Scientific Artwork - Vector graphics and images

This two-day course will help you create beautiful and functional scientific graphics.
For: PhD candidates, postdocs and staff.

Vector graphics and images

Two kinds of graphics are currently used: pixel-based graphics, such as Photoshop output, and vector-based graphics, such as Illustrator output. Vector-based graphics retain their quality at any size, which is obviously a great thing in today's world.

In this course, you will acquire the skills to retouch pixel images and to design vector graphics. You're going to learn what Photoshop and Illustrator can do and what they are used for

No previous knowlegde of either program is required.

The following topics will be covered:

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

You will be provided with a manual of the theory, “Shortcut Sheets” for Photoshop and Illustrator, and extra reading material for further understanding.

After you finish Scientific Artwork with Photoshop and Illustrator, you can go on to the advanced one-day course focused on “Infographics and Iconography”. This course is also given by WUR Library.


Teacher: Iliana Boshoven-Gkini

Number of participants: 6 – 18

Course fee:
Wageningen University & Research Staff & Students: € 300
All others: € 600.