Preparing digital images for printmaking

Course Dates: 10/05/21 - 24/05/21
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 is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £60.00

Course Code: VS124

Mon, eve, 10 May - 24 May '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 not 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

Rolina Elsje Blok Tutor Website

Rolina E. Blok is an artist of Dutch/Romanian origin based in London. She is a multidisciplinary artist with a speciality in Contemporary Approaches to Printmaking. Blok’s practice expands into the digital realm as well as printmaking, sculpture, performance art and curating. Blok is part of the Visual Arts team at City Lit and is currently a Screenprint Fellow at the Royal Academy. I think that working with the other tutors we can inspire and help the students advance in their practice and explore the creative potential within combined digital and print media. I am an advocate for experimentation and would like to instigate conversations surrounding the relationship between the physical realm and the digital world. The method is the vessel for the message to be portrayed. From pixel to halftone and back again.. @rolinablok #rolinablok

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.