Upcoming Training Calendar

Photoshop Lightroom — Essentials
Nov 27 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

LightRoom CS6This course runs from 9:30am to 3:00pm on Sunday 20th November, Sunday 27th November & Sunday 4th December.

In this intensive 3-day workshop, participants will (using their own laptops) learn to download, catalogue, develop and then present their digital photographs using Adobe Lightroom 6 / CC

  • an overview of Lightroom, its modules and workflows
  • Importing from memory card and hard drive. What’s the difference?
  • we’ll sort, rate, label & cull, then manage with folders, collections, smart collections and quick collections
  • the Library, a catalogue & database: setting up its preferences and starting to working with metadata like keywords.
  • going global: cropping, straightening, lens correction, tone & colour adjustments including white balance & exposure
  • getting local: gradients and the adjustment brush
  • retouching with clone, heal & red eye tools
  • sharpening: input & output
  • synchronising adjustments across multiple images
  • effects: B&W, sepia, split toning, vignetting, adding grain
  • Exporting to Photoshop or another external editor
  • working with plugins e.g. NiK Collection or OnOne suite
  • Exporting to output: resolution, resizing, colour space, file format
  • utilising presets & templates
  • metadata searches
  • merging catalogues i.e. from your travel laptop to you home workstation
  • creating web galleries & slideshows

N.B. this is a BYO laptop class as its important that you leave with a well setup catalogue on your own computer.


InDesign — Essentials
Nov 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

InDesign CS6This course runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Monday 28th & Tuesday 29th November.

This is the first in our InDesign course series.

It provides instruction on how to create professional-looking documents for both print & web download.

In this 2-day course, participants will: create documents and document presets; create and place text; place graphics and other InDesign pages; and work with colour swatches. They will explore position elements precisely by using guides and the Control panel; and use master pages.

They’ll thread text between text frames, add jump lines, and use columns in text frames; use the Paragraph Formatting controls; use Find/Change to replace formatting; and create and edit paragraph and character styles. They’ll position text in text frames and format frame edges; place Photoshop images in documents, set text wrap, modify graphics, and nest frames; group objects and manipulate objects within a group; and create layers and assign objects to them. They’ll print documents, create print presets, and export documents to PDF; and prepare documents for commercial printing. They’ll create and edit vector paths; create and edit clipping paths; and wrap type on a path. They’ll also manually resize type; use Quick Apply; create nested styles and GREP styles; create path-based text wraps and convert type to outlines; and precisely control leading, hyphenation, justification, and horizontal spacing. They will create, modify, and format tables; import Microsoft Word documents and map Word styles to InDesign styles; add headers and footers to tables; merge table cells; add editorial notes; and create table styles.

Adobe® InDesign CC will be used in class. It is much less applicable to earlier versions of the software.



Document Design for non-Designers
Nov 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

is a 14 hour workshop – held over 2 sessions of 7 hours each.

This course runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Wednesday 30th November & Wednesday 14th December.

In this day & age, everyone seems to be desktop publishing – media & advertising agencies, schools & hospitals, government departments, small businesses, not-for-profit & community organisations, etc. Unfortunately though, many people have found themselves in a designer’s role without any formal training and may feel overwhelmed by it all.

In this 2-day course, participants will learn: the fundamentals of good design and how it enhances readability and effectiveness of communication; purpose & visual literacy; document layout, typography and colour; corporate identity & publications. Principles will be practiced through Adobe® InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator.



Premiere Pro — Essentials
Dec 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Premiere Pro CS6This course runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th December.

This is the first in our Premiere Pro course series. It provides instruction on how to create professional videos.

In this 2-day course, participants will: customise the interface to suit different tasks & projects; set up a project; import media; organise Media. They will learn editing essentials; working with the timeline, clips & markers; adding transitions; trimming & nesting clips; & putting motion in clips. They’ll edit & mix audio; add video special effects; correct colour; & work with multiple layers. They will create titles; manage projects; & output.




After Effects Essentials
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Adobe_After_Effects_CS6_IconThis course runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th December.

The industry-standard motion graphics and visual effects toolset now brings you better ways to work, connecting your desktop and mobile apps with all your creative assets, so you can create your most stunning visuals yet.

Adobe® After Effects is a digital visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing application used in the post-production process of filmmaking and television production. It is primarily used by video editors, to create motion graphics and also visual effects. It allows users to animate, edit, and compose media 2D or 3D space with many different built-in tools and third party plug-ins.

In this 2-day course, participants will learn:

1. The Fundamentals of After Effects
Understanding compositions
Creating and manipulating layers
Building animation
Working with effects
Introduction to 3D
Understanding how to render

2. Up and Running with After Effects
Importing elements
Organising projects
Building compositions with layers
Animating with keyframes
Adding effects and graphics
Output techniques

3. Understanding Compositions
Exploring composition and project settings
Importing Photoshop files as compositions
Importing Illustrator files as compositions
Viewing files in the comp panel
Understanding Pre-compose
Positioning layers with snapping
Interpreting footage
Keyboard shortcuts for compositions

4. Building Compositions with Layers
Defining layers
Creating type layers
Precise typesetting techniques
Creating layer solids and shapes with masks
Creating design elements with shape layers
Layer compositing: Masks, switches, and blend modes
Using track mattes
Precise compositing with variable-width feathered masks
Working smarter by swapping layers
Keyboard shortcuts for layers

5. Creating Animation
Understanding animation
Adding and adjusting keyframes
Understanding keyframe interpolation (CC 2014.1)
Understanding keyframe interpolation
Adjusting keyframes in the Graph Editor
The power of parenting
Using null objects
Creating expressions with the pick whip
Creating and adjusting motion paths
Building complex graphics with Pre-compose
Preparing audio for animation
Generating graphics with audio
Working smarter: Navigating the Timeline

6. Using Effects
Understanding the order of effects
Generating backgrounds with effects
Generating a scribble effect
Animating strokes with effects
Using adjustment layers
Adding gradients and glows
Saving pan and scan presets
Fixing exposure with Levels
Fixing colour casts with Colour Finesse 3
Masking individual effects



Adobe® After Effects CC will be used in class. It is much less applicable to earlier versions of the software.



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