Adobe Photoshop for photographers: stage 2

Course Dates: 01/12/19 - 22/12/19
Time: 10:00 - 13:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Fluent in Photoshop but want to advance your skills further? Explore some of Photoshop's more sophisticated techniques, essential for professional and aspiring photographers. Speed up your workflow, increase your ability to edit and enhance images and experiment with more complex techniques, for confident, impressive results.


What is the course about?

This course will take you beyond the intermediate level and get you using some of the more advanced techniques in Photoshop with confidence. It encourages experimentation with lectures and practical exercises, and is taught using Photoshop CC - (Creative Cloud). It is ideal if you already have good experience in Photoshop but want to make use of the more sophisticated elements, and is specially tailored to photographers wishing to improve their professional practice.

What will we cover?

You will find out about the following tools and techniques, and learn how to use them to create the effects you want:
- Paths and Alpha Channels
- Alpha Channel-based selections
- Path-based selections
- Clipping and stroking paths
- Adjustment layers and blending modes
- Layer and vector masks
- Vanishing point
- Advanced text options
- Smart objects
- Photoshop preferences
- Layer styles, layer groups and layer comps
- Actions, batch actions and droplets
- Colour management and soft proofing
- Adobe Bridge.

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

- make vector (paths)-based selections and place text on paths.
- make alpha channel-based selections
- produce alterations using adjustment layers, blending modes and vanishing point.
- use layer masks, clipping masks, and layer styles
- use vector masks, clipping paths and stroke paths
- use smart objects and layer comps
- automate alterations using batch actions
- edit, rate, add metadata and call Photoshop Tools from within Bridge
- output using a colour-managed workflow for web and print including soft proofing.

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

You will need a reasonable understanding of Photoshop - at the very least you should have an understanding of Photoshop layers and selections. You might have already been to another Photoshop course at Build (e.g. Adobe Photoshop for photographers: Stage 1). The course will be taught on Apple Mac computers, but the differences (which are few) for Windows users will be explained when appropriate.

You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and 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?

The course structure is flexible. Lectures, practical demonstrations and individual assistance encourage a hands-on approach to solving problems. There is no set work outside the class but you are encouraged to practice the techniques you have learnt.

Use of Adobe Photoshop outside the class will be beneficial which can be downloaded from for a 30 day trial for free and then for less than £10 per month. Https://

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

There are no additional costs. Handouts will be given to accompany some of the lectures and demonstrations. You may like to buy some reference books to compliment your learning on the course.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. 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?

There are a huge range of specialist courses at Build in different practical and theoretical aspects of photography, desktop publishing, Adobe Illustrator, graphic and web design. Browse the prospectus or the website for inspiration.

Tutor Biographies
Michael Harding Tutor Website

Michael Harding was born in Canada, where he studied cinema and photography at Concordia University, Montréal, before moving to the UK. Since then, he has created striking images of architecture, art, people and landscapes for international blue-chip clients for their use in editorial, advertising and corporate applications. Michael’s work has won many industry awards, notably being selected in the Eleventh Association of Photographers Awards and further receiving a Merit Award in the Seventeenth Association of Photographers Awards. His work was selected for a Highly Commended Award in the Deutsche Bauzeitung “Visions in Architecture” European Architectural Photography prize. His work has been exhibited in both the United Kingdom and Canada. Michael has been Chairman, as well as President, of the Association of Photographers (AOP). The AOP is Europe’s most established organisation for professional photographers, working to ensure greater recognition for all professional photographers, as well as working to positively influence legislators in the UK and Europe for the benefit of all photographers.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VG287

Sun, day, 01 Dec - 22 Dec '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £199.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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