Starting on Tuesday, September 26th 2017, Think-Create will be running its fourth Photoshop Beginners to Intermediate Course at the Lawrence art studio in Hove.

The course runs for six weeks and costs £145 per person (includes all project files and weekly course materials). Classes are 2.5 hours per week starting at 7 pm and finishing at 9.30 pm (Break included). PLEASE NOTE: Booking and payment is to be made as early as possible to guarantee a place on the course.

A new an exciting six week course  for beginners & artists, bring your creative ideas to life and learn Photoshop. Run by a professional designer and former Sussex University tutor. If you’re not familiar with it’s tools and layers, Photoshop can be intimidating and unproductive.

Using easy to follow, step-by-step practical examples & demonstrations, this instructor led course covers Photoshop basics & essential tools combined with creative techniques showing what you can achieve.


The course aim is to give you the know how so you can quickly create and manipulate your own art work with confidence, skill and ease. (core topics may vary nearer course start).

  • Using Bridge
  • Finding your way around
  • Photoshop’s work tools
  • Opening & saving images
  • Different image file types
  • Tabs and multiple documents
  • Grids and guides
  • History and undoing mistakes
  • Cropping, transforming, distorting and resizing
  • Resizing images and the canvas
  • Selections and clipping masks
  • Layers and blend modes
  • Vector shapes
  • Colour modes
  • Brushes and patterns
  • Clone stamp
  • Smart objects and rasterizing
  • Filters
  • Pixels
  • Resolution


Payment in advance is required to secure your place on the course, it is strongly advised you secure your place as soon as possible. If you have any questions please contact me on 07966579028.

All booking payments must be received no later than two weeks before the course starts. If you need to cancel, please notify me – at the latest it needs to be 2 weeks before the course start date. A cancellation fee of 20 % is required and will be deducted upon cancellation or your place can be rescheduled for another time, when the next course starts.

SPECIAL OFFER: Sign-up with a friend for only £125 each (both delegates need to sign-up at same time/ or make a joint payment to guarantee a place – please call or email to confirm first). Booking and payment is to be made as early as possible to guarantee a place on the course.

Making a joint booking:

If using Google Mail/ Wallet please make the payment for £250.93, along with both you and your friends details.

If booking by PayPal select your payment option from the Photoshop Beginners Single or Joint Booking Payment drop down menu,
e.g. select either One Person £149.93 GBP or Two Person Discount £250.93 – then click the Pay Now Button.

Q: How to pay?
Payments can be made with your credit/ debit card (securely) via the Google Gmail or PayPal secure online payments system.

Please note using Google Gmail/ Wallet is completely free with no charges incurred – if you use PayPal a handling fee of 3.4% plus 0.20p is included in the payment.

To make a secure online payment using your Gmail account follow the instructions below or visit:

Open Gmail.
the Compose button.
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located at the bottom of the compose email window.

To send or receive money in Gmail you will need to have (or sign up for) Google Wallet. If you have ever purchased anything on Google Play, then you already have a Google Wallet.

To send money: Enter the amount you want to send and choose a funding source. Look over your message one more time and click Send.

If you don’t have Google Wallet yet, you’ll be asked to set up your account.

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If you don’t have a Gmail account and want to pay securely by credit or debit card via PayPal , then click on the PayPal “Photoshop Beginners Class – Single or Joint Payment” Pay Now button.

The PayPal website will then open, you can then either pay using your PayPal account, or a debit/ credit card.

If you don’t have a PayPal account and want to pay securely by credit or debit card click on the ‘Don’t have a PayPal account’ link  from “Choose a Way To Pay” on the lower-right of the page and enter your payment details.

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No prior knowledge required, you will need to bring your own Laptop (with battery charger) and version of Photoshop, A Mouse (Its easier when learning to use Photoshop if you have a mouse). I will be using Photoshop CC, the techniques in this course will work with most versions of Photoshop. Please Note this course is not for Photoshop Elements, it’s only for Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) formally known as CS (Creative Suite).

If you don’t own Photoshop, the new Creative Cloud version can be purchased for £6.98/month incl. VAT or £83.39/year incl. VAT. More information here.

If you have a different version of Photoshop e.g. Creative Suite 6, 5 or 4 (or lower) you will still be able to use most of the workshop techniques. If you have any questions please email


Through the right teaching method any one can master Photoshop like a professional. My aim is to provide a quality learning experience, so that you make the connection between the technical and creative application of Photoshop.

Its one thing knowing how to perform a software task, knowing how to apply that knowledge in a creative and aesthetic way is a skill in itself, and very often not taught. I’ve been using Photoshop since 1998 and teaching it since 2003.

Many education providers offer basic courses that don’t cover creative use, they also have a ‘bums on seats’ mindset, so its common to have groups of 18 – 25 students. I’m comfortable teaching large groups, however I prefer my courses to offer quality over quantity, and therefore limit the amount of students per class. This allows me to focus my attention on each student, so by the end of each class & the course everyone will have has fully mastered the course learning objectives.

There will be other courses to follow later on in the term. These courses will be designed to lead on from the beginners course and specialise in specific methods for artists, craft makers, photographers and the enthusiast. There will also be a WordPress course designed to compliment this course, aimed specifically for artists who want to promote and produce their own online portfolio to display their artwork.


I’m currently a freelance web and graphic designer, I moved to Brighton 10 years ago to teach digital media at Sussex University. I’ve studied BSc & MSc Multimedia Design, MA Visual Communication and Teacher training. As a BSc graduate I realised that my knowledge was mostly technical and felt I lacked understanding of artistic and creative skills. It then became my mission to understand the practice of art and creativity, through exploring my own personal creative journey.

I’ve studied, taught and professionally practised digital media design, and worked in eLearning, interactive & graphic design, education, freelance and private sectors. I am passionate about helping individuals through the use of learning technology and art. I do this through creative exploration and discovery, combined with structured and pragmatic lessons.

With 14 year’s combined professional experience in education, design and technical support. I have successfully taught many people from ages 14 up to 77 including different cultures, skills levels and abilities. I have also had some work displayed in a national touring exhibition and book, based on the poetry of Dylan Thomas.


Music, texture, light, photo-collage, layers, architecture, words, poetry, space, place, dreams, photo-illustration and mixed-media, visual narrative, typography, abstraction, surrealism, constructivism, modernism.