Can't find what your looking for?

Call us on +44 (0)1273 622272 or contact us.

Courses

showing {{courseLimit}} of {{(courses | filter:query).length}} results Show All

Hide All

Categories

showing {{courseLimit}} of {{(tags | filter:query).length}} results Show All

Hide All

theBLOG

Adobe Keyboard Shortcuts - Desktop Background & Poster

Written by Heather Buckley – Tue 10 Dec 2013

Photoshop, InDesign & Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts

Nothing speeds up your workflow using Adobe products more than learning the keyboard shortcuts for the main tools.

To help you learn the most common keyboard shortcuts off by heart we've created a graphic showing you how to quickly select the right tool.

Adobe Keyboard ShortcutsClick to download as a 1920 x 1080 background

If you're struggling to get to grips with Adobe software then our Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator courses come highly recommended. There's no better way to gain confidence and start working more productively.

You can download our graphic as a desktop background or print it off and stick it on the wall to refer to.

Once you start learning your favourite tool commands you will be surprised how much faster you work.

Download our Adobe Keyboard Shortcuts Background

Download our Adobe Keyboard Shortcuts Poster

Just use one program? Get the individual shortcuts below...

Read More


Packaging Files in InDesign

Written by Aaron Charlie – Tue 08 Oct 2013

New course! Check out our brand new InDesign Interactive PDFs Workshop - perfect for anyone creating documents for the web.

InDesign is powerful, interactive and multimedia design software that can be used to create stunning documents for print and screen.

With such rich and potentially complex content comes the need for a means to share files easily and effectively. This is where packaging comes in.

On our Brighton-based InDesign Courses, you'll get to grips with the basics of InDesign, and we have a great eBook for you to download all about using Paragraph Styles in InDesign but here's a quick guide to using them on the latest Creative Cloud version of InDesign.

Read More


Is Adobe Creative Cloud Worth it?

Written by Heather Buckley – Tue 18 Jun 2013

Why I Think You Should Stop Moaning About Creative Cloud

Adobe's move away from the traditional licencing model of its Creative Suite software towards the subscription-based Creative Cloud has caused a veritable outcry from users the world over.

Claims that it's more expensive, that it's exploitative and that Adobe are trying to lock their customers into The Matrix of design software can be heard echoing round the empty and not so empty corridors of the internet.

The thing is, if you're one of those people who have spent the last month griping about how unfair it all is, I reckon it's probably time to stop.

Creative-Cloud-Moaning

Here at Silicon Beach, we've been using Creative Cloud, both personally and on our Adobe Courses for a while now and we're yet to explode in a ball of flames. Okay, so that's not exactly its best selling point, but from the way some people are talking about it, you'd think that's what was going to happen.

To be fair, there are plenty of decent arguments on both sides as to whether the move is a good or bad thing, but my point is, even if you think it's the worst thing since Rebecca Black, moaning about it isn't going to help in any way.

Here's why -

Creative Cloud isn't More Expensive

I'll add a caveat to that point - yes, it can be more expensive, but for the average user it won't be. Check out this chart from CNET who delved right into the nitty-gritty details of pricing -

CS-vs-CC-price

Now the only existing plan that is cheaper in real terms (i.e. with one upgrade in the cycle) is the CS6 Design Standard package, and although Creative Cloud may be $152 more over the course 3 years, with it you get Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Flash Pro, Edge Animate, Dreamweaver, Audition, Muse, and certain extra online services that you'd otherwise not receive with Design Standard, to go along with your classics like PhotoshopInDesign and Illustrator.

Now, if you currently work with CS3 or CS4 and planned to upgrade to the now non-existent CS7, it won't be cheaper, no. But then realistically, if you haven't upgraded for three iterations then you're not exactly Adobe's target market. You may think you're a loyal customer, but in a business sense, you're just a dead weight.

Read More


6 Reasons to Switch from Word to InDesign

Written by Aaron Charlie – Thu 30 May 2013

There's no doubt that Word will around for a long time. It's taught in all schools and is the de facto software for Word Processing and document creation worldwide. However, InDesign has become more and more popular in businesses due to the desire to create more consistent and professional internal and external documents.

word-vs-indesign

If you have ever tried to persuade your employees/co-workers/boss to switch to InDesign then you've probably been met with one or all the following:

I don't want to learn new software!

It's too complicated!

There's nothing wrong with Word!

I'm going to try and dispel these myths with 6 reasons why now is the right time to switch from Word to InDesign:

Read More


Top 10 IMDb Movies: Minimalist Posters

Written by Aaron Charlie – Mon 18 Feb 2013

Minimalist movie posters have almost become an art form in themselves as a way for fans of the films to show their appreciation creatively. The best designs summarise everything you know about the movie while remaining simple and stylish.

With that in mind, we thought we'd take a look at some of the best minimalist posters of some of the best movies of all time, as judged on IMDb. (Attribution has been given where possible.)

If you'd like to be able to create iconic re-imaginings of movie posters like the ones below, come on our InDesign Training Course which will teach you all the skills you need.

So let's start with number 10...

10/ Fight Club by Pedro Vidotto

Fight-Club

Movie posters don't get much more minimalist than this - a grey background, a bar of soap and exactly 6 words. This might be IMDb's 10th best movie but the poster would be challenging for top spot in this list!

Read More