The Adobe CS6 Design Bootcamp is targeted at those who are new to the CS6 Design suite and looking to learn the basics of working with Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.
Our CS6 instructors all have years of experience working with Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator in a professional capacity and have all attained Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor status.
This course is a beginners training course. You should however be comfortable using a computer to perform functions such as copy and paste, and opening applications and files. You should also be comfortable using the internet, for example for browsing and interacting with websites.
Day One and Two:
- Exploring Photoshop - The panels - The tools - Preferences
- Settings - Resolution - Colour modes - Web vs Print - Mobile/tablet settings - Presets
Document Creation: - Creating a New Document - Bleed, Slug and Margins - Facing Pages - Columns and Gutter
Frames and Shapes: - What are frames - Creating frames - Moving frames - Aligning frames - Sizing and positioning - Rounded corners - Anchoring frames - Rotating and skewing - Creating frames from text
Working with Text: - Creating text frames - Using placeholder text - Inserting special characters - Glyphs - Threading text frames - Viewing threads - The Story Editor - Text frame options, inset spacing etc.. - Hyphenation - Importing from Word
Formatting Text: - Leading - Kerning & tracking - Drop caps - Baseline shift - Justification & Alignment - Uppercase, lowercase, sentence case & title case - Indents - Bullets - Formatting Bullets
Working with Objects: - Grouping and ungrouping - Change object shape - Rotating a spread - Arranging objects - Layers Panel
Images: - Using mini bridge - Different file formats - Placing images - Frame Fitting Options - Text wrap options - Resizing and positioning images - Select v direct select - Content Grabber (and how to turn it off) - Display performance - Clipping paths
Layout: - Creating layouts - Guides and smart guides - The gap tool - Liquid Layout - Alternate Layout - Using the page tool - Live distribute - Merging frames - Compound shapes
Masters and Pages: - Working with masters - Creating masters - Importing masters - Applying masters - Master options - Page numbering - Numbering and sections - Text threads in masters
Colours: - Understanding Colours: CMYK, RGB, Pantone etc.. - Creating colours - Saving colours as swatches - Sampling colors from images - Exporting and importing colours - Applying colours to strokes and fills - Creating gradients - Saving gradients as swatches - Applying gradients to items
Gradient Feather: - Applied to what? - Linear v radial - Angle and location
Tables: - Creating a new table - Convert text to table - Strokes and fills - Alternating row and column strokes - Adding rows and columns - Deleting rows and columns - Merge and unmerge
Other Effects: - Applied to what? - Drop & Inner Shadow - Inner & Outer Glow - Bevel and Emboss - Satin - Transparency
Output: - Packaging all files - PDF Presets (print ready, small size etc.) - Including printers marks / bleed - Compression - Export to interactive PDF - Page transitions (eg: fade, blind, etc.)
Hands on Lab: During the course delegates will complete hands on exercises at each stage. On day 2 we also undertake one large final project bringing together all of the skills covered during the course. This approach gives delegates the opportunity to embed the skills, ask questions and clarify areas of uncertainty before leaving the classroom.
Day Five: Illustrator overview - What are vectors - What are Bézier curves - The pen tools
Creating shapes: - The pen tool - Primitive shapes - Adding/deleting anchor points - Creating Bézier curves - Combining shapes - Creating outlines from text - The shape builder tool - The blend tool
Editing shapes: - Adjusting existing shapes - Cutting paths - Combining paths and shapes - Erasing paths and shapes
Colour: - Choosing a colour - Using swatches - Saving your swatches - Spot colours - Process colours - Global colours
Stroke and fill: - Creating strokes - Creating fill - Applying colour to strokes and fills
Transforming shapes: - Duplicating - Moving, rotating - Reflecting, Shearing - Scaling - Step and repeat - Transform again
Effects: - 3D - Stylize - Distort & Transform - Warp - Organising your effects
Text: - Adding text - Text within a a shape - Text on a shape - Controlling text - Creating outlines from text
Saving and Exporting: - Saving options - Exporting options - Exporting to pdf - Other export formats - Using Illustrator with other applications
Previous Feedback From Our Creative Suite Courses:
We thought you might like to know what some past delegates thought of our Creative Suite courses:
"Very clear and extremely patient. Alex would always relate back to your specific needs ie.fashion design" - Design Manager, Marks and Spencer
"Alex was a very good instructor, he had excellent knowledge and was always quick to provide assistance." - Senior Support Officer, Basic Skills Agency
"Very knowledgable and passionate about the subject. Definitely a user not just an instructor" - Analyst, Jones Lang Lasalle
"Knows his subject very well and obviously uses the program on a daily basis, not just for teaching. Very approachable and eager to help with misunderstandings." - Medical Photographer, NHS
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