Summer Schools

Photoshop and Screenprinting Summer School

Full Price: £260 / £210 concession

Photoshop and Screenprinting will explore the fusion of old and new. Initially exploring ways of using Adobe Photoshop software to manipulate and prepare images for output to acetate. The course will concentrate on the practicalities of creating work digitally with a view to printing acetate separations for screenprinting. The acetates will then be exposed to screens and used to explore the images further using traditional hands-on printmaking techniques. There will be some exploration of combining layers made digitally with hand drawn (autographic) separations and ample opportunity for people to spend time with either digital manipulation or printmaking.

Previous experience: some basic experience of Adobe Photoshop and working with Apple Macs is required.

This Summer School course also comes with 3 months FREE associate membership of Edinburgh Printmakers.

Download Course Information (pdf), what to bring and booking conditions


Select a date:

  • 18 - 20 August 2018

Time: Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10am - 5.30pm

Class size: 6

Materials: Included

Tutor: Gregor Morrison

Course Level: 3 star, Intermediate

To book a place on one of our courses, payment must be made in full. We recommend booking online to guarantee a place.

If you have an enquiry please email your enquiry here please phone 0131 557 2479 to pay by card or in person at Edinburgh Printmakers, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm.

More about the course

Course Topics:

Introduction to digital imaging

  • Inputting: scanning, digital camera, web images
  • Understanding image size and resolution, constraining file size and proportions
  • Modes, changing to greyscale
  • Adjusting tone with levels, curves and info box
  • Saving files. File types, compression

Creating separations

  • Adjusting tonality to compensate for difference in images on screen vs paper
  • Other tonal controls- dodge, burn, unsharp mask
  • Dot sizes and patterns- Looking at dot pattern examples on acetates
  • Bitmap mode- diffusion dither, bitmap dot patterns
  • Printers: preparing files for Ink Jet, Laser printer,

Multiple separations

  • Working with layers
  • Approaches to creating multiple separations using layers and channels
  • Screen angles and avoiding moire patterns
  • Selecting and printing individual layers and channels
  • Printing out acetates, defining dot patterns


  • Relative dot sizes and patterns for use in screenprinting
  • Preparing and exposing screens for screenprinting
  • Printing
  • Colour proofing, creating alternative colour variations
  • Combining digital separations with autographic stencils

Image specifications.*

Participants may wish to prepare and bring digital images on CD or USB stick or Hard drive. Adobe Photoshop files, Adobe Illustrator, JPEG files and Digital camera images on CD are all acceptable. Files should be 160 dpi or higher at 28 x 42 cm as the printed image size will be approx A3. If in doubt bring larger files and we can scale them.