The Adobe Photoshop CS6 Course is designed to help students learn more about using the Adobe Photoshop software package and graphic design. The course tests your knowledge of correcting, painting, and retouching images. This includes an understanding of Adobe Bridge, and processing digital camera raw files using Camera Raw.

This course covers the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop CS6 exam objectives and can also be used as a learning resource for the Adobe Certified Expert exam.

The course consists of Adobe ACE Courses books, student exercise files which are emailed to the student and online iPassExam Test Prep Software (3 Month License).

The course consists of the following items:

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Basics Course Book:

  • Unit 1: Getting Started

Learn how to: Understand different file types used in Photoshop and save files; Customise the Photoshop environment; magnify and scroll images; Set up rulers, guides & grids; Specify tool options; and create and export tool presets.

  • Unit 2: Image Selections

Learn how to: Use various tools to select image areas (marquee tools, the lasso tool, and the quick selection tool); and Modify and manipulate selections.

  • Unit 3: Layers

Learn how to: Create empty layers; Create layers based on a selection; Arrange layers and move layers from one image to another; Transform layers by using commands; Use type layers to add and format text; and Use opacity & layer styles to apply effects to layers.

  • Unit 4: Basic Image Adjustments

Learn how to: Use automatic adjustments to maximize image contrast; locate image shadows and highlights; Set target points in a Levels adjustment layer; and Use a Curves adjustment layer to adjust image contrast.

  • Unit 5: Repairing and Retouching Images

Learn how to: Repair image defects by using Red Eye, Spot Healing Brush and Patch tools; Retouch images by using the Burn, Blur, Content-Aware Move, Clone Stamp and History Brush tools; Remove image areas by using the Background Eraser tool and Content-Aware Fill; Select a painting colour and use the Brush tool to paint an image; and Use the Filter Gallery to apply filters to a layer or selection.

  • Unit 6: Resizing Images

Learn how to: Determine an image’s resolution and resize images with and without changing their resolution; Change an image’s canvas size by using the Crop tool; and use the Canvas Size dialog box.

  • Unit 7: Managing Files with Adobe Bridge

Learn how to: Import files, navigate your computer’s folder structure and review files in Bridge; View and modify file metadata and use metadata to find and filter files; Organize files by creating collections and smart collections; and Output files by creating PDF contact sheets and Web galleries.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Advanced Course Book:

  • Unit 1: Working with Multiple Layers

Learn how to: Group layers and clip layers to underlying layers; Apply layer blending modes; Use Smart Objects when creating a composite; and Create and export layer comps.

  • Unit 2: Working with Colour

Learn how to: Specify colours and store them in the Swatches panel, and apply colours to image selections and as fill layers; Apply fill types such as gradients and use overlay layer styles to apply colours and gradients to layer content; and Select colour in an image, adjust colour, colourise an image, create a spot-colour channel and replace a colour in an image.

  • Unit 3: Masks

Learn how to: Paint in Quick Mask mode and in an alpha channel to specify a selection; Create a layer mask to hide part of a layer, and use grayscale masks to partially mask part of an image.; and Refine a selection by using the Refine Edge dialogue box.

  • Unit 4: Vector Shapes

Learn how to: Understand how vector layers differ from raster layers and when you might use a vector layer; Use the path tools and commands to create vector paths and shapes; Use the path tools and options to edit vector paths; and Use paths to apply creative effects to type.

  • Unit 5: Creative Image Effects

Learn how to: Warp text and layers; Use the Liquify filter to modify an image’s pixels; Use the Black & White options to maximise image contrast when you convert a grayscale image to a duotone; and Apply filters as Smart Filters, and mask Smart Filters.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Production Course Book:

  • Unit 1: Camera Raw and Batch Processing

Learn how to: Maximise digital image quality by specifying settings for camera raw images; Make selective image corrections in Camera Raw by using tools; Process multiple images in Camera Raw; and Automate multiple images in Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.

  • Unit 2: Photographic Techniques

Learn how to: Merge images to create panoramas; Merge images of varying exposures to create High Dynamic Range images; Use photo filters and the Match Colours command to adjust image colours; and Apply filters to counteract lens distortions or simulate lens effects, and sharpen images.

  • Unit 3: Colour Management

Learn how to: Examine colour models’ different gamuts and colour space differences; Specify how to handle images when their colour profiles are different from the current colour space; and Proof image colour onscreen.

  • Unit 4: CMYK Separations

Learn how to: Specify colour settings for print images, and separate images into CMYK components; and Correct image colours by adjusting CMYK curves.

  • Unit 5: Web Images

Learn how to: Downsample Web images to decrease file size, optimize JPEG and GIF images for Web use, and optimise a Web image to a target file size; Optimise images with transparency or simulated transparency; and Use the Timeline and Layers panels to create frame-based animations, and output animations for online use.

  • Unit 6: Timeline Animation

Learn how to: Start a new video animation project and import video clips; Navigate the video timeline, trim and split clips, and add audio tracks to a video project; Add transitions between clips; Add graphics and text to a video project, and animate clips by using presets and keyframes; and Apply a colour lookup table and export a video.

Student Files:

Once enrolled students will receive a support email giving them access to their student files and to PowerPoint presentations relevant to the content of each unit. These files are also available through a student page and can be sent on disk on request.

Free iPassExam Test Prep Software (3 Month License):

iPassExam has both Question Banks and Sample papers. Both are designed to address specific needs of your learning experience.

Question Banks: The iPassExam question banks contain hundreds of questions categorised to match the official Adobe ACE syllabus. When working in Question Bank mode your response gets immediately marked so you can see if you selected the correct option. If your response was incorrect you will be shown the correct option plus you will be presented with an explanation that provides additional detail on the topic addressed in the question. In addition you will be presented with a "peer response" graph that gives you a visual presentation of how your peers chose to answer the question.

Sample Paper: The "Mock Exam" is a simulation of the actual exam. This resource should be completed after completing the question bank to test if your ready for the actual ACE exam. All the questions are new questions (not used in the question bank). The exam is timed and you don’t get to see the correct answer until you complete the exam and all your answers are submitted. On completing the exam you are presented with your grade and are able to review your responses so you can see what questions you had incorrect (unlike the real exam). You can resit the mock exam 25 times, each time the answers and options are randomised, to prevent learning by memorisation.


There are no particular entry requirements as the course is set out for beginners although students will require their own version of Adobe Photoshop CS6 to complete the course.

APPLE MAC USERS: We recommend this course is completed on a PC with the Windows Operating System. The course can be run on an Apple Macs using software such as Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop 7, VMware fusion or CrossOver Mac although we cannot support any issues that may occur with PC-Based software running on a Mac.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time. The courses are designed as self-study courses but if you have any problems you can email our support service. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer, and we do not impose a cut-off date for study.


Adobe Certified AssociateOn completion of the course students can apply for the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop CS6 Examination. The course can also be used as a learning resource for the Adobe Photoshop ACE 9A0-303 Examination.

ACA Examinations must be sat at a registered Certiport testing centre and are currently £75.00. Exam Centre's will usually charge an additional proctoring fee (Approximately £15.00) for sitting exams.

ACE Examinations must be sat at a registered Pearson VUE testing centre and are currently £115.00 + VAT each.

You can locate testing centres and schedule appointments on their Website:

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Please Note: We advise students to keep checking on the availability of Adobe ACE Exams. Adobe do not usually announce retirement dates for their certification programme tests so we cannot advise when any Adobe tests will be retired.

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