Advanced Diploma in Photoshop


Program Description

Learn essential skills such as advanced image compositing, retouching, and outputting techniques. You will be on the right path, on your journey in the field of image editing and take your Photoshop skills to a whole new level. Interaction is the key to learning any new topic, and our live webinars make it easy to understand and learn in-depth concepts and skills. We will give you the advice and support you need to succeed so register now to master Photoshop.

Course Details

24 Lessons - 12 Weeks - 3 Semesters

Tuesday: Learn New Skills

Thursday: Practical/Application Webinars

The Thursday webinars are very interactive and are often student-led. As long as you’re a member, you will be registered for them indefinitely, so you can log in anywhere in the world to practice and apply the skills you have learned.


Week 1: Actions And Batch Processing

September 26th, 2017, 2:00 pm | September 28th, 2017, 2:00 pm

Photoshop Actions allow us to record the various steps we use when making a change to an individual image and then apply these changes to multiple images all at once. This saves us hours upon hours of image editing time and helps us develop an efficient workflow.

Week 2: Illustrations In Photoshop

October 3rd, 2017, 2:00 pm | October 5th, 2017, 2:00 pm

While Adobe Illustrator is the preferred tool by most designers for illustrating and drawing digitally, Photoshop can also be used for some types of illustration. This lesson explores these capabilities, and you will learn how to create an illustration from scratch!

Week 3: Sharpening And Output

October 10th 2017, 2:00 pm | October 12th, 2017, 2:00 pm

The lesson will discuss screen calibration, printer profiling, colour spaces, and how to sharpen correctly for both screen and print. These subjects are essential to the consistent and predictable output of your images.

Week 4: Open Training Session

October 17th, 2017, 3:00 pm | October 19th, 2017, 3:00 pm

As a student, your opinion matters! This Lesson has been left completely open so that we can explore a topic chosen by you. End your Advanced journey the way you want.


Week 1: Advanced Selections

October 24th, 2017, 3:00 pm |October 26th, 2017, 3:00 pm

We will discuss in detail how to effectively create selections using advanced techniques in Photoshop and look at tools such as Colour Range and Focus Range selection. This will allow you to make selections as accurately as possible inside the software.

Week 2: Advanced Layers And Masks

October 31st, 2017, 4:00 pm |November 2nd, 2017, 4:00 pm

This lesson looks at how layer blend modes work so that we can overlay textures and other images on top of your work to create some striking artistic effects. We will also discuss layer masks so that we can work in a completely non-destructive way when making adjustments and selections.

Week 3: Brush Tools Essentials

November 7th, 2017, 4:00 pm |November 9th, 2017, 4:00 pm

Brushes are an essential part of Photoshop. We use them in our cosmetic retouching, our layer masks, and for digital painting. While simple in theory, when we explore brushes in depth we can unlock their creative potential.

Week 4: Complete Cosmetic Retouching

November 14th, 2017, 4:00 pm |November 16th, 2017, 4:00 pm

This lesson gives you the skills to remove blemishes, reduce or remove lines and wrinkles, eliminate shiny skin, improve lighting and enhance colour and tone. Here you will learn the skills to take your portraits to a professional standard.


Week 1: Working With Text And Shape Layers

November 21st, 2017, 4:00 pm |November 23rd, 2017, 4:00 pm

Whether you want to turn your image into a simple postcard or create an elaborate advertisement, working with text in Photoshop is an essential skill to master. We will look at how to effectively format text and discuss concepts such as alignment, justification, tracking, kerning, and leading.

Week 2: Scale And Perspective

November 28th, 2017, 4:00 pm |November 30th, 2017, 4:00 pm

Photoshop contains several tools to adjust scale and perspective in our images. In this lesson will be looking at some of Photoshop’s features such as a Content-Aware scale to resize an object and move it to another area within the image, as well as Puppet-Warp to manipulate perspective.

Week 3: Photoshop Automation

December 5th, 2017, 4:00 pm |December 7th, 2017, 4:00 pm

This lesson looks at some of Photoshop’s automated features. You will also learn how to merge several photos into a single image so that you can start to create stunning panoramic images and we use these skills to create our own ‘Tiny Planets’.

Week 4: The Power Of Smart Objects And Smart Filters

December 12th, 2017, 4:00 pm |December 14th, 2017, 4:00 pm

Smart Objects are the ultimate way to preserve an image's source content with all of its original characteristics, enabling you to perform complete non-destructive editing where no pixels get hurt.

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