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Community Spotlight – Adobe Graphic Design Instructor – Alan Peters

Adobe Creative Cloud expert brings a wealth of experience to the DWC instructor team When Digital Workshop Center began offering classes in Denver, Colorado, we looked to the local graphic design community for experts in their field to join our instructor team.  Alan Peters was one of our first hires for the position, and he brings a wealth of experience in marketing and graphic design. For classes on Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or Adobe InDesign, Alan brings real-world experience to the classroom.  Students find themselves learning from someone who is on the front lines of the design world, as Alan has worked with major brands, bands, and breweries. To learn more about Alan’s background and how he uses these programs in this daily design workflow, we did asked him to answer some questions about his experiences. When did you get started in the graphic design industry? I got started in the graphic design industry in 1999 after finishing a Studio Arts Degree at Montana State University. Early jobs included being a graphic imaging tech editing scans and being the graphic designer for a small mountain newspaper, and working pre-press in a print shop. How has the industry changed in the last 10 years? The industry has changed a lot in the last 10 years with a shift from print to digital and the emergence of devices and social media.   The web has evolved to allow anyone to publish content easily and that has created both new opportunities and new challenges in design.   Technology has changed to allow tools like Dropbox and the Adobe Creative Cloud to make tasks in design easier. What are some of the projects you are currently working on? One of the bigger projects of the year has been to roll out a brand update and website redesign for my long time customer StickerGiant in collaboration with a development company and other teams. I am also currently volunteering at the Boulder library maker space and learning how to design for laser cutting which has been fun and interesting. How do you use Adobe Creative Cloud effectively in your workflow for these projects? My workflows are almost 100% vector and Adobe Illustrator based. This allows me to use assets in a modular way across print and web at different sizes and keeps them agile for all use cases. What advice do you have for someone who is interested in getting started in this field? I encourage emerging designers to look for projects in their own personal networks. Ask friends and family if you can design something for their businesses, projects, etc. It is a supportive and low risk way to start building your portfolio. Also take classes at Digital Workshop Center! What is one pro tip for Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign you can provide to students to help improve their daily workflow? Customize Keyboard Shortcuts in all three programs to streamline repetitive tasks and for easy access to functions you use regularly. Interested in taking a graphic design or Adobe class with Alan in Denver?  Contact us or fill out the following form and we will get you all the information you need: Fill out the form below to request more information about or to request information on customized individual or group training sessions.First Name*Last Name*Company NamePhone*Email* Which location do you prefer? Fort Collins Denver / Westminster Online Please indicate which location you are most interested in for your selected class(es). This will help us to provide you with the most accurate schedule and cost information as needed. Location availability may be subject to change.Number of Students?Please...

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Latest trends of eLearning with the Adobe Creative Cloud

As an Adobe Authorized Training Center, it is vital that we utilize as many eLearning tools in the classroom as possible. With classes now held in 3 locations (streaming online, Fort Collins, and Denver), we rely on eLearning tools more than ever. Let’s first examine the trends of eLearning with Adobe Creative Cloud and understand how Digital Workshop Center fits into that puzzle.v

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Community Spotlight – Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro Instructor – Phillip Broste

For our Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro classes, we recently hired Phillip Broste as a new instructor.  Phil’s background in visual effects and video production is remarkable, with many of his current projects still tied to major film studios across the country. To learn more about Phil’s background and how he uses these programs in this workflow, we did asked Phil to answer some questions about his experiences.

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Selections and That Darn Lasso Tool

Let’s start with the most basic of all selection tools, The Lasso Tool. This is the most talked about and hated tool in the tool bar. But here are some easy tips to make it a little more easy to use.

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Top 4 Re-touch Tools in Adobe Photoshop

The re-touch tools in Adobe Photoshop can help you to quickly remove any blemish in a photo or design. By understanding the tools a bit more, we can help you decide which is the right tool to fix the issue.

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