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Introduction to Photoshop

Event info

Limited to 8 places.

Perhaps you're coming to Photoshop for the first time and it seems like a daunting task, or maybe you're self-taught with bad habits, either way this workshop concentrates on areas of Photoshop that are key for photographers. Our goal is to teach you how to use the tools, concepts and workflows needed to succeed and develop good practice when it comes to this amazing application. Tutor -John Roe.

This workshop can be either taken as a stand alone, or as a follow-on from The Society's 'Introduction to the Digital Camera' course. Your tutor will take you through a collection of practical tutorials where you will learn the fundamental tools, techniques and workflows for Photoshop.

Image review using Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw

  • Using Adobe's Bridge to sort, rate and organise your workflow
  • Batch rename images
  • Basic introduction to the Adobe Camera Raw Plugin for editing camera Raw images

Introduction to Photoshop

  • Getting images into Photoshop
  • Understanding your work area
  • Rotating, resizing and cropping
  • Navigation in a document
  • Image Editing
  • Saving your image and understanding file formats for print or web
  • JPEGs, TIFFs and PSD file formats explained

 Brush tools

  • Standard brush tools
  • Retouching images
  • Clone stamp
  • Healing brush


  • History
  • Cloning
  • Layers
  • Text

 Basic layers

  • Creating and using layers
  • Managing layers
  • Levels
  • Make a Black and White image and then adding areas of colour


  • Creating and modifying selections
  • Marquee and lasso tools
  • Magic wand tool
  • Selecting a colour range
  • Transforming
  • Feathering


  • Adding type
  • Resizing and resizing type
  • Editing and duplicating type layers

 Smart filters

  • Use a Smart layer to create Smart Sharpen


  • Setting up your monitor for colour management
  • How to print on your home printer

Course Requirements

Delegates should also have a basic understanding of a computer's user interface (i.e. how to navigate to and open files or folders).

The workshop is run using laptops using a Windows Operating System. If you work on a Mac, the Photoshop interface is identical, and you should have no problem transferring the skills developed in the classroom.

What to bring

A USB pen for your notes (provided in PDF format) and workable files (150MB of free space).

Laptops and drinks will be provided but please bring a packed lunch or use local facilities.

If there is time John is happy to look at some of your images these can be brought on a USB pen, CD, or as prints.

Address: The Royal Photographic Society, RPS House, 337 Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3AR

Please visit https://rps.org/contact/  to help plan your trip. Please be aware that the car park in the Paintworks on a weekday is limited to three hours.  Weekends, and evenings after 6pm are unlimited.

Bristol Temple Meads is a 30-minute walk to Paintworks.

Buses running from Bristol Temple Meads to Paintworks are: 1, 178, 349 or the X39, but please check before leaving.

A Park & Ride service is available from Brislington Park & Ride. More information can be found at www.travelwest.info/park-ride/bristol/brislington  

Local Parking

If you need to bring your car and don’t want to use the Park and Ride Buses, you can book a place to park at a nearby supermarket using this link yourparkingspace.co.uk

You can also park all-day for £5 at Arnos Manor.  Visitors will need to go to the hotel reception to purchase a ticket to display on their windscreen. 


Image © Emma Delves-Broughton FRPS

Event Organiser

Emma Delves-Broughton


Venue Information

Within RPS House, all areas are fully accessible with a lift, ramps and restrooms on each floor.

If you have any accessibility requirements, please contact us on RPSHouse@rps.org in advance so we can assist you in your visit.

Though there is some accessibility parking in Paintworks, we also have some private parking spaces we can reserve for those with accessibility requirements. Please contact us in advance if you would like a space reserved.

From street level car parking there are lifts available to reach RPS House on the raised ground floor.

Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected.

If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out, please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.


RPS House

337-340 Paintworks

Arnos Vale



RPS website