Cellular Imaging: From Pixel to Publication (AMC PhD Program)

Information about the course Cellular Imaging: From Pixel to Publication.


Teach how to generate well-designed, publication-quality figures, manuscripts in PDF format, and ultimately PhD theses from graphical and text data using Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) - Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat and InDesign. The course will teach general understanding of software, best practices and workflows. Clear presentation of research output in a scientific publication, as a PhD thesis, or on a website, has become an essential yet challenging task for anyone in the data-rich environment of life sciences. Typical examples include producing publication-grade figures from raw graphics objects (images or graphs) or compiling the PhD thesis from graphics and text data. Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) - Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat and InDesign. Understanding CC combined with basic training, driven by the needs of PhD students, will increase the quality and communicability of your scientific output, and teach valuable skills that can be transferred to any modern creative or production environment.


    This course runs twice a year (October and May), on 4-5 consecutive mornings The course consists of 1-2 h of theory and instruction, followed by 2-3 h of practical computer training. Final exam: generate a chapter of a PhD thesis from raw graphics and text data.


    1. General understanding of computer-generated graphical data formats, with special focus on pixel- and vector-based graphics.
    2. Detailed understanding of optimal workflows to generate publication-quality figures and PhD thesis from any graphical or text data.
    3. Focussed training in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat and InDesign, tailored to the needs of these workflows.

    Scheduled dates:

    • October 5, 7, 12, 14, 2020
    • 2021: t.b.a.

      Target audience:

      AMC/VUMC PhD candidates

        Study load:

        22 Hours, which is comparable to 0.8 ECTS points.

        Course organizer:

        Przemek Krawczyk, AMC department of Medical Biology

        Application and more information:

        For more information about the course please contact: Przemek Krawczyk, Department of Medical Biology, e-mail: p.krawczyk@amsterdamumc.nl, tel: + 31 (0)20 566 8746 For registration please contact Claudia Rhebergen, e-mail: c.rhebergen@amc.uva.nl tel. +31 (0)20 566 4950


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