Photoshop CC (2014): Essentials

Acadia Training

Course introduction

In this course, our Adobe Certified Instructor will guide you through the innovative new design tools in Adobe Photoshop CC. Besides the essential skills, you will learn blazingly fast retouching commands like the different warp commands, the new Blur Gallery, the camera Shake Reduction and many more enhanced features. This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to build up design skills to handle advertisement designs, image corrections, communication tools, marketing collaterals, websites etc.

Target Audience

New and basic users

Course Outline

Essential Basics

  • Workspace overview, Tools Panel & Options Bar
  • Saving a customizing Workspace
  • Undoing steps in Photoshop
  • Zooming & panning an image

Adobe Bridge
  • Introduction to Adobe Bridge Workspace
  • Getting acquainted with the Panels
  • Previewing, rating & labelling images
  • Renaming multiple files with the Batch Rename command
  • Using the Slideshow

Selections and Transformations
  • Making a Selection using the Marquee, Lasso, Magic Wand & Quick Selection Tools
  • Working smart with Auto-Select
  • Applying Transformation to a Selection
  • Improving a Selection with the Refine Edge command
  • Saving a Selection

Designing with Layers
  • Layers basics
  • Adding and removing layers
  • Controlling layers visibility
  • Changing stacking order of layers
  • Organizing content with Layer Groups
  • Adding labels to layers
  • Applying Layer Styles to layers
  • Using the Styles Panel
  • Create multiple layouts with Layer Comps
  • Merging layers to reduce image file size

Masking Techniques
  • Introduction to Masking in Photoshop
  • Saving selections as Alpha Masks
  • Making advanced selection with Quick Mask
  • Blending images with Layer Masks
  • Understanding the use of Clipping Mask
  • Using Masks to create creative composites
  • Applying masking with other Photoshop filters

Designing with Text & Path
  • Introduction to Paths and Shapes
  • Using Path as selection
  • Creating vector shapes in Photoshop
  • Applying dashed and dotted lines
  • Text fundamentals
  • Creative beautiful text layout with Text on Paths
  • Tonal and Color Adjustments
  • Removing unwanted Color Cast
  • Automatically adjusting Tonal & Contrast values
  • Modifying Hue & Saturation in an image
  • Repairing over & under exposed images
  • Apply non-destructive edits with Adjustment Layers

Effects and Enhancements
  • Warping a logo onto a product’s surface
  • Applying non-destructive effects with Smart Filters/Objects
  • Creating artistic effects and textures with the Filter Gallery

Retouch with Content-Aware
  • Removing unwanted elements from an image with Content-Aware Fill
  • Using Content-Aware Scale to resize an image without distortion
  • Understanding the use of Content-Aware Patch and Content-Aware Heal
  • Using Content-Aware Move to reposition an element in a photograph

Retouching Portraits
  • Stitching photographs into a Panorama
  • Cropping and straighten an image non-destructively
  • Cropping an image in perspective
  • Aligning multiple images automatically
  • Blending two images to reveal a perfect portrait
  • Removing red-eyes in a photograph
  • Modify a model’s pose with Puppet Warp
  • Beautifying a model’s contour & hair with the enhanced Liquify Filter
  • Removing Blemishes & Wrinkles with Spot Healing, Healing & Patch Tools
  • Blurring and Smoothening facial imperfections
  • Sharpening and Increasing focus in fine details
  • Adjusting a portrait’s Saturation and Tone
  • Repairing an image with the Clone Stamp Tool
  • Recomposing an image in perspective with Vanishing Point

Photoshop CC New Features
  • Learning about the new Camera Shake Reduction command
  • Using the all new Perspective Warp command
  • Creating motion blur using the new Blur Gallery
  • Discovering the other new features in Photoshop CC

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Trainer Profile


A self-professed technophile, Ricky's fascination for computer software developed into a passion for sharing his knowledge in I.T. With more than 16 years in the I.T. training industry, Ricky's extensive experience comes from teaching as a polytechnic lecturer and corporate instructor.

At Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Ricky taught programming languages as well as web design and web development. As a corporate instructor, Ricky has been an Adobe Certified Instructor and Adobe Certified Expert since 2006. Due to his numerous Adobe certifications, he has been conferred the highly coveted title of "Adobe Certified Instructor - Creative Suite Master". Some of his major clients include GlaxoSmithKline, NOL, AIA, SPH, and Seagate. He has also collaborated with People's Association in organising and conducting I.T. courses for the public in community clubs.

With his diverse experience and broad knowledge, Ricky is an excellent facilitator whose previous participants have greatly benefitted from his insights. Besides understanding the needs of his participants, Ricky's strengths are his clear, focussed delivery and his ability to generate enthusiasm. His affable personality and cheerful style means his lessons are always interesting and engaging.


As an official Training Partner of Adobe System Inc, Han is an Adobe Certified Instructor, Certified Expert Specialist and Certified Expert Master. A creative design veteran, Han graduated from the prestigious Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) program as a Distinction holder and worked as a successful graphic designer before switching to his true passion - training.

With detailed explanations and humorous style, Han's trainees gain a strong understanding of each design tool and technique in a fun and easy-going setting. Emphasizing on the practicality of each design approach, Han backs each lesson with industrial-relevant scenarios, examples and case studies. As a dedicated trainer, Han's trainees benefit from having him as a supportive advisor in their projects afters attending his courses.