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    Photoshop Course Expert
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    Using levels and curves in Photoshop
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    Adjust images, remove colour casts
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    Use curves, levels and histogram to adjust images professionally
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    Isolate elements and use workpaths

Photoshop Expert Course: use levels, curves and histogram to perform impressive image corrections and extra creative tasks

Photoshop: edit images and add filters, text


  • 7 lessons in total
  • Extensive lesson material
  • Puzzles to prepare you to cleverly do your work
  • Homework and homework corrections
  • Depending on your choice: single or combined lessons
  • Book your test when you feel you practised enough
  • Doing the course independently? Get 10 free video calling minutes per lesson.

During this Photoshop Expert course you will learn all there is to know for impressive photo editing. You will edit images to make them perfect for print, you will use levels and curves and even channels and histogram for impressive enhancements.

Curves are used to precisely find and correct highlights, shadows and midtones and to adjust them to make images perfect for print. Levels and histogram are added to make sure the images will print without any problems. But they all of this can also be used to create impressive photos that stand out even more.

As you may expect from us, these technical things will also be used in very creative ways. Creative combinations of complex editing will make sure your efforts lead to the most exciting results.

Study independently at your own pace with new, extra material. With homework, homework correction, tests and help in between lessons this can't go wrong. Stuck? Use your 10 minutes video help per lesson, or save and use them together during the course.

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In-depth photo editing

During the Photoshop Course Advanced you are going to increase your existing skills. Different techniques for colour adjustments and corrections of problem areas will be addressed. Colour casts will be removed, you will learn what to do to get the most out of every photo you use.

You will make a start to publish for both the internet and printed media. This means you will learn about image resolution. What is printable, what is not and what to be aware of when you edit images, all is addressed.

This course is for you

This Photoshop course is ideal is you are going to use Photoshop intensively. The course is for the real experts who have to edit images professionally and who have to create quality designs for projects such as banners, presentations, InDesign and high quality print.

This course is for anyone who has to edit photos and other images for marketing, creative design and more. We assume your intention and interest are professional and/or creative.

Want to learn more? You may enjoy theentire Photoshop Education.

Photoshop Course
expert Lesson 1

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Color profiles
Using colour profiles in Photoshop

By the time you are ready for this intensive course you must have heard about color profiles. These profiles are at the heart of your Photoshop file and are used to keep colours consistent and to assign and adjust colours. You are going to use them today.

After this lesson you know which colour profile to use, you can import colour profiles and manage them while you work.

What are colour profiles
When do you use color profiles
The result of colour remapping
Colour profiles and colour

Photoshop Course
expert Lesson 2

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The 'Pen' tool in Photoshop
Creating vectors and work paths

During this lesson you are going to learn how to create vectors in Photoshop. You are going to create them with the 'Pen' tool. This means you are going to create the so-called work paths.

These workpaths are commonly used to cut out elements, to isolate them. This function will have the focu first. But you will continue and learn much more.

Creating vectors in Photoshop
Creating workpaths
Using the 'Pen' tool
Work path settings

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Using vectors creatively
Creating vector shapes

Now that you know what you can do to create good workpaths it's time to put them to good use.

You are going to meet the different options to use vectors as cleverly and creatively as possible. Of course you will also learn how you can manage your own designs. The 'Pen' tool is much more flexible than meets the eye.

Creating vector shapes
Management of your vectors
Creative uses of vectors and workpaths
Workpaths with extras

Photoshop Course
expert Lesson 4

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Learning tonal values and settings

During this Photoshop lesson you learn all you need to know about the histogram. This prepares you for the next class: editing photographic material in a skilled way.

Understanding what tonal values are is very important since it will help you understand the structure of a photo. We will focus on developing a keen eye for colour adjustments: you really will learn what to be aware of before you start editing images for quality printing and how you can tell if an image is high quality or not.

The histogram
Learning how to read histograms
The values and information of Histograms
Getting to know tonal values

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Using the Photoshop Levels
White point, black point

This lesson is all about adjusting images using the 'Levels'. You are going to learn what the white point is, and of course the black point too. You will use these to edit images using the levels and your knowledge of the histogram.

You are going to judge different types of tonal values to see if the image you want to use is good enough for the job. Each photo is different and you should be able to check their properties and know how to edit each and every type of image.

Reading levels
Levels and their functions
Adjusting levels in photos
What should you do and avoid

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Using the Curves
Adjusting greypoint and colour cast

During this lesson you are going to use multiple techniques to really get the most out of photos. You will pay attention to the dark and light areas in images, you will learn all about contrst and you will remove colour casts in spectacular, advanced ways.

You are going to prepare images for print, high quality print, by paying attention to detail and specific areas that are difficult to print. This is a crucial lesson for image editors, it is one you really can not afford to miss.

Reading the curves
The Curves background
What to do and avoid
Specialist curve corrections

Test lesson of your course or education module

The test lesson

All tests
The last lesson of your course or education module is the test lesson.You will do a few exercises that require the knowledge and new skills you acquired during this training. These tests take 1:45 hours to complete.

InDesign and InDesign Advanced
Since this test is quite extensive it takes more time to complete: 1 month. You send in your work on the agreed date and will receive tips and input to adjust things to make your design more professional.


After your test
Your test will be evaluated after you send in your work.
You may receive tips and may be asked a few more questions to make sure the result is all right.

If you sent in all required homework and the final test results are good you you can come over to pick up your certificate, or you can receive a digital certificate you can easily share and send to prospective employers.

When is the test?

With individual courses
The test should be scheduled within a month after the last lesson.

With educations
You can schedule the tests during the education but you can also do all the courses at the end of the education, allowing you to have lots of time to practise. This way you use the entire runtime of the education to let things sink in. Schedule your tests within two months after your last lesson.

Questions about this course

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English classes

Yes, this is absolutely possible. Now that all courses and educations are available via video training, you can book English spoken course from wherever you live.

English lesson material

All lesson material is available in English.


Full English training

During your courses and education, all the training can be done in English. This means you will receive English lesson material, and your homework assignments and other assignments, as well as your homework corrections, will be communicated in English.

Live / video course
Normal pace

6 lessons +
1 personal test lesson on appointment

We combine 2 lessons each time +
Individual test lesson is after that
Practice week after each lesson

Independent course
Your very own pace

6 lessons +
1 personal test lesson on appointment

Define your own pace: you work independently and have 10 minutes of video training per lesson, if you like this.
Test on appointment.

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Personal video course
Special dates and times

You can decide on your own pace, this also allows you to combine more lessons, or to split lessons, have class on special days and times.

Live / Video course
Normal pace

Combined lessons: 3 hours (2 lessons)

Independent course
Your very own pace

You can decide on this yourself, you can also decide how much time you need for the homework.

Personal video course
Special pace

You can book single lessons or can combine more lessons to get to where you want to be faster, this is great if you need the course to fit your schedule.

Single lessons 1.5 hours
Combined lessons 3 hours

Regular video training

Regular video training allows students to train together via video. This is similar to training in a classroom, but it's online.

This type of training is perfect if you want to attend a course from a different country, too.

This is usually the best way to train since you learn from other students' questions, but it is possible that you end up in class alone: we don't cancel classes since we don't like minimum attendance requirements. Every student is welcome if they want to train.

We set up a schedule which depends on availability and always combine two lessons. If your course contains an uneven number of lessons, one of them will be a single lesson. Simple.

Personal video training
Special paces & schedules

With a personal video course or education you can set up a special pace. You can for instance combine or split lessons and have class on days and times that work with your personal schedule. This will depend on availability: if you would like to book a day that is not available, we will find another day that will be good for you too.

Independent training
Your very own pace

If you prefer, you can do the courses and educations from home at a special pace. This means you receive the lesson books and required material when you are ready to receive them.
You decide how much time you need to read the lesson material and how much time you want to spend on doing the homework. In short: it's all up to you. We can help set you up a schedule though, if you like.

Homework with this course

Homework after each lesson
You will receive homework each week. Making this homework takes about 12 hours per week in total. If you only do the required assignments you will need about 5 hours per week to do your homework during this course.

When do I send in homework?
You have a week to make your homework: you send it in in the week following your lesson so your teacher can evaluate your work.

Homework correction & questions

Homework correction
Your teacher reserves time each week to correct and evaluate your work. You will receive corrections and tips, if necessary. There are guide lines to send in your work: you will receive them during your first lesson.

Answering questions
About 12/15 minutes are reserved for questions at the start of each lesson. This allows your fellow students to learn from your questions and the answers.

Software installation tips
About Adobe software

Needed during class

  • A notebook and pen
    Feel free to take digital notes, of course.
  • A computer
    If you don't have one you can use one of our computers if your course is live but bear in mind you need a computer to do your homework.
  • The software for your training
    Make sure the software is installed before your lessons start.
  • Practising material
    You will receive practising material for some modules such as Photoshop, or none at all for others such as the first Illustrator module because you will create your designs yourself, from scratch.

Needed to do homework

  • Software for your training
    Download the software for your module. Buy it or download a trial, see below links
  • A computer
    Preferably desktop for more processing power but a laptop with enough RAM is fine as well. Check the advice on the Adobe website: this can be different per application.
  • A good screen
    Make sure the screen is big enough to work on and doesn't display things too small. Check out Eizo or Barco monitors if you want to do some serious design work.
  • A Wacom tablet
    This is optional but allows you to design more freely. Attention: for some Wacom functions you really need the legal Adobe software.
  • Your own images
    This is handy for InDesign, Photoshop, and web design. Check out UnSplash or Pixabay for instance or use your own material.

Software installation tips
About Adobe software

Adobe software

Most courses you an attend at learningTrain will need you to use Adobe software. This can be a single application such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign or Dreamweaver. But if you attend an education you may need more applications. In such a case it's best to purchase the Creative Cloud software and use this to install the software you need.

It really is advised to only use legal software. Illegal software often does not allow you to install legal software. But evevn worse is that some functionality in illegal software may render Wacom tablets useless, or certain tools, such as a brush in Photoshop, difficult or impossible to use.

Adobe students save 65 percent

As a LearningTrain student, save up to 65% on Adobe software.

Don't miss discounts!

Find discounts, if available, via the following links, you can sometimes get discounts of 40%.

This course includes

  • Course fees
  • Syllabus
  • Test
  • Extra practise time to prepare for your test (one month max)
  • Digital or printed books with exercises, homework and a recap of what was addressed
  • Extra assignments and tools for which there is not enough time during class
  • Extra telephone and email support in between lessons
  • Homework
  • Homework correction
  • A week aftercare

And the software?

You take care of the software yourself, as Adobe Preferred Partner we can only sell multi licenses and seats to companies.
You either buy the software or install a trial.

If you already own Adobe software there is no need to purchase the subscription based Cloud applications. The following suites are still perfectly usable:

Creative Suite CS4 through CS6


You do need prior knowledge to attend this course. Have a look at the content of the Photoshop course to find out if you know all that is addressed. If you need advice send an so we can help you out.

Handy computer skills

It is a good idea to be handy when you use your computer. This means you can install programs (you will have to install software most times) and you can organise, monitor and manage your folders and files.

The course is for everyone who needs to work independently and creatively and is responsible for good design. We assume a professional and/or creative intent from our students but welcome amateurs and non-professionals as well. Feel free to join!

Live video course
Normal pace & schedule

€ 795,00 excluding BTW (VAT)
€ 961,95 including BTW

Study independently
Your very own pace

€ 795,00 excluding BTW (VAT)
€ 961,95 including BTW

Live classes at regular location
Normal pace & schedule

€ 825,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 998,25 including 21% BTW

Special schedules: live video personal training / lessons on demand

€ 1.195,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 1.445,95 including 21% BTW


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Heel blij

Dit is echt geweldig, ik ben heel blij. Niet alleen kan ik met alle gereedschappen werken op een efficiente manier maar ik kan zelfs drukklare bestanden aanleveren. Ik ben diep onder de indruk. En heel blij.
Jasper G.

Master course

Is this a master course or what? Loved it. Thinking about doing Illustrator now, too.
W. D.

Goed opgebouwd

Deze cursus is goed opgebouwd. Je leert alles stuk voor stuk. Er is lesmateriaal bij waar alles ook in staat. Heel handig. Omdat je ook huiswerk moet maken ga je alles sneller leren. Fijne vondst.
Marja B.


Yet another English guy saying: true! It really is great. Didn't know you could do so much! @ w. debussy: we've gotta meet!
Pete R.


Ik dacht dat ik al veel wist maar al tijdens de basiscursus liet de docent me alle hoeken van de kamer zien. Maar: nou weet ik nog veel meer.
Mike J.


Ik weet niet meer op welke pagina het stond maar ook ik vind dit een superleuke superopleiding! Ben totaal blij. Investering meerrr dan waard!
Car D.

Turkish keyboard

I am problem with turkish keyboard on laptop, Photoshop no like shortcut on my lap top. No work. But good course thank you.
Reza B.


Deze cursus was minder goed voor mijn ego. Dacht dat ik al veel wist. Maar: nou kan ik lekker doorwerken.
Hannes R.

Ego 2

@ Hannes R: ja, ik herken dit! Volgens mij zat jij bij mij in de groep. We zijn verslagen door een vrouw!
J. W.

Reactie LearningTrain

Hier jullie juf, heren Ego en Ego 2. Ik daag jullie uit met een extra opdracht. Houd je mailbox in de gaten :)

Questions about Photoshop

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What is Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is an Adobe Systems application that is primarily used to create images for print and multimedia. It is the application of choice of most professional image editors.

The core functions

Photoshop allows you to edit photographic images such as images from a digital camera or internet. Use Photoshop to adjust colours, isolate elements, remove backgrounds and much more until your images and photo collages are perfect for print and digital media.

Is Photoshop difficult?

No, Photoshop is not difficult although this is different for each student. If you don't have any experience with any of the Adobe applications you may need a bit more time getting the hang of it.

Practical lessons to learn it all

You will see during the first class that everything is well explained. With our more targeted and personal approach (even though you're in a group) there is no doubt you will learn it all!

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Do I have to be a photographer?

Many LearningTrain students are photographers, yes. But you don't have to be a photographer to attend Photoshop or to use Photoshop. Not at all!

Use your own images

During the courses you can use your own photographs but you can use images from stock sites just as well. Your courses include images to work with to do the exercises and to create free artwork.

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So many options

You edit photos with Photoshop. And this is a very short description: there is so much you can do with it that it's difficult to catch this into a few words. Find a few core functions below.

Isolate elements: remove backgrounds

With 'isolation' one usually means an element is going to be cut out. This can be an animal, a person or something else. Its background is removed so it can be used in an other photo to create a photo collage.


Photo corrections are incredibly useful. With good corrections you can tweak the colours, adjust the tone and even tint of elements. You can remove colour casts and adjust the tonal values.

Photo restaurations

You can restore images in Photoshop and do this perfectly. Old, damaged photos can be scanned and restored, even photos that were taken under poor conditions or that contain unwanted elements can be fully restored so they can be well used in all your designs.

Editing holiday pictures

You may come home finding some or your precious photos are not as good as you thought they would look. Lighting can be off, colours can be wrong. You can edit all images taken with your digital camera in Photoshop. But you can even scan your classic photos, or their negatives, and edit them in Photoshop.

Create images for InDesign

if an image is going to be used in InDesign it is best to prepare it for this yourself: this way you have everything under control and don't depend on third parties to do this. You need Photoshop for this.

Images for websites & multimedia

Photoshop is a real star in creating images for websites, news letters and multimedia. You can for instance create banners for websites, buttons and everything you need for the total design.

Cropping and resizing

An image is usually not in the correct size for the job. They need to be cropped or resized to get the most out of them and to use them the right way. This is all something you do in Photoshop.

The correct resolution

Images are not always in the correct resolution. This means an image may not have to right resolution for the job, it may for instance not be correct for print with different printing techniques. Use Photoshop to adjust resolution and make them perfect for your design goal.

Designing websites

You can design websites in Photoshop. To be honest: Illustrator is much handier for this. But the photos, the images you will use on the websites will really have to be edited in Photoshop. Saving for all sorts of media is a great thing to do in Photoshop, it will make your life much easier.

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Illustrator: vectors

Resolution independent artwork is artwork that can be scaled without quality loss. This means you can design something really small but still print it in a huge size without losing any of the quality and detail. In Illustrator you create such resolution independent artwork. Artwork you create during an Illustrator course can be scaled without becoming blotty and blorry, as is the case when you make something bigger in Photoshop

Photoshop: pixels

In Photoshop you usually don't use vectors but pixels: the smallest colour units that images are made of. Photos are very sensitive to scaling and transforming. This means that there are less things you can do in Photoshop where resizing is concerned and that you have to design at a specific size. But in Illustrator you can't edit images. You can only edit images, photos, in Photoshop and other image editing software.

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Start at the beginning!

You will usually enjoy starting with the first Photoshop Course. Even if you have used Photoshop for quite a while you will learn handy things that will save you a lot of time, and lots of surprising extras.

Learn it all

You will learn how to use a lot of tools and functions and use drawing tools and special transformation tools. You will learn Photoshop typgraphy so you can combine photos and text into wonderful designs.


Get in touch

Do you need personal advice? Send an so someone can help you out.

Just ask us what you want so we can help find you the best possible course, the one that will teach you what you need to know in your personal situation and that will help you do your job. Because each person is different and needs to perform their own tasks.

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Complete Education

During the Photoshop Education you learn everything that is addressed during the Photoshop Course, the Photoshop Advanced Course, the Photoshop Course Professional and the Photoshop Course Expert. With lots of extras of course: you will combine a lot.

You learn it all from scratch. The education focuses on using Photoshop professionally and assures you learn it all correctly. You start with creating photo collages and combining photo elements, you then continue with the use of filters, photo corrections, restaurations and finally finish it all by creating files that will print perfectly and that are great to use in multimedia, digital presentations and print.

All is addressed, you will have very little questions left after this education.

Photoshop Education runtime

This education consists of 4 modules and takes 28 lessons to complete.

The modules can be attended consecutively but it's usually a good idea to have a break in between the modules.
The most popular is the schedule that allows for a longer break after the first two modules, after which you can continue with the remaining two modules. You start in september, practise during the end of year break and continue in January.

Once you practised enough you book the tests for the different modules. The exam is done after that, you can do the tests and the exam within two months after finishing your education.

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Photoshop Course Advanced

During the advanced Photoshop course you learn how to prepare images for both print and digital media.

You learn all about resolutions and use contrast, colour corrections and more to create perfect images for InDesign and other applications. Your images are ready for print.

Photoshop Course Professional

During the Photoshop professional course you learn how to use the history functions, all sorts of document modes and blend modes and much more.

You use more complex settings and combinations to create the result you are after.


Photoshop Course Expert

This Photoshop Expert Course puts the cherry on the cake. You will use lots of extra techniques to make perfect use of your image material. You use colour profiles and channels to make specialist adjustments.

During the Photoshop Expert course you learn how to use special corrections layers and how to apply specialistic photo enhancements.

You use the 'Pen' tool to create work paths. These are used to do a lot of different things in Photoshop. You will combine this knowledge with the use of channels, special enhancements and adjustments.

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Photoshop Course Pen & Path

Learn how to use the 'Pen' tool during this course. You use the Pen tool to create work paths.

After the work paths have been created you put them to good use. There is a lot you can do with them and you can do that in different ways that each have their pros and cons. Learn it all from scratch and then combine this with what you already know about Photoshop.

Animeren met Photoshop

Photoshop is used to create animations, too. You can create a 'drawn' animation from scratch or use more advanced options and special elements.

There are two different types of animations. Learn how to use both and create animations with Photoshop during this fun course.


Photoshop Course Pattern Design

This course is for you if you want to learn how to create patterns in Photoshop. You start from scratch, the course focuses on creating patterns.

Patterns are used for special fills but the technique is incredibly useful if you want to create patterns that are going to be used in fashion, wallpaper design and much more. A famous Dutch designer company came here to learn Illustrator, they use Illustrator to design patterns too.

The patterns are then printed on silk, cotton and other fabrics. Each fabric is different and requires special attention. Learn tips and tricks during your course.

Photoshop Course Brushes

Brushes are terrific extras to create extra elements and special edges. They are used to refine elements you cut out and form the heart of designs, they are important.

Creating brushes requires attention and skills. You will learn lots of tips and tricks to help you create brushes that are perfect for the job and that can be used with as many Photoshop tools as possible.

You need prior knowledge to attend this course.

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Thomas Knoll, de grondlegger van Photoshop: een Amerikaan.

Do you know who this is?

This is Thomas Knoll, de developer of Photoshop. He is the man who, with his brother, 'invented' Photoshop back in 1988. In those days it was not an Adobe application, on the contrary. The brothers really had to drag their software all over the place to find an investor and they tried Adobe which was not interested in it at all at first.

Ever since those early days Photoshop became better and better. Learn all you really need  during the Photoshop course that is best for you. Discover all you need to use Photoshop professionally, or even if you use it just for fun.

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That depends on the design

If you create layouts, designs, for publications that require a lot of pages, as is the case with magazines and brochures, you're much better off with InDesign, yes. InDesign is used to layout books too. If you have to combine a lot of images with text and add footers, headers and page numbers for instance InDesign is really the program you should use. In InDesign you will have a wealth of options for typography, too.


Photoshop is terrific to create 1-page designs such as posters. I have to admit Illustrator is even handier for this though. In Illustrator you can so easily adjust colours and elements, it's easy to add illustrations and images and it's much better with text. What's more: Illustrator has more options for text. But still, Illustrator is less handy to create multi page layouts, just like Photoshop.

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Photoshop & Illustrator

You will most often combine Photoshop with Illustrator. Creating sharp vector illustrations can not really be done in Photoshop since it is too time consuming and limited.

In Illustrator, you can quickly create ayouts for flyers, posters and other designs. What's more: in Illustrator your designs are perfectly scalable without quality loss.

The combination of Illustrator and Photoshop is fantastic: Photoshop allows you to make your designs softer, Illustrator allows you to create stunning mood boards with special elements in them. Combine these two for the most fantastic results.

Learn Illustrator.

TIP It is usually a clever move to know both Illustrator and Photoshop. Once you know both, you won't want to go back.

Photoshop & Indesign

You place images in InDesign: photographic material. These images can not be edited in InDesign though, so Photoshop and InDesign are almost always combined. In InDesign, you create the perfect layouts for magazines, brochures and books. The images you use can be edited and prepared in Photoshop to have all the control you need.

As a graphic designer with only InDesign skills you will soon find yourself wanting some Photoshop knowledge, if only to scale images properly and create good cut-outs. Or even to isolate elements. Combine Photoshop with InDesign for the best results.

TIP Learn InDesign to combine your images and other artwork in beautiful layouts.

Learn InDesign!

Photoshop & webdesign

Websites, icons and buttons are very often created in Illustrator, see the buttons above.

But still: without Photoshop webdesign will become a bit more tricky. You will need Photoshop to crop images, to create collages or even to retouch images from your clients. Most webdesigners can't perform properly without Photoshop.

More about webdesign.

Photoshop & Animate

You will most definitely need Photoshop during your Flash course. You can use Photoshop to create backgrounds and even images that you can animate in Flash.

You can use Photoshop to save them in the best possible format, too. This will make the animations easier to load, even though of course Flash also has features to keep the size down, doing the necessary pre work in Photoshop will save you time and will make your graphics easier to implement.

Animate course