Digital Image Editing and Creation

If you have decided to dive into the waters of design, graphics, photography, Internet, 3D and the VFX industry – this is the right place for your hobby or career to begin!

In this course for beginners, you will be introduced to working with the Photoshop program and, using various tools and techniques, get a broader view of the role Photoshop plays in the world of visual arts and media. Adobe Certified Instructors (ACIs) will make every effort to ensure that you learn to retouch, edit and prepare images for the web and use tools in ways that will develop your creativity. You will master vector graphics and paintbrushes, as well as the use of a graphics tablet, all of which will be put to use in furthering your career in 3D and the VFX industry. 


Basic information:

course duration: 6 weeks
requirements: basic computer skills
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     *price based on minimum 5 participants

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Course program:

Getting acquainted, introduction and installation

Getting acquainted
• Monitors – short history and principles of functioning
• Settings adjustments and calibration of a monitor
Raster and vector graphics
• Raster origins – digital camera, scanner, graphics tablet, computer generated graphics
• Short history and description of use of Photoshop across various fields
• Hardware and system requirements for Photoshop installation
• Installation of the program and first steps

Beginning work in Photoshop, graphic surroundings, application of tools and program settings
Beginning with restoring default settings
• Getting acquainted with graphic surroundings and working with tools
• Recording graphic surroundings
• Manipulating the display on the screen
• Initial program settings (zoom, history, OpenGL support…)
• Adobe certifications
• Literature and accompanying CD

Basic concepts, basic image corrections and Adobe Bridge
The basics of working in the Adobe Bridge program
• Basic concepts related to raster graphics (various formats in short, size, resolution)
• Retouching strategy
• Rectifying and cropping images using the following tools: Crop, Ruler and Crop and Straighten Photos
• Palette with a predefined library of colors
• Reading the values of the color components of a sample using the Eyedropper tool and applying the Color Sampler tool
• Selective editing of images using the following tools: Clone Stamp, Spot Healing Brush, Healing Brush, Eye, Content-aware fill
• Undo and palette History
• Replacing colors on an image using the following tools: Replace Color and Color Replacement
Sharpening images using the following filters: Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
• Getting acquainted with the CMYK color model and the basic differences between said model and the RGB color model
• Saving a file in various formats

Various types of selection and transformation of objects
• Various tools for selection and their meaning
• Tools for selection: Quick Selection, Magic Wand, Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, Magnetic Lasso
• Transforming an image using the Free Transform tool (movement, rotation, duplication, warp…)
• Transforming an image using the Puppet Warp tool
• Adjusting the edges of a selection (Feather, Refine Edge...)

Basics of working with layers
• Organizing a PSD file using layers
• Manipulating layers (changing the order, switching on, switching off, locking…)
• Applying styles on layers
• Interaction between layers regarding color (blending modes)
• Creating transitions between colors using the Gradient tool
• Basics of using filers
• Using a guide and a ruler
• Exchanging layers between several files and working with several files at once 
• Merging layers

Working with textures and custom textures
• Predefined textures, creating seamless textures using the Offset filter

Additional image editing techniques
• Adjusting a histogram and Shadows/Highlights
• Adjusting Hue/Saturation and Vibrance
• Selectively editing images using the following tools: Dodge, Sponge, Burn, Blur, Sharpen and Red Eye
• Reduce Noise i Surface Blur filters
• Harmonizing the colors in an image (Match Color, Channel Mixer, Photo Filter…)

Raster masks
• Creating masks
• Fine-tuning masks (masking hair)
• Creating masks using the Quick Mask tool

Working with channels
• Working with channels
• Channels in RGB, CMYK and LAB color models

Working with text
• Various types of fonts
• Writing and adjusting text
• Creating masks from text
• Deforming text using the Warp tool

Advances techniques in working with layers
• Advanced techniques for applying blending modes
• Applying the Vanishing Point filter
• Applying the smart filter
• Applying the cumulative effect of several filters to an image
• Importing vector graphics from the Adobe Illustrator program
• Creating and modifying a smart object
• Recording and modifying the composition of layers

Editing photographs
• Creating panoramas by connecting several photographs
• Filter Lens Correction
• Depth of Field

Raw photography
• About Raw photography
• Adjusting images in Adobe Camera Raw (white balance, exposure, contrast, sharpness and saturation)
• Synchronized adjustment of several images using Adobe Camera Raw
• Connecting Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop to edit a single image

HDR photography
• About HDR photography
• Creating HDR images using several images and the HDR Pro plug-in
• Creating HDR images using a single image and the HDR Toning tool

Vector graphics
• Creating and adjusting paths
• Creating selections from vector paths
• Creating layers with vector masks
• Creating and modifying predefined vector symbols
• Setting text alongside a path
• Complex methods for applying paths in combination with tools for work with raster

Preparation for WEB and preparation for print
• Saving images for the Web with the Save for Web & Devices tool
• Offset and digital print in short
• Managing color space and color profiles
• Various ranges of color
• WYSIWYG as an unattainable ideal (Gamut Warning and Proof Colors tools)
• Working with the Print tool
• Creating Web galleries using the Adobe Bridge program

Increasing production
• Creating keyboard shortcuts
• Automation using actions and creation of actions
• Implementation of actions on larger number of images



Adobe Photoshop CS4 Classroom in a Book, Peachpit, Berkeley, California, 2009
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Classroom in a BookPeachpit, Berkeley, California, 2010
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Classroom in a Book, Peachpit, Berkeley, California, 2012

*all literature is available to students at the Crater VFX Training Center library



Upon completion of the course students will receive the Crater VFX Training Center Certificate.


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