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Every Architect and Engineer knows that you need a good, solid foundation to build anything on. Most people know this as well - a decent foundation in childhood will carry you far in adulthood.

But then why do so many institutions not follow the same principle with their courses? Most courses out there will teach you how to do this or that in Photoshop, but they never bother with the foundation.

Time and time again I meet up with old students, who inform me that after attending our Photoshop Fundamentals course, they suddenly understand third party internet or book-related tutorials. They actually know what the work is about, as opposed to just following step-by-step instructions without being clear about what they are in fact doing.

This course was specifically designed with the Photoshop Foundation in mind. Once you know and understand how Photoshop works, you will be empowered to do so much more by yourself, and not only be reliant on specific procedures as teached in other courses.

Here you will learn about the basic building blocks of Photoshop, how it works, and why it works. Once you have completed this course, you will have a basic understanding of the pillars on which this amazing tool stands - it's foundation. And we all know how important a good foundation is!

Give a hungry man a fish, and you feed him for one day. Teach a hungry man how to fish, and you feed him for life.


Well, basically, at the end of the course you will know:

  • how to work with layers
  • how to create drop shadow and other creative techniques on text or graphics
  • how to create, and manage selections
  • how to fix photos that are too dark or too light
  • how to remove objects from photos
  • how to do photo touch-ups
  • how to make the photo black-and-white, but keep some objects in colour
  • how to create various creative design elements
  • how to apply vignetting to an image
  • how to make text follow a shape or path
  • how to create your own Birthday, Christmas or Valentine's cards
  • how to create your own brush shapes / patterns
  • how to change the colour of any object to any other colour

Here follows the course outline for the Photoshop Fundamentals course:

1. Creating a cover for your digital negative jewel case
2. Basic Photoshop Tools:

1. Marquee Tool
2. Move Tool
3. Lasso Tool
4. Magic Wand Tool
5. Crop Tool
6. Spot Healing Brush Tool
7. Healing Brush Tool
8. Patch Tool
9. Red Eye Removal Tool
10. Colour Replacement Tool
11. Brush Tool
12. Pencil Tool
13. Clone Stamp Tool
14. Pattern Stamp Tool
15. History Brush Tool
16. Art History Brush Tool
17. Eraser Tool
18. Background Eraser Tool
19. Magic Eraser Tool
20. Gradient Tool
21. Paint Tool
22. Blur Tool
23. Sharpen Tool
24. Smudge Tool
25. Dodge Tool
26. Burn Tool
27. Sponge Tool
28. Shape Tool
29. Type Tool
30. Notes Tool
31. Audio Annotation Tool
32. Eye Dropper Tool
33. Colour Sampler Tool
34. Measure Tool
35. Hand Tool
36. Zoom Tool
37. Colour Selectors
38. Quick Mask Mode
39. Screen Modes

3. Introducing Layers
4. Basic Image Control:

1. Reading a Histogram
2. Adjusting Levels
3. Basic Curves
4. Basic Colour Balance
5. Brightness and Contrast
6. Basic Hue and Saturation
7. Desaturate
8. Shadow/Highlight

5. Creating a visible watermark for your images
6. Creating your own © brush
7. Q&A sessions: students ask the lecturer to practically show how to accomplish a specific task

For this course, we assume you know NOTHING about Photoshop. You will, however, at the end of this course understand how Photoshop works, and be able to follow subsequent tutorials with much more ease.

One thing you must have, is basic PC skills - how to locate, and open files from your computer.

Click here to book a seat for one of our courses.

Please note that limited seats are available for each course (12 per class - this way we can ensure that everybody gets personal attention when needed), and they get booked quite fast. To ensure your place in the next course, make a booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

To make your booking, please contact us by phone - +27 84 88 000 55, or via email.

We will need payment in order to secure your seat.

Hope to hear from you soon!

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Courses are presented throughout the year, so if you do not see a date that suits you right away, please feel free to enlist for future courses, or check in at a later stage for more course dates...


If you would like to place a booking, or if you have any other enquiries, contact us either by phone or by email:

Phone: +27 [0] 84 88 000 55

Alternatively, you could also contact Blanc Noir Photography:

Phone: +27 [0] 84 88 000 55


Please note that limited seats are available for each course, and that they get booked quite fast. To ensure your place in the next course, please make a booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Hope to hear from you soon!

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