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Adobe Creative Cloud Print Workshop

Five Day Course

Overview

This week long Adobe authorised course has been designed to be the quickest and most efficient way to get to grips with the key applications that all print designers need to know - InDesign CC, Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and how to generate pdf's using Acrobat.

This course is a five day practical course run by experienced industry professionals. On days 1 and 2 delegates will attend our Introduction to Adobe InDesign CC course, on days 3 and 4 they will attend our Introduction to Adobe Photoshop course and the fifth day will be a day learning Adobe Illustrator and how to generate print ready PDF's.

If these courses were booked separately this five day course would cost £1,195 & VAT - so it really is a cost effective way of learning Adobe's Creative Suite and unlocking your creative potential. You need no previous experience to attend this course.

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  • Public Courses

    Small class sizes so you get the maximum amount of trainer time possible. You attend with delegates from other companies.

    A great, cost efficient way to learn, discounts are also available for group bookings.

     

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  • Private Courses

    One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

    We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

    From £499 + VAT per day

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Course Outline

  • Days 1 & 2 - Introduction to Adobe InDesign

    The InDesign interface
    • Creating a new document
    • Creating and using frames
    • Setting tool defaults
    • Using shortcuts

    Working with text
    • Placing text
    • Selecting and editing text
    • The Font Favourites feature
    • Using the Content Indicator

    Formatting copy
    • Character-level and Paragraph-level formatting
    • Using the Eyedropper tool

    Working with styles
    • Character and paragraph styles
    • Creating, editing and applying styles
    • Creating and applying object styles

    Working with graphics
    • Different file formats
    • Placing multiple graphics
    • Wrapping text around images
    • Smart guides and smart spacing
    • Creating gradients
    • Setting up an Object library

    Layout controls
    • Working with the Gap tool
    • Using the Align panel
    • Selecting, arranging and grouping objects

    Understanding colour
    • Spot and process colours
    • Using stroke and fill options

    Laying out pages accurately
    • Using rulers, grids and guides
    • Working with layers

    Multi-page documents
    • Using the Pages panel
    • Targeting pages and spreads

    Editing copy
    • Using the Story Editor
    • Using Find/Change
    • Using the Spell Checker

    Working with transparency
    • Creating drop shadows
    • A look at Blending modes
    • The Flattener Preview panels

    Transforming objects
    • Scaling objects vs contents
    • Transforming objects
    • Grouping and ungrouping

    Finessing text content
    • Threading and unthreading frames
    • The Auto-Fit text function
    • Flowing text through frames and columns
    • Multi-column text frames

    Working with Master Pages
    • Creating and editing Masters
    • Applying Master Pages and Auto-numbering pages
    • Adjusting margins and columns

    Combining text and graphics
    • Images with clipping paths
    • Creating a new clipping path
    • Removing image backgrounds

    Exporting and printing
    • Exporting as a PDF
    • Using Live PreFlight
    • Anticipating potential problems
    • Packaging files for handoff

    Questions and answers
  • Days 3 and 4 - Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

    Photoshop essentials
    • The Photoshop interface and the Image Navigation tools
    • Using the History panel and multiple undo
    • Working with Mini Bridge

    The characteristics of a Photoshop file
    • Pixels and paint programs
    • Image resolution, dimensions and file size
    • Understanding colour channels and file formats

    Setting basic image characteristics
    • Creating new documents
    • Cropping and rotating artwork
    • Changing image size
    • Saving and exporting files for web and print

    Correcting an image
    • Understanding image Histograms
    • Adjusting colour balance
    • Editing Hue and Saturation
    • Replacing object colour

    Working with selections
    • Lasso and Marquee, Quick Selection and Magic Wand tools
    • Feathering selections
    • Modifying selection shape

    Retouching techniques
    • Removing imperfections and unwanted details

    Working with paint and colour
    • Mixing and sampling colour
    • Working with Paint Brush tools and Brush settings
    • Adding solid colour fills and gradient fills

    Working with layers
    • Building a multi-layered document
    • Adding transparency to objects
    • Moving, scaling, rotating and linking layers
    • Merging and flattening layers

    Creative techniques using layers
    • Layer opacity and blends
    • Creating layer effects
    • Shadow, glow and emboss effects
    • Introducing layer masks

    Shape and text layers
    • Vector shape layers
    • Adjusting shape layer properties
    • Working with the Text tool
    • Character and paragraph formatting

    Special effects with filters
    • Using Photoshop filters
    • Sharpen and Blur filters
    • Camera shake reduction in Photoshop CC

    Printing and optimising documents
    • Printing from Photoshop
    • The Save for Web and Devices command
    • Image compression and optimisation settings

    Day 5 - Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
    Welcome to Illustrator
    • About vectors and bitmaps
    • Syncing settings in Illustrator CC

    Getting started in Illustrator
    • Opening illustrations
    • Creating new documents
    • Using document profiles
    • Exploring panels and workspaces
    • Useful shortcuts

    Artwork components
    • Outline vs Preview mode
    • Rulers, guides and grids
    • Intuitive Smart Guides
    • Paths, point and handles
    • Grouping objects
    • Using layers
    • Working in Group Isolation Mode

    Creating basic shapes
    • Creating primitive shapes
    • Creating polygons, stars and spirals
    • Drawing lines, grids and arcs
    • Snapping and aligning shapes
    • Using the Width tool

    Adobe Acrobat essentials
    • Understanding pdf files - their form and function
    • Using Acrobat for proofing
    • Creating ultra-compact pdfs

    Printing your work
    • Creating print-ready artwork from InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
    • A pre-flight checklist
    • Problem-free printing

    Questions and answers
Experience + Flexibility

We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel 5 working days before your course and there’s no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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Our Clients


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When you attend a course we ask you to tell us how it went. We use your feedback to help us improve our courses.

We publish all our customer satisfaction stats live on our site (good or bad) because we want everyone to know just how highly you rate us every day, every week and every year.

We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 13636 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

The most recent comments from attendees of our courses are shown below. We reckon they will give you a pretty good indication of how they think we perform.

  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed13636
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

  Recent Feedback


"Pace of course was just right, breaks were positioned and the right time, thought provoking and beneficial to day to day activity in my role "

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"Excellent session"

"Engaging. "

"Making it creative, involving everybody, making it a comfortable environment."

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"Everything. Thank you!"

"the style of presentation was very relaxed "

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" enjoyed doing the practical work and gaining the feedback from this. It gave some really good examples of areas to improve "

"Piers was very knowledgeable and engaging. Thank you."

"Very case specific help and discussions. Working in groups really helps with confidence and ideas."

"Good organisation."

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"Piers was a great trainer"

"As an introductory course it was very good "

"Really good at breaking down the process and what we need to do."

"relaxed yet able to convey the curriculum in a structured manner "

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"Vicki was great - really knowledgeable and friendly!"

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