Photoshop training in-class or online
Photoshop textures for 3D visualisations

1 day
In centre:
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Live online:
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Key details

Key details

Learn to use Photoshop to create texture maps to use in your architectural visualisations, interior designs and similar projects.

Using the right texture maps in your projects shows your work in the best possible light.

This course teaches the use of Photoshop’s features and commands specific to texture-creation. You’ll create texture examples which can be translated into multiple areas of work. To see some examples of the types of textures you’ll learn to create, and visualisations showing how they can be applied, see Samples.

Photoshop textures for 3D visualisations training is arranged on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group. Your training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing.

Accredited Photoshop training

Armada is an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC), accredited by Adobe to provide Photoshop training.

Photoshop textures for 3D visualisations courses are hosted by Rod Cleasby, an expert in the production of photo-realistic visualisations and rendered images.

In-class or online

Our centres are open for in-class training, with full safety measures and comprehensive sanitisation implemented.

We continue to offer all courses in our popular live online format.

Windows or Mac

Photoshop works almost identically on the Windows and Mac platforms.

Our centres offer both Windows and Mac computers for delegates to use, so you can choose to carry out exercises on the platform you’re familiar with.

Training guide and certificate

Because of the flexible ‘workshop approach’ adopted with this course, delegates take their own notes on the topics covered, rather than work through a set training guide.

Delegates receive an e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited Photoshop training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following SketchUp training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


No prior Photoshop knowledge is required. You just need a good working knowledge of your operating system – Windows or iOS.

Photoshop version

Training can be based on any recent version of Photoshop to suit you, running on Windows or Mac.


General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for Photoshop training can be made by:

  • Bank transfer. Please call 01527 834783 for our bank details.
  • Card. All major credit and debit cards accepted. Payment can be made securely online or over the phone. Card payments are processed by Stripe. Armada doesn’t record or store your card details.

If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months. For further details, see Staged payments.

Purchase orders

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies or public sector organisations.


See Accommodation local to our training centres.

Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request Photoshop textures for 3D visualisations course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request Photoshop textures for 3D visualisations course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.


Expert trainer

Expert trainer

Rod Cleasby

Rod Cleasby Autodesk Certified Instructor

Rod has over 25 years’ experience working as a designer, visualisation expert and artist. His specialist areas include architecture, interior design and the production of photorealistic 3d virtual environments. 

AutoCAD, 3ds Max and SketchUp have been the mainstay of Rod’s professional work for 20 years. He is also an expert in various related tools and technologies, including Photoshop, and he has expert knowledge of a wide range of renderers, including V-Ray, ART, Arnold and LightUp.

Rod has extensive experience training experience. He has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster on their Computer Visualisation course, and he is a long-established Autodesk Certified Instructor.

Away from his professional work, Rod is an accomplished artist and musician, and a prolific writer of novels, novella, poetry and prose.



Here are some examples of the types of textures you’ll learn to produce in this course:

Rough wood

Textures for visualisations - rough wood


Textures for visualisations - red brick


Textures for visualisations - leather

And here’s how your interior design visualisations will look with textures such as these are incorporated:

Visualisation - interior design 1

Visualisation - interior design 2

Visualisation - interior design 3

Visualisation - interior design 4




Course content

Course content

What is a 3D texture?


What are the most popular file formats?

What are the most useful textures for 3D?

Understanding UVW mapping


Useful Photoshop tools

Other Photoshop plugins

Photoshop Filters that help

Mouse control


Adding or removing perspective

Adjusting highlights

Editing phone camera pictures

Editing DSLR camera pictures


Understanding RGB

What is 8 bit or 16 bit?

Time investments and benefits


Textures for SketchUp

Textures for 3ds Max

Textures for V-Ray

Texture limitations


Best use of Computer memory

Creating a digital texture resource

Database benefits


Editing techniques for Photoshop

JPEG compression

Textures vs bitmaps


What makes a good texture?

Where to find textures

How to edit textures

Positioning textures

Limits to graphics and bitmaps


Animation maps

Reflection maps

Cutout maps

Dirt maps

Normal maps

Techniques for LARGE areas


Exporting 2D images

Time savings

Saving Alpha channels

Using Alpha channels


Shadows or not?

Do’s and Don’ts


Quality benefits vs size

Live online training

Live online training

Live online training lets you participate in a real Photoshop course from your place of work or home.

We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:

  • See and hear our trainer, and see the other delegates participating in the Photoshop training…
    Live online training - see your trainer and the other course delegates
  • Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
  • Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to control it to demonstrate something.

We endeavour to provide you with the best online training experience…

  • Online Photoshop textures for 3D visualisations courses are presented by Adobe Certified Instructors, following the same syllabus as our classroom-based courses.
  • You receive comprehensive training materials.
  • Your training is hands-on. You carry out assisted exercises using Photoshop.
  • If you don’t have access to Photoshop software, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.
  • You’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time.

All you need is an internet-connected computer and a webcam – see Hardware recommendations for live online training. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re here to help.

For a limited time, we’re offering discounts for bookings on live online courses.