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Adobe Photoshop

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
  • Start Date(s): 7 October 2023 / 13 April 2024
  • Duration: Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard software to use for designers, marketers, image-makers and photographers alike.

It’s a versatile software and skill to learn as it’s used for a wide range of applications, including:

  • editing and manipulating photographic images and illustrations
  • graphic design
  • product illustration
  • textiles and fashion design
  • website design.

This course is suitable for anyone looking to apply Adobe Photoshop to either artistic pursuits or professional projects.

It’s also ideal if you’ve attempted to learn the basics online and would like to consolidate your skills and learn the most efficient ways of working in the software, as you’ll be learning directly from an expert with years of knowledge and experience.

You’ll be introduced to the main functions of Adobe Photoshop as well as receiving industry level tips, tricks and shortcuts, so that you can efficiently create and edit images with maximum visual impact.

Through practical projects, you’ll develop your skills in the software and use a range of tools and techniques to enhance and adapt photographic images and learn how to use them in a variety of different print and screen outputs.

You’ll have dedicated, uninterrupted study time in our industry standard Mac suites, using the latest version of Adobe Photoshop software.

  • You’ll be part of a design community in our creative studio culture; one that promotes discussion and collaboration, and encourages experimentation and the constant swapping of ideas.
  • With a limited class size you'll have the one-to-one attention you need to ensure you leave with the skills to continue developing your designs at home or work.
  • Benefit from learning with an experienced tutor who has established links to the profession and significant experience working in varied practices.
  • On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Here’s what our previous attendees said:

‘The tutor was fantastic. I learnt a lot, and I'm inspired to continue learning after the course’ JT

'Really helpful, learnt a lot and absolutely loved it. I enjoyed everything especially learning how to use the software effectively' KS

'The course has really helped me feel more confident in using Adobe software. It was all really useful' AG

‘I really enjoyed the course’ TH

‘Excellent course with great resources. Would definitely sign up for a next level of photoshop training!’ GB

What you’ll study

On this course, you will:

  • learn how to create and size files for digital and print
  • produce layers and understand different layer styles
  • discover how to use pivotal tools such as the direct selection and pen tool
  • create digital collages that utilise key skills
  • understand the key use of photoshop in relation to other Adobe applications
  • save artworks in various formats
  • understand what pixel artwork is and its main uses and advantages
  • practice using important options such as brightness and contrast
  • use the gradient tool to create gradients.

How you’re taught

You’ll be challenged creatively with the support of a small group of like-minded people, with lots individual attention from the tutor to support your projects.

By the end of the course, you’ll be confident in using Adobe Photoshop and be able to prepare artwork for a variety of uses.

Once you’ve mastered the basics of Adobe Photoshop you’ll be able to take your work to amazing new levels.

A certificate of attendance will be awarded upon completion of the course.

Further information

You will be based in the Nottingham School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You’ll find collaborative working spaces where you develop your sketches and concepts, and IT suites equipped with industry standard software including Adobe Creative Cloud.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Tutor profile:

Jason Holroyd is an award-winning graphic designer, art director and illustrator.

Jason graduated from NTU with a degree in graphic design and has over 15 years industry experience, working with clients and agencies such as 4 Creative, Arts Council England and Warner Brothers Records.

He has been teaching for over 12 years and is currently an associate lecturer on the NTU graphic design degree course.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: Whilst no software experience is required, you should be confident in saving files and basic computer functions.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £295.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply