Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop

What You'll Learn

If you want to enhance your photos and create fantastic designs with Adobe Photoshop, start here! This class is a general introduction to the information you need 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 add 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.

What to Expect

  • As this is a beginner's level workshop, it will not cover advanced Photoshop techniques like creating 3D designs, working with video and other more intermediate and pro actions.
  • As a lecture-style workshop, we do not encourage bringing your computer to "follow along" in the Photoshop program as there is no time to help with individual navigate via their own computers.
  • Moving to Photoshop from other software solutions is a detailed and time consuming task and this workshop does *not* cover how to do that in detail as the variations and individual needs are endless.

A video of this class is available for immediate viewing from only $0!

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Bonus! in-person registrants can purchase the video at half-price after attending the class!

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.

Presented By 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.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $55.00

Non-Members: $65.00

Available Dates

Sorry, we don't have this event scheduled right now but we'll probably be adding it again soon! If you're interested in this event, we recommend using our follow feature to be notified the next time we add it to our schedule. You can also email us to request that we add it soon.

Customer Comments

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
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Comments For: Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop

I have found your classes extremely valuable and look forward to taking more!Deborah on 1/23/2018
You guys are great. Thanks so much!Nika on 2/18/2015
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 on 10/24/2014
Thanks so much to the instructor - very articulate, knowledgeable, prepared. He did a great job in picking salient product features. Beth on 10/22/2014
The instructor was was great!Amy on 10/21/2014
Absolutely valuable, step by step instructions regarding basic concepts of photoshop while including overview of the program.Lisa on 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 on 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 on 7/9/2014
This class was amazing!anonymous on 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 on 7/9/2014
This class had a great teacher, I enjoyed him very much.Hannah on 7/9/2014
This class was great, just like the instructor!Jarrett on 7/9/2014
Jan was great. Wished BDA offered: more photoshop, SEO, web-design.Jarrett on 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 on 7/7/2014
I was looking to learn Photoshop to help with my art, this class helped a lot!Amanda on 7/1/2014
This class was very helpful with a great instructor.Alan on 7/1/2014
This class was great. I very much enjoyed the instructor and what she had to teach.Cassandra on 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 on 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 on 4/8/2014
Jan was very thorough and did a GREAT job explaining every step! I very much enjoyed this instructor and class!Taylor on 12/19/2013
Jan Kabili is a master teacher with Photoshop. Highly recommended!Stephen on 12/17/2013
I've never done Photoshop before - great introduction!Jennifer on 10/14/2013
I needed the absolute basics, and got them! Instructor was very helpful, friendly, and thorough.Ania on 10/14/2013
Excellent pace, content, and teacher. Patty on 10/14/2013
Learned new tools + techniques in an efficient manner.ilona on 10/14/2013
Great first exposure to Photoshop.Louise on 10/14/2013
So helpful. Instructor was perfect & provided extremely useful information.Jeanne on 10/14/2013
So many things i was clueless on - now feel capable. Jan was great & lots of great info.Audrey on 10/14/2013
Instructor was very good at answering questions while also keeping on track with the schedule.Gabrial on 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 on 10/14/2013
Organized just as I needed it, Jan was enthusiastic, entertaining, and organized.Reed on 3/26/2013
Good introduction to the software.Brett on 1/8/2013
[The class was] very well organized... good balance between staying on track and response to students.Reed on 7/9/2012
Jan Kabili was very helpful... I have context and am pretty excited to practice (Photoshop).Amy J on 7/9/2012
[The class] was good. Jan kept us on task well.Kirsten Rae on 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 on 7/9/2012
Jan is very helpful and personable.Mark on 9/29/2011
Fabulous! Clear and detailed.caroline on 9/29/2011
The class was very valuable and Jan was great!Melissa on 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 on 7/14/2011
All my questions were answered! Most troubling & important issues were covered. She was AMAZING!Jayme on 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 on 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 on 9/9/2010
I am new to Photoshop and it was a good intro.Deborah on 6/7/2010
As a beginner user to Photoshop, Provided good short cuts, techniques, and great information.Debbie on 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 on 8/12/2009
I definitely feel like I could go home and begin a project after this class.Erica on 8/12/2009
Very usable information is a short amount of time. Learning in a small, quality classroom is fantastic.Donlyn on 6/25/2007
Learned many valuable ways to play with photos and use the program.Colleen on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 3/21/2006
Lots of info that addressed my questions.Gabrielle on 1/13/2006
Well planned and catered to the participants.Bill on 1/13/2006
It gave me a great introduction to Photoshop the basics that I need to start out.Kelsey on 1/13/2006


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