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Photoshop Bootcamp Training Course

Course Description

This is our most comprehensive Photoshop course, taking you from Photoshop beginner to master in 5 days. Our trainer will take you step-by-step through a series of Real World projects and show you how professionals use Photoshop on a range of different photo editing jobs. Each project is designed to teach you all the essential tools and techniques needed to master Photoshop.


Live face-to-face instructor-led training.


This course is ideal for designers, marketers and anyone who is pursuing a career in graphic design. No prior experience of Photoshop is needed. Training available on both Mac and PC.


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5 Days | $1695.00


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Detailed course outline

  • Getting Started

In this exercise, you will learn the basics of viewing/navigating around images and use some basic Photoshop tools.

    • The Tools Panels Expanded
    • Keyboard Shortcut
    • Navigating an Image: Zooming & Scrolling
    • Using the Brush Tool
    • Basic Selections and Copy/Paste
    • Using the Clone Stamp Tool

  • Photo Retouching

In this exercise, you will perform common retouching tasks: eliminating red eye, erasing facial blemishes, and removing any undesired background element.

    • Fixing Blemishes using the Healing Brush Tool
    • Removing Elements using the Clone Stamp Tool
    • Removing Red Eye using the Red Eye Tool

  • Replacing Backgrounds

In this exercise, you will combine two separate photos. The first image features a man against a boring background, you will 'cut him out' and place him in front of a more interesting background.

    • Using the Magic Wand Tool
    • Image Compositing

  • Annual Report Cover

In this exercise, you will make selections, feather selections, copy from file to file, add type, and use layer opacity.

    • Making a Selection using the Polygonal Lasso tool
    • Desaturate the Background to make the Foreground "Pop"
    • Add a Soft Oval Frame and Feathering the Edge
    • The Layers Panel
    • Creating a new Adjustment Layer
    • Adding Type

  • Selecting with Quick Masks

Selecting parts of an image can often be tricky with conventional selection tools. Quick Mask Mode allows you to make or refine selections with greater precision.

    • Starting the Selection using Traditional Selection Tools
    • Using the Magic Wand
    • Redefining the Selection in Quick Mask Mode

  • Creating Shadows and Layers

This exercise shows you the basics of using layers and how to create drop shadows.

    • Silhouetting the Object
    • Layer Panel Effects
    • Adding a Drop Shadow

  • 3D Type Shadow

Regular drop shadows are only 2D, but in this exercise, you will learn to make them look 3D.

    • Adding 2D Drop Shadow to Text
    • The Layers Panel
    • Use Transform to Create a 3D Effect

  • Ghosting Part of an Image

When text is placed over a photo or pattern, it can be difficult to read. This technique solves this problem.

    • Adding the Text Layer
    • Adjust the Opacity of the Layer
    • Feathering the Layer to Add More Subtlety

  • Fill Opacity and Effects

The opacity of a layer's contents and effects can be controlled separately to create dynamic results. In this exercise we'll create a graphic for Saturday Night Live (SNL).

    • Setting Up the Type Layer
    • Adding a Outer Glow Special Effect
    • Adjusting the Opacity of the Layer
    • Fill Opacity

  • Using Adobe Bridge

We have a collection of files from a photo shoot that needs to be shared with a client. Adobe Bridge is a program that comes with Photoshop and will help us with this task.

    • Navigating to a Folder
    • Organizing the Images
    • Renaming the Images
    • Using Batch Commands
    • Rotating the Files
    • Deleting the Worst Images

  • Creating Tiling Patterns

In this exercise, you will create patterns in Photoshop. Repeating patterns can be useful for creating a wallpapered or textured look in an image.

    • Working with Basic Patterns
    • Offsetting to Create Complex Patterns
    • Deleting & Resetting Patterns

  • Cropping, Resizing, and Blending

In this exercise, you will review selections and patterns, before applying fills with special blending options such as "Multiply" using the Gradient tool.

    • Cleaning Up the Background
    • Using the Crop tool
    • Selecting with the Magic Wand
    • Quick Mask Mode
    • Using the Brush Tool
    • Using the Eyedropper Tool
    • Gradient Tool to Make Areas Fade Out
    • Filling an Object with a Patterns

  • Preparing Digital Photos for Print

In this exercise, you will take an image taken with a digital camera ( RGB image) and convert it an image ready for print (CMYK image) with a resolution of 300 ppi (pixel per inch)

    • Image Size
    • Resampling
    • Saving as PSD
    • Saving as TIFF
    • Document Size
    • Preparing for Print

  • Saving Photos for the Web as JPEG

Many times the same content is used for print and web. In this exercise you will prepare images for the web, converting them to RGB, reducing the resolution to 72 ppi, and reducing the file size to ensure fast download times.

    • Resizing an Image for the Web
    • Saving Images as JPEGs
    • Reducing the Image File Size
    • Resampling

  • Saving Photos for the Web as GIF or PNG

Photos and Images with many colors optimize better as JPEGs, but images with fewer colors or more flat color optimize better with PNG or GIF compression.

    • Comparing GIF and PNG
    • Saving as GIF and PNG
    • Web Transparency
  • Color Correction Using Color Balance

There are many ways to improve a photograph with Photoshop's powerful color correction tools, some of which are easier to understand than others. This exercise will introduce you to a couple of the more intuitive techniques like Color Balance and Brightness/Contrast.

    • Color Correction with Adjustment Layers
    • Adjusting Color Balance
    • Adjusting Brightness/Contrast

  • Color Correction using Levels

Levels offer greater control than Brightness/Contrast and Color Balance. In this exercise you will fix a photo's color and contrast using Levels.

    • Color Correction with Adjustment Layers
    • Levels
    • Setting White, Black, and Gray Points

  • Color Correction Using Curves

Using Curves to adjust an image may be less intuitive, but it is probably the most powerful color correction tool Photoshop offers.

    • Color Correction with Adjustment Layers
    • The Curves Tool Explained
    • Setting White, Black, and Gray Points
    • Setting Midpoints

  • Adjustment Layers and Masks

In this exercise, you are going to repair a washed out image. For maximum flexibility we will use an adjustment layer to make our color adjustments.

    • Color Correction with Adjustment Layers
    • Adjusting Overall Colors and the Blue Channel
    • Using Layer Masks to Mask out Unwanted Adjustments
    • Using the Curves Tool
    • Using Hue/Saturation Tool

  • Working with Shadows and Highlights

Photos are often too dark. In this exercise we will use Shadows/Highlights adjustments to balance an image. You will also learn about Smart Objects.

    • Creating a Smart Object
    • The Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
    • Layer Masks
    • Removing Adjustments no Longer Needed

  • Sharpening Photos

In this exercise, you will use the sharpen tools to focus a blurry image.

    • The Sharp Sharpen Filter
    • Sharpening Hi-Res Photos for Print

  • Special Effects with Type and Clipping Masks

In this exercise, you are going to use text to mask a photo, so the image can only been seen within the type. You will then enhance the design with some nifty special effects.

    • Masking a Photo with Type
    • Clipping Masks
    • Adding an Outer-glow Special Effect

  • Paths and Pen

This exercise gives you an overview of the Pen tool. You will draw some curves known as Bezier Curves.

    • Using the Pen Tool
    • Paths
    • Bezier Curve Drawing Tips

  • Using Clipping Paths for Silhouettes

In this exercise, you will remove the background from an image using a Clipping Path

    • Creating a Path Around an Object with the Pen Tool
    • Turning the Work Path into a Clipping Path
    • Saving and Importing the Image into InDesign

  • Using Layer Masks for Silhouettes

In this exercise, you will use a Layer Mask to remove a background. Layer Masks offer more editing flexibility over Clipping Paths as they are non-destructive.

    • Layer Masks
    • Selection Techniques
    • Using the Magnetic Lasso
    • Refine the Edges of the Selection
    • Color Fill

  • Using Filters for Special Effects

In this exercise, you will using some special effects to give a motor vehicle the appearance of motion.

    • Blurring the Background
    • Motion & Radial Blur
    • Adding Spinning Blur to the Wheels
    • Layers
    • Loading Selections

  • Brochure Part 1

In this exercise, will will start putting together a brochure. You will make a background, add a border and the header text. You will add some decoration to enhance the look.

    • Making a Textured Background
    • Using Guides
    • Creating a Border and Adding the Header
    • Adjustment Layers
    • Layer Styles
    • Adding some Decoration
    • Blending Modes
  • Brochure Part 2

In this exercise, we will add a photo into a decorative banner. For maximum flexibility we will place the image into a Smart Object.

    • Smart Objects
    • Layer Masks
    • Using the Transform Tools
    • Group Layers
    • Using the Curves Tools
    • Using Bevel and Emboss Tools

  • Brochure Part 3

In this exercise, you will add the main text and add the finishing touches to the brochure.

    • Adding the Main Text
    • Smart Objects
    • Layer Masks
    • Layer Groups
    • Layer Styles
    • Applying a Gradient
    • Setting the Fill Opacity
    • Adding a Stamp using the Custom Shape Tool
  • Color Grading using Levels

Levels offer greater control than Brightness/Contrast and Color Balance. In this exercise you will fix several photos color and contrast using Levels.

    • Color Correction with Adjustments Layers vs Adjustment Filters
    • What is Tone?
    • What is a Histogram?
    • Levels Adjustment Explained
    • Practical Work with Levels
    • Repairing Photos
  • Color Grading Using Curves

Using Curves to adjust an image may be less intuitive, but it is the most powerful color correction tool Photoshop offers.

    • The Curves Tool Explained
    • Setting White, Black, and Gray Points
    • Setting Midpoints
    • Saving and Loading Curves Presets
    • Correcting Tone & Color
    • Setting White, Black, and Gray Points
  • Retouching Techniques Part I

In this exercise, you will retouch some headshots by removing facial blemishes such as acne, scarring and more.

    • Understanding Healing & Awareness
    • Using the Clone Stamp Tool
    • Using the Spot Healing Tool
    • Using the Healing Brush Tool
    • Using the Patch Tool
    • Removing Blemishes & Stray Hairs

  • Retouching Techniques Part 2

In this exercise, you will take retouching to the next level by using professional techniques to remove blemishes, even out skin tone and replace skin texture.

    • The Power of Frequency Separation In Theory and Practice
    • Creating High and Low Frequency Layers
    • Isolating Skin Texture
    • Isolating Skin Tone
    • Re-combining Layers
    • Using Masks & Brushes for Airbrush Effect

  • Retouching: Liquify

In this exercise, you will do more than just straighten a model's smile. You will become a digital plastic surgeon!

    • An Overview of the Liquify Panel
    • Brush Tool Options
    • Using the Liquify Filter: Bloat, Pucker, Forward Warp, Restoration Tools
    • Artistic Retouching of Facial Features
    • Having fun with Face-Aware
    • Freezing and Unfreezing
    • Creating Your Own Alien
    • Losing weight without a diet

  • Displacement Technique

In this exercise, you will use the Displacement Filter to map one image over another.

    • What is Displacement?
    • How Displacement is used Professionally
    • Displacement Workflow
    • Creating a Displacement Map
    • Working with Displacement Filter
    • Improving the Distortions

  • Blending Modes Techniques & Effects

Blending Modes are one of the most powerful secret weapons in graphic design. In this exercise, we will explore a few techniques to alter human skin using blending mode and masking methods.

    • About Blending Modes
    • Experimenting with different Blend Modes (Screen, Multiply, Overlay)
    • Using the Color Blending Mode to Tint an Image
    • Mask Blending
    • Adding Scars and Blood
  • Working In Perspective

In this exercise, you will learn how to use Photoshop to map images accurately in perspective.

    • Manually putting in perspective
    • Manually Editing Perspective
    • Using Perspective Filters
    • Troubleshooting perspective issues
    • Selecting In Perspective
    • Healing In Perspective

  • Compositing: Matching Color

In this exercise, you will learn methods to match one image’s color to another - making them look as if they belong in the same scene.

    • A Over B
    • It’s All About Selections
    • Lighting & Shadow
    • Backlight Technique
    • Matching Color
    • Curves Color Channels
    • Contrast Matching
    • Clipping Masks
    • Matching Noise/Grain

  • Working with Lighting Effects

From Jedis to Bar Signs - these Photoshop Effects will have you creating some amazing fx art.

    • Compositing Lighting FX
    • Creating & Working with Flares
    • Creating A Neon Sign
    • Techniques for Sabers

  • Organic Text

In this exercise, you will learn to make text look more organic with these mapping techniques and filters.

    • Endless Possibilities of Organic Text
    • Text Out of Grass
    • Working with Smoke

  • Advanced Selection Techniques

In this exercise, use one of the most advanced techniques to make complex selections

    • Select & Mask Review
    • Going off-road with Procedurals
    • It’s All About Channels
    • Working with Levels to create contrast maps
    • Configuring your Selection Brushes to isolate edges
    • Selecting Hair - No Easy Thing
    • Employing the Burn and Dodge Tool

  • Large Project Design

Learn some of the issues with managing large format projects like posters, banners and ads. Design a large format poster.

    • Working with Large Projects
    • Photoshop limitations and workarounds
    • Tweaking Preferences for a smoother workflow
    • Design a large format poster
  • Working with Camera Raw

High-end digital cameras can save images in the RAW format, which contains extra data obtained for the camera's sensor. Adobe Camera Raw helps you process these higher quality RAW images.

    • Opening & Editing Raw Files
    • Camera Raw Panels
    • Editing Color and Tone
    • Fixing Exposure Issues
    • Selective Corrections
    • Applying Grades to Multiple Photos
    • Removing Noise
    • DeHaze Images
    • Saving Settings and Versions
    • Opening Images in Photoshop

Our outlines are a guide to the content covered on a typical class. We may change or alter the course topics to meet the objectives of a particular class.

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