City Lit Pro: Adobe Photoshop intensive
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VG185
Available start dates
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course provides a solid foundation in Photoshop, covering the main features and developing best practice in a professional context. You will learn to input, create, manipulate and enhance images and photographs for use in print and on the Web.
Should you wish to practice homework you will need to have access to your own Adobe® Creative Cloud licence for Photoshop, which is what will be used to teach this course.
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?
• Photoshop workspace and preferences
• Cropping and straightening images
• Selecting and isolating areas of an image effectively
• Refining selections and masking
• Compose images using Layers
• Scaling, rotating and transforming areas of an image
• Applying tonal and colour adjustments
• Colouring in Photoshop
• Adding and modifying text
• Simple type techniques
• Retouching techniques
• Using smart filters and effects
• File formats
• Saving, and exporting image.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Improve image colours and tonal adjustments
• Create compositions by blending images together
• Add text and modify type settings in your designs
• Remove red eyes, blemishes, scratches and moving and erasing objects using retouching techniques
• Transforming images or selected areas of an image with powerful filters
• Blurring and sharpening areas of an Image
• Output artwork for print and web.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge of Photoshop. 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 short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
To participate on this course you will need access to the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud. As a City Lit student, you may be entitled to student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Please visit the Adobe website for full details.
You will need to create an Adobe account using your City Lit email address which includes your student number. (This is in the format firstname.lastname@example.org). You can access your City Lit email through your supplied Office 365 account.
Please check the suitability of your computer system here: Adobe system requirements Adobe Creative Cloud for Students - system requirements
*Please note that your Adobe account is not accessible to City Lit and no technical support can be provided. At renewal, you will need to create another Adobe account using your personal email.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please click here to view our flowchart which outlines all courses in the Adobe area and their progression courses.
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.