Adobe Photoshop: Essential Skills
What you will learn
In this course you will learn the most commonly used, essential tools and techniques to enhance your photographs and create digital artwork. You will also discover some of the more creative effects you can utilise to design digital artworks to a high quality. Find yourself working confidently with this powerful yet fun image-manipulation and design software
By the end of the course you will be able to
- •Use Mac commands and shortcuts confidently
- •Recognise and set up the Photoshop workspace and personalise to your needs
- •Import digital images, create and manage Photoshop files and images output
- •Identify basic tools in the Photoshop palette and use shortcut commands
- •Enhance or alter photographs using adjustment layers, correcting and retouching tools
- •Create planned 2-D artwork by adding text and combining imagery and shapes
Class format and activities
The sessions will involve tutor demonstrations followed by practical exercises, and individual projects for you to experiment with. The classes are informal and allow for question and answer sessions, technical advice and support depending on your needs, as well as for individual tuition and assessment. You will be given background notes and structured exercises to follow. Photoshop is a flexible and versatile tool and students may work on their own photographic material and personal artwork if they choose. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
Good computer skills are essential for making the course a success. Therefore, all students are expected to be confident in using a computer for tasks such as word processing, saving, managing files, browsing the internet etc. This short course can be taken alongside with any of our digital design, film and photography courses and will help you to gain the confidence you need when working with digital tools. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes and discuss related topics, therefore, all students must be able to speak, read and write in English.
What you need to know before you enrol
A keen interest in the subject is key to your success and the ability to attend the sessions regularly in order to get the most out of the course. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. This course can be taken alongside with any of our digital design, film and photography courses and will help you to gain the confidence you need when working with digital tools for design and publication.
What you will need for your class
It would be helpful for you to bring a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) or mini-hard drive. This is for storage of media during the course and of your work at the end. It would be beneficial to your studies if you possess the software for use at home. As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this. The Course will be taught on Apple mac computers in a bright, comfortable modern studio. It would be helpful if you have some familiarity with Macintosh computers and know how to use standard menus and commands. However this is not an essential requirement as these skills can be picked up during the course. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes and discuss related topics. As this is a computer-based course students will be encouraged to be aware of fatigue and eye strain and to take breaks when necessary. You may wish to revise and practise at home to reinforce what you have learned during the lesson. Information about computers and relevant software will be provided by the tutor. Many of the Art & Design studios have limited accessibility. If you have restricted mobility please contact the Art & Design Administrator on 0207 450 1934 or Learning Support on 0207 450 1835 before enrolling.
What you can do next
We offer a wide range of courses in Adobe Software skills including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. As you advance you can gain an official accreditation with our Adobe ACA exam classes. Courses to develop your essential Graphic Design and Illustration skills are also available. Please speak to your tutor, pick up a prospectus, browse our website or call the Digital Media, Film & Photography Department on 0207 450 1869 for more information.