Learn Graphic Design using Adobe Photoshop CC

The Adobe Photoshop CC Course is designed for students who want to learn more about this industry standard graphic design software package. The course is ideal for professional or amateur photographers who want to use the robust features of Photoshop CC to enhance, modify, and organise their photographs, and anyone interested in working towards Adobe Photoshop CC certification.

This course covers the Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop CC exam objectives to help students prepare for the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam and also covers the content that was used in the Adobe Certified Expert syllabus.

The course consists of 2 Adobe Photoshop Courses books, digital versions of the books (PDF and EPUB files), student exercise files and online iPassExam Test Prep Software (3 Month License).

The course includes the following items:-

  • Adobe Photoshop CC Part 1 Book

Part 1 of the course covers some of the basic features of Photoshop so that the student can navigate the environment and use Photoshop tools to work with photographic images. In addition, the orientation to Adobe Bridge and organisation of files in Bridge is covered. Although Photoshop is used by a variety of professionals, from photographers to designers to videographers, Photoshop Part 1 will focus mainly on the photography component. The illustration and animation techniques are covered in subsequent levels of Photoshop.

Course Contents:

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Photoshop
Lesson 2: Creating Basic Images
Lesson 3: Managing Selections & Layers
Lesson 4: Adjusting Images
Lesson 5: Refining Images
Lesson 6: Managing Files in a Production Workflow

This course book also includes information on the Adobe ACA Examination and what elements of the course map to the syllabus, and a lesson lab for each Lesson to help put into practice what you are learning.

  • Adobe Photoshop CC Part 2 Book

Part 2 of the course covers Photoshop's numerous features and how they work together to provide a comprehensive toolset for design professionals. This course delves into some of the more advanced image creation and editing techniques, and offers you hands-on activities that demonstrate how these techniques can be used in combination to create exciting visual effects.

Course Contents:

Lesson 1: Creating Raster Images
Lesson 2: Applying Vector Image Tools
Lesson 3: Applying Advanced Layer Techniques
Lesson 4: Automating Tasks
Lesson 5: Editing Video
Lesson 6: Setting Project Requirements

This course book also includes information on the Adobe ACA Examination and what elements of the course map to the syllabus, and a lesson lab for each Lesson to help put into practice what you are learning.

  • Free Adobe Photoshop Part 1 & Part 2 (Digital Versions)

Students will also receive digital versions of their course books. These come in .PDF (Adobe Acrobat) and .EPUB (Epub File Reader) format and will allow you to view your course books on any application that supports these formats.

  • 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 ACA 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 ACA 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.

  • 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.


It is recommended that students have a basic knowledge of digital photography and using computers / software. For example, you have used a digital camera and have downloaded images to your computer or other storage device. Students will require their own version of the software.

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 course materials 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.


Assessment is in the form an Adobe Examination. Examinations are in a multiple choice/multiple answer format. A Certificate of completion can also be sent on request if you prefer not to take the Adobe examinations.


Adobe Certified AssociateOn completion of this course students can apply for the Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop CC ACA Examination.

ACA Examinations must be sat at a registered Certiport testing centre and are currently £90.00. Exam Centre's will usually charge an additional proctoring fee (Approximately £15.00) for sitting exams.

You can locate testing centres and schedule appointments on their Website: http://www.certiport.com/

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