Photoshop Essentials for Architectural Visualization

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Adobe Photoshop

In architecture, Photoshop (often accompanied by a drawing tablet, or not) is predominately used for image and graphic creation, helping to produce architectural renders, visualizations and diagrams for presentations and client documents. Photoshop can be used to create renderings and visualizations from just a SketchUp model through photo montaging or used to provide the final touches to an externally rendered image through a post-production process. Another area where it helps with architecture visualizations is the placement of people within an image. A tricky process to do well, but once mastered, will really help take your images to the next level.

This course is aimed to help you understand how you can use only photoshop to produce presentable drawings from generic 3D scenes or hand drawings and produce basic presentation boards to better communicate design concepts, thought processes and site analysis information. Once you master the essentials, creativity is just a few clicks away.

Course Content

  • Welcome
  • About the software
  • Installation and Interface
  • Navigation
  •  Common tools and shortcuts
  • Understanding Layers Tab
  • Tips for layer organization
  • Smart objects
  • Adjustment layers
  • Layer mask
  • Clipping Mask
  • Marquee, Lasso, Pen tool
  • Other selection tools
  • Use of different tools
  • Creating PNG cutouts
  • Gradient, paint bucket, clone stamp tool
  • Understanding the use of tools to create stylized drawings
  • Creating patterns
  • Applying texture on drawings
  • Remove objects with content aware fill
  • Blending modes
  • Understanding Filters
  • Use of Blending and Filters
  • Adjustment Tools
  • Replacing Colors
  • Camera RAW filter
  • Liquify tool
  • What is nondestructive technique
  • Understanding different visualization style
  • Brush tool, Shape Tools
  • Rendering 2D Drawings
  • Diagram workflow
  • Resources
  • Color Scheme
  • Rulers and Guides
  • Storyboarding
  • Using filters for Weather Effects
  • Shadows
  • Custom Brush
  • Workflow for rendered scenes
  • Guide Layout
  • Color Matching images
  • Texts and typography
  • General tips and guidelines


Upon completion of Course contents successfully, certificates will be provided to the participants.

Learning Outcomes

Course Instructor

Fahmidur Rahman
B.Arch (Level-5, Term-2)
Department of Architecture,
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, BUET

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