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Professional Academy Diploma in Advanced Photoshop

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Redesign your career with this inspiring, hands-on Advanced Photoshop course. Take your skills to a pro level in only eight weeks. Discover why Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard tool for image editing, photo retouching, and creating high-quality custom graphics. Unlock its limitless potential. Unlock your own!

€35,000 / Annual

Graphic Designer Salary in Ireland

The average Graphic Designer salary in Ireland is €35,000 per year. Entry level positions start at €28,000 per year while more experienced designers make up to €47,000 per year.

Salary data source: indeed.com, 11th January 2023


Salary data source: indeed.com, 11th January 2023

Advanced Photoshop Course Modules

You will build on your basic Adobe Photoshop skills to become a confident and creative user, capable of taking on pro tasks such as retouching images, creating new environments with photo compositing, removing distractions, cutting people or objects out of their backgrounds, and much more. Master colours, blending, brushes, filters, and clipping masks as you work on digital creations that will become the basis of your professional portfolio.

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1. Master essential Photoshops tools & techniques

Become a more confident Photoshop user, using workflows to keep you focused. Discover the best way to use tools and techniques, including creating actions in Photoshop.

  • Create actions
  • Working with and changing colours
  • Layers, masks, and groups
  • Pen tool and paths
  • Text and shapes
  • Tools and menus

2. Master blend modes and discover the amazing power of the brush tool

Gain a thorough understanding of blend modes and luminance, which allow you to easily combine multiple exposures. Learn how to create custom brushes to add realistic effects.

  • Blend modes
  • Opacity and fill
  • Adding blend effects
  • Brush tool settings
  • Brush effects
  • Create custom brushes

3. Master professional photo retouching in Photoshop

Learn skin retouching using frequency separation to remove blemishes and smooth out skin. Understand how to use adjustment layers for colour correction.

  • Portrait retouching
  • Colour correction
  • Healing brush
  • Blur techniques
  • Clone tool
  • Dodge and burn

4. Let's Practice!

Put what you've learned into practice!

  • Photoshop tools & actions
  • Blend modes & the brush tool
  • Retouching

5. Master Smart Objects & Filters

Learn to create smart objects that can be adjusted without affecting the original image. Discover how smart filters create stunning effects and how enhancement and contrast improve your images.

  • Smart filter masks
  • Liquify tool
  • Displace and neural filters
  • High pass filter
  • Sharpening for web and print
  • Creating depth of field

6. Advanced lighting and colour techniques

Understand how gradients and lighting can add amazing effects to your images. Learn to select colour and light range using channels. Discover how to create impactful black and white images.

  • Black and white adjustment layer
  • Using curves and levels
  • Working with gradients
  • Lens flares
  • Matching colour
  • Batch processing

7. Advanced selections and image compositing

Master the notoriously tricky task of cutting out hair using various techniques. Discover advanced techniques for image compositing and how to create realistic reflections and shading.

  • Removing and recreating hair
  • Remove colour fringing
  • Clipping mask
  • Cut or mask out subjects
  • Blend subjects into the background
  • Create an atmosphere

8. Let's Practice!

Put what you've learned into practice!

  • Smart objects & filters
  • Channels, Lighting & Colour
  • Selection & Image Composition

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course right for me?

This course would suit anyone whose role includes working on projects for the web, social media, or print. You should already be familiar with Adobe Photoshop – i.e., know the basic features, including how to open and save files, use layers, and make simple selections. The course is not suitable for a complete beginner. With lots of practical demonstrations, you will be introduced to the concepts and techniques that are fundamental to advanced image manipulation and have the opportunity to create or replicate examples to cement your knowledge.

You will need a computer capable of running Adobe Photoshop to take this course and the relevant licences for the application.

How will this course help with my career?

Adobe Photoshop is the global standard tool in careers such as graphic design, web and social media design, and photography. Photoshop skills are also highly valued in a number of other career fields, from marketing to HR and everything in-between. Developing these skills will allow you to work on more advanced projects, helping you go for promotions or take on additional responsibilities. There is also a buoyant freelance market for those interested in striking out on their own. The examples you create on this course will help you start a portfolio to showcase your abilities.

What is the online learning experience like?

Our online experience is designed to be just as interactive, supportive, and inspiring as the UCD Professional Academy campus experience. 

Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with a fast broadband internet connection.

Minimum PC/Laptop requirements:

OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 10 (64bit)


HARD DISK: (at least) 4 GB of available space

Minimum Mac requirements:

OPERATING SYSTEM: macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later


HARD DISK: (at least) 4 GB of available space.

Live lectures are delivered using Zoom. During these lectures, your teachers will use technology interactively to ensure an engaging learning experience. When appropriate, students will be encouraged to activate their microphones so that they can ask questions and communicate with other students. 

What is the student experience like?

Student care is a high priority at UCD Professional Academy, which is why our Student Services team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. They will respond to any queries you have, help you with any technical issues, and facilitate your learning experience at every point. All students are given access to our Student Portal, where you can see your timetable, access all your study materials, and manage your account.

How is this course assessed?

This course is assessed through two projects. The first is released at the end of class three and is worth 40%. The second is released at the end of the final class and is worth 60%.

What are the benefits of a Professional Academy Diploma?

UCD Professional Academy Diplomas and Certificates are designed to give your career an advantage. Developed in conjunction with industry thought leaders our courses teach practical, applied skills to support you to achieve your career and business goals. Professional Academy Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects rather than their academic credentials.

The Professional Academy is an independent wholly owned part of UCD designed to address the need for skills development in the workforce. Courses tend to be short, designed and delivered by industry practitioners, and are not part of nor do they lead to a traditional University award such as a degree or a masters. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study by their organisation.

For full details of UCD Professional Academy’s Certifications & Governance please visit https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/governance/

How do I get my Professional Academy Diploma?

Your UCD Professional Academy Diploma will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link that you can share with employers and others wishing to verify your credentials. You can also add this certificate to your LinkedIn profile.

What payment options are available?

A place on any of our courses can be secured with a 10% deposit.

For full-time (boot camp) courses, the balance must be paid in full before course commencement.

For part-time courses, learners will be required to pay 40% of the fees before the start of the course, with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing.

Please note that standard terms and conditions apply, which you can review here: https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/terms-and-conditions/

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