Centre for Continuing Education

Adobe Photoshop Course: Level 2

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 CCE, the University of Sydney.

This course is delivered using Adobe Creative Cloud
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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This course will extend knowledge beyond Level 1 and teach participants more advanced editing techniques. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to be able to work with various advanced aspects including applying layer effects, creating and modifying 3D content and much more.


Upon successful completion of this training course, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand, modify and create libraries.
  2. Apply layer effects to an image.
  3. Understand and work with smart objects.
  4. Transform images, include flipping, rotating and skewing.
  5. Correct the tone and colour of photos using adjustments layers.
  6. Understand and use masks, filters and blending modes.
  7. Understand the 3D tools and settings in Photoshop.
  8. Manage digital images and other assets using Adobe Bridge.
  9. Understand and work with Camera Raw.
  10. Share documents.
  11. Work with other applications.


This Adobe Photoshop training course covers the following topics:

Creative Cloud Libraries

  • The Libraries Panel
  • Adding Assets to the Libraries Panel
  • Accessing the Contents of Your Library Online
  • Sorting the Contents of the Library
  • Sharing Libraries
  • Working With Libraries

Layer Effects

  • Applying a Drop Shadow Effect
  • Applying a Glow Effect
  • Adding a Border
  • Copying Effects to Other Layers
  • Saving Layer Affects as a Style
  • Understanding Layer Comps

Smart Objects

  • Understanding Smart Objects
  • Understanding Editing Smart Objects
  • Create an Embedded Smart Object
  • Editing an Embedded Smart Object
  • Creating a Linked Smart Object
  • Modifying a Linked Smart Object
  • Editing a Smart Object In Illustrator

Transforming Images

  • Flipping and Rotating Images
  • Straightening Images using the Ruler Tool
  • Straightening Images using the Crop Tool
  • Straightening Scanned Images
  • Correcting Perspective with Perspective Crop
  • Cortrecting Perspective with Pupper Warp
  • Changing Perspective with Perspective Warp
  • Scaling, Skewing and Freeform
  • Warping Images
  • Creating a Panorama

Tonal and Colour Corrections

  • Understanding Tone, Colour and Channels
  • Understanding Adjustment Layers
  • Creating an Adjustment Layer
  • Using Adjustment Presets
  • Understanding Tone and Histograms
  • Using Levels to imporve Contrast
  • Using Curves to imporve Contrast
  • Opening Up Shadows
  • Repairing Photos That Needed Fill Flash
  • Correcting a Colour Cast Automatically
  • Correcting a Colour Cast Manually
  • Adjusting Colour Temperature
  • Adjusting Colour Saturation Selectively
  • Converting Colour Images to Greyscale
  • Brightening Washed Out Colours
  • Adjustment Layers in a Mulit-Layered Image

Masks, Filters and Blending

  • Understanding Layer Masks
  • Understanding Filters
  • Understanding Blending Modes
  • Aplying a Vignette
  • Applying a Soft Focus Effect
  • Applying a Blurred Lighting Vignette
  • Applying a Focus Vignette Effect
  • Blending Images
  • Sharpening Images with the Unsharp Mask
  • Sharpening Images with Smart Sharpen
  • Adding Grain with the Add Noise Filter
  • Applying a Creative Filter
  • Smoothing Skin using the High Pass Filter
  • Dodging and Burning
  • Adding Motion with Path Blur
  • Adding Elliptical Motion with Spin Blur
  • Reducing Camera Shake

Introduction to 3D

  • Understanding 3D
  • Understanding the 3D Panel
  • Understanding the Properties Panel
  • Understanding 3D Concepts
  • Creating Preset 3D Shapes
  • Working with Camera Views
  • Work with the Light Source
  • Add Colour to 3D Objects
  • Creating 3D Text
  • Applying Colour to 3D Text
  • Rendering
  • Saving and Exporting a 3D Object
  • Importing a 3D Image Into an Image

Using Bridge

  • Installing Bridge
  • Understanding the Bridge Workspace
  • The Bridge Menu and Tool Bar
  • Opening an Image in Bridge
  • Working with Thumbnails
  • Working with Views in Bridge
  • Organising Images in Bridge
  • Sorting and Filtering
  • Embedding Metadata in Your Image Files

Introduction to Camera Raw

  • Understanding Camera Raw
  • The Camera Raw Screen
  • Understanding Camera Raw Panels
  • Understanding the Raw Tool Bar
  • Making Basic Changes in Camera Raw
  • Opening Images in Camera Raw
  • Preferences Dialog Box


  • Creating a Contact Sheet
  • Creating a PDF Presentation
  • Creating a Web Photo Gallery

Intended Audience

This course is suitable for those wanting to learn the basics of digital imaging. These skills can be applied to photography, graphic, and web designs. Prior to attending this Adobe Photoshop training course, participants should have attended Adobe Photoshop Course: Level 1 or have equivalent knowledge.

Delivery Style

This course is presented as practical, instructor-led computer-based training. You will have dedicated access to a computer so you can follow the instructor and work through in-class activities.

Additional Information

Please bring a USB flash drive to class if you would like to make a copy of your work or any relevant class materials. Alternatively, you can save these to a cloud storage space or email them to your personal email address.


  • $50 repeat class - Conditions apply
  • Expert trainer
  • Dedicated computer for every student
  • Small class size
  • Student notes – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • The tutor was awesome and really helpful, focusing on the aspects that we all needed to focus on, which was great.

Adobe Photoshop Course: Level 2

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What others say.

  • The tutor was awesome and really helpful, focusing on the aspects that we all needed to focus on, which was great.