Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VG517
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this course, you will learn to use the fundamental tools and techniques in Photoshop. Through creative demonstrations and practical exercises, the course builds on basic skills to quickly evolve to more advanced techniques. Students will learn how to effectively use and integrate a range of tools to adjust and retouch photographs, create collages and colour illustrations, in keeping with current best practice.
Students will have the opportunity to use a creative pen tablet to make accurate selections and colour illustrations digitally.
This course will enable students to use their learned skills in photography or illustration and to output in web and print, whether you are working as a company employee, freelancer or wish to produce your own personal projects.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Introduction to the Photoshop environment, tools and Image editing.
- Adjusting Image size and resolution
- Defining, refining and editing selections
- Working with and manipulating layers
- Main colour and tonal adjustments
- Using layer and adjustment masks for non-destructive workflows
- Healing tools for image retouching
- Blending modes
- Use colours and experiment with brushes.
- Saving images and file formats.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use Photoshop with confidence
- Interpret and adjust resolution for print and web
- Import, enhance and retouch photographs
- Construct multi-layered images and use layer masks
- Blend two or more images
- Colour your drawings digitally with a pen tablet
- Save your images in the right format for either print or web.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge of Photoshop is required. However, students should be confident and competent computer users on a Mac or Windows PC and be proficient with a mouse and keyboard in either a creative software, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or equivalent and should be able to download, upload, save, open and retrieve files. Some awareness of design for print or any other art/design practice would be useful.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, and by completing practical exercises on Computer. Computers are provided for each student with all the necessary software installed. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. Notes will be provided.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No costs. Should you wish to practice outside class time, you will need to have access to your own licensed Adobe® Creative Cloud software.
Pen and notepad for note taking. You may also find that having a couple of sheets of A4 paper and a ruler to hand would also be useful. Handouts for this course will be provided electronically and are best viewed in Adobe Acrobat Reader (or, if you have full Creative Cloud, Acrobat DC) so may want to have Acrobat on your computer.
As a City Lit student, you may be entitled to student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Please visit the Adobe website Creative Cloud for education webpage for full details.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please click here to view our courses in the Adobe Creative Cloud.
Andrea is a skilled and qualified educator, currently teaching various areas of Design and Marketing, emphasizing real world practice and the latest trends. She studied graphic design at the Royal College of Art and Education at Westminster University. She has over 14 years’ commercial experience working as an art director for high profile advertising agencies on local, pan European and global accounts in Sao Paulo, Rio, London and Amsterdam. She has also freelanced for small agencies and in-house marketing and design studios in London. She now splits her time between teaching, her own practice and her young family.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.