This course is suitable for people who have no prior knowledge of the Adobe software tools and who are looking for an easy, yet powerful and intuitive, solution for creating documents for print, presentations and digital media.
Knowledge of word processing basics is advantageous, as is basic computer literacy, but this course is designed to be approachable across various skill levels. We advise that students have access to the Adobe CC suite of tools during and after the course.
Designers and content creators often need to use multiple tools to get the job done, and that’s why this course is based around 3 of the main Adobe CC applications.
Adobe Indesign is the industry-standard application for document design – whether it’s intended for print or digital media. Whenever you need to work with a large amount of image or text content it provides a sensible solution that may not be addressed by other programs.
Adobe Photoshop has always been the number one choice when it comes to non-destructive image editing software. It lends its name to image retouching techniques, but it can also do far more than just remove blemishes and mistakes from photographs. Whenever you need to enhance an image, add some basic text or composite several layers into one stunning image – Photoshop is the tool for the job.
Photoshop has become even more powerful over the years but the basic editing functions remain the same. On this brief introductory course we cover these essential basic skills. We also look at using Adobe Illustrator to manage, edit and create vector artwork, such as logos, that can be scaled to any size without loss of quality.
InDesign’s formatting and colour management capabilities ensure consistency and professionalism across your work. The application also allows you to work on large multi-page projects or create variations for different page sizes. It can work with a number of different image formats and therefore works well in collaboration with other popular Adobe applications like Photoshop and Illustrator.
The course is designed with an emphasis on practical skills – as it’s often best to learn whilst working on a project. In the class we will design a newsletter with an eye-catching cover design and this will give you a great overview and insight into the production process from start to finish.
Basic working knowledge of Mac/PC operating system environment
Some knowledge of word processing applications such as Word (not essential)
A USB storage device, for taking away your work
Nick Feldman has been working as a Graphic Designer and Artworker since 1998 – initially trained in QuarkXPress he quickly made the leap to Adobe InDesign and has been working for publishing and design houses in London before beginning to teach full-time in 2012. He is well versed in a number of other Adobe applications and also works freelance as an AV Technician, Sound Designer and Music Production tutor.
This course is usually held at Oxford House in Bethnal Green, East London.