Photoshop is the industry standard photo image editing software for print and digital output. In this hands-on introductory workshop, we will walk through Photoshop's basic capabilities and use tools and techniques to edit images and create visual design mock-ups - no design experience required!
This workshop will help students visualise products and designs using Photoshop and learn some basic visual design tips.
In this session, we will cover:
introduction to raster and vector graphics, pixels and resolution
image size and file types for print and screen
grid structure of a page layout
white space and hierarchy of information
how we read the page
the photoshop tool box
selection and move tools
working in layers, labelling and grouping
isolating an object from it's background using masks
retouching or extending a background
creating gradients, shadows and reflections
transforming an object
lockups and alignment
type, legibility and placeholder text
logos on products and mock-ups
doing a resize - using transparency to help position and scale an image in context
Please have Adobe Photoshop installed and ready to run before the class commences (you can download a free trial version of Photoshop if you don't have one yet).
NOTE: this class will not be recorded, however, slides will be sent within 7 days following the session.
Michael is a designer with over 15 years experience under his belt. Most recently, he co-founded 3beards - the highly successful tech startup events and community company behind Silicon Drinkabout, Unicorn Hunt and more.
He started out as a teenager tinkering around in Photoshop and Flash, which led to working for an advertising startup building and designing software and adverts at the age of 17. Following that he studied at London Metropolitan University where he earned a degree in Digital Media.
Michael then spent 3 years with a web design agency in Soho, where he refined his skills and really developed his passion for design, along with a ton of client-facing skills. He co-founded and designed Pollarize, an iPhone app constructed for social decision making. He's won awards for his writing, and dabbled in everything from 'Alternate Reality Games' to timelapse video. He's extremely passionate about design, and loves making things which are not only beautiful but functional.
With 3beards, he helped transform the European startup community by building a unique and strong brand, backed up by amazing community management and events. He's been lucky enough to travel the world, enhancing & expanding out the startup community, launching new locations for Silicon Drinkabout and speaking at events.
When not designing, you'll find him either PC gaming, playing guitar or getting involved at a startup event!
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Participants who complete this workshop will not receive a certificate or any other designation of completion.
This workshop is not designed to prepare individuals to follow or pursue a trade, occupation or profession. It is not designed to improve, enhance, or add to the skills and abilities of an individual relative to occupational responsibilities or career opportunities.
This workshop is not approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools at the Illinois Board of Higher Education and participation in this workshop/event will not be counted towards an approved IBHE program/course of instruction.