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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.
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.
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Just use one program? Get the individual shortcuts below...
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.
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 Photoshop, InDesign 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.
Your profile and cover photos on social media are an essential consideration when setting up your page but they're often one of the most neglected areas for trainees on our social media courses. They tend to be the first thing any visitor looks at and therefore are your chance to make a great first impression.
Getting the right image for each position and platform can be tough - there's no consistent size or rules that apply - which is why we decided to put together this handy guide to help you get the best images for each of your pages on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube.
There are two options for you to choose from, depending on your experience and understanding.
If you're a dab hand at Photoshop, we've created a set of social media cover photo templates for you to use. You can download all of them here and to use them, just follow the instructions below. We've also added graphics showing the dimensions for each so you can resize your images without using our templates.
Struggling with images for the web? Photoshop is an essential tool for web marketing and our Photoshop courses are perfect for getting to grips with resizing, cropping and saving images for the web.
So after the big news that Yahoo has bought Tumblr for a staggering $1.1 Billion, comes more interesting developments on another Yahoo platform: Flickr.
It seems almost every social site has undergone a revamp in recent weeks, and Flickr is the latest to completely redesign the way it looks, acts and feels.
It's all geared towards creating a responsive site that works seamlessly across small mobile screens, mid-size tablets and large-scale, hi-res desktop screens: something which is taught and emphasised on our Responsive Web Design Course.
So what exactly has changed with the 'new' Flickr. Let's take a look:
Flickr's New Look
The most obvious and striking change is the way the site now looks. Gone are the small images, scattered text and gaping white spaces:
Now we have expansive images, minimal and hidden text and only hints of white space.
It all looks a bit Google+ (post the recent redesign of that site), especially the screen-spanning cover photos at the top. Careful with that though, Flickr will just pick an image by default as your cover photo, so make sure to manually change it if you don't want to end up with something potentially iffy.