Photoshop for the Web

Need some inspiration and instruction to get your Web graphic design skills up to par with the competition? Want to be able to create instead of wonder how it's done? Want your work to stand out from the crowd? This course will show you how and give your creativity and skills a confidence boost! This well-rounded course includes in-depth coverage of must-have skills such as creating eye-catching effects, using color creatively, working with masks, creating custom shapes for interfaces and navigational panels, working with transparency and much more! Ready to take your career to the next level? This class will give help get you there!

Applicable Job Roles: web designers, graphic designers, and webmasters.

Weeks 1 and 2
  • Improving Images with Levels and Curves
  • Image Retouching Techniques
  • Manipulating Color
  • Masking Images with Layer Masks
Weeks 3 and 4
  • Layer Masks: Creative Applications
  • Layer Clipping Groups and Texture Channels
  • Saving a Selection as a Mask Channel
  • Selecting like a Pro: The Pen tool
Weeks 5 and 6
  • Color for the Web
  • Optimizing Images
  • Mocking up a Website Design
  • Buttons and Navigation Graphics
  • Getting Creative with Layer Styles
Weeks 7 and 8
  • Understanding Slicing
  • Working with the GIF File Format
  • Animating GIFs
  • Creating and Saving Transparent Graphics
  • Creative Backgrounds
Completion of Photoshop Level 1 G301 or equivalent knowledge of the topics covered in the Level 1 course. Mastery of basic Photoshop commands, tools, layers/layer management, layer styles, and color options are required. If you are unsure of what you need to know, please review the syllabus for the Level 1 course. It is important to note that this course is not for beginners and students will be lost without mastery of Photoshop fundamentals. Please contact the instructor regarding any questions you may have regarding participation in the Photoshop for the Web course.
  • Software: Before beginning this class, students will need to have installed a working version of Adobe Photoshop CS5 or CS4. Lectures are written for Photoshop CS5 and CS4. Students using versions lower than Photoshop CS3 are not qualified to receive the certificate of course completion. Demo versions of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Photoshop LE are not acceptable due to time limits, save restrictions and limits in software features.
  • Student Commitment: This intense course will cover a lot of material and requires a serious commitment of time and energy from students. Students will need enough time in the week to absorb the following within the given deadlines: Experiment with new techniques, complete weekly assignments, read weekly lectures and book material, answer review questions, ask questions, and study/critique other student's work. It is not advised that students plan a vacation, other intense courses, or heavy workloads during this course.
  • Required Text: You need to obtain the book that corresponds with the version of Photoshop you are using.

Required Photoshop CS5 - The Missing Manual - by Lesa Snider
Required Photoshop CS4 - The Missing Manual - by Lesa Snider

Additional information:

Your place in the course is confirmed by your payment. Introductory courses are intended for students with no experience in the subject matter and are seeking beginner level training.

Refund Policy: Please read our Terms and Refund Policy before registering for this course.

Additional Cost: Book and software might be required for the course. Read the Requirements and Book section for more information. Course fee does not include the book and software cost .

How eClasses Work:Instructors post lectures (text-based, no video or audio), reading selections, and hands-on assignments once a week in the online classroom. Students can discuss the assignments with the instructor and amongst themselves in the classroom area. This format has no set meeting time, which allows students to attend class at a time most convenient to them, yet still provides logically organized communication between class participants. Students can apply for the completion certificate after finishing the class.


Price: $240.00
IWA Member Price: $140.00
Course No.: G303
Instructor Astrid Garcia
CEUs 4
Duration 8 weeks
Cost 60
Open Courses:

Sorry, no other session is scheduled for this course. You can add this course to your wish list and we will notify you when other sessions are scheduled.


Instructor's Profile:
InstructorAstrid Garcia holds a BFA in Photography and Digital Imaging and is a Poynter Institute Fellowship graduate. She is a freelance web designer and owns her own photography business, Her personal work includes fine art photography, which has been exhibited in several galleries. Her editorial work has been previously published in newspapers and her body of work of Hurricane Andrew was awarded the National Press Association's Editorial Award. Astrid began teaching Photoshop with in 2001. She continues to provide quality and thorough instruction while bringing her wide range of experience and passion for digital technologies into the classroom. Astrid is a current member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.
Before you register for this class, please read the Outline, Prerequisites, Requirements, Books, and Refund Policy sections carefully.


"This course is an excellent way to learn how to use Photoshop for web design. You will be up to speed in no time. The curriculum is well thought out and the assignments mirror "real-life" projects. At the end of the course, you will be able to easily create what you see in your head." - Philip Napora
"Astrid is a gifted teacher who knows when to give support and encouragement and how to give constructive criticism. Her lessons are written in plain English. Even advanced techniques are easy to follow. Each of Astrid's courses is packed with useful advice and resources. I recommend all three courses." - Rowan Hotham-Gough
"Thank you for a great course. " - Annette Turgeon
"Her lectures were well written and easy to follow. Her Resources were most helpful and informative. It was a great class and Astrid lectures motivated and inspired me to dig in and learn what she was teaching." - Betty Coppin
"That was an amazing learning experience. I took PS Level 1 and PS for the web. Astrid is an incredible and patient teacher, and not only her lectures, as well her resources and her thoughtful feedback made this course challenging and big fun!!! Thank you so much for all." - Daniel Steinmann
"Astrid is an incredibly talented and patient instructor and a great asset for I learned so much in her Design Concepts course and in Photoshop for the Web. However, my own circumstances kept me from keeping up with the class adequately. I plan to take the course again. Astrid has much to offer in terms of artistic design advice and technical knowledge, and she willingly takes the time to explain both aspects. I recommend her courses highly! " - Jan Timmons