Photoshop for Architecture

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Using Photoshop For Architecture Graphics and Visuals

As a new architecture student it is easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of new stuff you have to learn. It is likely everyone is telling you that you need to learn Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, V-Ray and whatever other softwares there are out there. On top of this, you need to use photoshop, but most likely it isn’t even on your curriculum. Photoshop is often left up to you to learn for yourself.
Likewise, if you are already working in practice, it wasn’t too long ago that working in Photoshop to enhance images either wasn’t an option, or was outsourced, or put through to a different department. Nowadays, everyone seems to be expected to use Photoshop for architecture with ease!

What do Architects use Photoshop for?


Whether it is adding simple colour to a sketch plan, or carrying out post processing on a full render – photoshop has crept into an architects daily life. Using photoshop for architecture graphics pretty much goes without saying.


Here we look at some of the main things architects and architecture students use Photoshop for:


Adding colour to plans or elevations

Creating Sections

Creating diagrams or axonometric drawings

Post processing renders

Creating full architectural visuals

Presentation boards

Portfolio pages

You can find loads more inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram to see how much can be achieved using photoshop for architecture projects.

How to learn Photoshop


Learning any new software can be tricky – some people pick it up quicker than others.


We are really excited to be able to share with you details of our Photoshop For Architects – Basics Course.

This course allows you to go at your own pace, and pick up the skills you need to use photoshop. Whether you want to add colour to an elevation, or create a full feature graphic, you need to have the basics under your belt. 


This course is completely focused on teaching you the knowledge, so that you can quickly and efficiently create great visuals without spending hours trying to learn how to use photoshop. 


Some of the topics covered:

  • Setting up in Photoshop
  • Working with Layers
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Layer Masks
  • Filters
  • Blend Modes and Opacity
  • Selecting and Transforming
  • Marquee, Lasso and Wand tools
  • Brushes
  • Brush presets
  • Using Brushes with Masks
  • Fill and Gradient tools
  • Shape tool
  • Custom shapes
  • Cutting out images
  • Bringing images into photoshop

If you have any questions about the course, please drop me an email at – I would be happy to hear from you 🙂

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Need to know…?


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