Picture Editing: An Introduction

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 181 Conc £68 Full £327

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Monday 18:30 - 20:30 10 MAC 23/09/2019 02/12/2019 JS1900

What will the course cover?

This course shows learners the layout and functions of a general open source Picture Editor (e.g. GIMP) and how to use them to edit, alter, improve and add special effects to photographs. Covers how to correct photos using freely available software by applying simple retouching techniques, and using layers and filters.

Who is the course for?

Computer literate people who wish to gain basic skills in image manipulation for employment or pleasure.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

Good basic computer skills: How to use a mouse and keyboard proficiently, as well as the ability to navigate through computer files and folders i.e. standard file management. This course is not for IT beginners or people who have only completed an introductory course on computing. No previous experience of picture editing necessary.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Use various tools on the picture editor toolbar to a beginners level; Colour-correct and crop photographs; Alter the colour, brightness and contrast of an image; Apply basic retouching such as spot removal and smoothing skin texture; Restore old, damaged photos; Repair low level damage on a photograph and remove unwanted features; Edit RAW format photos; Create a photo montage from several different photographic sources; Apply special effects and create simple graphics.

How is the course organised?

Step-by-step demonstrations are given throughout the class. Students then work on the exercises individually, following the relevant instructions. The tutor moves around the class facilitating and solving problems with each learner when necessary. The tutor makes the whole group aware of a particular individual problem and its solution if it is of general importance. Where possible, students are invited to bring and work on their own projects.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

To gain the maximum benefit, you should read recommended books and websites, and practice the topics covered during the class each week – the more you practice, the faster your skills will improve. You should try and spend at least an hour per week of revision and putting the skills learned in the classroom into practice. Computer access is available at Study Support sessions at Macbeth centre, or at your local library.

How will my progress be assessed?

A check list to show that each person has achieved the objectives in the assessment criteria. The tutor will also gauge individual progress through observation of student work and performance during the course. The tutor may provide homework or specific tasks to assess your progress and there will be regular opportunities to review your progress through the class.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

A more advanced course in Photoshop or other digital imaging courses. Students should gain the confidence to progress further on their home computer with imaging software.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

A pen and notebook, a file folder to store handouts, and a USB key if you want to take your work home with you (your tutor can give you advice on purchasing USB keys). Photo files will be provided for students to practice on, but students may wish to bring in their own photo files on CD or memory stick. Students are also strongly advised to buy Photoshop or Photoshop Elements for home practice. A free book is provided with the course, but you may benefit from investing in a guide book to supplement your learning. Some suggested texts are: GIMP 2.8 for Photographers: Image Editing with Open Source Software – Goelker (ISBN 1937538265) If you are comfortable using the Internet, there are some helpful online sites: www.good-tutorials.com www.gimp.org/tutorials

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley (sean.buckley@lbhf.gov.uk) to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (hfals.co.uk), in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.