Tuition & Learning outside of the classroom

Your first stop is LCF Open Access / Learning Technology Support. Remember, your tuition fees pay for this so make sure you use it! They hold regular workshops for all of the major applications. They are currently planning for the new academic year & are taking requests – details are here. Importantly for Flexible Learning students, you can request that they run courses on evenings & weekends.

Lynda.com Online Training Library offer all of their video courses online for fixed monthly fees. The basic package is $25 per month (approx. £16) and a more complete package that includes access to the exercise files that are used in the videos for $37.50 per month (approx. £24). Having access to the extra files is very useful but if you wanted to save money, not totally essential.

You can tryout parts of the courses without having to subscribe. Usually most of the initial videos of courses are available for free, e.g. the Adobe Illustrator CS4 One-on-One Fundamentals offers the first two chapters for free. Click on the underlined titles to view the videos.

Lynda.com also have an iPhone app that can access the free videos and, if you are a subscriber, all of their library.

UK training company Talented Pixie are a good and slightly cheaper alternative.

They offer an online subscription service from £15 per month and you can buy the courses on DVD for a reasonable price – £35. Subscription details are here.

Their range of Photoshop & Illustrator DVDs is here.

Subscription services offer an excellent way of learning and, importantly, keeping up with different applications. You can save money by only subscribing for a short period and do some intensive study, or go for an annual subscription and have the resources on hand whenever you’ve got an internet connection.

Photoshop CS4 – Understanding Layers

So we start with the Adobe TV / Lynda.com video introducing Photoshop CS4 layers. Just over 5 minutes long.

And then below, another video from Phil FX on Vimeo giving a thorough introduction to Photoshop layers and, at the very end, blending modes:

(To watch full screen, click on the arrows icon to the left of the Vimeo logo at the bottom of the video. Click the Vimeo logo to watch the video on their website.)

Selections in Adobe Photoshop CS4 – introduction

Here is the Adobe TV / Lynda.com video introducing Photoshop CS4 selection techniques. It’s only six minutes long and just covers the basics with an example of cutting out a subject from an image and adding it to another.

For a more comprehensive video (approx. 30 mins long) covering all of the selection techniques have a look at this:

(To watch full screen, click on the arrows icon to the left of the Vimeo logo at the bottom of the video. Click the Vimeo logo to watch the video on their website.)