Courseware for Photoshop

This course provides a hands-on experience working inside Photoshop, that will show competency at an industry associate-level and is college and career ready. You will be able to demonstrate the correct application of the principal features of Photoshop and complete tasks independently.

MSi Adobe Courseware Introduction:


Designed to help you get certified

MSi’s courseware prepares you for the Adobe Certified Professional Exam. The exam is a 50 minute exam that can be administered remotely by MSi or through a local testing center. When employers see Adobe Certified Professional badges in a portfolio, they know the candidate’s design sense is backed by technical know-how, problem-solving skills, and the drive to work smarter.


Includes the following features

  • Learn Inside the Application!

    You heard that right. Our innovative In-App Functionality allows students to learn directly within the actual program. MSi courses provide comprehensive step-by-step written and animated instructions to guide them along. What better way to learn than by doing? This is not a tedious video lecture course. Students won’t be watching along as someone else uses the software. MSi allows them to drive in the actual software. We believe this is a more engaging and effective way to learn.

  • E-textbook

    Each course includes a complete e-textbook. The topics are chunked and embedded. Ideal for informing discussions or assigning homework.

  • Read-Along

    Listen - a read-along feature designed to support auditory learners is available in every course. This feature is available at the top of every topic page. Simply click on the "play" icon and start listening.

  • Comprehensive Grade Book

    Save valuable time by eliminating the need to create additional lessons. All MSi courses generate grades automatically from students as they complete knowledge checks, practice activities, quizzes, and projects. These grades are automatically entered into the MSi LMS (Learning Management System). You can easily import these grades into your district's grade book.

  • Assessments to Track Progress

    Easily measure your students learning gains and identify any knowledge gaps. At the beginning of every chapter, there is a pre-assessment. Once students have completed the chapter there will be a post-assessment. You’ll see these scores immediately so you can proceed accordingly.

  • Focus Mode

    To make it easier to concentrate, MSi offers a Focus Mode. This tool removes elements on the page that can be distracting. We’ve found this feature to be very helpful, particularly for visual learners.

  • Animated Instructions

    Each course includes animated instructions allowing students to see each step of a lesson as they are working - a helpful reference tool.

  • Course Completion Badge

    Share accomplishments! Upon completion of the course with a grade of 80% or higher, students are eligible for a course completion badge that is designed to be displayed on LinkedIn and other social media channels.

  • Course Completion Certificate

    Showcase success! After completion of the course with a grade of 80% or higher, students are eligible for a printable course completion certificate.

Course Content

  • Chapter 1: Learning Objectives
  • Chapter 1: PreAssessment
  • Topic 1.1a: Identifying the Purpose, Audience, and Audience Needs for Preparing Images
  • Knowledge Check: 1.1a
  • Quiz 1.1
  • Topic 1.2a: Demonstrating Knowledge of Techniques for Communicating About Design Plans with Peers and Clients
  • Knowledge Check: 1.2a
  • Topic 1.2b: Demonstrating Knowledge of Basic Project Management Concepts
  • Knowledge Check: 1.2b
  • Quiz 1.2
  • Topic 1.3a: Identifying Legal and Ethical Considerations for Using Third Party , Such as Copyright, Permissions, and Licensing
  • Knowledge Check 1.3a
  • Topic 1.3b: Identifying When and How to Obtain Permission to use Images of People and Locations
  • Knowledge Check 1.3b
  • Quiz 1.3
  • Topic 1.4a: Demonstrating Knowledge of Digital Image Terminology
  • Knowledge Check: 1.4a
  • Topic 1.4b: Demonstrating Knowledge of how Color is Created in Digital Images
  • Knowledge Check: 1.4b
  • Quiz 1.4
  • Topic 1.5a: Communicating Visually Using the Elements and Principles of Design and Common Design Techniques
  • Knowledge Check 1.5a
  • Topic 1.5b: Identifying and Using Common Typographic Adjustments to Create Contrast, Hierarchy, and Enhanced Readability/Legibility
  • Knowledge Check: 1.5b
  • Topic 1.5c: Demonstrating Knowledge of Common Photographic Cinematic Composition Terms and Principles
  • Quiz 1.5
  • Project 1
  • Chapter 1: PostAssessment
  • InApp Activity Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Learning Objectives
  • Chapter 2: PreAssessment
  • Topic 2.1a: Document Settings for Printed and Onscreen Images
  • Knowledge Check: 2.1a
  • Practice 2.1a: Create a New Document for Print
  • Quiz 2.1a: Create a New Document for Print
  • Topic 2.1b: Creating a New Document Preset
  • Knowledge Check: 2.1b
  • Practice 2.1b: Create a New Document Preset
  • Quiz 2.1b: Create a New Document Preset
  • Topic 2.2a: The Photoshop Interface
  • Knowledge Check: 2.2a
  • Topic 2.2b: Organizing and Customizing the Interface
  • Knowledge Check: 2.2b
  • Topic 2.2c: Configuring Your Application Preferences
  • Knowledge Check: 2.2c
  • Topic 2.3a: Navigating a Project
  • Knowledge Check: 2.3a
  • Topic 2.3b: Using Rulers
  • Knowledge Check: 2.3b
  • Topic 2.3c: Work with Grids and Guides
  • Knowledge Check: 2.3c
  • Practice 2.3c: Work with Grids and Guides
  • Quiz 2.3c: Work with Grids and Guides
  • Topic 2.4a: Opening and Importing Images From Digital Devices
  • Knowledge Check: 2.4a
  • Topic 2.4b: Placing Assets into a Photoshop Document
  • Knowledge Check: 2.4b
  • Practice 2.4b: Importing Assets into a Project
  • Quiz 2.4b: Importing Assets into a Project
  • Topic 2.4c: Modify an Image Using Camera Raw
  • Knowledge Check: 2.4c
  • Practice 2.4c: Modify an Image Using Camera Raw
  • Quiz 2.4c: Modify an Image Using Camera Raw
  • Topic 2.5a: Setting Foreground and Background Colors
  • Knowledge Check: 2.5a
  • Practice 2.5a: Modify Foreground and Background Colors
  • Quiz 2.5a: Modify Foreground and Background Colors
  • Topic 2.5b: Creating and Customizing Gradients
  • Knowledge Check: 2.5b
  • Practice 2.5b: Create and Apply a Gradient
  • Quiz 2.5b: Create and Apply a Gradient
  • Topic 2.5c: Creating and Editing Color Swatches
  • Topic 2.6a: Exploring Photoshop Libraries
  • Practice 2.6a: Exploring Photoshop Libraries
  • Topic 2.6b: Creating and Editing Brushes, Symbols, Styles and Patterns
  • Knowledge Check: 2.6b
  • 2 Topic: Project
  • Project 2
  • Chapter 2: PostAssessment
  • Chapter 3: Learning Objectives
  • Chapter 3: PreAssessment
  • Topic 3.1a: Using Layers to Manage Design Elements
  • Knowledge Check 3.1a
  • Practice 3.1a: Modify a Project’s Elements Using Layers
  • Quiz 3.1a: Modify a Project’s Elements Using Layers
  • Topic 3.1b: Manage Layers in a Complex Project
  • Knowledge Check: 3.1b
  • Topic 3.1c: Working with Multiple Layers
  • Knowledge Check: 3.1c
  • Topic 3.1d: Flattening and Merging Layers
  • Knowledge Check: 3.1d
  • Topic 3.1e: The Different Types of Layers in the Layers Panel
  • Knowledge Check: 3.1e
  • Practice 3.1e: Work with Different Types of Layers
  • Quiz 3.1e: Work with Different Types of Layers
  • Topic 3.2a: Adjusting a Layer’s Opacity, Blending Mode, and fill Opacity
  • Knowledge Check: 3.2a
  • Practice 3.2a: Work with Layer Settings
  • Quiz 3.2a: Work with Layer Settings
  • Topic 3.2b: Creating, Applying, and Manipulating Masks
  • Knowledge Check: 3.2b
  • Topic 3.3a: Nondestructive Editing
  • Knowledge Check: 3.3a
  • Practice 3.3a: Work with Layer Styles
  • Quiz 3.3a: Work with Layer Styles
  • Topic 3.3b: Destructive Editing
  • Knowledge Check: 3.3b
  • Quiz 3.3b: Destructive Editing
  • 3 Topic: Project
  • Project 3
  • Chapter 3: PostAssessment
  • Chapter 4: Learning Objectives
  • Chapter 4: PreAssessment
  • Topic 4.1a: Creating Images Using a Variety of Tools
  • Knowledge Check: 4.1a
  • Topic 4.1b: Modifying and Editing Vector Images Using a Variety of Vector Tools
  • Knowledge Check: 4.1b
  • Practice 4.1b: Work With Vector Elements and Editing Tools
  • Quiz 4.1b: Work With Vector Elements and Editing Tools
  • Topic 4.2a: Using Type Tools to add Typography to a Design
  • Knowledge Check: 4.2a
  • Topic 4.2b: Adjusting Character Settings in a Design
  • Knowledge Check: 4.2b
  • Topic 4.2c: Adjusting Paragraph Settings in a Design
  • Knowledge Check: 4.2c
  • Practice 4.2c: Modify Typography Settings
  • Quiz 4.2c: Modify Typography Settings
  • Topic 4.2d: Converting Text to Graphics
  • Knowledge Check: 4.2d
  • Topic 4.3a: Making Selections Using a Variety of Tools
  • Knowledge Check: 4.3a
  • Topic 4.3b: Modifying and Refining Selections Using a Variety of Tools
  • Knowledge Check 4.3b
  • Topic 4.3c: Saving and Loading selections
  • Knowledge Check: 4.3c
  • Practice 4.3c: Work with Selections
  • Quiz 4.3c: Work with Selections
  • Topic 4.4a: Modifying the Canvas and the Artboards
  • Knowledge Check: 4.4a
  • Topic 4.4b: Rotating, Flipping and Modifying Individual Layers
  • Knowledge Check: 4.4b
  • Topic 4.5a: Applying Basic Autocreation Methods and Tools
  • Knowledge Check: 4.5a
  • Practice 4.5a: Work with Basic Image Adjustments
  • Quiz 4.5a: Work with Basic Image Adjustments
  • Topic 4.5b: Using Various Tools to Repair and Reconstruct Images
  • Reading Comprehension: 4.5b
  • Knowledge Check: 4.5b
  • Practice 4.5b: Use Retouching Tools to Repair an Image
  • Quiz 4.5b: Use Retouching Tools to Repair an Image
  • Topic 4.5c: Evaluating and Adjusting the Appearance of Objects, Selections, or Layers
  • Knowledge Check 4.5c
  • Topic 4.5d: Applying Photographic Changes to Images Using Tools and Adjustments
  • Knowledge Check: 4.5d
  • Topic 4.6a: Using Filters to Modify Images Destructively or Non-Destructively
  • Knowledge Check: 4.6a
  • Topic 4.6b: Applying, Modifying, Copying and Removing Layer Styles
  • Knowledge Check: 4.6b
  • Practice 4.6b: Work with the Styles Panel
  • Quiz 4.6b: Work with the Styles Panel
  • Topic 4.6c: Creating, Managing, and Saving Custom Layer Styles
  • Knowledge Check: 4.6c
  • 4 Topic: Project
  • Project 4
  • Chapter 4: PostAssessment
  • Chapter 5: Learning Objectives
  • Chapter 5: PreAssessment
  • Topic 5.1a: Checking Document for Errors and Project Specifications
  • Knowledge Check: 5.1a
  • Practice 5.1a: Add Copyright Metadata to a Document
  • Quiz 5.1a: Add Copyright Metadata to a Document
  • Topic 5.2a: Exporting or Saving Digital Images to Various File Formats
  • Knowledge Check: 5.2a
  • Topic 5.2b: Save in Appropriate Image Formats for Print or Screen
  • Knowledge Check: 5.2b
  • Topic 5.2c: Export Project Elements
  • Knowledge Check: 5.2c
  • Practice 5.2c: Export Project Elements
  • Quiz 5.2c: Export Project Elements
  • 5 Topic: Project
  • Project 5
  • Chapter 5: PostAssessment

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