Creative Design Bootcamp

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Learn to use Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator in 1 week!

Creative Design Bootcamp is targeted at those who are new to the Creative Cloud design tools and looking to learn the basics of working with Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

The course is made up of 5 days of classroom based training which can be completed either at our York centre, remotely online or at 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.

With our proven CC training you can improve your effectiveness, stand out from the crowd and boost your future career potential all in one go.

Learn to harness the power of the worlds leading design packages with one of the UK's longest established Adobe training providers, and benefit from our 20 year track record and wealth of experience.

£995.00ex vat

The first stage of the Design Bootcamp covers topics like colour and resolution and how to use Photoshop to enhance you images and get the best out of them.

Stage 1 - Photoshop (2 days)

Exploring Photoshop

  • The panels
  • The tools
  • Preferences

Creating documents

  • Settings
  • Resolution
  • Colour modes
  • Web vs Print
  • Mobile/tablet settings
  • Presets

Colour Theory

  • RGB
  • CMYK
  • Spot colours (eg: Pantones)
  • Printing colour
  • Web colour


  • Size
  • Shape
  • Options
  • Custom brushes


  • Creating
  • Organising
  • Using
  • Duplicating
  • Blend Modes

Adjustment Tools

  • Dodge tool
  • Burn tool
  • Sponge tool
  • Blur tool
  • Sharpen tool
  • Smudge tool

Adjustment Commands

  • Brightness and Contrast
  • Levels
  • Curves
  • Others
  • Adjustment layers
  • Auto adjustments


  • Selection tools
  • Making selections
  • Adjusting your selections
  • Saving your selections
  • Channels


  • Cropping images
  • Cropping options
  • Perspective cropping

Layer masks

  • Making layer masks
  • Editing layer masks
  • Using layer masks

Cloning and Repairing

  • The clone tool
  • The Healing brush tool
  • The Spot healing brush tool
  • The patch tool
  • Content aware options
  • Content aware move
  • Content aware patch


  • Adding text
  • Formatting text


  • Vector shapes
  • Shapes
  • Custom shapes


  • Layer Effects
  • Effect Options


The second stage of the Design Bootcamp introduces InDesign, and teaches you how to create professional materials for print and digital using the worlds leading desktop publishing package. 

Stage 2 - InDesign (2 days)


  • What is Desktop Publishing
  • Why InDesign
  • What you will learn

InDesign Interface

  • Overview of the interface
  • Creating customised Workspaces
  • Organising Panels
  • Customising Menus
  • Changing Default Settings

Document Creation

  • Creating a New Document
  • Bleed, Slug and Margins
  • Facing Pages
  • Columns and Gutter

Frames and Shapes

  • What are frames
  • Creating frames
  • Moving frames
  • Aligning frames
  • Sizing and positioning
  • Rounded corners
  • Anchoring frames
  • Rotating and skewing
  • Creating frames from text

Working with Text

  • Creating text frames
  • Using placeholder text
  • Inserting special characters
  • Glyphs
  • Threading text frames
  • Viewing threads
  • The Story Editor
  • Text frame options, inset spacing etc..
  • Hyphenation
  • Importing from Word

Formatting Text

  • Leading
  • Kerning & tracking
  • Drop caps
  • Baseline shift
  • Justification & Alignment
  • Uppercase, lowercase, sentence case & title case
  • Indents
  • Bullets
  • Formatting Bullets

Working with Objects

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


  • Using mini bridge
  • Different file formats
  • Placing images
  • Frame Fitting Options
  • Text wrap options
  • Resizing and positioning images
  • Select v direct select
  • Content Grabber (and how to turn it off)
  • Display performance
  • Clipping paths


  • Creating layouts
  • Guides and smart guides
  • The gap tool
  • Liquid Layout
  • Alternate Layout
  • Using the page tool
  • Live distribute
  • Merging frames
  • Compound shapes

Masters and Pages

  • Working with masters
  • Creating masters
  • Importing masters
  • Applying masters
  • Master options
  • Page numbering
  • Numbering and sections
  • Text threads in masters


  • Understanding Colours: CMYK, RGB, Pantone etc..
  • Creating colours
  • Saving colours as swatches
  • Sampling colors from images
  • Exporting and importing colours
  • Applying colours to strokes and fills
  • Creating gradients
  • Saving gradients as swatches
  • Applying gradients to items

Gradient Feather

  • Applied to what?
  • Linear v radial
  • Angle and location


  • Creating a new table
  • Convert text to table
  • Strokes and fills
  • Alternating row and column strokes
  • Adding rows and columns
  • Deleting rows and columns
  • Merge and unmerge

Other Effects

  • Applied to what?
  • Drop & Inner Shadow
  • Inner & Outer Glow
  • Bevel and Emboss
  • Satin
  • Transparency

Basic Styles

  • Character styles
  • Paragraph styles
  • Style Priority
  • Creating styles
  • Applying and removing styles
  • Overrides
  • Redefining styles
  • Importing Styles
  • Removing unused styles
  • Nested Styles


  • Why preflighting
  • Detecting errors
  • Identify & correct errors
  • Custom profiles


  • Packaging all files
  • PDF Presets (print ready, small size etc.)
  • Including printers marks / bleed
  • Compression
  • Export to interactive PDF
  • Page transitions (eg: fade, blind, etc.)


Stage 3 of the Design Bootcamp introduces Illustrator and teaches you how to create vector images such as logos. Below are some examples of the topics covered in this section of the course

Stage 3 - Illustrator (1 day)

Illustrator Overview

  • What are vectors
  • What are Bézier curves
  • The pen tools

Creating shapes

  • The pen tool
  • Primitive shapes
  • Adding/deleting anchor points
  • Creating Bézier curves
  • Combining shapes
  • Creating outlines from text
  • The shape builder tool
  • The blend tool

Editing shapes

  • Adjusting existing shapes
  • Cutting paths
  • Combining paths and shapes
  • Erasing paths and shapes

Organising your work

  • Artboards
  • Custom artboards
  • Layers
  • Sub-layers
  • Layer properties
  • Templates
  • Group Isolation mode


  • Choosing a colour
  • Using swatches
  • Saving your swatches
  • Spot colours
  • Process colours
  • Global colours

Stroke and Fill

  • Creating strokes
  • Creating fill
  • Applying colour to strokes and fills

Transforming shapes

  • Duplicating
  • Moving, rotating
  • Reflecting, Shearing
  • Scaling
  • Step and repeat
  • Transform again


  • 3D
  • Stylize
  • Distort & Transform
  • Warp
  • Organising your effects
  • etc


  • Adding text
  • Text within a a shape
  • Text on a shape
  • Controlling text
  • Creating outlines from text

Saving and Exporting

  • Saving options
  • Exporting options
  • Exporting to pdf
  • Other export formats
  • Using Illustrator with other applications


The Creative Design Bootcamp is the most comprehensive begginners course available for people looking to master the design tools 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

  • Understand subjects like colour modes and resolution.
  • Understand the difference between raster and vector images
  • Correct faults in images and remove unwanted items
  • Correct colour issues in images
  • Change colours in an image or convert to black and white
  • Accurately crop and resize images
  • Use a wide range of tools to pricesely select areas in an image
  • Sharpen and blur areas of an image
  • and lots more

On Stage 2

  • Setup new documents correctly
  • Add and format text within a document
  • Add and manipulate images in a document
  • Work with text styles and masters to speed up your work
  • Create and apply colour swatches
  • Apply effects such as shadows, gradients and more
  • Add tables and format tables in a document
  • Preflight documents to check for errors
  • Output documents into a range of formats from PDF to HTML5 app

On Stage 3

  • Create artwork such as logos, technical drawings, typography and illustrations
  • Customise the Illustrator tools to be more efficient
  • Create shapes, lines and bezier curves
  • Understand and organise layers, artboards etc....
  • Apply colours gradients and a wide range of effects to your illustrations
  • Output your illustrations for both print and web use in formats such as PDF, AI and SVG

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 Creative Design Bootcamp is suitable for anybody who wants to learn to use Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator but has no previous experience. If you already have experience using these packages you might want to consider our CC Advanced Design Bootcamp.

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

Comments from delegates that attended

"He was friendly, helpful and polite. Knowledgeable about subject matter and recent changes. I would recommend others to seek him out for training in future."
Artwork Coordinator, Taylors of Harrogate

"He was excellent and I found the balance between learning and practical application very useful. As this was bespoke training, Andy dealt very well with the mixed ability group and the whole team kept up and content was covered quickly yet effectively to suit the team ability."
Senior Marketing Executive, Varlink

"Without doubt one of (if not the best) instructor ive had. Perfect learning style, and always has time. Thank you so much."
Communications Support, Health Education West Midlands

"He was really knowledgeable and explained everything patiently and clearly. As someone with no design experience I was able to learn quickly and retain this new knowledge well."
Marketing Manager, Razorblue Ltd

"One of the best trainers I've had, calm, friendly,good sense of humour, self effacing but personable, energetic and enthusiastic but laid back, always ready to help, good at prioritising competing demands, got through loads of material, v reassuring, clearly had an excellent knowledge of the material."
Bid Coordinator, Biffa Waste Services

"Fantastic. Really helpful, knowledgeable and any questions I/we had, he explained perfectly. Couldn;t have asked for a better teacher. Awesome."
Marketing Coordinator, Zizzi

"Excellent knowledge, approachable and v patient. Willing to answer individual questions and respond to our real life queries and how we can use the product in the workplace."
Sales and Marketing, Atos

"He was absolutely fantastic the course was brilliant. I feel that the course content was great i learned loads and am looking forward to next weeks advanced session too. I am going to save a lot of time now that i know how to use the product properly"
Marketing Comms Exec, UK Trade and Industry