Learning a software program is a lot like learning a new language - with each tool you learn, you build your vocabulary. Online tutorials are a great way of building these skills through following along an expert on their desktop. To help you get started, we’ve put together some tutorials for Illustrator, Photoshop, and Indesign.
Time: ~7 minutes total
The pen tool is essential for creating custom graphic shapes with what Illustrator does best - vectors. Vector graphics are different from pixel graphics (used in Photoshop) because they can scale infinitely big or small, and often create a clean, modern look.
Time: ~20 minutes total
Not only can you place text in Illustrator, but you can manipulate their shapes and effects in many ways. This is very useful for creating things like text logos and titles.
Time: ~5 hours total
This playlist includes 19 videos that provide a complete overview of Illustrator, including how to use the interface, basic tools like the pen and text, and preparing images for print. It takes 5 hours total to watch, but you can pick and choose which videos you are interested in. We recommend watching the introduction video to learn more about Illustrator and some of the first tutorials to familiarize you with the interface.
Time: ~10 minutes
Oftentimes when you’re photographing people or prototypes, you’ll want them displayed on a clean background. This tutorial shows you how to clean up that background while keeping natural light and shadows to create a very professional look.
Time ~10 minutes
The selection tool selects a specific object or part of your image. This tutorial shows you how to refine the edge around complex shapes, so that you can add a background, include it in another image, or display it without the distraction of a background.
Time: ~7.5 hours total
This playlist includes 33 videos that provide a complete overview of Photoshop, including how to use layers, different filters, and how to save your file for print and web. The entire playlist takes about 7.5 hours to watch, but you can pick and choose which videos to watch, and they usually range from 5 to 20 minutes.
Time: ~8 minutes
When making an InDesign file with a large number of pages, like a presentation or book, it’s smart to use master pages so that you can create consistent layouts and repeat motifs such as page numbers and headers.
Time: ~13 minutes
There are a few different ways of placing text in an InDesign file. You can ensure your text has certain features such as continuing to the next page or wrapping around an object.
Time: ~4 hours total
This playlist includes 14 videos that provide a complete overview of InDesign, including setting your documents, managing links, and placing images. The entire list takes about 4 hours to watch, but like the playlists above you can pick and choose which videos to watch, they usually range from 7 to 20 minutes.