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Adobe Photoshop for Photographers: Beginners

Adobe Photoshop for Photographers: Beginners

London College of Communication
Taught by
Rick Cordell


Photoshop is widely regarded as the leading digital image editing application for photographers and image-makers. This course will fast-track candidates into setting up a successful digital workflow through theory, demonstration, and hands-on practice.

Topics Covered

  • Transferring files from camera systems to the computer
  • JPEG and RAW files
  • Simple image manipulation
  • Destructive and non-destructive editing
  • Simple retouching techniques
  • Tools and adjustment layers (crop, brushes, curves, healing brush, etc.)
  • Introduction to colour management
  • Scaling and resolution
  • Histograms and how to read them

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Manipulate and edit images using a variety of Photoshop features
  • Have a basic understanding of digital imaging and the issues surrounding it
  • Understand the importance of a calibrated workflow
  • Have confidence in the quality of the images you produce

Who Should Attend
This course is perfect for you if you work in marketing or communications role or if you are a photographer seeking to improve the standard of your own images.

Beginner: You do not need any prior knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. Familiarity with using a Mac is useful but not essential.

Follow Up Courses
After you have completed this course you may want to continue your education in Adobe Photoshop with Adobe Photoshop for Photographers: Intermediate or try your hand at different Adobe Creative Suite 6 software such as AdobeInDesign: Beginners.

Customised Training
We also offer bespoke Adobe Photoshop courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page.

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"The course was exactly as it said. I am doing Photoshop because I have to as I am teaching A level Photography so maybe not too excited about it as really I want to be taking pictures. Jeff the tutor was excellent, incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful. I was more interested at the end than when I came in so well done to the tutor for that."

Customised Training
We also offer bespoke Adobe courses and animation courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page or view Gardiner & Theobald, UK: Digital Adobe Training case study.

Tutor Description

Rick Cordell has extensive knowledge and experience of editorial design and photography. He has lectured at the University of the Arts London for over 14 years. He worked on the the BA (Hons) Magazine Publishing course for 10 years where subjects included magazine design and production, editorial photography and content generation. He has taught many short courses including Photoshop, InDesign and stop motion animation.

He is also a sessional tutor for the borough of Tower Hamlets’ IdeaStore Learning, teaching many aspects of photography including courses in portrait, product and digital photography as well as traditional darkroom techniques.

Prior to teaching Rick ran his own successful business specialising in editorial and corporate portraiture. He was commissioned both nationally and internationally by many of London’s leading design groups and his corporate executive portraits made him a frequent visitor to many of the capital’s top FTSE 100 company boardrooms.

He is currently working, in collaboration with a colleague, to establish a video production company that specialises in short video films and embraces the exciting trend towards the moving image, focusing on its importance in corporate communication and social media.

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