Crop and straighten images, remove blemishes, enhance colours, build montages and so much more!

Adobe Photoshop: Introduction

Photoshop provides highly efficient methods for editing scanned artwork, digital photographs and even movies. Its tight integration with each of the Creative Cloud applications provides unrivalled synergy for publishing to print, web and devices.

Who should attend

This course is ideal for those who work with digital images as part of their job role on a day-to-day basis, or to compliment the capabilities of in-house-marketing teams. Learning how to use professional image editing software correctly can be hugely rewarding, cost effective and time-saving. If you are a complete beginner you have the opportunity to acquire good habits and avoid time consuming and costly mistakes. If you are self-taught and have found getting the results you want frustrating, then this course will help empower you to focus more of your time on the tasks that add more value to your work and job satisfaction.

What you'll learn

Evaluate and output high quality artwork for print, web and mobile devices • Learn about digital image characteristics, understand how they are constructed • Explore and navigate the application interface, and tailor its appearance to suite your needs • Browse, manage and save files to the appropriate size and format by exploring different output scenarios • Work with layers to maximise your workflow efficiency • Select regions of artwork and apply local edits • Blend artwork and create montages • Apply filters and effects to your artwork • Manage and characterise typography • Create simple vector objects • Remove blemishes and defects in photographs • Correct colour and exposure in artwork

Managing the Workspace

To make the best use of its extensive editing capabilities, you must first learn to navigate the work area, and adapt it to your own workflow.

  • Navigating Images
  • Customising the interface
  • Preferences
  • Colour Management

Creating and managing documents

In this module you will look at the many challenges faced when creating new documents for print and screen devices.

  • New document dialogue
  • Edit the canvas
  • Add ruler guides
  • Define document resolution
  • Saving documents


There are occasions when you will need to focus your edits in a specific area and protect the rest of the image at the same time. Learning how to select areas of an image is of paramount importance.

  • Marquee tools
  • Lasso and Polygon tools
  • Colour selection tools
  • Refine selection edges
  • Saving and loading selections

Masks & Channels

Masking is the skill of protecting your images from modifications, as well as changing the visibility of artwork to create montages or to simply extract subject matter from its background.

  • Masking tools and techniques
  • Create and edit a layer mask
  • Clipping layers
  • Masks panel controls
  • Gradient masks

Colour & Tone

The powerful tools in Photoshop can enhance, repair, and correct the colour and tonality in an image, such as brightness and contrast.

  • Interpreting the Histogram
  • Automated techniques
  • Manual workflows
  • Adjustments panel
  • Levels, Curves and Shadow Highlight
  • Hue/Saturation, Vibrance

Healing & Retouching

Learn how to correct capture defects and enhance critical parts of an image with Photoshop's "Airbrushing tools"

  • Image retouching strategies
  • Crop and straighten
  • Healing brushes
  • History brush tool
  • Clone stamp
  • The patch tool

Filters and effects

You can use filters to clean up or retouch your photos, apply special art effects that give your image the appearance of a sketch or impressionist painting.

  • Filter Gallery
  • Smart filters
  • Sharpening
  • Vanishing Point


Manage and analyse critical project assets prior to hand-off to third party print providers. Explore methods for outputting artwork for the web and appropriate file types for common project scenarios.

  • Contact Sheets
  • Proofing artwork for print
  • The print dialogue setup
  • Saving for Web & Devices
  • File types and their intended uses


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