Preparing digital images for printmaking

Course Dates: 15/11/21 - 29/11/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
The world of traditional printmaking is increasingly becoming dominated by digital technology. Screenprinting, photo-etching, polymer gravure and relief, and photo litho all require imagery that has been generated using digital image manipulation software. This online workshop in preparing digital images for printmaking will provide an introduction to specialise tools and techniques required using Adobe Photoshop in order to prepare your imagery for these printmaking processes.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00

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Course Code: VS031

Finished Mon, eve, 15 Nov - 29 Nov '21

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Learn how to generate, digitally edit and output your imagery to support you in engaging with the many printmaking processes the require pre-digital manipulation. Learn the essential tools in altering the tonal range of an image for a photoetching or creating separations for screenprinting. This course will provide you with a complete overview and introduction to these techniques using Adobe Photoshop. You will leave this online workshop knowing how to edit, prepare and output imagery ready to be used throughout the printroom.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Importing an image (including selecting appropriate size files, uploading from phone/camera and online resources, scanning imagery)
• Cleaning/editing imagery (including the use of colour modes/crop tools/selecting tools/contrast and levels)
• Resizing imagery/setting the resolution (use of bitmaps including half tone and stochastic dots)
• Outputting the image (understanding the specific requirements of each print process).

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

Import imagery, identify files types and re-size files
Identify and use the tools required in cleaning imagery
Discuss the difference in file tytpes and demonstrate howto create half tone and stochastic dots
Be more confident in using Adobe Photoshop to prepare imagery for a variety of printmaking techniques.

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

This online workshop is for students who wish to learn these specialist techniques associated with printmaking.Students should be able to demonstrate some basic skills in using Adobe Photoshop. Please note that you will need your own personal copy of Adobe Photoshop (Adobe CC).

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

You will be taught through a series of online live demonstrations and workshops. Technical information will be supported with handouts and resources that you can access via Google classroom.
There is no requirement to complete work outside of the class however bringing along ideas and imagery you may want to work from will improve your outcomes.

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

Please ensure you have your own copy of Adobe CC Photoshop downloaded and installed on your computer / laptop before attending the course. This online work shop is not suitable if you are working on an iPad/Tablet.
Please have digital copies of any imagery you wish to use as part of the workshop.

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

We offer a range of printmaking workshops and courses at City lit as well as some new online printmaking workshops. For full details of all our courses available, please visit

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