Photoshop for illustration: intensive

Course Dates: 22/07/20 - 24/07/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Alice Stevenson

Learn how to use Photoshop to create and enhance effective multi-layered illustrations. Gain an overview of the functions of Photoshop and create illustrations using scanned artwork and photographs.


What is the course about?

You will be introduced to Photoshop and gain an overview of its different functions. You will use Photoshop to create a digital collage illustration from digital files of scanned artwork and photographs. You will learn how to scan a drawing or painting and clean it up or correct it using Photoshop. You will learn about different image modes and how to save files in different formats.

What previous students liked about the course:

“Enjoyed learning new techniques which will be useful in the next class I plan to do.”
“I have got on the first step of something that was much more difficult than I imagined.”


What will we cover?

- Navigation of Adobe Photoshop and an introduction to its main functions.
- An overview of different formats for saving files and different colour modes.
- Scanning and cleaning up a drawing, painting or photograph.
- Using Layers to create multi layered images
- Using Photoshop to create a colour illustration created from scanned line drawings or paintings.

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

- Navigate Adobe Photoshop and have an overview of its main functions
- Save files in various formats
- Scan and clean up a drawing or painting using the tools in Photoshop
- Create selections in Photoshop
- Use layers in Photoshop to create a multi layered collage illustration.

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

This is a beginners’ course. Some experience in drawing and using a computer would be useful.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for 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, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Animation, Cartooning, Digital arts, Film, Graphics, Illustration, Photography and Web design.

You will need to bring in drawings or paintings to work with as well as photographs in digital formats to work with.

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

Our 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.

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?

City Lit offer a range of courses in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign to enhance your Design practice.

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

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VK480

Wed-Fri, eve, 22 Jul - 24 Jul '20

Duration: 3 sessions

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

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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