C2’s Adobe Photoshop Foundations Training

Adobe Photoshop Foundations

Learn the foundations of Adobe Photoshop with this 2 day, hands-on, Adobe Certified Instructor led class

Hands-on exercises presented under the direction of an Adobe Certified Instructor provide a solid, professional understanding of Adobe Photoshop. Real-world-based exercises cover the most common use cases of Photoshop’s capabilities in an understandable and fun learning environment. The entire range of Adobe Photoshop’s capabilities are explored with a concentration of the most commonly needed skills: retouching, color correction, cropping, understanding resolution and color space, using layers efficiently, styling images, selecting, masking and providing properly made final files.

Each hands-on exercise in class provides three levels of instruction:

  • Students will understand how to take raw images and convert them to publication quality final images
  • Students will learn how to use the right Photoshop tool to solve image problems
  • Students will learn the design principles relevant to the final Photoshop creation

Who should attend this class?

This class is designed for the absolute beginner, self-taught Photoshop users and anyone that needs a solid, professional, practical understanding of Photoshop’s wide range of capabilities.


Basic understanding of your preferred computer operating system (Mac or Windows).
  • 12 hours of hands on training – 9am to 4pm both days
  • 100% custom training content exclusive to C2
  • 1 year of email tech support
  • 1 year free retake policy
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee
Class Outline by Topic

Navigating In Photoshop

  • Intro to Photoshop workspace, tools and panels
  • Resetting and saving workspaces
  • Top ten Photoshop keyboard shortcuts
  • Navigating, zooming and panning in the document
  • Screen display modes
  • Checklist for examining Photoshop files of unknown origin

Repairing Damaged and Flawed Images

  • Intro to Photoshop’s retouching tools
  • Retouching layers and the history panel
  • Spot healing and healing brushes
  • Patch tool and Content Aware Move
  • Red Eye tool

Image Sizing and Cropping

  • Proper resolutions for print and web
  • Resizing Images using Image Size
  • When to Resample an Image
  • Cropping an image
  • Ratios and proportions

Color Modes

  • When to use RGB, CMKY and Greyscale
  • How to control color to black and white conversions
  • Brief overview of all Photoshop’s color modes

Color Correcting

  • Color correction basics
  • Using Highlight/Shadows adjustment
  • Auto color correction
  • Intro to adjustment layers
  • 2 Pass Levels – The one true color correction technique
  • How to read a histogram


  • Copying layers in Photoshop
  • Creating and organizing layers
  • Creating and using patterns
  • Layer blending modes
  • Effects and layer styles
  • Basic layer masks

File Formats

  • Saving to typical Photoshop formats
  • Saving options

10 Tricks to Save Bad Photos

  • 10 useful tricks to style a bad photo and make it acceptable


  • Adjustment Layers
  • Adjustment Layers vs. Image Layers

BRIDGE and lightroom

  • Lightroom pros and cons
  • Bridge pros and cons
  • Photoshop pros and cons
  • Batch renaming files


  • Basic Selection Tools
  • Quick Selection Tool
  • Refining selections
  • Quick mask
  • Selecting using color range


  • Using curves
  • Quick and easy color corrections
  • RGB vs. CMYK color correction


  • Using the background and magic eraser tools
  • Practical Usage


  • Photo Retouching vs. Photo Illustrations
  • Using healing tools to remove blemishes
  • Removing blemishes and defects


  • Using Photoshop’s Pen tool
  • Creating, saving and exporting a clipping paths


  • Non-destructive eliminations
  • Masks Panel


  • Using dodge/burn in photography
  • Non-destructive dodge/burn


  • Using layers to adjust photos
  • Adjustment layers vs. image layers


  • Duplicating layers using move tool
  • Intermediate layer styles and effects
  • Using layers to create selective color effects

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I have been using Photoshop at work for 2 years – mostly self-teaching myself along the way. I wish I would have taken the course sooner because I’ve learned so much. I love the tips and tricks and also the ability to get a better understanding of the overall program.
Jessica J.

Community Relations Coordinator

This was my first time using Photoshop, and I found the class easy to follow. The pace was perfect!
Shannon S.

Great class, easy to understand,organized. Facilities were great with refreshments…need to sign up for second level class ASAP
Allison K.

Head of Recruiting