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Photoshop Class - Intermediate

Photoshop Class - Intermediate

Intermediate Photoshop Class Length: 2 days

In this intermediate Photoshop class, is the mid-level of our Photoshop classes, and builds on the information covered in the introductory course to produce complex selections and paths. Discover creative uses for Photoshop filters, and learn how to take advantage of adjustment layers. Adobe Photoshop automation features are covered, as well as speeding up production tasks with automation and buttons. This class requires knowledge of all topics covered in the introduction to Photoshop class.

This Photoshop class has been updated for the most current version of Photoshop, but training for previous versions is also available. This course includes a copy of the Photoshop Digital Classroom book, written by our team of expert instructors.

The intermediate Photoshop class is available as a regularly scheduled course at AGI’s classroom locations, as a private or custom class at your location, or as a live online class.

All Photoshop classes are available as a private workshop for groups, companies and organizations. For more information, call 781-376-6044 to speak with a training consultant, or use our Photoshop classes contact form. 

This course is available individually or as part of these certificate programs:

Photoshop Class - Intermediate Course Dates

All classes are led by a live instructor. Class times listed are Eastern time.


Please call 800-851-9237 or 781-376-6044 to schedule a course.

Contact AGI to request course dates.

Intermediate Photoshop Class: Course Topics

Module 1: Photoshop Workspace Efficiencies and Key Concepts

  • Efficiently navigating the Photoshop workspace
  • Managing panels and tools
  • Navigational shortcuts
  • Setting-up and saving workspaces

Module 2: Taking Photoshop Layers to the Next Level

  • Using keyboard shortcuts when working with layers
  • Using masks in a layer
  • Preserving transparencies
  • Creating advanced compositions with layers
  • Using and editing layer masks
  • Cloning layers
  • Aligning and distributing layers
  • Applying effects to layers 

Module 3: Using Content-Aware Tools for Photoshop Retouching

  • Preparing to use Content Aware Tools by adding image area
  • Using on-screen rulers with content aware tools
  • Converting the Background into a layer
  • Scaling background layers
  • Using Content-Aware Fill to expand or change images
  • Content-Aware Move
  • Working with Content–Aware retouching in Photoshop

Module 4: Removing Backgrounds to Create Layered Compositions

  • Understanding document settings
  • Viewing an image’s size and resolution
  • Combining the images
  • Using Duplicate to move a layer
  • Dragging and dropping to copy one image to another
  • Transforming and editing combined images
  • Changing the size of a layer
  • Removing a background
  • Creating a vector mask
  • Starting your pen path
  • Using the Quick Selection tool
  • Refining a selection
  • Using layer styles
  • Grouping layers

Module 5: Using Layer Styles and Adjustment Layers in Photoshop

  • Making color changes using adjustment layers
  • Painting on the adjustment layer mask
  • Adjusting the Hue/Saturation layer
  • Adding a pattern fill layer
  • Defining the pattern
  • Applying the pattern
  • Using the Black & White adjustment layer
  • Adding a tint to an image
  • Applying a gradient to the adjustment layer
  • Creating and using layer styles
  • Creating a text layer
  • Applying the Outer Glow layer style
  • Applying the Bevel and Emboss layer style
  • Changing shading
  • Changing fill opacity
  • Saving styles to use later
  • Accessing saved style

Module 6: Using the Photoshop Pen Tool for selections and artwork

  • Working with the Pen tool
  • Understanding the modes of the Pen tool
  • Uses of the Pen tool in Photoshop
  • Adding and deleting anchor points
  • Working with curved paths
  • Changing anchor points
  • Selecting paths
  • Creating straight lines
  • Creating curved paths
  • Drawing hinged curves
  • Creating selections with the Pen tool
  • Starting paths
  • Saving Photoshop paths
  • Turning paths into selections
  • Turning paths into a vector mask
  • Using a path to adjust color

Module 7: Using Smart Objects in Photoshop

  • Creating a composition using Smart Objects
  • Opening an image as a Smart Object
  • Converting a layer to a Smart Object
  • Placing a Smart Object
  • Editing a Smart Object
  • Editing the contents of a Smart Object
  • Modifying multiple Smart Object layers
  • Replacing the contents of a Smart Object layer
  • Working with Smart Filters
  • Modifying a Smart Filter
  • Creating multiple Smart Objects
  • Working with Illustrator files

Module 8: Photoshop tools for creating Web, Video, and Interactive images

  • Changing units of measurement for online images
  • Creating slices for web images
  • Selecting and combining image slices
  • Applying attributes to image slices
  • Saving images from Photoshop for the web
  • Exporting images from Photoshop for use in digital video
  • Creating animations in Photoshop
  • Working in Frame mode
  • Saving an animated GIF from Photoshop
  • Creating animation for HD video
  • Working in Photoshop's Timeline mode 

Intermediate Photoshop Class: Prerequisites

We recommend that you have access to the Adobe Photoshop application before starting the intermediate Photoshop class. This is essential if you are attending the Photoshop class onine. You can purchase it or obtain a trial version from the Adobe website. A computer with the software application is provided for courses in our classroom training centers.

Course Materials for the Introduction to Photoshop Class

Participants in this Photoshop class receive a copy of the full-color Photoshop Digital Classroom book created by the Adobe Certified Instructors at AGI. AGI instructors have created many of the official Photoshop training guides and books for Adobe Systems. This best-selling book is widely used around the world to teach Photoshop, and you learn directly from the authors when you take a class at American Graphics Institute.

Related Certificate Programs: 
Photoshop Certificate

Available Delivery Methods For This Class