Scientific artwork - Vector graphics & images

Course description

This two-day course teaches the tools necessary to create beautiful and functional graphics, retouch images and create impressions such as a thesis cover. There are two kinds of graphics; those based on pixels, such as the main output from Photoshop and vectors, such as the main output from Illustrator. The latter can be used at any size retaining their quality, which is obviously a great thing in today's world. This course provides the skills to design both kinds of graphics.


What will you learn

In this course, you will acquire the skills for designing vector graphics and retouching pixel images. You will thus learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The course provides into depth explanation of the workspace of both programs and all necessary tools needed to design. Step-by-step exercises will be provided so that you can practice several techniques.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Using Illustrator and Photoshop workspaces
  • Setting up artboards and documents
  • Working with layers
  • Creating basic and complex shapes
  • Selectively correct an image with the use of Masks
  • Retouch images with powerful retouching tools
  • Using drawing tools
  • Transforming objects
  • Grouping and ungrouping objects
  • Adding fills and strokes
  • Working with CMYK, RGB and Greyscale
  • Using appearances, filters and effects
  • Working with text and type
  • Using clipping masks
  • Printing and exporting files


Target group

We recommend this course to PhD candidates with no previous knowledge in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. This course will providing them with the basic skills of designing vector graphics and retouch images.



  • Iliana teaches with great enthusiasm and really helps you to understand the programs. I now feel skilled enough to start working with these programs and know where to be when I need a design job done,