Photoshop – an introduction to creative image enhancement with Mark Howard

Ref: SWE13381

Location: West Dean
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About this course

Learn some of Adobe Photoshop's creative features and discover how to make enhancements to your images. Explore many of the software's primary adjustment features, while experimenting with your own images.

Course Description

This course aims to introduce beginners to some of Adobe Photoshop’s creative features. It will give insights into creating enhancements to your images, using many of the software’s primary adjustment features, including working with layers, layer masks, tools and filters. It is ideal if you have little or no knowledge of Photoshop. In this step-by-step guide through the basics, you will work at your own pace in the College’s PC based, digital photography suite.

You will be able to see what manipulation techniques are available, using Photoshop to explore and experiment with your own images, using selection and creative tools and filters, and then moving onto more intermediate processes of layers, masks and paths.

The course starts with processes that show the fundamental elements of image enhancements in its basic form, including photo re-touching and repair. Demonstrations by the tutor will be followed by individual practice. You will develop your knowledge at your pace, from basic to more intermediate techniques. You will create multi-layered images, with the emphasis on using layers, masks and other creative tools. Using your own digital files, you will create an environment that incorporates the use of Photoshop as an everyday tool.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • You should prepare and bring your own digital images. This can be on a memory stick, or digital camera cards can also be used with the appropriate reader or by using the computer’s onboard card reader ports. Raw files can be used within Photoshop, but some camera manufacturers require additional software, so it is advisable to keep file types as normal Tiff, Jpeg, Bmp or Psd files.
  • A note of your Adobe ID login will be useful.
  • It is a good idea to select images of a range of subjects, e.g. landscapes, perspective shots, buildings, people and portraits, close-ups, skies, monuments and still life. These can be good quality images, not just those needing improvement.
  • In addition, please bring:
  • Your own digital camera (optional), if you wish to take some photographs during breaks to work on later, together with the relevant downloading software, camera/computer leads, fresh batteries/charger, blank memory cards and cameral manual.
  • Please bring your preferred media to save work on at the end of the course, e.g. USB memory stick/portable hard drive.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Memory sticks

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified.


Mark Howard

Mark Howard is a professional photographer and camera operator working in corporate and commercial photography and video production. He has worked on many personal documentary projects including gang culture in Los Angeles and has exhibited at the Millais Gallery in Southampton. Mark qualified as a professional photographer in 1992 from Chichester College of Art, Science and Technology.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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