Adobe for the People
August 24 @ 5:30 pm - September 28 @ 8:30 pm$225
Purpose of this Course
To learn how to use Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator effectively to produce graphic communications.
It is important to know that all three will be used to perform parts of the task. This is not a graphic design class. Although creativity is important, the student is not expected to create award-winning artwork. This course is intended to teach the mechanics of the programs, which in turn, can be used to bring life to the students’ creativity in readable, usable and optimal form.
Students will be expected to use InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator to produce print-ready and web-ready documents, such as:
- A 4-panel print brochure
- Social media graphics — static and animated
- An 8-page magazine — print-ready and web-ready
- A vector logo using several color spaces
- A postcard/poster series
These are real-world examples of what these Adobe applications are used for. The student will use these applications to produce optimal files for each application. Technical accuracy is the key; graphic design or “artistic skill” is not necessarily the object of this course. The student will learn how each program is used for the right purpose. Creative “assets” will be provided as needed for examples and placeholders.
For example: to produce a brochure, the student will learn that InDesign is the “base” program to be used, with Illustrator and Photoshop used for parts of the project, i.e. logos, illustrations, photos.
There are some common “themes” used throughout the Adobe suite of applications. These would include:
- File Formats
- Color Spaces
- Open and Closed Images
- Print and Web Specifications
These areas are intended to educate the students, not only on how to operate the programs, but how and why to use them to produce the best final result. This course is intended for people who want to use these tools for personal projects, projects in their offices, houses of worship, clubs, organizations and for those who want to work in publishing or graphic design, for which this provides a base of fundamental knowledge.
At the end of this course, students will learn how to properly use InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to produce real-world projects. As each program has many functions, many of which will never be used, the students may not learn everything there is to the program. For example, creating variable data in InDesign, or animations in Photoshop. It is suggested that if students wish to know more about the inner workings of these programs, to explore additional learning opportunities through Adobe, Lynda, etc.
At the completion of this course, students are expected to have enough base knowledge to be able to successfully pass the Adobe Certified Associate exams.
Note: These exams are multiple choice and many of the questions are related to these “inner workings” of the programs. If the student’s intent is to take the certification exams, it is suggested that those students explore those additional learning opportunities, practice using some of the obscure tools, use the programs’ help menus, etc. The exams are available through Pearson and currently cost $115 each (for retake opportunity). Successfully completing the three exams certifies you as an Adobe Visual Design Specialist.
August 24 – September 28
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Lab hour: 7:30 – 8:30pm
This course is Hybrid: Choose either to take in-person or virtual at time of registration. (Please indicate choice on registration form with the course title). Must bring a personal device for in-person sessions.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-936-5501 for more information on upcoming dates or opportunities for your corporate training needs!