Centre for Continuing Education

Adobe Photoshop Course: Level 2

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

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

This course is delivered using Adobe Creative Cloud
This course is delivered using the latest versions of Adobe software from Adobe Creative Cloud. Older versions of Adobe products may not include some features available within Adobe Creative Cloud CC 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 Adobe Photoshop course will extend your knowledge beyond the introductory course, Adobe Photoshop: Level 1, and guide you though more advanced editing techniques including applying layer effects, creating and modifying 3D content and more.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • understand, modify and create libraries
  • apply layer effects to an image
  • work with smart objects
  • transform images, include flipping, rotating and skewing
  • correct the tone and colour of photos using adjustments layers
  • use masks, filters and blending modes
  • use the 3D tools and settings in Photoshop
  • manage digital images and other assets using Adobe Bridge
  • work with Camera Raw
  • share documents
  • work with other applications.


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
  • Correcting perspective with paper 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 improve contrast
  • Using curves to improve 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
  • Applying 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

Suitable for anyone wanting to learn the basics of digital imaging and apply these skills to areas such as photography, graphic design and web design.


Prior to attending, you should have completed Adobe Photoshop Course: Level 1 or have equivalent knowledge.

Delivery style

Delivery options:

  • Presenter-taught computer-based training in a computer lab on University premises. You will have dedicated access to a computer so you can follow the instructor and work through in-class activities.
  • Online training via the platform Zoom.


You will be provided with a link to access and download your own personalised eBook prior to class.

Additional information

Face-to-face classes

These classes run in a computer lab and you do not need to bring your own device.

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.

Online classes

If you are attending an online class, you will need your own device.

Recommended operating system: Windows or Mac
Recommended software for PC: Adobe Photoshop CC (any version from 2015 onwards)
Recommended software for Mac OS: Adobe Photoshop CC (any version from 2015 onwards)
Recommended browser: n/a


  • $50 repeat class - Conditions apply
  • Expert trainer
  • Small class size
  • CCE Statement of Completion

Apply for the IT repeat discount.

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.
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