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Photoshop ACA – Zero to HERO



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Zero to Photoshop Hero in just 5 days and become an Adobe Certified Associate(ACA)

Get recognised for the new skills you’ve just gained: Get Certified!

This Photoshop course provides you with the concepts and skills to use Adobe Photoshop effectively. You get hands-on practice working with basic through advanced techniques to get the most out of your experience. You will learn layer basics, photo retouching and image editing. Whether you are a designer, illustrator, photographer, video artist, webmaster or just a beginner, Photoshop offers you many opportunities to make your images look great.

Whatever your career path, proven Adobe software expertise will keep you ahead of the curve and help you develop a solid competitive advantage in today’s complex marketplace. Adobe certifications are a reliable validation of your skills and knowledge, and can lead to accelerated professional development, improved productivity, and enhanced credibility in your field.

You will be prepared for and take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam at the end of this course.


Who is this course for?

This class is for all levels of Photoshop Delegates. From complete novices to seasoned Delegates who may wish to take this class in to rid themselves of bad Photoshop habits. Target customers are Advertising Agencies, Marketing Agencies, Production Houses, or departments that work in such disciplines within larger organisations.


Assumed Knowledge

Before taking this Photoshop course, you should have a basic understanding of your computers operating system. For example, you should know how to launch an application, create and save files, and copy files from CD and other media.


What you will learn

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Remove red eyes, blemishes, scratches etc. using retouch technique
  • Improve image colours and adjust contrast and brightness settings
  • Create simple compositions by blending images together
  • Add text and modify type settings in your designs
  • Output artwork for web, print or video
  • Use advanced retouching and manipulation techniques
  • Improve the tonality and contrast of an image using curves and levels
  • Work with masks and blending effects to create sophisticated compositions
  • Use colour profiles to create a consistent and reliable colour workflow
  • Prepare artwork for print, web and video
  • Take the Adobe Certified Associate Exam and gain ACA status

Work Faster, Earn More
Reduce your production time by improving all your workflow processes, best practices and shortcuts.

Gain a Competitive Edge

Boost your career by improving your skills and getting Accreditation.

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From industry experienced professionals.

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18 month class retake included.

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 Class Retake

If you have any gaps in your knowledge or want to refresh your skills, you are more than welcome to come back and retake the live online class free of charge up to 18 months after you have taken the class.


If you don’t absolutely LOVE your class, we’ll give you a full refund! Let us know on the FIRST day of your training if something isn’t quite right and give us a chance to fix it or give you your money back.

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Equipped with years of industry experience our instructors will assure a successful leap in your knowledge, improvement and preparation.

“The investment in knowledge pays the best interests.”
~ Benjamin Franklin


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11:15 – 13:00

 13:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 16:30

How You Want To Learn






Where You Want To Learn

London HQ

12-13 Clerkenwell Green


Universal Square
Devonshire Street
M12 6JH


111 Union St
G1 3TA



Digital Imaging Foundation

  • Image quality and resolution
  • Bitmap and vector graphics
  • Image and canvas size
  • Colour spaces and bit depth
  • Design principles
  • Files formats and media


  • Create a new document
  • Controlling the workspace
  • Screen layout and window arrangements
  • Navigation and zoom shortcuts
  • Undo, redo and history
  • Guides, grid and ruler


  • Create, delete and edit layers
  • Name, hide, arrange layers
  • Merge and group layers
  • Change opacity and blending modes
  • Cropping Images
  • Transform, Scale and Distort Layers


  • Creating selections using the selection tools
  • Improve and refine selections
  • Transform, scale and distort selections
  • Saving and loading selections
  • Create layer masks and clipping masks

Image Retouching

  • Use the healing brushes, Patch and content-aware tools
  • Use the Red Eye tool
  • Use the Clone Stamp tools
  • Use the Blur, Sharpen and Smudge tools
  • Use the Dodge, Burn and Sponge tools
  • Content-Aware Tools

Colours and Gradients

  • Work with the Color Picker
  • Use the Eyedropper tools
  • Save and share colours and swatches
  • Create and control gradients
  • Correct and retouch images

Painting and working with Brushes

  • Use the brush tools
  • Creating brushes
  • Loading external brushes

Colour Correction and Adjustment

  • Use Adjustment layers
  • Levels and curves
  • Hue and saturation
  • Shadow and highlights


  • Create text using  the Type tool
  • Discover character properties
  • Discover paragraph properties
  • Working with styles and adding styles to text


  • Output graphics for web, print and video
  • Compress image size

Retouch & Correct

  • Change models using liquify
  • Adding lighting effects
  • Replace colour and colour range
  • Perspective adjustments
  • Black and white conversion
  • Understanding LAB Colors
  • Photo Filters


  • Explore Photo filters
  • Add and combine Filters
  • Smart Filters

Advanced Composition

  • Masking techniques
  • Save and reuse graphic styles
  • Define and use layer comps

Selections and Masks

  • Select tricky objects in an image like hair
  • Hide and show masks full screen
  • Work with alpha channels

Advanced Working with Layers

  • Auto blend and align layers
  • Use Smart objects for non-destructive edits
  • Layer blending modes for advanced compositions


  • Use the Pen tool to create and modify shapes
  • Create selections and mask with the Pen Tool
  • Draw shapes from the shapes library
  • Combine and merge vector shapes


  • Advanced Typography options
  • Create Paragraph and Character styles

Colour management

  • ICC profiles explained
  • Assigning colour profiles
  • Proof setup options


  • Creating animated GIF images for web
  • Slicing images and exporting for use on the web
  • Prepare graphics for print
  • Add keywords to images

ACA Prep

  • Overview the exam objectives
  • Understanding copyrights and intellectual properties
  • Design principles, elements, and image composition
  • Design project requirements and deliverable
  • Mock exam

Public Scheduled Classes

Come into one of our centrally located training facilities. Small class sizes, industry experienced instructors, and many classes lead towards certification.

Virtual Student

Attend a real-time class without leaving home.

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Private Training

We can organise training for you. We can do it for only one person or a group. Give us a call an we can make arrangements for your course.

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If you can’t come to us we can come to you. Give us a call and we can make arrangements for your course.

Spreading the cost of your training

You know that in the long term it pays to be skilled up in the latest software. But you’ll also know that, in the short term, investing in yourself can feel painful on your pocket. So we’ve got a solution that will help you learn the skills you need, at a monthly price that you can afford.

Introducing Academy Class Payments.

Because we’re committed to your success, we’re offering you the opportunity to pay for your training monthly, rather than the whole cost upfront. We want to remove every barrier we can to your success, and if having the flexibility to spread the cost of your training helps you, as it helps thousands of others, then let’s do it.



Save With Academy Class Vouchers

Academy Class Vouchers are a flexible, cost-effective solution for training multiple individuals within a team or across an organisation and allow any member within your organisation to book a training course anytime over a 12 month period.

Multiple users can make dramatic savings, booking 10 to 30 day training blocks from the Academy Class schedule. It’s up to you how many Academy Class Vouchers you purchase.

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12 reviews for Photoshop ACA – Zero to HERO

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I took the Zero- Hero Photoshop Course… im now a hero!! I knew quite a bit of PS but was getting into bad habits and mainly self taught, so this course was perfect, it went over everything in detail and showed you alot of techniques to save time, my workflow is quicker, more efficient and much better! I am a photographer and a visualiser, so for me i learnt tools on airbrushing, colour correction aswell as perspective tools and how to add in shapes and text etc. But theres so much you can do in PS, and this course tells you the simply tools with advanced tools aswell really helpful, and some tools i stayed away from the fear of they looked hard….. wasnt at all! Def want to do another course! There was time to take notes, ask questions, do practices, use tools 5***** 🙂

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I did the Photoshop 101, 201 and then passed the exam at the end of the course in Manchester. I learnt loads of stuff and now know how to use Photoshop properly. Tutor was excellent and knowledgeable and open to answer any and all questions asked of him. Initial contact with Academy Class was also most helpful and informative. An all round great week. Thanks people.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have attended Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator courses at the Manchester branch of Academy class, and rate both the lessons and the staff as the best I’ve ever experienced. They are friendly, helpful, very experienced and the class rooms are very comfortable, clean and tidy. I would definitely recommend Academy Class to my friends and colleagues as you will definitely recieve a top quality session, you get to take away a really useful Adobe book relevant to your course, and you can go away safe in the knowledge that if you do need a quick reminder on how to do something you can contact your tutor to ask.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Currently in the process of completing Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign Certification Jumpstart courses at Academy Class. When booking the courses a representative from Academy Class explained clearly all of my options and tailored a package to best suit my needs. The trainers are clear, concise and have an excellent knowledge of software they are teaching which enables them to deliver a quality package. Courses are available for beginners and tutors are supportive with helping you achieve your goals. Equipment and facilities are first class. I would recommend Academy Class courses.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    I took both the Photoshop 101 Yellow Belt class and the 201 Green Belt course and was incredibly happy with both. All of the people at Academy Class were incredibly helpful and went out of their way for you to get the most out of the course. I was a complete beginner when I took the course and my tutor Mark Gatter was excellent. He had unlimited patience with beginners but would also never say no to a challenge and balanced the different class abilities very well. There was also a lot of learning support for you to take away after the class had finished. You were allowed to take all the material you had worked with, got given the best text book and very good notes from the tutor. All in all I enjoyed my week immensely and hope to come back soon to do the advanced course.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    I took the Zero to Hero PS and it was so helpful and a really good course to do if you have basic/medium PS skills. as it goes through the simply tools along with advanced techniques! I learnt so many different ways of doing things which was taking me ages! I learnt from airbrushing, to colour correcting to also outputting for web etc so really useful! really good and you get a PS book.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great course with knowledgable tutor. Answered any and all questions asked of him. I learnt loads of stuff I did not know and can now use Photoshop properly. A+ Passed exam at end of course.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    I would strongly recommend using Academy Class for your training needs. The team before, on the day and post training have been very very accommodating and could not have been nicer. The actual trainer, Tony, was fantastic and he made me feel like you can ask any questions and not feel silly! I feel that I can now comfortably use Photoshop and use the software to fulfil my job role.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just completed the Photoshop CS6 and received my Adobe Associate Certification! I am thrilled . Ian was a great instructor, excellent knowledge and also tailored some of our requests into the classroom.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Having little or no experience with photoshop, I left the 5-day intense course feeling very confident. Lecturers & staff all where all very friendly and approachable. I’ve taken a few course few other providers, this is actually my favourite. Already booked onto another course.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    I completed the Photoshop Yellow and Green belt (with ACA) course last week. The tutors were very knowledgeable and experienced and were very patient with some of the learners who struggled in our group. I did the five day course and went from a basic beginner to a Photoshop master. Would definitely recommend the course. Teas and coffees were provided as well as lunch vouchers.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very useful and relevant to my job role.

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