The Image Editing module covers the main concepts and skills needed to use and work with images. This modules develops good practice when creating, editing, and outputting digital images.

Whether communicating with one person or a million people, images are a useful way to convey facts, concepts, and emotions. Being able to use images to enhance presentations, reports, and documents increases their impact and improves people’s engagement with the information contained. It is an important skill that complements many other ICDL modules.

This module is suitable for transition year students, and is a good fit for schools offering mini company or entrepreneurial courses as part of the Transition Year programme. This module will also suit students looking to develop their own ideas online or in print.

Develop the skills needed to work with images and prepare them for use online or in print.

Module overview

CategorySkill set
Imaging concepts
  • Digital 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

Main learning outcomes

Successful students will be able to open an image file, make edits to it, and output it for use in printing or publishing online. After passing this module, students will feel confident using an image editing application to work with different image formats. They will be able to:

  • understand the different image formats and options available
  • recognise the ways images can be edited, enhanced, and manipulated
  • review the different functions of an image editing application and how to use them
  • apply effect, filters, overlays, and other changes to images
  • understand how to output an image correctly according to its intended use

Why certify with ICDL?

  • ICDL certification is internationally recognised by employers and institutions.
  • ICDL modules are developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts, and practising professionals from all over the world.
  • The regularly updated syllabus content reflects day- to-day tasks and responsibilities typical of job roles.
  • ICDL modules focus on skills acquisition as well as an understanding of concepts.
  • ICDL syllabus content is vendor-independent so that skills and knowledge are transferable.
  • ICDL has rigorous Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) and regular quality audits are conducted internally and externally.


The detailed syllabus for the Image Editing module is publicly available, so that there is complete clarity about what is covered.

The syllabus document, which sets out the specific skills and knowledge that you will learn and against which you will be certified, can be downloaded here.

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