Beginners Photoshop and Design for Print Course

2 day introduction to Adobe Photoshop and preparing images and designs for print.

This Photoshop course is an introduction to the basics of Photoshop. You will also learn some basic photo editing and design skills, and how to correctly prepare images and create simple designs for print documents

One to one or small group Photoshop Print Design courses are available on-site (at you office or home) in Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Derby, Leicester, Wolverhampton, Oxford, areas, Yorkshire, Manchester and around the UK.

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Beginners Adobe Photoshop & Print Design course outline


Day 1

Photoshop basics - interface and tools
Using the tools and changing tool option settings
Using floating palettes: Layers, History, Info, etc

Cropping, Rotating & Colour Modes
Cropping images to remove unwanted areas
Rotating or Flipping an image
Converting between different colour modes (RGB to CMYK or Grayscale)

Selection Tools
Using the different selection tools
Making a selection around an object
Moving or copying the selected area to a different position on the image
Selecting an area of an image based on its' colour, and modifying that area
Removing or changing the background of a selected object

Working with layers: organising, naming and deleting layers
Combining photographs and text in separate Layers
Modifying the content of a layer, moving layer content, editing or erasing areas
Changing opacity and blending options on layers to get different effects
Add a drop shadow and emboss effects to an item on a layer

Creating normal text and artistic text, setting text attributes, choosing colours
Applying drop shadow and emboss effects to text

Colour Correction
Using Levels to adjust brightness/contrast of an image
Adjusting image colours
Creating a tinted image

Filters for image enhancement - sharpening and blurring
Creating simple textures and patterns using noise, motion blur and other filters

Colours & Painting
Painting and brush tools: defining a brush size and painting
Choosing a colours
Filling areas with solid colour or gradient

Image Resizing & Resolution
Resizing an image using the image size command, keeping images sharp when resizing
Discussion of typical sizes and resolutions for different jobs e.g. brochure or, web page
Resizing images to the correct size for the job while maintaining image quality


Day 2

Colours and colour correction
Using Levels, Colour Balance and Selective Colour to colour correct an image
Changing only selected areas of an image
Setting pure black and pure white
Creating a faded image to go behind text

Making certain that the files you create and the colours used are printable

Creating a good quality greyscale image from a colour photograph
Working with CMYK files
Creating Duotones or Tritones

Simple retouching techniques
Removing spots, scratches and lines, text, etc.
Changing photo background colours
(more retouching can be included if required *)

Paths and Clipping Paths
Using the pen tools for creating and modifying paths
Editing and saving a path with an image
Saving as a clipping paths to use with with DTP applications (to mask off areas of an image)

Actions and Batch processing
Recording a series of steps to be performed on a number of images
e.g. changing resolution and resizing a number images to the same size
Naming, editing, saving, loading and applying actions
Batch processing a complete folder of files

Text & Design
Filling text with a texture or photograph
Creating drop shadows & emboss effects on text or artwork
Fading out an image to solid colour
Creating vignettes and borders around images
Bringing Illustrator artwork and EPS logos into Photoshop
Creating textures and patterns for backgrounds

Simple montage and compositing
Creating designs with images, text and artwork
Using Blend Modes and opacity settings
Using Layer Masks

Saving and organising Photoshop Files
Creating a contact sheet from a folder of images
Saving the correct file formats (PSD, Tiff, Jpg, EPS, etc.)


* optional area - may be covered if requested in advance of training and if there is time available.



Custom Photoshop courses are available if required, please ask.
Areas from other courses may be included if required.


This Adobe Photoshop course is available on-site in Birmingham, Solihull, Oxford, Manchester, Yorkshire and around the UK.


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