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Adobe Photoshop Beginners & Intermediate Course

Two day Adobe Photoshop beginners and intermediate course - introduction to image editing and design, begins with an introduction to the basics of Adobe Photoshop, including image resizing, resolution, colour correction, using type and colours, and creating basic designs. It will then move on to intermediate Photoshop and more image editing and design techniques, including image cut-outs, using Layer Masks, and batch processing images with Actions.

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

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Beginners & intermediate Photoshop course summary

Photoshop course duration: 2 days
Level: Beginners and intermediate
Software: Photoshop CC, Photoshop CS6, Photoshop CS5

Who is the course aimed at ?
This course is aimed at those who currently have little or no Photoshop skills, and want to learn the basics of Photoshop as well as learning about photo editing and design techniques.

Course requirements
You should have good general computer skills.
Some previous knowledge of design or image editing software would be helpful, but not essential.

One to one or small group of up to 4 trainees.
Trainees in a group should have the same skill level and the same requirements.

Adobe Photoshop courses are available for on-site training at the client's premises (office or home) in Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Worcester, Warwick, Oxford, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Sheffield, Leeds, Yorkshire, Manchester, Bristol and around the UK.


Beginners & intermediate Adobe Photoshop course outline


Day 1 - Beginners introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop Basics
Introducing the Adobe Photoshop environment
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 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 based on its colour, and modifying that area
Editing, moving or copying a selected image area
Removing or changing the area surrounding a selected object

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

Create normal text and artistic text, set text properties and choose colours
Apply 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
Create 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
Removing small scratches and spots from a photo

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

Image Resizing & Resolution
Resizing an image
Resizing images to the correct size for the job while maintaining image quality
Discuss 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
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 modify colours
Adjusting selected areas of an image
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 image 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
Retouching and removing unwanted areas of an image

Using the Channels palette
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
Set image 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 often be adapted to better suit your needs.
ou will usually spend some time working with your own photographs and designs. Please contact us to discuss any specific requirements.


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


Adobe Photoshop course in Birmingham, Solihull, Oxford, Manchester, Yorkshire & around the UK