This five-day masterclass covers all of the most commonly used features of the three main products in the Adobe suite - Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign - used to produce printed documents. Whether the aim is to produce flyers, adverts, brochures or tender documents then this course teaches all of the key skills required.

The course will be taught using the Adobe Creative Suite (CS6), but is suitable for those using CS5, CS6 or Creative Cloud.

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  • Attendees do not need any prior experience of the products as anything that is required will be covered by the course.
  • Delegates should have basic computer skills and know how to launch applications, browse in order to locate files, and have good keyboard and mouse skills.

Dual monitor setup is required for when attending this course via the QA Attend from Anywhere delivery method.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Navigate around the products' environments
  • Understand resolution and colour modes
  • Use Photoshop to prepare images, including working with selections, layers and retouching of images
  • Use Illustrator to create vector artwork, including working with and formatting paths
  • Use InDesign to create publications, including working with text, styles and graphical objects
  • Output content from all three products in formats best suited for their intended audiences
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Course Outline

Module 1 - Introducing the Suite

  • The applications and interfaces
  • Zooming and navigating
  • Introducing image types and resolution

Adobe Photoshop

Module 2 - Introducing Photoshop

  • Creating a new document
  • Image resolution
  • Rotating and cropping images

Module 3 - Selections

  • The Marquee tools
  • The Lasso tools
  • The Quick Selection tools
  • Color Range
  • Refining a selection
  • Saving and loading selections

Module 4 - Introducing layers

  • Combining images using layers
  • Creating and managing layers
  • The Eraser tools
  • Transforming layers
  • Common adjustments

Module 5 - Taking layers further

  • Layer styles
  • Blending modes
  • Working with Adjustment layers
  • The Type Tool

Module 6 - Retouching tools

  • The Spot Healing Brush Tool
  • The Patch Tool
  • Content-Aware Fill
  • Content-Aware Move

Module 7 - Working with History

  • History basics
  • Configuring History
  • The History panel
  • The History Brush

Module 8 - Filters

  • The Filter Gallery
  • Gaussian Blur
  • Sharpening

Module 9 - Outputting from Photoshop

  • Colour modes
  • Exporting other file types

Adobe Illustrator

Module 10 - Introducing Illustrator

  • Vector graphics versus raster graphics
  • Creating a new document
  • Managing artboards

Module 11 - Basic shapes

  • Illustrator terminology
  • Drawing simple lines and shapes
  • Modifying paths

Module 12 - Formatting paths

  • Working with colour
  • Fill
  • Stroke

Module 13 - The Pen Tool

  • Creating simple line paths
  • Creating curved paths
  • Combining straight and curved paths
  • Modifying paths

Module 14 - Working with text

  • The Type Tool
  • Formatting type
  • The Area Type Tool
  • The Type on a Path Tool

Module 15 - Using layers

  • Working with layers
  • Managing layers

Module 16 - Outputting from Illustrator

  • Outputting from Illustrator
  • Adobe Swatch Exchange
  • Exporting artwork from Illustrator

Adobe InDesign

Module 17 - Introducing InDesign

  • Creating a new document
  • The newly-created page
  • Guides
  • Working with frames

Module 18 - Working with type

  • The Type Tool
  • Importing text
  • Linking text frames
  • Character formatting
  • Common paragraph formats
  • Using Notes
  • Creating simple tables
  • Other useful text options
  • Special characters and symbols

Module 19 - Working with styles

  • An introduction to styles
  • The styles panels
  • Creating styles
  • Applying styles
  • Editing and managing styles
  • Overrides

Module 20 - Working with graphics

  • Importing images
  • Scaling and moving
  • Text wrapping options

Module 21 - Working with multiple frames

  • Grouping, aligning and distributing objects
  • Stacking objects
  • Converting shapes
  • Transforming objects
  • Layers

Module 22 - Working with colour

  • Working with colours
  • Creating tints and gradients

Module 23 - Preparing a document for output

  • Resolving errors in a document
  • Printing a document
  • Exporting files for printing
  • Packaging a document
  • Exporting a file in another format


This will provide delegates with most skills required to sit the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exams in the respective applications, and will serve as a good grounding for those who wish to work towards the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exams

When delivered in a QA training centre, this course will be delivered using PCs. Events can be delivered on Apple Macs by request.

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Special Notices

Please note: for Attend from Anywhere customers an additional screen is required for this course to work through remote desktop labs and view training information.

When delivered in a QA training centre, this course will be delivered using PCs. Events can be delivered on Apple Macs by request.

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