Graphic Design Courses...

Graphic Design Courses...

Our Graphic Design Courses deliver the three main applications of Adobe Creative Suite, Introduction to Photoshop Course, Introduction to InDesign Course and Introduction to Illustrator Course.  Learning the three core elements of Creative Suite brings graphic design inhouse to create, design and develop spreads, layouts, photo editing and artwork.

As with all our Adobe Courses nothing is cast in stone and any of our Adobe Training Courses can be included in this course although we have included course overviews below for our Adobe Introduction Courses.  But you could mix Advanced InDesign Course with an Adobe Introduction Photoshop Course or vice versa, it is your Graphic Design Course after all.

Graphic Design Course Content...

Our Graphic Design Courses run over 3 days and show how to work with the three main applications of the Adobe Creative Suite it focuses on the Introduction to Photoshop Course, Introduction to InDesign Course and Introduction to Illustrator Course but like all Adobe Courses you can mix and match from any material.

Using a combination of these Adobe Courses you will discover how each one works and bring them together to produce stunning professional looking documents.  It would be impossible to cover every design element included in university courses but we think as this is a graphics design course then practical design theory should be included as a natural element in the course.

Graphic Design Techniques...

Throughout the graphics training you will come to understand vital graphic and typographic elements involved in the layout process.  Not only is it important to cover the look of the document but also understand the process involved in getting it out to print so the course includes a section on the print process.  Colour Theory, Planning Colour Themes, Complimentary Colours, Typography, Print Preparation

Who would benefit from the Graphic Design Course...

This design course would suit anyone who wants to get a good grounding in graphic design and is ideal for the small business owner looking to cut costs by bringing design in house and preparing images for print.  This graphic design course would also suit anyone wishing to add to their software portfolio or update their skills.

Graphic Design Training Price...

First person £850 for three days
Second and subsequent persons £75.00 per day
Laptop Hire £25.00 per computer per day
*Terms & Conditions apply to laptop hire

Graphic Design Course Content... 

Adobe Photoshop Introduction Course...

Photoshop Introduction Photoshop Repairing and Replacing Images

Photoshop Interface
Control Bar
Photoshop Panels
Photoshop Techniques

Clone Tool (remove or replace part/s of an image
Healing Brush (fix damages to part or whole of image)
Red Eye (remove the red from the pupil

Photoshop Colour Adjustment Photoshop Cosmetic Enhancement

Colour Adjustment Brush
Channel Mixer
Understanding Photoshop Channels
Channel Mixer Presets
Source Channels

Removing Skin Blemishes
Even out Skin Tones
Brighten the Eye, Whiten the Eye, Colourise the Iris
Recolour the Skin and Improve Tone Range
Sharpen, Diffuse and Desaturate Tools

Photoshop Precise Positioning Photoshop Layers

Grids / Guides / Rulers
Print v Pixel
Image Resize / Resolution / Artwork sizing
Rotation and Crop

Understanding Layers
Creating, Editing, Shuffling Layers
Merging & Flattening Layers
Layer Palette

Photoshop Design Photoshop Adjustment Panels

Converting to Black and White
Tinting Images
Adding Textures and Edge Effects
Drop Shadows and Blending
Black and White Conversions

Lens Corrections * Distortions 

Adjustment Panel for live Working /None /Destructive
Image Adjustment
Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, Hue and Saturation
Colour Balance
Shadows, Highlights, Midtones

Levels and Curves

Photoshop Sharpening Photoshop CC RAW 8

Working with Smart Sharpen
Radius /Reduce Noise Sliders
Minimise Halo Effects
Camera Shake Filter

Basics of working with RAW files
Understanding the Screen and the Tools in RAW
Basics of working with HDR
Camera RAW Tools and Features
Upright and Auto Upright

Photoshop Selection & Selection Techniques Photoshop Automation

Lasso, Magnetic Lasso, Magic Wand,
Feathering Selections
Expanding / Reducing Selections
Modifying / Transforming Selections
Quick Masks
Save / Load a Selection

Creating a Web Gallery
Contact Sheets
Batch Processing
Photoshop Merge & Panoramics
Blending Panoramas
Editing Panoramas

Photoshop Masking Photoshop Roundtripping

Quick Masks
Quick Mask Mode
Creating Accurate Masks
Adding to & Removing from a Mask

Placing Photoshop files in DTP software
Editing Photoshop Files
Save / Load a Selection

Photoshop Type Photoshop Colour

Creating Type
Editing Type
Type Masks
Type & FX Effects
Shaping Type
Type & Good Design

Colour Palettes
Colour Models, CMYK, RGB, LAB
Gradients, creating & editing
Mixing & matching Colour
Pantones & Spot Colours
Colour Profiles

Adobe InDesign Introduction Course...

Getting started with InDesign
Creating and saving a document
New document setup
Tools / panels
Document navigation

Imagery
Placing images
Editing images / graphic frames
Image formats
Graphic frames

InDesign CC Interface
New Document Settings
Effective Dialogue Box Navigation
Understanding New Document Features

QPR Codes
Create a QPR Code
QPR Code Styles
Editing and Publishing QPR Codes

Tab Handling
Tab palette
Tab characters
Editing tabs
Adding leaders

Colour Panels
Working with Colour
Colour Modes
Colour Swatches
Changing / Matching Colour
Understanding Colour

Smart Layout
Grids & Guides
Smart Guides
Align & Distribute Objects
Rulers (Zero Point), 

Text frames
Formatting Text frames
Text frame properties
Text frame – multi column setup
Aligning to Grids

Typography
Placing External Text (Word, RTF)
Paragraph & Character Formatting
Typography & Layout
Create Outlines
Accurate Type for Print
Baseline Grid
Align to Baseline Grid /Align First Line
Grid Properties
Tracking /Kerning /Leading
Working with Rules /above /below
Handling Long Text Frames

Adobe InDesign

Copy & Paste HTML 
Copy Code from Twitter
Frame Size & Poster Image
Alternative Layout - Liquid Disply
Design for Mobile Devices
Horizontal & Vertical Layouts
Flexible Column Widths in Frames
Autosize Text Frames
Content Collector Tool
Content Collector Tool Panel

Align to Object

Images
Placing & Importing Images
Resizing, Rotating, Adjusting Images
Working with Photoshop Images
Positioning Images in Layouts
Working with Multiple Images

Object Graphic Styles
Designing Graphic Styles
Adding to Object Graphic Styles Panel
Editing Object Graphic Styles
Graphic Styles to Frames
Saving /Importing /Editing

Type & Images
Working with Text & Images
Working with Text Wrap
Clipping Paths
Removing Backgrounds for Text Wrap
Text Insets

Printing
Preview
Preflight & Package
Export (print) to .

 Adobe Illustrator Introduction Course...

Meet Adobe Illustrator
Tool Panel & Tools
Palettes Overview
Control Bar
Views
Working with Preferences

Adobe Illustrator Drawing Tools
Bezier Pen
Adding /Removing Anchor Points
Joining / Cutting Paths
Knife /Scissors /Shape /Eraser /Smooth
Pen Drawing Techniques
Curves & Angled Corners

Adobe Illustrator Selection Tools
Selection Tool
Direct Selection Tool
Adding to /Removing from Selections
Tips & Tricks for Sleeker Selections in Illustrator
Select & Edit Paths
Lasso Selection Tool
Add /Remove to Lasso Selection Tool
Select Menu Techniques

Adobe Illustrator Colour
Colour Palettes
Process /Spot /Global Colours /Pantones
Swatches Palettes
Adding /Editing /Deleting Swatches
Eyedropper
Paintbucket

Adobe Illustrator Type Tool
Creating /Editing Type
Typeface Attributes /Tracking /Leading /Kerning
Type on a Path
Type Path Options
Outline Type
Type Area Tool
Frame Options

Adobe Illustrator Shapes
Elliptic, Poly, Spiral, Rectangle Tools
Geometric Shapes
Reshaping / Resizing
Transform Tool /Scale /Reflect /Shear /Rotate
Pathfinder Palette
Shear /Scale Tool

Adobe Illustrator Layout Tools
Grids /Guides
Rulers
Stacking Order
Grouping /Ungrouping
Align & Distribute

Adobe Illustrator Images
Importing & Placing Images
Matching Image Colour
Linking /Embedding Images
Working with Links Palette
Basic Image Tracing

Adobe Illustrator AutoTrace
Using AutoTrace to map Outlines
Use Threshold
Tracing Options
Working with Trace Paths
Using Live Paint to recolour Artwork

Adobe Illustrator
Print Options
Understanding Print Jobs
Print to .PDF
Print to Professional Bureau
Troubleshoot Print Issues

Graphic Design Course Locations...

Adobe Training and Graphic Design Courses in Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Midlands, Coventry, Manchester, Lancaster, Liverpool, Lincoln, Preston and just about everywhere else.