Great Tools, Excellent Work——Photoshop Basic Course Review: Introduction to Photo Adjustment and Beautification Training Course
A Photoshop training course for beginners sponsored by the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) Library had been successfully held on November 14th, in the Library’s computer, room 455. Quan Yilin, a sophomore in XJTLU, was invited to conduct this course. He has a lot of experience in graphic design and image editing. This course mainly focused on matting, a very important skill in the process of photo synthesis using Photoshop.
In a class full of beginners, the student lecturer, Quan Yilin explained the functions and methods of series of tools often used in matting in Photoshop, such as magnetic Lasso tool, quick selection tool, magic wand, background eraser tool, Magic Eraser tool, pen matting, etc. After explaining the basic operation of matting in detail, he also briefly introduced the basic attributes and key of Photoshop, to help the students to lay a foundation skill of the Photoshop software. He said, "When you study, you must try and practice in person, that is to say, practice." Photoshop requires strong hands-on ability. At the same time, it also tests peoples’ patience and perseverance in the process. After the full explanation, the remaining time were dedicated for the students to practice using the tools explained, at the same time hands-on and one-to-one guidance were given whenever the students need extra help. Through practice, the students can learn how to use a variety of selection tools for matting, so that the students’ self-learning skills can be fully developed.
On November 21st, lecturer, Quan Yilin continued to conduct basic Photoshop course, Introductory Photo Adjustment and Beautification Training Courses to students in computer room 455. For this lesson, he personally demonstrated the process of adjusting and beautifying pictures for Photoshop beginners, including picture size, color adjustment, and tilted images correction to improve the rendering effect of pictures. The use of Photoshop helps to switch the color and size of images and also can be used for Web design, multimedia and other fields. The beginners followed the pace of the lecturer, skillfully combine traditional art skills with filter functions, and integrate creativity into images, so as to make the adjustment and beautification of images seamless. When encountering difficulties, the lecturer encouraged the students: "When using Photoshop, you must not be afraid of difficulties. Don't be frightened by a variety of tools. You should know that a journey of thousands of miles begins with a single step. As long as you persevere, step by step, you will become a master of Photoshop."
Quan Yilin, the student lecturer, used English to explain throughout the course. These two courses vividly portray the various ways and means of Photoshop-ing/editing pictures. As he said, "Photoshop has a powerful image editing function. There is no fixed way to edit a picture. Otherwise, it is very difficult to edit pictures perfectly. When dealing with another picture, we encounter problems that we did not encounter before, so we need to constantly practice and explore new ways of doing it. "The way" in the process of learning, he encouraged the students to learn all kinds of Photoshop tools, constantly try and explore, and strive to learn more.
After the course, a few students gave feedbacks, “Before this, I used to learn Photoshop in online courses. Many important steps of Photoshop were not explained properly by the online courses. Usually, the instructors have limited knowledge on the subject and questions were not answered immediately. Now, since the library has this course, it is instructed by a professional, easy to follow step-by-step, and the course content is particularly detailed. It helps us to fully learn the skills and experience.” The students who came to the lecture expressed their expectation and anticipation for the next Photoshop course by the library.