Adobe Photoshop beginners & intermediate course

2 day beginners and intermediate Adobe Photoshop course.

This two day Adobe Photoshop course covers the basics of image editing and design with Adobe Photoshop, including image resizing, resolution, colour correction, using type and colours, and creating basic designs. Then moving on to Intermediate Photoshop and making more complex cut outs, using Layer Masks, batch processing images with Actions, and looking at various techniques used for image editing and design.

You will find you way around the software and learn the most effective ways to work, discover a range of photo editing and design techniques and learn how to prepare your images and artwork for use in print documents or web pages.

Adobe Photoshop courses are available on-site (at you office or home) in Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Worcester, Warwick, Oxford, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Sheffield, Leeds, Yorkshire, Manchester, Bristol and London areas, and around the UK.

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Beginners & Intermediate Adobe Photoshop - 2 day course outline


Day 1 - Beginners introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop basics - interface, tools and palettes
The Adobe Photoshop environment, and finding your way around Photoshop
Using the tools and changing tool options
Using the palettes: Layers, History, Info, etc.
Keyboard shortcuts for navigation and zoom

Cropping and Rotating
Cropping images to remove unwanted areas
Rotating or Flipping an image

Selection Tools
Using the different selection tools - Lasso, Marquee, Magic Wand & Quick Selection Tool
Making a selection around an object
Adding or subtracting areas from the selection
Modifying selections - transform selection tool, expand, contract, feather
Selecting an area of an image based on its' colour, and modifying that area
Editing, moving or copying a selected image area
Removing or changing the area surounding a selected object

Working with layers: organising, naming and deleting layers
Combining photographs and text in separate Layers
Modifying the content of a layer, moving layer content, editing or erasing areas
Add a drop shadow and emboss effects to an item on a layer

Creating normal text and artistic text, setting text properties and choosing colours
Applying drop shadow and emboss effects to text layers

Colour Adjustment
Using Levels to adjust brightness/contrast of an image
Using Hue /Saturation to adjust image colours
Create a tinted (e.g. sepia) image

Filters for image enhancement - including unsharp mask and gaussian blur
Creating simple textures and patterns using noise, motion blur and other filters

Colours, Painting & Retouching
Painting and brush tools: defining a brush size and painting
Choosing colours
Filling areas with solid colour or gradient
Photo retouching - removing small scratches and spots

Colour Modes
Converting between different colour modes (RGB to CMYK or Grayscale)

Image Resizing & Resolution
Resizing an image using the image size command
Resizing images to the correct size for the job while maintaining image quality
Discussion of typical sizes and resolutions for different jobs e.g. brochure or web page

Saving Files
Overview of the most popular image file formats
Saving images in correct size and file format for the job


Day 2 - Intermediate Photoshop training

Colour Correction and Colour Adjustment
Colour correction and colour adjustment, including adjusting selected areas of an image
Using the colour adjustment tools, including Levels, Hue/Saturation, Curves and Selective Colour
Remove a colour cast and adjust image colours
Using Adjustment Layers to adjust layer colours
Setting white or black areas of an image to pure white or pure black
Create a faded image to use behind text

Making complex selections around images areas
Saving selections and editing selections.
Copying selected image areas to other documents

Copying layers to other open documents
Using and editing Layer Masks
Using opacity and layer blending modes to obtain different effects when montaging

Filling text with a texture or photograph
Fading out an image to an area of solid colour
Create vignettes and borders around images
Importing artwork or graphics into Photoshop from Illustrator
Create designs, such as a simple web site banner or poster design

Image Editing
Cutting out an image and changing the background
Create a photo montage or build a panoramic image from 2 or more photos

Photo Retouching
Removing red eye
Retoucing and removing unwanted areas of an image

Using the Channels pallette
Editing individual colour channels

Creating and editing paths
Creating Clipping Paths

Actions and batch processing
Recording a series of steps to be performed on a number of images
Naming, editing, saving, loading and using actions
Batch processing a complete folder of files

Saving and Output
Saving images in correct colour mode, size and file format ready for either DTP or web use
Checking colours for printing (Gamut Warning)
Create a contact sheet from a folder of images



The intermediate day can usually be adapted to better meet your needs.
Please contact us to discuss any specific requirements.

You will usually spend some time working with your own photographs and designs.


This Photoshop course is available at your office in Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Worcester, Coventry, Warwick, Oxford, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol and other areas around the UK.