Adobe Photoshop Course for Beginners - Short Courses Sydney

Adobe Photoshop Course for Beginners

What you'll learn

Learn image editing & design in this Adobe Photoshop Course for Beginners. This Adobe Photoshop course is one of five Adobe Creative Cloud courses we offer in Sydney.

Adobe Photoshop is a critical tool for designers, web developers, graphic artists, photographers, and creative professionals. It is widely used for image editing, retouching, creating image compositions, website mockups, and adding effects. Digital or scanned images can be edited for use online or in print.

This Adobe Photoshop course equips you to use industry-leading image editing software. Whether you're a creative professional or looking to learn Adobe Photoshop for personal use, our Adobe Photoshop courses set the foundation so you can take creative control of this powerful 2D and 3D image manipulation software. Edit photos, create digital images and design graphics the way you imagine them with this Adobe Photoshop course!

Learning outcomes

By the end of this Adobe Photoshop course, you should be able to:

  • Create your first Adobe Photoshop document
  • Understand the concepts of file formats, file size, colour modes and image resizing
  • Understand the Adobe Photoshop interface
  • Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop's keyboard shortcuts
  • Work with layers in Adobe Photoshop
  • Understand image modes and colour adjustments
  • Draw and format standard and custom shapes
  • Create custom paths
  • Save images for web and print

Course content

What will be covered in this Adobe Photoshop course?

Getting to know the application

  • Starting from the desktop
  • The welcome experience
  • Dark versus light interface
  • The workspace
  • Understanding panels
  • Working with the panel dock
  • Working with panels and panel groups
  • Panel techniques
  • Understanding the Adobe Photoshop tools panel
  • Working with the Adobe Photoshop tools panel
  • Resetting the Adobe Photoshop tools panel
  • Understanding the options bar
  • Opening an existing file

Your first document

  • Creating a new Adobe Photoshop document
  • Customising and saving workspaces
  • Understanding the rulers and ruler tool
  • Understanding the preferences dialog box
  • Saving a document

Navigating images

  • Understanding the document window
  • Navigating with the zoom tool
  • Navigating with the hand tool
  • Navigating with the navigator panel
  • Understanding screen modes
  • Working with tabbed documents
  • Arranging multiple documents
  • Working with multiple documents

Digital image basics

  • Understanding file formats
  • Understanding image size versus resolution
  • Understanding file size
  • Understanding colour mode

Making selections

  • Using the marquee tools
  • Understanding the lasso tools
  • Using the lasso tool
  • Using the polygonal lasso tool
  • Using the magnetic lasso tool
  • Using the quick selection tool
  • Using the magic wand tool
  • Growing a selection
  • Add to or subtract from a selection
  • Saving a selection
  • Understanding the refine edge dialog box
  • Refining hard-edged selections
  • Redefining soft-edge selections
  • Selecting with colour range
  • Moving and copying selections

Working with layers

  • Understanding layers
  • Understanding the layers panel
  • Creating a new layer
  • Working with layers
  • Adding images to layers
  • Working with layers
  • Working with the background layer
  • Changing the layer stacking order
  • Changing layer opacity
  • Transforming layers
  • Organising layers into groups

Resizing images

  • Understanding resizing and resampling
  • Resizing an image for printing
  • Using the print dialog box to resize images
  • Resampling an image for email or web
  • Guidelines for cropping images
  • Understanding the crop tool options bar
  • Cropping images
  • Cropping images to a preset size
  • Applying a non-destructive crop
  • Using the crop tool to add a border


  • Understanding colour
  • Colour fundamentals
  • Understanding the colour panel
  • Applying colour with the colour panel
  • Selecting colours using the swatches panel
  • Selecting colours using the eyedropper
  • Selecting colours using the hue cube
  • Identifying a colour using the eyedropper
  • Using the brush tool to apply colour
  • Changing brush styles
  • Creating a custom brush
  • Using the mixer brush

Working with text

  • Understanding vector-based text
  • Adding point text
  • Changing text size
  • Changing text colour
  • Changing the font family
  • Installing typekit fonts
  • Editing text
  • Creating a custom path frame
  • Adding text inside a custom path frame
  • Filling text with an image
  • Creating and applying paragraph styles
  • Creating and applying character styles
  • Creating a watermark


  • Drawing a standard shape
  • Drawing a custom shape
  • Arranging shapes
  • Drawing a straight line
  • Selecting and editing shape layers
  • Understanding guides
  • Understanding smart guides
  • Using smart guides to position shapes

Retouching and repairing

  • Understanding the retouch and repair tools
  • Removing blemishes
  • Reducing wrinkles
  • Removing stray hairs
  • Whitening teeth
  • Intensifying eye colour
  • Removing red eye
  • Sculpting with liquify
  • Removing unwanted objects and wires
  • Moving objects using content-aware
  • Using the clone stamp tool


  • Understanding saving
  • Saving layered files
  • Saving PSD images in another format
  • Understanding the save for web dialog box
  • Optimising photos for the web – Part 1


  • Printing single images
  • Understanding the print dialog box
  • Using the print dialog box
  • Understanding printing marks

Getting help

  • Understanding the help menu
  • Investigating new features
  • Using online help
  • Searching for online help
  • Accessing online tutorials

Intended audience

Who is this Adobe Photoshop course for?

This Adobe Photoshop course is for those who want to improve or expand their skillset. Being able to confidently work in Adobe Photoshop is an essential skill for any Photographer or Graphic Designer, but it is an equally useful tool for Retouchers, UI/UX designers, Web Developers, Digital Artists and various other areas within and outside of the creative industry. 

Basic competency with computers is assumed before enrolling, and proficiency in other Adobe software is helpful but not essential successful completion of this Adobe Photoshop course.

Course venue

Rozelle Campus

2A Gordon Street, Rozelle NSW 2039 (corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd in the grounds of St. Joseph's Church)

Course materials

What to bring to class

  • Notepad and paper or a tablet
  • A USB for taking home final work or course notes & files

Additional information

Please note the following:

This Adobe Photoshop course runs in our computer lab, using 27-inch Apple computers running the Macintosh operating system.

Course testimonials

Course tutors

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