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Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator Training - 4 Days

Adobe Photoshop Training CourseAdobe Illustrator 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 4 day training course takes an in depth look at both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, the
industry standard applications for Graphic Design. You will learn how to use Photoshop to create, edit
and manipulate a wide range of digital artwork. You will look at topics such as correct resizing, making colour and tonal adjustments, retouching, creating special effects and the all important layers panel.
The course will then move on to Illustrator where you will learn how to produce many different types of
Graphic artwork, from simple designs and logos to large complex illustrations. You will also gain a
strong understanding of how the two applications work together in a professional design workflow.


Photoshop and Illustrator 4 Day Training Outline

Training Course Introduction - Photoshop and Illustrator Overview

  • About Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Working with bitmap and vector images
  • Various design workflow's and how the applications fit in

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

Basic Image Manipulation

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

Image Enhancement

  • Basic Levels
  • Basic Curves
  • Using Hue and Saturation
  • Sepia effects
  • 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

Day 2 - Photoshop Continued

Changing Image Content

  • Cloning in an image
  • Using the retouching tools
  • Working with the paint tools
  • Using colour options in Photoshop
  • Copying parts of other images

Working with Layers

  • About Photoshop layers
  • Creating/deleting layers
  • Adding Illustrator Files to Photoshop
  • Placing files
  • Smart objects
  • Automatic layer creation
  • Adding text layers
  • Hiding/locking layers
  • Setting layer attributes
  • Working with layer sets
  • Transforming layers
  • Blending layers
  • Using layer masks
  • Creating Adjustment layers
  • Working with layer effects
  • Using the Flatten Image command

Exporting and Saving Photoshop Artwork

  • Creating PSD documents for future editing
  • Creating clipping paths to remove backgrounds for export to Illustrator
  • File formats for use in Illustrator
  • Print based file formats
  • Image compression for web deployment

Day 3 - Working with Adobe Illustrator

Introduction to Illustrator

  • Setting up general preferences
  • Document and page set up
  • Creating default documents
  • Artwork and preview models
  • 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
  • The measurements tool
  • Cutting, copying and pasting elements

Working with Colour

  • The paints attributers palette
  • Creating custom colours
  • Working with swatches
  • Creating patterns
  • Using the paint/colour tools

Working with Text

  • Type area and type path tools
  • Typography and formatting
  • Tab and paragraph palettes
  • Text overflow
  • Linking/unlinking text
  • Text boxes
  • Text on a path
  • Wrapping text and graphics
  • Outlining type

Working with Objects

  • Duplicating
  • Object drag copying
  • Multiple selections
  • Moving, rotating, scaling elements
  • Merging/combining objects
  • Using the reshape tool
  • Grouping/ungrouping objects
  • Working with strokes and fills
  • Creating masks
  • Creating compound

Day 4 - Illustrator Continued

Gradients and Blends

  • The gradient palette
  • Using the gradient vector tool
  • Basic gradient mesh
  • Creating graduated blends
  • Using the blend tool
  • Using the blend command

Using Layers

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

Creating Effects

  • Working with Pathfinder commands
  • Creating warps
  • Envelope Distorts
  • Working with Mesh
  • 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


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If this Photoshop and Illustrator outline does not match your requirements bespoke training is available.

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