Photoshop CS5:

Advanced, First Look Edition

Activity-Level Outline

                         Days:  1

         Prerequisites:  Photoshop CS5: Basic or equivalent experience

                         Unit 1 :  Fills and overlays

                               Topic A: 0  Filling image areas

                                      A-1:  Creating swatches

                                      A-2:  Filling selections

                                      A-3:  Creating fill layers

                               Topic B: 0  Gradients and patterns

                                      B-1:  Creating gradients

                                      B-2:  Creating a simple pattern

                                      B-3:  Saving a set of presets

                                      B-4:  Creating a tool preset

                               Topic C: 0  Layer overlays

                                      C-1:  Filling areas with overlay layer styles

                         Unit 2 :  Masks

                               Topic A: 0  Mask channels

                                      A-1:  Editing a Quick Mask

                                      A-2:  Editing an alpha channel as a Quick Mask

                               Topic B: 0  Layer masks

                                      B-1:  Creating a layer mask

                                      B-2:  Editing a layer mask

                               Topic C: 0  Grayscale masks

                                      C-1:  Creating soft edges with a grayscale mask

                                      C-2:  Fading a layer with a gradient mask

                               Topic D: 0  Clipping masks and type masks

                                      D-1:  Clipping a layer to an underlying layer

                                      D-2:  Creating a type mask

                         Unit 3 :  Vector paths

                               Topic A: 0  Creating vector paths

                                      A-1:  Discussing the uses of vector paths

                                      A-2:  Creating a freeform path

                                      A-3:  Converting a selection to a path

                                      A-4:  Creating paths with the Pen tool

                               Topic B: 0  Editing vector paths

                                      B-1:  Adjusting path points

                                      B-2:  Changing the number of anchor points

                                      B-3:  Combining subpaths to form a single path

                               Topic C: 0  Vector masks

                                      C-1:  Creating a vector mask

                               Topic D: 0  Paths for creative imagery

                                      D-1:  Converting type characters to editable shapes

                                      D-2:  Wrapping type on a path

                                      D-3:  Creating a vector shape layer

                                      D-4:  Stroking a path with a brush shape

                         Unit 4 :  Creative image effects

                               Topic A: 0  Painting effects

                                      A-1:  Simulating painting with the Mixer Brush tool

                                      A-2:  Blending a texture with Overlay mode

                                      A-3:  Creating a custom brush

                               Topic B: 0  Warping

                                      B-1:  Warping text

                                      B-2:  Warping image layers

                                      B-3:  Using Puppet Warp

                               Topic C: 0  Efficient compositing

                                      C-1:  Grouping layers

                                      C-2:  Creating and transforming Smart Objects

                                      C-3:  Working with Smart Object contents

                                      C-4:  Creating vector Smart Objects

                               Topic D: 0  Vanishing Point

                                      D-1:  Editing an image with the Vanishing Point filter

                               Topic E: 0  Smart Filters

                                      E-1:  Applying Smart Filters

                                      E-2:  Masking Smart Filter effects

                         Unit 5 :  Automating tasks

                               Topic A: 0  Creating actions

                                      A-1:  Recording an action

                                      A-2:  Playing an action

                                      A-3:  Editing an action

                                      A-4:  Pausing an action

                               Topic B: 0  Organizing actions

                                      B-1:  Making actions work as buttons

                                      B-2:  Saving actions in sets

                               Topic C: 0  Batch processing

                                      C-1:  Batch-processing files

                               Topic D: 0  Customizing Photoshop

                                      D-1:  Assigning keyboard shortcuts and menu item colors

               Appendix A :  ACA exam objectives map

                               Topic A: 0  Comprehensive exam objectives