What is the course about?
In this course, you will learn to use the essential tools in Photoshop using up-to-date software in one of our well-equipped and fully accessible studios at our Covent Garden site.
Through creative demonstrations and practical exercises, the course builds on basic skills to quickly evolve to more advanced techniques. Students will learn how to use and integrate a range of tools effectively to adjust and retouch photographs, create collages and colour illustrations to a high standard.
This course will enable students to use their learned skills in photography, web and print, whether you are working as a company employee, freelance or wish to produce your own personal projects.
What will we cover?
- Introduction to the Photoshop environment, tools and Image editing.
- Image resolution
- Defining, refining and editing selections.
- Working with and manipulating layers.
- Making colour and tonal adjustments.
- Applying filters to digital images.
- Retouching and repairing photographs.
- Using colours
- Designing and working with Type
- Saving images and file formats.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use Photoshop with confidence
- Interpret resolution for print and web
- Import, adjust and retouch photographs
- Construct multi-layered images
- Colour your drawings digitally
- Save your images in the right format for either print or web.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge of Photoshop is required, but you should know how to use a computer and move files around the system proficiently.
If you are new to using Apple computers you might find our course useful ‘An introduction to Apple Mac computers’ that run each term.
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?
The course structure consists of supervised practical activities, discussions and step by step demonstrations. One-to-one guidance and support will be given throughout. Notes will be provided.
You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual. Notes will be provided.
Please note the Build uses Apple Mac computers in Animation, Cartooning, Digital arts, Film, Graphics, Illustration, Photography and Web design.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
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). Notes are provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Develop your skills further with VG334 Photoshop: stage 2. Build 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 Build 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