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  Photoshop CC Level 1 - Beginner Level Course

About This Course

Layers? Masks? Resizing? These are scary terms for beginners to image editing. This course shows you how to use Photoshop® CC to make sure your photographs come out looking their best.

Instead of the "This tool has this effect - now find ways to use it" school of teaching, we have geared this course to match how most people want to work on their shots. What are the various tools for making skin better? What are the tools to lighten the sky? How do I seamlessly cut an element out of my picture?

Learn when these and other tools should be used, even learn when they should not be used!

Using Layers, masks, and brushes, this course shows you how to use Photoshop Elements® to make your photographs come out looking their best. At the end, your images will be of professional-level quality.

Photoshop CC Level 1 - Learn how to use Masks to blend multiple images together  
Learn how to use Masks to blend multiple images together

What kind of student takes this course?

The Photoshop CC Level 1 - Beginner Level Course is aimed squarely at people who feel they are barely scratching the surface of image editing, but want to delve much deeper. They will have a keen desire to understand layers, masks, as well as color and tone adjustments.

What past experience is needed?

You will need to know how to find files on your computer, to open and save a file in another location, and to be able to download files from the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive.

Recommended Equipment

All of the techniques shown on this course apply from Photoshop CS3 right through to the latest version. You will need to have Photoshop loaded onto your computer (laptop or desktop), and be ready to go. Please note, this course is not suitable for the tablet version of Photoshop.

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At the end of the course, you will be able to understand and use many of the key techniques in Elements. You will also be well-prepared to improve your images in every way.

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High-Resolution original source files will be supplied to each student so you can work on the same photos that are in the notes and that the tutor is working on as well. We do this because sometimes the same effect can turn out slightly differently on different kinds of images. This can be confusing for those new to image editing. We believe this approach is a significant aid to learning what are very complex programmes.

Sample page from the Tutorial Notes (Click for larger image)  
Sample page from the Tutorial Notes
(Click for larger image)


In-depth PDF tutorial notes which are carefully worded and appropriately illustrated are an integral part of all of our courses. Lectures of all kinds tend to have an effect that lasts only a short while, particularly if notes are not supplied. We believe our handouts are the key to making your newly gained knowledge much more long-lasting.

As part of that philosophy, you will receive detailed notes covering the whole course that will aid learning while on the course, and in the weeks and months afterward.

We send the notes out for each week's class just after the previous one has finished (in other words, the notes for week 2 are sent to you immediately after week 1's class has ended. We do this so that you have something to look forward to each week, and as a way to keep the notes fresh.

For the final week, each student receives the full set of tutorial notes, over 100 pages in total.

Course structure

This length of this course is 6 weeks (dates here), and there is 1 class per week, on the same day, and at the same time. Classes last 90 minutes each, and build to 9 hours of total learning.

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  Photoshop CC Level 1 - LLearn how to change any color in an image
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Class structure

Each class goes like this:

  • Students enter waiting room from 10 minutes before class starts
  • Class opened 5 minutes before start time
  • Q&A on the previous weeks topics (except for first week)
  • We then discuss the topics for that week (course content here)
  • In-depth work on each segment, explaining in detail how to make sure all the tips work for you
  • Once everyone is clear about the segment we are working on, then we move to the next one


This course is delivered through Live Web Learning, where we bring a real classroom right into your home. Our state of the art TV Studio lets us interact with you in real-time. We utilize a High Def 3 camera feed to more easily show critical aspects of the essential techniques that our courses cover. This means we can quickly show you a close up of a camera button, then switch to the computer showing images that illustrate the benefit of that button.

The platform we use for our Live Webinars is from Zoom. Their free app works on all phones and tablets, as well as Apple Mac's and Windows PC's. You can download Zoom for your particular device at this link.

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All of our Live Web Classes are recorded and uploaded to a secure Only registered students have access to the Playlist. The recordings are great for reviewing each class, but also vital for those who missed it. The link for each recording is made available the morning after each class. Please note: it is the tutor who appears in the videos, not the participants; only the voices of the students are in the recording, and individuals are never identified.

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While you can always watch a class you miss using our recorded classes option, you are still welcome to pick up a missed week on a future course (courses run multiple times per year). This is particularly helpful in courses where photo assignments are handed out. Photo critiques are, by their nature, very personal, so it can be valuable to get that live feedback on your images.


Participants of this course are welcome to join our exclusive Facebook Group, where students new and old regularly chime in with answers to your photography issues. You will also gain access to our treasure trove of pre-recorded photography hints and tips, many of which cannot be viewed by the general public.

Certificate at the end of the course
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A signed Certificate of Completion is awarded at the end of the course.


First and foremost, we believe there are no stupid questions, just questions about things you do not understand. On our courses, you will never be made to feel silly for seeking answers or clarification, that is what you pay us for.

All of our courses are designed around common photography scenarios, either ones that you regularly find yourself in, or would like to find yourself in. Our teaching methodology is designed to show you how to take better pictures in every one of them. The content of all of our courses is developed to build on the previous week's tips. This approach allows you quickly and confidently to understand how to improve every photo you take.

We teach each of our courses in such a way that the knowledge you pick up every week can be easily spread into other areas of image taking. Photography, at its core, is about shutters, apertures, and ISO, but it is HOW you bring these together for each individual shot that matters.


If you have any queries about this or any other of our courses, please pop an email to

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Every LIVE course comes with the following benefits:
-Live Interaction-
A live classroom in your own home!
-Live Critique-
Weekly assignments critiqued in class
Each class is downloadable after
-All Devices-
Desktop, laptop
& smart devices
-Free Tips-
Even after
course is over
Module 1: What To Do First
Screen & Panels Layout Make Sure Image Size Is Set To 240ppi
Change The Preferences To Speed Things Along Use Auto Contrast To Try To Brighten The Exposure
Change The Color Settings For Better Color Save Your File As Jpeg 12
Use Convert To Profile When Sending Pics To Labs  
Module 2: Straighten, Crop And Resize
Straighten Multiple Crooked Scans In One Go Correct Perspective With The Lens Correction Filter
Crop Images To A Specific Size Or To Improve Composition Create A Panorama With The Photomerge Tool
Use A Reverse Crop To Expand The Canvas Use Image Size To Enlarge Images & Keep Quality
Use The Straighten Tool To Level The Horizon  
Module 3: Improve Colors And Tone
How To Duplicate The Background Layer Use Hue/Saturation To Warm Up A Picture
Use Levels To Fine Tune Your Exposure Use Selective Color To Change A Specific Color
Lighten An Underexposure Using Blend Modes Create A Better Sepia Tone With A Gradient Map
Darken Overexposure With Shadow/Highlights Colorize A Black & White Photo
Lighten Shadows With The Shadow/Highlights Tool Which Black & White Do You Want?
Lighten Shadows With Shadow/Highlights Use The Clone Stamp Tool To Remove Unwanted Elements
Reduce Noise In Photos With The Reduce Noise Filter Use Dodge & Burn To Lighten/Darken Parts Of Your Picture
Module 4: Layers And Selections
Controlling Layer Visibility Use Adjustment Layers For Non-Destructive Editing
Make A Selection, Inverse It And Then Feather It Use A Mask To Blend Photos Together
Use Different Selection Tools For Different Jobs Enhance A Sky With A Gradient Fill Layer
Fix A Faded Photo In Three Easy Steps  
Module 5: Retouching Portraits
Remove Skin Blemishes With The Spot Healing Brush Brighten Eyes With A Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer
Change Eye Color Using The Color Picker Emphasize Eyelashes Using Brushes On Blank Layers
Reduce Wrinkles With The Healing Brush Make Someone Smile With The Liquefy Tool
Whiten Teeth Using Hue/Saturation  
Module 6: Adding Special Effects
Use A Photo Filter To Enhance Images Create A Short Depth Of Field With A Blurred Layer
Use Layer Opacity To Create A Soft Focus Effect Create A Vignette To Focus Attention On The Subject
Show Movement With The Motion Blur Filter  
Module 7: Putting Text In Images
Create A Custom Watermark To Protect Your Images Put A Drop Shadow On Text
Module 8: Turn Photos Into Paintings
Make Your Photos Look Like A Color Sketch Make Photos Look Like An Oil Painting
Create A Pen & Ink Drawing Create An Artist's Sketch From Any Photo
Give Photos A Woodcut Look Turn Photos Into Watercolors
Module 9: Give Photos A Professional Look
Raise A Part Of A Photo Above Itself Make A Photo Look Like A Gallery Print
Put A Border On A Print  

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Course Length 6 Weeks
Classes per week 1 Class per Week
Class Length 1.5 Hours
Total Hours 9 Hours
Course Times USA
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Fee $175 | €155 | £138
Next Start Date SUNDAY 19 JULY, 2020 (Ends Sunday 23 August, 2020)
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