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How to learn Adobe apps

  • Published on December 8, 2017
How to learn Adobe apps

Adobe develops software applications and services used for design, marketing and communications. Professionals in these fields, as well as educators and students benefit from understanding these applications. Options for learning Adobe applications include classroom training, private courses, books, and online training.

Adobe’s software apps include the Adobe Creative Cloud, which is a collection of software tools used for drawing, creating artwork, retouching images, building websites, and creating flyers, brochures, books, and magazines. Adobe applications can be used to create content for print, the web, and video. The Adobe Creative Cloud, as with other Adobe apps, can be learned through classes, online or private training, or the use of video tutorials or books.

Learning Adobe Applications in the Classroom

There are Adobe classes offered in many major cities, including Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia. These courses occur on a regular schedule. Introductory courses are available for specific Adobe applications, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, After Effects, and Premiere Pro. These are in-person Adobe classes, with live instructor in the same classroom. Generally, these applications involve some complexity, and it typically requires two days to learn most Adobe applications, with additional time required to gain intermediate or advanced skills. As such, most courses cover the introductory materials over two consecutive days, allowing for professionals to quickly learn the skills they need then apply them to their work.

Live Adobe courses emphasize capabilities necessary to be productive, and are project based. A typical learning process in the classroom involves an instructor describing the principles of the Adobe application along with a demonstration, then introducing a project in which class participants can learn the functionality through a hands-on exercise.

Learn Adobe Software Online

Live online training for Adobe applications is also available for users that are unable to travel to a classroom or comfortable learning online. This provides a virtual classroom for Adobe learning, with a live instructor providing the same guidance and exercises offered within an in-person course. Live online Adobe classes occur with a small group, allowing for collaboration with the instructor and for specific questions to be answered. These classes include the same exercises and the ability to share a screen with the instructor so that questions can be answered and the same one-on-one guidance offered within an in-person class can be provided.

Private Adobe Training

Private training for Adobe applications is available for both groups and individuals. It is generally more cost-effective for groups, and it provides an useful option when there are specific objectives for the training. Many organizations use private Adobe training when unique projects or training needs exist, or if there’s a desire to have an instructor come on-site to a company to deliver an Adobe class. Such workshops can be tailored to meet specific needs.

Learning Adobe applications is useful for both individuals and organizations. It helps individuals take on new responsibilities and work effectively with common software tools. Businesses and organizations benefit from having a productive and skilled workforce.


About the author

Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which have sold more than one million copies. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he delivers Google Analytics classes along with workshops on digital marketing topics. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.