Digicam intermediate course

By the end of this course students should be able to use Photoshop to adjust, enhance and create montages of pictures including text and create appropriate output files. They should also be able to approach taking photographs and editing them with an attitude that takes in to account other photographic styles. Each lesson will include a short project where a photographer's style shall be used as a starting point and students will take pictures, download them to their pc and edit them accordingly. Where possible a group discussion shall take place regarding the photographs produced either within the class or via the internet.

Lesson 1


Look at and emulate the photographer Martin Parr

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Revision of previous course including:

Introduction to the "lock down" technique.

The toolbox and its sections

The options toolbar.

Using TAB, Using F key, Using shift and TAB

The different palette windows > moving them around and switching them in to groups.

Defining a custom workspace

Creating a new file - basic

Defining how big the "canvas is" and changing the Canvas size later

Selecting the basic drawing tools

Changing brushes

Changing colours

Changing opacity

Using the magnifying class to zoom in

Double clicking on the hand and magnifying glass icons to change the view

Undo and history

Saving the image at different points by using "Save as"

Lesson 2


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Understanding different file types - intermediate level

Erasing and the link with the background colour - The erase tool should be thought of a brush that uses the background colour.

Dealing with RED EYE problems including flash settings and Photoshop techniques
Capturing images from the web, from the Print screen function, from scanners and cameras

Printing optimisation for printing

Optimisation for multimedia display, e-mail and the Internet.

Lesson 3


Brushes - advanced

Text -advanced

Clone, healing and patch tool

Undo and history - history and art history brush

Lesson 4


Blur tool 10

The Unsharpen filter Want to know more then click on this link10

The Extract filter

The photo filter. Image > Adjustment > Photo filter

Lesson 5

Layers - intermediate

Adjustment masks

Layer masks

Lesson 6


Colour range select tool

The magic wand

Feathering selections

Quick masks

Selecting a background

Saving and loading a selection

Lesson 7


The rotate image function

The free transform function

Lesson 8

Creating montages

Panoramic images using multiple images

Gradient masks

Superimposing images and changing their opacity

Lesson 9


Starting Photoshop by creating shortcuts, pinning to the start menu,
creating a keyboard start key,

Batch processing


The Dock


"burning" files

File management

Lesson 10

Catch up and revision