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Adobe Photoshop for Fashion Weekend

Adobe Photoshop for Fashion Weekend

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Elena Koivunen


Photoshop has developed into an essential and almost irreplaceable tool of fashion designers. It is used in all aspects of design process, from research and development to technical documentation and final presentation. The reason why it is so popular is that Photoshop gives countless opportunities in terms of design; it helps to communicate ideas clearly and quickly.

This intensive course will cover the most important aspects of using Adobe Photoshop for Fashion Design - photo editing, retouching (for both sketches and drapings),collaging and playing around with images, working with proportions and print. This course would be suitable for fashion students, recent graduates and those starting in fashion willing to make the most out of Adobe Photoshop for their careers.

Beginners with no fashion experience are also welcomed if you want to explore what you could potentially learn with such broad programmes, however the course is constructed for fashion designers.

Topics Covered

  • Basics of Photoshop
  • Principal of pixels
  • Principal of layering
  • Different layer types, how to use them for fashion design
  • Cropping and straightening a photo
  • Basic tools
  • Different adjustments for retouching a photo
  • Image manipulation, collaging and proportion
  • Adding details to a garment from an existing one
  • Changing colours of a garment
  • Applying a print
  • Changing colours of a print

Who should take this course?

Fashion design students, or students with no experience in Adobe Photoshop

Course Outcomes

Students will learn how to use Photoshop and the benefit it can have on their fashion careers

Entry requirements: Ideally a background or knowledge of Fashion Design

Level: All Levels


Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Elena Koivunen is a CSM graduate who showed in the prestigious press show with publications in several fashion magazines. After several placements/work experiences in luxurious fashion houses in London, she has worked as a designer for Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. She is currently working on her own line as well as freelancing for other companies.


Please bring the following to the first class:

  • USB storage
  • Notepad and pen

IMPORTANT - Adobe ID Login for Short Course Students

Students will need to create an account with Adobe (unless you already have one) in order to access the Adobe suite at the college – instructions are included below. You will need to use a personal email address to create this. If you already have an account with Adobe, please make sure you bring your login details with you on the first day of the course.

Please note:

  • Creating an Adobe account is free.
  • The software will only be accessible when logged into a UAL networked computer
  • The same account can be used outside of the University, but software will only be accessible through a personal paid subscription that students will need to set up independently
  • You can still create an account on the day but doing this beforehand will save time and avoid delays to the start of the class.
  • If you already have an Adobe ID/ subscription you can use this on your short course rather than setting up a new account.

To create an account students will need to:

  1. Go to Adobe Sign in page.
  2. Select ‘Create an account’
  3. Enter your details and select ‘Create account’

Available dates