Photoshop Getting Started Training

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Photoshop Courses that get you up to speed fast

With our professional Photoshop training you can improve your efficiency, improve your effectiveness and improve your future career potential all in one go. Learn to harness the power of the worlds leading digital imaging package with one of the UK's longest established Adobe training providers, and benefit from our 20 year track record and wealth of experience.

Photoshop Getting Started is targeted at those who are new to the Photoshop package and wanting to learn the basics of using Photoshop to correct and retouch images, enhance images, use selections, masks and channels and lots more. The course is made up of 2 days of classroom based Photoshop training 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.

£445.00ex 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 Getting Started course starts at the beginning explaining topics such as resolution, colour modes and more.  You then move into Photoshop covering a wide range of topics and learning to maximise the potential of this complex software package.

Photoshop Getting Started

Exploring Photoshop

  • The panels
  • The tools
  • Preferences

Creating Documents

  • Settings
  • Resolution
  • Colour modes
  • Web vs Print
  • Mobile/tablet settings
  • Presets

Colour Theory

  • RGB
  • CMYK
  • Spot colours
  • Printing colour
  • Web colour


  • Size
  • Shape
  • Options
  • Custom brushes


  • Creating
  • Organising
  • Using
  • Blending modes

Adjustment Tools

  • Dodge tool
  • Burn tool
  • Sponge tool
  • Blur tool
  • Sharpen tool
  • Smudge tool

Adjustment Commands

  • Brightness and Contrast
  • Levels
  • Curves
  • Others
  • Adjustment layers
  • Auto adjustments


  • Selection tools
  • Making selections
  • Adjusting your selections
  • Saving your selections
  • Channels


  • Cropping images
  • Cropping options
  • Perspective cropping

Layer Masks

  • Making layer masks
  • Editing layer masks
  • Using layer masks

Cloning and Repairing

  • The clone tool
  • The Healing brush tool
  • The Spot healing brush tool
  • The patch tool
  • Content aware options
  • Content aware Move
  • Content aware patch


  • Adding text
  • Formatting text
  • Adding Glyphs


  • Vector layers
  • Shapes
  • Custom shapes


  • Layer effects
  • Effect options


The Photoshop Getting Started course is designed to have you up and running with Photoshop as quickly as possible.  You will learn how to make accurate selections, work with multiple layers, mask areas of an image, correct problems in images and much more.

You will learn to

  • Understand colour modes and when to use which
  • Understand resolution and it's potential impact
  • Customise the Photoshop interface
  • Use a wide range of tools to create accurate selections
  • Hide and show areas within an image composition
  • Adjust colours within an image
  • Repair damage within your images such as scratches, stains etc..
  • Accurately crop and resize your images
  • Adjustment brightness, contrast, sharpness and more
  • Work with brushes on images
  • Add text to your images and format it
  • 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

Photoshop Getting Started is suitable for anybody who wants to learn to use Photoshop but has no previous experience. If you already have experience using Photoshop you might want to consider our Advanced Photoshop Training Course.

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

This course is a beginners Photoshop course. You should however be comfortable using a computer to perform functions such as copy and paste, and opening applications and files. You should also be comfortable using the internet, for example for browsing and interacting with websites.

Some sample comments from past delegates

"Brilliant - very helpful and considerate - I am a complete novice and did require some help - and it went so well."
Supplier & Budget Manager - Marketing, Aviva

"Simply fantastic, really approachable and made sure he answered all questions fully. Great location, great course content and great trainer"
Digital Marketing, The Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College

"I really enjoy attending these courses. Andy is a brilliant tutor and has heaps of patience. I also recommended my that my company use Highlander. Look forward to my next course"
Communications Officer, Murphy Group

"I have left the course understanding Photoshop far better than I could have hoped for."
Marketing Director, C W Fields & Son Ltd

"Great training venue. Small classroom. Andy was great. Really helpful and very knowledgeable."
Client Liaison Coordinator, NSF Health Sciences

"Starting with an explaination of RGB, DPI, etc was perfect starting point. Being asked to edit set pictures worked perfectly for learning the different tools. Great instructor, taught us everything we could possibly need."
Management Trainee, Fortem

"Very knowledgeable and approachable. Started from the very basic stuff and progressed into detail"
ICT Lecturer, Havering College of F & HE

"He is very clear and covers all areas - even if you go off the track and ask questions relevant to you. Third time I have been taught by Andy and learn quickly"
Marcom & Events Coordinator, Arthrocare

"Great instructor teaching the classes - Very helpful and was able to adopt to individual needs within the classroom."
Cartographer, RAF

"I feel he is an expert instructor. This is now the second course I've taken with him having done the InDesign course at an earlier date. He is very patient with my basic knowledge of Adobe products and all things technical and clearly knows his stuff!"
Marketing Exec, Rathbone

"Great instructor, extremely knowledgeable about Photoshop and very patient with all our daft questions!"
Business Retention Manager, Eastcoast

"The pace of the course was right. The other students were also at the same level so it helped. The teacher was helpful and patient and taught at the right pace and gave plenty of information and useful tips."
Communications Office, Ministry of Justice

"Andy was great and it was a fantastic, information filled couple of days. He was able to help me {{with patience}} with any problems I came across, and I have come away with a great foundation of Photoshop knowledge."
Marketing Coordinator, Signal Telecom

"Very friendly and more importantly very knowledgeable about PS. Clear and concise throughout the 2 days."
Marketing Executive, IDG Communications

"Great instructor - led through. Good examples. Great answers to questions. Pleasure to be taught by."
Apprentice Manager, O2

"Great instructor - led through. Good examples. Great answers to questions. Pleasure to be taught by."
Proposition Development Manager, John Lewis

"Easy going style, flexible, helpful, answered all questions"
eLearning Developer, City of York Council

"Great instructor, incredibly keen and determined to pass on essential knowledge. He exhibited endless patience."
Officer, MOD

"He certainly knows his subject and was more than happy to go off piste (more in depth) when time allowed."
Learning Resource Adviser, Blackpool Fylde College

"Great instructor, incredibly keen and determined to pass on essential knowledge. He exhibited endless patience."
Officer, MOD

"Knowledgeable, approachable, all you could ask for in an instructor."
Designer, Irwin Mitchell