Timdaly Photoshop Layers 1
CREDIT: Tim Daly

Photoshop Creative Layering, Blending and Textures

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Event info

Fully Booked.

Limited to 10 places.

This workshop is delivered online and provides an introduction to the creative potential of Photoshop layers, blends and textures. Suitable for a beginner or those who would value a recap, this course shows you how to assemble eye-catching composite images from different source materials including textured papers, fabrics and scanned objects, plus how to add creative edges to your files. Tim will provide you with sample files linked to the techniques, so you can practice during or after the workshop. No experience necessary!

The course uses Adobe Photoshop software for both Mac and Windows PC users.

The workshop is run using Zoom video conferencing software and you will be able to watch and interact with your tutor during each topic presentation and ask questions throughout the day. All notes and sample files are provided to you before the event starts, together with tips on how to use Zoom, if you’ve never used it before.

We encourage you to share questions and work in progress images with other delegates, although this is entirely optional.

10.00 Outline schedule

Welcome and outline of the day

Topic 1: Assembling with Layers. In this introduction we’ll learn how to compile an image from multiple sources exploring all the different methods for copying, merging and transforming different images into a creative composite.

Topic 2: Scanning artwork. Learn how to build up your own library of interesting papers, vintage photographs, flat objects and creative edges using a basic flatbed scanner. We’ll learn about settings, resolution and file formats, plus tips on where to source great textures.

13.00 Lunch break

Topic 3: Fine-tuning techniques. In this section, we’ll learn how to cut, resize and reshape picture elements to fit your composite using masks, shadows and blending techniques, plus we’ll explore the creative use of type and lettering overlays.

Topic 4: Adding edges and analog effects. In the final part of the day, we’ll learn how to add irregular, analog-style creative edges to our composites to make them stand out from the crowd.

Recap of the day

16.00 End

Live seminar requirements:

A Mac or Windows computer or laptop with Adobe Photoshop installed.

Internet access

A webcam or microphone for interacting (your laptop may have these built-in already)

Speakers to hear the presentations

You will need to install the Zoom app, but full instructions will be provided.

Participant Feedback:

 "I have attended 4 workshops with Tim Daly in the past 10 days - 2 weeks.  I cannot speak too highly of his communication and tutorial skills. He has the ability to make a complicated subject ‘do-able’, and his patience at explaining (a real talent) or using different words in order that the student understands is much appreciated."


Please look out for the attachment in your confirmation email, as the Zoom joining information is there. If you don't receive it, please email workshops@rps.org  

Tim will need access to your email address to enable him to send you any workshop information. We will presume that by booking this course you are giving permission unless you contact us to state otherwise. 

Overseas participants - Please check the time of the workshop if you are outside the UK. This link which will help you to calculate the timing of the online workshop: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/custom.html


The Tutor: Dr Tim Daly is Senior Lecturer in Photography at Chester University.

His specialist subjects are photography production and artist's publishing. Tim teaches on all levels of the BA Photography programme with special responsibility for practice based modules, and also contributes to the MA Fine Art programme. Tim has had many photography books published, and has been teaching RPS workshops for a number of years.

Image: Tim Daly

Event Organiser

Emma Delves-Broughton


Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected.




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