Design with Photoshop and Illustrator

Course Dates: 19/01/19 - 16/02/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Gita Hahn

Learn and experiment with a range of techniques that integrate vector and raster images and graphics used for illustration, packaging, info graphics and promotional materials.


What is the course about?

Learn to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create designs for print and experiment with a range of techniques that integrate vector and raster images and graphics. Photoshop and Illustrator are used together for illustration, packaging, and info graphics and the course will cover relevant art elements and design principles. The course is taught on Apple Macs but skills learnt can be applied to Windows PCs.

What previous students liked most about this course:
“I liked the way that my tutor had incredibly impressive knowledge of the subject and was always ready to help. The atmosphere was always great. There was also plenty of new info to intake.”

“I feel much more confident in my everyday use of Photoshop and Illustrator. My colleagues at work have commented on the quality of my work.”

“I learnt skills for my job – interesting programs, nice people and Gita was a very good tutor.”

“The group atmosphere was really good and I like that we were using Macs”

“I liked that it was very practical and interactive. It gave a good initial overview of Photoshop and Illustrator functionalities.”

“Gita is a really good teacher. I learnt a lot and it was also fun!”


What will we cover?

- Fundamentals of Photoshop and Illustrator for print
- Design and illustration concepts, composition, colour, texture and pattern.
- Photoshop and Illustrator integration for design and illustration
- Planning simple folded materials such as cards, CD mailers and presentation folders
- Export and output for print
- Export images for web.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Use Photoshop and Illustrator for common tasks
- Identify the main differences between, and the uses for Photoshop and Illustrator
- Create designs and/or images using Photoshop and Illustrator
- Set up and indicate: bleed, crop and fold marks for folded materials
- Export and finished designs for print
- Export images for web.

What students have achieved on this course:
“I feel a lot more confident in creating marketing material for work purposes. I use Illustrator on a daily basis now.” GH

“A much better understanding of Creative Suite Illustrator and Photoshop. Have achieved concentration, discipline, confidence and more technical skills.” MC

“I feel I am able to produce basic designs in both programs and I’m pretty certain that this knowledge will let me learn a lot of the more in-depth stuff on my own.” JN

“Very useful to give better directions to designers and to have ideas.” PBS

“I’m not afraid of using Illustrator anymore, and I now have the tools to practise both programs, Photoshop and Illustrator for my person projects.” CP


What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No previous knowledge of Adobe software or Apple Mac is necessary. However, students should have some knowledge of Mac or Windows systems and be confident using the keyboard and mouse in either a Word processing program or with creative software. Some awareness of design for print or any other art/design practice is also expected.
You may like to take advantage of the Mac for PC users courses City Lit runs each term.

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 with workshops, short lectures, practical exercises, tutorials and handouts and will be supported by the tutor and your peers when developing your course-work. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts, Graphics & Illustration and Photography.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No books are necessary to take this course, but you should have a notepad for your written notes and visual ideas. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive to back up our work – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.) CDs/DVDs are available.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can further develop your skills and interest in Graphic design through graphics, web design, InDesign, and Photoshop and Illustrator courses. You can further develop your skills and interest in Illustration through a range of courses at the City Lit in illustration, animation, cartooning and Life drawing.
You can download a PDF of all the Graphics and Illustration courses on offer at:, search on the web site or request a printed prospectus from the City Lit home page.
There is also a vast range of of practical and theoretical photography courses.
You can download a PDF of all the Photography courses on offer at:

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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The course was fairly well structured and well taught however I felt that what was taught could have been contextualised better. [The tutor] was a great teacher and clearly knew the subject well. My main criticism was that I didn't have enough time to apply what was taught in 'real life' however this is due to my own personal commitments. I also felt there was a lot condensed into the 10 week sessions that maybe was a little too much. The worksheets provided were helpful but not always 100% clear.
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