Understanding the basics of photography and how digital images are stored is important if you want to be able to produce great images. Using tools such as Photoshop for editing can greatly enhance an image, but how it’s stored on your camera in the first place can make a big difference to what you can do to it later on.
Our Photoshop course not only tells you how to edit images, but gives you the technical understanding behind different types of image files, how colours are made up and how to understand image size and resolution. We also offer Advanced Photoshop training for those who want to take their technical knowledge further.
To get you started, here’s some information about Raw files, and when you might want to store images on your camera as Raw instead of as JPEGs.
What is a Raw File?
A Raw file is simply an exact recording of the data that is produced by the sensors of a camera. Like negatives, they need processing to be turned into an actual image file. You need specialist software like Photoshop to view them, and as soon as you make any changes to a Raw file, it becomes an image file and must be saved as a jpg, png, psd or similar. Images in the form of Raw files can’t have been manipulated, so they can be used as evidence in court. (more…)
The Quick Selection tool lets you select the outline of a shape within an image (for example, this yellow flower that I need to cut out and paste into another image) without having to manually trace its outline. This is easiest to do with bold shapes that stand out from the background, but you can edit the selection with precision where needed.
This is just one of the many Photoshop techniques you’ll try out on our 2-day Photoshop course. Coming to us to train in person means having a trainer on hand to trouble-shoot and give you advice – much more useful than trying to figure out this complex software by yourself or by using online video tutorials that can easily go out of date. If this is old-hat to you, why not come on our Advanced Photoshop course?
To Use the Quick Selection tool:
1. Load your image in Photoshop and select the Quick Selection tool (hint: it’s toggled with the Magic Wand tool).
Maybe 1,000 words of text was okay in 2001, but it’s 2012 now and tastes have changed! Images are now vital to the popularity and shareability of web content.
People just like visual content. Whether it is images, videos or even the design on the page and site – if you grab attention with your content then you encourage clicking, engaging and sharing!
Every blog post we write involves a trip to Photoshop, whether it is just to touch up an image and optimise it for the web, to manipulate an image for our purposes or even to create images from scratch. Photoshop is an essential tool for anyone involved in web content.
In fact, a lot of the people who come on our 2 day Photoshop course are there to learn how to use the tool so they can make their site more attractive to users.
We also have a Photoshop for Web Graphics course that looks specifically at images for web content – ideal for any current or future bloggers!
Still not convinced? These 5 reasons should change your mind:
1. Images draw attention on a page
When creating content on your site – product pages, blog posts or any type of page – you can use images to draw your visitors’ attention to a particular point on the page. (more…)