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Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign Training - 3 Days

Adobe Photoshop Training CourseAdobe Illustrator TrainingAdobe InDesign Training

Platform: Windows PC and Apple Mac

Courseware: Comprehensive training manual provided per person

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Windows or Apple Mac operating system

Software version: Training available for Adobe versions CS5.5, CS5, CS4, CS3, CS2, CS

Course Overview:
This 3 day training course has been developed to give you a basic grasp of the three main Adobe applications required for Desktop Publishing. You will learn how to prepare and edit a variety of digital
imagery with Adobe Photoshop, create vector based graphic artwork with Adobe Illustrator and set up
a range of simple but professional print ready layouts with Adobe InDesign. You will also learn how
the applications can work best together for various projects.

This training course is ideal if you want to quickly learn the fundamental features of these essential
design applications.


Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign 3 Day Training Outline

Training Course Introduction - Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign Overview

  • About Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • Working with bitmap and vector images
  • About various graphic types and formats
  • Various design workflow's and how the applications fit in
  • How to plan a DTP project

Day 1 - Working with Photoshop

The Interface

  • Using the menu bar
  • Opening and importing images/graphics
  • Creating new documents
  • Navigation and magnification

Basic Image Manipulation

  • Cropping
  • Resizing the image
  • Working with image resolution
  • Making greyscale images
  • Saving formats

Image Enhancement

  • Basic Levels
  • Using Hue and Saturation
  • Sharpening images

Correcting Mistakes

  • Undo shortcuts
  • Using the History palette

Working with Selections

  • Using the range of selection tools
  • Working with selection options
  • Editing selections

Working with Layers

  • About Photoshop layers
  • Creating/deleting layers
  • Adding Illustrator Files to Photoshop
  • Adding text layers
  • Hiding/locking layers
  • Transforming layers
  • Using the Flatten Image command

Exporting and Saving Photoshop Artwork

  • Creating PSD documents for future editing
  • File formats for use in Illustrator
  • File formats for use in InDesign
  • Print based file formats

Day 2 - Working with Adobe Illustrator

Introduction to Illustrator

  • Setting up general preferences
  • Document and page set up
  • Selection tools
  • Magnification and reduction
  • Using rulers and guides

Drawing Tools

  • Working with the line tools
  • Working with the shape tools
  • Cutting and editing paths
  • Using the Pen tool
  • Cutting, copying and pasting elements

Working with Colour

  • Creating custom colours
  • Working with swatches
  • Using the paint/colour tools

Working with Text

  • Typography and formatting
  • Text on a path
  • Wrapping text and graphics
  • Outlining type

Working with Objects

  • Duplicating
  • Object drag copying
  • Moving, rotating, scaling elements
  • Grouping/ungrouping objects
  • Working with strokes and fills
  • Creating masks

Using Layers

  • Working with the layers palette
  • Creating/deleting/hiding layers
  • Locking layers
  • Layer options

Creating Effects

  • Working with Pathfinder commands
  • Using the Effects menu

Export and Save Options

  • Saving editable Ai and PDF files
  • File formats for use in Photoshop and InDesign
  • Pasting Illustrator content into Photoshop and InDesign
  • Suitable formats for various print scenarios

Day 3 - Working with Adobe InDesign

The InDesign Environment

  • Using the tools and palettes
  • Control palette
  • Using Context menus
  • Opening and closing documents
  • Navigating a document
  • Using the multiple undo feature

Document Layout

  • Setting up pages and basic layout options
  • Using rulers, guides, grids and layers
  • Working with pages and spreads
  • Using master pages

Laying Out Pages with Frames

  • Creating and using frames
  • Using the frame tools
  • Creating text and graphic frames
  • Setting frame properties

Working with Text

  • Importing and exporting text
  • Placing text in frames
  • Threading text through frames
  • Setting text frame properties

Formatting Type

  • Formatting characters
  • Formatting paragraphs

Importing Illustrator Graphics and Photoshop Images

  • Placing graphics and images
  • Fitting content to frames
  • Fitting frames to content

Selecting and Transforming Objects

  • Moving Objects
  • Grouping and Ungrouping objects
  • Align

Using Colours

  • Defining and applying colours from colour libraries
  • Creating and applying gradients


  • Preparing for commercial printing
  • Performing a pre-flight check before printing
  • Packaging files for hand off
  • Creating printable PDF files
  • Handing off to a prepress service provider



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