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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...

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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.

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Tantalising Typography: How to Use Web Fonts

Written by Craig Charley – Thu 27 Jun 2013

It's time to ditch Arial and embrace modern Web Fonts. That's what we'll be doing later this year when we launch our new site, and so I thought it would be a good time to revisit web fonts and explore the huge range of options we now have for beautiful typography on the web. As an example of the freedom this gives designers, here's Creighton Pro: a font which may or may not be appearing on a certain site this year . We hope you like it!

Creighton Pro

Until recently, web designers were limited by the fonts they could use online. Fonts had to be installed on a user's computer which meant sticking to one of a limited selection of 'web-safe' fonts including Arial, Courier New, Times New Roman, Comic Sans, Impact, Georgia, Trebuchet, Webdings and Verdana. These are the fonts that Microsoft included in their Core fonts for the Web initiative in 1996 and are still the most commonly used web fonts to date. Look at the graphic below and I'm sure you'll be familiar with all of them:

Microsoft Core Web Fonts

Thankfully, due to ever expanding web font libraries and almost complete browser support, you can now pick from thousands of fonts to 'make the web beautiful' (Google's words, not mine).

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Adobe Course Changes - Creative Cloud Replaces CS6

Written by Aaron Charlie – Sun 23 Jun 2013

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.

Adobe Creative Cloud Courses

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.

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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.


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 -


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.

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