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Photoshop For Artists And Designers

A course for Creatives to learn how to use Photoshop to produce and manipulate digital illustrations from hand drawn artwork. Students must be comfortable using computers and have some drawing experience. This course is not suitable for those who are not computer literate and is aimed at aspiring artists who would like to develop their knowledge of digital art, taking existing artwork into the digital medium and learning various ways to expand and enhance it.
  • Who is it for?

    Beginner and accomplished artist/designers.
    A course for Creatives to learn how to use Photoshop to produce and manipulate digital illustrations from scanned, hand drawn artwork.
    Students must be comfortable using computers and have some drawing experience.
    This course is not suitable for those who are not computer literate.

  • What does it cover?

    The initial session will deal with scanning in your artwork at high resolution, ready for manipulation.
    Once scanned, you will be taken through the basics of opening your digital files in Photoshop.
    From there you will learn techniques such as 'cloning', 'resizing', 'distorting', 'colourizing' etc.
    Crucially you will also learn how to 'stack' and manipulate your scans using 'layers' to create a digital collage. This is essentially the heart of the digital process. Once stored on separate layers, your artwork can be very easily manipulated to almost any outcome - changing colour, size, copies, texture etc.
    You will be shown how to ensure drawings are suitable for digital work, and how to digitally combine these with found and/or hand-made tones and textures, as well as how to add coloured areas and transparent areas adding drama and depth to your illustrations. You will be given a project to complete and will have the time to practice the methods under the watchful eye of the tutor while you complete your project. There will be time to experiment with techniques that the course covers.

  • What will it be like?

    Other Adobe software will be used including Illustrator (vector) and Fresco (raster and vector). The latter containing the latest brush engine software to create stunning watercolour, oil, and acrylic effects. Students must be comfortable using computers and have some drawing experience. This course is not suitable for those who are not computer literate and is aimed at aspiring artists who would like to develop their knowledge of digital art, taking existing artwork into the digital medium and learning various ways to expand and enhance it.
    Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions.
    Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
    One-to-one and group discussion.
    Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
    Record students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives.
    Practical work produced is evidence of learning

  • What else do I need to buy or do?

    Students will need to bring along their own USB memory stick, min 4GB.

  • What could it lead to?

    Students who complete this course may be interested in other illustration, computing and general arts courses held at the college.

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Photoshop For Artists And Designers

A course for Creatives to learn how to use Photoshop to produce and manipulate digital illustrations from hand drawn artwork. Students must be comfortable using computers and have some drawing experience. This course is not suitable for those who are not computer literate and is aimed at aspiring artists who would like to develop their knowledge of digital art, taking existing artwork into the digital medium and learning various ways to expand and enhance it.

19 January 2024 – 08 March 2024
Friday, 10:30 to 13:30
Course Code:2013D
£187 / £65
8 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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26 April 2024 – 14 June 2024
Friday, 10:30 to 13:30
Course Code:2014D
£187 / £65
8 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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This is the course for students wanting an introduction to the software used for graphic illustration and drawing techniques. Widely used in the typesetting and logo graphic areas of design it is a course of special interest to those interested in graphic design, website development or video and animation production. This is an introduction to Adobe Illustrator and is suitable for beginners. The course will cover all the basics of using this vector graphics programmes and will introduce students to the skills that are used for graphic design, typesetting and creative work.

13 May 2024 – 08 July 2024
Monday, 14:30 to 17:30
Course Code:2016D
£187 / £65
8 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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Illustrator - Introduction

This is the course for students wanting an introduction to the software used for graphic illustration and drawing techniques. Widely used in the typesetting and logo graphic areas of design it is a course of special interest to those interested in graphic design, website development or video and animation production. This is an introduction to Adobe Illustrator and is suitable for beginners. The course will cover all the basics of using this vector graphics programmes and will introduce students to the skills that are used for graphic design, typesetting and creative work. If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: MWEnquiries@marywardcentre.ac.uk or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon-Fri

15 January 2024 – 04 March 2024
Monday, 14:30 to 17:30
Course Code:2015D
£187 / £65
8 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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