Design Software

Online Courses

Find out how to build well-crafted print publications, interactive documents, digital magazines, and ebooks all in one application: InDesign CC. In this course, David Blatner guides you through the core features and tools of this popular page-layout application, including concepts such as setting up documents with master pages and easily formatting text, objects, and tables using styles. The first chapter helps those who are new to the program get up to speed with creating and editing documents. From there, the course shows how to navigate and customize the workspace, work with text frames and graphics, add and format tables, build interactive documents and EPUBs, and much more. Last, learn how to package, print, and export your finished project.

Topics include:

  • Getting started in just 20 minutes
  • Becoming familiar with the user interface
  • Setting up a new document
  • Placing graphics such as QR codes and barcodes
  • Formatting objects
  • Creating color and gradient swatches
  • Organizing projects with layers
  • Transforming objects
  • Incorporating drop caps, bullets, and numbering
  • Applying character and object styles
  • Building a multidocument book
  • Creating an interactive PDF and exporting to EPUB
  • Proofing a document with the Preflight panel
  • Printing and exporting a document

 

Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.

Topics include:

  • Using Bridge to batch rename files and add keywords and metadata to photos
  • Viewing, rating, filtering, and creating collections to isolate your best work
  • Comparing raw and JPEG file formats
  • Retouching and automating workflow with Camera Raw
  • Navigating documents and the Photoshop interface
  • Understanding file formats, resolution, canvas size, and print size
  • Cropping, straightening, transforming, warping, scaling, and resizing images
  • Selecting, stacking, aligning, and grouping layers
  • Making precise selections using the Marquee, Lasso, and Brush tools
  • Using Refine Edge, Quick Selection, and layer masks to isolate soft edge objects
  • Improving tone, contrast, and color selectively
  • Converting to black and white and tinting images
  • Retouching blemishes, smoothing skin, whitening teeth, and brightening eyes
  • Retouching with the Liquify, Content-Aware Fill, Healing Brush, and Patch tools
  • Merging multiple exposures
  • Making nondestructive changes with Smart Filters
  • Adding texture, edge effects, and drop shadows with blend modes
  • Working with type
  • Creating, modifying, and combining shapes using the Shape tools
  • Adding layer effects
  • Saving and sharing images via contact sheets, web galleries, and Save For Web
  • Editing video and audio clips
  • Panning and zooming still photos

 

Whether you're an experienced creative professional or someone who recently purchased a camera, learning how to use Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best investment you can make to get the most out of your images.

Julieanne Kost filters out the noise and complexity often associated with Photoshop, so you'll feel empowered to get the image results you want. She concentrates on enhancing and compositing photos, as well as automating parts of the process for the most efficient workflow possible. She'll cover cropping, retouching, and combining multiple images, and working with non-image-based assets such as type, shapes, and even video. Along the way, you'll learn the secrets of nondestructive editing with Camera Raw, layers, masks, blending modes, Smart Objects, filters, and more. Start watching to quickly get the professional results you're looking for with Photoshop.

Topics include:
  • Customizing Photoshop's interface
  • Resizing and resampling images
  • Comparing raw and JPEG files
  • An overview of Camera Raw
  • Cropping and straightening
  • Working with layers
  • Transforming, distorting, and warping
  • Taking advantage of Smart Objects
  • Working with layer masks and blend modes
  • Making selections
  • Adding adjustment layers
  • Retouching portraits, including skin, teeth, hair, and eyes
  • Combining multiple images
  • Working with filters
  • Creating character, paragraph, and type along a path
  • Shape layers and layer effects
  • Painting in Photoshop
  • Creating time-lapse videos and animated GIFs
  • Working with video
  • Sharing images

Learn how to use Publisher 2013 to easily create your own brochures, newsletters, menus, and postcards, and prepare them for professional printing, email distribution, or posting on the web. This course shows how to master Publisher's core features and tools, using a selection of real-world examples. David Rivers demonstrates how to work with text frames, and format and edit text; how to insert and position shapes, pictures, and tables; and how to customize and automate the layout and design of publications. Plus, learn how to send out a mass mailing with Mail Merge, and prep publications for commercial or desktop printing and digital distribution.

Topics include:

  • Creating a new publication from scratch
  • Using the built-in Publisher templates
  • Changing fonts
  • Translating text
  • Inserting pictures, backgrounds, and WordArt
  • Working with tables
  • Creating and applying master pages
  • Using building blocks
  • Creating publications for the web
  • Using Mail Merge
  • Printing and sharing publications

 

This course offers in-depth instruction in all the core features and tools in Publisher 2016, the desktop publishing software from Microsoft. Author David Rivers demonstrates Publisher's features using real-world examples of the different kinds of publications you can create with Publisher, from greeting cards to brochures to newsletters. The course explains how to work with text frames and format and edit text; insert and position shapes, pictures, and tables; and customize and automate the layout and design of publications. Plus, learn about Publisher's features for sending out mass mailing with Mail Merge and sharing publications on the web or in print.

Topics include:
  • Creating new publications
  • Saving publications
  • Inserting pages
  • Working with text
  • Creating bulleted and numbered lists
  • Inserting and deleting objects, pictures, and tables
  • Creating master pages
  • Using building blocks
  • Creating web publications
  • Performing a mail merge
  • Printing a publication