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Acquire the skills to navigate an extensive list of Photoshop features.  You will gain both a foundational and advanced understanding of the popular software, and practice the most commonly used methods, such as managing text, working with layers, and image file properties.  You will find out the purpose of each photo-editing tool and walk away with the skills to use them. You will even learn what the pros know. 
One month course, Dan Hood, instructor   
outlineCourse Outline

Unit 1
-Opening files and creating a new file
-File properties: Resolution, mode and canvas vs. size
-Saving files: methods and formats
-Rulers, guides, and grids
-Navigating layers: Create, edit, blend, and mask 

Unit 2
Basic tools
-Brushes, fill, and eraser
-Blur, smudge, clone, and heal 
-Shapes and lines, introduction to vector graphics
-Adjustments and adjustment layers

Unit 3
Managing text
-Creating text: Font properties, alignment and color 
-Text boxes and paragraph properties 
-Character properties and spacing 
-Vertical text and text effects

Unit 4
What the pros know
-Creating swatches
-Some filters are more useful than others
-Create your own shapes and brushes
-Save time with Photoshop actions

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun.

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom. You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

Next offering(s):
-Next session coming soon-

$195 USD

Ave. hours 16, 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor

Andy Helmi is a graphic and website designer, technical consultant and an online marketing specialist located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. His education background includes over ten years of academic training in electronic/computer engineering, graphic and web design, music and digital photography.

Andy’s professional experience in digital media started in 1996. He has worked for a few companies and also has been running his own freelance design business ever since. 

Andy also has passion for teaching. He is an Adobe certified instructor and has completed “BC Instructional Skills” certification. He has been developing courses/programs and teaching at several local colleges and universities including Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Community College, Langara College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives

1.  To provide practical knowledge of the basic Photoshop tools
2.  To provide an introduction to managing text in Photoshop
3.  To address technical issues such as file properties and formats
4.  To provide information about customizing the interface for your specific needs

Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes

At the end of the course, you will:

1.  Have a comprehensive knowledge of basic Photoshop tools.
2.  Possess the skills to work with text in Photoshop.
3.  Understand file properties and formats.
4.  Know how to customize the interface for your needs.

Completion Requirements