Introduction to Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator


This course provides an introduction to the Adobe Creative Suite, focusing on three key applications: Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Participants will learn essential tools and techniques for image editing, layout design, and vector graphics creation. Through hands-on projects and exercises, students will develop foundational skills to create professional-quality graphics and designs.

Upon successful completion of this class, students will receive:

  • A certificate of completion;
  • An updated resume;
  • A formal letter of recommendation; and
  • Inclusion in the Graduate Directory for prospective employers.

Course Duration:  6 weeks (12 sessions), meeting twice per week for 3 hours per session (total 36 hours)

Class meets Tuesdays + Thursdays
7/23/2024-8/29/2024 11AM-2PM

Prerequisite:  A working knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Word, and Excel is required for this course.

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Week 1:

Session 1: Introduction to Adobe Creative Suite

  • Overview of Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator
  • Understanding the interface and workspace
  • Introduction to basic tools and functions
  • Exploring file formats and settings

Session 2: Getting Started with Photoshop

  • Introduction to raster graphics and image editing
  • Understanding layers and layer properties
  • Basic photo editing techniques: cropping, resizing, and color adjustments
  • Introduction to selection tools and techniques

Week 2:

Session 3: Advanced Photoshop Techniques

  • Working with advanced selection tools: Quick Selection, Magic Wand, and Refine Edge
  • Introduction to layer masks and adjustment layers
  • Retouching and photo manipulation techniques
  • Introduction to text and typography in Photoshop

Session 4: Introduction to Illustrator

  • Understanding vector graphics and their advantages
  • Exploring the Illustrator workspace and tools
  • Creating basic shapes and paths
  • Introduction to color and gradients in Illustrator

Week 3:

Session 5: Working with Shapes and Objects in Illustrator

  • Advanced shape creation techniques: Pathfinder tools
  • Working with the Pen tool: drawing and editing paths
  • Creating and editing text in Illustrator
  • Introduction to brushes and symbols

Session 6: Introduction to InDesign

  • Understanding page layout and design principles
  • Exploring the InDesign workspace and tools
  • Setting up a document: margins, columns, and bleed
  • Adding text frames and importing text

Week 4:

Session 7: Layout Design in InDesign

  • Working with images: placing and manipulating graphics
  • Creating and formatting text: paragraphs, character styles, and text wrap
  • Understanding master pages and page numbering
  • Introduction to layers and object arrangement

Session 8: Advanced InDesign Techniques

  • Working with tables and charts
  • Using styles for efficient design workflow
  • Exporting and printing documents: PDF settings and options
  • Introduction to interactive documents and digital publishing

Week 5:

Session 9: Photoshop for Web and Graphics Design

  • Introduction to web design concepts
  • Designing web graphics: banners, buttons, and icons
  • Understanding resolution and image optimization for the web
  • Introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries

Session 10: Illustrator for Logo and Icon Design

  • Understanding the principles of logo design
  • Creating logos and icons using vector graphics
  • Using the Shape Builder and Pathfinder tools for complex shapes
  • Exporting graphics for various applications

Week 6:

Session 11: InDesign for Print Design

  • Understanding print design considerations: color modes, resolution, and bleed
  • Designing flyers, brochures, and posters in InDesign
  • Working with multiple-page documents and spreads
  • Preparing files for professional printing

Session 12: Final Projects and Portfolio Review

  • Students will work on final projects incorporating skills learned throughout the course
  • Portfolio review and feedback session
  • Course review and next steps in Adobe Creative Suite learning

Note: Laptops with the Adobe Creative Suite installed will be provided for in-class use. Each session will include hands-on exercises and projects to reinforce learning. Participants are encouraged to practice outside of class and explore additional resources such as online tutorials and Adobe Help documentation.