What is the course about?
The broad aim of this course is to develop and build on your Photoshop skills gained through previous practical experience and / or an introductory course. Each week, a specialist topic is looked at in detail and you are then encouraged to use this, developing your own work with professional advice during the class. The course is taught using Photoshop CS6.
What will we cover?
This course aims to develop and expand your understanding and use of the range of tools and techniques available with Photoshop. Every week we will work through a tutorial prepared by the tutor to examine some of the more technical aspects of the package. With such a variety of creative approaches offered by Photoshop, some attention will also be given to developing strategies for working on specific types or project and problem solving.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- To develop and expand a basic understanding of digital imaging in respect to tonal and colour adjustments
- Enable a more creative approach to working in the digital environment
- Utilise masks (quick mask, adjustment layers, layer masks) to allow higher degrees of adjustment and control
- Use filters and masks to adjust and control aspects of the image
- Use the grid and guides for accuracy
- Create and apply custom patterns and brushes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is best suited for those with some basic knowledge and hands-on experience of Photoshop and digital imaging. After completing the course you will have reached the proficiency necessary to acquire, manipulate and output images to precise specifications and to be able to work comfortably with the important issues of colour, resolution and file size.
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?
By demonstration, projects, group discussion and on one-to-one basis, practical exercises and short lectures.
Use of Adobe Photoshop outside the class will be beneficial which can be downloaded from Adobe.com for a 30 day trial for free and then for less than £10 per month. Https://creative.adobe.com/plans.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Nothing is required before the course starts. A short bibliography will be provided during the course.
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 www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Revise and develop your skills further with VG511 City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive. 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