Introduction to Photoshop training

2 days £295+ 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.

Accredited Photoshop training

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

Expert trainers

Photoshop training is hosted by Adobe Certified Instructors, who are Adobe Certified Experts in the application, with vast experience of using it professionally.

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.


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. View training course payment options.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.


If a company or delegate cancels an Photoshop training course booking giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.



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 £475 + VAT, saving £15+ 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.
  • Delegates self-funding their training for career progression purposes.

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.

“Steve was great and i would love to continue with the advanced photoshop course when I've got used to everything I've learnt so far!”

Annabelle J

“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 personalised 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

Price cut: in 2017, this course was priced at £375 + VAT. For 2018 courses, we've cut the price by £80 + VAT.