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As of today, all our scheduled Adobe courses will run on Creative Cloud instead of CS6; this affects our Photoshop, InDesign & Illustrator courses. Don't worry, the new versions look and feel exactly like CS6 so you won't learn anything that you can't apply yourself after the course.
We know that not everybody wants to update to every new version of Photoshop, so what you learn should be backwards compatible with older version of Adobe - as is the case with all of our courses!
As always, we still offer private courses on older versions of Adobe Creative Suite so get in touch if you think this would be a better option for you.
We are pleased to announce that all of our Adobe courses have been updated and will now be running with the latest CS6 software.
With plenty of new features and an up-to-date format, now is the right time to learn with CS6!
Don't worry though, if you'd rather learn Photoshop, InDesign or any of our Adobe courses in an older version, we can still tailor a course around your needs.
We can also run bespoke CS6 upgrade sessions, for those who have used Adobe software before but would like to get to grips with the latest version.
Contact us by phone on 01273 622272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why the Change?
We always strive to keep up-to-date with the latest products and versions of software available here at Silicon Beach Training but beyond that, upgrading to CS6 means benefiting from all of the new features which include:
- New interface
- Video editing
- Improved Blur function
- Dashed and dotted vector lines
- Auto Save
- Crop tool change
- Auto Adjustment improvements
- Layer Search/Filter
- Text Enhancements and Stylesheets
- Vector tool change
- New Interface
- Liquid Layouts
- Alternate Layouts
- PDF Forms
- Flexible Columns
- Conveyor Tool
- Form Tools
- Epub Creation options
Well well well - it seems that Adobe can't stop releasing previews and betas at the moment!
We recently saw the unveiling of Adobe Edge - a potential future replacement for Flash which creates animations using HTML5. You might like to check out my summary of Adobe Edge (and my atrocious attempt at an animation).
Then last week, they also lifted the lid on Adobe Muse. Muse is a "code name" - so we wait with baited breath to see what the final product will be called. Adobe is currently "working with the branding team to determine the final name of this product" (perhaps the developers are fans of the Devon rock band of the same name!)
Whatever it ends up being called - Muse is a web design tool that allows designers without any coding experience to create website designs and publish them without having to look at any HTML. It's a What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) tool.
Hang on a minute though! Adobe already has the industry standard WYSIWYG web design tool on its books in the shape of Dreamweaver - which has been around for a LONG time (we've been running web design training since 1999 and our Dreamweaver course was the first Silicon Beach Training ever offered!)
Dreamweaver was originally released in the age of static HTML pages - and has had to reinvent itself over the years to keep up in the age of dynamic database driven websites. It hasn't done a bad job of that, and remains a very useful design tool and code editor (Dreamweaver CS5.5 also includes tools for mobile authoring - which is the biggest growth area in web design at the moment). But - to use Dreamweaver effectively to produce dynamic sites which include blogs, social integration etc... (all of which are really important now), increasingly requires more coding experience.
This is where blog and web design CMS systems like Wordpress and Joomla have come in to their own in recent years. Via simple interfaces and easy to use plugins, these tools allow people with genuinely NO programming experience to set up sites with interaction and social integration. They are theme based, and don't have as much flexibility in terms of layout design as Dreamweaver - but nevertheless can deliver professional results.
Why you should upgrade to Dreamweaver CS5?
The best updates in Dreamweaver CS5 are the development tools for dynamic sites built using PHP-based content management systems like Joomla, WordPress and Drupal.
Silicon Beach Training provide a great 2 day Dreamweaver Training course in Brighton, Sussex, as well as Wordpress Training, Designing custom Templates in Wordpress, Joomla Training, HTML & CSS training, in fact everything a web developer could need. See our full range of Web Design Training.
There is a general shift in business sites towards content management systems because of the growing popularity of blogs and community sites so this is a welcome addition. These CMS’s (Content Management Systems) don’t create static HTML files, most of the pages on a WordPress blog or a Drupal site are generated using templates and include files. This made it impossible previously for Dreamweaver to render previews of the pages. Dreamweaver CS5 now gives you tools to design templates and see what your layout will look like in your final design. Using the built-in WebKit engine Dreamweaver CS5 now renders your page as it would render in WordPress (or whatever PHP-based CMS system you’re using).
Dreamweaver CS5 can now identify and establish the relationship between the pages created in WordPress, Joomla!, or Drupal based Web sites and their dependant files. This makes finding what file you needed to edit and making a specific change much easier.
The addition of new inspection tools in Dreamweaver CS5 let you make adjustments to the CSS or the DOM of pages and see them rendered in real time. The inspector shows you how your code will change as you interact with dynamic elements on a page, and it will show you how various changes you make to stylesheets show up on the rendered page.
There is extra support for PHP with new code hints for WordPress, Drupal and Joomla, with support for custom functions and classes, so you can even create your own code hints and error highlights for other PHP frameworks.
Added support for WordPress and other like-minded CMS tools is a big improvement, and one that’s necessary since so much of web publishing has moved to PHP-based systems. If you have a joomla, WordPress or Drupal site you should test out Dreamweaver CS5 and see if it helps to make designing templates easier.
Want to create emails directly using HTML and CSS? Great news - we've just launched our HTML Emails Training course!
How to Create Email Templates using Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver's template feature makes it really easy to adapt existing HTML email designs to suit your brand with minimum time and effort. Email Marketing is enjoying a bit of a renaissance at the moment as people are more being selective about whom they wish to receive promotional material from. Keep your emails relevant and well designed and they can be an extremely effective sales tool and a way of interacting with your customers.
To learn more about the effectiveness of Email Marketing you could enrol on one of our Email Marketing Training in Brighton, Sussex.
- Simply download a free email template from one of the many available on-line, just type in Free Email Templates into Google, this one is a good start. If you know Dreamweaver already and a bit about design you could design one yourself (See our Dreamweaver Training course if you need some help) . We are going to show you how to create the template not how to design it, if you need help with web design we offer a great Web Design Week here in Brighton which includes Photoshop Training for the web.
- Open up one of the templates (HTML file) that you have downloaded in Dreamweaver.
- Create an Editable Region by selecting the areas of text or images that you will need to change for each email/newsletter.