Monday (start 16 April 2018, 7 classes, £70)
Tuesday (start 17 April 2018, 8 classes, £80)
Course dates to be confirmed, subject to demand.
Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email email@example.com to express an interest in this course.
Why take this course?
Adobe Photoshop is one of the creative design industries’ leading and most widely-used software package for image editing and design. This Advanced Digital and Manipulation course will continue with the implementation of layer masks, gradients, clipping masks, brushes and further advanced settings with a more in depth approach. You will experiment with a broad range of complex techniques using the latest software on PC platforms. The course is designed to have a balance of hands on practical exercises and demonstrations through which you will learn various techniques such as imagery through text, still life reflective surfaces, in depth paths and transformations, dispersion technique, eye enhancements and creative layered collage montages. You will also learn more about the digital terms, ‘Raster’ and ‘Vector’ images. You will be encouraged to use your own photographs during the design processes and work towards developing a strong professional portfolio in completion of the course.
What are the key topics it will cover?
Course content will include:
- Paths and selections using the pen and lasso tools
- Clipping masks and further type tools (transformation, warp, circular paths)
- Dispersion portrait using brushes and layer masks
- Gradient blending using filters and gradient adjustment layers
- Still life studio piece with reflection using gradients, selections, shapes and layer masks
- Eye enhancement using layer masks, adjustment layers, brushes, blending modes and dodge/burn tools
Who will this course suit?
This course will suit learners who have a good understanding and experience with Photoshop and have a concept of layers and image editing. This course is open to students who have completed the previous evening Photoshop course here at Priestley College and new students who wish to continue developing their creative Photoshop skills.
Although principally targeted at learners who wish to develop their skills as a hobby, the course will also be of interest to anybody considering a career in the photographic industry eg as a freelance photographer, photo editor, photographer’s assistant or technician. This course has also helped previous learners master techniques for their full time jobs in the creative field i.e. interior designers and advertising.
You should have your own digital camera with a lead for transferring images onto the computer. You will also need a USB memory stick so that you can store your edited photographs. As you will be working with a computer, you must have strong IT skills: You need to be able to create new folders on the desktop, save images and use menus. An understanding of Photoshop is essential for this course. See checklist.
Your work will be personal to you, so above all you need to be prepared to “have a go” and experiment with different ideas.
Skills checklist for Digital Manipulation (Photoshop) course
Do you have strong basic IT/pc skills? You must know how to use general PC computer menus.
Do you have a digital camera with a computer lead? (If you don’t have a lead you will need a card reader.)
Do you know how to transfer a photograph from your memory card to a computer document folder? (copy and paste method or drag and drop method)
Do you have a pen drive on which to store your work?
Do you have a good understanding of Photoshop and are you able to work with layers, brushes, adjustments, layer masks, blending modes, clone tools, etc?
The skills indicated above will not be taught on this course. If you cannot answer “yes” to the questions we suggest that you improve your IT and Photoshop skills before considering this advanced course.
Is there a qualification at the end of the course?
No. There are no formal assessments but you will each be given an individual learning plan on which you will find key objectives for the course. You will be asked if you have any of your own personal learning objectives and your tutor will try to accommodate these topics if at all possible. We will ask you to review your learning to make sure that everything on the course is meeting your expectations. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which details the topics you have covered.
Who will teach you?
Amy Newton. Amy is a qualified Teacher with a BA (Hons) in Photography. She works as a Freelance Photographer specialising in weddings, portraits, fashion, events and special occasions. With over 7 years photographic industry experience, she had had the privilege of working for clients such as Sales Sharks Rugby Team, Coronation Street, Johnnie Walker and Bradley Wiggins. Her passion for photography extends to Director of Photography for DV8 Manchester magazine and Editorial Photographer for White Noise Magazine and Sar Magazine. She is a highly creative and skilled photographer with an innovative vision and strives to push photographic boundaries. She is keen to teach creative individuals the “tricks of the trade“ when using photographic technologies and pass on her broad knowledge in this particular field.