.

Intended Audience

Suitable for those wanting to learn the basics of digital imaging.


  • Free repeat class - Conditions apply
  • Free USB flash drive
  • Expert trainer
  • Dedicated computer for every student
  • Small class size
  • Student notes – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I had never used the Photoshop software before but our teacher could accommodate my learning needs as a beginner as well as others who were more advanced.

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