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Adobe Creative Cloud Class for Print Design

Adobe Creative Cloud Class for Print Design

Adobe Creative Cloud Class for Print Design: Course Details

This Adobe Creative Cloud course is for anyone wanting an overview of the tools used in the Adobe Creative Cloud for creating print and digital designs. Learn Creative Cloud skills necessary to start creating brochures, proposals, flyers, newsletters, magazines, and newspapers and other printer materials. This course provides users who are new to the Adobe Creative Cloud with training on the essential skills needed for working with these powerful design tools. Understand the tools used in creating print and digital designs in this introductory, overview course.

This course teaches the most current version of the Adobe Creative Cloud but training is applicable for the previous versions as well. This Adobe Creative Cloud training class is available as a regularly scheduled course at AGI’s classroom locations, or as a private or custom Adobe Creative Cloud course at your location or online. If taking this Adobe CC class in our classrooms, a computer is supplied for your use. 

This introductory Creative Cloud training class includes a copy of the Creative Cloud Digital Classroom book, written by our team of expert instructors. Our instructors are also the authors of the Creative Cloud for Dummies book, and your learn directly from the authors in our Adobe Creative Cloud courses.

Adobe Creative Cloud Training Options

If you'd prefer an in-depth course on any of the specific Creative Cloud tools, or plan to work with only one of the Adobe CC applications, American Graphics Institute offers courses on the individual applications. This includes InDesign CC courses, Photoshop CC classes, and Illustrator CC training, along with many other courses for each of the Creative Cloud tools. You can see a complete list on the Adobe classes page.

For more information about our Creative Cloud training courses, call 781-376-6044 to speak with a training consultant, or use our Creative Cloud Classes & Training contact form. Our Creative Cloud experts are also available for live chat during business hours by clicking the option in the lower corner of your display.

Adobe Creative Cloud Class for Print Design Course Dates

All classes are led by a live instructor. Class times listed are Eastern time.


Please call 800-851-9237 or 781-376-6044 to schedule a course.

Contact AGI to request course dates.

Adobe Creative Cloud Class for Print Design: Course Topics

This Adobe Creative Cloud course provides you with the training needed to work with the Adobe Creative Cloud applications used for print design projects: InDesign CC, Photoshop CC, and Illustrator CC. The topics covered in the training course include:

Getting to Know the Photoshop Workspace

  • Opening an existing file in Mini Bridge
  • Discovering the Tools panel
  • Accessing tools and their options
  • Using panels
  • Hidden tools
  • Navigating the image area
  • Using the Zoom tool
  • Using the Hand tool
  • Working with tabbed windows
  • Maximizing productivity with screen modes

Using Bridge in the Adobe Creative Cloud

  • Introducing Adobe Bridge
  • Navigating through the Bridge
  • Using folders in Adobe Bridge
  • Making a Favorite
  • Creating and locating metadata
  • Using the Filter panel
  • Saving a Collection
  • Automation tools in Adobe Bridge
  • Additional Photoshop tools
  • Changing the view

Photoshop CC Basics

  • Opening an existing document
  • Understanding document settings
  • Viewing an image’s size and resolution
  • Combining images by copying and/or dragging
  • Transforming and editing combined images
  • Removing a background
  • Understanding the stacking order of layers
  • Refining edges of copied images
  • Choosing a file format
  • Saving for print and web use

Making the Best Selections in Photoshop

  • Understanding the importance of selections
  • Using the Marquee tools
  • Working with the Magic Wand tool
  • Selecting with the Lasso tool
  • Adding to and subtracting from selections
  • Saving selections
  • Using the Quick Selection tool
  • Fine-tuning selections with Refine Edge
  • Using Quick Mask
  • Selecting with the Pen tool

Painting and Retouching

  • Setting up your color settings
  • Comparing RGB and CMYK modes
  • Using the Color panel
  • Changing Brush settings
  • Applying color to an image
  • Changing blending modes
  • Retouching images
  • Moving through the History panel
  • Using the Clone Stamp and Healing tools
  • Working with Camera Raw

Creating a Good Image with Photoshop

  • Choosing your color settings
  • Working in RGB
  • Reading a histogram
  • Adding video
  • Making a Curve adjustment
  • Defining the highlight and shadow
  • Adjusting the midtones
  • Setting the neutral
  • Sharpening your image
  • Taking care of red eye

An Introduction to Photoshop Layers

  • Discovering layers
  • Getting a handle on layers
  • Creating a new blank file
  • Naming your layer
  • Selecting layers
  • Moving layers
  • Changing the visibility of a layer
  • Locking a layer
  • Using masks in a layer
  • Preserving transparency

Getting to Know the Adobe Illustrator CC Workspace

  • Exploring the Illustrator interface
  • Choosing a workspace
  • Opening a file
  • Using artboards
  • Changing your view
  • Zooming and scrolling
  • Using tools and panels
  • Exploring the Control panel
  • Working with panels and the dock
  • Saving workspaces and shortcuts

Adobe Illustrator CC Essentials

  • Using Illustrator's shape tools
  • Repositioning and visually resizing the shapes
  • Putting the Transform panel to work
  • Constraining a shape
  • Entering exact dimensions
  • Selecting artwork
  • Using the shape and transform tools
  • Introducing layers
  • Cutting and pasting objects
  • Repeating transformations

Adding Color using Adobe Illustrator CC

  • Exploring the Appearance panel
  • Changing colors in Illustrator
  • Adding effects
  • Using Live Paint
  • Adding a symbol
  • Saving swatches
  • Selecting the same color
  • Creating a color group
  • Using the Color panel
  • Adding Pantone colors

Working with the Adobe Illustrator CC Drawing Tools

  • Understanding the Pen tool
  • Drawing straight, curved and hinged lines
  • Tracing images
  • Creating a tracing template
  • Working with Image Trace
  • Using the Line, Pencil and Eraser tools
  • Editing existing paths
  • Adding and removing points
  • Cutting and joining paths
  • Combining shapes with the Shape Builder

Exploring Additional Adobe CC Illustrator Color Options

  • Adding tonal values with gradients
  • Customizing an existing gradient
  • Saving the gradient
  • Applying a second instance of the gradient
  • Using the Gradient panel
  • Updating a gradient
  • Creating and using patterns
  • Creating a bounding box
  • Applying the pattern
  • Editing a pattern fill
  • Locating existing patterns
  • Finishing up the illustration
  • Creating a Color Group
  • Using the Color Guide

Working with and Formatting Text using Illustrator CC

  • Formatting text
  • Paragraph formatting
  • Using paragraph and character styles
  • Editing styles
  • Putting text on a path
  • Warping text
  • Putting text in a shape
  • Creating outlines
  • Checking spelling
  • Using Find and Replace

An Introduction to Illustrator CC Layers

  • Getting to know the Layers panel
  • Using layers to organize your illustrations
  • Using the Layers panel to make selections
  • Creating new layers
  • Showing and hiding layers
  • Locking and unlocking layers
  • Rearranging layers
  • Moving items between layers
  • Remembering layers when pasting
  • Creating a template layer

InDesign CC Essential Skills

  • InDesign tools
  • The InDesign workspace
  • The document window
  • Using guides
  • Viewing modes
  • Working with panels
  • Managing panels
  • Saving your workspace
  • Working with the Control panel
  • Navigating through a document

Building InDesign CC Documents with Master Pages

  • Planning your document
  • Creating a custom-sized document
  • Formatting master pages
  • Using text variables
  • Basing master pages on other masters
  • Overriding master page items
  • Adding layout pages
  • Placing formatted text
  • Adding images and text to master pages
  • Applying masters to pages

Working with Text and Type in InDesign CC

  • Creating a text frame
  • Inputting text
  • Changing character attributes
  • Changing paragraph attributes
  • Finding and changing text
  • Checking and correcting spelling
  • Using the Glyphs panel
  • Creating Glyph sets
  • Flowing text
  • Threading text between frames

Working with InDesign CC Styles

  • Style types
  • Defining paragraph styles
  • Applying paragraph styles
  • Defining character styles
  • Applying character styles
  • Updating styles
  • Loading styles from another document
  • Organizing styles into groups
  • Creating object styles
  • Applying object styles

Working with Graphics in InDesign CC

  • How InDesign handles graphics
  • Locating missing images
  • The Links panel and Link badge
  • Creating a graphic frame
  • Adding graphics
  • Repositioning graphics
  • Fitting graphics to frames
  • Placing multiple graphics
  • Wrapping text around graphics
  • Importing layered Photoshop files

Using Color in Your InDesign CC and Illustrator CC Documents

  • Applying color to text
  • Applying color to frames
  • Creating and saving a new swatch
  • Applying Live Corner Effects
  • Applying strokes to text
  • Creating a tint reduction
  • Working with gradients
  • Using the Eyedropper
  • Updating and editing colors
  • Using and saving spot colors

Using InDesign CC to Print, Create PDFs, and Share Files

  • Package inventory
  • Actual vs. effective resolution
  • Preflight checks
  • Packaging your document
  • Package options
  • Creating a PDF
  • Adobe PDF Presets
  • PDF Export Options
  • Separation preview
  • Printing a proof


Prerequisites for the Adobe Creative Cloud Course for Print Design

We recommend that you have the Adobe Creative Cloud before starting the class. You can purchase the software or obtain a free trial version from the Adobe Creative Cloud website.

Materials for the Adobe Creative Cloud Class for Print Design

You will receive a copy of the full-color Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Classroom book including video tutorials and lesson files created by the Adobe Certified Instructors at AGI. AGI's Adobe Creative Cloud instructors have created many official training guides and books for Adobe Systems, and more than 50 books on the Adobe CC tools. This best-selling book is widely used around the world to teach Adobe Creative Cloud, and you learn directly from the authors when you take a class at American Graphics Institute.

Regularly scheduled, public courses for the individual Adobe Creative Cloud applications are also available.

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