About the Course
Take your very first steps to discovering the endless possibilities of this flexible and powerful image-editing programme. Designed for beginners, this intensive course will teach how to use Photoshop to improve images and create digital artwork. Discover how to retouch photographic images, use filters and adjustment layers, and learn the key techniques for the creation of stunning digital artwork.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Recognise the basic features and uses of the program
Use the appropriate tools to retouch and colour correct photographic images
Use filters and adjustments to enhance photographic images
Manipulate layers effectively to create simple compositions
Modify, save and output images efficiently
Class format and activities
The class will be taught via a mix of presentation, active learning exercises, demonstrations, hand-outs, step-by-step instructions, pair working and group discussion. One-to-one tuition will be given to help develop ideas and skills. Manageable project work will sometimes be assigned between classes to help you progress. The classes are informal and allow for question and answer sessions, technical advice and support depending on your needs, and assessment and feedback on your progress. Some use of web-based presentation tools will be encouraged. Learning will be supported by course hand-outs, and the tutor will provide links to online resources.
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.
A keen interest in the subject is key to your success and the ability to attend the sessions regularly 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 need to know before you enrol
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, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. As this is a computer-based course you will be encouraged to be aware of fatigue and eye strain and 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 will need for your class
It would be helpful for you to bring a pen, sketchbook and notepad, as you may wish to take notes and make initial designs. 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 but not essential 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.
What you can do next
After your courses ends why not continue to build your skills? We offer a wide range of courses in Adobe Software. New for 2018 are our ‘Adobe Pack’ – courses which combine the teaching of software to support your desired skill-set. Courses include Adobe Design Pack: Photoshop & Illustrator, Adobe Publish Pack: InDesign & Acrobat, Adobe Photography Pack: Lightroom & Photoshop, Adobe Web Pack: Dreamweaver, Java and HTML.
As you advance you can join our higher level 2 and 3 courses in Graphic Design, Photography or Access to HE Creative Digital Media. We also offer a range of other short courses at times to suit you. Please speak to your tutor, pick up a course guide, browse our website or call the Digital Media, Film & Photography Department on 0207 450 1869 for more information.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.