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Beginners Photoshop and Design for Print Course

Two day Introduction to Adobe Photoshop and preparing and designing images for Print which will introduce you to the basics of Photoshop. It will also cover how to correctly prepare photographs for print, and techniques used when designing with images for print and for use in desktop publishing applications such as Adobe InDesign.

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Beginners Photoshop & Design for Print course summary

Photoshop course duration: 2 day course.
Level: Beginners / intermediate.
Software: Photoshop CC, Photoshop CS6, Photoshop CS5.

Who is the course aimed at ?
This course is aimed at those who currently have little or no Photoshop skills, and would like to learn the basics of Photoshop as well as learning about preparing images and designs for print.

Course requirements
You should have good general computer skills.
Some previous knowledge of design or image editing software would be helpful, but not essential.

One to one or small group of up to 4 trainees.
Trainees in a group should have the same skill level and the same requirements.

Adobe Photoshop courses are available for on-site training at the client's premises (office or home) in Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Worcester, Warwick, Oxford, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Sheffield, Leeds, Yorkshire, Manchester, Bristol and around the UK.


Beginners Adobe Photoshop & Design for Print course outline


Day 1 - Photoshop & designing for print

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 - Photoshop & designing for print

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

Simple retouching techniques
Removing spots, scratches and lines, text, et.
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, et.)


This Photoshop course content is flexible and may be altered to better suit your needs. You will normally spend some time working with your own projects and designs.

Custom Photoshop courses are available and elements from other courses may be included if required.

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


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Beginners Adobe Photoshop and Print Design in Birmingham, Yorkshire, Manchester and around the UK.