3. raster graphics
What is this module about?
In this module, you’re making friends with the industry’s most misunderstood tool, Adobe Photoshop. You will learn how to fix, manipulate, and retouch photographs, and you will design a billboard from start to finish that will be added to your portfolio once completed.
You will also learn how to handle colour conversions, and how to deal with image resolution.
What are the requirements for this module?
You will need access to Adobe Creative Cloud, and a computer that can run Photoshop. A pen tablet (like the Wacom Intuos series) is required for masking and retouching work. Please note that an iPad Pro + Apple Pencil will only be sufficient if Photoshop is running natively on your iPad Pro and you are able to share your iPad Pro screen via AnyMeeting.
Whom is it recommended for?
As the third of the General Studies modules in the Graphic Design Masterclass, it is a must for every student who wants to study image manipulation, retouching, and the process of designing for print. This module is a prerequisite for the Typography and Publishing module, which concludes the General Studies section in this masterclass.
Software we use
Working with Bitmaps
RGB, Index and CMYK. Colour conversions. Understanding resolution.
Layers and channels. Transformations. Artboards in Photoshop.
Working with brushes. Finetuning brush settings. Opacity vs Flow.
Basic Healing and Cloning
The basics of cloning and Frankensteining. Understanding content-aware tools.
Selections and Masks
The Lasso and the Quick Selection Tool. Select and Mask. Colour-based selections. Select subject. The Paths palette. Creating and modifying vector masks. Sky replacement.
Advanced layer management and non-destructive image editing.
The everyday usage of blending modes.
Automation and Linking
Recording and using actions in Photoshop and Bridge. All about smart objects.
An overview of the layer effects and their usage. Creating complex effects.
Perspectivity in Photoshop
Perspective Warp and Vanishing Point.
Different kinds of Blur, Noise and Sharpen. Neutral filters.
project “advert”—general challenge
Pitch the advert in 3 directions. Create a moodboard.
Prepare the visual elements.
Project “advert”—print challenge
Design a billboard. Make a magazine ad mutation.
Do preflight and prepress.
project “advert”—digital challenge
Design a social media advert. Make a newsletter mutation.
Create a storyboard for a Youtube ad spot.
The module ideally takes 12 lessons to finish.
A lesson is 90 minutes long.
It is recommended to take 1 lesson a week.
(paid in 3 installments)
£ 276 ×3 (£ 828)
(paid in 3 installments)
£ 138 ×3 (£ 414) /student