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

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