Adobe Photoshop Hands-On

What You'll Learn

Create stunning, layered compositions like a seasoned professional with Adobe Photoshop, a must-have for your digital design toolkit! Photoshop is the industry standard for color correcting and manipulating photos, crafting marketing materials such as posters and flyers, and producing digital graphics for print, web or videos!

This in-depth but user-friendly class delivers hands-on exercises that teach you Photoshop's core concepts and features. As the day progresses, you'll learn powerful techniques for non-destructive editing while generating different types of layered compositions.

This class will cover:

  • Creating a composite work of art using the tools available in Photoshop
  • The difference between vector and raster graphics
  • Extracting objects from a background using different selection methods
  • Learn the mistakes beginners make and how to easily escape them
  • Using adjustment layers, masks and layer styles to make non-destructive edits
  • Using guides for type and layout graphics
  • Best practices to help make working and editing in Photoshop easy and fun
  • In depth use of layers employing opacity, smart filters and blending modes
  • Focus your knowledge of Photoshop's interface and tools towards what you will need the most
  • Saving in the best file formats and optimal sizes to fit your projects needs
Presented in Adobe Creative Cloud, but most of what is taught will apply to earlier versions of the program.

What to Expect

  • This is a beginner-level, hands-on course that is perfect for those looking to get started with Adobe Photoshop.
  • As Photoshop is a broad program, this class is *not* designed specifically to address the needs of photographers, though the instructor will touch on many tools a photographer would use. This class is designed for a wider audience who needs to use Photoshop for a variety of production tasks. Many of the in-class examples are presented from this multi-use angle. However, the instructor does wish to make clear that *all* tools/processes presented can also be used for photography, web, and other purposes, not simply for the uses/techniques with which they are presented.
  • BDA *does* host an Adobe Photoshop class JUST for photographers that you can learn more about and register for here.

Computer Requirement

This is a hands-on class where you'll "learn by doing". Therefore you'll need a computer. If you need any particular software installed, that will be detailed below. Not all programs require special software so if there isn't any detailed listed below you will only need a computer with a up-to-date web browser. We always recommend that if you have one, that you bring your own computer if at all possible. However, if you need one, we have several Apple iMac workstations with all the necessary software that are available by reservation for only $20 per day. You can reserve a computer rental using this form but you must complete your registration first. In most cases, the class will be taught with the Macintosh version of the software but generally the only difference between the Mac and Windows version is the keyboard shortcuts, using the Command key on Mac and the Control key on Windows.

If you would like to take your class work and sample projects home, please be sure to bring a Mac compatible portable drive with 4GB of free space.

Adobe Creative Cloud

This class will be presented from the latest version of the Adobe Creative Cloud. If you are using your own computer for the class, it is important that you have the latest version installed! Adobe offers a free 7-day trial of the Creative Cloud.

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 deal with pixel-based graphics more efficiently, or learn how to work non-destructively on various graphic design projects. You should learn Photoshop if you want to manipulate digital photographs, create marketing materials, digital illustrations or use special effects in your own designs. This class is *not* specific towards just photographers, but is open to any digital artist looking to utilize Photoshop's powerful and multi-functional tools.

Presented By Gretchen Troop

Gretchen Troop
Gretchen started working in Photoshop in 1994 and has actively trained and worked professionally in the program ever since. As a professional photographer and graphic designer, she creates graphics for companies including, Apple, Adobe, Autodesk, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Oracle, Amgen, Genentech, BMW, Chevron and many, many more. Gretchen is a fun and passionate teacher with a lifetime love of Photoshop and a well-rounded and comprehensive knowledge of the program.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $249.00

Non-Members: $279.00

Available Dates

January 4, 2020 / 9am - 5pm

In Boulder Location


If you see a register button above there is currently still space available.

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Customer Comments

Steve Gandy did a VERY nice job with this class and we had a lot of personal attention. He's knowledgeable on the subject matter and intentional about ensuring the students learn the key elements of the software and how to apply key concepts. He has a very effective teaching style and I found the class to be very useful.Christy
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Comments For: Adobe Photoshop Hands-On

Great class, really enjoyed it. Instructor was very responsive to questions and comments, and was able to adjust the class content as needed to fit the attendees needs.seth on 5/24/2018
Steve Gandy did a VERY nice job with this class and we had a lot of personal attention. He's knowledgeable on the subject matter and intentional about ensuring the students learn the key elements of the software and how to apply key concepts. He has a very effective teaching style and I found the class to be very useful.Christy on 11/20/2017
Great instructor and very valuable information and guided practice time. It was well worth the cost and spending of my Saturday.Beth on 1/7/2017
Wes is an exceptional instructor who has a wealth of information and experience to share in his classes. He was really engaging (hard to do on a Saturday for 8 hours) and generous with his personal time and answering any individual questions I had. He did a really great job meeting every participant where they were at making sure no one was left behind. I would highly recommend any class of Wes's and look forward to taking others of his in the future!Kodiak on 8/6/2015
The instructor was outstanding.Keith on 8/2/2015
Course could not have been taught any better. I don't give 5 star ratings easily, but Wes earned every one. Well worth the cost/time!Doug on 8/1/2015
Great class. Best parts - very knowledgeable instructor, knows his stuff, able to make geeky stuff accessible, good sense of humor/playfulness. I appreciated seeing his “wall of shame.” Great to see bad examples. We’ve all made enough mistakes, and it takes guts to show them. It really helped me understand the concepts better. Really Helpful!anonymous on 2/9/2015
Wes is awesome! A great mix of instruction and then "requests" at the end. It shows that he clearly wants his students to succeed!anonymous on 2/9/2015
Wes was great at focusing on beginner level skills.Brooke on 10/11/2014
The Adobe PS class this weekend was such a great experience! Wes was one of the best instructors on the subject because of his passion for graphic design. I recently subscribed to the Adobe CC cloud and am looking forward to using these concepts.Stephanie on 7/20/2014
The class is advertised as "intermediate" when it can be too fundamental. Survey of students could be perhaps taken at the beginning of each class.anonymous on 3/18/2014
Great examples, fun instructor was extremely knowledgeable, funny, high energyBrenda L. on 9/10/2013
Absolutely of value instructor was helpful, knowledgeable, and went at the perfect pace.Lindsay on 9/10/2013
Instructor was very nice and entertaining, as well as knowledgeable.Ken on 7/13/2013
[The instructor] was excellent.E. Kurtis on 7/13/2013
Great overview of Photoshop, the instructor let us drive the class.Darren on 5/11/2013
I learned a lot & feel like my skills were very refined. Tim was also great!Georgina on 3/16/2013
Appreciated all the shortcuts and the resources. Learned lots!Mimi on 11/19/2012
Learned techniques that I didn't know.Thomas C. on 11/17/2012
Good overview of Photoshop, very helpful. Tim was great!Andy on 5/12/2012
This class put me back in the mode of exploring the different options in Photoshop, learning tools I haven't used before and introduced me to the newest version. The instructor kept us interested, alert and focused.Sara on 5/12/2012
Good intro to the program. Tim was great. I would definitely take more classes with him!Tierney on 5/12/2012
Extremely extensive and applicable. Tim made the class a lot of fun.Pauline on 1/6/2012
Incredible! Best BDA course yet! We covered lots of ground. I'm now much more savvy in Photoshop. Tim was great, knowledgeable and fun.Kevin on 12/10/2011
Very valuable information, great breadth.Samir on 8/27/2011
Great to go in-depth on tools, masks, and vector shapes.Tessa on 8/27/2011
Excellent instructor. Knowledgeable and organized, friendly and helpful.Gary on 6/24/2011
Tons of info, covered many topics and applications. Lots of questions answered.Natalie on 6/24/2011
Tim was great. He kept the pace going nicely and gave loads of helpful info.Diane on 2/4/2011
It covered many skills that I did not know existed the shortcuts are helpful.Shingo Sean on 9/10/2010
Learned lots...Great stuff to practice.Rick on 6/12/2010
Very good pace, easy to ask questions and follow along. Great teacher.Lisa on 6/1/2009
Great class, really enjoyed the instructor and the content. Thanks again!Paul on 12/4/2006


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