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Do you wake up in a cold tech sweat when you know you'll have to adjust an image of your executive director for an annual report, post photos on your website from an event, or create an invitation to your organization's gala affair? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these, you are in the design doldrums.
In the nonprofit and library world, it's not uncommon for staff — from management to service delivery team to volunteers — to be tasked with designing handouts, board presentations, or annual reports. And many of us don't have any knowledge or formal education in design. Making design happen on a shoestring can be a stressful experience. Don't despair; we can help!
Our new Adobe Absolute Beginners courses will help you build elementary, foundational design skills in Adobe's Creative Cloud programs. With a solid foundation, you can confidently tackle design projects, even though you're not a designer.
Maybe you don't know a canvas from an image or what RGB is. (Hint: it does not mean really great breadsticks.) That's OK. Adobe Absolute Beginners: Photoshop 101 will give you a start on deciphering design lingo.
In this free, two-hour online course, you'll meet the Photoshop toolbar and learn about the most commonly used tools. You'll get comfortable with the user interface and will no longer be afraid to click on or use a tool.
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If you want to branch out and to create invitations and flyers, it makes sense to learn the basics of Adobe InDesign. In Adobe Absolute Beginners: Create a Fundraiser Invitation Using Adobe InDesign, we'll show you everything you need to get started and create a formal invitation and envelope.
We'll introduce you to the five most commonly used tools in the toolbar, demonstrate how to work with text and images, and show you how to set up a standard or custom-sized document. We also offer free, downloadable InDesign templates and images in full color and black and white that you can use to practice alongside the instructor. (You're welcome to adapt these for your own use.)
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