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Photoshop Training

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Photoshop CC Training | Los Angeles | San Francisco | Sacramento | Newport

Retouch, Create Graphics, Manipulate Images

Photoshop | Level 1 teaches you to how use layers, retouch photos, manipulate images, create selections, create composites, manage your workspace, add text, layer effects, masks, filters, optimizing for the web, & more. Let's Get creative!


What will you learn in Photoshop Class?

Photoshop Level 1 Upcoming Classes

Location Length Dates Times Cost
Live Online 2 days Sep 3-4 Tue-Wed
Dec 3-4 Tue-Wed
9:30am - 4:30pm



Photoshop Training Outline | Level 1

Los Angeles Adobe Photoshop CC Training

Photoshop: Level 1 is for beginners who need an essential understanding of photo editing or want to learn what you can do with this fun graphics application!

This course is a beginner level class for those new to Adobe Photoshop. Also recommended by Adobe for those planning to obtain the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) status.

  • Basic Computer Skills & File Management on Windows or Mac

Introduction to Photoshop

  • What is Photoshop?
  • Bitmaps & Vectors
  • What is resolution?
  • Introducing Photoshop
  • Resizing images
  • Cropping images
  • Export file formats: EPS, JPEG, GIF, PNG, PDF
  • Using Guides, Grids and Smart Guides

The Photoshop Interface

  • Differentiating between the Application bar and the Control panel
  • Using the Workspace Switcher to customize workspaces
  • Managing images in the new Tabbed format
  • Navigation and Open GL: Zooming and panning
  • Rotating the canvas view without rotating the image

Color in Photoshop

  • The different color modes: RGB, CMYK, Bitmap, Grayscale, Indexed Color & Lab
  • Forground and Background colors and how they interact with the Swatches and Color panels
  • Color correction fundamentals
  • Changing Color with Hue and Saturation
  • Using Color Overlays


Using Bridge and Mini Bridge

  • Launching Mini Bridge and the differences between Mini Bridge and Bridge
  • Viewing linked Photoshop files within an InDesign document in Mini Bridge
  • Working with the File Bridge to view, search, sort, manage, rename and process image files
  • Searching by file name or keyword
  • How the Bridge works with Illustrator, InDesign & Acrobat files
  • Use Flags, Keywords and Editable Metadata within the File Bridge

Working with Layers, Layer Styles, Blend Modes & Adjustment Layers

  • Creating new Layers, Layer Sets & reordering the stacking order within the layers panel in Photoshop
  • Using the Transform functions to Scale, Rotate, Flip, Skew & Distort images and text
  • Linking & Aligning Layers within Photoshop
  • Grouping Layers
  • Transforming Images
  • Using Layer Styles to create Drop Shadows, Strokes, Bevels, Glows, and Color Overlays
  • Introduction to Adjustment Layers using Hue/Saturation and the Target Adjustment tool
  • Utilizing the new Adjustments' Panel for non-destructive alterations
  • Using Smart Objects to scale Illustrator files without losing quality
  • Turning a Photoshop layer into a Smart Object to allow for non-destructive transformations
  • Using Layer Blend Modes & how they affect layers underneath in the stacking order
  • Placing graphics from other applications as layers
  • Creating composites with layers


  • Creating Selections in Photoshop, adding and subtracting selections
  • Transforming Selections
  • Using the Quick Select tool
  • Using the Magic Wand
  • Improving edges of selections with Refine Edge 
  • Adding to selections, subtracting from selections, and saving selections to an Alpha Channel
  • Using Photoshop's Quick Masks to make selections
  • Feathering selections to create a soft edge
  • More advanced selections
  • Saving Selections

Layer Masks, Filters, Transformations

  • Introduction to the use of Layer Masks to hide or reveal a portion of an image
  • Managing the Masks panel for Pixel or Vector masks
  • Refining masks with the Paintbrush or Color range
  • Using Refine Edge to clean up selections or to automatically output to a Layer Mask
  • Using Filters to create various effects, blurs, drop shadows
  • Changing Layer Opacity

Text in Photoshop

  • Working with text as Vector based, as opposed to Raster based
  • Creating Warped text
  • Using kerning, tracking & other new text features
  • Rasterizing Text Layers to turn them from a Vector to a Bitmap Gradients
  • Applying Layer Styles, dupicating layers
  • Transforming Text


  • Creating multiple-colored gradients including transparent areas in Photoshop
  • Working with the Fade feature to use half of a gradient, or even change the color mode of each

Intro to Web Graphics

  • What is the best format for my needs?
  • Using the Photoshop Save for Web feature for GIF, JPEG and PNG files
  • Adjusting images for the web & using the Slice tool
  • Dither transparencies to achieve partial transparent effects
  • Optimizing web graphics in Photoshop

The History panel

  • The History panel vs. Undo
  • How Photoshop saves Snapshots on the History panel

Intro to Smart Filters

  • Turn layers in to Smart Objects for Smart Filtering


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and many other cities throughout the country via our partner network.

We offer Group Photoshop Classes,
1-on-1 Photoshop Training, Live Online Instructor-Led Photoshop Training,
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