Our Photoshop for Beginners short course will demystify technical settings, teach new skills, and get you started with the Adobe Photoshop program.
Adobe Photoshop is an industry-standard photographic editing software solution. It introduces photographic techniques for finishing and processing photographic images. This Photoshop for Beginners online course is aimed at those new to the program and post-processing software.
Please note this workshop will be taught solely online via Google Meet.
All courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient student numbers are recruited.
How will I learn?
Lessons will be taught online and are interactive. Classes will use Google Meet to demonstrate software and allow participants to speak with the tutor and each other. Google Classroom will be used as a means of communication outside of class. Information will be shared using Google Drive.
Each week your tutor will give a full live demonstration that will be recorded so that learners can refer back to after the lesson has finished. There will be a discussion at the end of each class and time for students to try the techniques demonstrated in class and ask questions.
Each week a task will be set and class members will receive a digital worksheet. By the end of the course the worksheets form a complete Photoshop ebook along with the body of work that you create.
A critique of students' work will take place at the beginning of each lesson so that members of the class can share work, ideas, and your tutor can monitor and help with your progress.
Tools and Workspace
Getting to know one another. Using Google Suite how to share your screen. Overview of Photoshop and what it has to offer. Setting up preferences and workspace. Using the history tool to rectify mistakes.
Task 1: Creating a graphical picture using only tools that Photoshop has to offer.
File Types and Automation
Explanation of file types and image sizes. What is a digital image? Enhancing a photograph using adobe camera raw. Achieving a workflow. Automation.
Task 2: Create 5 images processed using Photoshop’s raw editor and automating the output to save all 5 images at once in 2 or more file formats.
Non destructive workflow. Introduction to Layers. Using Adjustment Layers.
Task 3: Create a simple split toned Instagram style photograph using the gradient tool and blend modes.
Exploring different methods to create black and white images in Photoshop. Dodging and burning for dramatic effect. Adding detail to your images.
Task 4: Create a series of black and white images using techniques used in class.
Exploring the layers panel. Using layer masks to hide objects and artifacts in an image. Creating a composite using one or more photographs.
Class will also display a finished image of their choice.
Task 5: Create a composite image.
What will I achieve?
By the end of the course you will be able to use the program more confidently and apply the methods and tools included on the course to your own practice in order to enhance your photographs and projects.
The lesson criteria is designed to be interesting and fun but introduce key tools and techniques that can be used generally in a variety of projects.
This course will also help further progression to learn adobe and other software applications.
What skills will I need?
Good computer literacy is essential, you must be able to effectively use a computer in order to watch and interact with the tutor on this course. While no prior knowledge of Photoshop is required students will need to be generally confident at using computers and basic computer software.
Equipment & Materials
You will need:
- A laptop or desktop computer (tablets WILL NOT suffice.)
- Adequate internet connection*
- Google account for Google Meet/classroom access
- All handouts to be supplied electronically by lecturer
- A working and up to date copy of Adobe Photoshop
*In order for you to receive the best possible experience for this online course your internet connection must be fast enough for you to clearly watch demonstrations by the tutor. Unfortunately Plymouth College of Art is not liable for any refunds if you are experiencing any technical difficulties due to your own internet connection not working effectively.