Adobe Photoshop CC

All courses are delivered by an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI).

Course materials will be sent to attendees 2 days prior to the course. 

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Photoshop Intro - 2 days

£265

 

Making selections:

Images are made up of pixels, so to fix just part of an image means grabbing hold of (or ‘selecting’) the pixels you want to adjust.

 

Once we’ve looked at what part of the screen does what, and how to save a custom ‘workspace’, we’ll look at the different tools and methods used to make selections. Then we’ll look at a variety of adjustments that can be used to improve images and fix various common types of damage.

 

Grey adjustment:

Levels and Curves are used to fix the range of information within an image and contrast levels, so (for example) a faded image is readjusted so that the pixels cover the full range from white to black.

 

Colour adjustment:

If one of the colour channels is skewed, the image may look too red, or too blue. We can pull the image back towards its original settings.

 

Clone Stamp and Healing Brush:

Great tools for fixing all kinds of damage, from spilled coffee to torn images. They’re also used for retouching images, to get rid of unwanted blemishes.

 

Red Eyes and Red Faces:

Both of these represent problems which may, until fixed, mean an image just can’t be used at all. So we’ll fix them!

 

Converting to greyscale:

Rather than just turning the entire image into greyscale, in Photoshop you can specifically control how each colour converts into grey before you make the transformation.

 

Fixing crooked images:

This ranges from easy to difficult, depending on the problem.

 

Cropping images:

Here we’ll use both the basic cropping tool, and perspective’ cropping.

 

Having covered how to fix common problems, the course now moves on to using Photoshop more creatively:

 

Layers:

Layers are hugely useful in Photoshop and can be used to build up an image by collecting together objects from other sources.

 

Masks:

Masks are actually quite easy. We’ll look at both ‘Layer’ and ‘Quick’ masks, used to create degrees of opacity on an image, or to apply an effect as a gradient.

 

Adjustment layers:

Adjustment layers take ‘layers’ to the next step, and can be used to fix all kinds of problems. Even though the end result is strictly ‘day 1’ material in that it involves repairing an image, as it requires both an understanding of both ‘layers’ and ‘masks’ we’ll cover it on day 2.

 

Transforming images:

From straightening images to resizing imported objects, and more.

 

Photomerge:

When you can’t get all the area you want into your camera’s viewfinder, this amazing set of tools allows you to create a seamless panoramic image from a series of separate images.

 

Effects:

Photoshop includes many different special effects! Be careful – you could spend your life here...

 

Select and Mask:

Lifting an object out of a background can be very, very difficult, but the ‘Select and Mask’ window makes it much easier.

 

Liquify:

While this is often used to distort pictures of family members, it's actually useful as a professional tool! And it's great fun.

Photoshop Advanced - 2 days

£265

 

Adding Sky:

If an image is let down by a lacklustre sky it’s usually easy to replace. You can even create clouds.

 

Content-Aware tools:

Adobe began adding these way back in the days of Photoshop CS4 with ‘Content Aware Scale’.  and Adobe have continued to add more amazing tools with each subsequent release.

 

Puppet Warp:

Another incredible tool.

 

Mixer brush:

This tool will bring out the frustrated artist in you. It can be used to turn any image into a painting.

 

Blur tools:

A quick look at the blur gallery tools. Blur tools were good - now they’re great.

 

Sharpening:

Photoshop can’t actually sharpen images - so instead it cheats – but really really well.. Here’s how.

 

Layer Comps:

Now you can save all the layers you need for several different versions of a design in a single image, and demonstrate all of them without making silly mistakes.

 

The Pen Tool:

Almost everyone hates the Pen tool. But, if you take the time to get used to it, it’s just amazing. And the shortcuts work in InDesign and Illustrator, too.

 

Vanishing Point:

This clever effect can either be used to fix damage in an area ruled by perspective, or to wrap an image onto a box.

 

Actions:

These are ‘macros’ which hold on to a series of operations as a single, playable event. You can also plan an action on a whole folder full of images, and save the results to a different location.

 

Custom Brushes:

Need some clouds? Flashes of lightening? Whatever you need, there are probably free brushes available online.

 

3D Pool Ball:

This operation uses the 3D workspace to create a ‘skin’ which is applied to a 3D sphere.

 

RAW files:

Most digital cameras can shoot RAW as well as jpg images. They are much bigger, and for a very good reason - as you’ll see.

 

Retouching:

Possibly the most lucrative and challenging work around, retouching is extensively used in advertising, fashion and many other areas of graphic design. We’ll try out several different methods.

 

Calculations:

The Select and Mask window is a means of lifting tricky subjects – usually heiryout of an image. Calculations is another way of doing this, by relying on adjusting the colour channels and then offsetting them against one another.

 

It's been around for years and it's absolutely amazing – but very few Photoshop users have even heard of it.

 

Additional material:

We also cover Colour Management Systems, an area into which few graphic designers dare to tread. It's a bit of a minefield, so it's helpful to have a guide.

 

Depending on demand, the following subjects can also be covered: colour theory, image calibration, creating HDR Images, cropping with 'rule of thirds'.