Adobe Photoshop CS2: Advanced

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Overview The host, Deke McClelland, provides more than eight hours of detailed instruction for advanced Photoshop topics including 16-bit support, …


The host, Deke McClelland, provides more than eight hours of detailed instruction for advanced Photoshop topics including 16-bit support, HDR integration, tools for adding sharpness and removing blur and noise, as well as how to apply duotones, spot colours, and gradients. Advanced Photoshop techniques are unveiled in this in-depth series. Become an expert in Adobe’s flagship graphics application by following along with your host, Photoshop guru, Deke McClelland.If you want to take on the Advanced course in Photoshop CS2, this course comes highly recommended. Aspiring graphic designers and image editors will benefit from this course, and have the opportunity to advance your career in the industry. This is an expert-conducted tutorial that will teach you colour correcting, image editing and retouching. Getting certified in this course will do wonders for your career in this field.

Learning with Study 365 has many advantages. The course material is delivered straight to you and can be adapted to fit in with your lifestyle. It is created by experts within the industry, meaning you are receiving accurate information, which is up-to-date and easy to understand. This course is comprised of professional learning material, all delivered through a system that you will have access to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days (12 months).

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  • Image editors
  • Photographers
  • Photography students
  • Graphic designers

This course consists of the following:

  • Module 01: Setting up ‘Shop
  • Module 02: Advanced Levels and 16 Bit
  • Module 03: The Bridge and Camera RAW
  • Module 04: The Wonders of HDR
  • Module 05: The Art of Sharpen
  • Module 06: Adding Blur and Removing Noise
  • Module 07: Mixing the Perfect Monochrome
  • Module 08: Duotones, Spot Colours, and Gradient Maps
  • Module 09: Advanced Retouching Techniques
  • Module 10: Vanishing Point
  • Module 11: Smart Objects

From the day you purchase the course, you will have 12 months access to the online study platform. As the course is self-paced you can decide how fast or slow the training goes, and are able to complete the course in stages, revisiting the training at any time.

At the end of the course, you will have one assignment to be submitted (you need a mark of 65% to pass) and you can submit the assignment at any time. You will only need to pay £19 for assessment and certification when you submit the assignment. You will receive the results within 72 hours of submittal, and will be sent a certificate in 7-14 days if you have successfully passed the course.

Successful candidates will be awarded a certificate in Adobe Photoshop CS2: Advanced.

Learners must be age 16 or over and should have a basic understanding of the English Language, numeracy, literacy, and ICT.

Once you successfully complete the course in Adobe Photoshop CS2: Advanced, you will gain a recognised qualification that will prove your advanced skills in Photoshop. You can use this certification to gain a number of job positions that you desire in the industry. You will be recognised for your expertise in Adobe Photoshop, and you have the opportunity to impress potential organisations. You will also be eligible for incentives put forth by the organisation. Given below are job titles you can land, along with the average UK salary per annum according to

This course could help you pursue a career in any of the following industries:

  • Graphic Designer - £22,467 per annum
  • Photographer - £21,341 per annum
  • Photo Editor - £22,448 per annum

In 1985, Deke McClelland oversaw the implementation of the first personal computer-based production department in Boulder, Colorado. He later graduated to be artistic director for Publishing Resources, one of the earliest all-PostScript service bureaus in the United States.

These days, Deke is a well-known expert and lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He serves as host to the interactive Video Workshop that ships with Photoshop CS as well as the exhaustive and entertaining Total Training for Adobe Photoshop CS. His other DVD- and CD-based video series include Total Training for Adobe Illustrator CS and Total Training Presents: Photoshop Elements 3 Unleashed and QuarkXPress to Adobe InDesign CS—Making the Switch.


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Course Curriculum

Free Introduction
Photoshop CS2 Advanced FREE 00:00:00
1: Setting up ‘Shop
1. Customizing Preferences
2. Optimizing Color Settings
3. Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
4. Working in Different Color Spaces
5. Customizing the Info Palette
6. Changing the Background Color
7. Saving Preference Settings
2: Advanced Levels and 16 Bit
1. Introducing Levels & 16 Bit
2. Using the Levels Command
3. Restoring an Image after Adjusting Levels
4. Targeting Shadows & Highlights
5. Setting the Black Point to Match a Target
6. Setting the White Point to Match a Target
7. Adjusting Flesh Tones by Setting the Gray Point
8. Downsampling & Saving for Print
3: The Bridge and Camera RAW
1. Viewing .DNG Images in Bridge
2. Using the White Balance & Color Sampler Tools
3. Adjusting Temperature & Tint
4. Adjusting Exposure & Shadow Levels
5. Adjusting Brightness, Contrast & Saturation
6. Cropping & Upsampling Images
7. Viewing Image Metadata
8. Opening & Saving .DNG Images in Photoshop
9. Editing Multiple Images at Once in Camera Raw
10. Cropping a Group of Images
11. Copying & Pasting Camera Raw Settings
12. Accessing & Purging Cache Files
4: The Wonders of HDR
1. Applying the Levels Command to 16 Bit & 8 Bit Images
2. Applying the Curves Command to 16 Bit & 8 Bit Images
3. Introducing HDR
4. Downsampling with the Image Processor
5. Using the Merge to HDR Command
6. Adjusting the Exposure & Saving HDR Images
7. Downsampling HDR & Adjusting Hue/Saturation
5: The Art of Sharpen
1. Creating a Custom Sharpen
2. Applying the Unsharp Mask Command
3. Adjusting Basic Smart Sharpen Settings
4. Adjusting & Saving Advanced Smart Sharpen Settings
5. Creating a More Accurate Smart Sharpen
6. Using the Fade Command
7. Correcting Motion Blur
8. Sharpening with the Emboss Filter
9. Color Sharpening in Lab Color Mode
10. Color Sharpening with the Fade Command
6: Adding Blur and Removing Noise
1. Using Smart Sharpen to Fix Motion Blur
2. Using the Dust & Scratches Filter to Get Rid of Stray Hairs
3. Adding a Layer Mask to Bring Back Detail
4. Using the Layer Mask to Paint Away Noise inside the Skin
5. Using the Remove Noise Filter
6. Blending Layers in the Layer Style Dialog Box
7. Removing Compression Artifacts with the Reduce Noise Filter
8. Working with the New Surface Blur Filter
9. Getting Rid of Whiskers Using the Average Filter
7: Mixing the Perfect Monochrome
1. Using the Channel Mixer to Create an Autumnal Effect
2. Mixing Channels & Adjusting Blending Options
3. Converting an RGB Image to Grayscale Automatically
4. Creating a Grayscale Image Using the Channel Mixer
5. Using the Color Range Command to Create a Layer Mask
6. Balancing Source Channels
7. Punching up Luminosity Values Using the Curves Command
8. Flattening a Converted Grayscale Image
9. Converting to Grayscale in the Camera Raw Dialog Box
10. Cropping & Adjusting the Curves of a Grayscale Image
11. Editing Curves in the Camera Raw Dialog Box
12. Compositing Versions of a Grayscale Image
8: Duotones, Spot Colors, and Gradient Maps
1. Monochrome & Multi-Ink Monochrome Images
2. Converting Images to Duotones
3. Adjusting a Duotone Curve to Balance the Inks in an Image
4. Editing a Duotone
5. Loading Preset Duotones
6. Inspecting the Independent Channels of an Image
7. Adding Spot Colors to an Image
8. Saving an Image
9. Using Gradient Maps
10. Working with Deke’s Predefined Gradients
11. Modifying Adjustment Layers
9: Advanced Retouching Techniques
1. Rotating a Canvas & Using Variations
2. Creating a Gradient Selection & Filling with History
3. Painting with the History Brush
4. Using the Healing Brush Tools
5. Using Color Range to Generate a Selection to Make a Patch
6. Filling in Seams of a Patch with the Healing Brush
7. Retouching Using the History Brush, Cloning & Fading
8. Adding Noise with the Healing Brush & Fading Opacity
9. Moving & Transforming a Selection from One Image to Another
10. Adjusting the Levels of One Image to Match Another
11. Merging Two Layers Using the Healing Brush
12. Using the Liquify Filter to Retouch an Image
13. Softening Transitions & Bolstering Shadows
10: Vanishing Point
1. Preparing to Use the Vanishing Point Filter
2. Creating a Grid
3. Adding Planes to a Grid
4. Editing an Image inside Vanishing Point
5. Healing Transformed Areas
6. Retouching Using the Stamp Tool
7. Pasting & Compositing with Vanishing Point
8. Adjusting Masks for Better Composites
9. Accounting for Different Perspectives
10. Pasting Text into Vanishing Point
11: Smart Objects
1. Placing an Illustrator® File as a Smart Object
2. Using Illustrator to Edit the Contents of a Photoshop File
3. Importing an Image into a Composition
4. Converting a Standard Layer to a Smart Object
5. Duplicating & Transforming Smart Objects
6. Applying Warp Transformations to Smart Objects
7. Modifying Smart Objects in the Liquify Dialog Box
8. Changing the Color of Smart Objects
9. Applying a Color Overlay to a Single Smart Object
10. Grouping Layers & Making Final Transformations

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