What is the course about?
This course is the ideal introduction to image manipulation using Photoshop. Essential skills will be introduced and practiced, working towards a greater understanding of the main features of the program.
What previous students liked about the course: .
“Knowledgeable teacher, fluent in making beginners feel comfortable. Good group, working spirit well led by an experienced teacher.”
“Excellent: pace of learning; opportunity to practice techniques, and learnt more than expected.”
“Facilities; enthusiastic tutor - was really excellent at explaining, encouraging and making content interesting and fun to follow; content and pace.”
“Really good overview of the basics and some practice using it.”
What will we cover?
- Introduction to the Photoshop environment, tools and Image editing.
- Making colour and tonal adjustments.
- Working with and manipulating layers.
- Saving images and file formats.
- Defining, refining and editing selections.
- Applying special effects to digital images.
- Constructing multi-layered images.
- Working with adjustment layers.
- Retouching and repairing photographs.
- Importing images onto the computer.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Manipulate and edit images using a variety of Photoshop features.
- Select and isolate specific areas of an image.
- Apply colour adjustments to images.
- Combine several images together to produce a photomontage.
- Apply special effects using filters and styles.
What students have achieved on their course:.
“Much more confident using Photoshop.” LW
“Experience of most important tools. Practical tips for future use.” IP
“Full introduction to the amazing world of Photoshop – just what I expected.” DB
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 for word processing.
If you are new to using Apple computers you might find our course useful: ‘An introduction to Apple Mac computers’ that runs 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.
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?
No. Notes are provided and advice will be given on buying books and using the Internet as a resource.
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. 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?
There are a number of other Photoshop courses that are more specifically orientated to Photography or Fine Art as well as more advanced Photoshop courses.
You may also be interested in developing your digital image skills in courses such as InDesign or Illustrator at Build. See the CityLit course guide or browse the website for further details.
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