Photoshop Fundamentals Training

Considered by most web and print designers to be the end-all tool for working with photos and digital imaging, Adobe Photoshop is often the first program to learn when breaking into the industry. Whether you want to create stunning web graphics or transform digital photographs into works of art, learning this powerful software will give you the skills necessary to create images like the pros.

In this basic Photoshop training class, we lead you through practical, step-by-step exercises that help you master all the basic skills you'll need to create some truly dazzling images.

Getting Started with Photoshop

For many, the Photoshop environment will be completely new and somewhat mystifying. We start by familiarizing you with this unique workspace and teach you how to set up a new project. You will learn the differences between vector and raster graphics, and the unique qualities and limitation of each. This section enables you understand how to:

  • Navigate the site using windows and palettes
  • Open and size images
  • Select parts of an image for editing using various methods
  • Get help with Adobe Help Viewer

Working with Layers in Photoshop

Each time you modify your image, you have the option of saving the adjustment on a separate layer, which gives you more control over your final product. Layers can be hidden, reordered or modified without changing other aspects of the image, allowing you to separately edit multiple effects. By the end of this part of the basic Photoshop training you will know how to:

  • Create new layers and change their stacking order
  • Use type layers to add and format text
  • Change the opacity and blending modes of a layer
  • Apply effects to layers

Adjusting Images in Photoshop

Photoshop allows you to easily correct the color and contrast in a photograph. This part of the class first helps you identify aspects that may need correction in any given photograph, and then shows you how to make the corrections, so that by the end of this section you will be able to:

  • Choose the appropriate color mode for your image
  • Correct hues, including modifying skin tones
  • Increase or decrease saturation
  • Adjust contrast using the levels dialog box

Retouching images & adding effects in Photoshop

Once you have corrected these global aspects of a photograph, you can focus on more detailed work like retouching minor flaws, eliminating the background or adding cool artistic effects to make your image look like a watercolor or pastel painting. These tasks use the selection and layering skills you learned earlier, so that each modification is completely reversible and editable. This part of the basic Photoshop training teaches you how to:

  • Repair red-eye in photos
  • Retouch small areas using the clone stamp and healing brushes
  • Remove or replace the background
  • Create masks to isolate areas from adjustments
  • Simulate artistic effects with filters and brushes
  • Transform image content by rotating, scaling and warping
  • Make transformations without discarding pixel data by using Smart Filters and Smart Objects

Preparing Images for Print & Web

Once you've created your image, you will need to prepare it for printing or for viewing on the web. You will need to choose from a number of file formats, and each format requires that you use different settings when saving your image. This section of the Photoshop training class will guide you through these output settings so you will be able to:

  • Save an image for web or device viewing
  • Choose the correct settings for printing on an office or offset printer
  • Prepare an image for export into another program

Working with Video in Photoshop

Photoshop has many options for preparing images for today's multimedia environment. Video displays require different settings that monitor screens, and Photoshop has preset formats that allow you to easily prepare your images correctly. Our training will teach you how to:

  • Choose appropriate scaling for video
  • Change the pixel aspect ratio
  • Open a video file and edit individual frames
  • Render your video as a QuickTime movie

Automating tasks in Photoshop

In the print or web production environment, image editing tasks can be repetitive and time-consuming. Photoshop allows you to automate many of these tasks to create an efficient yet flexible work flow. This section of the Photoshop training class will teach you how to:

  • Use the Actions palette to record, play and edit actions
  • Run actions on multiple images with batch-processing
  • Customize keyboard shortcuts and menus


  • Basic Mac or Windows skills: copying/pasting, right-clicking (contextual menus), finding files, switching between programs, exploring windows

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