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Adobe Photoshop CS4 / CS5 Professional

Adobe Photoshop CS4 / CS5 is the standard image editing application used by the majority of design professionals throughout the world. It offers incredible creative freedom both in terms of manipulating exisiting images, creating wholly new art, and integrating the two.Photoshop CS4 / CS5 also supports vector graphics, easy automation, and a wide range of other improved features. If you’re serious about working in the creative industries, it’s no exaggeration to say that you must know this application.

In this two day beginners’ course in Adobe Photoshop CS4 / CS5, you will learn the basics of image manipulation and creation with this powerful tool. Learning how to create accurate selections to modify with Photoshop’s tools will form a key part of the training (including Quick masks), as will understanding layers, using colour and transparency, and adjusting images to improve their quality/suitability for their intended publication. You will also look at Photoshop’s vector/path drawing tools, use its improved type engine, work with clipping paths, blending modes and flters. There will also be opportunity to experiment with images for your particular publication to ensure that you have the required skills to do your job before leaving the training.

By the end of this course you will be create artwork with confidence in a range of styles. You will also be able to perform professional enchancements and modifications to exisiting images. Finally, you will be able to convert or save these images/artwork for professional output.


Good Mac or PC skills

The following is a general outline. The range of topics covered during your training is dependent upon student level, time available and preferences of your course booking.

Getting Started with Photoshop CS4/CS5

  • Workspaces, Palettes, the File Browser
  • Tool Palette: explanation of each tool and its options
  • Use of the Navigator palette: how to view the image you are working on easily and quickly
  • Use of the Options Palette: how it changes for each tool selected.

Selections and Erasing

  • Use the marquee, lasso, and magic wand tools to select parts of an image in various ways
  • Reposition a selection marquee
  • Use of the Quick mask mode to fine-tune a selection
  • Move and duplicate a selection
  • Constrain the movement of a selection
  • Add to and subtract from selections
  • Rotate, scale, and transform a selection
  • Crop an image.

Levels & Curves

  • Improving the black/white balance in images


  • Organise your artwork on layers
  • Create a new layer, view and hide layers
  • Remove artwork on layers
  • Reorder layers & applying modes to layers
  • Link layers to affect them simultaneously
  • Add text and layer effects to a layer
  • Save a copy of the file with the layers flattened
  • Blending modes.

Using Brushes and other drawing/editing tools

  • The Paintbrush tool
  • Brushes and the Rubber Stamp (clone) tool
  • Brushes and their use with other tools
  • The rubber stamp tool for duplicating objects
  • Transforming an object with the Free Transform tool
  • The Art Histroy brush for paint-type effects.

Mask & Channels

  • Using Quick Mask mode to make detailed selections
  • Making subtle changes to colour balance with the Channel Mixer
  • Adding and using Layer Masks.


  • Using the Gradient tool
  • Gradient Map adjustment layers.

Text and Vector Features

  • Creating Vector Masks: what are they?
  • Drawing vector objects
  • Drawing paths
  • Stroking paths
  • Using the Text Tool
  • Setting font, size, Colour, Leading and Tracking
  • Applying “Layer Effects” to tex
  • Rendering a text layer
  • Clipping Paths for DTP layout applications.

Image Resizing

  • Image size, screen size, resolution, resampling options.

Retouching problem images

  • Using Masks, Filters, and the Healing Brush to correct problem images
  • Remove a colour cast from an image using an adjustment layer
  • Use the Replace Colour command to change the hue and saturation of a selected colour in a photograph.

File Types: saving for different types of output

  • Save an Adobe Photoshop file in a format that can be used by a page layout program
  • Save a file for the Web
  • Save a file for repurposing
  • Save a PDF.

Converting Colours and Colour Management

  • Setting up Photoshop for consistent colour
  • Understanding source and destination spaces
  • Making colour adjustments to improve image quality between colour modes
  • Soft Proofing, Custom Proofing, Converting.

Advanced Object Filtering

  • Using Photoshop’s Extract... command to extract complex objects from detailed backgrounds
  • Liquifying objects
  • Pattern maker.

Hues and Tones

  • Using Photo Filters
  • Using tints and Gradient Maps
  • Changing object colours in image files.

Layer Effects and Blending

  • Layer Effects: Blending Options; Shadows; Glows; Overlays etc
  • Layer Blending and Transparency.

Layer Techniques

  • Fill and Adjustment layers
  • Clipping Paths
  • Using Vector Masks.

Channels and Channel Mixer

  • Understanding channel information
  • Warming up a cold image with subtle Channel Mixer changes
  • Adding creative effects with the Channel Mixer.

Paths and Vector objects

  • Old Style Clipping Paths for page layout applications
  • Creating Paths as clipping areas for page layout applications
  • Using Paths to hold selections
  • Other uses of Alpha channels.

Colour Matching and Highlights

  • Matching colour across documents with different lighting
  • Using Photoshop’s Levels... and Shadow/Highlight... tools to improve and alter image lighting.

Layer Comps

  • Creating Layer Comps to preview different designs
  • Exporting Layer Comps for previewing outside Photoshop.

Advantages of learning Adobe Photoshop CS4/CS5 with NCL Training

  • Our Adobe Photoshop CS4/CS5 trainers are experienced design professionals with excellent knowledge off all aspects of graphic design from creating artwork to guaranteeing successful output.
  • It's solutions based: before you come to NCL Training we agree the course content with you based on your needs.
  • We take the time to work specifically on any files you bring along to the course, ensuring that you see benefits to your workflow immediately.
  • NCL training focusses on real tasks that reflect how the software is used in professional situations.
  • On-site and off-site training is available for the whole Sri Lanka.
  • Free email support service for 3 months after course.
  • We get consistently good feedback from our clients.

Domestic Tuition Information

Mode of Study Full - time
Starting Dates N/A
Awarding Body Nottingham College of London
Award Certificate in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Duration 02 Months
Registration Fee Rs. 1000/=
(Group Fee) - (Individual Fee)
Rs. 5,400/= - Rs. 6,960/=

International Tuition Information

Duration 02 Months
Registration fee US$ 19/=
(Group fee)   -   (Individual fee)
US$ 60/=  -      US$ 90/=


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