Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop

Characteristics Of This Class:

If you want to enhance your photos and create fantastic designs with Adobe Photoshop, start here! This class is a general introduction to what you need to know to get started using Photoshop.

We'll begin with a look at the interface and learn some basic Photoshop skills, like working efficiently with Photoshop's tools, undoing mistakes, and saving in different file formats. We'll cover how to work with Layers and why they're so important. And we'll introduce how and when to use selections. You'll leave this class with the basics under your belt, so that you can confidently move on to learn more specific applications of Photoshop to your photography or design work.

Basic skills:

  • The Photoshop interface
  • Undoing mistakes & saving
  • Choosing a file format
  • Image resizing
  • Intro to photo editing

Selection essentials:

  • Why select
  • The most useful selection tools


  • Why layers are so important
  • Working with the Layers panel
  • Building a layered file
  • Combining images

Presented in Adobe Creative Cloud, but most of what is taught will apply to earlier versions of the program.

Who Should Take This:

Anyone who wants to use Photoshop to edit photos or create graphics for print or the web. If you've never used Photoshop, OR if you've played with Photoshop a little and gotten thoroughly confused, this workshop will make everything clear!

Hobbyist or amateur photographers with Photoshop Elements should take Getting Started with Photoshop Elements instead.

Steve Gandy

Steve Gandy

Steve Gandy is an educator, trainer, technology support professional and life-long photographer. Steve has introduced the ins-and-outs of digital photography to students young and old since 1995 and has been involved in education since 1978. His photography is varied but he focuses on nature, travel, and sports. Steve has contributed to training books and websites on Photoshop Elements, StarOffice/OpenOffice and other educational topics. He leads photographic tours to the southern Utah canyon lands.

I've been using photoshop minimally for a couple of years, just winging it, and wanting to do more but never finding time to explore. This class was a helpful introduction - a way to get an overview. I have already started to use what I learned. It seemed like the experienced users in the class also found it helpful. I recommend this class.

Anita, 10/24/2014

Thanks so much to the instructor - very articulate, knowledgeable, prepared. He did a great job in picking salient product features.

Beth, 10/22/2014

The instructor was was great!

Amy, 10/21/2014

Absolutely valuable, step by step instructions regarding basic concepts of photoshop while including overview of the program.

Lisa, 9/17/2014

It was a great refresher and then offered more. The instructor got through an enormously massive amount of material quickly and clearly.

Rachel, 9/17/2014

There couldn't have been anything different about this class to make it better, it was wonderful. The teacher was great and very knowledgeable about the field.

anonymous, 7/9/2014

This class was amazing!

anonymous, 7/9/2014

There couldn't have been anything different about this class to make it better, it was wonderful. The teacher was great and very knowledgeable about the field.

anonymous, 7/9/2014

This class had a great teacher, I enjoyed him very much.

Hannah, 7/9/2014

This class was great, just like the instructor!

Jarrett, 7/9/2014

Jan was great. Wished BDA offered: more photoshop, SEO, web-design.

Jarrett, 7/7/2014

Shows a wide variety of things Photoshop can do even though there's still a ton more things. The instructor was enjoyable: "she is organized in what she shows us, explains clearly, & obviously has tons of experience."

Rachel, 7/7/2014

I was looking to learn Photoshop to help with my art, this class helped a lot!

Amanda, 7/1/2014

This class was very helpful with a great instructor.

Alan, 7/1/2014

This class was great. I very much enjoyed the instructor and what she had to teach.

Cassandra, 7/1/2014

This class did a good job showing the range of things photoshop can do. The instructor was very organized and explained the concepts very clearly, she obviously had tons of experience.

Rachel, 7/1/2014

Thank you so much! I really enjoyed this class and learned a lot! The instructor is so knowledgeable and just lovely!

Heidi, 4/8/2014

Jan was very thorough and did a GREAT job explaining every step! I very much enjoyed this instructor and class!

Taylor, 12/19/2013

Jan Kabili is a master teacher with Photoshop. Highly recommended!

Stephen, 12/17/2013

I've never done Photoshop before - great introduction!

Jennifer, 10/14/2013

I needed the absolute basics, and got them! Instructor was very helpful, friendly, and thorough.

Ania, 10/14/2013

Excellent pace, content, and teacher.

Patty, 10/14/2013

Learned new tools + techniques in an efficient manner.

ilona, 10/14/2013

Great first exposure to Photoshop.

Louise, 10/14/2013

So helpful. Instructor was perfect & provided extremely useful information.

Jeanne, 10/14/2013

So many things i was clueless on - now feel capable. Jan was great & lots of great info.

Audrey, 10/14/2013

Instructor was very good at answering questions while also keeping on track with the schedule.

Gabrial, 10/14/2013

I learned everything I needed to, to get myself, started - and less frustrated. Jan went at just the right speed and gave me just enough, not too much!

Natalie, 10/14/2013

Organized just as I needed it, Jan was enthusiastic, entertaining, and organized.

Reed, 3/26/2013

Good introduction to the software.

Brett, 1/8/2013

[The class was] very well organized... good balance between staying on track and response to students.

Reed, 7/9/2012

Jan Kabili was very helpful... I have context and am pretty excited to practice (Photoshop).

Amy J, 7/9/2012

[The class] was good. Jan kept us on task well.

Kirsten Rae, 7/9/2012

[The class was] a very good intro/demo of tools that are useful. Jan was very informative, and handled questions without slowing or derailing class.

melissa, 7/9/2012

Jan is very helpful and personable.

Mark, 9/29/2011

Fabulous! Clear and detailed.

caroline, 9/29/2011

The class was very valuable and Jan was great!

Melissa, 7/14/2011

I've never opened Photoshop before, so this was a thorough intro for me. Jan is so easy to understand, the pace is perfect and her organization very logical. And her handouts are great!

Michelle, 7/14/2011

All my questions were answered! Most troubling & important issues were covered. She was AMAZING!

Jayme, 4/20/2011

I've been a designer for over 20 years but have never been proficient with Photoshop. This class was perfect for me in pace and content.

Lynn, 1/27/2011

I feel like I got a very thorough overview of Photoshop, which is exactly what I was hoping for. ... I'll definitely be attending the Intensive course.

Jennifer, 9/9/2010

I am new to Photoshop and it was a good intro.

Deborah, 6/7/2010

As a beginner user to Photoshop, Provided good short cuts, techniques, and great information.

Debbie, 4/24/2010

This class taught me many things in Photoshop that I didn't know I could do. Many of my questions were answered.

Barbara, 8/12/2009

I definitely feel like I could go home and begin a project after this class.

Erica, 8/12/2009

Very usable information is a short amount of time. Learning in a small, quality classroom is fantastic.

Donlyn, 6/25/2007

Learned many valuable ways to play with photos and use the program.

Colleen, 6/25/2007

This was my first experience with BDA. The Getting Started with Photoshop class with Jan Kabili is one of the most useful introductory courses I've taken. Now I have enough information to make a good print from my digital camera using Photoshop, and I can improve from here. And, Jan gave us some secrets about the software that some seasoned users may not know. This is a great course for beginners and at an unbelievable price.

Katrina, 3/21/2007

I loved the class! It was refreshing to have an open, yet small enough, class where discussions and questions were welcomed and the teacher communicated so well. I definitely plan to come back. I liked the "workshop" also because in our busy lives, this is great and easier to fit into the daily schedule!

Christina, 3/21/2007

I was impressed with how much l could still learn in Jan's "Getting Started with Photoshop" class, even though I have had previous Photoshop experience!

Joan, 10/19/2006

Last night's class was wonderful! Even though we covered all the basics, there was so much that we didn't have time to touch on! the instructor was super who better to learn from than the person who wrote the book on photoshop. I think BDA should host intermediate photoshop very soon.

allison, 3/21/2006

Lots of info that addressed my questions.

Gabrielle, 1/13/2006

Well planned and catered to the participants.

Bill, 1/13/2006

It gave me a great introduction to Photoshop the basics that I need to start out.

Kelsey, 1/13/2006

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Non-Members: $79.00

Registration Discount Applied
You save $10.00 by registering before midnight on 2/14/2015. Standard registration fees for this program are $69.00 for members and $89.00 for non-members.

Scheduled Dates

February 18, 2015

Complete Schedule:
2/18/2015 | 6pm - 9pm

Location: Boulder (Details)


May 12, 2015

Complete Schedule:
5/12/2015 | 6pm - 9pm

Location: Boulder (Details)