Adobe® Photoshop® has been an indispensable image-editing software application for many years. As an aspiring graphic designer, you would like to familiarize yourself with design creation and image editing using this software. Understanding the different tools and features available in Photoshop CS4 will help you maximize your creative potential. In this course, you will use the various tools and features of Photoshop CS4 to work with images.
Course Objective: You will explore the Photoshop CS4 interface, customize it, and use tools for selecting parts of images. You will learn to use layers and to apply layer effects and filters for creating special effects. Additionally, you will use painting tools and blending modes to enhance the appearance of your design. Finally, you will save images in both print and web formats.
Target Student: Adobe® Photoshop® CS4: Level 1 is intended for a diverse audience including, but not limited to, computer-savvy professionals who want to create and enhance graphics for marketing materials, newsletters, blogs, and websites; photographers who want to work with and prepare photos for print or web; students with an interest in graphic design or those with novice design skills; and professionals who want to learn and use Photoshop CS4 as a complement to other CS4 programs, such as Illustrator.
Prerequisites: Before taking this course, students should have basic Windows application skills, such as copying and pasting objects, formatting text, saving files, and so on. It is also recommended that students have some experience with digital photography, and graphics working with Microsoft® Office PowerPoint®, Adobe® InDesign®, or Microsoft® Office Publisher.
Delivery Method: Instructor led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
explore the Adobe Photoshop CS4 environment.
determine the resolution and graphic type.
work with selections.
work with multiple layers.
identify the various image mode characteristics and color adjustment options.
save images in the web, print, and PDF formats.
Lesson 1: Exploring the Adobe Photoshop CS4 Environment
Topic 1A: Explore the Photoshop Interface
Topic 1B: Explore the Navigation Tools
Topic 1C: Customize the Workspace
Topic 1D: Explore Adobe Bridge
Topic 1E: Use Photoshop Help
Lesson 2: Determining Resolution and Graphic Type
Topic 2A: Differentiate Between Raster and Vector Graphics
Topic 2B: Understand Image Resolution
Lesson 3: Working with Selections
Topic 3A: Create a Selection
Topic 3B: Save a Selection
Topic 3C: Modify a Selection
Topic 3D: Apply Color to a Selection
Lesson 4: Working with Layers
Topic 4A: Create Layers
Topic 4B: Work with Type Layers
Topic 4C: Transform Layers
Topic 4D: Apply Layer Styles
Topic 4E: Manage Layers
Lesson 5: Enhancing Images with Paint and Filters
Topic 5A: Paint on an Image
Topic 5B: Apply Filter Effects
Lesson 6: Exploring Image Modes and Color Adjustments
Topic 6A: Explore Grayscale and Bitmap Modes
Topic 6B: Explore Color Modes
Topic 6C: Apply Color Adjustments
Lesson 7: Saving Images for Web and Print
Topic 7A: Save Images for Print
Topic 7B: Save Images for the Web
Topic 7C: Save Images as PDF
Appendix A: Work with Adobe® Bridge
Supplemental Lesson Managing Assets with Adobe Bridge
Topic 1A: Work with Adobe Bridge
Topic 1B: Work with Stacks and Filters in Adobe Bridge
Topic 1C: Apply Metadata and Keywords to Files
Appendix B: New Features in Adobe® Photoshop® CS4