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Introduction to Digital Art with Photoshop

Topic:ICT, Media & Design

Course Type:Short & Modular Courses, SkillsFuture Series - Digital Economy

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  • Course Date:

  • Registration Period:

  • Time:

    18 hours
  • Mode of Training:

    Facilitated Learning (F2F)
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

*Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed.
You may register your interest, and would be notified if there is new run.

Course Objective

This course serves as a primer module for participants who wishes to learn digital painting for concept art and illustration but has insufficient experience in the software, Photoshop. As a starter’s level course, it allows students to familiarize themselves with the software first and utilise the toolsets available to create and modify art graphics digitally. Through this course, they will learn both picture manipulation as well as digital painting application. They will also be introduced to fundamentals of understanding form, principles of lighting, and values.

This course provides participants with the basic knowledge of Photoshop to equip participants with the fundamental skills to create and manipulate digital artworks. With these skills, participants are more primed to express their artistry in digital painting for concept art and illustration as well as photo editing.

Course Outline

By the end of the course, participants will be able to: 

1. Use layering system in Photoshop
2. Use the editing tools in Photoshop to enhance and modify a picture

Topics to be covered

1. Introduction to Photoshop
- Layering System
- Colour Picker
Selection Tools

2. Introduction to Digital Painting
- Introduction to Brushes
- Brushes Shortcuts
- Brush Presets
- Texture Brushes and Customisation
- Clipping Mask
- Erase
Understanding form and lighting

3. Tools in Photoshop
- Transformation Tools
- Blending Modes
- Levels and Curves
- Adjustment Layers
Texture Brushes

Minimum Requirements

Able to communicate in simple English, and have rudimentary skills in using a computer. 

Certification / Accreditation

• Certificate of Attendance (electronic Certificate will be issued)
A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to participants who meet at least 75% attendance rate

• Certificate of Performance (electronic Certificate will be issued)
A Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants who pass the assessment and meet at least 75% attendance rate

Suitable for

Game Artist/Environment Artist/Character Designers/Texture Artists/Prop Artists/Architects/Storyboard Artists/Matt Painters/Illustrators

Course Fees

Full Fees (before GST): $600.00

Applicants/Eligibility SkillsFuture Funding GST* Subsidised Fee (after GST)
Singapore Citizens aged 40 and above¹ $540.00 $14.40 $74.40
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 $420.00 $14.40 $194.40
Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders $420.00 $14.40 $194.40
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders² $540.00 $14.40 $74.40
Others (Full fees payable) $0.00 $48.00 $648.00

*As announced at Budget 2022, there will be no increase in government fees and charges for Singaporeans from 1 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023. Also, as per SSG’s policy, the GST payable for all funding-eligible applicants is calculated based on prevailing GST rate after baseline funding subsidy of 70%

Singaporeans aged 25 years and above may use **SkillsFuture Credit balance to offset respective course fees.

¹ Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy. For more information, visit the SkillsFuture website here
² Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Scheme. For more information of the scheme, click here. To view SP’s list of similar funded courses, click here. Please submit the attached “Declaration Form for Enhanced Training Support Scheme for SME” together with your online application.

Funding Incentives

Please click here for more information on funding incentives.

Application Procedure

1. All applications must be made via Online Registration at
Course fees can be paid by the following payment modes:

a) Credit Cards, Internet Banking, NETS (Not Applicable for company sponsored)
For e-payment using Visa/Master cards and Internet Banking, please click on the ‘Make e-Payment’ button on the acknowledgement page to proceed.

b) For NETS payment, you can pay at:
Singapore Polytechnic
One-Stop Service Centre

c) For payment via PayNow, please enter the UEN No. T08GB0056ACET and indicate the invoice/registration number. 

*With effect from 1 August 2021, cheque payment will not be available.

2. All successful applicants will be notified with a letter of confirmation via email.

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