From 17 September 2018 09:00 to 18 September 2018 17:00

Scientific Artwork with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator - FULLY BOOKED

Course description

This two-day course will help you create beautiful and functional scientific 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. This course will provide you with the skills to design both kinds of graphics. In this course you will acquire the skills to design vector graphics and retouch pixel images. You will learn what Illustrator and Photoshop are used for and understand the workspace of both programmes and all necessary tools used to design. We recommend this course to PhD candidates with no previous knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. This course will provide you with the basic skills for designing vector graphics and retouching images.

What you will learn

Step-by-step excercises will be provided to practice several techniques.

Topics include:

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


You will have to bring your own laptop, having Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator installed. As an employee of the UU or UMC Utrecht you can buy an Adobe license for only €19,75 via Surfspot.


Illiana Boshoven-Gkini (

Max. number of participants


Number of credits

0.6 EC

Course schedule

To be determined.

Course certificate

You will receive a certificate of completion if you attend both sessions of the course and complete all the course requirements (i.e. assignments).

Course fee

Course fee internal PhD candidates: €100.
Course fee external participants: €350.

‘Internal PhD candidates’ refers to PhD candidates who are working (either on a salary or on a scholarship) at the faculty of Science, faculty of Veterinary Medicine or UMC Utrecht. Please note that you can use your personal course budget of €400/year (€1,600 max) to pay for these courses. This budget is managed by your department (faculty of Science/Veterinary Medicine) or your Division (UMC Utrecht). 

‘External participants’ include PhD candidates working elsewhere (even those registered with the PhD programmes of the Graduate School of Life Sciences, e.g. at the Hubrecht Institute), PhD candidates from other Schools and postdocs.

She teaches with great enthusiasm and really helps you to understand these programs. I now feel skilled enough to start working with these programs.
Start date and time
17 September 2018 09:00
End date and time
18 September 2018 17:00
Entrance fee
Course fee internal PhD candidates: €100. Course fee external participants: €350.
More information
PhD Course Centre