I’ve been wanting to get my head around some more sophisticated photo editing software for a little while, so when I was invited to take part in a Photoshop Workshop running at the National Design Academy, I was thrilled.
What surprised me even more, was that the National Design Academy is only 10 minutes from my house. Who knew!
The one day Photoshop for Beginners workshop ran for 6 hours and covered all the basics, particularly aimed at those studying interior design. With most attendees already studying some kind of design qualification we covered how to import images, how to clip them and layer up a moodboard, using the distort and proportion tools to drag and drop wallpapers and flooring into a design.
Whilst the workshop wasn’t totally focused on editing images, I’ve picked up enough knowledge to play with the software and learn some of the basics. I’m hoping with time that I can master some more advanced tools and edit my photos with more precision. For now, here’s how I adjusted my image above, increasing the exposure, brightness and contrast to bring a better looking photos.
I know it’s not perfect and I’ve got a little way to go but as you know, I take plenty of images so am really looking forward to playing around more and perfecting this skill.
The National Design Academy is located in Colwick, Nottingham, and most of its courses are via correspondence, carried out online. NDA is the only institution to offer flexible, online, fully accredited interior design courses. From Diploma to Master’s Degree level, their interior design, soft furnishings, curtain making & garden design courses are designed to let you study from the comfort of your own home.
The National Design Academy is part of The NDA Foundation – a not for profit organisation. Profits are re-invested back into the Foundation for the benefit of its students. This means lower fees than other design schools and colleges, and allows more people to study, further enriching the student experience.
The workshop I attended was one of several that the academy runs on its premises. Many of the students I met were taking back to back classroom workshops to aid their diplomas and courses. I also met a few professional interior designers who were adding to and updating their current skills. Tools like CAD and Photoshop are essential to the successful interior designer, and if you’re following the Great Interior Design Challenge, you’ll know that even amateurs designers need these tools.
A one day Level One Photoshop course costs £75 to NDA members and £90 for non-members. In fact all workshops held at the NDA cost the same price. Choose from others such as AutoCad, Sketchup and Visual Presentation. Online courses range from a Diploma through to a Foundation Degree, and also an MA. The requirements for, and costs of each course can be found on the National Design Academy website HERE, if you want to find out more.
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