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Adobe Creative Suite:



Creating digitally is a simple and satisfying experience when you utilize the tools and functions of Adobe Creative suite 6 (CS6): Photoshop®, Illustrator® and InDesign.® Learn the techniques for integrating Illustrator’s crisp line capacities and state-of-the-art Photoshop effects, then easily import and manipulate from within the dynamic page layout program of InDesign. Though each course is offered as an introduction to the application, the instructor is knowledgeable and able to answer advanced questions.

Earn an HSU College of eLearning & Extended Education Adobe Creative Suite Certificate of Completion* upon completion of the three introductory classes: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. These Adobe courses will each be offered at least once per academic year.

Though not required, upon enrollment in any of the courses and with the purchase of an HSU ID card ($5), you will be eligible to purchase the academic version of the Adobe CS6 software from the HSU Bookstore with substantial savings.

Students work individually on Macintosh computers. Knowledge of computer basics required.

* To receive your HSU College of eLearning & Extended Education Certificate of Completion, fill out a certificate request form upon completion of three introductory courses in the Adobe series and submit it to the College of eLearning & Extended Education. Request form available from the instructor or at this link (PDF).

Intro to Adobe Photoshop®

Adobe Photoshop CS6 is the quintessential imaging application for digital camera enthusiasts, professional photographers and other digital media artists.

This fast-paced course, aimed at all users from beginners to professionals, offers an introduction to basic digital image reproduction and tools, as well as hands-on experience learning the powerful features of Photoshop’s image-editing strategies and techniques.

With on-screen demonstration throughout, you will complete a series of supplied exercises utilizing layer masks and adjustments, painting, repairing, filters and effects. Techniques learned in Photoshop are easily transferred to Photoshop Elements.

date..........Mon./Wed., Jan. 13-29 (No class Mon., Jan. 20)

time..........6:30-9 p.m.


place..........Gist Hall 215

instr .......... Annie Reid

course .......... REGISTER ONLINE: EENC X031, 27625

Intro to Adobe Illustrator®

Illustrator is used extensively for logos, posters, business cards and stationary, technical and free-form illustrations, as well as quick-to-load web images.

Based on in-class demonstration utilizing hands-on experience, you will complete a variety of supplied exercises familiarizing you with the efficiency of auto-tracing; drawing and editing digital images with pen tools; painting with color, textures and gradients; flowing type to paths; converting any photographic image to outlines and applying special effects. You will also learn the diversity and ease of working on layers.

Though this is an introductory course for all levels, you will be introduced to several advanced Illustrator tricks and capabilities. Drawing skills are not needed; in fact, Illustrator offers everyone the opportunity to create beautiful artwork with no prior drawing skills.

date..........Mon./Wed., Feb. 17-March 3

time..........6:30-9 p.m.


place..........Gist Hall 215

instr .......... Annie Reid

course .......... REGISTER ONLINE: EENC X031, 27628

Intro to Adobe InDesign®

Learn the simple and effective page layout program that not only offers the advantage of integrating and editing images from Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat, but also simplifies publishing features to successfully print all your newsletter, online, and printed book projects.

This class is a hands-on exploration into the InDesign page layout, type and linked image features. You will learn the use of tools, menus and panels to create single and complex multi-page documents. Basic typographic terminology will be defined and applied, including special text effects.

Through a series of in-class exercises, you will achieve an understanding of layer attributes, master pages, guides and margins, color definition, and linked graphic and multi-media formats.

date.......... Mon./Wed., March 24-April 9 (No class Mon., March 31)

time..........6:30-9 p.m.


place..........Gist Hall 215

instr .......... Annie Reid

course ..........SPRING 2014: REGISTER ONLINE: EENC X031, 27626

Advanced Adobe Photoshop®

This one-day course is a beyond-the-basics opportunity to learn the tricks and techniques that maximize the professional potential of Photoshop CS6. The instructor will demonstrate complex features and timesaving actions empowering participants to work in an advanced Photoshop environment.

Explore advanced image and color adjustments, retouch and repair techniques, channel features and advanced compositing. Manipulate your images on layers using complete color control. Gain an understanding of color management, ICC profiles and print quality consistency. Learn to manage your metadata including copyright information, files and workflow from within the Adobe Bridge application.

No materials are required. Instruction will be demonstrated on a large overhead screen with the hands-on capability to follow each step using supplied files. You will have the opportunity to discuss each stage of the process.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop or approval of the instructor.


instr .......... Annie Reid

Adobe Project Workshop

Get individualized instruction as you create — from start to finish — a project of your choice using one or more of the Adobe applications. Create that newsletter template, company logo, design or digital art project you’ve always wanted to begin, but put off when technical questions arose.

Through in-depth individual instruction, the instructor offers years of experience to assist you while you complete your individual project.

You will be expected to bring projects to work on in the lab. Project time outside of class will be necessary. Projects should be pre-approved by instructor.

Prerequisite: Completion of the introduction course in the Adobe software required, or approval of the instructor.

Class size is limited; early registration is recommended.


instr .......... Annie Reid

The Instructor

Annie Reid is a painter, designer, illustrator and printmaker who works from her North Coast studio. Her artwork has been reproduced in both national and international print projects. Through teaching, Reid has shared her enthusiasm for digital media with others for over 20 years. (


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