Architecture Student Module 1
Photoshop + Illustrator

Studying Architecture is a great challenge. In addition to technical knowledge, it is necessary to master a large number of software tools in order to be able to transfer ideas into reality with minimal time loss.

Crater VFX Training Center has designed specialized trainings for students, specifically tailored to meet the requirements of student tasks.
The first module includes Photoshop and Illustrator, tools used for image editing, text creation and editing, and vector graphics. In addition to mastering these software tools, special attention is given to problems related to print preparation, with the aim of making the image on the screen correspond to the printed material. One part of this course is also devoted to mockup presentations. This way, you will be able to present your design in the form that it was intended for.
Classes are tailored according to students’ obligations at the faculty, and they are available seven days in a week, from early morning until late evening hours.

PART I Photoshop – training for architecture students

Introduction to Photoshop
• A brief history of Photoshop and areas of its application
• Types of graphics: raster and vector graphics
• Basic concepts of raster graphics (various formats, size, resolution)
• Adjusting the monitor
• Hardware and system installation requirements
• Running the program for the first time and restarting the program with default settings
• Initial program setup (resizing the view, history, OpenGL support…)
• Getting to know the graphic environment, working with the tools and manipulating the display

Preparing the photos for work in Word and PowerPoint
• Correcting and cropping images with Crop tool
• Adjusting Brightness / Contrast
• Adjusting Shadows / Highlights
• Undo and History panel

Retouching photos for Facebook, Instagram and promotional materials (posters, brochures, flyers)
• Changing the parts of an image with Dodge, Sponge, Burn, Blur, Sharpen, and Red Eye tools
• Changing the parts of an image with Clone Stamp, Spot Healing Brush, Healing Brush, and Content-Aware Fill tools
• Visual aids Pixel Grid and Layer Edges
• Retouching strategy

Transitions between colors – gradients
• Creating predefined color ramps
• Creating your own color ramps

Designing posters – working with layers, selections and raster masks
• Organizing PSD files using layers and multiple workspaces (Artboards)
• Layer manipulation (changing the layer order, turning layers on/off, locking layers…)
• Selection Tools: Marquee, Quick Selection, Magic Wand, Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, Magnetic Lasso
• Adjusting Selection Edges (Feather, Expand, Contract, Smooth tools…)
• Geometric Image Transformation Tool (Move, Rotate, Warp…)
• Image Transformation with Puppet Warp tool
• Use of guides and rulers
• Applying styles to layers
• Layer groups
• Exchanging layers between multiple files and working with multiple files
• Layer merging
• Creating and modifying a raster mask
• Text adding and adjusting
• Text masking
• Warp text tool
• Saving files in different formats

Adjustment layer
• Understanding the histogram
• Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer
• Levels adjustment layer
• Vibrance adjustment layer
• Hue / Saturation adjustment layer
• Posterize adjustment layer
• Threshold adjustment layer
• Photo Filter adjustment layer

Channels – black and white photography
• RGB and CMYK channels
• Channel Mixer adjustment layer

Filter application basics
• Filter Gallery
• Noise reduction with Reduce Noise filter
• Sharpening images with the Unsharp Mask filter
• Vanishing Point Filter

Multi-layer manipulation
• Creating a panorama from multiple photos
• Blending modes – interaction between layers based on color

WEB and print preparation
• Color gamut ranges
• Briefly about offset and digital printing and the CMYK color model
• Working with Print tool

PART II Illustrator – training for architecture students

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
• Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
• Starting Illustrator and opening the file
• Display manipulation tools

Graphic object selection techniques
• Selecting the objects and parts of objects with Selection and Direct Selection tools
• Hiding and locking the objects
• Selection in Outline mode
• Aligning and arranging the objects
• Making object groups and Isolation mode

Using the Object Shape Creation tool
• Working with simple shapes (rectangle, ellipse, circle, polygon, star)
• Live corners option
• Changing the line width and its alignment

Changing and combining Shape objects and paths
• Changing the paths and objects Shape
• Cutting paths with Scissors and joining the paths
• Using the Eraser tool
• Combining objects with the Pathfinder panel and the Shape builder tool
• Creating complex paths
• Changing objects (size, reflection, distortion and skew)

Using Illustrator with other Adobe programs
• Transferring Illustrator objects to Photoshop

Creating illustrations with drawing tools
• Drawing straight and curved lines with Pen tool
• Drawing objects with Pen tool
• Changing paths and points
• Deleting and adding checkpoints (Anchor Point)
• Creating a dashed line
• Adding arrows to the path

Working with colors
• Creating a new color using the Color panel
• Saving a color sample (Swatch)
• Using the Color Picker tool to create colors
• Color conversion
• Changing the color of an object

Adding text
• Adding Point Type text
• Adding Area Type text
• Changing the font family and style
• Text overflow between columns
• Text formatting
• Resizing and changing the text color
• Paragraph formatting
• Changing the text with Touch Type tool
• Resizing and formatting the entered text
• Placing text along the path
• Creating text outline

Exporting files in different formats
• Exporting Photoshop PSD files
• Different ways of exporting files

Organizing graphics using layers
• Creating layers and sublayers and their positioning
• Moving objects between layers
• Viewing and changing layer order
• Creating a clipping mask

• Working with linear gradient
• Adjusting the linear gradient fill
• Adding transparency to the gradient

Creative application of effects and graphic styles
• Working with the Appearance panel
• Working with effects (applying and changing effects)
• Scaling the Stroke effect and other effects

Preparing files for printing
• Creating PDF files

Upon completion of the course students will receive the internationally recognized Adobe Certificate of Completion, as well as the Crater VFX Training Center Certificate.

Saša Živković
Education Manager @ Crater Training Center

With thousands of educated trainees of all ages under his hat, Saša is an expert in IT-related education certified by Adobe and Autodesk. A consistently top-rated Autodesk instructor for Serbia, he was also licensed by the Institute for the Advancement of Education and Training to provide IT training to high school teachers. In collaboration with Computer Library Čačak, he has authored four AutoCAD instruction books.
A multi-talent, Saša also worked on various projects related to stage design, advertising, and business process monitoring software implementation. Formally educated as a Naval Architect at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, he has spent his life expanding his knowledge of computer graphics and its cross-industry applications. At Crater Training Center, he teaches AutoCAD 2D, AutoCAD 3D, 3ds Max, Teen 3ds Max, Architectural Visualization, Photoshop, Teen Photoshop, Digital Editing and CreationArchitecture Student Module 1 and Architecture Student Module 2.

Stefan Lakić
Graphic Designer @ Freelance
Scholarship: Young Talents of Belgrade
Scholarship: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Member of Association of Film Artists of Serbia (UFUS)

Film and TV Camera graduate turned graphic designer, Stefan holds a Master’s Degree in Digital Media from the Bremen University of Arts in Germany and an Adobe Expert certification for Adobe Illustrator. Starting as a camera assistant during his university years, he was awarded Best Student Award for Academic Year 2005-06 at the Academy of Arts Belgrade and went on to receive a talent scholarship from the city of Belgrade. In 2010, he became a Member of Association of Film Artists of Serbia (UFUS) thanks to his work as a director of photography in documentary movies. After having an internship at Lifestream Creations GmbH in Bremen, Germany, he returned to Belgrade and started working as a freelance graphic designer. He teaches Illustrator, Teen Illustrator, Graphic Design and Printing, InDesign and Architecture Student Module 1 at Crater VFX Training Center.


200 EUR for classes in Serbian
300 EUR for classes in English cat. 1*
400 EUR for classes in English cat. 2*
VAT included. Class is 45 minutes
* Country category list

30 classes

basic computer skills
* or equivalent computer skills