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  • What is InDesign?

    Posted on 17th May 2023 by Greta Powell

    What is InDesign?

     

    One of our most popular courses is the Introduction to InDesign Training Course and InDesign is possibly the most popular pieces of desktop publishing software on the planet. Being one of the major components of Adobe Creative Cloud means it integrates perfectly with the other apps apps such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

     

    But what is Adobe InDesign exactly?

     

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    Adobe Illustrator Appearance Panel

    Posted on 13th August 2022 by Greta Powell

    Adobe Illustrator Appearance Panel

     

    It’s quite odd that of all the forty one panels that live inside Illustrator that one of the most useful is often ignored. The Adobe Illustrator Appearance Panel is impressive to say the list and quite possibly in the top three of all forty one of them.

     

    We cover it on the Illustrator Training Courses and show a number of different ways it can be used to create outstanding artwork.

     

    What can you do with the Appearance Panel?

    Like all panels the Appearance panel can be found under the Window menu. It lets you view and change different appearances to a group, object or a layer. Similiar to layers you can also shuffle the order of the objects attributes. Multiple effects such as fills, strokes and FX effects can be applied and are listed in the order they were applied.

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    InDesign Training Newsletter Design

    Posted on 11th August 2021 by Greta Powell

    A couple of weeks ago we ran an online InDesign Training Newsletter Design Course for a lady who had a little experience with the software. Her objectives were quite clear she wanted to create and edit slim yet professional looking newsletters in InDesign. Having had a chat prior to the course she selected a few random samples she liked from the Web and we used them as training examples during the course.

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    Pinterest – Greta Powell Training

    Posted on 3rd July 2021 by Greta Powell

    Pinterest – Greta Powell Training

     

    Pinterest - Greta Powell TrainingWe recently revived the Greta Powell Training Pinterest page.

     

    The thought process behind that being that the examples we show sometimes on the site would actually be much better represented visually on Pinterest than here. So there we have it – a revival in progress.

     

    Hopefully once everything is completely back to normal we will be back out there delivering loads of Onsite InDesign Training Courses and posting madly to Pinterest to show what we’ve been up to.

     

     

     

     

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    Pinterest and Greta Powell Training Examples

    Some time ago, for the life of me cannot remember exactly when but definitely pre Covid we ran an Introduction to InDesign Training Course. It was onsite in Derbyshire and was probably the last one we ran before lockdown. The majority of our training courses are customised and this was for a company who wanted to design their three monthly brochure as a template on the InDesign Course.

     

    The idea being that once the delegate (it was a one to one session) had learnt the software and designed the brochure on the course then she would be able to update it with images and text once quickly on a three monthly basis.

     

    The Design Project

    Having gathered all the assets prior to the course and making use of stock images from the Internet for the course itself we set up the brochure from scratch. Our client opted for an A4 landscape design with a minimal look which actually worked so well with their fonts which were all Sans Serif. As with the fonts the colours were also taken from the companies own design guidelines and everything was then worked into the layout over the course.

     

    The image you see to the left (or on Pinterest for that matter) is the end result. Consisting of eight pages in total (front and back cover left out from this screen shot) this template will be so easy to work with in the future. All the client will need to do is drop new graphics into the graphics box and the same with text. 

     

    Text Styles

    When the text is dropped in or rather placed in the text frames it will immediately adapt the type style in that particular frame. We set up paragraph and character styles and then mapped them to the text boxes so really apart from dropping in the text very little needs to be done in the future.

     

    Our InDesign Courses

    Any of our training courses can be tailored for you and being a small company we have the flexibility to adapt totally to your brief. Why not give us a call or drop us an email to find out how we can help with your training and projects.

     

    Online InDesign Training

    All our courses are currently available online as well as onsite – you can find out more about them:

     

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    Photoshop Adjustment Layers

    Posted on 29th June 2021 by Greta Powell

    Photoshop Adjustment Layers

    So what are Photoshop Adjustment Layers and why are they different to any other layer? Is it better to use Adjustment Layers or apply an adjustment directly from the Image menu. If so, why so?

     

    Adjustment layers are a part of the Adobe Photoshop none destructive workflow and so the answer is yes in most instances. They give you far more flexibility and control over image editing than working directly on a normal layer. You can apply a number of edits to them such as colour and tone changes without affecting pixel values. An adjustment layer sits ‘on top’ of the image layer as shown in the example below and the panel is turned on and off from the Window menu. Once an adjustment layer has been selected it will appear directly above the working layer.

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    Virtual Photoshop Course – Eventbrite

    Posted on 20th November 2020 by Greta Powell

    Virtual Photoshop Course – Eventbrite

    This Virtual Photoshop Course – Eventbrite follows a similar theme to our onsite Photoshop course. The only real difference is that is being hosted as a public session via Eventbrite. There are a number of different dates available but the last one for 2020 will be on the 16th December. 

     

    What will you learn?

    Following the Introduction to Photoshop Course outline this training will introduce to the basics of Photoshop and show you how to create content for both print and web. You will learn to select, edit and print high quality images plus produce and publish GIF’s & short video for digital output and social media.

     

    How much is the Virtual Photoshop Course?

    £95.00 all inclusive per person – this price is only for those booking via Eventbrite

     

    How long is the Photoshop Course?

    One day starting at 10.00 AM and finishing at 4.30 PM

     

    Book online here at Eventbrite

     

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    Online Adobe Training Courses

    Posted on 28th July 2020 by Greta Powell

    Online Adobe Training Courses

    All our Online Adobe Training Courses are now available for booking directly online via Reed.co.uk. We currently have two scheduled courses coming up in August but more will be added as when we can schedule them. These are the same courses as here onsite but because we can organise them as scheduled courses we can offer them at the greatly reduced price of £90.00 per person all inclusive.

     

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    Microsoft Teams & Creative Cloud Assets

    Posted on 3rd May 2020 by Greta Powell

    Microsoft Teams & Creative Cloud Assets

    Microsoft Teams & Creative Cloud Assets are one of the more powerful ways in which Greta Powell Training is delivering live instructor online training. It has to be said Microsoft Teams has been a god send. We’re now starting to see some of the main questions delegates ask prior to booking online training with the main ones being how do I use my software in conjunction with Microsoft Teams.

     

    As online training is new to many we thought it might be an idea to write a series of blog posts on Microsoft Teams and the online training process covering some of the questions. We will also be recording a full Microsoft Teams tutorial which will be online in the next few days. 

     

    Teams is not just about chat and screen sharing it also provides a myriad of other opportunities such as……………………………………

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    Photoshop Poster Design Course

    Posted on 20th June 2019 by Greta Powell

    Photoshop Poster Design Course

    Every week or so we do a small write up about one of the tailored Adobe Courses we run. Early this week saw Greta return to Newark to deliver a Photoshop Poster Design course. This was a two day Photoshop Course with a specific aim in mind – creating, designing and publishing posters. The client was Rufford Park Golf & Country Club who had been outsourcing their poster design work for some time. They felt with some training they would be able to bring the posters in-house and save the club some money.

     

    Everyone was fairly new to Photoshop so the first day was spent mostly on covering the essential tools and features they need to know to use Photoshop. Obviously layers played a big part in the day as did the transform tool. The guys were very keen to replicate the swoosh shape at the top of their poster design so we worked a lot with Photoshop’s Transform Tool.

     

    Photoshop Swoosh Tutorial – how we did it

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