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InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop: What’s the Right Adobe App for the Job?

InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop are the trinity when it comes to graphic design. Although these Adobe apps integrate with each other, each one has its own strengths, and that can be confusing for decision makers outside the production department to understand. The first step is to define the kinds of projects that will be worked on, and what those projects will involve.

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Preparing for the Adobe Certified Associate Exam

Becoming an Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) means that you’ve demonstrated basic proficiency with various software such as Photoshop or Dreamweaver. The ACA program is specifically structured for learners just starting out in their careers and those wishing to enter a new industry.

There are timed ACA exams for each program in Adobe Creative Suite, consisting of 40 questions each. The exams include questions on the tools and some basic functions within each application, as well as questions on best industry practices. While ACA certifications alone don’t take the place of a strong portfolio, the learning process provides an opportunity to develop your own design work and demonstrate entry-level competency to prospective employers.

Two ACA Specialist certificates are also available which require the successful completion of multiple ACA exams within a period of three years: ACA Visual Design Specialist and ACA Web Design Specialist.

Webucator offers introductory and advanced training for a wide array of Adobe products. Please visit the links below to learn more about training for ACA Specialist programs:

ACA Visual Design Specialist

Introduction to Illustrator
Introduction to InDesign
Introduction to Photoshop

ACA Web Design Specialist

Introduction to Animate
Introduction to Dreamweaver
Introduction to Photoshop


Best New Features in Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

Since its release 28 years ago, Photoshop has become the favorite imaging software of both professional and hobbyist photographers and illustrators the world over, as well as an essential tool in virtually every company’s marketing and advertising groups. The latest version, Photoshop CC 2018, brings a host of new features that may not seem impressive at first glance, but on deeper inspection, make significant improvements on workflow efficiency. Here’s a few of my favorites:

Sharing on the Fly

In the past, if you needed to share a high-resolution image with a client, or post to social media, it involved creating a copy of the flattened file, and then downsizing it, all of which takes time. The new Share button lets you share a low-resolution version to email, as well as a range of social media outlets and cloud services. It doesn’t get any easier. Simply type a caption and off it goes.

The Curvature Pen Tool

Creating paths using the Pen Tool has been a source of frustration for many a novice over the years. The Curvature Pen Tool changes all that. There’s no longer a need to manipulate Bezier handles when creating curved line segments – you simply drag it to the bend you want. Turning closed paths into shapes is also a breeze.

To learn about this new tool, visit How to Use the Curvature Pen Tool in Adobe Photoshop

Variable Fonts Support

Photoshop has never been known for robust typography control, so if you didn’t have access to InDesign or Illustrator, you were pretty limited. Now, when using a variable font, there are built-in sliders for changing weight and thickness.

To learn more, visit How to Work with Variable Fonts in Photoshop.

Enhanced Brush Control

Smoothing features have been added that allow more control over curved strokes, as well as allowing you to continue a stroke after you’ve released the mouse. A brush symmetry feature has been added that lets you mirror brush strokes on two axes. There’s also improved brush management that lets you organize brushes into folders and sub-folders. If you’re like me, and collect brushes on a regular basis, this will save tons of time.

To learn about one of these new features, visit How to Work with Stroke Smoothing in Adobe Photoshop.

Other notable features include:

  • Easy access to Lightroom images
  • Select and Mask improvements
  • Group layer copy/paste
  • 360 panorama controls
  • Support for Microsoft Dial
  • Exclusive brushes
  • And much more

DPS Prerelease Program Coming To an End with the Release of Creative Suite 5.5

Last week participants in the Digital Publishing Suite Prerelease Program received an email from Adobe announcing that on May 3, 2011 the DPS Prerelease Program will close to new applicants.  This is a precursor to the upcoming release of Creative Suite 5.5, in which most of the new features are focused on digital publishing to tablet devices. InDesign, for example, will now incorporate many of the features introduced in DPS, with a set of Folio Producer Tools. Continue Reading »