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.
In the final module, we explore 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.
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 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 five 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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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.
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.