Introductory Photoshop - Online

Liz Germani
Passionate in supporting colleagues
This introductory course to the main aspects and functions of Photoshop includes hands-on experiences, trying out your skills to create contemporary digital imagery.
Target Audience
All secondary teachers of ICT , Graphics and Visual Art
178 reviews

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

This online course will give you an introduction to the main aspects and functions of Photoshop. You will have a hands-on experience trying out your new skills in whatever version of Photoshop you have (version 7 through to CS5) with step-by-step tutorials and image-banks. The tutorials will cover Image Adjustments, Layers and Selecting in Photoshop.
We will also look at aesthetic styles in digital media with examples from digital artists and photographers.
You will have the help of the presenter as well as sharing your questions and experience of Photoshop with other teachers taking the same course. You will have a bank of resources to download and use in your classroom.
This course does not cover Photoshop Elements, a lite version of Photoshop.
PD Hours = 8.


All secondary teachers of ICT , Graphics and Visual Art

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Course Access - This course is available 24/7. Once your enrolment is complete you will be emailed with details to give you course access. You can complete the course when it suits you, and you will have ongoing access to revisit the course at any time.

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Teaching Standards

2.6.2 Proficient Level – Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.3.2 Proficient Level – Use teaching strategies

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you


Completing this course will contribute 8 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.6.2 & 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

This course contributes to 8.0 professional development hours.


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30 minutes

Overview of course and Task Summary
Outline of software required and File management
Introduction to Aesthetic Styles in Digital Media..a way of categorising styles of digital media.

Topic 1- Photoshop Workspace

30 minutes

The Photoshop Environment
look at the components of Photoshop:
-The Workspace
-The Toolbar
-The Palettes /Panels
look at the concepts of Photoshop:
- Resolution and image quality
- File types for different purposes
Activity – Image Size Research

Topic 2-Image Adjustments and Filters

1 hour and 30 minutes

In this topic participants will explore the basic effects that can be applied to an image in Photoshop. They are the Image Adjustments and the Filters.
-Image adjustments experiments
-Filters experiments
-Contact sheet: learning how to use thumbnails to document digital works

Topic 3- Understanding Layers

1 hour and 30 minutes

In this Topic participants will explore the power of Layers in Photoshop. It is essential to separate the different aspects of images onto separate layers to have the capability of coming back to the layers later to refine or change the image.
Each task has three components
a) learn the skill
b) Practise by repeating the skill using the Imagebank supplied
c) Refine the skill by repeating and sourcing their own images
Learning 3 separate Layer effects or functions
a) Layer Opacity
b) Layer Blending Mode
c) Layer Mask

Topic 4- Selections in Photoshop

1 hour and 30 minutes

In this topic participants will learn 4 basic methods of selecting in Photoshop
A selection in Photoshop refers to highlighting a specific part of an image or layer so that you can apply an effect just to that part. You may want to delete the rest of the image,copy that part to another photoshop document, feather the edge of an area or object.
In this Topic you have a more detailed look at 4 specific selections
1. Magic Wand
2. Magnetic Lasso Tool
3. Quick Mask
4. Lasso Tool

Topic 5- Multilayered Images

1 hour and 30 minutes

In this topic participants will use the skills learnt in previous topics and build your first multilayered image.
This is an image that consists of more than two layers.

Topic 6- Playing with Text

30 minutes

In this topic participants will learn how to add text to a Photoshop document.This tutorial is based on the Aesthetic Style – DESIGN as it has text as the design element in the image.

Other resources

30 minutes

This section covers resources for participants to assist their learning and also to utilise in the classroom
Student examples
Extension tutorials
Additional information on Photoshop

User Rating


Latest Reviews

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Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Dylan Tolley on 13/03/2018

The course was both enjoyable and very beneficial for my teaching. I would rate this course as excellent. The course structure was fantastic. It started with basic introduction and skills for the beginner and continuing built on these skills throughout the modules. The course was very easy to follow with very clear instructional PDFs and accompanying video demonstrations. The course presenter Liz is very prompt with feedback, suggestions and guidance throughout the course.

I highly recommending it to all.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Sara-Jane Castelli on 24/01/2018

This course provided me with a firm foundation of Photoshop. I had no previous knowledge of Photoshop prior to this course however, after completion, I now feel confident to teach a room full of students. I definitely recommend this course to anyone who has no experience of Photoshop.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Stephanie Spiller on 23/01/2018

This course was both practical and interesting. I was able to refresh my very outdated knowledge of Photoshop through the logically sequenced tutorials and activities. I was able to complete the course within the 7 day trial period of Photoshop cc, which was handy during school holidays. The facilitator’s timely feedback was also very helpful.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Joel Walton on 22/12/2017

I found this course very useful. Being a self taught person of Photoshop, there are many aspects that you don’t get to learn past the obvious. Being taught some of the more useful methods will help me to do some of the previous tasks in a more efficient and less destructive way.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Natasha Milovanovic on 19/12/2017

The course was easy to follow and challenging at times. It was exactly what I needed because it helped “fill in the gaps” of my self – taught knowledge of Photo Shop, in a way that I could understand it. The trainer actually replied and commented on my work in a timely fashion and I liked seeing other people’s work in the gallery. It was very encouraging to see other people sharing their work.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Nick Mavrogordato on 18/12/2017

The course was well resourced and supported, Liz was always happy to help, providing clear instructions and offering advice with newer versions of the software.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Libby Jackson on 18/12/2017

I felt that you needed a background in Photoshop to actually complete the introductory course.

Introductory Photoshop
by Alison Babbage on 29/11/2017

The Introductory Photoshop course consolidated my understanding of how to Photoshop and helped filled some gaps of my knowledge regarding aspects of the program and design theory. The handouts were easy to follow and are great examples of how to write instructions for students. The tutorials were also easy to follow and were a good starting point when learning about Photoshop and how to use the different features and tools of the program. Liz gave detailed and timely feedback and helped throughout the course.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Delaney Nugent on 23/10/2017

A well set out program, easy to work through once set up.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Sara Attard on 15/09/2017

Really clear – a lot of downloading and computer memory, but actually learnt usable and relevant skills that were clearly taught with great set of resources provided. Thank you.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Michael Malmo on 14/09/2017

I found the Photoshop course useful in breaking down my previous fears of Photoshop and bringing me the confidence to teach it in the future.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Kathryn Kovacic on 14/09/2017

Overall some interesting photoshop layering skills provided. A little more explicit photoshop basics could be provided.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Callam Howard on 14/08/2017

Excellent course with a highly knowledgeable tutor. The tasks to be submitted assist your skills but there is also ample freedom given to experiment and combine what was learnt in previous weeks.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Maria Hoffmann on 07/08/2017

Great course a lot to take in. Clear instructions, easy to follow and understand.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Piaf Rengger-Thorpe on 27/07/2017

The Introduction to Photoshop course was good, it helped with fundamental skills at a beginner level. There is a lot to learn and get from this course as a stepping block to a great classroom tool.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Hannah Barclay on 20/04/2017

Excellent course. Well set out for online delivery. It made it really easy to work through.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Wendy Stewart on 10/04/2017

Excellent overall. Gained a lot of knowledge and skills. Easy to follow instructions and constructive feedback. Internet was the only problem. Highly recommend to other Art teachers.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Mary Karatasas on 29/12/2016

I found the course very beneficial and will be using Photoshop in my Technology Mandatory, Food Technology and Textile and Design lessons next year.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Tanama Naidoo on 19/12/2016

I really enjoyed the activities which were in this course. I have used and taught some Photoshop before and found that this course helped to expand my knowledge. I had not used the program for a while and so I was a little rusty with it. I found it useful to discover some features I did not know about. Each activity was interesting and the practice tasks really helped to remember how to achieve the desired look. I also had fun using my own photos to complete some activities.

Introductory Photoshop - Online
by Allison Brooks on 19/12/2016

The exercises had some amazing results and you could certainly “go for it” if you are in any way creative. I’m not creative but surprised myself what I was able to achieve. I am looking forward to redoing the course exercises again in my own time so I can practice some of the skills before I teach students in TAS. It will certainly be of use to our students and I will be able to include it into units of study we already have. It is relevant to 21st Century learning and sure to spark the interest of students to create works of a professional nature.

About the team

Liz Germani


Liz is an educator with over 30 years experience. She has trained as an Information Technology VET and Visual Art teacher. As a teacher at Wyndham College for many years, she also spent a year full time as the ARTEXPRESS Digital Studio Trainer running workshops all over NSW and consulting with teachers across Visual Arts, TAS and Primary. She has experience as a HSC marker in Digital Media and has been involved in many projects including ICT Quality Teaching and Gifted and Talented workshops. Liz has been a presenter in the digital media area for 20 years, working with TTA in the last 8 years as well as leading the team to program professional learning opportunities for teachers across Australia.