Adobe Photoshop 5 Interactive Seminar

Software training courses are too often overpriced and under-planned. A £500 one-day course for any software title should furnish students with a knowledge platform upon which he or she can build more advanced skills. Many of the courses I’ve been on have failed in this because they try to cover too much ground. A Photoshop course I attended was typical. What I needed was to master basic colour-manipulation and path-creation – but ended up with a rag bag of skills that enabled me to quarter-complete 12 Photoshop functions, rather than master just a few. It was a waste of time and money. Eurosync Technology’s Photoshop 5 seminar, on the other hand, is a value-for-money package that will furnish you with key Photoshop skills that £1,500 of external training would struggle to deliver. This tutorial does what most courses should: rather than pitching itself at beginners or advanced users, it offers a solid grounding in key skills – in this case scanning and colour correction. This seminar also steers clear of another common failing of many courses – the assumption of knowledge. It takes you from the most logical starting point: knowing which scanner to buy and what to do with it when you’ve parted with your cash. Before launching into Photoshop’s colour-correction functionality, it offers a sound grounding in colour and image theory, and an explanation of Photoshop preferences-setting for RGB and CMYK images. Once this section of the seminar is complete, you can move on with confidence to learning how to master tonal correction, colour correction and the sharpening, cleaning and targeting of an image. The CD comes into its own with its tutorials on colour-correcting RGB and CMYK images. Throughout, the seminar employs scrollable text on one side of the screen to tackle the theory of what’s under review – allied to a QuickTime movie on the right, to illustrate how theory becomes practice in Photoshop. In the tutorials, though, this approach adopts yet another level: the movies stall until the pupil has clicked the correct option from the correct drop-down menu or dialogue box. This affords one familiarity with – and an understanding of – the steps and processes involved. A nice touch. In just a couple of hours, I was comfortable using a histogram to analyze the colour and tonal qualities of images, and then using this to rid the images of colour-cast, using the Levels and Curves functions. Many functions and windows that were alien to me now make perfect sense.

OUR VERDICT

If you spend a fortune on software training then seriously consider investing in this and similar interactive seminars. For example, Eurosync Technologies also offers seminars on print preparation in QuarkXPress, the fundamentals of InDesign and Illustrator, and the compositing of images in Photoshop. Assuming these are of a comparable quality, then for just £155 per title (you pay no VAT, because these are educational titles), you can build-up a mini-training library that’ll equip your staff with twice the skill that can be had from most courses – and for a fraction of the cost.

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