Professional Diploma in Photoshop
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Have you ever taken a photograph and wished you could make it better? Have you a creative side that you want to express? Are you looking for a new hobby, or even a new career? Knowledge in Photoshop will equip you with the skills you need to really transform your images. A firm understanding of the power of post-production and image editing will open up a whole new world of creative tools and techniques. In this course, you will learn the skills and knowledge you need to enhance, edit, and create images to a professional standard and to add a whole other layer to your skill set as a photographer and designer

Internationally Accredited

612836 Successful Graduates

8 Interactive Lessons

4 Weeks Long

8 hours +

4 Weeks


First 7 Days FREE

4 Weeks



4 Weeks



4 Weeks



EQF Level 5

Annual Salary Prospective

From $18,000 to $80,000+

Module I - Introduction


8 Interactive Lessons

Weekly Assignments + Fun Quizzes

If you miss a lesson, you can always view the recordings later.

  • lesson 1 -

    Introduction to Photoshop


    What is photoshop and how can it benefit me? This lesson will get you familiar with the image editing powerhouse that is Photoshop. Discover and navigate the many editing options with a hands-on demonstration of the Photoshop Interface.

  • lesson 2 -

    Customising Photoshop


    The workspace is the life of Photoshop, it contains all the necessary tools and menus to help you find a workflow that matches your current skillset. In this lesson, we will not only discuss the tools available for your editing but will create a custom workspace to help you enhance, edit and create more productively.

  • lesson 3 -

    Enhancing Images with Adjustments


    This is an exploration of the core adjustment options offered by Photoshop and will give you an insight into how each one works, and when and where to apply them. A firm understanding of how these strong adjustments work, will allow you to enhance your images and give them a new creative edge as well as creating some truly unique artwork!

  • lesson 4 -

    Layer Types & Masking


    Lesson 4 introduces you to one of the most important functions in Photoshop, Layers. Layers allow you to enhance images in a non-destructive and continuously re-editable manner. We look at the basic principles and concepts of using layers and will discuss all the different type of layers photoshop offers. We will also discuss masks, how they impact your image and their power within this editing software.

  • lesson 5 -

    The Power of Selection Tools


    Before we proceed to create amazing composites, we must first understand how selections can be used to edit our images. Using our selection tools enables us to create changes to specific parts of our images. Combine all the information we have learned so far, with the variety of selection tools available and we are one step closer to making pictures perfect.

  • lesson 6 -

    Creating an Image Composite


    Photoshop is renowned for its ability to put multiple images together, cut someone or something out of a background and drop them in another picture, or simply remove an unwanted object seamlessly. To begin to develop these hugely creative and practical skills, you need to understand both image layers and selections. Lesson 6 will demonstrate how you can create your very own creative composite, a piece of artwork to be proud of.

  • lesson 7 -

    The Art of Image Re-Touching


    As a photographer, retouching an image is an essential skill to have. Photoshop’s highly sophisticated retouching tools allow us to remove unwanted skin blemishes as well as eliminate any distracting dust or scratches that might be visible on our photographs. Among showing the powerful healing tools found in photoshop, Lesson 7 also illustrates the artful practice of restoring an old damaged photograph and shows you how to bring it back to its former glory.

  • lesson 8 -

    Using Photoshop Successfully


    Photoshop offers a lot of different opportunities for the career focused individual to the keen hobbyist. It is used in all most every job, some of you may not have even realised, and it also offers a lot of personal benefits. Lesson 8 will set you on the right path and will help you understand what your next step with Photoshop can be. If you are looking for a career, freelance work or even just a personal hobby, this lesson will fill you with the knowledge and ideas to push you to the next stage with Photoshop.


  • Week 1: Advanced Selections expand

    We will discuss in detail how to effectively create selections using advanced techniques in Photoshop and look at tools such as Colour Range and Focus Range selection. This will allow you to make selections as accurately as possible inside the software.

  • Week 2: Advanced Layers and Masks expand

    This lesson looks at how layer blend modes work so that we can overlay textures and other images on top of your work to create some striking artistic effects. We will also discuss layer masks so that we can work in a completely non-destructive way when making adjustments and selections.

  • Week 3: Brush Tools Essentials expand

    Brushes are an essential part of Photoshop. We use them in our cosmetic retouching, our layer masks, and for digital painting. While simple in theory, when we explore brushes in depth we can unlock their creative potential.

  • Week 4: Complete Cosmetic Retouching expand

    This lesson gives you the skills to remove blemishes, reduce or remove lines and wrinkles, eliminate shiny skin, improve lighting and enhance colour and tone. Here you will learn the skills to take your portraits to a professional standard.


  • Week 1: Working with Text and Shape Layers expand

    Whether you want to turn your image into a simple postcard or create an elaborate advertisement, working with text in Photoshop is an essential skill to master. We will look at how to effectively format text and discuss concepts such as alignment, justification, tracking, kerning, and leading.

  • Week 2: Scale and Perspective expand

    Photoshop contains several tools to adjust scale and perspective in our images. In this lesson will be looking at some of Photoshop’s features such as Content-Aware scale to resize an object and move it to another area within the image, as well as Puppet-Warp to manipulate perspective.

  • Week 3: Photoshop Automation expand

    This lesson looks at some of Photoshop’s automated features. You will also learn how to merge several photos into a single image so that you can start to create stunning panoramic images and we use these skills to create our own ‘Tiny Planets’.

  • Week 4: The Power of Smart Objects and Smart Filters expand

    Smart Objects are the ultimate way to preserve an image's source content with all of its original characteristics, enabling you to perform complete non-destructive editing where no pixels get hurt.


  • Week 1: Actions and Batch Processing expand

    Photoshop Actions allow us to record the various steps we use when making a change to an individual image, and then apply these changes to multiple images all at once. This saves us hours upon hours of image editing time and helps us develop an efficient workflow.

  • Week 2: Illustrations in Photoshop expand

    While Adobe Illustrator is the preferred tool by most designers for illustrating and drawing digitally, Photoshop can also be used for some types of illustration. This lesson explores these capabilities, and you will learn how to create an illustration from scratch!

  • Week 3: Sharpening and Output expand

    The lesson will discuss screen calibration, printer profiling, colour spaces, and how to sharpen correctly for both screen and print. These subjects are essential to the consistent and predictable output of your images.

  • Week 4: Open Training Session expand

    As a student, your opinion matters! This Lesson has been left completely open so that we can explore a topic chosen by you. End your Advanced journey the way you want.

  • Mandy Bonner
    Mandy Bonner
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    I've done the Foundation in Photography, the Advanced Photography and am now in the middle of the Photoshop course. I have loved each one and have advanced hugely in my photographic abilities.

  • Gary Hankins
    Gary Hankins
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    I've been a photographer for over 40 years and over the past 2 years I've had a new found enthusiasm. I found Shaw Academy because it was recommended to me by a family member.

  • Rachel Davey
    Rachel Davey
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    I have just finished the foundation diploma in photography with 98% on my final assignment!! :)I was extremely pleased with the way the online webinars were set out, and the way they were presented. I want to say a big thank you to the courses tutor Thomas Woods, who managed to make things so easy to understand and work out even when I felt like I was under pressure, from everything to the way Thomas spoke and interacted with the whole us, and I think I speak for everyone in this course when I say that we couldn't have asked for a better tutor! The whole team were able to set my mind at ease too when I got a little nervous at times!I proudly display my Diploma in my house and I smile every time I look at it!! Thank you Shaw Academy for making me believe I can reach my dreams!I have just applied for the diploma in Photoshop and am really looking forward to building my portfolio for the future!!

  • Karen Stevens
    Karen Stevens
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    On my second course with Shaw now & loving it. I've completed the photography course and now started the Photoshop one.

  • Sara Flegel
    Sara Flegel
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    First time using Shaw, such a wonderful service and my photography and photoshop courses are wonderful and so informative. Its increased my knowledge already and I am only on lesson 4 of my photography! Really helping me.

  • Toluwalope Oluwaseun Daramola
    Toluwalope Oluwaseun Daramola
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    I had given up on further study since i am a single parent of two boys aged 7 and 5. by the time they are independent, i would be in my 40s and in pursuit of funds for their future.

  • Adewunmi Samuel Aluko
    Adewunmi Samuel Aluko
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    I am doing 3 solid courses with Shaw Academy namely: Photoshop, photography and online marketing, and they are all awesome. I love all the instructors.

  • Aya J. Rahahleh
    Aya J. Rahahleh
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    I started with Shaw Academy doing the Diploma of Photoshop and the course is great and i would encourage anyone to start learning with them . Thanks Shaw Academy for your help in this goal

  • Mary Van Ede
    Mary Van Ede
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    I am really enjoying the courses that I am doing, even though I am struggling a bit to keep up as I have enrolled for the Introduction to Photoshop, the Graphic Design and the Social Media courses which all happen at the same time. So a lot of catch up after work and before sleep.

612836 Successful Graduates

32+ Interactive Lessons & Recordings

16 Weeks

8 Hours

Free Course Toolkits & Study Material

Annual Salary Prospective

From $18,000 to $80,000+

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