Photoshop for Designers

Monday, 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

“Damn it, Kirk, I’m a designer, not a Photoshop expert!” 

Many designers have a love/hate relationship with Photoshop. On the one hand, it lets you control the universe; but on the other, it can be overwhelming. This session will help with essential Photoshop techniques and concepts that every designer should know:

  • Making cutouts (aka silhouettes): How to use Photoshop’s selections tools, layer masks, and (sometimes) the dreaded Pen tool to extract images from their backgrounds.
  • The joy of realistic mock ups: Where to find them, how to use them, and how to create your own.
  • Use text in Photoshop without having a breakdown: It ain’t InDesign (or even Illustrator) but sometimes we need to work with text in Photoshop!
  • Design with filters without the result looking like a cheesefest.
  • Understand the core blend modes like Multiply, Screen, and Overlay.