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What is Ladies Learning Code?
We're a not-for-profit startup in Toronto who provide women (and men*) the opportunity to learn basic, beginner-friendly computer programming and other technical skills through hands-on workshops. We're all about showing people that learning to hack (or in this case, working with Photoshop) can be fun!
*Men are welcome to attend workshops (and they do!), but we request that you bring with you an additional female learner where possible.
Special thanks to the George Brown College Game Design Centre for providing the venue.
No matter what stage you’re at when it comes to developing your technical skills, you’ve probably realized that Microsoft Paint just isn’t going to cut it forever. Whether you need to crop or resize a photo, want to create a logo for your blog, or have a more significant design project in mind, at some point, you’re going to need an introduction to Photoshop. The Ladies Learning Code Photoshop workshops are so popular we've decided to bring Photoshop back in a different format! This evening workshop takes one aspect of our one-day workshop and expands it into it's own event. If you have attended our Photoshop workshop in the past, this is not for you.
About the Workshops These are stand-alone Introductions to Photoshop workshops, each with it's own unique project. You can come to 1, 2 or all 3 of these events! As you know by now, all Ladies Learning Code workshops revolve around a project, and these workshops are no different. At the end of the evening, you will have created your very own personal brand package & mood board. Plus, based on images that you’ll select and bring with you to the workshop (that you’ll source from sites like Piccsy & Pinterest, or Google Images), you’ll choose colours and fonts that represent your personal brand, with help from designers who really understand what makes for good choices, and can explain the “why” behind them. Note: Computers and software ARE provided for this workshop! No need to bring your own laptop for this one!
June 6th - Photo Editing
The Photo Editing Workshop is an opportunity for you to start developing the online identity you want while learning to use basic Photoshop tools. We’ll start with a picture of you (or any picture you select). We will optimize it for web, do some colour correcting and erase details or imperfections you don’t like. We’ll also learn to use selection tools to change the background to create a simple photomontage. Your end product will include edited profile photos for Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn. Not only will you have a better understanding of the software and its potential but you'll also end up with a brand new profile picture for your digital self.
June 13th - Creating a Personalized Photo Collage Banner
Whether you're reading a book, scanning through a website, or glancing at a billboard, good design is structured around a good layout. A good layout acts as the narrator to your story and guides the eye through visual information. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of Photoshop, while introducing you to the concept of layout design through the use of the the crop tool, masking, and layers we will build a pixel-perfect photo banner ready for your blog, website, facebook, an event page or more!
June 20th - Creating a Personalized Twitter or Website Background
Your computer, your website, your Twitter account: They all have backgrounds. A Custom Background can make a real impression and enhance your brand – but how do you make one? Whether it's a simple colour, a subtle pattern, or something with a little more flare -- you use them. In this workshop you'll learn the Photoshop basics as well as enjoy a surprisingly painless exploration of some of it's more powerful tools and features. At the end of the evening you'll be leaving with newly acquired knowledge and a shiny new Background for your website or twitter page.
A Note About Our Venue: The George Brown College Game Design Centre
Thanks to the George Brown College Game Design Centre for providing the perfect venue for our design-related Ladies Learning Code workshops! George Brown’s Game Design Centre is a truly inspiring place for learning. We’ll be using one of the computer labs so please note that computers are provided – no need to bring or borrow a laptop for this workshop.
Are these workshops for you?
This workshop has been designed for absolute beginners. If you know absolutely nothing about Photoshop, you’ve come to the right place! Note that we will be using Mac computers, so it may be worth finding a friend and getting a crash course prior to attending the workshop. If you don't have a chance, though, don't worry. We'll take good care of you. Also note: If you have attended Ladies Learning Code's Photoshop Workshop in the past, this is not for you.
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What participants say about our workshops:
"I'm super impressed with the organizers and participants, and I think it's a really valuable initiative."
"[The best part of the workshop was] the positivity, helpfulness and eagerness to learn/teach of every person in the room."
"After years of teaching myself how to code, I wasn't sure how I'd find the collaborative experience of an LLC workshop - but it completely exceeded my expectations. The lead instructor was clear and thorough, and the volunteer instructors were always ready to throw new challenges at us the moment they saw we'd completed the current task. Solving a coding problem has always been exciting for me, but having a group of people equally excited about it was amazing!"
"[My favourite part was] the casual nature of things, and the fact that all the instructors walked around and helped out learners everywhere around the room - so I got to meet and talk to a bunch of people who were experienced and gain some perspectives. The food was great too. ;)"
We're a Canada-wide community driven not-for-profit working to empower women and youth to feel comfortable learning beginner-friendly technical skills in a social and collaborative way.
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