Introduction to Photoshop training

2 days £345+ VAT


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Key details

Key details

Photoshop training course for beginners, teaching key techniques for creating, editing and manipulating sophisticated images.

Adobe Photoshop is the de facto standard for high-end image creation and manipulation.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop training covers key tools and features, including colour correction, working with layers, compositing images and preparing images for use on the Web.

This course is ideal for newcomers to Photoshop, and those with limited Photoshop experience.

Upcoming course dates

Birmingham / Bromsgrove
Milton Keynes
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Accredited Photoshop training

Armada is an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC), accredited by Adobe to provide Photoshop training.

Photoshop courses are hosted by Adobe Certified Instructors with vast experience of using the application professionally. For further details, see Expert trainers.

How will I learn?

Photoshop training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running Photoshop.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for Photoshop, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an Adobe‑accredited Photoshop training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following Photoshop training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their Photoshop trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


No prior Photoshop knowledge is necessary.

Photoshop Version

Training is based primarily on Photoshop CC 2019. The techniques taught are relevant to all recent releases of Photoshop.

All Photoshop training is suitable for both Windows and Mac users.

Our guarantees to you

Our price guarantee is your assurance that you’re getting the best value for money.

Our training guarantee ensures that you learn the concepts and skills you need.

On-request Photoshop training available

As well as our scheduled courses, Introduction to Photoshop training is also available on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group, hosted at one of our centres, or your venue.

On-request training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing in Photoshop. Please contact us for a quote.

General information

General information

Course times



Payment for Photoshop training can be made bank transfer or card.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.

If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.

For further details, see training course payment options.

Cancellations and transfers

If a booking on a scheduled Introduction to Photoshop course is cancelled giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If a delegate requests a transfer to a different scheduled Introduction to Photoshop course giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a transfer fee is payable. View transfer terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

Expert trainers

Expert trainers

Adobe Photoshop courses are hosted by:

Phil Talbot

Photoshop trainer Phil Talbot

Phil works as an Adobe Design Specialist and Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI).

He has expert knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat, and uses all four applications extensively in his professional work.

Phil’s professional qualifications and extensive experience provide an ideal base to train delegates using blended learning techniques to improve the individuals’ and organisations’ capabilities.

He has worked with and trained many blue-chip organisations, including FTSE 100 companies, in a career spanning 25 years.

Philip Odell

Photoshop trainer Philip OdellPhilip is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI), specialising in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat and FrameMaker.

Philip began his working life with Texas Instruments, before joining Adobe in 1995, where he worked for five years. Philip still has links with Adobe, manning their stands and carrying out presentations when they’re exhibiting in the UK.

For the last eighteen years, Philip has worked as a graphic design specialist, consultant and trainer. He continues to use Adobe applications extensively in his day-to-day professional work.

Greta Powell

Photoshop trainer Greta Powell

Greta Powell is long-established consultant and trainer in graphic design, print and digital publishing, specialising in the key Adobe applications: InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

She has worked as a consultant to some of the biggest publishing companies in Europe.

Greta also has expert knowledge of Adobe’s e-Learning development application, Captivate, and the Microsoft Office suite of applications.

Away from her training and consultancy work, Greta has a passion for photography.

Mark Gatter

Photoshop trainer Mark Gatter

Mark is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) with expert knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat.

Mark has specialised in all aspects of the digital pre-press process for over three decades, including 18 years in California, where he worked as the production manager for the biggest print shop in the north part of the state.

He began training in 1998, and he holds a teaching qualification.

He has published five books, which you’ll find on Amazon, covering topics relating to graphic design and polytunnel gardening, one of Mark’s interests when not delivering a course.

Andrew Moreton

Photoshop trainer Andrew Moreton

Andrew has been working in all areas of digital publishing for most of his life.

He’s an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver and has worked as a Designer, Art-worker, Production and repro person, trainer and mentor.

When he’s not doing digital things, he cooks, listens to loud music, reads and runs a kids comics club at his local library.


Ken Fisher

Photoshop trainer Ken Fisher

Ken is a Professional Photographer and Digital Trainer. He is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) and a qualified teacher.

Ken specialises in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. He is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in both applications, which he has used extensively in his work for over 20 years.

Ken’s mix of a practical Photographic background and extensive teaching experience in colleges, universities and the adult lifelong learning sector gives him a unique perspective on creating a learning environment which enables learners to achieve and excel.

Marek Mularczyk

Photoshop trainer Marek Mularczyk

Marek is a long-established Adobe Certified Instructor.

Adobe applications which Marek has expert knowledge of include InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, Animate and Acrobat. He is an Adobe Certified Expert in all of these applications, and he uses them regularly in his professional work.

Marek is the author of a range of published books and video training DVDs including The Complete Photoshop CC, The Complete Lightroom CC and Unleash the power of Photoshop.

Based on delegate feedback collected by Adobe in 2015, Marek Mularczyk was ranked in the top 10 Adobe Certified Instructors in the world!

Prior to focusing on training, Marek worked as a professional photographer for over 12 years. Photography remains his passion, and in his spare time he travels Europe in search of that perfect picture.

Pete Owen

Photoshop trainer Pete Owen

As a long-standing Adobe Certified Instructor, Pete has trained and facilitated individuals and teams from a wide range of industries from organisations including Coca Cola, Disney, Nestlé, Guinness and McDonald’s. expertise

Adobe applications in which Pete runs regular training courses include InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.

In his professional work, Pete has worked in the field of design across a broad range of media for many years. He has specialist knowledge in a wide range of topics including:

  • Illustration: Pete is an award-wining illustrator.
  • Author: Pete has designed, written and illustrated over twenty published traditional print books on a variety of subjects including graphic arts.
  • Interactive media, mobile publishing and app development for tablets and smartphones.
  • Website development.

Away from training, Pete spends as much time as possible indulging his passion for outdoor pursuits.


Course content

Course content


  • Vector vs. bitmap graphics
  • Image resolution
  • Interface – tools/control panel/panels)
  • Preferences – units/increments/guides/ Undos


  • Paint tools – Paintbrush/Pencil/Eraser…
  • Tool presets – saving tool settings
  • Working with pen and tablets
  • Patterns
  • Gradients – linear/radial/angled

Basic Selection techniques

  • Selection tools – Marquee/Lasso/Magic wand/Quick Selection
  • Modifying selections
  • Colour range – making selections based on colour

Working with layers

  • Introduction – layer concepts
  • Creating, modifying and controlling
  • Transparency – opacity and blend modes
  • Layer styles – layer specific styles such as patterns/gradients/fills…
  • Layer groups – organising layers
  • Aligning/distributing layers
  • Positioning/smart guides
  • Clipping masks – masking using layers

Working with colours

  • Colour theory – RGB/CMYK
  • Gamut – identify non-printing colours
  • Saving colours – swatches
  • Eyedropper tool

Saving your work

  • File formats – benefits and uses of formats: psd/tif/jpg/png…


  • Transforming – scale/rotate/skew/distort/ perspective/ warping
  • Image and canvas size
  • Crop tools
  • Content Aware scaling

Identifying colours/selections

  • Channels
  • Alpha Channels – saving selections/areas of colour


  • Refine edge – cutting out hair/fur/foliage

Working with External files

  • Place linked
  • Place embedded

Correcting and enhancing images

  • Auto adjustments – tone/colour/contrast
  • Histograms – understanding information
  • Colour balance
  • Replace colour
  • Hue/saturation
  • Levels – adjusting tonal balance
  • Black and white

Intermediate-level layers

  • Layers – transparency/blend modes
  • Layer Masks – non-destructive/paintable masks
  • Smart Objects – combine layers to create non-destructive
  • Layer Adjustments – apply non-destructive edits such as levels, Hue/Saturation…
  • Layer control – merge, flatten


  • Type formatting – Character and Paragraph


  • Applying filters – watercolour/ solarisation, etc.
  • Filter gallery – combining filters
  • Blur filters – for effect
  • Puppet warp
  • Liquify filters – distorting images

Retouching images

  • Content aware – move/fill/scale
  • Retouching tools – clone stamp/spot/healing brush/patch tool
  • Retouching techniques

Adobe Bridge

  • Previewing files – and contents
  • Reviewing and rating files
  • Photomerge
  • Loading images as layers

Integration with other Adobe apps

  • Adobe Stock
  • Adobe Fuse
Discounts and bundles

Discounts and bundles

To make your Photoshop training as affordable as possible, we offer:

Photoshop training bundle

Photoshop training bundle. Attend:

for £495 + VAT, saving £45+ VAT.

The bundle price is applied automatically when you book these two courses.

Training discounts

Multiple places

If you book multiple course places, we can offer you:

  • 10% discount if you book two places.
  • 15% discount if you book three or four places.
  • 20% discount if you book five or more places.

This can be for several people attending one course, one person attending several courses, or a combination.


We offer a 10% discount on scheduled Photoshop course places to:

  • Students, teachers and lecturers.
  • People who work for a registered charity.
  • ISTC members.

Please call us if you qualify for a discount. Evidence of your status that entitles you to a discount may be requested.

Terms and exclusions

Only one of the above discounts can be applied to any booking.

The above discounts are not available for training bundles or on-request course bookings (one-to-one training or a course for your group).

Price guarantee

When you book training with Armada, we want you to be certain that you’re not paying over-the-odds. So, if you book a place on any scheduled (public) course and then find the same course at a lower price elsewhere, we will match that price.

To qualify for the price match:

  • The course you find must be comparable. By this we mean it must:
    • Cover the same subject.
    • Be the same duration or longer.
    • Hold the same accreditations as our course, i.e. it must be provided by an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC).
    • Be in the same region, i.e. within 50 miles of our centre.
  • The lower price must be advertised on the other company’s website.

To claim a price match, just call any time before attending your course and tell us where you saw the price.

“A most enjoyable two days of training that flew by far too quickly. The quality and presentation skills used were fantastic and the facilities were great. Thanks!”

Dean R

“Fantastic teacher, great amount of content taught. Nice tight knit amount of students learning. Felt personal and the teacher was always on hand to help if necessary.”

Daniel J

“It was easy to understand and went at a pace that was good for the class.”

Sarah O

“Very interesting, fun, engaging and hands on with relevant references to how this could be applied in the workplace.”

Katie B

“Phil was extremely patient and happy to repeat any sections and stages of the training.”

Heidi F

“Excellent delivery - very knowledgeable trainer and the skills we have learnt are going to be extremely useful.”

Scott T

“Just a brief note to thank you for, albeit, an extremely difficult learning curve for me, a thoroughly enjoyable four days. I have come away from the courses filled with a lot of knowledge which has given me a great base to grow from. Not only had you prepared thorough course content, but you also showed empathy towards students that were struggling. Thanks again.”

Mitch N

“The course was delivered very well. I particularly liked how the trainer identified with each of the delegates' specific requirements and suggested certain tools that could be useful in each case. Great job. I fully appreciate all the information and skills gained throughout the course.”

Hitesh R

“Really helpful course for those who have little experience with photoshop. I have a good basic understanding of the product now.”

Luke H

“Very informative. As a complete photoshop novice I now feel confident in using the software. Brilliant that you can take files away and see the start and end images so you know what you are working from and aiming towards.”

Lisa K

“I have previously booked training with Armada and I have always found them professional, approachable and willing to meet the required training needs.”

Donna H

“reat experience. Pleasant atmosphere. Interesting topics. All the questions were answered. I've learned more than I hoped to. Excellent experience.”

Anna D

“Was clear and I learnt a lot of useful tricks.”

Sarah C

“Effective and friendly. Answered all questions and helped when required.”

James L

“This training and all of the other training I have done with Armada has been outstanding!”

Jack H

“Very good course to learn for photo editing skills, learn alot in 2 days and very useful.”

Dipa P

“I would recommend this course due to the professional yet fun nature to the class environment. Tutor was very well-prepared and knowledgeable. I would book again to do another course.”

Lucy D

“I would recommend this to a colleague because you can ask questions on the spot straight away and learning here is very easy.”

Rajeev S

“Extremely professional and supportive. Very knowledgeable and able to adapt to different people's perspectives.”

Paul L

“Trainer was very informative, very good at keeping peoples' attention and creating a good level of enjoyability alongside information intake.”

Kate H

“Interactive, really good trainer, gained a lot of useful things to go with and feel a lot more confident with Photoshop.”

Sukhy B

“Invaluable first look at Photoshop nicely paced but we got through lots of information, and talked about ways to apply it to our work too.”

Lindsey G

“Very informative introduction to Photoshop. Worked through at a pace you can easily take in and understand, plenty of opportunity to practice what you are shown and time to ask any questions.”

Kayleigh R

“Brilliant course! Phil was an amazing teacher! Learnt so much over the 2 days! Can't wait to put everything into practice with my own work. Would certainly recommend this course to others.”

Annabelle Y

“Very detailed and in depth Photoshop beginners course - I now know what the tools do and the various ways in which to edit to get the best results. I feel much more confident to start using the tools in my everyday work.”

Leanne O

“Having never used Photoshop before I have found this course very helpful and feel confident about using the software now.”

Ashley D

“Thorough grounding in what makes Photoshop tick.”

Nick J

“Just completed a Photoshop course at Armada, Philip was very informative and happy to help. He helped relate the tasks you were being shown back to how you personally may use it. Looking forward to my Illustrator and InDesign courses that are still to come.”

Charlie B

“Really useful 2 days with lots of information and useful hints and tips. Everything shown will be of use in both my Business and personal use of Photoshop. We were also shown different ways to do things to prepare us for all eventualities. Would recommend to others.”

Emma J

“This has a been a very thorough and enjoyable 2 days. I've learnt a lot, some great hints and tips on how to (quickly) navigate around the application. Phil has been a great tutor and has always showed multiple ways of completing the same task - I found this to be of great use and a great knowledge share on his part. I would highly recommend this course to others - even those who feel that they have a basic understanding of Photoshop it's still worthwhile attending this course especially if you haven't consistently worked on Photoshop in the previous year, like myself.”

Jake T

“Have now completed the 2 day Photoshop course, with no prior knowledge I am now competent in the programme, would definitely recommend for any beginner, many thanks to Philip.”

Helen H

“Received Photoshop training personalized to our requirements. Easy to follow and have learnt a lot.”

Victoria J

“Having worked in a limited capacity in Photoshop through my work, I'd learnt the bits I knew from experience as opposed to learning from the ground up and really understanding how much the software can do. This course provided valuable knowledge to fill in the gaps that I had and provided new and quicker ways to work. The instructor, worked through everything at a steady pace and explained everything clearly. With a lunch and snacks thrown in, I thoroughly enjoyed it!”


“Good venue and facilities. I learned more about Photoshop in two days than I had done from weeks of reading books. Lynne is an excellent teacher.”

Mike B

“I found the Photoshop training extremely valuable for my role as a Marketing Manager. We covered a good amount over the 2 days - it was fast-paced, but not too fast that I couldn't keep up. Lynne is an excellent trainer, taking the time to explain things in a bit more detail for individuals when necessary. I would highly recommend this course!”

Desni E

“I look forward to hopefully doing another course with Armada in the near future. Would definitely recommend them for any Creative Cloud training.”

Anthony G

“A detailed overview of Lightroom and Photoshop. Very flexible - tailored the course to our company's specific needs. Ken, my trainer, was very helpful and friendly. His instructions were very clear and concise. Extremely patient whilst I took detailed notes and asked many questions. I would highly recommend.”

David R

“I had a two-day Photoshop course with Armada which was incredibly well-delivered and definitely worth the time and course fee. I learnt a lot and feel like I've gone from being a complete novice to pretty proficient which isn't bad for two days' work! I look forward to hopefully doing another course with Armada in the near future. Would definitely recommend them for any Creative Cloud training.”

Josh M

“Really good and informative course. Lots of different ways to do various tasks. Really gave a good impression of the capabilities of Photoshop. Very knowledgeable instructor who had answers to everyone's questions. Highly recommended. I will be back for the advanced course!”

Chris K

“A lot is covered in two days! Great way to get into Photoshop. Choice of lunch options is lovely. Course instructor funny and friendly. Overall I would definitely recommend!”

Helena B

“Brilliant course and so much learnt in a just a few days. Phil Talbot is a fantastic trainer, patient and explains the process in a very easy way and happy to recap if needed.”

Rachel W

“Excellent course, tailored to my Photoshop needs on my job. I highly recommend it.”

Samantha Y

“A lot is covered in two days! Great way to get into Photoshop. Choice of lunch options is lovely. Course instructor funny and friendly. Overall I would definitely recommend!”

Helena W

“2 day Photoshop course at our office provided by Phil Talbot. There was a lot to take in! Phil's patience with us, adapting to our individual learning styles was great.”

Kim A

“The quality of training and aftercare was excellent. The pre-course administration was also very useful! 😀

Matt C

“Small group and great 1-1 help throughout the course. Our trainer Philip was clear, kind and patient. Would highly recommend! 😁”

Katie M

“I attended the Armada beginner Photoshop course a couple of months back. The course was insightful and well delivered by Andrew. It's great for those looking to start from scratch or learn a bit more. Andrew breaks it down well and is super helpful. Thank you to the team, would highly recommend to anyone!

Hannah M

“Very informative course which provides a basic understanding of many key photoshop skills.

Rachael L

“Great course! I learned a lot on my course with Philip in Bromsgrove! Thank you.


“Really informative and relevant training material. Philip was a great teacher and made us laugh throughout the 2 days! Really nice touch having lunch provided too ⭐

Daniella J

“Very informative and hands on tutorial made things easy to get to grips with and practice. Phillip knows exactly what he is doing. Top man.

Darren P

“Fantastic course! I look forward to attending the InDesign and Illustrator courses.

Ben O

“Fantastic course and a great teacher who took the time to help everyone individually.

Christine R

“Great program! I have learnt so much over the two day Photoshop course with Phil. He is a brilliant teacher! I cant wait to use these new skills at work.

Priya M

“Excellent Photoshop training course by Phillip. Very informative. Phillip was very patient with me as it was my first time ever using Photoshop. Thank you. Highly recommend

Lauren H

“Great training. I would highly recommend.

Dorota S

If you’re self-funding your training, you can now pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.