Fine art digital printing using Photoshop

Course Dates: 02/11/19 - 09/11/19
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: PS - Photography Studio
Dominic Harris

Want to give your portfolio or exhibition prints the professional edge? This hands-on course will guide you in printing top-quality inkjet and giclee prints as used by the top fine art photographers. Get to grips with Photoshop and top-of-the-range Epson photo printers, experiment with different paper types and inks, and learn the tricks of colour management and printer software.


What is the course about?

This course is a mix of practical printing and taught sessions, giving you a comprehensive grounding in producing portfolio and exhibition inkjet and giclee prints up to A2 size, to a highly professional standard. You will learn about colour correction, basic colour management, different premium paper types and inks, and how to get the most out of Photoshop and printer software. Over all 5 sessions you will be given fantastic opportunities to experiment with printing your work on our top-of-the-range Epson Photo inkjet printers.
Please bring a selection of your own images to your first class – either on memory stick or portable hard disc.These should be saved as unresized, high quality JPEGS or TIFFS.

What previous students loved about the course:
“It was very well run and the instructor was very knowledgeable.”
“Lots of tips for improving my work that are very hard to find out except from someone who actually uses the tools themselves.”
“Quality of teaching. Camaraderie encouraged – and participants helping and supporting each other.”
“The course was well structured. Top marks for it. I always know I’ll learn more than I was expecting at City Lit. The tutor was amazing! Thank you for an excellent course!”
“’Hands-on’ experience of printing with back-up notes to reinforce learning.”
“Right mix of practical and theory.”
“I liked the range of skills being developed within the main goals of the course. The atmosphere was excellent and enjoyable.”


What will we cover?

- Using Photoshop and non-destructive image techniques to achieve high-quality prints
- Colour-managing your workflow
- Test prints
- Black and white toned images
- Hands-on, practical experience of printing your work on different kinds of inkjet paper
- How to load and use profiles for specialist paper.
- Producing a set of prints on a selection of premium papers.

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

- use Photoshop and basic image adjustment to achieve high-quality prints
- print your work on different kinds of inkjet paper using an inkjet printer
- change the settings on the printer software to match your paper, and upload profiles for specialist paper types
- take away a portfolio of inkjet prints on a selection of premium papers.

What other students have achieved on the course:
“Improved confidence in achieving quality prints. Useful experience using high-quality inks and papers. Useful tips in Photoshop.”
“Greater awareness of colour ‘nuances’ and how to control them. Better understanding of printer functions.”
“I have learnt and practised a whole new set of skills relating to making /preparing for a final print.”
“A greater confidence/understanding of how to configure the printer for optimum results. A realisation that I need to develop a critical eye for image preparation.”
“A greater understanding of colour and detail. Seeing things I never noticed before. The power of paper to enhance an image.”


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

The course is designed for those who already have an understanding of the basics of digital printing and who want to improve the quality of their prints. A basic knowledge of Photoshop is also required.

You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A mix of practical printing and taught sessions in a dedicated studio environment using Apple Mac computers, Epson printers and high-quality inkjet paper.

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

Please bring a selection of your own images to your first class – either on memory stick or portable hard disc.These should be saved as unresized, high quality JPEGS or TIFFS.
Please note PC-formatted media can be read by Apple Macs but not written to.
We provide a limited amount of premium Epson and Hahnemuhle paper . If you want to print on other papers you will need to purchase these yourself.
Try Silverprint for a good selection of inkjet papers, or Cass Art where City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything*. 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?

The City lit has over seventy different practical and theoretical photography courses.You can search on the web site or request a printed prospectus from the City Lit home page.

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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Really interesting, and helps you realise the importance of colour and fine detail in printing a quality photograph.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/07/2019)
Excellent course. Really worth doing. Very professional and precise on a complex subject
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/07/2019)
Very pleased with this course as it has helped me with the more advanced features of photoshop and also with a better understanding of different paper types.
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Review by adrian / (Posted on 30/06/2015)
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Course Code: VY679

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Sat, day, 02 Nov - 09 Nov '19

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £139.00
Senior fee: £139.00
Concession: £85.00

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