Photoshop Advanced Techniques

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Learn Advanced Photoshop techniques in no time

Our Advanced Photoshop course lets you build on your existing skills and explore some of the more advanced techniques available when working with this increasingly powerful software package.

Are you working in digital imaging, professional photography, graphic design, publishing or another role that involves day to day use of Photoshop. If so then this course will make your life easier and you'll see an immediate performance improvement thanks to the new skills you learn by attending.

Photoshop Advanced Techniques is focused on people who have used Photoshop for some time, or have already attended our beginners Photoshop training course. The course is made up of 2 days of advanced classroom based Photoshop instruction which can be completed either at our York centre, remotely online or at your own location. This is then supported and extended by 12 months access to our learning management system containing video tutorials, exercises, sample files and instructor led support forums.

£495.00ex vat

Attend Online

Why not attend from the comfort of your own desk. Our Live Online Learning option lets you take the course as if you were right there, without even leaving your desk. It's like being in the classroom, and you can interact with the instructor and other delegates, without the hassle of travelling to the venue.

The Photoshop Advanced Techniques course covers the more advanced features in Photoshop looking at topics like actions, advanced masking techniques, color correction, content aware cloning, working with raw files and lots more.

Photoshop Advanced Techniques

Advanced Selections

  • Recap of modern selection techniques
  • Selections based on channels
  • Transforming selections
  • Select and mask workspace

Advanced Masking

  • Creating masks
  • Editing masks
  • Gradients and brushes on masks
  • Filters on masks
  • Mask density / feathering
  • Inverting masks
  • Selections from masks, previewing masks and disabling


  • Organising your work
  • Finding files
  • Labelling and rating files
  • Meta-data
  • Setting colour management

Cloning Techniques

  • Clone source panel
  • Patch, spot healing and healing brush
  • Non-destructive cloning
  • Content Aware Fill
  • Content Aware Scale

Perspective Cloning

  • The vanishing point command
  • Creating a perspective grid
  • Cloning within the perspective grid
  • Pasting into the perspective grid
  • Multiple perspective grids

Correcting Colour & Exposure

  • The Histogram
  • Using levels and curves to adjust images
  • Colour balance
  • Match colour
  • Replacing colour
  • Using hue / saturation to adjust colours
  • Correcting colour casts
  • What are lookup tables
  • Creating lookup tables
  • Importing and using lookup tables
  • Using gradient maps

Smart Objects

  • Smart layers
  • Smart filters
  • Warping layers
  • Smart effects
  • Nested smart objects
  • Placing Illustrator files
  • Placing other files

File Menu Secrets

  • Creating stacks
  • PhotoMerge
  • Import video frames to layers
  • Creating contact sheets


  • Size, hardness, spacing
  • Opacity
  • Kyle's brushes (free)
  • Using symmetry
  • What is the history brush

Filter techniques

  • Sharpening
  • Blurring
  • Distorting
  • Adding noise
  • Getting rid of noise
  • Correcting fish-eye/wide-angle issues
  • Lighting filters
  • Intro to the Nik Collection

Perspective Warp

  • Layout mode
  • Warp mode
  • Masking tricks

Puppet Warp

  • Adding Pins
  • Adjusting Pins
  • Selecting Pins


  • Using actions
  • Adding actions
  • Creating actions
  • Editing actions
  • Where to find actions

CC Libraries

  • What are Libraries
  • Working with Libraries
  • Creating Libraries
  • Collaborating and Sharing
  • What can they hold

Camera raw

  • Advantages of Camera Raw
  • Editing in Camera Raw
  • Full size view
  • Auto corrections
  • Localised Adjustments
  • Camera Raw as a filter


The Photoshop Advanced course introduces more advanced skills which are designed to improve your performance and allow you to make more complex edits to your images.

You will learn to

  • Apply advanced masking techniques to improve your masks
  • Clone areas of an image in perspective, for example clone one side of a cube onto another side
  • Use more advanced selection techniques to improve your selections
  • Correct colour issues in images for example removing a colour cast.
  • Working with smart objects for reversible non-destructive changes
  • Using stacks for example to automatically remove items from a series of images
  • Use actions to record and reuse changes to images, as well as load prebuilt actions.
  • Work with the Camera raw interface to adjust raw files taken from your camera
  • lots more.

Our scheduled courses are designed to ensure you have a professional and productive experience.  With 20 years practice we have had plenty of time to get it right, but we are always open to new suggestions as well.

Reasons to choose Highlander for your professional training

  • A proven track record - Highlander has been established for 20 years.
  • High quality instruction - Our instructors are certified by Adobe, Google and CompTIA.
  • We make sure you are happy - Our satisfaction guarantee ensures you leave with a smile.
  • Follow on support - We give you 12 months post course support.

What you get on a Highlander Course

Start and finish times

Our courses start at 9.30am and typically run until 4pm. The finish time is based primarily on how much information people can retain in a day without being overwhelmed, and can vary slightly depending on individual class size and ability.


Each delegate is provided with use of a computer, setup with the latest version of the software they are learning. Our York centre has a mix of Mac and PC's, so if you have a preference please advise us when booking. Older versions of software can usually be catered for on request.

If delegates prefer to work in their own environment and would rather bring their own laptop that is equally fine.


Hot drinks and bottled water is provided throughout the day together with a selection of biscuits and sweets.  There is a scheduled 15 minute break mid morning and again mid afternoon.


There is a one hour break for lunch to allow delegates some time "off the screen".  Our centre is located on the well known Bishy Road in York, with a wide range of popular cafe's just a few metres from the front door. The street regularly features in national newspapers and has been described by Wall Street Journal as "an enclave of gourmet delis and cafes" while The Times described it as "York's answer to Notting Hill".

Course Materials

Course manuals / books are provided for all our standard scheduled courses and you get 12 months access to our learning management system which contains a variety of content ranging from video tutorials and refresher exercises through to copies of course slides.

Internet Access

All the machines have full internet access and free wifi is available to use within our centres.

Certificate of Completion

All delegates receive a certificate of completion to show they have completed an Adobe Authorised Training Course.

Who should attend this course

This Photoshop course is suitable for anybody who already has experience of working with Photoshop. You should have already attended the Photoshop Getting Started course or have equivalent experience.

If you are unsure which Photoshop course is most suitable then why not try our free Photoshop Skills Test to help you test your current skills.

Some sample comments from past delegates

"Made the course content easy to understand - Described clearly step by step what we needed to do. Friendly and helpful. Tailored the course to our needs"
Graphic Designer, Squire Patton Boggs

"Really friendly and approachable. Andy made everything clear and answered all the questions we threw at him! Covered a bit of everything and brought up a lot of tools we didn't know existed! "
Lead Graphic Designer, Saville Group

"Andy is a great instructor and covered a good range of useful photoshop tools that can be used daily within the workplace."
Artworker, ASG Spark

"Everything was very thorough and Andy definitely knew what he was talking about, giving examples on everything."
Graphic Designer, Starbots Creative

"Excellent tuition in techniques and actions that were previously unknown to me. Great instruction"
Creative, Joe Browns

"Andy was really clear with this teaching and took us through step by step with all the teaching. It was very easy to follow and I have learnt a lot."
Senior Product Designer, Interface

"Lots of content included. The second day allowed for the processes learned to be used on examples more related to the industry in which we will use them, e.g. colouring for printed textiles."
Designer, Kanta

"Andy is a knowledgeable instructor and can answer any question asked regarding Photoshop. He structures the session efficiently which allows the topics to be covered thoroughly and quickly."
Forensic Imaging Officer, Derbyshire Constabulary

"Answered all questions I had with great knowledge of the software and tailored course to how I would apply it to what I do at work."
Graphic Designer, Kingstown

"Fantastic! Extremely good at answering all my difficult questions! Very informative and helpful training. Will definitely be back for more!"
Product Designer, Glaxo Smith Kline

"Great, friendly, knowledgeable, engaging"
Communications Officer, NHS

"He was really helpful and answered my questions even though they may have been obvious."
Intranet content administrator, HM Courts & Tribunals Service

"I liked that the instructor asked each individual about their specific needs to ensure that everyone was getting the most out of each course."
Print Designer, Citilites

"He gave excellent instruction and worked at our pace making learning beneficial. He has an amazing knowledge of the subject and pitched it at my level. Overall an excellent course which i will find useful in the workplace."
Police Air Observer, Gwent Police

"He is a very knowledgeable and able instructor. Willing to answer any questions and help with any problems."
MD, IpsoFacto

"He's the man! A broad range of tools are covered and learnt"
Marketing Assistant, The Univerity of Sheffield.

"He is great, very welcoming and puts me at ease right away. He clearly knows his stuff but doesn't come across cocky or anything, he is really easy to get on with and ask for help.!"
Designer, Taylors of Harrogate

"Classroom and technology provided was perfect for the course. Instructor was very knowledgable and able to answer all questions asked and more."
Video and Image Producer, Zoological Society of London

"Very friendly, good teacher. Learning a high amount of new techniques and skills within Photoshop."
Photographer, Clear Channel

"Really knowledgeable and very helpful! learn't everything i needed to do in a simpler way."
Retail Graphic Designer, Lipsy

"Fantastic! Genuinely the most knowledgeable instructor I have ever had for a course. Kept the course interesting, patient and all materials well prepared. Excellent."
Project Manager, Leicestershire Police

"He is a great instructor, he takes the time to go over things if you need to again."
Graphic Designer, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

"Really knows his subject and nothing is a problem for him to cover when one of us are behind the drag curve. Excellent instructor techniques and manner,full of enthusiasm yet paced at our level."
Photographer, RAF Search and Rescue HQ

"Fantastic instructor, incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful."
Retoucher, Univerity of Portsmouth

"He was a fantastic instructor. He was extremely knowledgeable and a great teacher. He took the time to answer questions and walk through each step as quickly or as slowly as the trainees needed."
Marketing Executive, SBL

"Knew a large and diverse range of skills to use on photoshop as well as having different ways of doing the same task, friendly and approachable if I had any questions"
Graphic Designer, Kingstown

"Great course - well paced and easy to follow. Having been self trained in photoshop it was great to see best practice and tools to help improve my knowledge."
Merchant Services Advisor, Rakuten