Photoshop for Beginners

Ref: C2338266

For those wishing to explore digital imaging, Photoshop is an excellent way to start. You must be familiar with using a computer, in particular saving and locating files, and comfortable using the mouse. In this initial course we will cover:- using basic keyboard shortcuts to zoom into images, move around an image and resize brushes; repairing a provided image and working towards repairing own images; creating and using layers; altering the brightness and contrast in images to improve quality; an introduction to using selections and adjustment layers. Aimed at beginners but suitable for improvers wanting to refresh or consolidate their basic skills.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to digital image editing using Adobe Photoshop. To improve confidence using ICT and to increase overall creativity.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No previous experience of digital imaging/photoshop required but you must be familiar with using a computer, in particular saving and locating files, and comfortable using the mouse. Suitable for improvers wanting to consolidate the basics.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify Photoshop’s work space and basic tools
  • Repair a damaged Photograph
  • Alter the levels and contrast in a Photograph to improve the tonal quality
  • Replace sky and remove distracting objects
  • Use creative filters

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • To have access to a memory stick and be willing to bring own images to edit. A folder to keep handouts in and a pen to make notes. It would also be useful to have Photoshop, Elements or equivalent digital editing software to practice on at home.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • To be discussed in class

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Photoshop for Beginners Course Outline

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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