The companion guide and keyboard shortcut sheet are there for a reference so you can solidify your skills.
What you will learn
Module One in the course introduces you to the Photoshop workspace, setting up a new document and the main tool palettes within Photoshop.
Module Two focuses working with layers, how to use layer masks for efficient workflows, using adjustment layers to make non destructive changes to your images. We also look at layer styles, blend modes, opacity and filters.
Module Three explores selection tools, such as using the marquee tool, magic wand, lasso and the free transform options.
Module Four is all about the drawing tools. These are some of the most exciting features in photoshop - we look at the kind of effects and outcomes that can be achieved with brushes, where to download them and how to use them. We also look at using brushes with masks, fill and paint bucket tools and the shape tool to create useful entourage in your drawings.
Module Five explores collaging and editing. We look at how to insert images and textures into your document, how to cut out images and working with type. Finally, we go through some of the really useful resources and websites that provide downloads that will help you create amazing visuals.
Module Six provides a complete step by step guide to creating a site analysis diagram. We offer three different types of site analysis drawing and go through each one, step by step. You can also download the file to work along side me, or just download the completed file to see how it's done.
Module Seven is a complete guide to creating an elevation illustration. Once again, we go step by step through the process, with all the files available to download.
The course also includes 12 exercises where you can practice the techniques being taught, and upload your files for feedback. The exercises allow you to go through the steps, experimenting with the different techniques and outcomes. They provide a great opportunity to consolidate your learning and ensure you use the new skills to their fullest potential when working on your own projects.
The course also includes a few bonus items to help you along:
- Our companion guide that takes you through each lesson, outlining the key takeaways, tool details, keyboard shortcuts, so you can refer to the guide during the course and after.
- A fantastic texture pack from our friends at Tony Textures - these are free for you to use in your own designs, or use them throughout the course to help with your learning.
- Our own Photoshop Keyboard Shortcut Guide.
Emma, founder of First In Architecture has been providing tutorials and guides to architecture students and professionals for over seven years now. She loves teaching and sharing knowledge, with a clear and measured approach to her classes allowing students to get the best out of each lesson. Keen to ensure students learn to be productive with their time, Emma aims to teach efficient workflows and maximise output with a focused structured work process.
StartIntroduction to Layers (5:34)
StartLayer Styles (8:40)
StartExercise #1 - Layer Styles
StartLayer Blend Modes and Opacity (6:53)
StartExercise #2 - Blend Modes and Opacity
StartLayer Masks (10:49)
StartExercise #3 - Layer Masks
StartAdjustment Layers (9:43)
StartExercise #4 - Adjustment Layers
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you want to add some colour to an elevation line drawing, render a floor plan, create a photo realistic visual from a sketchup export, or create an abstract collage, this basics course will give you the skills to do so.
Rather than watching YouTube videos of people working on photoshop in fast forward, with no explanation or description of their processes - learn about the tools in a methodical way, that will give you all the understanding and skills you need to create great work.
Signing up to the course will give you lifetime access, so you can come back and brush up your skills any time, and dip in and out of the course as you need.
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Don't take my word for it....
Feedback from a recent student Kayoko - Architect:
I have been searching for a comprehensive photoshop course specifically for architects – I have tried Lynda & some Youtube tutorials in the past and still not able to grasp the basic techniques enough to start rendering architectural plans.
I am so happy to have found your course and to let you know that I am impressed with your course structure and short & precise videos. In about 2 weeks, I managed to finally learn the basics of photoshop!
I will recommend this course to any architects and designers.
It’s great that you provide a lifetime access – as I tend to forget after a while and would be amazing to refresh the memories and go over the course.
Custom brush & cut out of trees tutorials were really amazing, with great result.
I look forward to advanced photoshop course if there will be one in the future.
Feedback from a recent student David - Architect:
Working in a small practice (there's just the two of us!) means that finding time to learn new software can be difficult - I'd avoided trying to learn Photoshop for many years partly because I didn't quite appreciate its relevance, and partly because I didn't know where to start. The course you've created is perfect. It provides an overview as to what the software is capable, the learning is broken down into bite size pieces and set out in a logical fashion. Being online meant that I could do the course when I wanted and at the pace I wanted.
Additionally, anything I didn't quite understand I could simply rewind and repeat the tutorial.
I have no hesitation in recommending your course for architects, designers etc looking to get into using Photoshop. Thank you for all the hardworking you've put into creating this course.
Email from a recent student Vanessa - Architecture Student at University of Brighton:
Feedback from a interior design student Steve:
I am an interior design student and wanted to let you know how much your Photoshop for Architects course helped me with my last assignment.
As part of my assignment I had to create an elevation and floor plan of a studio apartment and colour-render them. Even though I had the option to do the work by hand, I decided to learn AutoCAD to do the drafting. Your video tutorials on YouTube helped me a lot with that. When it came to rendering my drawings I decided to enrol into your Photoshop course, because its content matched my needs to the point.
As I was so pleased with the quality of your online tutorials and Photoshop course, and I received a distinction for my finished work.
I just wanted to say thank you for that and let you know that your work helps students like myself.
Feedback from a recent student Daniel - Architect:
The course was great! I really did learn many features that I never even thought of when I was in school. It is a very thorough course for beginners.
Feedback from a recent student Steven - Architect:
I have use photoshop for a few years and could just about get by. However I always found the programme to be a little “clumsy”.
I have used online tutorials before on YouTube but they aren’t always relevant or tangible to my design needs (architecture & town planning).
I am starting module 4 now and have picked up a lot of great tips along the way. One example being, learning to use masks properly without destroying my images! This has been a great help and will speed up my future workflow.
I only wish I had found the website sooner!