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On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  • Understand the main concepts of using digital images; understand graphic format options and colour concepts

  • Open an existing image; save an image in different formats; set image file options

  • Use built-in options, such as displaying toolbars, palettes, to enhance productivity

  • Capture and save an image; use various selection tools; manipulate images

  • Create and use layers; work with text; use effects and filters; use drawing and painting tools

  • Prepare images for printing or publishing


What are the benefits of this module?

  • Can be applied to a range of image editing software from professional packages to ‘freeware’

  • Certifies best practice in basic digital image editing

  • Provides a solid grounding in working with digital images

  • Developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts, and practising computer professionals from all over the world. This process ensures the relevance and range of module content


The Syllabus sets out the specific knowledge and skills that make up this module, as informed by input from subject matter experts from a wide range of computer societies and organisations.


Download the Image Editing Module Syllabus (PDF)



This module enables the candidate to understand the main concepts underlying digital images and to use an image editing application to enhance images, apply effects, and prepare an image for printing and publishing.



Imaging Concepts

  • Images

  • Graphic Formats

  • Colour Concepts

Image Capture

  • Capturing Images

Using the application

  • Image Creation

  • Settings

  • Enhancing Productivity

Working with Images

  • Selection

  • Image Manipulation

  • Layers

  • Text

  • Effects and Filters

Drawing and Painting

  • Drawing Tools

  • Painting Tools

Prepare Outputs

  • Setup

  • Print



ECDL Foundation provides sample tests to enable potential candidates and employers to understand Image Editing in more depth and prepare for testing.

Download the Sample Test for Image Editing - Photoshop(.zip)

Download the Sample Test for Image Editing - Gimp (.zip)


Please note: Answers are provided for the multiple choice questions of the sample papers, please refer to ICDL training materials for information on practical tasks.

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