Creative computing

If you have a leaflet on this course dated January 2014 or earlier please note that the course has recently been revised. The information below is now correct.

Harness the power of your computer to your creative pursuits! Having spent 20 years working professionally in IT, it’s second nature to me to use a computer as a tool in my creative work. I’m hoping to pass on some of this enthusiasm to my students. Skills learnt on this course could be useful not only for your own creative projects but in the workplace as well, whether you are employed, self-employed or seeking work.

This course is divided into 2 modules, each of which can be followed at the student’s own pace. I know that life and family commitments can upset the best laid plans so there is no time limit:

The first module will be all the basics, such as creating, opening, closing and saving images, rotating images, accurate cropping, using text, making selections (SO important in design work), removing backgrounds, using layers, the basics of digital collage, resolution and re-sizing images, and the use of brushes in Elements. It will also cover repairing your photos and how to add borders and edges.

The second module will cover simplifying images in terms of colour and line so they are ready for embroidery or converting to a printing block or a screen for screen printing, blending modes which have a lot of creative uses but are important in digital collage, digital textures including how to map an image to a texture, quite a big one on colour/greyscale and its applications in Elements, one on creative scanning, repeating patterns (part 2), s and one on printing on various media/tiling/banners. And more …

All the way through the course the emphasis will be on skills that are useful in the textile/creative world. After all, a computer is just a tool to let you do something – it’s never an end in itself. To give an example, we will cover how to make selections and then use this to cut the main element out of a photograph eg a flower head. We use a simple technique to change the colours and then use the image, and layers, to create a repeating pattern that could then be used for the border of a quilt or piece of embroidery or could form the pattern for a cuff or a collar on a garment. So we’ve covered three different technical skills to enable you to create a design for varied textile projects.

This will be an entirely online course made up of downloadable documents and comprehensive online video tutorials. During each tutorial you will see me demonstrate a particular skill in some depth. These tutorials will be available for you to view as often as you like and for as long as you like.

Students will need at least:

  • A computer with regularly updated anti-virus software installed.
  • A copy of Photoshop Elements – I will be teaching using version 10 but anything from version 8 onwards will be fine.
  • Access to a scanner
  • Internet access and email

Cost:  £150 for each of the two modules.

This course can be paid for

  • in full at the beginning of the course (£300), or
  • by the module – £150 at the start of the first module and then the same again at the start of the second module.
Payment Options :

Methods of Payment
You can pay online with a PayPal a/c or a credit/debit card, by selecting the appropriate option below, or you can ring me on 01964 630630 to book a place and pay by sterling cheque, credit/debit card or bank transfer. However, if I’m away from home I may not be able to take your booking until I get home. Online bookings, on the other hand, can be made at any time.