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Photoshop Training for Digital Artists

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 6, 2013, 6:04 AM
Art System Photoshop

Hey everyone, hope you had a good holidays and you're feeling ready to face the world again! I just wanted to share with you a big project I have underway for 2013 - it's a Photoshop training course 100% focused on Photomanipulation techniques. The course has been in development for around 4 years, and is the actual syllabus I use to teach at university level. The success of my students at CCCU has really encouraged me to take this methodology to a wider audience.

So what's it about? It's a short series of courses that covers the following:

1. Core Skills & Compositing

(includes: workspace, doc types, layers, layer masks, adjustment layers, processing, shortcuts, pen tool, selecting stock, compositing complex objects, dealing with hair)

2. 'The Art System'

(includes: visual research, mood-boards, movie poster analysis, composition, rule of thirds, depth of field, producing for print, social art profiles, visual hierachy, colour)

3. Lighting Techniques

(includes: lighting overview, shadows, diffraction, highlights, speculars, catch-lights, ambient colour, reflective colour, light objects: fire, stars, lens flares etc. fantasy lighting, vignettes, foreground 'pop', case studies, 3-point lighting overview)

4. Walkthrough Projects

to be confirmed..

...the software is the easy part

This training course goes against the grain somewhat, as it's not just a massive bundle of walkthroughs - it covers the 'art system' of visual research and composition. All the good stuff that's majorly important, but is never covered by the tutorial sites. Anyone can learn photoshop in a fortnight, but developing visual awareness requires a more specialized skillset.

Got feedback?

This course is being put together based on the work that Ive done with hundreds of students over the past few years, but I'd love to hear from you guys at DA. What would you want from a training package like this, and what do you feel is 'skimmed over' by other training providers?

Look forward to hearing your comments.

Conzz 8-)

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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting ^^
I have some difficulties sometimes to mix pictures for photomanipulations, in particular when they have different sharpness level and different lighting, try to rebuild the all thing is really difficult and I am probably too soft in the light rendering of my composition.
So I would be very interested by a course like that ^^
conzpiracy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The course will cover every aspect that you just mentioned. I appreciate you showing your interest :)
Urus-28 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So we just have to wait the availability and price =)
caddman Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
...where do you sign up...:)
conzpiracy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hehe, I'll have info trickling out as and when the training pack is released. Really appreciate your interest :)
AshleySmash Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would absolutely love to sign up for this!
conzpiracy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice one Ashley, will keep you posted :)
Divs-M Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
You've already mentioned the art aspect and in my experience its this 'fine art' part that every ps course misses. You can be great at a software and still produce eyesores if you have zero understanding of basic art concepts. Then its just hit or miss. Unless you are just artistically gifted.
I wish I could do this offline. Any chance you will ever make this non- virtual? If so, you have your first student!
conzpiracy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
A plan I had for the future was masterclass sessions, taught within a media suite.. To start, this digital training package has my attention. The fine-art theory is massively important, I agree - so this system uses that element as it's core :)
EveLivesey Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Shared Conzz :-) Light! I need to know about light and shadows and esècially when there is more than one source of light! Are you posting this on LinkedIn?
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