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Photoshop Bootcamp

Photoshop Bootcamp

Photoshop Bootcamp Training: Length 4 Days

This comprehensive Photoshop bootcamp teaches foundational skills through intermediate topics over four consecutive days. The Photoshop bootcamp covers the same materials as the introductory and intermediate Photoshop courses, although it is delivered as a one-week intensive: you can learn Photoshop in a week. Participants learn how to use Photoshop's tools, how to retouch and color correct photographic images, and how to take advantage of adjustment layers and to use Photoshop efficiently. The Photoshop bootcamp starts with foundational topics then migrates to more advanced skills as the week progresses. If you would prefer to take the introductory and intermediate courses separately, you can find dates for them in the Photoshop classes section of our site.

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

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

Photoshop Bootcamp Course Dates

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

Course Title Course Dates Course Location Fee Register
Photoshop Bootcamp


10:00 am to 5:00 pm
American Graphics Institute American Graphics Institute
Live instructor-led class online
1969-12-31T19:00:00-05:00 $1,290.00

Introduction to Photoshop Training Class: Course Topics

Module 1: Navigating Photoshop and getting to Know its Workspace

  • Workspace, Tools, and Panels
  • Understanding Bridge
  • Discovering the Tools panel
  • Accessing tools and their options
  • Using panels
  • Customizing your panels
  • Hidden tools
  • Navigating the image area
  • Using the Zoom features
  • Maximizing productivity with screen modes

Module 2: Organizing and Managing Photoshop files using Adobe Bridge

  • Navigating files using Bridge
  • Using folders in Adobe Bridge
  • Making a Favorite to easily access Photoshop files and locations
  • Creating and locating metadata
  • Opening a file from Adobe Bridge
  • Searching for files using Adobe Bridge
  • Saving a Collection
  • Automation tools in Adobe Bridge 

Module 3: Making and Using Selections in Photoshop

  • The importance of good selections
  • Using the Marquee tools
  • Changing selections into layers
  • Working with the Magic Wand tool
  • Using Photoshop's Lasso tool
  • Adding to and subtracting from selections
  • Saving selections
  • Feathering selections
  • Using the Quick Selection tool
  • Making difficult selections in Photoshop using Refine Edge
  • Using Quick Mask
  • Copying and pasting selections
  • Using Photoshop's Pen tool for selections
  • Converting a Photoshop path to a selection


Module 4: Painting and Retouching in Photoshop

  • Setting-up Photoshop's color settings
  • Color primer: understanding color
  • Understanding color gamut.
  • The RGB color model
  • The CMYK color model
  • Editing color settings
  • Selecting colors in Photoshop
  • Starting to paint color corrections
  • Using the Color panel
  • Using Photoshop's Brush tool
  • Changing opacity
  • Using the Brush Presets
  • Using the Airbrush feature
  • Applying color to an image
  • Changing Photoshop's blending modes.
  • The Eyedropper tool
  • Retouching images
  • Using the Clone Stamp tool
  • Repairing fold lines
  • Using the History panel
  • Working with the Spot Healing Brush
  • Fixing images with Photoshop's Healing Brush
  • Using the Patch tool
  • Using the Clone Source panel
  • Cloning from another source


Module 5: Color Correcting Images with Photoshop

  • Choosing Photoshop color settings
  • Photoshop Color Modes: working in RGB when color correcting
  • Reading a Photoshop histogram
  • Making Curve adjustments
  • Benefits of defining a highlight and shadow.
  • Locating the White and Black Point
  • Entering the white and black point values
  • Adjusting midtones in an image
  • Setting the neutral
  • Sharpening images in Photoshop
  • Taking care of red eye
  • Using the Camera Raw plug-in
  • Using Camera Raw controls
  • Saving and reopening a DNG file

Module 6: Using Content-Aware Tools in Photoshop

  • Adding image area: expanding an image using Photoshop
  • Viewing the on-screen ruler
  • Converting the Background into a layer
  • Scaling the background
  • Using Photoshop's Content-Aware Fill
  • Content-Aware Moves in Photoshop
  • Content–Aware retouching in Photoshop

Module 7: Introduction to Photoshop Layers

  • Discovering Photoshop layers
  • Selecting layers
  • Moving layers
  • Changing the visibility of a layer
  • Using masks in a layer
  • Preserve transparency in a Photoshop image
  • Creating a composition: merging images together in Photoshop
  • Moving images in from other documents
  • Creating a layer mask.
  • Editing the layer mask
  • Cloning Photoshop layers
  • Aligning and distributing layers
  • Applying filters to layers
  • Creating a type layer
  • Applying a layer style
  • Creating a clipping mask
  • Filtering Photoshop layers 

Module 8: Photoshop Workspace Efficiencies and Key Concepts

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

Module 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 

Prerequisites for the Photoshop Bootcamp Training

To get ready to learn Photoshop in a week, we recommend that you have the Adobe Photoshop application before starting the class to allow you to practice upon course completion. You can purchase the software, subscribe to Creative Cloud, or obtain a trial version from the Adobe website.

Course Materials for Photoshop Bootcamp

You will 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.

This course is available separately as introductory and intermediate courses in the series of Photoshop certification training courses we offer. 

Related Certificate Programs: 
Photoshop Certificate
Graphic Design Certificate
Graphic Design Bootcamp

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