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Introduction to Photoshop

£449.00 + VAT

About Introduction to Photoshop

Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop effectively to create and edit compelling imagery in this is introductory course as you master the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop. The course concentrates on the subject areas of most interest to absolute beginners and occasional users in a commercial setting.

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26th-27th September
7th-8th November

 


£449.00 + VAT

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  • Introduction to Photoshop

    Course Overview
    Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop effectively to create and edit compelling imagery in this is introductory course as you master the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is deceptively easy to use, achieving professional results requires attention to detail and an understanding of how the software sees the world. Find out how to get the results you want from Photoshop, this comprehensive course covers editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes.
    Learn frequent editing tasks, such as lens correction, cropping and straightening, colour and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. The course concentrates on the subject areas of most interest to absolute beginners and occasional users in a commercial setting.

    Who Should Attend
    The course concentrates on the subject areas of most interest to absolute beginners and occasional users in a commercial setting. Although this course is delivered on a Mac it is also suitable for PC users. Further Learning Once comfortable, graduating to our Advanced class will enhance your knowledge of this application. Or, if there are specific areas that are of interest, why not book a one-on-one bespoke course with our experts? 

    What You'll Learn 
    How Photoshop works, an introduction.
    Setting up Photoshop correctly for professional use right from the start.
    Understanding file formats, resolution, canvas size, and print size, demystifying bit
    depth, the difference between CMYK, RGB.
    Touring the Photoshop workspace.
    The toolbox and menus in Photoshop.
    Painting tools: using colour and brushes. Introducing layers.
    Colour spaces and mixing colour
    Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
    Your first picture. Experiments in using brushes, layers and painting.
    Layers, selection and removing backgrounds. Constructing a picture from parts
    Loading, selecting, and transforming layers
    Selecting and isolating parts of a pictures. Using the right selection tool for the job and making sure you have accurate selections.
    Building a new picture from parts.
    Type
    Exploring character (point) type
    Adding paragraph (area) type
    Warping type
    Layer effects
    Blend Modes
    Adding texture, edge effects, and drop shadows with blend modes
    Basic photo corrections
    Using Undo and the History panel
    Strategy for retouching, choosing the right retouching tool for the job, avoiding
    common mistakes.
    Correcting colour and contrast.
    Retouching with the Liquify, Content-Aware Fill, Healing Brush, and Patch tools.
    Adjusting the colour and tone.
    Using the Spot Healing Brush tool.
    Repairing areas with the Clone Stamp tool.
    Processing files in Camera Raw
    Revealing hidden shadow detail
    Reducing distracting colour noise with Noise Reduction
    Correcting lens distortion
    Fixing old photos
    Removing blemishes with the Healing Brush and Patch tools
    Removing scratches and dirt.
    Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill and Patch
    Filters
    Overview of filters.
    Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
    History brush
    Creating panoramas with Photo merge and Auto-Blend
    Output
    What to do next with the image once it’s ready.
    Printing and exporting to the web

    Prerequisites
    Basic knowledge of OS X and basic computer navigation

    How Do I Book?
    To book a training course, please call our Training Coordinator on 0117 922 5661 or alternatively send an email to trainingenquiries@western.co.uk 

  • Course Duration: 2 Days

    Course Outline
    The following outline is a summary of the subjects that will be covered on the course. All of our courses are responsive to the requests and learning needs of learners and as such content may be changed, adjusted or otherwise altered on the day and as thus should be taken as indicative only.

    How Photoshop works, An introduction.  
    Setting up Photoshop correctly for professional use right from the start.
    Digital imaging theory, rasters v. vectors.
    Understanding file formats, resolution, canvas size, and print size, demystifying bit depth, the meaning of 2, 8, 24 and more bits.. Choosing the resolution you need, making sense of resize and re- sample, how big a print can you make with your image?
    File formats, there's more to pictures than jpg. 
    CMYK, RGB.
    Touring the Photoshop workspace.
    The toolbox and menus in Photoshop.
    Customising the workspace
    Managing panels, switching and saving workspaces
    Documents and Navigation
    Using tools and setting tool properties
    Undoing mistakes and changing your mind in Photoshop
    Working with tabbed documents and arranging documents
    Panning, zooming, and using the Rotate View tool

    Painting Tools: Using Colour And Brushes. Introducing Layers.
    About layers
    Using the Layers panel
    Rearranging layers
    Flattening and saving files
    Colour spaces and mixing colour
    Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools.
    Your first picture. Experiments in using brushes, layers and painting.

    Layers, Selection and Removing Backgrounds. Constructing A Picture From Parts 
    Working with Layers
    Exploring layer basics
    Loading, selecting, and transforming layers
    Organising layers into layer groups
    Merging, Rasterising, and flattering layers
    Creating, naming, hiding, and deleting layers
    Using layers to separate image elements and control visibility.
    Selecting and isolating parts of a pictures.
    Using the right selection tool for the job and making sure you have accurate selections.
    Building a new picture from parts.
    Using the Quick Selection tool and Refine Edge.
    Moving a selected area
    Manipulating and combining selections
    Using the Magic Wand tool
    Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
    Transforming a selection.
    Selecting from a centre point.
    Resizing and copying a selection.
    Cropping an image.
    Building a new picture from parts.

    Type
    Working with type
    Warping shapes
    Exploring layer effects
    Creating, naming, hiding and deleting layers
    Using layers to separate image elements and control visibility.
    Adding texture, edge effects, and drop shadows with blend modes
    Warping
    Exploring character (point) type
    Adding paragraph (area) type
    Adding type on a path
    Clipping an image inside type
    Warping type
    Defining character and paragraph styles

    Layer Effects 
    Blend Modes
    Adding texture, edge effects, and drop shadows with blend modes
    Cycling through the blending modes
    Making a cast shadow
    Applying a gradient to a layer
    Adding an adjustment layer
    Updating layer effects
    Adding a border
    Making a poster 

    Basic Photo Corrections
    Cropping and Transformations
    Using Undo and the History panel
    Using crop options
    Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
    Cropping to the correct print size
    Using the Perspective Crop tool.
    Strategy for retouching, choosing the right retouching tool for the job, avoiding common mistakes.
    Correcting colour and contrast.  
    Retouching with the Liquify, Content-Aware Fill, Healing Brush, and Patch tools.
    Cropping the image, correcting perspective, and straightening pictures.
    Retouching images and whole scale fakery.
    Straightening and cropping the image in Photoshop.
    Adjusting the colour and tone.
    Using the Spot Healing Brush tool.
    Using content-aware fill.
    Repairing areas with the Clone Stamp tool.
    Applying a content-aware patch.
    Sharpening the image.

    Processing Digital Photographs
    Using camera RAW
    Processing files in Camera Raw
    Applying advanced colour correction
    Correcting digital photographs in Photoshop
    Correcting image distortion
    Adding depth of field
    Comparing raw and JPEG files
    Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
    Touring the Camera Raw user interface
    Previewing before and after adjustments
    Toggling on-screen Shadow/Highlight clipping warnings
    Choosing output settings
    Fixing Common Problems Quickly with Camera Raw
    Correcting a tilted horizon line with the Straighten tool Fixing colour casts with the White Balance tool
    Revealing hidden shadow details
    Reducing distracting colour noise with Noise Reduction
    Correcting lens distortion
    Making perspective corrections to images
    Removing chromatic aberration
    Making an average photo great
    Masking layers, using transparency.

    Fixing Old Photos
    Removing blemishes with the Healing Brush and Patch tools
    Removing scratches and dirt.
    De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
    Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill and Patch

    Filters
    Overview of filters
    Filters that you'll use most often
    Applying filers non-destructively with Smart Filters
    Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
    Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
    Sharpening and image with Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
    Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
    Using the Spin and Path Blurs
    Applying a filter to multiple laters
    History brush
    Liquify Body sculpting with Liquify
    Combining multiple Images into one image
    Creating panoramas with Photo merge and Auto-Blend
    Working with bracketed exposures (HDR)

    Output
    What to do next with the image once it's ready
    Printing and exporting to the web