Introduction to Adobe Creative Suite

Adobe Creative Suite includes a package of creative applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and more. Using these applications, you can work on your creative projects on both your mobile and desktop devices. You can design and create using photos, design graphics and illustrations; edit video; and create UX design.

This workshop offers an overview of the most frequently used applications available to the CS user, and will reveal many of the features and resources that help you make the most of your Creative Suite subscription. You will get a hands-on introduction to InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

It is a perfect workshop for those new, or somewhat new, to Adobe products. If you are pursuing your Digital Design Certificate, it will give you a good Adobe knowledge base for the more focused workshops to come.

Some familiarity with Adobe applications is helpful, but not necessary. Previous experience using Windows/Mac OS is required.

(Those completing their Digital Design Certificate, but who already have experience working with Adobe Creative Suite, can get approval to waive this workshop as a "required" part of their certificate work. Contact Michael Mengers (michael.mengers@unh.edu) for approval.) 

What You Will Learn


Introduction to Adobe Creative Suite

Adobe applications convered include:

  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator

Topics covered will include:

  • Creating new files
  • Creating a dynamic composition
  • Using guides to create a grid
  • Lines
  • Using the Type Tool
    • Creating headlines and body copy
  • Using color
  • Adjusting shapes with the Direct Select Tool
  • Tools and Panels in Photoshop
  • Image size, file size, resolution
  • Basic adjustments to contrast, hue and saturation
  • Using layers
  • Cropping and adjusting
  • Master pages in InDesign
  • Creating B-Master
  • Linking text frames
  • Creating shapes
  • Setting up a webpage in Dreamweaver
  • Creating a new rule
  • Create an external style sheet

Students leave class with a detailed handout with tool/panel references, shortcuts, step-by-step instruction, and practice exercise.

Tools & Materials


Introduction to Adobe Creative Suite

This workshop will take place in a computer lab where students will have individual access to a desktop computer and all necessary software applications.  

Bring a USB thumbdrive to save any projects you start in class.

Instructor Bios


Introduction to Adobe Creative Suite

  • Beverly Hodsdon

    Beverly Hodsdon

    Beverly holds a B.S. in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University.  In addition to teaching with UNH Professional Development & Training, she also is an adjunct faculty member at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Great Bay Community College where she teaches senior level graphic design and typography courses.

09:00am - 03:30pm
Durham Campus - Kingsbury, N134
Beverly Hodsdon
269.00 Tuition (includes lunch)