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Photoshop: Beginners

Monday 24 September 2018
19:30 - 21:30
20 Hours / 10 Weeks
5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath

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£134.00 Half fee available. Course symbols: CL

Course description

Improve and enhance your digital photos. Includes, cropping, colour correction, sharpening, selections, removing unwanted elements and a number of image editing techniques that will improve the appearance of your images.

Entry requirements

The basics of using Photoshop to edit, manipulate and improve digital images. See section 5 below for a comprehensive list of objectives.

What you will learn

This is a beginner’s course in using image editing software to enhance and improve digital photographs. The course starts with basic editing skills, such as cropping, brightness and colour adjustment, sharpening and removal of unwanted objects. The second part of the course deals with using Photoshop's selection tools to isolate parts of an image so that selective editing can be done. File management and storage will also be discussed and practiced to ensure your edited files are kept in the most favourable form. This course will teach you all the skills necessary to improve and adapt your digital images to make them stand out above those taken direct from the camera or scanning device. You will practice editing skills at the Centre using a version of Photoshop image editing software. Therefore, learners who have this software at home will benefit most from the course. However, Photoshop Elements is also considered and hand outs for Elements are also supplied to those that require them. The basics of using Photoshop to edit, manipulate and improve digital images. See section 5 below for a comprehensive list of objectives.

How you will learn on this course

A mixture of whole class teaching and one-to-one where necessary. Each technique will be carefully demonstrated and projected onto a large screen. Learners can then practice for themselves using the Centre's computer equipment and supplied images. Tutor support will always be on hand. Most techniques will have an associated hand out so that learner can practice at home.

How you will be assessed on this course

1.Crop and rotate images 2.Examine and correct exposure problems 3.Examine and correct colour balance problems 4.Apply different file formats when saving 5.Recognise how compression can impact on image quality. 6.Apply sharpening techniques to enhance an image’s clarity. 7.Demonstrate the Hue and saturation feature to enhance and effect colour. 8.Recognise brush types and how to use and adjust them effectively. 9.Demonstrate the Dodge and Burn tools to lighten or darken particular areas within an image. 10.Remove unwanted elements from an image using the clone tools 11.Demonstrate the printing facility within Photoshop and recall how pixels and resolution impact on size and quality of output. 12.Create simple selections of regular shaped areas 13.Create more complex selections using the range of tools provided, including: a.Marquee tools b.Magic Wand c.Lasso Tools 14.Apply image correction techniques to a selected area 15.Adjust leaning verticals and perspective problems 16.Select, copy and move selected objects. 17.Insert a new cloudscape into an area of bleached sky using the selection tools and layer technology. 18.Recognise layers and how they can be created as a consequence of another action (see inserting clouds). 19.Flatten a layered image after digital manipulation is completed. 20.Demonstrate the text tool and add captions to an image 21.Illustrate a range of text styles to alter the presentation of text.

Qualification and exam information (only for courses leading to a qualification)


What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time

Practice away from the class is always encouraged, though not an integral part of the course. You will be provided with a disc full of sample images that you can keep and use at home or work.

What you need for your course

Hand outs for each lesson will be provided, though a notebook and pen will allow the learner to make extra notes that are applicable to their own software and hardware. A memory stick is desirable so as to save completed project work.

What you need to bring to the first class

Some image editing software is highly desirable, if not essential, so that the learner can practice skill at home. Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Google Picasa or Gimp are examples of suitable software. Picasa and Gimp are available as a free download on the internet. A disc full of practice images is supplied.

What you can do next

Photoshop Improvers or a range of photography courses offered by the Centre. Need to up skill in Maths, English and Digital Skills – look at our Level 1/2 Functional Skills, GCSE and Digital Skills course offer. We also offer courses and one to one training on iPads/tablets, iPhones and laptops.

Additional information

At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course. Your tutor will ask you to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and agree your personal learning goals. All documents are a requirement of the Funding Agency. All students on courses funded by the ESFA must complete a Learning Agreement and ILP.

Venue information

5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 4EZ Nearest Train Station: Bexleyheath. Buses: 89, 96, B16, B15, B14, B12, 422 Car park available onsite. Please note car parking spaces cannot be guaranteed. For further details of parking please refer to https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/parking