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Adobe Creative Suite Design Training

Adobe's Creative Suite includes industry-standard tools for design creatives in the video, print, and web industries. With its new Creative Cloud, Adobe has blurred the lines between those specialties even further by bringing all of its video, print, and web design software to everyone. Broaden your creative capabilities or take your first steps into the industry's standard print design software with our Print Design training, which covers Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.

Does your video production firm want to expand to offer your clients print ads and brochures? Do you want more control over the design and layout of your PDF assets? Do you simply want to become familiar with your new software, so that you know how to pick the right Adobe tool for the design job at hand? If so, our three-day "crash course" in Adobe's CS6 Design Suite tools for print is for you.
CS6 Design Standard Suite
Although students will benefit from prior experience with Adobe software, our course starts from the fundamentals and is suitable for fast-learning beginners. Interested in Premiere or After Effects? We teach the CS6 Production Premium Suite too!

We teach this intensive 3-day course at our flagship Orlando, FL campus. As with all GeniusDV courses, our fast-paced, radically personalized classes are never more than 6 students, and tuition includes courseware, a certificate, free retakes, and free ongoing phone/email support.

Day 1: Creating and Managing Print Assets, Part 1 (Illustrator)

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  • Process overview: What kinds of work are Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign each best for? We'll review the technical standards, color spaces, and use cases that would guide you to one piece of software over another.
  • The Adobe interface standards: Maximize your efficiency by using Adobe's standard interface features, which are similar across all Adobe Creative Suite software.
  • Setting up an Illustrator project: Navigating the Canvas, setting up your document and Art Boards, using basic drawing tools, and understanding Illustrator's layer/group/object model.
  • Shapes: Create and modify basic shape contours, and use the Pen and Pencil tools to create highly detailed custom shapes.
  • Color: Use the Eyedropper and Color Picker to select colors, create Swatch sets, browse sets of color harmonies to quickly develop attractive palettes, and create gradient fills.
  • Transforming objects: Adjust copies of shapes to create visual interest, use Blends to create repeating and evolving patterns, and use Perspective mode to arrange objects with 3D-like distortion using the rules of perspective.
  • Typography: Illustrator offers extremely detailed control over the text elements in your project. Use and customize existing fonts, convert them to outlines, adjust glyphs' contours, and prepare typefaces for printing.
  • Tracing photos and drawings: Use the Live Trace and Live Paint modes to create versatile vector versions of raster images like JPEGs and scans of existing logos.
  • Effects and Path operations: Advanced techniques to create complex paths, add visual effects and styles to your shapes, and solve tricky technical gotchas that may affect your Illustrator objects.
  • Recap: Save and export your Illustrator files and prepare them for use in other projects.


Day 2: Creating and Managing Print Assets, Part 2 (Photoshop)

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  • Preparing visual assets for Photoshop: Organize and import your photographic elements for editing in Photoshop. Correct for lens deficiencies, re-expose images that were shot in Camera RAW, and create HDR images.
  • Making Selections: Use the Magic Wand, Quick Selection Tool, and Marquee Tools to designate specific parts of the photo to edit.
  • Brush and Clone Stamp tools: These tools paint colors, textures, and effects onto a Photoshop layer. They can range from subtle airbrushing textures to distressed looks and complex patterns. The Clone Stamp tool and the Background Eraser tool make it easy to remove unwanted elements from a layer, and the Healing Brush tools instantly remove blemishes from a subject's skin or foreground texture.
  • Masking: Use Image Masks and Vector Masks to selectively show or hide portions of a layer, even using your Brush tools for pixel-perfect selections. Combine layers and groups subtly.
  • Adjustment Layers and Clipping Masks: Exert detailed control over a layer's color, exposure, or technical characteristics. For example, you might selectively saturate or desaturate portions of a layer, affect the brightness or color tint of a layer, or simulate a camera gel.
  • Layer Styles, Blend Modes, and Filters: Create more obvious visual effects, like bevels and pencil sketch looks. Combine layer styles and filters to add polish and consistency across the many layers that may form a typical Photoshop composite.
  • The Nondestructive Workflow: Smart Objects, Smart Filters, and advanced masking techniques maximize your flexibility as you build complex multi-layer Photoshop composites.


Day 3: Layout and Delivery (InDesign)


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  • Document Structure and Layout: Setting up master pages, creating document pages, using text and graphic frames, grouping/aligning/captioning objects

  • Managing Text: Flowing text, adding jump lines, managing fonts, spelling, change tracking

  • Typography and Color: Broad and detailed control over fonts, specific glyphs, paragraphs, columns, etc.; managing color conversion for images, using and applying spot colors, creating gradients

  • Styles: Create and apply paragraph, character, object, table, and cell styles; update them throughout your document

  • Tables: Creating and formatting table objects

  • Exporting your document: Preflighting, proofing, and preparing your document for print, PDF, and EPUB delivery

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