Introduction to Photoshop

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    £128, £115 (early booking discount), £99 concessions

Introduction to Photoshop weekend training course – learn the basics then take your photography to the next level!. This course will acquaint you with digital imaging concepts and techniques using Adobe Photoshop. It will cover how to get the best from your photographs and how to retouch and add effects to them.

What is Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop is the world’s most advanced digital imaging software, used by photographers, designers, web professionals, and video professionals. The app gives you the utmost power and creative control for 2D and 3D image manipulation and compositing, video editing, and image analysis. And because Photoshop is part of Adobe Creative Cloud, you get access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they’re available.

Who is this course aimed at?

Introduction to Photoshop is aimed at confident beginners, is a great introduction to get you started, or for those who have tried to teach themselves and need more help. The class will be small, with plenty of practical hands-on exercises and your tutor will be very supportive, and all equipment is provided. (This course is definitely not for people who are unconfident using computers, we recommend taking one of our taster courses first. If unsure email us ). Film Oxford also runs an Adobe Lightroom Course. 

The course will primarily focus on photo editing, however because you will gain an understanding of the Photoshop interface, you can then go ahead on your own and explore the vast creative possibilities this amazing professional software offers.

Learn Photoshop and up your game!

Course Requirements – Good computer skills required, aimed at confident beginners. Photoshop runs on PCs & MACs.

Who can get Concessions on Introduction to Photoshop?

Discount for NUS students and people on following means-tested benefits, proof required: NUS card; ESA (income related); JSA, Income Support; Working Tax Credit (not child tax credit); Council Tax Benefit (not student/single person/reduction due to disability); Housing Benefit; Pension Credit (guarantee); Unwaged Dependent of these benefits.

All Film Oxford Courses are subsidised by Oxfordshire Adult Learning 

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Course Tutor – Guy Henstock is a Photographer and Photographic Post Production Editor.  He is Oxford based and has been working in the creative industry as a professional photographer and web developer for over 12 years.  Growing up in a house with a dark room, Guy originally honed his photographic post production skills the traditional way.  The age of digital photography enabled those skills to be harnessed and pushed to the max. Guy has been using Photoshop since version 4, over 20 years now.  Guy has worked with a wide range of businesses from cheese producers to estate agents to sound engineers, not to mention the wedding work and local press. Guy also teaches the Adobe Lightroom course.

Guy’s photography website


Introduction to Photoshop - Film Oxford
Introduction to Photoshop - Film Oxford
Introduction to Photoshop - Film Oxford

Introduction to Photoshop – course outline over the two days:

The Photoshop Interface
1. Overview and layout
2. Settings and Preferences
3. Toolbox Overview

Opening and Importing
1. File types
2. Opening
3. Placing
4. Adobe Camera Raw basics

Image Optimization
2. Curves
3.Gradient masks and layers
4. RGB and Monochrome.
5. Removing colour casts
6. The Sponge tool

Retouching an Image
1.Clone Stamp
2.Healing Brush
3.Patch tool
4.Removing ‘Red Eye’

1.Resizing and Transformation
4.Image and canvas sizing
5.Creating borders

1.The Lasso tool
2.Colour range
3.The Magic Wand
5.Modifying and feathering selections

Image Effects
4.Blending Modes

Text and Effects
1.Using ‘FX’ for text
2.’Paste Into’ text
3.Using ‘Shapes.’

1.Smart Sharpen
2.Unsharp mask
3. Sharpen tool

Course outline may change slightly and will take into account individual student needs.
All students are welcome to bring their own laptops, although computers will be available. Also please feel free to bring your own images to work on.

Students usually work on a machine each, however students may opt to work in pairs. There is a mix of PCs and MACs. Students who have Photoshop installed on their own laptop may bring it along to work on, but please let us know in advance.


C.W. – The course was very useful, I can actually use Photoshop now!

Sarah – Brilliant! Step by step approach with backup whenever needed

Margaret – Excellent training, very supportive. Gained a lot of insight

Rafe – Very knowledgeable and amenable to questions

Terry – The course was well paced and took account of student’s abilities. There was always time for review and individual help as required

Sarah – I achieved a lot as I had no knowledge of Photoshop. I can now do all the basics and have something to build on

Introduction to Photoshop - Film Oxford


This is one of our adult training courses so please note that participants need to be 18 years and above, for information about all of our youth activities see Youth page

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