Print design all in one (basic level)

Print design all in one is being created combining 3 basic level courses for Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. It is essentially the same as those 3 courses but there is one important additional subject that is covered and that is the tighter integration of these 3 applications. It is a bit cheaper than listening to these separate courses as well.

What will I learn on this course?

You’ll learn to make:

  • singe page documents such as: business cards, posters, stickers, t-shirt design, billboards…
  • multiple page documents: from flyers to magazines and catalogues
  • photo editing, retouching and compositing

Who should attend this course?

  • All the people who would like to get involved in graphic design or who are already collaborating with graphic designers,
  • Graphic designers who want to learn the workflow in Adobe applications, and to better understand principles that they are already familiar with
  • Sketch and illustration artists, people who are working in prepress and printing studios, marketing managers etc.,
  • Even if you don’t have any particular plans for getting involved in graphic design, but you do need a brochure, flyer, or a business card for yourself, your company or someone close to you, you will find this course very useful because this course will save you the money and the trouble of hiring a graphic designer for every small change you have to make.

Are there any prerequisites needed for this course?

It is required to have some basic computer knowledge e.g creating folders, moving files from one folder to another, etc.

I have a certain knowledge of graphic design, should I take an advanced course right away?

You should carefully study the course plan, and decide whether you should take the basic level course first, or you can skip it, and take the advanced level course right away. If you have already mastered at least 70% of the topics of the basic course, there is no need for you to take the basic course. Those few topics that you haven’t covered thru your work we can cover on the advanced course, and upgrade it. If there are more than 30% topics that you are not familiar with, or that you are feeling quite uncertain about them than you should take the basic course first, but since you have mastered some parts of the application it will last shorter than a regular basic course, and the price will be reduced.

Is there a possibility to listen to this print design course via the internet?

Yes, you can take the course via the internet (online). Whether you are not from Belgrade, Serbia, Europe, or you simply prefer the comfort of your home while learning, you can attend an online course. You can find more info on the Internet courses page.

How long it lasts and what is the price of the course?

For more info on that please go to our Pricelist page.

I’d like to attend this course. I want to enquire.

Please visit our Contact page and fill in your contact information or write us an email. You may expect to be contacted soon.

Print design all in one, the course plan

Part I – Adobe Illustrator for print

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

  • About Illustrator
  • Vectors and bitmaps
  • Workspaces
  • Basic settings


  • Drawing of basic shapes
  • Selecting objects, moving, rotating and scaling
  • Freehand drawing (pencil, brush, blob brush, live paint)
  • Pen tool
  • Basic manipulations with objects


  • Layers basics
  • Organizing objects with layers
  • Clipping masks

Working with multiple objects

  • Grouping objects
  • Pathfinder panel, Shapebuilder tool
  • Guidelines and grid
  • Aligning objects

Object Stroke

  • Basic stroke options and operations with stroke
  • Brushes
  • Creating outlines
  • Stroke color

Color theory essentials

  • Color modes: RGB, CMYK and Grayscale
  • Other color modes
  • Pantone, RAL, NCS and other color matching systems
  • Calibrating the monitor
  • Color Settings

Object Fill

  • Fill color
  • Gradients, styles and textures
  • Mesh Fill tool
  • Color picker tool, bucket and measure tool


  • Text basic options
  • Point type tool
  • Area type tool, Text on a path tool
  • Character, Paragraph, Glyph and Open Type panels

Bitmap basics

  • Differences between vectors and bitmaps
  • Problems when using bitmaps
  • Placing images in Illustrator
  • Linking images
  • Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Effects on bitmaps

Additional tools

  • Symbol Sprayer and Column Graph tools

Most commonly used effects in graphic design

  • Blend tool
  • Effects menu (Illustrator and Photoshop effects)

Prepress and printing

  • Printing process and printing technology basics
  • Prepress: bleed, registration marks, trim marks, color bars
  • Saving artwork as: AI, EPS, TIFF and PDF file types

Part II – Adobe Photoshop for print

Introduction to Photoshop

  • Workspace
  • Creating new files and opening existing ones
  • Supported file types
  • Navigating in the document
  • Importing AI, EPS and PDF files

Working with colors

  • Foreground and background colors
  • Swatches panel
  • Choosing color from Color panel
  • Choosing color using Color Picker window
  • CMYK, RGB, HSB and LAB color spaces

Color correction in photography

  • Image – Adjustments
  • Other commands from the Image menu

Selections (partial image editing)

  • Basic selections using the Marquee tool
  • Lasso tool
  • Magic wand tool
  • Quick selection tool
  • Other selection techniques
  • Feather and refining the selections
  • Crop tool
  • Measure tool

Brushes and basic painting techniques

  • Working with brushes
  • Painting modes
  • Rubbers
  • History brush

Retouching photos

  • Clone stamp
  • Healing brush and Patch tool
  • Content aware options
  • Dodge, Burn and Sponge tools
  • Smudge, Blur and Sharpen tools
  • liquify filter


  • Move tool
  • Basic operations with layers
  • Layers panel
  • Linking and grouping layers
  • Merging and flattening layers

Working with Text

  • Character, Glyph and Paragraph panels

Popular layer effects in graphic design

  • Layer Styles (drop shadow, glow, etc.)
  • Styles panel


  • Filter gallery
  • Popular filters

Prepress in Photoshop

  • Prepress and printing

Part III – Adobe InDesign for print

Introduction in Adobe InDesign

  • About InDesign in general
  • Working with files and filetypes


  • Menus, panels and status bar
  • Navigating the document
  • Opening a new and existing document
  • Saving the document
  • Tools panel
  • Control panel
  • Previously covered commands in the menus
  • Zooming

Drawing basics

  • Tools for drawing basic geometric shapes
  • Selections
  • Fill and stroke

Manipulating objects

  • Moving objects, rotating and scaling
  • Aligning objects
  • Layers and changing the order of the objects
  • Pathfinder panel
  • Grouping objects
  • Transform panel

Color theory essentials

  • Color separation
  • Color modes: RGB, CMYK and Grayscale
  • Color panel
  • Swatches panel
  • Pantone palette
  • Spot colors
  • Stroke panel

Working with text

  • Text frames
  • Tools for creating text frames
  • Type tool
  • Path Type tool
  • Placing text from other applications
  • Character panel
  • Paragraph panel
  • Glyphs panel
  • Hyphenation
  • Advanced typography options
  • Styles basics
  • Character Styles panel
  • Paragraph Styles panel
  • Editing texts using styles
  • Problems with placing text in the document

Working with Photos

  • Photo formats – vectors and bitmaps
  • Graphic frames
  • Placing photos and scaling them
  • Importing Illustrator and Photoshop files
  • Text wrapping and working with columns
  • Effects with photos and text

Working with pages

  • Adding, deleting and moving pages
  • Master pages
  • Page numbering
  • Header and footer on the page

Basic effects


  • Preflight and Package
  • Separations preview panel
  • Print presets
  • Creating PDFs

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