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Photoshop Essentials

Photoshop Essentials

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Lucy Newman


Master the fundamentals of Photoshop on this Photoshop Essentials Short Course and gain digital skills that can be used in your creative practice, including digital imaging, cropping, adjusting, layering, combining and saving images.

Through creative demos and exercises, your tutor will pair the software down to the essentials and cover the core fundamentals of Photoshop. You will learn about the make-up of a file, colour adjustments, selecting and altering areas of an image and combining images.

Taught by a practicing artist and designer you will be provided with the most up to date professional techniques. Your final exercise will bring together these skills to create your own photomontage.

Topics Covered

  • Understanding resolution
  • Making selections
  • Colour adjustments
  • Saving files for different purposes
  • Working with layers
  • Combining images
  • Adding text and shapes
Course Outcomes
You will be able to work with images at a beginner’s level in the workplace, have an important understanding both of the structure of a Photoshop file and of the scope of possibilities and limitations of the software.

Who Should Attend
Suitable for beginners as well as those looking for a recap of the fundamental skills. An essential skill for anyone pursuing a career in the visual arts, both commercial and fine arts.


Student Reviews

“Really well taught and supported. Easy to understand and approachable, I learnt a lot.” - Alex (July 2017)

Tutor Description

Lucy Newman has worked extensively in the design industry, in TV, feature film titles, animation, heritage (British Museum) and corporate communications on a wide variety of creative projects. She has taught many short courses in London art colleges. (RCA, CSM, Chelsea, London Met). Lucy Newman (MARCA) began her creative career at Chelsea and RCA in Fine Art.


Please bring along:

  • a USB drive to save your work on.

Though all exercise files are provided, you are encouraged to bring your own photos to use in the studio.

Available dates