Digital surface design for ceramics

Course Dates: 05/05/20 - 26/05/20
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Learn how to transform simple ceramicwares with the use of photo transfers and Adobe Photoshop. Using scanned images, photos or artwork, edit your design before applying images onto plates, cups etc. Work will be kiln fired and we will cover the design process from start to finish.


What is the course about?

This is an intensive and hands-on course for those who want to learn to use Photoshop in order to prepare artwork
for digital ceramic transfers. We will cover a range of processes including scanning, importing existing artwork and
using digital photographs as source material. You will also be introduced to some of the possibilities of creating
artwork within Photoshop. You will design your own transfers which will then be sent to a digital ceramic company for printing. Once the transfer sheets have been printed you will learn how to apply them to white ware (plates and cups) before being fired in the kiln.

You will be taught on Apple Mac using Photoshop. Photoshop is part of the Adobe Creative Suite of applications
and is the leading image editing program used to enhance, clean up retouch, repair and manipulate images.

What will we cover?

- Scanning images
- Introduction to Photoshop including the following:
- setting the workspace, terms, concepts and basic preferences
- Image size, pixel dimensions, resolution, resizing and resampling
- Using the selection tools to isolate or cut out part of an image
- Applying basic colour and tonal adjustments to images
- Using brushes and pens
- Cleaning up images
- Basic repairing and retouching techniques
- Preparing and saving images for transfer printing
- Applying transfers to ceramic ware
- The firing process and some of the pitfalls involved
- Production costs and pricing for commercial or private sales.

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

- Import a scanned image or digital photo
- Crop and straighten an image
- Calculate required size of ceramic transfer
- Resize an image
- Apply an adjustment to correct the tone or colour of an image
- Isolate part of an image
- Retouch part of an image to repair or enhance it
- Save and optimise images
- Send artwork to a bureau for printing
- Apply transfers to ceramic ware for kiln firing, exploring creative ways of application.

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

This is an introductory course in creating and applying ceramic transfers. Previous experience in producing or
working with ceramics is not essential.

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.

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

A small selection of ceramic wares (2 x plates, 1 x cup) is provided and included in the course fee. You are
welcome to bring in your own ceramic ware or purchase additional pieces if you wish. The cost of the bureau printing
is approximately £13 per A3 sheet plus postage. This is payable by you directly to the bureau. One sheet will be
sufficient. The latest professional equipment and software are available for your use throughout the course. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple Mac computers, but not written to.) CDs/DVDs are available.

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

You can further develop your skills and interest in design through a range of courses at the City Lit in Ceramics, Graphics, Photoshop, and Illustration.
You can find the outlines of courses available by entering the subject you’re interested in in the search box of the
City Lit website at


Book your place

Course Code: VW260

Tue, day, 05 May - 26 May '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £91.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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