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Adobe Photoshop – Introduction

You’ve read and seen what Adobe Photoshop can do and you’d like to try for yourself. Perhaps you have pictures that you would like to fix – or add or take people away from. Or maybe, you’ve looked at it and the sheer number of options is daunting. This course will cut through the mystery and teach you the basics of image editing. You will learn how to take an average snapshot and edit it to bring out the best you can. Along the way you will discover quick fi xes, the best file formats to use and much more. This course starts at the very beginning and covers the basics of Adobe Photoshop. Subjects covered include setting up Photoshop, using painting tools, selections, layers, copying, pasting and fixing pictures. You’ll learn through a series of worked examples plus there are written tutorials that you can take. The process of correcting common (and not so common!) issues is shown and you’ll have time to ask questions. The course is aimed at complete beginners and no previous knowledge is assumed.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

Painting and using brushes; Opening and importing images; Learning about image size and resolution; Understanding how Photoshop uses colour; Cropping and straightening a photo; Quick fixes for everyday issues; Creating and using layers; Adjusting brightness and contrast; Fixing colour casts; Combining two or more photos.

Who is the course aimed at?

Suitable for complete beginners. This course is especially aimed at people who may have a work or study requirement, or those who would just like to ‘have a go’. No previous knowledge is assumed, other than a general knowledge of how to use a computer.

How will I learn?

You will learn through tutorials and practice. You will be using Apple Mac computers.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Creative Arts and Enterprise

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

A memory stick is required, we recommend a minimum size of 16GB.

What else do I need to know?

When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

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Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

7 reviews for Adobe Photoshop – Introduction

  1. 5 out of 5

    I had been struggling with photoshop on my own for some time, and I found the introductory course very useful in presenting the basics in a good mix of discussion and practicals. Steve was very good and we had plenty of time to ask questions. Good value.

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    2 out of 5

    I’m quite experienced in using Lightroom for photos, but had little knowledge of Photoshop. I really just wanted to obtain some basic details of how to manoeuvre within Photoshop and the various “tools” available. The morning session was largely the basics of colour and how Photoshop developed, which frankly was boring and totally unhelpful for me. Questions he posed such as “how many colours can Photoshop provide” was to me a total a waste of time, as after all it is what it is.
    I considered leaving at lunchtime, but decided to remain for the afternoon session, which thankfully embraced exactly what I’d thought the Course was going offer.
    Stephen knows his subject, but it seems very odd that for a lot of the time we were looking at the back of his head and a disembodied voice, as he used the master Mac Computer. Surely his whole desk could be turned around to face his students to enable brief questions and some eye contact.
    With a pruning of the earlier part of the meeting content and a better and clearer presentation this could have been so much better.

    • Thank you for your review. This is a course for absolute beginners and there are some fundamentals, such as how Photoshop sees/uses colour, limitations of display and print devices that are often missed by learners. The course aims to inform those new to Photoshop that onscreen colour and print colours can differ and why. The comment about the number of colours relates to the technical number versus the actual number available. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the afternoon session and we’re sorry the day did not meet all your expectations.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Would be nice if there could be a course for photographs only (ie no paint)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Perfect to consolidate my piecemeal knowledge of basic Photoshop, the workshop really built my confidence.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Really informative – great to work at an understandable pace – no question a problem – relaxed and learnt lots! Great to take home info sheets, now i’m not afraid of my Mac!

  6. 5 out of 5

    I really enjoyed this course and I learned a lot during it. Steve is a great tutor, being patient and explaining everything thoroughly, and also providing really helpful handouts.

  7. 2 out of 5

    Stephn Spicer very knowledgeable and experienced. I came to this as an absolute beginner with no experience of photoshop or using a MAC. I very quickly became totally lost. The class was too big and the course continued on a pre-determined path with no time allowed to bring the beginners along. Stephen gave a little help, then moved along, it was very difficult to hold onto him for help. I ended up with scraps of knowledge , but not knowing anything completely enough to be able to use it. Very discouraging.

    • In light of this, we have redesigned the Photoshop courses for next year and will now be offering a 1 day taster, an introductory 4 week and an extended course for 10 weeks. We have also amended the course description to include “a basic working knowledge of Apple Macs is required” for all Adobe courses.

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