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  • Adobe release Creative Suite 5.5

    08 August 2011

    Adobe recently released Creative Suite 5.5, the first of mid-cycle releases designed to keep users up to date and ahead of the technology curve between milestone CS product releases, which will now occur every 24 months. It offers a variety of brand new components and improvements upon existing CS components, and users of CS2 and later versions are eligible to upgrade.

    Features which have been improved since CS5 include a multi-screen preview function in Dreamweaver, enhanced e-book publishing facilities, and the addition of Action Wizard to Acrobat Pro which enables the user to create automated sequences of frequently-used multi-step actions. There have also been essential developments in HTML5 and video.

    Adobe is pushing the improvements in mobile authoring technology. They say that the upgrade will enable developers to ‘efficiently create and deliver content and applications for any [Android, Blackberry and iOS] screen or device’. This is a major selling point given the huge rise in sales of smart phones and the now-mainstream status of such products. Flash Professional will allow users to create interactive content that is consistent across the desktop, browser and hand-held devices to reach the widest possible audience. CS5.5 also now offers tablet support, with a number of iPad Adobe applications launched as part of the package.

    Should you invest in the new, updated CS5.5 if you’re an existing user? It’s easy to find out what it offers in addition to editions from CS2 onwards; the Adobe website offers a filtering system to enable users to see how individual editions will benefit from an upgrade. The release of CS5.5 also coincides with the debut of a new subscription-based pricing plan, which allows users to pay month-by-month or for a year at a time and offers greater flexibility.

    To find out more about Creative Suite and Adobe and how it could benefit your company, have a look at the courses we offer: Creative Suite for Design, Creative Suite for Production, and Creative Suite for Web Design.

  • Adobe Photoshop for the iPhone

    16 August 2011

    The iPhone 4 comes with an HDR (high Dynamic Range) capable camera allowing you to take some great pictures but there is little chance for you to correct these images if you make a mistake as no editing programme is included as standard.

    By adding the free Photoshop Express App to your iPhone library you can easily edit your shots with this well known and market leading photo-editing software. The APP itself has been one of the most popular downloads from the Apple Store and regularly features at the top of the photography download charts.

    Those of you who use Photoshop will be familiar with many of the functions and now simple gestures can be used on your iPhone to edit your photos and share the results with friends and family.

    Adobe Photoshop Express allows you to edit your photos wherever you are. Once the free APP is downloaded you can start editing your images right away. Features like cropping, straightening, rotation, flip, adjusting color and more, are now at your fingertips.

    This is a quick and easy way to improve your images and with just one click you can also share your photos on Facebook, Twitter and Photoshop.com.

    For those looking for a little more Adobe offer the Adobe Camera Pack available for purchase from within the main App and this gives you additional features such as a camera timer, photo noise reduction and auto review.

    If you are new to Adobe Photoshop products or want to improve your current skills it may well be worth investing in some Adobe Photoshop Training and we offer a range of courses from beginner level through to advanced. The Photoshop ACA Jumpstart course allows delegates to quickly become proficient in the main features of the photo editing software and covers the main elements of the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) programme.

  • What is Adobe Flash Player?

    19 August 2011

    Chances are that every computer you use, whether for work or for leisure, has Adobe Flash Player installed, but what exactly is it? Roughly speaking, Flash Player is software for viewing animations and movies using a computer, most commonly a web browser. Flash Player is, in a way, the virtual machine used to play Flash files, created using Adobe Flash.

    Flash Player is available on a huge variety of platforms and browsers as a plug in, and offers HD video and super-fast graphic rendering on both personal computers and mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. This cross-platform usability makes it a great tool for developers to extend their reach and bring consistent content to users wherever they are.

    The latest version of Flash Player is 10.3 which offers a raft of essential features for business including video analytics for websites. Audio quality is also enhanced in the latest release, making group conferencing and collaboration much smoother, and security controls are now more streamlined and easier to manage.

    From a developer’s perspective, the Adobe Flash software range offers the chance to design highly animated and interactive websites. Adobe Flash courses offered by Total Training Solutions include instructor led introductory ‘Rookie’ courses for those at the start of their Flash journey through to the more advanced and sophisticated Actionscript HotShot course which will see experienced developers dynamically create content without hindering functionality, build custom events that carry data, build an audio player and use toggling to full screen.

    We also offer a ‘Jumpstart’ course that will see any budding developer become a Flash Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) in 5 days. The course combines design with animation techniques and best practice and looks at how design and development work together.

  • Learn Dreamweaver and become an Adobe Certified Associate (ACA)

    25 August 2011

     Adobe Dreamweaver is a developer’s key to designing and installing convincing websites and applications.

    The latest version of Dreamweaver, CS5.5, demonstrates vigorous coding facilities and a powerful, standards-based WYSIWYG design surface. With its ability to provide visual and code-level capabilities for websites, desktops and all manner of portable devices, it is the industry-leading web writing and editing programme.

    At Total Training Solutions we offer a range of Dreamweaver courses to further your design career, from beginner options to advanced level certificates. Our Dreamweaver ACA: Jumpstart course will earn you an Adobe Certified Associate qualification, a credential which is recognised as an industry asset. The Adobe website states, “an Adobe Certified Associate certifies individuals have the entry-level skills to plan, design, build and maintain effective communications using different forms of digital media”.

    With the Total Training Solutions Dreamweaver ACA: Jumpstart course we’ll have you doing all this and more in just 5 days! The practical course will give you hands-on experience of the software and its capabilities. You’ll learn the interface, how to control structure, create and format styles, confidently use graphics and add Flash content and much more; skills that will put you ahead of the field in the eyes of possible recruiters.

    If you’re keen to expand your design career prospects enquire about a Total Training Solutions course by calling 0800 612 1299 or searching the course directory

  • Adobe CS6 launch

    28 May 2012

    Adobe has come a long way since it first introduced itself over 25 years ago and is stronger today than it has ever been. The company has helped redefine industries with technologies and products all over the world. With the company’s rapid growth, Adobe has recently launched Adobe Creative Suite 6 (Adobe CS6) software for design and creative professionals, giving them a whole new experience within digital media. Adobe CS6 offers upgrades and focuses on some of the toughest demands that designers face in an interactive, digital and multimedia landscape.

    Features of the new programme include new versions of most of the notable products such as; Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, Flash and many more. Some of the major improvements to this new package include better performance and speed and solutions for difficulties that many digital designers face in terms of porting content to platforms and formats like Kindle, iPad and smartphones.

    Offering competitive packaged bundles, Adobe has also created Creative Cloud – an option for CS6 users, allowing them access to everything, as well as the ability to download and install apps with a membership license and short term access to suit different kinds of professionals (project based and freelancers).

    CS6 Highlights

    Features:
    • New performance engines in Photoshop and Illustrator
    • 3D editing
    • 62% more features
    • Customizable lighting/ darkness
    • Web designing without writing HTML code
    • Ability to create multiple Indesign layouts

    Pros:
    • Upgraded versions of bigger products
    • Improvements in speed
    • Focused on digital media mix
    • Options to license as a cloud service with monthly subscriptions

    Cons:
    • Expensive single software purchases
    • Requires a lot of hard disk space for installation
    • Requires a large chunk of RAM

    To find out more about Adobe and Creative Suite 6 and how it could benefit your company, have a look at the courses Total Training Solutions offer; Creative Suite for Design, Creative Suite for Production and Creative Suite for Web Design.

    To enquire about or book on any of these courses please contact the Total Training Solutions team on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com.

  • Adobe solutions for business success

    06 June 2012

    Adobe offers the next generation of digital marketing and media for delivery across a range of different platforms. Through a variety of multimedia solutions, businesses are able to engage audiences by the creation and distribution of high quality content.

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    The ability to interactively reach your consumers, monetise your content and build your brand has never been so easy! From the basics of HTML coding and graphic design, to building multi-device applications and website development, Adobe offers something for everyone.

    Total Training Solutions is a leading provider of Adobe courses, aiming to support your business success. Customers can choose from a range of different packages to suit their needs:

    Adobe Dreamweaver – Enables the customer to design, build and implement their own website, transferring the customer’s vision into a professional interface.

    Adobe Flex – Develops Rich Internet Applications (RIA) for Adobe Flash and Java platforms, to enhance website content and design.

    Adobe Photoshop – Revolutionising conventional image editing to incorporate advanced digital techniques and manipulation of images.

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    Audiences have access to a vast world of digital media at their fingertips, so it can sometimes be difficult for businesses to keep on top of the market. Adobe solutions encourage publishers, broadcasters and media outlets to explore their options within the evolving digital setting.

    A variety of Adobe packages allow customers to create and present innovative content through multiple mobile devices and software. Total Training Solutions offers a number of Adobe packages which are ideal for digital media development:

    Adobe After Effects – The creation visually stimulating video content through a set of sophisticated, but easy to use, edit and design tools.

    Adobe InDesign – Provides templates for publication layouts and high quality web content. Can also be used for flyers, posters and advertisements.

    For full details of Adobe courses from Total Training Solutions, take a look at the Course Directory.

    To book a course, call the Total Training Solutions team today on 0800 612 1299 or email us at info@tts-uk.com.

  • Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Pro in the Classroom

    26 June 2012

    Improvements in the video production market mean significant software is now at the finger-tips of the budding and professional video maker.

    Industry experts believe products like Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Premier Pro from Adobe (both available from Total Training Solutions) have been created in such a way that professional content is now instantly possible. Anthony Corcoran, Broadcast Consultant at Jigsaw 24 Education claims, “The beauty of their design means that you don't need to spend months learning the ins and outs before you can start creating amazing video content. Teach your class a few basic rules and they can be up and running almost immediately.”

    The basic rules he refers to almost certainly include tips on manipulating time and motion. Changing the speed of a clip without a staggered look is made easy with Final Cut Pro and Premier Pro. A few short steps and you can alter the speed of your video by duration or percentage. A good tip to achieve a smooth finish is to adjust by percentage in multiples of 25 in accordance with the 25 frames per second UK colour coding system.

    Once only available in apps like Adobe After Effects, more than one speed adjustment is now possible with Time Remapping, a feature available on pro-apps like Final Cut and Premier Pro. Allowing for total control over the tempo, Remapping speeds up and slows down a piece of video to any pace and at any point.

    Frame blending will help iron out the jagged look that can result from speed adjustments. Motion Blur, the industry standard technique, will help make movement look natural and clean. There are a few tricks to implementing this correctly but will give anyone dedicated enough to learn it properly a real head start if they want to get into the creative industry.

    To give your video production career a boost, why not enrol on a certified Adobe or Apple course from Total Training Solutions? Both offer streamlined technology to guarantee the user a professional quality image and video editing service. Take a look through our extensive directory and when you find the one for you call 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com to book.

  • Why should you become an Adobe Certified Associate

    02 August 2013

    This month we will be discussing Adobe Accreditation courses – the importance of having a professional knowledge of Adobe, the benefits of learning about the software and the variety of programmes available.

    Adobe software dominates the creative field, and having a certified knowledge of any of the programmes Adobe offers allows you to stand out from the crowd in a professional environment and can further your possibilities and potential.

    Programmes such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver are becoming more and more commonplace on both work and home computers, and so having a firm grasp on what these programmes can do is essential. Photoshop has the ability to transform your boring old holiday snaps into amazing photography, and Dreamweaver can allow you to build your own website from scratch for either professional or personal use.

    Total Training Solutions offer Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) and Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) training, so whether you’re a complete novice or want to build on what you already know, we can help. We also offer training on a variety of programmes, from Premier to Flash, so you can focus on what will be the most useful set of skills for you or your business.

    The training and qualifications we offer are recognised as industry assets and will give you the skills to plan, design, build and maintain effective communications using different forms of digital media. You’ll learn not only through traditional methods, but through hands-on interaction with the programme, allowing you to get to grips with the interface and develop your own style.

    For more information on developing your design and web skills, or to find out about the other courses on offer, contact Total Training Solutions on 0800 612 1299 or email us at info@tts-uk.com.

  • Creative courses for you

    08 August 2013

    If you’re a professional creative, why not consider getting a certified Adobe Accreditation to help take your work to the next level and beyond?

    A working knowledge of Adobe’s design and editing software is essential for anyone in the business of creating. With more and more businesses using Adobe programmes to develop their digital media content, having certified skills is one of the best ways to refine and distinguish your talents and to ensure they can be easily recognised.

    No matter what level of experience you have, at Total Training Solutions we offer a comprehensive range of training programmes to help improve your design skills and expand your creative potential.

    Whether you want to master editing images and video or learn how to build sensational special effects into your work, our courses will give you straightforward, step by step guidance to enable you to bring your creative vision to life. Our team of specialist trainers can provide training in all areas of Adobe’s design software including Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, InDesign and After Effects.

    Our qualifications are designed to help you maximise your multimedia skills with the aim of helping you succeed. In a simple and easy to follow format we’ll clear up any confusion on the sometimes bewildering array of different tools at your disposal, and we’ll help you to build up your knowledge and confidence at a rate that’s relative to your experience.

    We understand the importance of delivering creative work at professional standards and so our aim is to give you everything you need to make your designs outstanding.

    For more information on fees and content, take a look at our complete course catalogue. If you’ve got any enquiries then feel free to contact us on 0800 612 1299 or email us at info@tts-uk.com.

  • Why Web Development Courses?

    15 August 2013

    When it comes to business a good website is essential. With the online market ever expanding, web presence is pivotal to the success of any enterprise as it’s quickly replacing traditional supply methods as the primary connection to consumers and their interests.

    Analytics show that consumers are spending less and less time on websites as search results are becoming increasingly consolidated and competitive.

    As users become more familiar with the web they begin to demand a higher quality interface. A poorly designed website can be highly frustrating to use and is likely to reflect badly on the information or services it seeks to promote.

    With this shift in the market and increasingly discerning consumers there’s a much greater demand for effective web design and in turn more sophisticated web developers. Professional web development skills can help to make your website more enticing and more engaging: when it comes to the web words can only do so much.

    That’s where we come in.

    Our training courses cover a comprehensive range of Adobe software. The creative suite, featuring programmes like Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere, are great for producing striking image and video content, but to make your content web-ready you’ll also need to be familiar with some of the web development programmes such as Flash and Dreamweaver which enable you to easily build, edit and manage the content of a website.

    Whether you’re just getting started or want to enhance your existing skills and explore new platforms, we provide training courses that fit around your experience and enable you to get to the next level and beyond.

    A formal certification from us will not only give you recognition for your skills but also give you an edge as a web development professional. Testimonials are great but nothing assures the confidence of a potential investor like a recognised qualification.

    Don’t let your digital media let you and your business down. Take a look through our course directory to find a training programme that suits you. Call us on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place.

  • Adobe Accreditation Courses for Freelancers

    23 August 2013

    As a freelancer, it can be hard to make your work stand out from the crowd. With more people choosing to work autonomously, getting potential employers to notice you and your work requires dedication. This is where an Adobe Accreditation course can help.

    When employers hire a freelancer, they want someone with a professional knowledge who can get the job done quickly to their specification. Being certified in Adobe software demonstrates a range of skills and an ability to use the programmes efficiently and expertly. Whether you’re just starting out and want to develop your skills, or an expert looking for a way to get your CV seen, an official Adobe certification will ensure your talents are recognised.

    Training courses in programmes such as Illustrator, Photoshop and Premier are ideal for creative freelancers who want to maximise their skills. Having a firmer grasp of the software will allow you to create more striking images and build a more advanced portfolio. But while style and artistic flare is essential, a professional qualification can set a freelancer apart from their competitors and guarantee an employer an advanced knowledge of the programme’s functions and quick turnaround.

    Similarly in the web development industry, where previous work may not be as straightforward to show, a qualification in programmes such as Flash or Dreamweaver can amplify a freelancer’s chances of work. These programmes represent the pinnacle of web development and an understanding of the software is often essential when applying for jobs in the technology industry.

    We understand the importance of testimonials for a freelancer, and what better way of evidencing your skills than through an official certification from Adobe?

    For more information on our course, take a look at our complete course catalogue. If you’ve got any enquiries then feel free to contact us on 0800 612 1299 or drop us an email at info@tts-uk.com.

  • Adobe Programmes Explained

    29 August 2013

    Adobe is one of the largest software companies in the world, offering a huge variety of programmes to suit all needs. However we’re here to run you through the most popular and most commonly used Adobe programmes:

    Illustrator: Illustrator is most commonly used for creating graphics. This can be useful when creating logos or banners for websites, designs for business cards, or even when designing graphics for t-shirts or prints for the home. Illustrator’s vector technology means that designs can be blown up to enormous sizes and still retain the same quality.

    Photoshop: The must-have programme for photographers everywhere. This piece of software allows you to tweak and manipulate images - from basic actions such as altering size or colour to advanced airbrushing.

    InDesign: This programme allows users to bring together illustrations and photographs to create layouts for leaflets, magazine spreads or PDFs. Incorporation of HTML also makes this a great programme for web publishing.

    Flash: Flash is used everywhere on the web, from comics to games to media players. Adobe Flash allows you to create any of these multimedia applications and add them to web pages. Flash sites are often more dynamic and eye-catching, and so an ability to build one can be beneficial to your business.

    Dreamweaver: A web design and development programme. Using coding, Dreamweaver allows you to create a site from scratch and personalise it to your unique specifications.

    Premiere: Premiere is one of Adobe’s video programmes. It is used to cut and organise video clips, arranging them to create a movie. It also allows you to add titles or colour corrections, but effects are more commonly done on After Effects.

    After Effects: Usually used in conjunction with Premiere, After Effects is used for adding visual effects to video. This includes actions such as green-screening, removing people from a frame or special effects such as fire, lightning or colour alterations.

    For more information on developing your Adobe skills, or to find out about the other courses on offer, contact Total Training Solutions on 0800 612 1299 or email us at info@tts-uk.com.

  • Getting a head start in the creative sector

    26 September 2013

    In today’s economic climate, many young people with more creative skills are choosing to bypass a formal education, and start utilising their pre-existing skills to build a career, all the while honing their talents through practice and experience. However, whether you’re a photographer, designer, or videographer, it always helps to have a certain something to prove to potential clients that you’re a reliable professional in your field.

    A quick and affordable qualification can often be a useful tool to make your services stand out from the crowd. Total Training Solutions offer a range of courses to demonstrate your technical skill without a three year degree and the expense which comes with it. For photographers, courses such as Digital Photography allow you to specialise in your favoured field, be it street photography or portrait photography. Additionally, we offer more technical qualifications in software such as Photoshop, which can guarantee beautifully retouched images and a professional knowledge of the programme.

    For designers, we have a range of courses to suit your needs - whether it’s to improve on your current skills or demonstrate what you can do to potential clients. Courses in software such as Illustrator and InDesign can be valuable assets to your CV, and courses in the use of new technology such as graphics tablets can help you develop your own style and allow you to become more flexible as a designer.

    Over the last decade, videography has become a far more accessible skill. Most people have a video camera in their pocket at all times, even if it’s just on their phone. With video editing software often already installed on new PCs, a knowledge of professional video editing software is now more valuable than ever. A qualification in a programme such as After Effects, Final Cut Pro or Premiere ensures a professional touch and gives you an edge as a freelance creative.

    Take a look at our full range of courses in our course directory, or give us a call on 0800 612 1299 to have a chat about which qualification is right for you. Alternatively, you can contact us via our website.

  • Adobe Courses Explained

    02 August 2016

    As a re-seller of authorised Adobe courses we receive a lot of enquiries about the different courses we offer. To make everything a bit simpler, we have assembled a short rundown of the differences between all the Adobe courses below.

    Photoshop

    The most used professional image editing software is crammed full of features which make learning it a bit daunting. It is widely used for editing images for both web use and print media. From altering images to applying filters and tweaking colour balances, it’s hard to believe how much of a difference Photoshop makes. Taking a course in Photoshop will help you understand how to use the many features to create professional-quality images.

    After Effects

    This sophisticated package will allow for motion graphic manipulation and editing. Courses on After Effects will cover motion tracking, animation, colour keying and much more. This will take anyone from a complete novice to an After Effects whiz.

    Illustrator

    Vector graphics are becoming more and more widely used, and this package allows for the easy creation of such images. However, it is also perfect for designing objects like logos too. At the end of the Academy Class course, students will be able to create a wide range of very impressive graphics.

    InDesign

    As the publishing industry has slowly declined, InDesign has become increasingly popular because it is easy to use and works for digital publications too. This desktop publisher is used by some of the largest media organisations because it seamlessly integrates with the rest of the Adobe package. A course will take you through the basics of layout, typesets and plenty more.

    Premiere PRO

    Professional video editing has never been easier, and students who take this course will be able to edit a video to a high standard. This includes more advanced features like transparency and multi-cam workflows. With the rise of online video content, this course is a must for anyone thinking of sharing professional videos.

    Animate

    For years, Flash was the industry standard for web based animation. But the emergence of HTML5 has led to the development of this innovative package. It does much more than simple animation, though, and can even be used for cartoon animation, with studios including Nickelodeon using it on a regular basis.

    If you need to upgrade your Adobe skills we offer a comprehensive range of training courses. You can find out more about our complete range of courses via our website. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

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