Adobe Photoshop Level 1

at Ascend Training - River North

Course Details
$999 5 seats left
Start Date:

Wed, Mar 29, 10:00am - Mar 31, 5:00pm Central Time ( 3 sessions )

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River North, Downtown/Loop
620 N LaSalle Dr
Btwn W Ohio and W Ontario Sts
Chicago, Illinois 60654
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10

What you'll learn in this photoshop class:

This comprehensive Adobe Photoshop class enables students to create professional complex graphics and edit images. Learn to manipulate photos and graphics for both print and web. Whether you’re new to Photoshop or have been using it for years, you will come away solid skills and be able to create, edit, and manipulate images with ease.

Getting to know Photoshop

Our Adobe Photoshop class is great for beginners and seasoned users alike!

  • Create and edit digital graphics for websites, marketing, newsletters, packaging, advertising and more
  • The differences between Photoshop (raster based) & Illustrator (vector based)
  • When to use Photoshop and when to use Illustrator
  • How Photoshop works with the other programs in the Creative Cloud family
  • Resolution: what is the correct PPI for a particular project?
  • Images size versus Canvas size
  • Resizing images for the best result without losing quality
  • Export file formats for print, web, and other digital uses such as EPS, TIFF, JPEG, GIF, PDF, PNG
  • The different color modes: RGB, CMYK

Navigating in Photoshop, Using Guides and Grids

  • Working with Bridge to view, search, sort, manage, rename, and process image files
  • Photoshop tools and Panels
  • How the Control Bar changes with each tool you choose
  • Foreground and Background colors and how they interact with the Swatches and Color panels
  • Using Guides, Grids and Smart Guides in Photoshop

Unlock the Mysteries of Selecting and Painting 

  • Making Selections in Photoshop and how it differs from Illustrator
  • Using the Quick Select tool
  • Improving edges of Selections with Refine Edge
  • Changing the size and hardness of brushes
  • Working with the Brushes panel for added features
  • Using the Brushes panel for erodible tip and airbrush tip for realistic painting techniques
  • The History panel vs. Undo
  • How Photoshop saves Snapshots on the History panel

Layers in Photoshop: The Key to Photoshop

Our Adobe Photoshop classes ensure that you become a layer expert! This training ensures that you are able to create and modify images with a multitude of layers.

  • Creating new layers, layer sets, and reordering the stacking order within the Layers panel in Photoshop
  • Using the Transform functions to Scale, Rotate, Flip, Skew and Distort
  • Linking, Aligning, and Grouping layers within Photoshop
  • How Transforming affects linked layers in Photoshop
  • Working with Photoshop’s Styles panel on layers
  • Adding individual Layer Styles such as Drop Shadow
  • Introduction to Adjustment Layers using Hue/Saturation and the Target Adjustment tool
  • Utilizing the Adjustments’ Panel for non-destructive alterations
  • Using Smart Objects to scale Illustrator files without losing quality
  • Turning a Photoshop layer into a Smart Object to allow for non-destructive transformations
  • Layer Modes & how they affect layers underneath in the stacking order

Text, Icons and Objects: Creating Elements for Print and Web

  • Using the Shape tool to create editable vector shapes for web and digital
  • Creating shapes freeform or a specific size
  • Changing the fill and stroke of shapes
  • Using the Custom Shape tool to create a multitude of different shapes
  • Banner Ad sizes and best practices
  • Working with text as Vector based as opposed to Raster based
  • Point text versus paragraph text
  • Using kerning, tracking, and other new text features
  • Text sizes and limitations with digital artwork

Graphics for the Web and Mobile

Our Adobe Photoshop class shows you how to create and modify graphics for both web and mobile.

  • What is the best format for my needs?
  • Using the Photoshop “Save for Web” feature for GIF, JPEG, and PNG files
  • Adjusting images for the web & using the Slice tool
  • Dither transparencies to achieve partial transparent effects
  • Optimizing web graphics in Photoshop

Advanced Layer Technique

  • Placing graphics from other applications as layers
  • Searching layers by type, kind, name, effect, mode or attribute
  • Introduction to the use of Layer Masks to hide a portion of an image
  • Managing the Properties panel for Pixel or Vector masks
  • Refining masks with the Paintbrush or Color range
  • How Refine Edge allows you to automatically output to a Layer Mask
  • Working with Smart Objects

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Refund Policy

All classes need at least 3 students to run. 

A $25 administrative fee will be charged on all refund requests. The request must arrive greater than 72 hours prior to the course start date. No refunds will be provided for requests arriving less than 72 hours prior to the class start date.

Upon receipt of a refund request, students will be provided the option of receiving course credit towards the purchase of another class. If a student elects to receive credit, the administrative fee is not charged, and a voucher for the amount of the applicable class fee will be sent to the student’s email address. If a refund is to be given, the refund will be processed within 72 hours of notice of cancellation.

On occasion, a class may cancel due to low enrollment or unforeseen instructor conflicts. If such a case occurs, all students will be refunded in full. Ascend Training does not take responsibility for non-refundable airline tickets, hotel expenses, or any other costs that may be attributable towards enrolling in a class.


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