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Photoshop Fundamentals: An Introduction to Photoshop

3-Day Live Class
10AM - 5PM

This 3-day course provides a thorough overview of the interface, the tools, the features, tricks, and tips for using Photoshop CC. The course is an ideal combination of instructor-led demonstration and hands-on practice.

Who Should Attend?

Adobe Photoshop has become an industry standard for so many different disciplines including desktop publishing, multimedia design, web design, digital video editing, and much more. Photoshop is often a prerequisite for many other software programs and is the one program that everyone in every area of digital media should know.


  • Practical working knowledge of computers and basic macOS or Windows skills.

Upcoming Course Dates

Photoshop Fundamentals: An Introduction to Photoshop | Starts on 05/08/2023


Photoshop Fundamentals: An Introduction to Photoshop | Starts on 07/10/2023


Course Outline

Note: The curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. At his/her discretion, the instructor may adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class. 

Lesson 1: Understanding How Digital Images Work

  • RGB, CMYK, LAB, HSB Color Models
  • Changing Image and Canvas Size
  • Image Resolution
  • Pixel Aspect Ratios
  • Bits per Channel
  • Alpha Channels

Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Restoring Default Preferences
  • Starting to Work in Adobe Photoshop
  • Using the Tools
  • Sampling a Color
  • Working with Tools and Tool Properties
  • Using the Properties Panel
  • Undoing Actions in Photoshop
  • Working with Panels and Panel Locations
  • Using Default Workspaces
  • Creating User Workspaces

Lesson 3: Basic Photo Corrections

  • Workflow for Retouching
  • Resolution and Image Size
  • Opening a File with Adobe Bridge
  • Straightening and Cropping
  • Basic Color Corrections
  • Using the Healing Brushes
  • Applying a Content-Aware Patch
  • Repairing areas with the Clone Stamp Tool
  • Sharpening an Image

Lesson 4: Working with Selections

  • About Selecting and Selection Tools
  • Using Cloud Documents
  • Using the Magic Wand Tool
  • Using the Quick Selection Tool
  • Moving a Selected Area
  • Using the Object Selection Tool
  • Manipulating Selections
  • Selecting with the Lasso Tools
  • Rotating a Selection
  • Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso Tool
  • Selecting from a Center Point
  • Resizing and Copying a Selection
  • Cropping and Straightening Image

Lesson 5: Layer Basics

  • Layer Panel Basics
  • Using the Layers Panel
  • Rearranging Layers
  • Applying Gradient to Layers
  • Applying Layer Styles
  • Adding an Adjustment Layers
  • Updating Layer Effects
  • Adding Borders
  • Flattening and Saving Files

Lesson 6: Quick Fixes

  • Using Snapshots
  • Adjusting Facial Features with Liquify
  • Blurring Backgrounds
  • Creating Panoramas
  • Content Aware Scaling
  • Correcting Image Distortion
  • Extending Depth of Field
  • Removing Objects Using Content-Aware Fill
  • Adjusting Perspective in an Image

Lesson 7: Masks and Channels

  • Working with Masks and Channels
  • Using Select and Mask Workspace
  • Using the Select Object Tool
  • Creating a Quick Mask
  • Manipulating an Image with Puppet Warp
  • Creating Drop Shadows via Mask
  • Working with Masks and Channels

Lesson 8: Typographic Design

  • Type Basics and Formatting
  • Using the Properties Panel for Formatting
  • Using Adobe Fonts
  • Creating a Clipping Mask from Type
  • Creating Type on a Path
  • Warping Point Type
  • Adding a Rounded Rectangle and Shapes
  • Adding Vertical Text

Lesson 9: Vector Drawing Techniques

  • About Bitmap Images and Vector Graphics
  • About Paths and the Pen Tool
  • Drawing a Shape with the Pen Tool
  • Drawing a Path Traced from a Photo
  • Converting Selections to Layer Vector Masks
  • Creating a Logo with Text
  • Using Custom Shapes

Lesson 10: Advanced Compositing

  • Arranging Layers
  • Using Smart Filters
  • Painting on Layers
  • Adding Backgrounds
  • Using the History Panel to Undo Edits
  • Upscaling a Low-Resolution Image

Lesson 11: Painting with the Mixer Brush

  • About the Mixer Brush
  • Selecting Brush Settings
  • Mixing Colors
  • Mixing Colors with a Photograph
  • Painting and Mixing Colors with Brush Presets
  • Working with Kyle Brushes

Lesson 12: Exploring Neural Filters

  • Understanding Neural Filters
  • Exploring the Neural Filters Workspace
  • Featured, Beta, and Wait List Categories and Effects
  • Combining Neural Filters

Lesson 13: Saving your files

  • Understanding File Types
  • Right File Types for Print Output 
  • Online and Device File Formats

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