Photoshop: stage 1

Course Dates: 16/01/20 - 20/02/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Stelios Stylianou

Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Photoshop, and develop some practical skill and knowledge.


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 for a 30 day trial for free and then for less than £10 per month.

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 *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

Develop your skills further with VG282 Photoshop: stage 2 or VK336 Creative collages in Photoshop. 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


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

You will learn in a great supportive environment and take away the confidence and knowledge to thrive if you do a bit of work afterwards to use what you were taught
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Review by Eamonn Malone / (Posted on 11/02/2019)
Great place to study in central London for people of all ages and all walks of life. Excellent selection of courses with good tuition and facilities.
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Review by Michelle / (Posted on 19/10/2018)
A good course, it fulfilled its promise and enabled me to go from a complete novice to being able to use Photoshop at a basic level. The tutor was good but seemed to get a bit frustrated when one or two struggling students interrupted his demonstration with poorly timed or off-topic questions. The three hours per session format was appropriate but the pacing of the lesson was a bit uneven - sometimes leisurely, sometimes rushed. Although he made an effort to periodically check each student's progress, there was little time for the tutor to spend with students on a one to one basis, and very little feedback or next steps advice was provided at the end of the course. The class occasionally started a few minutes late and/or ran over time by about 15 minutes, usually due to guidance notes not having been prepared/organised in advance, or technical issues setting up the room.
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Review by Coco / (Posted on 01/06/2016)
The teacher was great! Lessons were very good and now I feel very confident with Photoshop!
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Review by ELENA / (Posted on 25/02/2016)
The course could be improved by handing out notes at the beginning of each session so that we can take them home & revise them.
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Review by Oldfella / (Posted on 01/07/2015)
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Course Code: VG270

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Thu, day, 16 Jan - 20 Feb '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £239.00
Senior fee: £191.00
Concession: £146.00

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