Course Description

Learn the fundamentals of Photoshop and explore tools to edit photos and create designs. Throughout the week students will make creative designs in Photoshop CC, and at the end of the week, students will create an interactive portfolio of their designs on Behance.

This course is ideal for middle school students with interests in art, graphic design, advertising, animation, fashion, architecture or web design. General experience with computers and the internet is necessary, but no experience with art or design is expected.

Students who complete Beginner Photoshop will be prepared to take the Intermediate Photoshop (offered separately for middle school and high school students) course.

Please note times are in Central Standard Time (CST).

Course Outline

Day 1
  • Learn: Design Elements and Principles, Color Theory
  • Photoshop Tools and Practice:
    • Workspace and Panels
    • Layers
    • Blending Modes 
    • Brush and Painting Tools
    • Color Picker and Panel
    • Selection Tools
Day 2
  • Learn: Typography and Adobe Fonts
  • Photoshop Tools and Practice:
    • Text Tools
    • Emoji Font
    • Shape Tools
Day 3
  • Learn: Image Resolution, File Types and Sizes
  • Photoshop Tools and Practice:
    • Crop, Free Transform 
    • Retouching
    • Resizing and Saving
Day 4
  • Learn: Behance Online Portfolios 
  • Photoshop Tools and Practice:
    • Making Smart Objects
    • Advanced Transform Tools

Day 5

  • Presentations
    • Individual Portfolio Presentations
    • Behance Community and Resources


Students will need a computer (Mac or PC) that has the free Creative Cloud Desktop App installed.

Students will receive instructions on how to download the Creative Cloud software and set up an Adobe ID and a free trial of Photoshop (no credit card needed, only an email address).


  • Online registration closes at noon 4 days prior to the start of the class.
  • For late registration options, please contact SMU College Prep at 214-768-2267 for assistance.
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