How to Learn Adobe Creative Suite

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No matter your interest, from photography to graphic design to web development, the Adobe Creative Suite provides a complete tools package with everything to get you started. The Creative Suite contains programs ,such as Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver and Acrobat, which are robust, multi-layered pieces of software each providing an array of tools. There are a variety of ways to teach yourself the Creative Suite, through self-paced study and also through learning from industry experts and professionals.

  • Review the Adobe Creative Suite website, which offers individual breakdowns and explanations of each software program in the suite, including tutorials, explanations of the most popular techniques achieved with the product, question and answer, plus a knowledge base and user forum for each product. Read other users' inquiries or search for a word or phrase to find out more information.

  • Purchase a beginner's book on the Creative Suite, such as "Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium All-in-One For Dummies" by Jennifer Smith et al, "Adobe Creative Suite Classroom in a Book" by the Adobe Creative Team, "Adobe Creative Suite Essential Techniques" by Peachpit Press and the "Adobe Creative Suite Bible" by Ted Padova and Kelly L. Murdock. Books are available through online retailers , such as Amazon and Book Closeouts, standard booksellers such as Barnes & Noble and Borders, and possibly through your local library.

  • Enroll in an adult education course at a local community college; many schools offer short-term classes that dive into the Creative Suite. For example, Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina offers "Dreamweaver: Introduction," "Photoshop," "Photoshop Advanced," "Photoshop 1," "Flash: Basics and "Flash: Intermediate." Adult education courses usually do not require any kind of educational history or prerequisite courses.

  • Log on to a webinar, which is a pre-recorded or live learning session on your computer. Webinars on the Creative Suite are available from Adobe and a variety of other vendors, such as Log On to Learn, which offers topics such as Get Going with Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe InDesign: Putting it All Together, Adobe Photoshop: Introduction to Typography and "Adobe Flash CS4: Going Beyond the Basics. Some webinars are free, others may have a fee.

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