Photoshop Introduction

2 full days classroom training, 180 days free email and phone support, lunch and refreshments, course materials and a certificate – all for £385!


1 day private 1 to 1 course at your office covering your exact needs, working on your files and going at your pace, 180 days free email and phone support, course materials and a certificate – *all for £385!

*Travel / accommodation expenses might be added depending on distance.

This is a fundamentals course for anyone new to Adobe Photoshop or who has had no formal training and wishes to be able to grasp the basic through to intermediate tools and concepts.

You will learn how to enhance images by changing the colour casts and lighting, contrast and brightness; create simple compositions by blending images; learn about how to use colour effectively; use type with your images and produce a simple advert and output a piece or artwork for the web.

Who is this course for?

Photographers, graphic designers, marketing departments, advertising agencies, signage designers and anyone who wants or needs to clean up, enhance or manipulate photographs or bitmap graphics.

You may have little or no experience with Photoshop, although you may already use Adobe Illustrator and / or Adobe InDesign.


Little or no prior knowledge of Photoshop, but you should have a basic working knowledge of either the Windows or Mac interface.

Some of the benefits of coming on a Red Rocket Studio training Course

  • 180 days support: There is nothing worse than leaving a course and feeling left on your own. We like to ensure our customers have all the support and backup they need which includes 180 days unlimited support by phone or email.
  • Course Materials – We typically supply detailed course notes or a manual, or in some cases both. Either way, we try to provide sufficient supporting material so that you can return to your work place with sufficient confidence to permit further learning.
  • Lunch
  • We also provide chilled water, hot drinks and biscuits.
  • A certificate of completion.

Introduction Course Outline

The Adobe Photoshop Environment

  • Controlling the workspace
  • The screen layout
  • Navigation and zoom shortcuts

Working with Selections

  • What are Selections, and why are they useful?
  • Creating Selections using the Marquee tools
  • The Lasso tools
  • The Magic Wand and Quick Selection tools
  • Adding to, or deleting from selections
  • Saving and loading Selections
  • Cropping and rotating an image

Image Adjustment

  • Using the Adjustments panel for live, non-destructive image adjustment
  • Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, Hue / Saturation
  • Colour balance for shadows, highlights and mid-tones
  • Levels and curves
  • The black and white conversion tool
  • Colour correction
  • Sharpening

Using the History panel

  • As an Undo
  • For effects
  • Using the History brush and the Art brushes to create natural media effects
  • RAM and hard disk (scratch disk) issues

Fixing Problem Images

  • Using Levels to fix tone range
  • Using Curves to fix contrast
  • The Clone Stamp and Heal tools
  • Shadow and Highlight adjustments
  • Hue and Saturation controls
  • Blurring and Sharpening filters

Working with Layers

  • Layers and Selections
  • The Transform commands
  • Building layered compositions
  • Merging layers
  • Applying transparency
  • Basic layer blending modes
  • Adding text layers
  • Adjustment layers
  • Special effects
  • Layer masks

Adding Type to an Image

  • Adjusting text
  • Adjusting text appearance
  • Using text effects commands
  • Rendering text
  • Text distortion and warping, text on a path

General Output

  • Re-sampling and printing
  • Resizing and adjusting resolution to the most appropriate values for printing
  • File formats for export

Saving files

  • Choosing the right colour mode
  • Adjusting resolution and image size