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Adobe Photoshop CC Essentials

Learning by yourself often results in using the same 20% of Photoshop again and again. You also apply correction filters and adjustments without understanding the various options.

This focused, hands-on workshop guides you through the Photoshop fundamentals that will equip you to execute design projects. Included are lessons on layers (putting photos together), selecting and extracting parts of a photo, retouching, changing an object's color while retaining its texture, correcting off-color photos, removing defects, adding and manipulating text, and more.

Projects you can apply the techniques to range from print ads, marketing collaterals, Websites, and other communication materials.

Beyond the essentials, you will learn innovative new design tools: Content-Aware makes corrections in an instant, Puppet-Warp bends things in any direction, Perspective Warp combines different perspectives perfectly, Smart Objects makes for true non-destructive editing, and much more.

Expected Outcome

At the end of the course, participants are expected to:

  • Be able to set up Photoshop
  • Use tools and adjust their settings
  • Recognize and use essential panels
  • Create precise selections
  • Fix common photo problems (correct color cast, recover tones, etc.)
  • Create and use layers to organize art work
  • Add and edit text on images
  • Be able to apply Photoshop on images intended for print, presentation and online
Who will benefit

If you are a photographer, graphic designer, web designer, or painter with little or no background in computer imaging, and now want to expand your business or your craft, this course is for you!

Course Outline
  • Introduction to Photoshop CC
    • Introduction to Workspace, Tools, Panels and Options Bar and Menus
    • Setting up Photoshop
    • Rearranging panels and creating workspaces
  • Navigating and Using Tools
    • Opening an image file
    • Duplicating an open file
    • Saving a file to .PSD format
    • Saving a file to other image formats
    • Zooming and panning an image
    • Undoing and redoing steps
    • Working with short-cut keys
    • Working with Spring-loaded keys
    • Selecting color from the Swatches panel
    • Using the Brush tool
    • Changing the Brush painting mode
  • Selecting Image Elements
    • Selecting with the marquee, lasso, magic wand, quick select
    • Repositioning a selection
    • Deselecting
    • Moving a selection
    • Constraining movement
    • Using keyboard arrow keys to move selections
    • Copying a selection
    • Adding to and subtracting from an active selection
    • Combining selection tools
    • Inverting a selection
    • Hiding the selection marquee
    • Transforming the selection (marquee)
    • Transforming the selection (content)
    • Basic cropping
  • Editing and Retouching
    • Determining image resolution and assessing suitability to a project
    • Correctly setting the Crop tool
    • Making tonal adjustments automatically
    • Making manual tonal adjustments using Levels
    • Auto-correcting color cast problems
    • Fixing defects using Clone Stamp, Spot Healing brush and Patch tool
    • Replacing specific colors using Replace Color command
    • Applying Sponge tool to manually saturate or desaturate colors
    • Applying Dodge (and Burn) tool to manually brighten (use Burn to darken) areas
    • Sharpening the image
  • Introducing Layers - Basic
    • Creating layers & adding pixel images within them
    • Showing and hiding layers
    • Selecting and moving layers
    • Erasing objects on layers
    • Adding a type layer using Type tool to create a type layer
    • Editing a type layer
    • Rearranging layer stack order using Layers panel
    • Introducing Gradient tool and creating gradient fills in layers
    • Linking layers to modify them together (move, transform, etc.)
    • Adding layer effects and styles
  • Introducing Layers - Application
    • Applying layers on image/photo files
    • Using layer blending modes to create art-like effects
    • Adjusting layer opacity
    • Moving layers and objects from one file to another
    • Using layer locks
    • Merging layers
    • Saving a layered file (PSD)
    • Saving a flattened/merged file (PSD and JPG)
  • Applying Special Effects
    • Adding a basic motion blur effect using layers and Erase tool
    • Introducing and using layer masks
    • Adding an advanced motion blur effect using Layer Masks and Brush tool
    • Combining color and black and white images using Layer Masks
    • Creating a Duo-tone effect using Hue and Saturation and its preset adjustments
    • Create a multi-colored image from a black and white original
  • Working with Text
    • Adding a stroke to the image canvass
    • Expanding the canvass size
    • Sampling a color from the image
    • Filling with foreground and background colors
    • Reviewing text creation using Point-mode
    • Adjusting text attributes using the Character panel
    • Applying warp effect using Warp text feature
    • Rasterizing a type layer and applying a gradient color on the resulting text image
    • Using the Type-mask tool to create a watermark effect
    • Creating paragraph text using Paragraph-mode
    • Adjusting paragraph attributes using the Paragraph panel

Participants should have completed PCCI’s Digital Imaging and Color Management Fundamentals seminar or have equivalent experience.

From past participants
The class was very lively. The topics were easier to understand with the use of real life experiences and situations to relate to the subject. Questions were entertained promptly. — David Monserrate (Unplugged Talent Center)
The instructor was very knowledgeable about the functioning and tools of CS5, and was very good at presenting the information.— Angelico Veloso
Even if I started from zero, I am now more confident to handle Photoshop. — Gary Jose
Mr. Ramirez was very personable and made for a very pleasant learning experience… He was extremely knowledgeable and presented the material in a way that could be understood given the complexity of the subject matter.— Scott Pearson
Excellent hardware, top of the line; very professional instruction… — Atty. Jaime M. Javier (APO Production Unit, Inc.)
Mario was receptive to any questions posed by the members of the class, and gave sufficient examples to illustrate certain points.— Arlu Gomez
I have never been so motivated to learn Photoshop or any Adobe program. This class has been far more interesting and informative than the one I took from another school. I highly recommend PCCI for people who want to learn more about Photoshop or other Adobe programs.
[The instructor] is very generous on giving out some tips & ideas, beyond the topics =) — Eva Pablo
… very thorough, concise and easy to understand. — Clarence Yao
The training, as well as the instructor, is very good. It encourages me to enroll in Advanced Photoshop.— Diana Corbito (Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene)


  • Dec 9–11 (Mon to Wed)
  • Jan 8–9 (Wed to Thu)
  • Feb 4–5 (Tue to Wed)
  • Mar 5–6 (Thu to Fri)
  • Apr 2–3 (Thu to Fri)
  • May 5–6 (Tue to Wed)
  • June 2–3 (Tue to Wed)

9 AM to 5 PM


PhP 8,950 (USD 200)

Includes materials, lunch and snacks.

Be sure to read the Registration Info before registering.


Note: Your seat is not confirmed until we receive a 50 percent down payment.

Course Date(s)

Deposit payment at your nearest Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) branch, in the name of Philippine Center for Creative Imaging, S/A 1-249-91545-5. Fax deposit slip to 892-5281 with your name and class details. Surrender deposit slip on first day of class to get official receipt.

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