Illustrator artwork, vector graphics
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Graphic Design Education PRO: Illustrating with Illustrator, edit photos with Photoshop, creating layouts and designs with InDesign

Illustrator artwork, vector graphics


This education teaches you how to use three applications.
Adobe Illustrator: you create illustrations, infographics, designs for posters and flyers.
Adobe Photoshop: you create photo collages, edit images, restore and correct photos.
Adobe InDesign: all you create in Illustrator and Photoshop is put together in InDesign.

Graphic designers nowadays are expected to know it all. As a graphic designer you will not only create layouts but you will have to actually create and edit the photos and artwork, illustrations, that are used in these layouts.
During the Graphic Designer Education PRO you will learn how to use the applications that are necessary for professional work. This way you can perform all the tasks yourself and you won't depend on others. The education is complete: the goal is to make you independent in a professional way. Your clients can count on you.

Lesson content Lesson content

During this Graphic Designer Educaiton you will first learn how to use Illustrator. You will learn how to create illustrations, logos and infographics.

During your Graphic Designer Education you also learn how to use Photoshop. You create photo collages, edit and correct photos, restore images and of course prepare them for print at the correct size.

You will also learn how to use InDesign during your education. During an extensive module you will really learn all you need to use InDesign professionally. You combine your Illustrator artwork and Photoshop image material with text in InDesign.

Learn more?
This education is complete. You will hardly need to learn more and you will be able to start working right after your education. But extras that you would like to do, even though they may not be necessary, can be great extra assets.

Do you want to learn more? Attend the Illustrator Professional Course for instance, or the Illustrator Expert Course. Or the Photoshop Masks Course or even the Photoshop Expert Course. Enjoy.

Illustrator module 1
Lesson 1

Illustrator illustratie, vector ontwerpen, resolutie onafhankelijk artwork

Colour, first fills
Order, arranging and composition

During this lesson of the Illustrator module 1 you will start using Illustrator. You will learn how it works, what it looks like and how tools work. We shall also explain the different document options you can use.

You are going to use Illustrator to create objects from scratch during this lesson. We shall teach you how to use different tools to create an Illustration.

Using the different menus and palettes
View options and presentations
The artboard, the printing area
Colour settings
Creating fills
Different settings for different file types
Creating illustrations with basic objects
Using colour swatches, gradients and patterns

Illustrator module 1
Lesson 2

Artwork ontwerpen in Illustrator van Adobe, Illustrator cursus in Amsterdam: tekenen en ontwerpen.

Free drawing and illustrating
Using layers

The name of the application says it all: Illustrator. The appliation is created to illustrate, to be creative. You are going to do this during this lesson of the Illustrator Course.

Whether you're in fashion, work as an architect or in PR: you will learn how to use the many drawing tools in Illustrator. You will digitize your own drawings and get to know the first techniques to do just that.

Using layers
Cleverly use layer options
Layer settings and uses
Creating your own illustrations
Using the drawing tools
Integrating path styles
Digitizing your own artwork
Tracing sketches and fotos

Illustrator module 1
Lesson 3

Adobe Illustrator leren transformeren, spiegelen en tekenen met Adobe Illustrator

Transforming with extras
Combining paths

During this lesson of the Illustrator module 1 you will start using the many transformation tools Illustrator has to offer. Objects will be split, recomposed, merged and much more.

Learning how to transform is easy. But Illustrator has a lot of tricks up its sleave. All will be addressed during this lesson. Handy settings and functions will make creating artwork even more fun.

Simple reflection, rotating and more
Special reflection, rotation and more
Clever transformations
Special transformations
Using the path
Automatic transformations
Clever resizing objects
Combining objects
Splitting and recoluring objects

Illustrator module 1
Lesson 4

Illustraties maken, vector illustraties in Adobe illustrator, omkleuren, Pantone, lagen, presentaties, graphics omkleuren.

Colour & recoloring designs
Colour librarie and management

During this lesson you learn how to professionally adjust, manage and combine colours. Colours form an integral part of your design and it's important to understand how colour influence your artwork.

You also learn how to use special colours and even how to create and use colour palettes to use in corporate designs. Using colour in artwork was never this easy and impressive. Learn it all.

Colour and colour knowledge
Using special colour values
Recoloring designs
Using tone, saturation and more
Using and creating colour libraries
Keeping colours consistent

Illustrator module 1
Lesson 5

Illustreren in Illustrator, tekenen, vrije hand, illustraties maken.

Using masks
Adding extra techniques

During this lesson you will learn how to cut and combine paths to create stunning artwork. These are at the heart of clever illustations and will help you create the design you need.

You will also learn how to use the different types of masks that Illustrator has in store for you. You are going to need them frequently in the near future so it's a good idea to understand how they work.

Masking techniques
Different types of masks
Masking artwork in detail
Special fill techniques
Creating special shapes
Extra tools for design

Illustrator module 1
Lesson 6

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Typography & artboards
Formatting type in Illustrator

This lesson is about text and typography in Illustrator. Illustrator has many options for text to spark your imagination. Being the creative application it is, Illustrator offers many options to create smashing designs.

You will use simple text first, then move on to more special options. All sorts of handy techniques will be addressed. Use your new artboard skills to create complete and impressive designs.

The different text types
Using text styles
Creating layouts
Revamping a flyer
Creating folders and presentations

Illustrator module 2
Lesson 1

Illustrator Gevorderden illustraties maken in Illustrator van Adobe

Using the 'Pen' tool
Creating professional paths

During the first lesson you will learn how to get professional tracing results: you learn how to use the 'Pen' tool to create vector trace results that are light and resolution independent. You will work on your sketches and digital images to create the perfect bezier curves and paths you need. Using the pen is explained step by step and by the end of the lesson you should have a good understanding of how it works.

This lesson is combined with lesson 2 to integrate different techniques: this lesson starts one hour earlier.

Create professional paths
Working on vector points
Using bezier curves
Splitting paths part 2
Paths for special effects
Efficient design

Illustrator module 2
Lesson 2

Adobe Illustrator Cursus, gevorderden cursus in Amsterdam, illustraties maken met Illustrator

Tracing with the 'Pen' tool
Integrating 'Pen' skills

Lesson 2 follows after a short break.
During this lesson you will learn tricks to actually trace. Tracing is one of the most common tasks you will perform in Adobe Illustrator. In practise you will need to trace your own sketches and to trace files that have been downloaded. Tracing is the most important part of this lesson so it is a good idea to really understand how everything works.

This lesson is combined with the first lesson to integrate techniques. This way you can start using the 'Pen' tool right away.

Tracing images, photos
Digitizing sketches
Importing files
Clever tricks during tracing
Tracing techniques
Extras while you trace

Illustrator module 2
Lesson 3

Adobe Illustrator Cursus Gevorderden in Amsterdam, logo, graphics, infographics tekenen in Illustrator

Extra drawing techniques
Creating dynamic artwork

During this lesson you will learn special drawing techniques. You will use the skills from the first lesson to create artwork and designs in special and dynamic ways that can be edited, even after closing the files. This will help you edit and create paths that can be edited without losing elements. It allows for artwork that can always be edited freely and that can be combined and split.

You can't afford to miss this lesson because of the extra techniques that you will  really need during your work as a professional Illustrator user.

Mapping paths
Dynamic artwork
Exploring extra drawing techniques
Creating 'forever' editable artwork
Automatic tracing
Combining paths in different ways

Illustrator module 2
Lesson 4

Adobe Illustrator artwork, vector illustraties met bezier hendels, overtrekken met het Pen gereedschap

Illustrator & Photoshop
File types & combinations

During this lesson of the Illustrator Advanced module, you will use different Illustrator options to save different file types for different purposes. You will learn how to save files for print and on-screen media.

What's more, the focus will be on exchanging content between Illustrator and Photoshop. This way, you can add wonderful Photoshop extra's to your Illustrator designs and you will know how to do this in the best possible way. Designing will become even more fun.

Files for print
Special options for print files
Paying attention to print settings
Combining Illustrator and Photoshop
Exchanging content between Illustrator and Photoshop
Using Photoshop in Illustrator designs

Illustrator module 2
Lesson 5

Adobe Illustrator Cursus in Amsterdam, Adobe partner en gecertificeerde opleiding

Effects for artwork
Avoiding mistakes and poor choices

During this lesson of your Illustrator Course you will learn how to use styles and effects. There is a lot you can do with these if only you know what's possible and what should absolutely be avoided. You apply styles to your vector artwork to make it really stand out and personal

Using effects means pit falls and there are many. Learn how to avoid these and how to prepare your files so you can properly use Illustrator effects.

Meeting the effects
Getting to know settings
Preparing artwork for effects
Special document settings
Understanding poor choices
Creating artwork with effects
Extra export options for printability

Illustrator module 2
Lesson 6

Tekenen in Illustrator, vector illustraties maken

3D options in Illustrator
Discovering hidden gems

During this Illustrator Course lesson you are going to learn how to use the extensive 3D options Illustrator has to offer.

What seems so easy to use gives you many more options than you probably will think. Clever tips and tricks will be part of this lesson, as well as pointing out some hidden gems that are hidden when you first use the 3D effects. This will help you make the correct choice and avoid mistakes that could ruin your design.

3D in Adobe Illustrator
3D objects
Hidden symbol settings
Creating symbol libraries
Creating your own symbols
Managing symbols

Photoshop module 1
Lesson 1

Photoshop foto, collages maken met Photoshop cursus in Amsterdam

Creating photo collages
Combining photos into one

During the first lesson of this Photoshop module you will learn how to cut out objects the right way. This will allow you to create photo collages in which the different elements blend in together well. You are going to use different tools to achieve this and you will learn what you can do with each tool and how to adjust it.

At the end of this lesson you will know how to create an image from scratch and how to prepare it to create collages from multiple images.

Selections and marking tools
Combining selections
Using layers
The layers structure
Isolating elements
Creating photo collages
Retouching edges
Creating and saving files
Understanding document specs

Photoshop module 1
Lesson 2

Photoshop cursus: foto correcties en restauraties, kleur, schlderen in Photoshop

Colour in Photoshop
Fills and fill methods

This lesson of the Photoshop module addresses, among other things, the painting tools. You will learn how to use them and how to adjust them to fit your need. Each tool has specific settings to use them in a smart way. You will learn all that and find out what you can do with these tools to start correction and creating.

You will use special fills to not only create backgrounds but to also create and simulate shadows and special objects. Colours and fills are crucial for designs.

Using the fill options
Special fill techniques
Managing fills
Drawing and painting in Photoshop
Brushes and settings
Brush styles
Colour in Photoshop
Managing colours
Saving colours

Photoshop module 1
Lesson 3

Adobe Photoshop cursus selecties en uitsnijden, mensen isoleren, vacht uitsnijden

Cropping and resizing images
Correction tools in Photoshop

As a Photoshop image editor you will have to know many different things. One of these things is editing colours and saturation. Photoshop has quite a number of tools to do just that and during this lesson of the Photoshop module you are going to use the first correction tools to remove spots and blemishes.

You will also learn what you can do to get the most out of images by cropping them. Resizing and cropping are great to prepare files for internet and InDesign.

Restoring colour
Repairing over saturation
Reparing lack of contrast
Reparing dark areas
Looking at light areas
Cropping documents
Cropping with special effects
Resizing files
Restoring perspective

Photoshop module 1
Lesson 4

Foto collages voor posters, flyers en drukwerk, ontwerpen in Photoshop

Document structure
Clever tricks & functions

This lesson from the Photoshop module will address structures in the Photoshop documents. As time progresses your documents will become more and more complicated. It is a good idea to use the layer management techniques in Photoshop to keep your work managable. This will prevent the project to become instable.

You are also going to learn how to make good use of selections and even use special selections to work on your artwork. This will help you work efficiently which will greatly improve your workflow.

Using the layers part 2
Efficient management
Using special layer options
Document structuring
Ordening layers
Manipulating layer content
Transformation tricks

Photoshop module 1
Lesson 5

Filters in Photoshop, collages maken met filters, cursus in Amsterdam, lessen Photoshop

Photoshop filters
Filters for correction and fun

During this lesson you will learn how to use filters to give a document a special look and feel and to correct and restore images. A filter gives you many options and you will learn tips and tricks to know how to prepare documents for a smart way of implementing filters.

You can do so much with filters that this lesson focuses on explaining as much as possible so you can use tricks to really get the result you're after. This will help you prevent problems later on and to make the right choice when you use them.

Meeting the filters
Using the filter gallery
Special settings for filters
Filters not in the filter gallery
Using special settings
Tips and tricks for filters
Using filters for photo corrections

Photoshop module 1
Lesson 6

Photoshop typografie, cursus tekst in Photoshop, tekenstijlen

Typography in Photoshop
Creating designs with text

When you create layouts in Photoshop you will soon be confronted with the need to insert text. You are going to learn how to use text during this lesson of the Photoshop module. Photoshop has many options for text and you are going to explore all of them.

You add type and add special effects. This way your designs will be unique and exactly how you need them to be. By using headers and readable columns your design will not just be great to look at but it will be easy to read and perfect to draw the attention of your intended clients.

Type in Photoshop
Using type settings
Paragraph and character
Playing with colour
Special fill options
Tricks with text
Combining skills for special effects

Photoshop module 2
Lesson 1

Photoshop foto, collages maken met Photoshop cursus in Amsterdam

Working for print
All about image resolution

This lesson of the Photoshop module Advanced is dedicated to working for print. This means you are going to learn everything about image resolution: the heart behind all printing instructions and what you have to know when you want images to print properly.

Many resolution settings and options will be addressed to make sure you understand what you are doing. After all, creating a beautiful graphic that turns out unprintable is the most frustating thing and is a waste of your time and effort. A wrong setting can have desastrous results, let's address all this during this lesson.

Resolution types
Adjusting resolution
Exchanging resolution

Photoshop module 2
Lesson 2

Photoshop cursus: foto correcties en restauraties, kleur, schlderen in Photoshop

Corrections: color, hue & colour casts
Repairing problems

During this lesson you will restore photos on a more advanced level. You will learn how to get rid of colour casts and how to use different document options and settings to affect the way your artwork looks.

You adjust colour balance and we will look at special techniques to improve your artwork even more than before. The emphasis is on digital image corrections.

The emphasis lies on properly using the options and to develop a keen eye for colour and detail. Your teacher keeps an eye on your progress to make sure everything goes well.

Adjust dark and light
Adjust contrast professionally
Using variations
Special filters for photos
Adjusting colour balance

Photoshop module 2
Lesson 3

Adobe Photoshop cursus selecties en uitsnijden, mensen isoleren, vacht uitsnijden

Restoration functions in Photoshop
Removing problematic areas

During this lesson of the Photoshop module you will learn how to use the many restoration tools Photoshop has in store for you.

You are going to restore portraits, restore damaged areas and much more. Anyone can remove a pimple or bleech teeth but... can you do it in a way even your teacher won't notice?

Learn how to restore images that will be perfect for print and in which all unwanted imperfections are removed in a professional way.

Repairing skin imperfections
Bleeching teeth
Restoring colour in faces
Restoring missing areas
Reparing scratches, durt and dust
Creative corrections
Using different correction methods

Photoshop module 2
Lesson 4

Foto collages voor posters, flyers en drukwerk, ontwerpen in Photoshop

Working for multimedia
Saving different types of files

Today, you will learn how to prepare artwork for use on the Internet and other media, this will help you combine your skills and make you flexible when you work for both print media and digital media.

You will learn how the different compression methods affect files and what to do to create the best artwork for a particular medium. You will also learn the different options that can be used when you save images. This will make them perfect for use in news letters for instance, and Powerpoint or Word.

Colour palettes
Compression methods
Different types of files
Saving for printable and digital media
Comparing methods

Photoshop module 2
Lesson 5

Filters in Photoshop, collages maken met filters, cursus in Amsterdam, lessen Photoshop

More advanced image editing
Glamour in images

During this lesson of the Photoshop module Advanced you will use special filters to enhance graphics and graphic files. You are going to transform the content of files and learn how to use mathemetical and geometric transformations to give the illusion of depth.

You will also do some more touch-up and enhancing. During this lesson you will remove love handles, make people slimmer or fatter of module, you will add special elements and design with perspective to add decorative elements on buildings, packaging and more.

Applying special transformations
Adjusting faces and bodies
Playful transformations
Useful transformations
Managing transformations

Photoshop module 2
Lesson 6

Photoshop typografie, cursus tekst in Photoshop, tekenstijlen

Creating Photoshop patterns
Creating Photoshop brushes

As you work as a Photoshopper you will soon notice the standard tools in Photoshop do not suffice. You will need to create your own to be able to create really personal and special artwork.

So today you will create your very own Photoshop patterns. These can be used within Photoshop and if you attend even more modules you will understand these can be incredibly useful.

Not only that: you will create your own brushes too. These can be used in a lot of the Photoshop tools.

Creating Photoshop patterns
Creating pattern libraries
Creating Photoshop brushes
Adding special settings to brushes
Brush and pattern management

InDesign module
Lesson 1

Illustrator illustratie, vector ontwerpen, resolutie onafhankelijk artwork

Colour and colour knowledge
The first compositions

This first InDesign lesson teaches you how to use colour and create colour combinations. You will also learn how to create the first layouts and what to be aware of when you do. And of course you will get to know the InDesign interface so you can work efficiently.

You learn all about colours and how to combine them such as analog and monochrome designs.

Colour and a sense of proportion are at the heart of this lesson: you will learn the first steps of graphic design.

Using the interface and different views
Page and layout of an InDesign document
Colours and colour models basics
The first compositions
Using colour swatches
Colour techniques
Saving files in different formats

InDesign module
Lesson 2

Artwork ontwerpen in Illustrator van Adobe, InDesign Cursus in Amsterdam: tekenen en ontwerpen.

Type in InDesign
Formatting type and text frames

Type is a big thing in InDesign. It is one of the major elements in your designs. You will learn the first steps in type during this lesson but much more is coming up in later lessons. Not just type is addressed though: you will also meet formatting functions for type.

Type is part of a special element: the text frame. If you layout and design carefully you will also have to pay attention to this frame and its properties. You will combine type, the frames and colour and create balanced designs that are attractive in both composition and colour.

Type elements
Using columns
Layout out a page
Formatting type
Threaded type
Formatting in special ways
Extra options for type

InDesign module
Lesson 3

Adobe Illustrator leren transformeren, spiegelen en tekenen met Adobe Illustrator

Images in InDesign
Combining images and type

This InDesign lesson is all about images: the photographic material and illustrations you can add in InDesign. All possible aspects of these important elements will be addressed. This will help you understand how things can go wrong and what you should be aware of. The more you know, the more fun you will have.

It can be very useful to know Photoshop during this lesson but it is not required.

After this lesson you are really on the way to professional design. You combine type, illustrations & images: beautiful layouts.

Adding images
Image methods
Embedded images
Special image effects
Using frames
Linking images
Linking images with type

InDesign module
Lesson 4

Illustraties maken, vector illustraties in Adobe illustrator, omkleuren, Pantone, lagen, presentaties, graphics omkleuren.

The masters in InDesign
Paragraph style & character style

During this lesson you will get to know the InDesign masters. These seem pretty simple and frankly, they are but they are also at the heart of more complex layouts and functions. You will learn all about the masters first steps during this lesson. But you're not done: you will learn even more during the following lessons.

As soon as you create designs with InDesigns and start using images, you will have to be consistent. This lesson teaches you all that.

You will also use the type styles during this lesson. Your knowledge of typograpy will deepen as you use the Character Styles and Paragraph Styles.

Masters and regular pages
Masters en 'gewone pagina's'
Using Masters
Consistent design
Adding special elements
Integrating images and type
Adding special markers

InDesign module
Lesson 5

Illustratorcursus maskers gebruiken in Illustrator, snijden, mes, in stukken verdelen, cursus in Amsterdam

InDesign layers
Designing in InDesign

This lesson you will use the InDesign layers. These can be extremely useful and you should understand why and how to use them properly.

Not only layers are addressed. You will also use drawing tools and combine elements to create more complex objects. This is the lesson that combines all your skills: you know how to add text with special styles, to use masters and even how to add images and other elements.

What kind of material works for your public? What should you be aware of when you add text? Which colours are best for your audience? All this and much, much more is addressed.

The layers in InDesign
Printable layers
Putting layers to good use
Drawing in InDesign?
Combining imaging and type
Creating special shapes
Type in special frames

InDEsign module
Lesson 6

Illustreren in Illustrator, tekenen, vrije hand, illustraties maken.

Graphic Design
Primary Text Frame & layout

Now that you master the most important tools and functions in InDesign it is important to understand how colour, shape and layout interact. A professional graphic designer will teach you tricks and you will learn how to layout a printable document and to create a striking spread and easy to read pages. Learn tricks on how you can draw a reader's attention... or not...

Smart graphic design is a trade in its own right. This lesson will inspire you and help you create smashing designs.

You will even add the 'Primary Text Frame' to your bag of tricks. This may seem a boring tool but it's super flexible and handy.

What is graphic design?
A sense of proportions
The 'Primary Text Frame'
Playing with frame settings
Master and Primary Text Frame
Flexible design
Laying out a book

toetsles van uw cursus

The test lessons
Of your education

The last lesson of each (except the last) education module is the test lesson. You attend this individually. You will receive one or a few assignments that will require all your new skills. Some tests take a lot of time to complete: you make those at home.

Exam: conclusion of your last module
You make the exam at home: you will receive instructions for an extensive assignment. This takes too much time to complete here. You send in your files on the agreed date and time and will receive input and tips to make your designs even more professional.

of tests & exam

Tests at LearningTrain
Tests made at LearningTrain will be evaluated by your teacher after your test.
If you sent in all required homework and your test results are good they will are valid for your diploma.

Tests and exam from home
Tests made at home will be evaluated by your teacher on appointment..
If you sent in all required homework and your test results are good they will are valid for your diploma.

When are the
tests & exam?

The tests
The tests should be made within two months following your last education lesson: this allows you to practise well in those two months.
You can also schedule the tests during your education though.

The exam
You do the exam within two months following your last education lesson. During these two months you can prepare for the exam.

Questions about this education

Illustrator artwork, vector graphics maken in Illustrator, cursus in Amsterdam en complete opleiding

1 month courses & modules

These courses are usually in Dutch although English is possible. We always check with the enrolling students and switch to English, if this is possible. Most Dutch are welcoming expats so English is often possible.

2 days courses & modules

These courses are usually possible in English since lots of expats have busy jobs or families and don't want to arrange traveling too many times. We do always check with enrolled students if English is fine, this is usually the case. It is also possible to start a new 2-days group for English speaking students.


Do you want personal training?

In that case you will get training in English if you prefer. The course will be booked for you and one fellow-student max who will speak English as well.

Group training 5 months

Per module
2 single group lessons +
2 combined lessons +
Practise week after each lesson +
Personal test on appointment

Runtime 1 month per module +
Personal test on appointment
Practise week after each lesson

Group training 2-days modules

Per module
2 days of 3 lessons +
Personal tests on appointment
Practise week after each lesson

Runtime 2 weeks per module +
Personal tests on appointment
1 homework week extra is possible

Illustrator artwork, vector graphics

Do you prefer personal training?

You have class with one fellow student max.
We combine two lessons per module, this means each Illustrator and Photoshop module takes 3 weeks to complete.

Group training 5-weeks modules

Per module
Single group lessons: 2 hours
Combined lessons: 3 hours

Group training 2-days modules

Per module
Two days from:
10:00 - 15:00 hours or
15:00 - 20:00 hours

Personal education

Per module
We always combine 2 lessons into longer 3 hours lessons.

Personal reserved education
Lessons can be booked single.

Single lessons 1.5 hours
Combined lessons 3 hours

Homework during this education

Homework after each lesson
You receive homework after each lesson. Making the homework takes about 12 hours a week. If you only do the required assignments this education's homework will take about 5 hours a week to complete.

When do you send the homework?
You have a week to make the homework. You send the homework immediately following your lesson so your teacher can evaluate it.

Homework correction & questions

Homework correction
Your teacher schedules time to correct homework in the week following your lesson. You will receive tips and corrections. There are guidelines for sending homework, you will be told during the first lesson.

Answering questions
About 12/15 minutes are scheduled at the start of each lesson during which you can ask questions and receive more tips. This way your fellow students learn from your questions too.

Software installation tips
About Adobe software

Needed during class

  • A notebook and pen
  • Your laptop (if you don't have one you can use one of our computers)
  • If you bring your laptop the software should be installed
  • Practising material: when you enroll specify whether or not you use your own laptop so you can install practising material in advance.

Please note the software for your training should be installed before class, there is no time to install it during class and this would mean you wouldn't be able to do the exercises.

Needed at home/work

  • If software is needed during your education you can buy it or download a trial.
  • A computer (preferably desktop).
  • Optional: a Wacom tablet to design more freely. Attention: for some Wacom functions you really need the legal Adobe software.

This education includes

  • Course fees
  • Syllabus
  • Tests and exam
  • Extra practise time to prepare for your test (two months max)
  • Digital or printed books with exercises, homework and a recap of what was addressed
  • Extra assignments and tools so you can learn even more
  • Extra telephone and email support in between lessons
  • Homework
  • Personal homework correction
  • Two weeks aftercare

And the software?

You take care of the software yourself, as Adobe Preferred Partner we can only sell multi licenses and seats to companies.
You either buy the software or install a trial.

If you already own Adobe software there is no need to purchase the subscription based Cloud applications. The following suites are still perfectly usable:

Creative Suite CS4 through CS6

Prior knowledge

You don't need any prior knowledge of Illustrator, Photoshop or InDesign. You will learn everything from scratch and can safely join, even if you have never used any Adobe applications before. You learn it all step by step and will soon be able to perform important designing tasks.

Handy computer skills

It is a good idea to be handy using your computer.

This means you can install programs (you will have to install software most times) and you can organise, monitor and manage your folders and files.

Group education

Regular runtime
5 weeks per module +
+ personal test lessons

€ 4.455,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 5.390,55 including 21% BTW

2-weeks runtime
2 full training days per module
+ personal test lessons

€ 4.750,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 5.747,50 including 21% BTW

Personal education, 2 pers. max

Regular runtime
3 weeks of 2 combined lessons p. module
+ personal test lessons

€ 5.975,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 7.229,75 including 21% BTW

2-days runtime
2 full days of 3 lessons p. module

€ 8.000,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 9.680,00 including 21% BTW


Do you need to be trained on your own?

In that case special schedules are possible. You can combined more lessons, or attend them at a special pace.

Personal AND reserved training (1 pers. max)

€ 12.000,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 14.520,00 including 21% BTW


Illustreren en tekenen, ontwerpen met Illustrator van Adobe, cursus volgen in Amsterdam

10 jaar eerder

Ik vind het helemaal gaaf en had het 10 jaar eerder moeten doen. ik kan niet wachten om mijn eigen dingen te gaan maken.


Wat een prachtopleiding. Ik heb me geen seconde verveeld. Ik heb me wel in de intensiviteit vergist. Het was behoorlijk doorwerken. Maar ik heb genoten. Ik ben klaar voor het werk!
René M.

In het diepe

Toen mijn baas lucht kreeg dat ik deze opleiding deed werd ik in het diepe gegooid: ik moest de omslagen voor onze boeken verzorgen. Met nog maar verstand van een paar lessen Illustrator een hele kluif! Maar wat is het leuk. En: mijn baas betaalt nu de helft van de opleiding.
Marijke J.-de S.

Nooit meer foto's geloven

Ik geloof nooit meer de foto's die ik in de bladen zie. Wat een eyeopener deze cursus. Wat een heerlijke voorbeelden en oefenmateriaal. Volgend jaar kom ik terug voor de andere twee Photoshop cursussen.
Kim Y.

Human Being

I enjoyed the enthusiasm of my teacher and her stunning sense of humor. I have to admit it took me a while to get used to it since it is quite dry at times but she is refreshing and heart warming and a real Human Being. Even though I can't really afford the second course I am going to attend it simply because I feel I am becoming a better and more creative person because of this fantastic training.
Alois B.

Ik kan nu alles

Ik vond mezelf nooit zo'n computermens maar als ik kijk naar de uren die ik spendeer aan het werken met Photoshop... Gelukkig is mijn baas er enorm blij mee. En wat een wereldlesmateriaal! Bedankt jongens!
Wouter S.

Running back

I went to other schools for Photoshop and CAD but boy I am running back to this school to learn Dreamweaver and Flash. I have never seen better quality training.
Richard Blum

Nooit meer foto's geloven

Ik geloof nooit meer de foto's die ik in de bladen zie. Wat een eyeopener deze cursus. Wat een heerlijke voorbeelden en oefenmateriaal. Volgend jaar kom ik terug voor de andere twee Photoshop cursussen.
Kim Y.


Ik heb door mijn aangemaakte portfolio inmiddels een baan gevonden. Ik Photoshop bijna de hele dag. Hoe alles kan lopen he.
Michel de J.


Ik wist niet dat ik zoveel zou leren. Ik dacht 'ik doe het er even bij' maar al na de eerste les had ik door dat dat me niet makkelijk zou afgaan. Ik heb doorgezet, gelukkig was het echt een feestje. Ik ga door met de andere cursussen, ben verslaafd!
Cor R.


Rollercoaster ride! This is a remarkable place to study. Keep up the good work people. Love it.
Roberto B.


Eeen bijzonder waardevolle opleiding mede door het krachtige materiaal en de bevlogen leiding van de docent.
Saskia de J.

Nooit meer verveeld

Mijn huidige baan was nogal beperkt tot ik de opdracht kreeg ook de nieuwsbrieven en jaarverslagen op te maken. Had ik totaal geen verstand van. Ik heb me bij jullie aangemeld nadat een vriend goede verhalen vertelde. Ik heb er geen spijt van. Wat een ongelooflijk goeie opleiding. Ik heb me sinds de opleiding nooit meer verveeld.
Jayme D.


After a few lessons I noticed there was always an answer to the questions. I tried to stump her but could not do it. Gave up! Had fun!
Gary R.

Wat kan ik al veel!

Heb nog maar twee lessen gehad maar zit nu al druk de portretten van mijn dochters te bewerken! Wat kan ik al veel!
Irene van der P.


Questions about
Graphic Design

Tekenen in Illustrator, ontwerpen maken, illustratorcursus in Amsterdam, Nederlandse cursus

What is graphic design?

Graphic design is presenting graphics and text for specific media in the most attractive way. The most commonly know medium is of course print: think of brochures, year books, magazines and of course books.

But graphic design nowadays is also about designing for different media. Think of properly designed PDF files that clients can download or receive via email, or website presentations. Anything can be well layed out and presented in a good way.

A graphic designer therefore combines text, graphics, illustrations and photos into a lively and well thought of design.

Creating beautiful combinations

Graphic designers need to know a lot about space, colour, proportion, fonts and more. And of course graphic designers know the program they use perfectly to quickly select the right tools and functions.

During graphic educations at LearningTrain though this is not enough. We anticipate on the more modern requirements so you will also learn how to use Illustrator to create graphics, illustrations, logos and drawings. You learn Photoshop so you can edit photographic material and create collages, and prepare images for use in InDesign.

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Creative graphic design?

You don't need to be creative, some students will only use the applications to create artwork according to company guidelines which doesn't leave  lot of room for creativity. They will have to comply to the rules instead.

But if you're going to work independently and are free to decide on the design it is a good thing to be more creative or to at least have enough interest in layout and design.

Learn how to observe

What's more, ever since the first lesson you will learn how to observe and pay attention to detail. This will help you develop a sense of proportion and understand colour and shaping. After a few lessons you will be able to evaluate if elements go together well.

Of course, personal taste is important. But this can be counter productive. Your teacher will help you let go of certain fixed ideas and to develop a more 'open look'.

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Graphic designer: creating combinations

Most graphic designers use photos and images that were created by someone else. Strictly speaking you only need InDesign for graphic design. In InDesign you combine those ready-made images with text.

But... graphic designers nowadays are asked to do much more. If your client expects you to edit images it's a whole different ball game. And the game changes even more if you are asked to create graphics and illustrations or even logos. You will need to know how to use more software. Because graphic designers are so often asked to do the above LearningTrain's graphic designer educations are ready for all this. During one of these complete educations you learn how to create your own images and graphics and how to create beautiful layouts with them.

During the Graphic Designer PRO education you learn how to use InDesign extensively. You use masters, special type options and all professionals need.
If you don't need this and only want to use the most common, more simple InDesign functions the Graphic Designer Education is good for you. It contains a short InDesign module instead.

Add illustrator: create illustrations

InDesign allows you to combine content, elements. These elements consist of photos and illustrations. The illustrations are made with Adobe Illustrator. During our Graphic Designer Educations you learn how to create illustrations, decorative elements, infographics and even logos.

Add Photoshop: photo editing

Photoshop is extremely useful for graphic designers. You can't edit photos in InDesign, you can't for instance remove wrinkles or remove backgrounds or combine photos. If you know Photoshop you have one big advantage over other designers: you can create more content yourself and do not depend on others to do all the image editing: you do it yourself.


InDesign is where all the elements come together. Since during the education you learn how to create illustrations, graphics and how to edit photos this is a great asset for your company: you do all the preprep and creative things and combine it all in InDesign for different media.

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Graphic Designer Education

The educations are almost idential, the only difference is the InDesign part and in the combinations during your education.

During this education you learn just as much Illustrator and Photoshop as during the PRO education.

The InDesign portion though is limited to only two lessons. These are ideal if you don't intend to use InDesign a lot and if you are going to create simpler designs such as small brochures, posters and flyers with just a few pages.

Graphic Designer Education PRO

This education contains a very extensive InDesign module. During this module you learn how to use the InDesign masters, type styles, special pages and interesting layout options and design functions.

This education is perfect for you if you are going to create designs that contain lots of pages as is the case with magazines and big brochures, and of course books. Laying out posters and flyers is possible as well: you learn it all.
If you are interested in jobs were they need designers who know InDesign this education is a superior choice. It is the reason why more and more students choose the Graphic Designer Education PRo.

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Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator is Adobe application, just like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash and InDesign. Illustrator has been around since the nineties of the previous century. As time progressed Illustrator has developed into a wonderful environment in which great graphics can be created. You are going to explore most options in Illustrator during our Illustrator Course and Illustrator Course Advanced.

Illustrator for all designs

In Illustrator you use vectors. Vectors are at the heart of resolution independant artwork. It is a great application to create flyers, posters and business cards and also, as the name suggests, to create illustrations. it is the standard in the world of design to create and edit digital illustrative material.
During your Illustrator Course you will learn how to add and edit text, to create illustrations, how to add graphics to combine all this artwork into a perfect design.

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Illustrator: draw it all yourself

Illustrator can be intimidating because in Illustrator, you create everything from scratch. You have to know different tools to create exactly what you want. But difficult? Not when you learn it at LearningTrain. We are here every step of the way. With our special lesson material with step by step exercises even the most complex and technical things are fun to learn, you will learn it all.

But is Illustrator difficult?

No, I can't say it is. You will need time to practise, of course. And by doing your homework and looking at your personal homework corrections you will learn al there is to know to create everything you need. The courses are well balanced, you will absolutely be successful.

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No, no worries

U hoeft echt niet goed te kunnen tekenen. Affiniteit met tekenen of in ieder geval plezier hebben in zelf dingen maken is wel fijn. U hoeft heus geen ster te zijn in tekenen: u hoeft bijvoorbeeld niet uit het hoofd dingen te kunnen tekenen.

Learn how to observe

What's more you will learn to really observe things from the first lesson on. This means you will soon wonder how to recreate certain objects from your daily life with Illustrator. If you want to create nice designs and be creative Illustrator really is for you!


Comforting anecdote

One of the best things happened when a student finished her Photoshop Education and wanted to become a professional designer. She realized she would need to learn Illustrator too. She told me (LearningTrain founder) she didn't feel like it at all and gave me an somewhat angry look, clearly unhappy.
To my (and her!) surprise, she sent me something after the second class, filled with joy. Her first illustration and she loved it. As a matter of fact... She loved it so much she also attended the Advanced course. Well done Mariska!

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Free illustrations, logos, infographics

Illustrator is also used to create free illustrations. The program after all is not called Illustrator for nothing. With Illustrator, you create special illustrations and designs you can use in images and of course in InDesign: in InDesign, you add them to the design of books and magazines.

Business card, poster, layouts & moodboards

Adobe Illustrator is used to create digital artwork. You can for instance use it to create business cards and posters. Even smaller brochures can be created in Illustrator. Illustrator is also used to design websites, logos and technical drawings.

Combining it all? Illustrator!

In Illustrator you can combine illustrations (based on vectors) with text and digital images (based on pixels). Think of a big poster with huge text and self-made illustrations with a big image in it. Illustrator is at the heart of everything you need to create free and fabulous designs and is the program of choice of every creative.

Illustrator for fashion & styling

In Illustrator you can trace your sketches and patterns to create crisp vector artwork. This makes adjusting colours and using special fills a fun and exciting thing todo.

Designers in the world of fashion and styling love Illustrator and it helps them saving a lot of time. More and more fashion designers are switching to Illustrator and make the move from Canvas to the world of Illustrator.

Looking for a job in this industry you can hardly miss any Illustrator skills: LearningTrain has by now trained students from many fashion companies. Think of Tommy Hillfiger, McGregor and Levi's for instance, or Mexx, America Today, CoolCat, Sissiyboy and Hunkemolller.


Creating graphs in Illustator is very simple and you can learn different ways to create and edit them. You can change the colours on the fly and you will learn what to pay attention to when you are creating them, such as the right colours for the colour blind.

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Mode & styling

The fashion industry is an important user: it is easy to design and present models in Illustrator and the drawings are crisp and perfect. Adding stitches, patterns, creating technical drawings: everything can be done in Illustrator.

Illustrators & artists

As an illustrator you will probably love Illustrator. You can be asked to produce digital material and want to trace your own scans and drawings. This can all be done in Illustrator, then allowing you to change colours, create colour schemes and much, much more.

Pattern designers

Pattern designers love Illustrator. It is often used to trace patterns and to create perfectly repeating patterns. Playing with colour and using seasonal colour schemes and Pantone, for instance, can all be done in Illustrator.

Architects, gardeners, contractors

Another big user group is formed by architects, city planners and garden designers, for instance. They often use CAD and frankly, what comes out of CAD needs some revamping if it has to be presented to clients. With some Illustrator extras the design is made much more attractive for your clients which will make it much easier to sell.


And many more

Many different types of students have so far attended the Illustrator courses. They all put Illustrator to good use. They create models, for instance, for the shoes industry. Others create medical illustrations. Some students create infographics for use in company flow charts, others design interfaces for apps and websites. They design flyers and designs that can be used in InDesign and Photoshop. Illustrator will surprise you with its flexibility and versatility. .

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Start at the beginning!

You will most often enjoy starting at the beginning, even if you have been using Illustrator for a while you will learn lots of handy tricks and things that save you a lot of time.

You will learn how to use lots of tools and functions and you will use, among other things, pencil and brush, masking techniques and special transformation functions. You will use type in many different ways to help you create layouts for business cards for instance, and for posters and flyers. You can do a lot with text in Illustrator, it is fantastic to discover this.

At the end of the course you can work independently.

Start with Fashion & Styling?

Alternatively, you can start with the Illustrator Course Fashion & Styling if you work in fashion but this course is less extensive. If you need to attend the Illustrator Advanced Course later, you are much better off if you start with the regular Illustrator Course.

You can also start with the Illustrator Course For Architects. The basis is the same for all Illustrator courses since tools need to be addressed but the Architect course does not contain the extensive typography class that is included in the regular Illustrator course.


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Ask what you need to know and tell us what you want to learn for your specific situation so someone can help you out as best they can to find you the right course.

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Complete Educations

Learn it all during an Illustrator Education. We have two! You learn everything from the individual Illustrator courses. And of course, since it's an education, you learn lots of great combinations.
You will learn how to draw, how to use colours professionally and how to use Pantone for example. You use combined and split paths, different drawing techniques and pathfinder functions. You will prepare artwork for both print and digital media and how to use different profiles for different jobs. All is addressed during this solid education, you will have very few questions left.

Illustrator education runtime

These educations contain 3 or 4 modules and take 21 or 28 lessons to complete.

The modules can be attended in a row but it is usually very much appreciated to schedule a break in between some modules..
The most popular schedule is the one that contains a longer break between the second and remaining modules: this is also what the educations are based on. You start in september and practise during the end of year break, then continue in January.

After practising enough you can book the tests for the different modules.
The exam is done after that, you can do this within 2 months after your last lesson.

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Fashion, a wide playing field

Fashion and styling form an important Illustrator user group. Many stylists use Illustrator. But since fashion is such a wide playing field in which many different tasks should be performed it can be a search to find out what's best for your situation. Stylists can be divided in two big groups.

* Since stylists are required to do more and more this specific course will soon be merged with the regular Illustrator Course. All topics from Fashion & Styling will be integrated: the course is very complete.

Group 1

These stylists create impressions for moods, moodboars and free illustrations. They sometimes have to create small designs for cards, posters and flyers and work intuitively and freehand for lively designs.

Group 2

These stylists are more technical: they need to work very precisely and create designs for production plants in, for instance, China, Turkey and other countries. They need to work proportionally correct and specify where cuts and stitches should be applied so the garments can be properly produced.

Ideal for group 1

Since styists are required to do more and more the Illustrator Course is the best choice. It also contains an extensive typography clas and one for handy transformations that will be very handy for moodboards.

Ideal for group 2

You're best off starting with the Illustrator Course. Then proceed with the Illustrator Advanced Course. This will teach you how to trace technical designs and will prep you to create technical drawings and very precise designs. You will know everything about colour to allow for super fast variations.

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Illustrator Course Advanced

During this Illustator course you build on your existing skills. So by now you know all about colour, transformation and paths. During this course you learn how to trace using the 'Pen' tool and you create professional paths.

You get to know the active functions in Illustrator and use special effects to add lots of extras to your designs. The emphasis is on creating professional and technically correct artwork but of course, this course is also very creative.

Illustrator Course Professional

If you want to use Illustrator professionally you can't afford to miss this course. You will learn all there is to know about special functions to create artwork that is perfect for print, too: you learn all about prepress and preparing work for print, too, and all about Pantone and how to use this correctly.

More transformation is included, as well as exciting new techniques to create 'motion' and 'movement' in your designs.


Illustrator Course Expert

This course is really the cherry on the cake. You will learn how to transform dynamically, use colours professionally and you will create complex layouts for different media. You will learn how to create repeating patterns you can use in fashion, wallpaper and packaging and backgrounds. You will even learn how to create professional brushes to make your designs stand out.
You will combine all techniques you learned during earlier courses. After this course Illustrator will have very few secrets left.

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Illustrator Course For Architects

This Illustrator course is for architects, landscape and city planners and garden designers.

You learn Illustrator from scratch. The last lesson is on demand to adjust your CAD designs in Illustrator. CAD usually creates 'boring' artwork, Illustrator helps you sell a good looking design.

Illustrator Course For Tracing

During this course you wll learn how to use the most daunting tool: the 'Pen' tool. This is the most powerful tool and it's the most difficult tool to master. In two days though, you will learn how to create vector paths from scratch and how to trace designs. With the Pen.

Tracing is important for different reasons. If you work in fashion it is a great tool to create sharp designs and to present them.
But it is an absolutely essential tool to create logos since you will often have to trace your sketches or sharpen paths.
Tracing is also done to work from photo.


Illustrator Course Pattern Design

You can attend this course to learn how to design patterns. Patterns are used as special fills in different objects but the technique is incredibly useful if you want to learn how to design patterns for fashion for instance, or for wall papers and wrapping papers. Eijffinger, one of the renowned wall paper and interior design companies in the Netherlands, attended an Illustrator course here: they create patterns with, among other software, Illustrator.

Patterns, sometimes referred to as 'artworks' which is not a professional name, can be used to print silk, cotton and artificial fibers. Each fabric is different and will react according to their nature. During your course you will learn tips and tricks on inks and colours too.

You need prior knowledge to attend this Illustrator course.

Illustrator Course Brushes Design

Designing brushes is very useful to create artwork with special borders and edges but brushes are also used to create special decorative elements. They are used for special finishing, too.

Brushes are often at the heart of a design, they are not just a nice thing to use. Creating brushes requires an understanding of technique and clever tricks you can use while you design them. Because your artwork may need some better finishing, it's best to understand how to tweak your brush to get the most out of it.

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Cursus Illustrator vragen.

Do you know who this is?

Indirectly, he is connected to Illustrator.
Learn it all during the first Illustrator course, all will be revealed during the third lesson.

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What is resolution independent artwork?

Resolution independent artwork is artwork that can be scaled (resized) without quality loss. In Illustrator you use vectors to draw and create artwork. Vectors are at the heart of resolution independent designs: you can upscale and they will not get blurry, in contrast to what happens when you scale something in Photoshop. This is, of course, a terrific quality.

Cleverly use all tricks

There are of course lots of things to be aware of if you want to create truly resolution independent artwork.

Learn all about that during the advanced courses. This will help you creating files that are perfect for print and different media.

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It depends on the design

If you create designs that contain many pages as is the case when you design magazines, brochures and books for instance, you're better off with InDesign. In InDesign you can design books, too. If you need to combine lots of images with text, including headers, footers and pagination, you really will need InDesign. InDesign will give you all the options for typography and to combine images with text and decorative elements.


Illustrator is much handier if you want to design small folders, business cards, stationery and much more. Illustrator is so easy when you need to move objects around and recolour them. You can combine your art with images, photos, and you can use lots of typographic solutions. Illustrator has even a few more options for text. But it's less handy if you need to create designs that consist of many different pages.

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InDesign is used to combine photos, images, with illustrations and text. You place all the images in the perfect location and add text, using InDesign's typographic wonderfulness to create perfect layouts for books, magazines and much much more.


Illustrator is used to create graphics, illustrations and logo's. It is also used to create designs for folders, flyers and more.

You can not edit the images and Illustrations in InDesign. You need Photoshop to edit the photos you place in InDesign.
And you need Illustrator to edit (and of course create) the illustrations and decorative elements.

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What's the difference with Photoshop?

The biggest difference is that Photoshop uses raster-based files containing pixels and Illustrator uses vectors. Vectors are used to create artwork that can be blown up without losing quality whatsoever. If you make something bigger in Photoshop the result will be very poor and can even become smudgy.

This means that you can design something small in Illustrator but still print it in a very big size.

Combining raster and vector

Another difference is that you can combine vectors, rasters and text to create beautiful and powerful designs. Think about posters with a huge image, combined with text and decorative elements. You can do such things in Photoshop but it's usually much, much better to do this in Illustrator.
Photoshop is used to edit images, photos. You can not do this in Illustrator. If you want to edit photos you will have to learn how to use Photoshop, too.

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Wat is Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is een Adobe Systems programma dat gebruikt wordt om beeldmateriaal te maken voor zowel drukwerk als digitale media. Het is het favoriete programma van professionele beeldbewerkers wereldwijd.

Photoshop kernfuncties

Met Photoshop kunt u fotografisch beeldmateriaal zoals bijvoorbeeld foto's uit een digitale camera of die u van internet downloadt aanpassen. U kunt ermee kleuren aanpassen, uitsnedes maken en andere bewerkingen toepassen zodat uw bestanden perfect worden voor gebruik in drukwerk of voor op multimedia.

Is Photoshop moeilijk?

Nee, Photoshop is niet moeilijk. Het is wel fijn om uw kennis zoveel mogelijk vanaf de basis op te bouwen. Zo mist u niks en leert u allerlei handige dingen die u later aan de lopende band zult gaan gebruiken.

Concrete lessen om alles te leren

Tijdens de eerste cursus ziet u al dat alles goed wordt doorgenomen. Met onze persoonlijke begeleiding (zelfs al zit u in een groep) hoeft u niet te twijfelen of u het zult kunnen leren: u gaat het leren!

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Moet ik kunnen fotograferen?

Veel van onze cursisten zijn fotograaf, al dan niet professioneel en in eigen dienst. Maar u hoeft geen fotograaf te zijn om aan een Photoshop cursus mee te doen.

Eigen foto's tijdens cursus

U kunt tijdens de cursus eigen foto's gebruiken maar net zo goed beeldmateriaal van stocksites. Bij uw cursus horen ook oefenbeelden: deze kunt u gebruiken om het huiswerk uit te voeren en voor vrij werk.

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Zoveel mogelijkheden

Met Photoshop bewerkt u foto's. En dat is een heel uitgebreide omschrijving. Er kan zoveel dat het niet zo makkelijk is om alles even samen te vatten. Hier volgen een paar onderdelen die het meest worden gedaan.

Vrijstaand maken

Met 'vrijstaand maken' wordt bedoeld dat er een element in een foto uitgesneden wordt. Dit kan bijvoorbeeld een dier zijn dat wordt 'geisoleerd' uit de achtergrond zodat dit dier in een andere foto kan worden gebruikt.


Fotocorrecties houden onder andere in dat er delen wat vager of juist scherper worden gemaakt, dat delen iets in kleur worden aangepast of dat stukken in de foto bijvoorbeeld lichter of donkerder worden gemaakt.

Foto restauraties

Foto's restaureren houdt onder andere in het verwijderen van rimpels en puistjes maar zeker ook het opvullen van delen die ontbreken en het aanpassen van delen die na correcties niet meer in orde blijken te zijn.

Vakantiefoto's bewerken

Na thuiskomst kan blijken dat bepaalde foto's toch minder mooi zijn geworden dan u dacht. Of dat de belichting van een dierbare herinnering niet goed was ingesteld, of dat kleuren niet goed zijn. U kunt alle foto's die met een digitale camera worden gemaakt bewerken. Maar u kunt ook foto's scannen, zelfs hun negatief, en ze in Photoshop bewerken.

Foto's voor InDesign maken

Als de beelden, de foto's, moeten worden gebruikt in InDesign is het handig om dit zelf te doen: zo hebt u alles in de hand en bent u niet afhankelijk van derden. Dit wordt dus ook in Photoshop gedaan.

Foto's voor websites & multimedia

Photoshop is een ster in het maken van beeldmateriaal voor diverse media's. Een van die media wordt gevormd door website: daar kunt u dus ook bestanden, beelden, voor maken met behulp van Photoshop.

Beeldmateriaal op maat maken

Meestal is een foto die in ontwerpen moet worden gebruikt niet op formaat. Ze moeten worden bijgesneden of domweg kleiner worden gemaakt. Dit wordt allemaal perfect in Photoshop gedaan.

Op resolutie brengen

Beeldmateriaal is niet altijd op resolutie. Dit betekent dat de foto niet geschikt is voor afdrukken met diverse druktechnieken. U kunt in Photoshop de beelden precies de resolutie geven die nodig is zodat ze perfect kunnen worden gebruikt.

Websites ontwerpen

U kunt in Photoshop websites ontwerpen. Eerlijk is eerlijk: in Illustrator is dat veel handiger. Maar de foto's die in de websites worden gebruikt zult u toch echt in Photoshop moeten bewerken. Ook voor het opslaan voor on screen media bent u in Photoshop beter af.

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Illustrator: vectoren

Resolutie onafhankelijk artwork is artwork dat zonder kwaliteitsverlies kan worden geschaald en daarom in bestanden met verschillende resoluties en afmetingen kan worden gebruikt. In Illustrator staan vectorobjecten aan de basis van dit resolutie onafhankelijk artwork. Artwork dat u tijdens de Illustrator cursus leert maken wordt, in tegenstelling tot artwork in Photoshop, niet vager bij vergroten. Dit is een heel aantrekkelijke eigenschap.

Photoshop: pixels

In Photoshop werkt u over het algemeen niet met vectoren maar met pixels: de kleinste kleureenheden waar foto's uit zijn opgebouwd. Foto's zijn wel degelijk gevoelig voor schalen en transformeren, u bent daardoor in Photoshop veel minder vrij en zit vast aan vaste formaten. Maar in Illustrator kunt u geen foto's bewerken. Dat kan alleen in Photoshop en andere digitale beeldbewerkers.

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Begin bij de basis!

U hebt meestal het meest plezier van beginnen met de eerste Photoshop Cursus. Ook als u al lang met Photoshop werkt leert u handige dingen die u tijd zullen besparen en bovendien veel verrassende extra's.

Van alles leren

U leert veel gereedschappen en functies kennen en werkt met tekengereedschappen, maskers en bijzondere transformatiegereedschappen. U leert typografie zodat u foto's kunt combineren met tekst. U gebruikt filters en speciale instellingen om heel speciale ontwerpen te maken. Vanaf nul.


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Stel al uw vragen zodat we kunnen kijken welke cursus het beste aansluit op wat u in uw eigen praktijk nodig zult hebben. Want niet alleen iedere mens is anders maar elke baan stelt zo zijn eigen eisen.

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Complete Opleiding

Tijdens de Photoshop Opleiding leert u alles wat tijdens de eerste Photoshop Cursus, de Photoshop Cursus Gevorderden, Photoshop Cursus Professional en Photoshop Cursus Expert aan bod komt. Natuurlijk met veel extra's: u gaat van alles combineren.

U leert alles vanaf nul en hebt dus geen voorkennis nodig. De opleiding is gericht op professioneel werken met Photoshop en zorgt ervoor dat u vanaf nul alles goed leert. U begint met het uitsnijden en combineren van foto elementen, kleurgebruik en transformaties, gaat via filters, fotocorrecties en restauraties naar diverse media, drukklaar maken en resoluties. Alles komt aan bod, u zult na deze opleiding nog maar weinig vragen hebben.

Photoshop Opleiding looptijd

Deze opleiding duurt 28 weken en bestaat uit vier modules.

De modules zijn achter elkaar te volgen maar het is vaak fijn om een pauze tussen modules in te lassen.
Het meest geliefd is het schema waarin een langere pauze valt tussen de eerste twee en laatste twee modules: daar zijn de opleidingen dan ook op gebaseerd. U begint dan in september en oefent tijdens de eindejaarsvakantie en gaat door in januari.

Als u genoeg geoefend hebt boekt u de testen voor de verschillende modules.
Het examen doet u erna, u kunt dit doen binnen twee maanden na de laatste les.

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Photoshop Cursus Gevorderden

Deze Photoshop Cursus bouwt u verder op uw vaardigheden. U gaat op een dieper niveau foto's corrigeren en gebruikt kleuren op een professionele manier.

U gaat bestanden op resolutie brengen en slaat ze op voor diverse media: voor drukwerk maar zeker ook voor on screen media als websites en nieuwsbrieven.

U gaat werken met prachtige transformatiemogelijkheden en geavanceerde filters om het meeste uit uw bestanden te halen.

Photoshop cursus Professional

Als u van het werken met Photoshop uw vak wilt maken kunt u niet zonder deze cursus. Deze Photoshop cursus is niet alleen een bijzonder waardevolle aanvulling, hij is onmisbaar als u als professionele verzorger van digitale designs aan de slag wilt. U gebruikt Pantone kleuren en leert hoe u speciale inkten correct kunt gebruiken zodat u niet voor verrassingen komt te staan. U kijkt goed naar bestanden om te beoordelen of uw ontwerp drukbaar is. De fijne kneepjes die specifiek bij Photoshop horen worden tijdens deze cursus behandeld.


Photoshop Cursus Expert

Deze cursus Photoshop Expert zet de puntjes op de i's. U gaat werken met diverse extra technieken om beeldmateriaal perfect te gebruiken. U maakt gebruik van kleurprofielen en kanalen om heel secuur foto's te bewerken.

U gebruikt het 'Pen' gereedschap om werkpaden op te zetten. Deze gebruikt u voor heel wat functies in Photoshop: het zijn in combinatie met de kanalen extreem nuttige elementen die u kunt inzetten voor precieze bewerkingen.

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Photoshop Cursus Pen & Pad

Tijdens deze Photoshop cursus leert u vanaf nul met het 'Pen' gereedschap werken. Hiermee zet u werkpaden op.

Nadat de werkpaden zijn opgezet gaat u ze gebruiken. Dit kan op verschillende manieren, elke manier heeft zijn voordelen en nadelen. U leert alles vanaf nul en koppelt uw kennis aan wat u al weet van Photoshop.

Animeren met Photoshop

Photoshop wordt gebruikt om animaties te maken. En dat kan op verschillende manieren. U kunt vanaf nul een 'getekende' animatie maken maar er ook voor kiezen om met vaste elementen te werken.

Er zijn twee verschillende soorten animaties, maak tijdens deze cursus kennis met beide.


Photoshop Cursus Dessins Ontwerpen

U kunt de Photoshop Cursus Dessins volgen om dessins te leren ontwerpen. Dessins (rapports) worden gebruikt als bijzondere invullingen maar de techniek is ontzettend belangrijk als u bijvoorbeeld stoffen wilt ontwerpen voor kleding, en als u behang wilt ontwerpen. Jaren geleden heeft Eijffinger hier een cursus Illustrator gevolgd: zij maken dessins met onder andere Illustratror.
Met dessins plaatst u uw ontwerpen op bijvoorbeeld zijde, katoen en kunststoffen. Elke stof is anders en zal daarom ook anders reageren. Krijg tijdens deze cursus tips over kleuren en inkten om verrassingen te vermijden.

Photoshop Cursus Brushes

Brushes maken is erg handig voor bijzondere afwerkingen van randen maar ook voor decoratieve elementen. Ze worden ook gebruikt voor speciale afwerkingen. Ze vormen vaak het hart van ontwerpen, brushes zijn niet zomaar een aardigheidje. Het maken van brushes vereist niet alleen een kennis van de techniek maar vooral ook kennis van de slimmigheidjes en instellingen die u kunt gebruiken. Want u wilt natuurlijk wel brushes maken die te gebruiken zijn met zoveel mogelijk gereedschappen in Photoshop.

Voor deze cursus is voorkennis van Photoshop nodig.


Photoshop Cursus Maskers

Tijdens deze cursus gaat u alle maskers die Photoshop biedt gebruiken.
U begint bij het begin en maakt kennis met het eerste masker: waar is het uit opgebouwd, waarom ziet het eruit zoals het eruit ziet en wat betekent dat?

Daarna gaat u door met de resterende maskers. Alle maskers komen aan bod: snelmasker, knipmasker, laagmasker en zelfs het vectormasker. Dit is een bijzonder intensieve cursus die u in staat stelt om alle functies die Photoshop biedt te combineren met uw kennis van maskers.

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Thomas Knoll, de grondlegger van Photoshop: een Amerikaan.

Weet u wie dit is?

Dit is Thomas Knoll, de ontwikkelaar van Photoshop. Hij is degene die samen met zijn broer in 1988 Photoshop heeft 'uitgevonden'. In die tijd was het geen Adobe programma, integendeel: de broers moesten met hun software leuren en Adobe was in eerste instantie niet geinteresseerd.

En in die tijd is het programma er alleen maar beter op geworden. Leer alles wat u nodig hebt tijdens de Photoshop cursus van uw keuze. U zult alles ontdekken wat u nodig hebt om Photoshop professioneel te gebruiken, zelfs als het alleen voor uw plezier is.

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Dat ligt aan het ontwerp

Als u ontwerpen maakt die veel pagina's bevatten, zoals bij tijdschriften, brochures en jaarverslagen het geval is, bent u veel beter af met InDesign. InDesign wordt natuurlijk ook gebruikt voor het vormgeven van boeken. Als u veel beeldmateriaal moet combineren en pagina's moet beheren, compleet met headers, footers en paginanummers, dan bent u echt op InDesign aangewezen. In InDesign hebt u alle mogelijke opties voor typografie, als alles typografisch in orde moet zijn biedt InDesign de meeste mogelijkheden.


Met Photoshop maakt u heel handig eenbladige ontwerpen als posters. De eerlijkheid gebiedt me om te zeggen dat alles in Illustrator wat dat betreft veel handiger gaat. In Illustrator kunt u alles makkelijk verplaatsen en snel omkleuren, u voegt beeldmateriaal toe en maakt tekst op. Ook in Illustrator kunt u veel met tekst, bijna net zoveel als in InDesign en de typografie doet er niet voor onder. Bovendien biedt Illustrator nog meer bijzondere opties voor tekst. Maar Illustrator is minder handig voor het vormgeven van ontwerpen waar veel pagina's voor nodig zijn.

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What is InDesign?

InDesign is an Adobe applicaiton that you can use to design books, magazines and brochures. As a graphic designer there is no escaping InDesign: ever since this program has been added to the Adobe suites it has taken the designer world by storm. It removed QuarkExpress from the designing scene

You can compare InDesign with Dreamweaver: in Dreamweaver you combine elements to create attractive web pages. In Dreamweaver you create these pages for the internet: for websites. In InDesign you create these pages for print and digital media.

InDesign for all layouts

InDesign has always been a fantastic program to create layouts for magazines, brochures and of course books. In InDesign you can combine images, illustrations and other elements with type: you put all elements in the best possible places to create an attractive design. That is what you will learn to do with InDesign and of course, during the Graphic Designer educations you can attend as well.

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Learning InDesign

It's a good idea to learn everything from scratch to get to know most handy tools. This also helps you understand all important settings and functions that will make your design work in InDesign a lot easier.

With our study method and lesson material you will have good support. The material contains step by step exercises; you really will learn it all.

How will I learn InDesign here?

Our teaching method, small groups (because since you get homework, this has to be corrected and takes time) that allow for monitoring each student, a teacher who really knows the software and uses it professionally and hand correction of your homework the courses and educations are usually succesful. Even students who think design is difficult create nice and attractive designs after this course. You will see.

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Do I have to be creative?

You don't have to be creative, some students learn how to use InDesign to create documents following strict company guidelines. They have to comply to rules and are not free designers.

If you are going to work independently though you will be able to choose the designs yourself. In such a case it's a great asset to be creative or to have enough interest and curiosity to learn how designing works and how to to create designs.

Learn how to observe

What's more, you will really learn how to observe from the first lesson on. This will help getting a sense of proportion, shape and colour. After a few lessons you will be able to decide if elements go well together.

Of course, personal taste plays a big role. But this can make your life more difficult too. The teacher can help you overcoming certain things and help you design with a more open mind and mindset.

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What is graphic design?

Graphic design is combining graphic content for specific media in an attractive way. Think of digital media such as PDF's that clients can download, or presentation material. But you can also think of printed media and design books, brochures, yearbooks, magazines and of course: books.

A graphic designer creates beautiful combinations that place every element on the page in its best possible spotlight.

Creating beautiful combinations

A graphic designer combines all the content into an attractive presentation. A graphic designer uses the knowledge of shape, proportion, colour, fonts and a lot more to combine these elements.

Of course, a graphic designer knows the program (application) he or she is using and can quickly adjust things and choose the best options and functions to achieve the creative goal.

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InDesign for pure layout

For most graphic designers it is enough to use the images that are provided by their clients. So for graphic design, strictly speaking, you only need InDesign.
In InDesign, you combine images and type. But... times have changed and most graphic designers nowadays are asked to do and use much more than that.

Illustrator skills

if for instance you want to design logos, business cards or illustrations, or if you want to create text dividers and special elements to use in InDesign, you are going to need Illustrator.

If you also want to edit the images you should use, the photos, you can't do without Photoshop.


And a lot more

Of course, students come from all walks of work. Think of the students who have to also create graphics for app interfaces, for websites, flowcharts and informative layouts. All these things are much easier to do with Illustrator.

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What can I do with Photoshop?

In Photoshop, you can edit images. This may seen unnecassary but even simple cutting and cropping images is great if you can already do this in Photoshop. This helps you create images that are not only the right size but you can even keep an eye on the resolution and keep everything under control.
In Photoshop you can correct colours and remove backgrounds, too, or repair areas that are not yet perfect for your creative goal.

Knowing Photoshop: extra options

Photoshop is incredibly useful for you as a graphic designer. In InDesign, you can't just remove a background, or pimples and wrinkles, or even create photo collages.

If you know how to use Photoshop this will help you better serve your clients: you can do it all yourself and do not depend on others to do the Photoshop work for you. This saves time, effort and of course: money.

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Graphic design

You use InDesign for graphic design. This is designing everything that is meant for presentation and reading material: brochures, complete books and magazines, the folders and flyers of organisations. All of these can be designed professionally with InDesign: this is graphic design.

Printed or digital layouts

You can use InDesign for digital publications too, to create interactive documents. And even for designs that are used on internet. InDesign is very surprising.
In 2018/2019 a new course for interactive graphic design will be created, in which digital media design will be addressed.

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Editing images (photos)

In InDesign you can not edit photos, the application simply is not meant for that. This means you can not restore, edit and tweak images in InDesign.
In Photoshop you can not isolate people and animals for instance, this means you can not remove a background and correct colours to create perfectly isolated elements. You can not remove pimples, wrinles and more in InDesign, you need Photoshop for that.

If you need to do that you should use Photoshop.

Creating illustrations

You can't create illustrations and drawings in InDesign, the application is not created for that either. This means that you can not design logos in InDesign, or create free illustrations.

You need Illustrator for all this. InDesign is too restricted for that. And that's good! InDesign focuses on what it has to do which is putting content together: combining the photos and illustrations with text to create beautiful layouts.


InDesign is combining

Compare InDesign with a photo album in which you paste photos of your family. That is InDesign. You didn't make these photos though. If you want to edit them, you need more than InDesign: Illustrator and Photoshop.

Without knowing how to use Illustrator and Photoshop you are bound to the quality of the photos that you receive. This need not be a problem but if you want more control: learn Illustrator and Photoshop.

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Designing logos

Designing logos is a special trade. You will need to create sharp bezier curves in paths and use special tools. But not only that: you will need a good sense of colour, shape and proportion. And of course a good understanding of what your client needs.

Free drawing and designing logos is not done in InDesign, it is too restricted for this. The big strong point of InDesign is combining elements, not creating these elements.

Design logos in Illustrator

If you want to design logos you will need Illustrator. Illustrator is really made for such work. In Illustrator you use, among other things, the 'Pen' tool to create perfect designs. You use sharp vector paths that can be tweaked with the bezier curves, achor points and handles.

Designing logos in InDesign is not professional since it's too restrictive. You really need Illustrator for logos.

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Posters & business cards

You can create posters in InDesign, yes. You combine photos and type into good designs. Combining photos and type is easily done in InDesign once you know what you're doing and what you should pay attention to.

Business cards are a different matter. These can of course be created in InDesign too but it's a bit of a big gun for the job. Finer designs such as business cards, especially if they need more details, are easier to create in Illustrator.

InDesign or Illustrator?

Illustrator or InDesign? This is a common question. In most cases, the following helps.

Easy to place loose elements
Simply move elements around
Quickly adjust colours
Combine and create drawings
Quickly add illustrations
Combine images, illustrations and type

Everyting has to be inside a frame
Recolouring is less intuitive
You have more type options
Combine images, illustrations and type

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Editing photos, images

Photos, images, can not be edited in InDesign. Photos are made up of pixels, you can not edit these in InDesign. In other words: you can't restore images, remove wrinkles and pimples or remove backgrounds in InDesign. You can at most hide layers but this already requires Photoshop knowledge since you create and magage the layers in Photoshop.
You can add a gradient or other effect but that's about it really. You can not edit the image itself. And that's a good thing! InDesign was not made for that, this keeps it fast. You really need Photoshop to edit images.

Editing photos? Photoshop!

If you need to edit photos you will need Photoshop. Any other image editing software will do of course but since InDesign and Photoshop (and of course Illustrator) can communicate so well it's a good idea to stick to Photoshop.

In this case, since you're using InDesign, I strongly recommend using Photoshop for the best integration. Use it to edit images that are made up with pixels, and use Illustrator to edit and create images that are made up with vector paths.

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If you have to design brochures

If you need to create a lot of brochures for instance it is a good idea to know how to use InDesign. This helps you save a lot of time and lets you create professional brochures and print files.

If you need to combine lots of photos

if you are asked to combine lots of photos for presentations, portfolios and more it's very useful to know InDesign. If you combine many photos you often need many pages. InDesign is very useful for perfect management of such files and designs.

For many presentations

Many companies need presentation material during fairs and other events. InDesign is the perfect application to create the artwork you need for this. Combine images with type and create attractive designs.

For quick hand-outs

If your company needs a few quick designs for a fair or congress you can quickly create this in InDesign: create hand-outs that draw the attention and that beg to be read. Combine photos, illustrations and images into inspiring material.

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If you create designs that contain lots of pages, as is the case with magazines, brochures and yearbooks, it's a good idea to use InDesign. It allows for perfect page management.

InDesign is of course also used to layout books. If you have to combine lots of images and have to manage pages that contain headers, footers and page numbers your new best friend will be InDesign.

In InDesign you will find all typographic options, if everything needs to be in perfect typographic shape InDesign will really be your best choice.

In InDesign you can not draw freely.


Illustrator is best to create small folders, business cards, stationery and much more. Illustrator allows you to quickly move elements around and recolour in an amazing way. You can combine images, illustrations and text.

Illustrator has many options for type, almost as many as InDesign and its typography options are very good.

Illustration has a few more text tricks up its sleeve. But Illustrator is less handy if you need to create designs that contain lots of pages.

In Illustrator of course you can draw freely, create illustrations and logos, infographics and organograms.

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Actually no! InDesign uses very different techniques than Illustrator does. You really need InDesign to create layouts that contain multiple pages, too.

Magazines, brochures...

In Illustrator you can create perfect designs for folders, flyers and even posters. But as soon as you need designs that require more pages you are way better off with InDesign.

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Yeah, actually...

QuarkXpress has been pressed out of the market by Adobe. When the first Adobe suite came out, containing InDesign, this was what most graphic designers feared. Their comfortable QuarkXpress was slowly replaced by InDesign. Many graphic designers therefore ended up here learning InDesignis door Adobe uit de markt gedrukt met InDesign.

Comforting thoughts

InDesign is a lot easier to use than QuarkXpress though, it's a friendlier application. What's more: you won't need expensive plug-ins to add specific content for instance. It's less 'stiff' than QuarkXpress used to be. I hope you will like InDesign!

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InDesign & Photoshop

In InDesign you put images, photos, together and then combine them with illustrations and beautifully formatted text. But you can not edit the images in InDesign. You can only edit images in image editing software such as Photoshop. If you really need to edit images, for instance to remove backgrounds, you will need more than InDesign.

In practice it's a good idea to know how to use Photoshop. This makes you independent of third parties and will give you more freedom as you design. It saves you a lot of hassle and negotiating and explanation time and of course frustration since you spend less time coordinating. This frees up a lot of designing time.

TIP In practice you will really need to know both Illustrator and Photoshop. Have a look at a Photoshop course.

InDesign & Illustrator

In InDesign you can create great layouts but you can't create illustrations. During an Illustrator course you can learn, among other things, to create logos and to adjust them, to do special things with text, manage colours and even create infographics and special illustrations that you can then use in InDesign.

It is very handy to know how to use Illustrator as a graphic designer. In practice you will often have to adjust existing Illustrator files. And even though some adjustments can be very simple, it is a great asset to know how to use Illustrator since most clients will expect you can perform such tasks.

TIP InDesign and Illustrator are a great combination that allows you to create exactly what you need.

InDesign & webdesign

Websites are often designed in Illustrator. Buttons and fixed elements are simply oh so handy to create in Illustrator. And even though some designers still use Photoshop to design the interface of websites this is mostly due to the fact they don't know how to use Illustrator.

But you can design websites in InDesign too. It is easy to add images and illustrations and then to export the layout so a webdesigner can create the website based on your design. Attention though: this does not mean your design is the website and that it's less work for this web developer! The developer can't create a website from your design, he or she will use it as a reference for the design.