Courses and Workshops

Our hands-on software training is delivered on-site or virtually to your organization by an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE). Training is customized to user skill levels and version being used within the organization.


Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
Adobe Certified Expert

Workshop Modules are one-day workshops (typically 6 hours). It is recommended to take both modules for each chosen topic, however, they do not need to be on back-to-back days.  Half-day or advanced workshops are also available by request.

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Intro to Photoshop
• A Brief History of Photoshop
• Bitmap vs. Vector presentation
• Getting help and additional resources

Looking at the Workspace
• Intro to menus, tools and panels
• Customizing panel arrangements
• Loading and saving Workspaces
• Navigation and viewing options

Getting Images into Photoshop
• Working with Adobe Bridge
• File size, resolution and bit depth
• Colour Theory – RGB vs. CMYK
• Scanning basics and terminology
• Changing resolution and color mode

Working with Painting tools
• Using the Color and Swatches panels
• Using the Eyedropper Tool to select color
• Setting foreground and background colors
• Filling with foreground and background
• Using the Brush and Gradient Tools
• Using the Paint Bucket Tool

Basic Editing and Retouching
• Cropping and straightening images
• Transforming – scaling, rotating and distorting
• Basic retouching – with Clone Stamp Tool
• Using the Healing Brush and Red Eye Tool

Working with Selections
• Making rectangular and elliptical selections
• Transforming the size/shape of selections
• Using Lasso and Polygonal Lasso Tools [or not]
• Adding to and removing from selections

Working with Type
• Creating and Editing a Type Layer
• Setting Character and Paragraph attributes
• Saving as Photoshop PDF [view in Acrobat]

Applying Layer Effects
• Adding a drop shadow and other styles
• Discuss Responsible use of Layer Effects • Saving and applying other layer styles
• Loading styles from the panel menu

Making Tonal And Color Adjustments
• Working with a histogram to adjust Levels
• Tonal adjustments using the Curves dialog • Automatic tonal Shadow/Highlight fix
• Applying Color Balance adjustments
• Global vs. Local adjustments

Working Non-destructively
• Duplicating layers to preserve the original
• Using Adjustments layers and the panel
• Saving PSD files with all layers intact
• Saving files in other file formats

Working with Filters
• Using Blur and Sharpen filters
• Working with the Filter Gallery
• Combining multiple filters
Preparing Images for the Web
• Considerations for web and devices
• Using Save for Web and Devices
• Using the GIF and JPEG presets

Printing options
• Repositioning and scaling print size
• Page setup and Print options

Getting Started
• Basic concepts and file formats
• Differences between Bitmap and Vector
• Launching and using Adobe Bridge
• Looking at what Illustrator can do
• Getting help and other resources

Working in Illustrator
• Using and saving Workspaces
• Viewing and Navigation options
• Creating a New Document
• Using Guides and Grids

Using Shape Tools
• Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Star
• Applying fill and stroke attributes
• Color, Swatches and Stroke panels
• Changing the stacking order
• Pathfinder vs. Shape Builder

Working with Color
• Color Modes – RGB vs. CMYK
• Using Color/Color Guide panels
• Changing Document Color Mode
• Swatches, Tints and Shades

Working with Attributes
• Loading Swatch Libraries
• Using the Eyedropper Tool
• Applying and editing Gradients
• Using the Live Paint Bucket

Working with Objects
• Introduction to Gradient Mesh
• Working with the Blend Tool
• Modifying objects with live effects
• Expanding live effects to objects

Working with Type Tools
• Creating point type and area type
• Changing Character/Paragraph attributes
• Working with Type on a Path options
• Turning type into objects – Create Outlines
• Sampling attributes with the Eyedropper

Working with Paths
• Creating open and closed paths
• Drawing straight and curved lines
• Modifying paths with editing tools
• Tracing more complex shapes
• Exploring layers and sublayers

• Scale and Rotate Tool options
• Freehand, constrained and dialog box
• Reflect and Shear transformations
• Transform, Copy and Transform Again

Importing and Linking Graphics
• Using Illustrator as a layout tool
• Dealing with missing links and/or fonts
• Links – Relink, Go To, Update, Edit Original
• Importance of proper resolution at print size • Placing options – including Adobe

• Creating an Object Clipping Mask

Output and Exporting
• Saving files for use in other programs
• Save As Adobe PDF [select from presets]
• Exporting to other graphic file formats
• Preparing files for the web/multimedia
• File > Save for Web [optimization options] • Printing options [page setup and tiling]

A Quick Tour
• Navigation and Viewing options
• Working with the Layers panel
• Placing text in a longer document
• Threading text through frames
• Introduction to Paragraph Styles
• Wrapping text around objects
• Introduction to Master Pages

Create a Postcard PDF
• New Document and saving Presets
• Placing graphics [Bitmap and Vector]
• Distinction between frames and content
• Introduction to working with Links
• Placing and basic formatting of text
• Applying Effects to objects
• Export to PDF options

Working with Color
• Adding solid colors to the Swatches panel
• Creating tint swatches based on solid colors
• Creating and editing gradient swatches
• Changing stroke options – dashed, dotted

Working with Frames
• Reshaping text and graphics frames
• Adding columns to a single text frame
• Vertical alignment and inset spacing options
• Compound shapes and converting shapes
• Rotation options for frames and content
• Objects – aligning, grouping and scaling
• Exporting spreads to PDF

Setting Up Longer Documents
• Working with Master Pages
• Adding Guides and Create Guides
• Insert Special Character > Page Number
• Page Numbering and Section options
• New Master Pages based on others
• Adding placeholder frames to Masters
• Applying Masters to document pages

Working with Typography
• Viewing and Aligning to Baseline Grid
• Space Before and Space After paragraphs
• Adding a Drop Cap and Character Style
• Adjusting – kerning, tracking, word spacing
• Adobe Paragraph vs. Single-Line Composer
• Working with Tabs and alignment options
• Adding a Rule Above and/or Rule Below

Importing and Linking Graphics
• Managing links and imported files
• Import options [Bridge and Mini Bridge]
• Clipping Paths Options – pros / cons
• Creating and working with a Library

Output and Exporting
• Using Preflight and Package
• Exporting an Adobe PDF proof
• Separations Preview and using Ink Manager
• Transparency Flattener Preview
• Preparing a Press Quality Adobe PDF
• Final preparation for Package
• Other Export options

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