Interactive Design for Digital Media with Adobe Creative Suite

About the course

In this interactive short course, you will gain working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite packages to spark your creativity and motivate you to create professional designs using industry standard software, in particular, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign.
Our 4-day course will provide hands-on step-by-step instruction guiding you through these well-known applications. You will learn valuable skills and tools turning your imagination to reality.

Whilst you explore and unlock your creativity you will learn the fundamental differences of these packages, appropriate uses or which application is best suited for particular tasks, as well as how they work together and complement each other to give you the best results. This short course will also stimulate your interest for further exploration of Adobe Creative Suite applications.

Day One - Illustrator

The session will cover: Introduction to tools and interface, create and edit simple artwork and designs (individual brand identity). Interactive discussion about: What is brand? What are the elements that make the brand? What is the logo's role in the brand?

  • Identify project requirements
  • Establish target audience and needs
  • Define media format and publishing requirements
  • Learning about the tools
  • Drawing and creating shapes
  • Design tips and tricks using Adobe Illustrator
  • Integration of Illustrator with the rest of Creative Suite
  • Save illustrations for both print and web purposes
  • Optimise artwork for print and web
  • The root of drawing in Illustrator
  • Create a logo using simple shapes
  • Package assets

User interface

  • Identify user interface elements
  • Create and select Workspaces
  • Navigate and zoom documents
  • Add and delete Art boards

Exercise

  • Create shapes
  • Create a heart, mushroom, silhouette, clouds,
  • From sketch (hand drawn ideas) to vector
  • Design a logo

Day Two - Photoshop

The session will cover: Introduction to the basics of image editing and design - image resizing, resolution, colour correction, using type and colours, and basic image editing techniques. Interactive discussion on using images, sourcing appropriate images, using images appropriately (what kind of image to use for different design situations).

  • Interface environment and tools
  • Cropping and rotating
  • Tools
  • Layers
  • Text & typography
  • Colour adjustment
  • Filters
  • Colours, painting & basic retouching
  • Colour modes
  • Image resizing & resolution
  • Saving files
  • Packaging assets

User interface

  • Identify user interface elements
  • Create and select Workspaces
  • Navigate and zoom documents
  • Add and delete Art boards

Exercise

  • Textures
  • Create abstract banner/background
  • Use smart objects (why use them and how to edit them)

Day Three - InDesign

The session will cover: Introduction to the basics of tools and the software interface, create a range of different documents (business cards, cv, etc.), page-layouts, combining text, images and graphics into professional document designs.

  • Interface environment and tools
  • Text & Typography & Styles
  • Graphics & Images
  • Tools
  • Multi-section documents
  • Styles
  • Image and text frames
  • Layout, grids, guides
  • Setting up documents (Bleeds/Slugs)
  • Save and Export PDFs
  • Preparing files for printer's
  • Packaging assets

User interface

  • Setting InDesign Preferences
  • Create and select Workspaces
  • Layers
  • Add and delete Pages

Exercise

  • Exploring and creating simple layouts
  • Using Type
  • Create cv
  • Create business card
  • Create presentations (for business/ clients/ proposals etc.)

Day Four - Linking Learn and incorporating all the tools and skills:

  • Interactive discussion (exploring your individual business or entrepreneurial design needs)
  • Re-cap (of the 3 days)
  • Questions
  • Putting all the skills learned together to prepare cv, business cards, letterheads and introductory level marketing material

Exercise

  • Morning: CV, Business card/letterhead
  • Afternoon: Marketing material.

At the end of the course, learners should have:

  • Confidence using the software
  • Knowledge of software tools
  • Knowledge of appropriate use for each individual software (Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Knowledge of designing a newsletter and poster

This course is for those with a keen interest in creativity and designing for digital media.

Course expert

Rea de Matas

Course dates

This course runs Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 16:00 on the following dates:

  • 20 June to 23 June 2022

Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the Short Course team on 01707 285327 or complete our short course enquiry form. 

Materials

Please note that materials are not included within the fees for this course.

Once you have booked a course you will be sent a materials list, with instructions about what to bring on your first day. Materials can be purchased from our School shop, or online. Where necessary or relevant, some specialist materials can be purchased from the staff during workshops.

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed 2 weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers. 

We encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through the Universities’ online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enrol or attend a class on the day the course starts, without prior arrangement. 

Where to find us

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful ‘Where to Find Us’ page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.

Cancellations

If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer. Find further details of our cancellation terms here.

Dates

2021

Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
20/06/202223/06/2022Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00£290.00Apply online