Training and Service Offerings

I conduct customized training as well as provide complete courseware (with detailed PDF handouts and corresponding lesson files) on these Adobe programs, so you can get up to speed on them quickly.

If you need customized training for a project, then the lessons can be based on your own materials so you get the work accomplished as you learn to use the software.

I can also do production work to help with any quick timeframes needed to complete projects.

Beverly Houwing, Adobe Certified Instructor – Squid Gallery


Learn to: create custom workspaces, control size, resolution and color mode of images for both print and web output. Work with selection tools and techniques and understand using layers & masking. 

Add type and use Layer Styles (drop shadows, bevels, etc.) to enhance appearance. Use color adjustments to improve the overall appearance of an image and to fix localized areas. 

Learn to use Photoshop’s retouching tools remove flaws in images and do portrait & beauty retouching. Develop photos with the Camera RAW interface and learn how to process multiple images efficiently. Automate repetitive tasks by recording Photoshop Actions. Understand the benefits of Smart Objects and how Layer Comps can be used to manage various versions of a file.


Learn to: draw objects with pen, pencil & polygon tools, manipulate and transform objects, and work with type, including type on a path, vertical type, touch type and convert type to outlines.

Use layers and artboards to organize and manage your design projects. Work with colors, gradients, patterns and color libraries. Create and edit gradients and apply smooth colors with blends and gradient mesh. Master precise drawing techniques with the rotate, reflect, scale, scissors, join, pathfinder & transform. Create more organic art using width, knife, eraser & blob brush tools.

Use Appearance and Graphic Styles to simplify the application of attributes to your designs. Use envelopes and warps to artistically distort shapes. Create brushes and seamless fill and border patterns. Use masking and special effects. Apply and edit Symbols. Create 3D-looking objects and text, and apply artwork to their surfaces. Draw in perspective using the perspective grid.

Trace bitmap images into vector shapes with Image Trace and colorize them easily with Live Paint. Use Template layers to make drawing original designs easier. Recolorize art for different color variations of your designs.


Customize the application’s interface. Learn all the tools necessary to start building single, multiple page and large documents. Create a document including: master pages, imported graphics and text, add paragraph, character & object styles and create threaded text.

Use layers, create colors and access color libraries, export to PDF, and prepare documents for the service bureau. Develop custom preflight profiles for various output requirements.

Use advanced approaches to utilizing styles more efficiently – character, paragraph, nested and next style to facilitate complex formatting. Generate Tables of Contents and use Cross References. Use Conditional Text and GREP expressions. Use Data Merge and Scripts to automate repetitive and tedious tasks. Explore creative effects and Object Styles. Create and edit Tables.

Acrobat DC

Learn to create, edit and combine PDFs and add navigation. Touch up text & images in PDF documents. Reuse text in word processing or layout applications, spreadsheet information with Excel and extract images to use in other applications. Insert and change PDF pages.

Create PDF portfolios of PDF and non-PDF files. Add and remove security, create Security Envelopes and redact text (remove sensitive information). Reduce file size of PDF documents. Attach files or add multi-media to PDFs.

Collaboration & Review – set up an e-mail based or shared review of a document, use the Commenting Tools, create custom stamps, export, import, summarize & filter comments. Compare documents, search PDFs and ORC text.

Create fillable forms with text fields, radio buttons, check boxes, drop down lists, calculating fields, function buttons and javascript interactivity.