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Adobe Photoshop CS3: Channels and Masking

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Overview: This excellent course in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Channels and Masking explores the fundamentals of the channels panel. You will …


This excellent course in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Channels and Masking explores the fundamentals of the channels panel. You will learn in-depth about viewing channels in colour, working in lab colour mode and modifying a task. Getting certified in this course will open the door to exciting opportunities in the creative industry, and you gain employment as a graphic or digital designer. Knowing how to properly select an image is an essential Photoshop skill whether you’re a graphic/web designer or digital photographer. Since Photoshop is equipped with so many choices of tools to isolate and select images, it’s hard to know what works best for each situation.

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 1: Introduction to channels
  • Module 2: Making selections
  • Module 3: Quick mask mode & more
  • Module 4: Channel masking
  • Module 5: Layer masking
  • Module 6: Using Blend modes
  • Module 7: Mixing with channels
  • Module 8: Real world masking Techniques
  • Module 9: Tips & Tricks

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 CS3: Channels and Masking.

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 CS3: Channels and Masking, you will gain a recognised qualification that will prove your skills in the Channels panel. You can use this certification to gain the desired job position in the creative industry. You will be recognised for your expertise in Adobe Photoshop CS3, and you have the opportunity to impress potential employers. 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
  • Photo Retoucher - £23,472 per annum

Justin Seeley is an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert and graphic designer with nearly a decade of experience in the creative media industry. A recognised Photoshop trainer known for his straight-forward teaching style and creative prowess, his techniques have been featured on podcasts such as the Adobe Creative Suite podcast and Photoshop TV, and his tutorials have appeared in publications such as Digit magazine.

Justin has been an avid Photoshop user since version 4.0 and hosts a variety of internet shows dedicated to teaching people around the world. He is the creator and host of the Photoshop Quicktips podcast which is consistently in the Top 10 Software How-To Pod-casts on the iTunes store. Justin is also the host and producer of the Photoshop Quick-tips: Special Effects and Quick Fixes training DVD.

In 2007 Justin co-founded the Photoshop Designers User Group, a non-profit organisation which helps further the education of students and other members of the community. Justin serves as President and Lead Instructor for the group and also presents several free mini-seminars on a variety of digital imaging topics.

A member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Justin currently works for Murray State University as a Graphic Designer and Marketing Consultant. To learn more about Justin and his endeavours visit his websites at and

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Course Curriculum

1. Overview of the Channels Panel 00:00:00
2. Viewing Channels in Color 00:00:00
3. Viewing RGB Color Channels 00:00:00
4. Working in Lab Color Mode 00:00:00
5. Viewing CMYK Color Channels 00:00:00
6. Creating an Alpha Channel 00:00:00
7. Using an Alpha Channel as a Mask 00:00:00
8. Modifying a Mask 00:00:00
1. Overview of the Selection Tools 00:00:00
2. The Double Life of Selections 00:00:00
3. Using the Lasso Tools 00:00:00
4. Using the Magic Wand Tool 00:00:00
5. Using the Pen Tool 00:00:00
6. Quick Selection Goodness 00:00:00
7. Using the Refine Edge Command 00:00:00
8. Compositing the Selections 00:00:00
1. Selecting with the Color Range Command 00:00:00
2. Painting with Quick Mask 00:00:00
3. Modifying a Quick Mask 00:00:00
4. Adjusting Levels in Quick Mask Mode 00:00:00
5. Contract or Expand a Selection 00:00:00
6. Smooth a Selection & Set Reference Points 00:00:00
7. Cleaning Up the Selection 00:00:00
8. Testing the Selection 00:00:00
1. Beginning a Channel Mask 00:00:00
2. Curves vs. Levels 00:00:00
3. The Overlay Trick 00:00:00
4. Refining the Outline 00:00:00
5. Testing the Mask 00:00:00
6. Final Clean Up 00:00:00
7. Compositing Images 00:00:00
8. Blending a Composite with the Burn Tool 00:00:00
9. Basic Multiplication 00:00:00
1. Meet the Masks 00:00:00
2. Keyboard Shortcuts for Masking 00:00:00
3. Basic Blending 00:00:00
4. Creating Adjustment Layer Masks 00:00:00
5. Creating Smart Filter Masks 00:00:00
6. Creating Exposure Masks 00:00:00
7. Clip It Good 00:00:00
8. The Smart Object Trick 00:00:00
1. Introducing Blend Modes 00:00:00
2. Opacity vs. Fill 00:00:00
3. Using Blend Mode Shortcuts 00:00:00
4. Using the Darkening Blend Modes 00:00:00
5. Using the Lightening Blend Modes 00:00:00
6. Contrast & Complimentary Blend Modes 00:00:00
7. Using the Composite Blend Modes 00:00:00
8. Applying a Blend Mode to a Layer Group 00:00:00
1. Creating Grayscale Images 00:00:00
2. Mixing Monochromes 00:00:00
3. Adding Color & Contrast 00:00:00
4. Creating an Infrared Effect 00:00:00
5. Using the Calculations Command 00:00:00
6. Using a Black & White Adjustment Layer 00:00:00
7. Toning & Saving 00:00:00
8. Creating Selective Color Compositions 00:00:00
1. Luminance Masking 00:00:00
2. Corrective Masking 00:00:00
3. High Pass Sharpening 00:00:00
4. Density Masking 00:00:00
5. Creating Knockout Layers 00:00:00
6. Creating an Edge Mask 00:00:00
7. Testing an Edge Mask 00:00:00
8. Masking a Glass Image 00:00:00
9. Real World Blue Screening 00:00:00
10. Implementing a Blue Screen Mask 00:00:00
1. Removing Redeye 00:00:00
2. Creating a Neutral Density Filter Effect 00:00:00
3. Removing Color with the Blend If Option 00:00:00
4. Creating Borders with Quick Mask Mode 00:00:00
5. Giving an Image a Hand-Sketched Effect 00:00:00
6. Final Comments & Credits 00:00:00

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