Advanced CC Design Bootcamp

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Learn the advanced features of Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator

Advanced CC Design Bootcamp is targeted at those who have already attended the Design Bootcamp and are looking to learn the more Advanced aspects of working with Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

The course is made up of 6 days of classroom based training which can be completed either at our York centre or your own location. This is then supported and extended by 12 months access to our learning management system containing video tutorials, exercises, sample files and instructor led support forums.

Once you have mastered the basics of Creative Cloud, it's time to move on to the more advanced skills that will improve your performance, and allow you to stand out from the crowd.

Developing advanced skills through our professional CC training program will allow you to work faster, more efficiently and more effectively.

Please note the 3 stages of the course can be completed in any order!

£995.00ex vat

The first stage of the Advanced Design Bootcamp covers the more advanced features in Photoshop looking at topics like actions, advanced masking techniques, working with raw files and lots more.

Stage 1 - Photoshop (2 days)


  • Organising your work
  • Finding files
  • Labelling and rating files
  • Meta-data
  • Filtering files
  • Creating presentations and contact sheets

Advanced Masking

  • Selection tips and shortcuts
  • Quick mask mode
  • Filters and Quick Mask
  • Refining your selection (Refine edge)

Cloning Techniques

  • Clone source panel
  • Patching

Perspective Cloning

  • The vanishing point command
  • Creating a perspective grid
  • Cloning within the perspective grid
  • Pasting into the perspective grid
  • Multiple perspective grids

Selection Techniques

  • Using Modify
  • Using Grow
  • UsingSimilar
  • Colour Range

Correcting Colour

  • Using levels and curves to adjust your images
  • Colour Balance
  • Match colour
  • Replacing colour
  • Using Hue/Saturation to adjust an image's colour


  • Creating gradients
  • Using gradients
  • Gradient mapping

Smart Objects

  • Smart layers
  • Smart filters
  • Warping layers
  • Placing Illustrator files
  • Placing other files


  • Creating stacks
  • Panoramas
  • Photo merging
  • Stack mode
  • Auto-blend
  • Auto-align


  • Using actions
  • Adding actions
  • Creating actions
  • Editing actions

Filter techniques

  • Sharpening
  • Blurring
  • Distorting
  • Adding noise
  • Getting rid of noise
  • Correcting fish-eye/wide-angle issues

CC Libraries

  • What are Libraries
  • Working with Libraries
  • Creating Libraries
  • Collaborating and Sharing
  • What can they hold

Camera raw

  • Advantages of Camera Raw
  • Editing in Camera Raw
  • Full size view
  • Auto corrections
  • Localised Adjustments
  • Previewing Adjustments
  • Histogram
  • Saving in Camera Raw
  • Reusing Camera Raw Settings


  • Opening video files
  • The timeline
  • Creating a video layer
  • Modifying a video layer
  • Adding text to video
  • Splitting a video layer
  • Cloning Content
  • Adding a transition
  • Adding audio
  • Animation
  • Export to video


The second stage of the Advanced Design Bootcamp covers InDesign, and teaches you about the more advanced features in InDesign and how they can speed up your performance saving not just hours but days of time  

Stage 2 - InDesign (2 days)

Using Stylesheets

  • Setting up character and paragraph styles
  • Style override highlighter
  • Adding styles to CC libraries
  • Styling bullets
  • Using next paragraph style
  • Advanced nested styles

Object Styles

  • What are object styles
  • Creating an object style
  • Applying paragraph styles within an object style
  • Setting default object styles
  • Reusing object styles
  • Using quick apply

Styling Tables

  • Table styles
  • Cell styles
  • Paragraph styles in cells
  • Cell styles in tables
  • Creating table styles
  • Applying table styles
  • When table styles can be used

Page Numbering

  • Automated table of contents
  • Formatting the TOC
  • Updating the TOC
  • Styling table of contents
  • Interactive links
  • Dynamic story jumps

Advanced Layout Options

  • Gridify
  • Live distribute
  • Liquid layout
  • Liquid page rules
  • Alternate layout
  • Alignment tips 

Pen tool, Paths and Pathfinder

  • Creating paths
  • Creating custom frames
  • Combining different shapes
  • Type on a path
  • Formatting type on a path
  • Placing text in a custom frame
  • Merging frames
  • Compound frames

Working with Objects

  • Grouping and ungrouping
  • Change object shape
  • Rotating a spread
  • Arranging objects
  • Layers Panel


  • Export to interactive pdf
  • Buttons
  • Hyperlinks
  • Transitions
  • Animation
  • Video
  • Overview of other document formats


  • Overview of pdf forms
  • Text and signature fields
  • List and combo boxes
  • Checkboxes and radio buttons
  • Setting tab order for pdf forms
  • Submit, print and clear actions
  • Outputting a form
  • Testing in Acrobat

Adobe Bridge

  • Bridge Workspaces
  • Image Metadata in Bridge
  • Metadata Templates
  • Live image captions
  • Colour Management via Bridge

Working with images

  • Using PDF files in InDesign
  • Using Illustrator files
  • Embedding images
  • Using alpha channels and clipping paths for text wrap
  • Image layers within InDesign
  • Preflighting and images

Colour and Colour themes

  • Mixed ink colours and groups
  • Separations preview panel
  • The ink manager
  • Adobe colour themes
  • Creating a colour theme
  • Managing colour themes
  • Using .ASE files
  • Setting default colours in InDesign


  • Word and Excel content
  • Import options
  • Importing styles
  • Handling style conflicts
  • Import presets
  • Importing text
  • Handling threading


  • Export interactive PDFs
  • Export as HTML5 with in5
  • Export as ePub 3
  • Using Adobe Publish Online

Working with text

  • Using conditional text
  • Convert text to frames
  • Tracking text changes
  • Custom autocorrect
  • Custom spell check
  • Link content between documents


  • What is GREP
  • Find and replace with GREP
  • Using GREP styles
  • Some sample GREP styles


  • Saving as snippets
  • Previewing snippets in Bridge
  • Reuse snippets on document

CC Libraries

  • The CC libraries panel
  • What can be saved in CC libraries
  • Which Adobe apps use libraries
  • Adding items to a library
  • Sharing CC library items
  • Collaborating on CC library items

Data Merge

  • How to setup a merge source
  • Add merge fields
  • Styling
  • Output

Stage 3 of the Advanced Design Bootcamp focuses on Illustrator and covers the more advanced aspects of Illustrator such as gradient meshes, patterns, perspective grids and more.

Stage 3 - Illustrator (2 day)


  • Creating symbols
  • Editing symbols
  • Saving symbols
  • Using the symbol tools

Live Paint

  • LivePaint groups
  • Detecting Gap
  • Painting strokes and fills
  • Live paint bucket and Live paint selection tools

Blob brush tool

  • Painting with the blob brush
  • Merging and keep selected options
  • Tolerances and options

Perspective Grid Tool

  • Introduction
  • Presets and settings
  • Drawing in perspective
  • Attaching & releasing objects
  • Bringing in objects
  • Selecting objects
  • Transforming objects
  • Adding text and symbols


  • Re-colouring your artwork
  • Creating swatches from your artwork
  • Applying swatches to your artwork
  • Colour groups


  • Creating gradients
  • Applying gradients to shapes
  • Applying gradients to strokes
  • Along the length, across the width, within the stroke

Gradient Mesh

  • Creating mesh objects
  • Editing mesh objects
  • Mesh points and mesh patches
  • Using transparency

Tracing Images

  • Image trace
  • Presets
  • Mode
  • Using a palette
  • advanced options


  • Art brushes
  • Scatter brushes
  • Bristle brushes
  • Pattern brushes

Custom Brushes

  • Creating your own brushes
  • Using your custom brushes


  • Defining your pattern
  • Creating your pattern
  • Applying your pattern

The appearance panel

  • Organising your effects
  • Moving your effects
  • Multiple strokes
  • Multiple fills


The Advanced Design Bootcamp is aimed at those with some experience of Adobe's Creative Tools and looking to master the more Advanced features found in the Adobe Creative Cloud offering.  With specific sections focusing on Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator the course covers a wide range of topics and you will quickly develop a wide range of skills such as those below

You will learn to

On Stage 1 - Photoshop

  • Apply advanced masking techniques to improve your masks
  • Clone areas of an image in perspective, for example clone one side of a cube onto another side
  • Use more advanced selection techniques to improve your selections
  • Correct colour issues in images for example removing a colour cast.
  • Working with smart objects for reversible non-destructive changes
  • Using stacks for example to automatically remove items from a series of images
  • Use actions to record and reuse changes to images, as well as load prebuilt actions.
  • Work with the Camera raw interface to adjust raw files taken from your camera

On Stage 2 - InDesign

  • Use a variety of styles to automate formatting of content
  • Automatically generate tables of contents from document
  • Easily create and maintain interactive pdf forms
  • Add interactive features to your digital documents including
    • Video
    • Audio
    • Buttons
    • Links
    • Animation
    • Hotspots and more
  • Generate image captions from image metadata
  • Make use of Photoshop channels and clipping paths in InDesign (no PS experience needed)
  • Export to a variety of formats such as PDF, HTML5, ePub and more.
  • Localise a single InDesign document to handle multiple versions of content eg:
    • A catalogue that has pricing in dollars, pounds and euros.
    • A company that brochure has office in different areas.
  • Reuse content across and within documents
  • Format text based on common "patterns" in the text, eg: format all email addresses
  • Use content from a spreadsheet or database to generate a document, eg: a product catalogue

On Stage 3 - Illustrator

  • A variety of shortcuts to enable you to work more effectively
  • How to make your own symbols and use them properly
  • To quickly re-colour your artwork
  • How to create artwork in perspective
  • To create and work with colour groups
  • How to create your own custom brushes and use them properly
  • How to use the Gradient Mesh tool to make your artwork more realistic
  • To trace photographs and convert them to vector shapes
  • How to create your own patterns and how to use them
  • How to apply multiple effects and multiple strokes and fills onto your shapes

Our scheduled courses are designed to ensure you have a professional and productive experience.  With 20 years practice we have had plenty of time to get it right, but we are always open to new suggestions as well.

Reasons to choose Highlander for your professional training

  • A proven track record - Highlander has been established for 20 years.
  • High quality instruction - Our instructors are certified by Adobe, Google and CompTIA.
  • We make sure you are happy - Our satisfaction guarantee ensures you leave with a smile.
  • Follow on support - We give you 12 months post course support.

What you get on a Highlander Course

Start and finish times

Our courses start at 9.30am and typically run until 4pm. The finish time is based primarily on how much information people can retain in a day without being overwhelmed, and can vary slightly depending on individual class size and ability.


For our classroom courses, each delegate is provided with use of a computer, setup with the latest version of the software they are learning. Our York centre has a mix of Mac and PC's, so if you have a preference please advise us when booking. If delegates prefer to work in their own environment and would rather bring their own laptop that is equally fine.

For Live Online courses we provide full setup instructions, but you will require a machine running a copy of the software being taught. Additionally a reliable internet connection is a neccessary requirement to complete the course online.


At our centre hot drinks and water is provided throughout the day together with a selection of biscuits and sweets.  

There is a scheduled 15 minute break mid morning and again mid afternoon.


There is a one hour break for lunch to allow delegates some time "off the screen".  For those attending face to face, we are located on the well known Bishy Road in York, with a wide range of popular cafe's just a few metres from the front door. The street regularly features in national newspapers and has been described by Wall Street Journal as "an enclave of gourmet delis and cafes" while The Times described it as "York's answer to Notting Hill".

Course Materials

You get 12 months access to our learning management system which contains a variety of content ranging from video tutorials and refresher exercises through to copies of course slides. Additionally post course instructor support is also available as required.

Certificate of Completion

All delegates receive a certificate of completion to show they have completed an Adobe Authorised Training Course.

Who should attend this course

The Advanced CC Design Bootcamp is suitable for anybody who has already attended the Design Bootcamp or has equivalent experience and wants to develop more advanced skills.

If you are unsure which courses are most suitable then why not try our free Skills Test to help you test your current skills.

Some sample comments from past delegates

"He is great - really helpful and knows his stuff"
Internal Comms, Network Rail

"He was very patient and clearly knowledgeable. He was eager to answer questions and give us a detailed over view."
Marketing Executive, IPA

"I found the instructor to be very clear, methodical and approachable. He didn't mind how many questions I asked - very patient."
Graphic Designer, ARM

"He is very knowledgeable about how programs overlap, how they can be most effectively used and how they won't work for certain things. He answers all questions and has a very open and warm personality. He is very interested in his area and the things that affect it like legalities, plug ins, intellectual property rights and most of all how 'designy types' tend to think."
Graphic Designer, E C Harris

"Perfect. Fantastic manner, extremely patient, happy to go out of his way to help and extremely knowledgeable on the subject matter. Could not have been better. Cheers Andy!"
Marketing Coordinator, Zizzi

"I liked the informal nature of the course as it allowed me to answer questions that I had which weren't specific to the course outline."
Sub-Editor, Gambling Compliance

"Superb technical knowledge and very personable"
tech lead for InDesign plug-ins, Agility Multi Channel

"Another great course - his knowledge of the subject combined with his sense of humour were much appreciated!"
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