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Photoshop is a very comprehensive package with lots of features. We offer several courses in which you can get acquainted with the operation of Photoshop in an accessible way. The Basic Course Photoshop is a good start for starters who want to learn more quickly. The course Photoshop follow-up focuses more on users with already some knowledge of Photoshop. In this course you will learn about the advanced possibilities of the photo editing program.


Webdesign: Five trends in 2017

What brings 2017 when it comes to webdesign? We throw a small glance forward and go into the trends and expectations for the new year.

1. Websites become more mobile friendly

Websites become more mobile. The designs are growing along with that trend. In 2017, websites become even more mobile friendly (really good responsive and suitable for mobile phones). In addition, in 2017 you will see that the number of websites designed in principle for mobile phones (and thus so-called ' mobile first ') is going to increase. Not only the design will be made more and more for a small screen: the content will be cut considerably. (And that obviously has consequences for the final design.) Many web designers will look for the balance: ' Mobile first ' is sometimes quite a challenge in the desktop version.

2. Atomic design comes back all the way

Atomic design is a way of design where you always use things again. (Atoms form molecules and molecules in turn form substances.) If we now look at a website, we all see small elements separately: Search buttons, icons, text fields... These loose elements together form one other element, namely a search field. The search box together with the menu will be the header. And so you go on. New It is not, atomic design. But in 2017, many web designers will look at designs again. The advantage is that you reuse basic elements in different sequences, which will benefit the house style and the overall look and feel of the design. In addition, it is nice to design this way: the small chunks offer guidance. And they are easy to use by, for example, a DTP or communication specialist.

3. Burger Menus win Terrain

Last year, the number of hamburger menus on desktop websites was steadily increasing. The fullscreen navigation associated with it scares some off. (You click on an icon and all of a sudden your entire screen is filled with links...) But this way of navigating also has advantages: the user chooses very consciously to start his navigation route.

4. It may turn 3D

The flat design is becoming less than next year. Thanks to the popularity of material design, depth, round corners and embellishments are back. How exuberant the design will be, we await. We are curious!

5. More user friendly Designs

Many companies do not take any risks when it comes to user paths: they want something that has been proven to navigate nicely and to the wishes and questions of the website visitor. Fortunately, there are a large number of extensively tested UX-designs and frameworks that are more and more the basis of different designs. (Incidentally, these frameworks are also at the root of many popular Wordpress themes.) Of course customization is always best, yet we believe that the popularity of the ' proven ' frameworks contributes a bit to making the World Wide Web more user-friendly.

Get started? Then follow one of our webdesign courses.


15 Essential Photoshop Tips

Drawing Photoshop

Photoshop is an overwhelming program with endless features. In the beginning, many people get lost in the many possibilities. Recognizable?

Of course, a good course the real solution. But for anyone who doesn't have the time or money to do so, we have listed the 15 most important tips below.

After hundreds of training sessions for thousands of students, we have a nice idea of what options the average user needs, and how to quickly find and use them. No endless manual, no complex tutorial, but immediately get to work and see results.


Tip 1: Transform

Rotate or change an image
Transform Transform from context Menu

If you want to change the size of a photo, rotate or distort the photo, you can do so by clicking Edit, then clicking Transform and selecting the desired action. There is an easier way to do this. Press Ctrl + T and a box appears around the image, indicating the distort. This means that you can change the image of size. The best way to do this is to place the mouse on one of the corners and then drag while holding down the SHIFT key to keep the height and width the same ratio. When you're done, press Enter.


Tip 2: Change the unit of measurement

Switch between centimeters and pixels
Measurement units in Menu

A short and fast way to toggle between the unit of measurement is by placing the mouse on one of the rulers (press Ctrl + R to show or hide the rulers), right-click, and then choose a unit from the displayed menu. You have a large choice of measurement units: centimeters, pixels, millimetres, points, percentages, etc.


Tip 3: Magnetic Lasso Tool

Unplug an image from its background
Use magnetic lasso

This is an easy selection tool that helps you trace part of the picture's stroke. This allows you to easily separate an object on the image from the rest of the image and perform certain actions on it. For example, you can detaching a product from its background.


Tip 4: Magic Wand Tool

Remove a consistent background
Magic Wand Tool Magic Wand Tool

The Magic Wand Tool is another background selection tool, ideal when working with a monotonous and consistent background. If you want to choose a clear color in an image, this is the right tool for you. For example, the Magic Wand Tool is suitable for a white background or a clear blue sky.

Choose the Magic Wand Tool from the Tools panel and click on the part of the image you want to select. Make sure you switch between the "Add to Selection" option in the top row (icon of two squares) so that you can continue to add colors and shades to your selection.


Tip 5: Custom Shape Tool

Choose from a huge number of shapes
Custom Shape Tool Custom Shape Tool

The functions panel gives you all the basic shapes you need, such as a square, a line, a circle, oval etc. However, if you want more options, use the Custom Shape Tool. The icon of this looks like the first pancake (perhaps this was not the intention of adobe).

The Custom Shape Tool is easy to find in the Options bar. After selecting the Custom Shape Tool, a large number of shapes appear. On the right side of the Custom Shape Tool icon You see a small thumbnail view. You get access to more shapes by clicking the small arrow on the right side of the panel. If you are looking for banners, talking bubbles or all kinds of arrows then this is the right tool for you.


Tip 6: Adjustment layers

Work in a separate layer
Adjustment layers Adjustment layers

When you use Photoshop, for any purpose, to change the colors of an image, to sharpen or make better contract, always remember to use Adjustment layers. The big advantage of the Adjustment layers is that it does not change the image itself, but on a separate layer. This way you can easily adjust the edits to see what's most beautiful. The Adjustment layers can be found at the bottom of the layers panel (a black and white circle icon).


Tip 7: Layer Styles

Give an effect to your image
Layer Styles

This is an easy and simple way to give some pit to an image. Layer styles are a special effect that you can easily add to individual layers. All you have to do is double click on the layer and choose the effect you like.

You can choose from a wide range of functions; Add a glow, add shadows and much more with a mouse click. Stay cautious and make sure you don't overdo it. These effects tend to look cheap if you use too much of it.


Tip 8: Healing Brush Tool

Remove imperfections
Healing Brush Tool

This is a very handy tool for something advanced Photoshop Press. You can use it to repair the image from imperfections such as scratches and blemishes. Choose the brush size, hold down the ALT key and select a nice and clean area of the image. Release the Alt button and paint over the bad environment. Basically, this function copies a piece of the picture from the first to the second position.


Tip 9: Spot Healing Brush

Remove blemishes and pimples
Spot Healing Brush

Yes-it is indeed exactly how it sounds, this tool makes everything a lot nicer! If you have a spot, blemish or birthmark, this tool can remove it immediately. It can also be used to remove a pimple.

Place the brush on the area you want to ' fixing ', make sure the brush is a bit larger than the spot and click on the spot. Photoshop makes sure that the retouched spot is automatically beautiful, so you really don't have to do anything else.


Tip 10: Dodge Tool

Remove red eyes
Dodge Tool

The Dodge Tool makes pixels lighter in color where you use it. This is a good solution for the known red eye problem. Put the Dodge Tool on a soft brush, go to Range settings in the menu bar and choose Highlights here, set the Exposure to about 20%. Then use the brush over the red part to be careful.

Don't overdo it, otherwise your model will look unrealistic. A number of simple stripes should suffice.


Tip 11: Blur Tool

Blurring small imperfections
Blur Demo

A simple and fine way to remove small wrinkles is by blurring them a bit. Use the Blur Tool to smooth out small imperfections, such as the wrinkles around the eyes or the mouth area, you fade them into the background easily. Again, make sure you don't overdo it because otherwise the image will fade too much.

The Blur Tool can recover imperfections, but the Blur Tool is also used for more artistic purposes. So it is important to build a bit of dexterity with the Blur Tool.


Tip 12: Move Tool

Moved selections
Move Tool

This is a simple but useful tool. The Move Tool is used to move selections or layers, also to other images. Usually it is used to move the layer after the layer is inserted in the image. Hold down the SHIFT key to move only horizontally or vertically.


Tip 13: Clone Stamp Tool

Make an exact copy
Clone stamp

This tool looks like the Spot healing Brush Tool (see above). You use it in the same way, however, this tool does not mix in the end. It is an exact copy of the information from the first selected space to the second selected space. So you use it to correct minor flaws or to make manipulations.

Select the Clone Stamp Tool and set the desired brush size. It is best to put the flow at 50%. Hold down ALT and select the area you want to clone. By clicking and dragging, you can move the clone.


Tip 14: Crop Tool

Remove part of image
Crop Tool

The Crop Tool (Hotkey C) allows you to remove portions of an image, to focus on a particular part of image. The Crop Tool can be used by selecting a part of the image and then pressing Enter. You can move the selection by dragging the left mouse button.


Tip 15: Gradient Tool

Fill a background with transition colors
Gradient Tool

The Gradient Tool allows you to fill an area with transition colors, for example, an image from Orange in gray. In addition, more advanced gradients are available with multiple colors that include transparency.

Other functions of the gradient tool are, for example, placing colorful backgrounds behind objects, making shadows or putting more depth in an image. However, these are options for more advanced Photoshop Press.


Tools: Saving for the web

Save the image to the Web
Gradient Tool

Finally, it is important to save the image in the correct format. When you want to use the image on the Internet, it is important that the image loading does not take too long. To do this, use the File > Save for Web & Devices option. With the settings you can choose the file format and the quality, the higher the quality the larger the file.

Within the Save for Web window There are a number of tabs, including 2up. 2up you can use to split the window, on the left side is to see the original, while the right part contains the new settings.

You now know the basic tools of Photoshop, congratulations and good luck!

Do you want to be more convenient with Photoshop and edit footage in a professional way? During the Photoshop courses of Learnit you will learn how to work efficiently with Photoshop. You'll learn the intricacies of Photoshop and get active support during this workout. Read more about these courses!