Introducing Adobe Spark (Spoiler Alert – It’s Completely Free!)

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In May this year, Adobe launched a brand new suite of apps called Adobe Spark – tools that enable both mobile and web users to first of all create and then share visual content (graphics, animated videos, web stories, social media posts) all over the net. From the official press release, with the promotional video thrown in so you can see exactly what Spark can do: “Adobe today announced the immediate availability of Adobe Spark, the only integrated web and mobile solution for creating and sharing impactful visual stories. Free and designed for everyday communications, Adobe Spark empo...
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Getting To Grips With Photoshop Content-Aware Technology

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Photoshop CC. It really is the only photographic manipulation tool that you will ever need, and with each new update it just gets better and better. Most of our students that walk through our doors here at Creative Studios Derby want to know how to do one thing (or rather a couple of things) with Photoshop – remove unwanted images from images, and/or move objects within images to a different place within the same image. Indeed, this seems to be the most magical attribute of all of Photoshop’s abilities, and everyone wants to know how to do it. Now, this type of photo manipulation has alw...
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Some of our recent clients…

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We have the privilege of working with some of the most well known companies in the UK and we don’t take this lightly. Our clients engage us in a number of ways: we help them solve their training and development problems, increase visibility and help them thrive in a networked world where employees have to become increasingly software proficient. We view our clients as partners and work collaboratively with them to achieve results they can measure.   This is just a small selection of clients that we've worked with over the last 12 months. Why not get in contact to see how we c...
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How To Use Adobe Stock With Creative Cloud Libraries

Using Adobe Stock
Artists, graphic designers, marketers and enthusiastic amateurs alike all need the same resources when firing up Adobe Creative Cloud to get started on their brand new creation – raw material. Whether we’re designing a new brochure in InDesign, creating an event poster in Illustrator, or summoning our inner genius to craft our very own masterpiece in Photoshop, we always need something to work with. Now of course, you, like many users of Creative Cloud, might like to create absolutely everything from scratch. You may like to only use your own photographs, your own sketches, your own de...
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How To Create A Fanzine With Adobe InDesign

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No more sticking text onto bits of paper and photocopying, there is now a much easier way of creating your very own Fanzine – all you need is a few basic skills in Adobe InDesign.   For those of you who are a bit hazy on what a Fanzine is, let me explain. Fanzines have been around for more than 100 years. They first took the form of science fiction publications in the late 1920s, and are essentially amateur magazines produced by fans. Indeed, Fanzines – or ‘Zines’, as they are also known – have become an exclusive form of magazine up until the present.   The most influent...
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Why You Don’t Need To Be Good At Art To Master Adobe Illustrator

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Adobe Illustrator was first introduced to big, bulky screens back in 1986 as graphic design software. It can now be found on thousands of computers around the world, for beginners learning the ropes or for big businesses and corporations.   Adobe Illustrator can be used for various projects. Whether it’s building a web page or creating a logo, Illustrator’s many features make it accessible to people of all experience with Adobe – so whether you’re an experienced Photoshopper, or have never used Adobe before in your life, this program does not discriminate.   So, why sho...
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5 Tips On Writing A Whitepaper

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Whitepapers have evolved past their original function as government issue documents and have proliferated in the world of business as a way of presenting marketing information. Similar in nature to an academic essay, a whitepaper selects evidence and constructs a logical argument in favour of the company or viewpoint they are promoting. So, why write a whitepaper? Due in no small part to its connotations with academic writing and government documents, a whitepaper can generate more credibility and trust than a regular piece of advertising. By avoiding the usual methods of soundbites, inf...
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5 Quick Tips To Get You Started With Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is one of those programs that will take even the most dedicated photographic digital artist a whole lifetime to master. It’s a massive piece of software – so big, in fact, that I’m sure even the developers don’t know the whole way around. I’ve been using Adobe products for the best part of 8 years, and I’m still learning new things each time I fire one up. And for me, that’s the beauty and excitement of learning something like Photoshop – you never stop learning. However, I’m very well aware that for the complete novice, the whole stress of just getting started with th...
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Why Adobe Creative Cloud Is The Ultimate Tool For Business

For years, Adobe have been the number one company for building creative design software. And for good reason – the design software suite from Adobe is simply the best. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a designer that would genuinely refute this assertion. Each of Adobe’s flagship programs – Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign – are extremely powerful tools in their own respective rights. Photograph manipulation is practically infinite with Photoshop. Graphic designs are implausibly good with Illustrator. And what you can’t put together in an InDesign document simply can’t be put together a...
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The InDesign Toolbar Explained

The InDesign Toolbar explained
I’m really pleased to be writing this guide for you today. I’ve come to realise that one of the most daunting things about Adobe InDesign for newbies is the InDesign toolbar. When people first fire up InDesign, open a new document and then sit down ready to begin, they’re met with a huge blank page, some funny lines, and then, bordering the left flank and the top of the screen are a whole bunch of icons, which, although they look vaguely familiar, don’t really explain themselves very well. Indeed, even when we hover our cursor over each tool so that a little explanatory text box appears,...
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