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Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign Training - 5 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 5 day training course has been design to give you an in depth knowledge of the three essential Adobe applications for DTP and Graphic Design. You will first learn how to prepare, edit and manipulate a wide
range of digital imagery with Adobe Photoshop. The course will then move on to Adobe Illustrator, where
you will gain a solid understanding of how to create various vector graphics and complex illustrations using
the comprehensive range of drawing and effect tools. The training will conclude with Adobe InDesign where
you will learn how to plan and create both small and large scale print ready publications.

This training course is ideal if you need to gain a thorough knowledge of the key Adobe applications
required for DTP and Graphic Design.


Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign 5 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
  • Setting preferences
  • Customising palettes
  • Opening and importing images/graphics
  • Creating new documents
  • Navigation and magnification
  • Using the Navigator window

Image Manipulation

  • Cropping
  • Resizing the image
  • Working with image resolution
  • Setting colour modes
  • Making greyscale images

Image Enhancement

  • Using Levels
  • Working with Curves
  • Using Hue and Saturation
  • Sepia effects and colourising
  • Sharpening images

Correcting Mistakes

  • Undo shortcuts
  • Using the History palette
  • Making a snapshot

Working with Selections

  • Using the range of selection tools
  • Working with selection options
  • Saving selections to channels
  • Editing selections
  • Feathering images with selections
  • Converting selections to paths


Day 2 Morning Session - Adobe Photoshop Continued

Changing Image Content

  • Using the retouching tools
  • Working with the paint tools

Working with Layers

  • About Photoshop layers
  • Creating/deleting layers
  • Adding Illustrator Files to Photoshop
  • Smart layers
  • Placing files
  • Automatic layer creation
  • Adding text layers
  • Basic shape layers
  • Hiding/locking layers
  • Transforming layers
  • Using the Flatten Image command
  • Selections with layers

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 Afternoon Session - 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 Bezier tool
  • The transformation tools
  • Cutting, copying and pasting elements

Working with Colour

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

Working with Text

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


Day 3 - Adobe Illustrator Continued

Working with Objects

  • Duplicating
  • Object drag copying
  • Multiple selections
  • Moving, rotating, scaling elements
  • Merging/combining objects
  • Grouping/ungrouping objects
  • Working with strokes and fills
  • Creating masks for images

Adding Photoshop Artwork

  • Placing Photoshop artwork
  • Pasting Photoshop files
  • Transforming image content

Gradients and Blends

  • The gradient palette
  • Using the blend tool
  • Using the blend command

Using Layers

  • Working with the layers palette
  • Creating/deleting/hiding layers
  • Locking layers
  • Cutting and pasting between layers
  • Layer options

Creating Effects

  • Working with Pathfinder commands
  • Envelope Distort command
  • Using the Effects menu

Export and Save Options

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


Day 4 - Working with Adobe InDesign

The InDesign Environment

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

Document Layout

  • Setting up pages and basic layout options
  • Using rulers, guides, grids and layers
  • Working with pages and spreads
  • Automatic page numbering and sections
  • 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
  • Editing text
  • Finding and changing text
  • Checking Spelling

Formatting Type

  • Formatting characters
  • Formatting paragraphs
  • Working with tabs
  • Controlling hyphenation and justification

Working with Styles

  • Creating and applying paragraph styles
  • Copying styles from other documents

Importing Graphics

  • Placing Illustrator and Photoshop artwork
  • Pasting graphic content
  • Fitting content to frames
  • Fitting frames to content
  • Managing links and embedded images
  • Introduction to working with clipping paths
  • Importing native Photoshop files

Combining Text and Graphics

  • Drawing shapes
  • Drawing and modifying straight lines
  • Drawing freeform shapes
  • Text on a Path


Day 5 Morning Session - Adobe InDesign Continued

Selecting and Transforming Objects

  • Using the transform commands
  • Grouping and ungrouping objects
  • Pathfinder commands

Using Colours

  • Defining and applying colours from colour libraries
  • Creating custom colours
  • Using Pantone colours
  • Loading colours from other applications
  • Creating and applying gradients


  • Creating tables
  • Merge/Unmerge cells
  • Table headers and footers
  • Viewing cell frame edges
  • Table properties


  • Preparing for commercial printing
  • Separation Preview
  • Printing a document
  • Performing a pre-flight check before printing
  • Packaging files for hand off
  • Creating print ready PDF files


Day 5 Afternoon Session - Training Project

On the final afternoon you will work on a project designed to consolidate all of your newly acquired skills
with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. You will plan a small project, prepare the image and graphic content and assemble everything together in a professional print ready layout.


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