Course Description:
This course prepares students to demonstrate expertise in Adobe’s Photoshop software and take the ACE Certification Exam on Photoshop. Students will learn through engaging and interactive content, projects and practice exam items aligned to the learning objectives outlined by Adobe’s exam specifications. Students will leave this course with career-ready, real‐time skills in one of the most popular software programs in the world!

Module 1: Working in the Design Industry Part I

Working in the design industry is more than just knowing how to use graphic design tools. There are crucial design, legal, and technical aspects that students must take into consideration when they work on any design project. Another key factor is how to work with colleagues and clients, and communication of ideas and design visions. In this module, students will learn critical skills to recognize what their audience needs, and how to communicate with colleagues and clients about design plans. They will also learn the legal ramifications of copyright, permissions, and licensing when using digital content.

Module 2: Working in the Design Industry Part II

Before students dive into Photoshop, they need to have a strong base knowledge of design principles and sensibilities. In this module, students will be introduced to digital image terminology. They will learn about the basic building blocks of design like color, typography, layout, and composition. They will also be introduced to fundamental design principles and techniques that will be very valuable as they progress in this course.

Module 3: Project Setup and Interface Part I

The Photoshop Interface is a treasure trove of useful tools and settings. The first step for any beginner user of Photoshop is to get acclimatized with the interface so they can begin to identify the different sections and tools available. Students will learn how to get started with Photoshop by creating a new document. They will also get an overview of all the elements of the Photoshop interface and their functions. Finally, students will learn how to customize the Photoshop workspace and preferences in a way that is both convenient and efficient.

Module 4: Project Setup and Interface Part II

Photoshop is a complex tool, but it also has some great features in place to make it easier for you to use Photoshop. In this module, students will learn how to easily navigate a document. They will learn how rulers, grids, and guides can make it so much easier to place objects and align them on a document. They will also learn all the different ways to import images and place assets in a Photoshop document.

Module 5: Project Setup and Interface Part III

Photoshop is a must-know tool for anyone interested in photography, graphic design, art, and illustration because of the myriad of color editing tools available. This module will introduce students to ways in which they can select, use, and modify background colors, gradients, and swatches in Photoshop. They will also learn how to use Photoshop libraries to browse and edit brushes, graphic styles, and patterns.

Module 6: Organizing Documents Part I

Layers can help you manage all of the design elements of your document. They give you the flexibility to work on individual elements and adjust them as many times as you want till you have the perfect results. In this module, you will learn all about the Layers panel and how you can use it to create and modify layers. You’ll learn the mechanics of working with multiple layers on complex projects. You will also be introduced to new concepts like flattening and merging layers, as well as different types of layers.

Module 7: Organizing Documents Part II

In this module, students will learn how to modify a layer’s visibility by adjusting opacity and using blending modes. They will learn about masks and how to apply them to layers. Students will gain an understanding of what non-destructive and destructive editing are, as well as the key differences between them.

Module 8: Creating and Modifying Visual Elements Part I

Photoshop is a haven for the creative mind, and there is a multitude of drawing, painting and text tools to explore. In this module, students will learn how to create designs and images using a variety of tools. They will also learn how to add and manipulate text using various typographic settings in Photoshop.

Module 9: Creating and Modifying Visual Elements Part II

The selection tools in Photoshop give you the flexibility to choose which areas of an image you want to make changes to. This allows you to apply multiple effects and filters to specific areas for more in-depth editing and refinement. In this module, students will learn to make, modify, and refine selections using various selection tools. They will also learn how to rotate, flip and modify elements of their images. Finally, students will get a brief overview of how to apply some basic auto-correction methods and tools in Photoshop.

Module 10: Creating and Modifying Visual Elements Part III

Photoshop is, first and foremost, a photo editing tool. In this module, students will learn how to use various tools, settings, and commands to repair and reconstruct images. They will learn how to evaluate the color, tone, brightness, and the overall appearance of the image and determine what tools, adjustments, and filters they can apply to enhance it. Students will also learn to work with layer styles.

Module 11: Publishing Digital Media

Photoshop gives you multiple ways and formats in which you can export your documents, images, and designs for digital use, printing, or for further processing in other tools or programs. In this module, students will learn how to adjust project specifications and save their files in the correct format. Students will also learn about exporting project elements in various formats. Finally, we’ll go over the structure and test prep students will need for the ACA Photoshop Certification Exam.

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