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Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & QuarkXpress Training - 5 Days

Adobe Photoshop Training CourseAdobe Illustrator TrainingQuarkXpress 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 and Quark 8, 7, 6

Course Overview:
This 5 day training course has been design to give you an in depth knowledge of the three essential 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 QuarkXpress 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 QuarkXpress 5 Day Training Outline

Training Course Introduction - Photoshop, Illustrator and Quark Overview

  • About Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and QuarkXpress
  • 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 QuarkXpress
  • 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 in Illustrator
  • 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 QuarkXpress


  • About QuarkXpress and page layout
  • Working with documents and projects
  • Using the interface
  • Setting basic preferences

Setting up Pages

  • Creating a new document
  • Choosing document settings
  • Working with margins, columns and gutters
  • Working with bleed
  • Using rulers and guides
  • Working with the zero point
  • Navigation and magnification
  • Using undo commands

Working with Text

  • Creating text frames
  • Importing, typing and pasting text
  • Dealing with text overflow - link and unlink
  • Using the measurements palette
  • Basic character formatting
  • Basic paragraph formatting
  • Working with tabs
  • Using the style sheet panel
  • Basic character style sheets
  • Basic paragraph level style sheets
  • Applying and editing style sheets

Working with Images

  • About image file types
  • CMYK vs RGB
  • Creating image frames
  • Importing images
  • Moving and resizing images
  • Rotating images within a frame
  • Flipping images within a frame
  • Wrapping text around an image
  • Text wrap options

Using Colour

  • Colour overview and considerations for print
  • Mixing colours
  • Storing colours
  • Editing existing colours
  • Using colour blends
  • Adding colour - background, text and frame
  • Choosing Pantone colours
  • Converting spot to process


Day 5 Morning Session - Adobe InDesign Continued

Working with Frames and Shapes

  • Creating basic shapes
  • Working with the line tools
  • Creating custom shapes
  • editing shape paths
  • Copy and paste items
  • Adding borders to frames and shapes
  • Transforming objects
  • Grouping and ungrouping objects
  • Dealing with object stacking
  • Adding a drop shadow effect
  • Using the step and repeat command
  • Using the space and align command

Working with Tables

  • Using the table tool
  • Choosing table options
  • Adding content to a table
  • Editing table borders and cells

Creating Multi-Page Documents

  • Setting up a facing page file
  • Using multiple single pages
  • Working with the pages palette
  • Navigating pages
  • Adding, deleting and moving pages
  • Using master pages
  • Applying and editing masters
  • Using auto page numbering

Saving and Printing

  • Saving a Quark document
  • Checking image and font usage
  • Collecting a project for print


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 QuarkXpress. 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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