• Magazine Design Training Course with InDesign

    Posted on 11th February 2018 by Greta Powell

    Magazine Design Training Course with InDesign

    Last week saw a return to an old client – the department of life sciences at the University of Nottingham to deliver a two day training course using InDesign to create and layout magazines. As part of their course the MSc students on the Biological Photograpy and Imagine Course put together a magazine /book containing their work over the past year. This includes interviews, articles and, of course photography – which is where I come in to show them how to work with the InDesign software.

     

    This particular InDesign Course has evolved over the years and today the students learn not only how to use InDesign but also how to build their magazine from scratch incorporating a brand (which they create during the two days), a typographical style and image placement among other things.

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    Adobe InDesign Photo Grid

    Posted on 6th January 2018 by Greta Powell

    Creating Photo Grids in InDesign – Tip 2

    Continuing with the InDesign Tips by showing how to create a Photo Grid in InDesign.

     

    You want to bring in more than one image into InDesign?

    That’s easy, go to File >Place hold down control /command and mouse click on the selected images then go to the Open button

     

    The cursor will now be loaded with the images and you can place and position them in the same way as a solo image

     

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    Pantone Colour of the Year – 18-3838

    Posted on 28th December 2017 by Greta Powell

    18-3838 – Pantone Colour of the year

    So sometimes I do ‘get it right’ – my website had a major overhaul earlier this year but we opted to keep the same colour theme as the previous one and yes its pretty much the same shade as 18-3838. Its very rare when training most days that Pantone Swatches don’t get a mention, its normally the opposite

     

    Short History of Pantone Colours

    Pantone began life in the early 1950’s owned by the printers M & J. Levine Advertising but the foundations that are known today were founded in 1962 when it was purchased by a long term employee Lawrence Herbert who’d been there since 1956 (my birth year – weird or what?)

     

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    Adobe Lightroom CC

    Posted on 12th December 2017 by Greta Powell

    Adobe Lightroom CC

     

    With excitement waning about Lightroom CC I’ve been quietly beavering away working through the new features and updates and to be honest the one that really grabs me as special is the new colour and luminosity masking in Lightroom Classic CC. 

     

    What is a Range Mask?

    A Range Mask lets you create masks based on their luminosity as well as colour which is ideal for skies and foamy oceans.

     

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    Photoshop Room Set Up

    Posted on 18th November 2017 by Greta Powell

    Photoshop Room Setup

     

    It’s been Photoshop, Photoshop and Photoshop training this week with one of the courses being run down in the South West. The countryside views were absolutely stunning on the drive down.

     

    This was the second of two training days where the course content had been specifically tailored for the companies design team and photographer. From the initial email contact through to the final training delivery day all aspects of the course were co-ordinated by the design team, HR and myself.

     

    I thought it might be quite useful to show a few of the room setups from some Adobe training sessions run over recent months starting with this one…………………………

     

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    Adobe Photoshop Training | Photoshop Courses in Herefordshire

    Posted on 15th October 2017 by Greta Powell

    Adobe Photoshop Training in Herefordshire

     

    This Photoshop Training is held onsite across the UK, Herefordshire, Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Leominster, Ledbury, Bromyard, Kington. and all surrounding counties and areas including Wales. Being West Midlands based means that I travel to most areas in the UK including Wales and Scotland. These Photoshop Courses are designed and developed for individuals or company groups with no experience of the software or those looking for refresher training to update their current skills. The courses  are run for 121 sessions or as company courses for teams looking for a more tailored Photoshop training course.

     

    Photoshop Training is delivered at all levels from Introduction to Advanced and at no additional charge tailored course content can be designed around you and your business. Being an independent trainer means together we can focus on exactly what you want to learn and need to cover as opposed to sticking to the rigid Photoshop Training delivered by more traditional providers. These Photoshop Courses are fluid and constantly updated and have been developed over many years to ensure you get a clear and concise grip on the tools and features contained in the software. During our time together you will learn how to work with a variety of different images destined for both print, web and social media output.

     

    Photoshop Training in brief

    This Photoshop Course content takes between one and two days depending on the amount of people sitting on the training – for one person a day usually suffices but for small groups of between 4 and 6 people two days is more realistic.   

     

    The Full Photoshop Course content can be viewed at the bottom of the page but in brief you will learn: 
     

    Work with Photoshop Tools, Panels & Interface

     

    Understand Layers and None-Destructive workflows

     

    Create, edit and use accurate colour

     

    Resize and Resolution

     

    Make precise selections, add to and remove from selections

     

    Learn to prepare images for both print, web & social media

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    Adobe InDesign Tip 2 – Placeholder Text

    Posted on 9th October 2017 by Greta Powell

    Adobe InDesign Tip 2 – Placeholder Text

     

    Following on from last months InDesign Tip of ‘Live Distribution’ this week we take a look at the various ways you can personalise your workflow a little more by tweaking with InDesign’s Placeholder Text Feature.

     

    Placeholder Text

    Did you know you can select which language type set you want your placeholder text displayed in?

     

    Position your cursor in an empty text frame

    Hold down Control & Select fill with Placeholder Text from the Type Menu

     

     

    InDesign Placeholder Tip

     

     

    A placeholder option box pops up giving you the choice to fill your frame in an alternative language format

    Click OK to apply

     

     

     

    Create your own Placeholder Text

     

    Create a text document in Word or Notepad

    Fill it with the text you want to appear as Placeholder

    Save and Name as Placeholder.txt in to your InDesign folder

    Return to InDesign

    Insert Placeholder Text into Text Frame as usual

     

     

    Don’t have a good day

    Have a great one

    Greta

    Photoshop & HDR Training

    Posted on 13th August 2017 by Greta Powell

    Photoshop & HDR Training Courses

     

     

    Photoshop Courses including HDR & the Filter Gallery are run onsite across the UK, the Midlands onsite at your offices or home.  So what is HDR? HDR stands for high dynamic range and is used to bring out the full tonal range of the image. You normally use a number of photo’s with different settings to create an HDR effect although the most common amount is 3, one of which is under exposed whilst another is set to normal exposure with the third over exposed

     

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    InDesign Tailored Course for Magazine Design

    Posted on 22nd July 2017 by Greta Powell

    InDesign Tailored Course for Magazine Design

     

    It’s been a very busy week indeed for InDesign Training especially over the last two days when I ran a tailored course covering InDesign and magazine design. The company, who were based in Lincolnshire have an annual magazine which for some years has been designed by an external design studio. They  were looking to cut this particular budget by bringing the magazine and other design projects in-house. 

     

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