Welcome to The Squid Gallery


The Squid Gallery is the source for customized training on Adobe Systems' graphics and publishing products.

Adobe Illustrator CS5 Box

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop CS5 Box

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe InDesign CS5 Box

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Acrobat X Box

Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Muse

Do you need to learn these popular and widely used professional applications?


I conduct customized training and provide complete course ware (PDF handouts and lesson files) on these
Adobe programs, so you can get up to speed quickly on them.

Photoshop BoxPhotoshop Training Topics include:

Create a custom workspace and use Bridge's filtering and automation capabilities to import your photographs and organize them. Use menu customization and custom keyboard shortcuts to simplify using the program. Control both the size and resolution of your images and change their composition for both printed and web output. Fix perspective with the new lens correction filter and perspective crop tool and straighten a crooked image.

Learn which selection tool does the best job in different circumstances to make accurate and efficient selections of photographs. Use layers to composite (collage) different elements so that they can be moved and scaled independently. Add type and use styles (drop shadows, bevels) to enhance the appearance.

Use color adjustments to improve the overall appearance of any image and masks to fix localized areas. Salvage images where exposure went wrong. Use color correction creatively for highly stylized photos. Learn to use Photoshop's retouching tools to fix flaws in images and do portrait/beauty retouching.

Develop images with the Camera RAW interface - color balancing, sharpening, sensor dust removal, graduated filter, local adjustments, cropping, split toning, vignetting and other effects to make images look fantastic. Also learn how to process multiple images with the same exposure, save develop presets and save different versions (color, crop, etc.) within the RAW file. Take RAW images into Photoshop for further processing or output for print. Combining multiple exposures for High Dynamic Range (HDR).

Use layers, masks, blending modes, tools and filters to combine different images. record Photoshop Actions to automate repetitive tasks. Using color profiles & sharpening images with Actions and Bridge to manage images to process with Actions. Learn to right techniques to capture images that will stitch together well and use Photomerge to create full panoramas from  multiple photographs.

Understand the benefits of Photoshop Smart Objects and how Layer Comps can be used to manage various versions of a file.

Download a PDF of the Photoshop class training topics.




Illustrator BoxIllustrator Training Topics include:

Draw with the object and pen tools, manipulate and transform objects, and work with type, including type on a path, vertical type and converting type to outlines.

Use layers to organize and manage your designs.

Work with color, gradients, patterns and color libraries. Create and edit gradients and apply color with gradient mesh.

Master precise drawing techniques with the rotate, reflect, scale, scissors, join, pathfinder & transform. Create more organic art using width, knife, eraser tools.

Use Appearance and Graphic Styles to simply the application of attributes to art.

Use envelopes and warps, create new brushes and seamless pattern tiles and border tiles.

Use masking and special effects. Apply and edit symbols, create 3D objects and text and apply artwork to surfaces.

Draw in perspective using the perspective grid.

Trace bitmap images into vector shapes with Image Trace and colorize them easily with Live Paint.

Recolorize art easily and store themed projects on multiple artboards within the same file.

Download a PDF of the Illustrator class training topics.




InDesign BoxInDesign Training Topics include:

Customize the application’s interface.

Learn all the tools necessary to start building single and 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 cross references.

Use conditional text and GREP expressions.

Data Merge and scripts.

Creative effects and object styles.

Create and edit tables.


Download a PDF of the InDesign class training topics.





Acrobat X BoxAcrobat Training Topics include:

Navigating the Work Area & Arranging Panels.

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 to 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, use eEnvelopes and redact text / remove sensitive information.

Reducing file size of PDF documents.

Attach files and add multi-media to PDFs.

Collaboration & Review - setting up an e-mail based or shared review, using the Commenting Tools, creating custom stamps, exporting, importing, summarizing & filtering comments. Comparing documents.

Search PDFs and ORC text.

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

Download a PDF of the Acrobat class training topics.

"Web Sites for Designers"  Using Muse Training Topics include:

Creating web sites without ANY coding and completely visually with
Adobe Muse, the way one would in a page layout program.

The class includes some information on how using Adobe Illustrator to create a Site Map and mock -up the web page layouts can be an excellent tool for getting your design and structure planned out effectively before creating the web site itself. Also, using Photoshop to automate the process of resizing images for the web. Once all the assets are ready, you can use Adobe Muse to create an entire web site and deploy it either through Adobe's Business Catalyst service or your own hosting service.

Topics covered include: creating a site map, creating and applying master pages,
adding browser fill colors or background images, page backgrounds and favicons.

Adding navigation bars & buttons, setting roll-over styles, anchors, embedded HTML
and external links.

Applying pattern fills, drop shadows, glows and bevel effects; transparency and
variable edges to objects.

Creating geometric shapes, fixed width and varaible width page elements.

Placing text and images; using Photoshop buttons and cropping images.

Creating character styles, paragraph styles, graphic styles & hyperlink styles.

Working with type: web safe fonts, web fonts & systems fonts; using Typekit
and applying text wraps.

Working with the widget library: compositions, menus, panels & slide shows.

Adding page titles, alt text, tooltips, keywords and other metadata.

Deploying the site using either with Dreamweaver or the built-in FTP feature
or Adobe's own hosting service to "publish" directly from Muse to Business Catalyst.

Download a PDF of the Muse class training topics.