Adobe Photoshop The last word in image editing...

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Photoshop Intro - 2 days

£350 per person, per day.

Min 4 people, max 10.


Making selections

Images are made up of pixels, so to fix just part of an image means grabbing hold of (or ‘selecting’) the pixels you want to adjust. Once we’ve looked at what part of the screen does what, and how to save a custom ‘workspace’, we’ll look at the different tools and methods used to make selections. Then we’ll look at a variety of adjustments that can be used to improve images and fix various common types of damage:


Grey adjustment

Levels and Curves are used to fix the range of information within an image and contrast levels, so (for example) a faded image is readjusted so that the pixels cover the full range from white to black.


Colour adjustment

If one of the colour channels is skewed, the image may look too red, or too blue. We can pull the image back towards its original settings.


The Clone Stamp and Healing Brush tools

If somebody put their coffee cup down on the image, or if the original was torn, these can usually be fixed with one of these tool. They’re also used for retouching images, to get rid of unwanted blemishes.


Red Eyes and Red Faces

Both of these represent problems which may, until fixed, mean an image just can’t be used at all. So we’ll fix them!


Converting to greyscale

Rather than just turning the entire image into greyscale, in Photoshop you can specifically control how each colour converts into grey before you make the transformation.


Fixing crooked images

This ranges from easy to difficult, depending on the problem.


Cropping images

Here we’ll use both the basic cropping tool, and ‘perspective’ cropping.


Having learned how to fix common problems, we’ll move on to using Photoshop more creatively. This part of the course covers:



Layers are hugely useful in Photoshop and can be used to build up an image by collecting together objects from other sources.



We’ll look at both ‘Layer’ and ‘Quick’ masks, used to create degrees of opacity on an image, and to apply an effect as a gradient.


Adjustment layers

Adjustment layers take ‘layers’ to the next step, and can be used to fix all kinds of problems. Even though the end result is strictly ‘day 1’ material in that it involves repairing an image, as it requires both an understanding of both ‘layers’ and ‘masks’ we’ll cover it on day 2.


Transforming images

From straightening images to resizing imported objects, and more.



When you can’t get all the area you want into your camera’s viewfinder, this amazing set of tools allows you to create a seamless panoramic image from a series of separate images.



Photoshop includes many different special effects! Be careful - you could spend your life here...


Refine Edge masking

Lifting an object out of a background can be very, very difficult. The ‘Refine Edge’ window gives edge.



While this is often used to distort pictures of family menbers, it can also be useful as a professional tool.

Photoshop Advanced - 2 days

£350 per person, per day.

Min 4 people, max 10.


Adding Sky

If an image is let down by a lacklustre sky it’s usually easy to replace. You can even create clouds.


Content-Aware tools

Adobe began adding these in CS4 with ‘Content Aware Scale’ and have continued to add more amazing tools with each subsequent release.


Puppet Warp

Another incredible tool.


Mixer brush

This tool will bring out the frustrated artist in you. It can be used to turn any image into a painting.


Blur tools

A quick look at the blur gallery tools. Blur tools were good - now they’re great.



Photoshop can’t actually sharpen images - so instead it cheats. Here’s how.


Layer Comps

Now you can save all the layers you need for several different versions of a design in a single image, and demonstrate all of them without making silly mistakes.


The Pen Tool

Almost everyone hates the Pen tool. But, if you take the time to get used to it, it’s just amazing. And the shortcuts work in InDesign and Illustrator, too.


Vanishing Point

This clever effect can either be used to fix damage in an area ruled by perspective, or to wrap an image onto a box.



These are ‘macros’ which hold on to a series of operations as a single, playable event. You can also plan an action on a whole folder full of images, and save the results to a different location.


Custom Brushes

Need some clouds? Flashes of lightening? Whatever you need, there are probably free brushes available online.


3D Pool Ball

This operation uses the 3D workspace to create a ‘skin’ which is applied to a 3D sphere.


RAW files

Most digital cameras can shoot RAW as well as jpg images. They are much bigger, and for a very good reason - as you’ll see.



Possibly the most lucrative and challenging work around, retouching is extensively used in advertising, fashion and many other areas of graphic design. We’ll try out several different methods.



In the Yellow Belt course we look at the Refine Edge window as a means of lifting a tricky subject out of its background. Calculations is another way to do this,

relying on adjusting the channels. It's been around for years and it's absolutely amazing - but very few Photoshop users have even heard of it.


Additional material

We also cover Colour Management Systems, an area into which few graphic designers dare to tread. It's a bit of a minefield, so it's helpful to have a guide.


Depending on demand, the following can also be covered: colour theory, image calibration, creating HDR Images, cropping with 'rule of thirds'.