Animating, designing and editing illustrations are indispensable skills in today's visual culture. Graphics also dominate online. They play an important role in the success - or otherwise - of a website, blog and other digital media. Acquiring or improving your skills with software such as Photoshop, InDesign, AutoCAD or Illustrator can therefore be a valuable investment for you and/or your organisation. Learnit Training offers Graphic/DTP/Video training tailored to your needs, both individually and in groups.
If you're familiar with editing photos or designing images, then the programs from Adobe will undoubtedly be familiar to you. Photoshop and InDesign (both made by Adobe) are the most popular programmes when it comes to photo and video editing. Since a few years Adobe has a formidable competitor: Affinity.
Affinity's software was marketed by the British software company Serif Europe. For the first time in history, this company came up with an equivalent answer to the Adobe software. Affinity Photo can be compared to Adobe's Photoshop whereas Affinity Designer is the answer to Adobe's InDesign. Maybe you are thinking why would I switch to Affinity if I am already used to the Adobe software? By now we can give you plenty of reasons. Take a look at all the benefits of Affinity below and who knows, you might find out if the software is for you!
Free Webinar on Affinity
Did you know that Learnit will organise a free (introduction) webinar about Affinity? Topics that will be covered are: a short introduction about the different Affinity software, the differences between the Affinity and Adobe software, exchange of files between Affinity and Adobe and reasons for switching to Affinity or not. So are you still in doubt if Affinity is right for you? Sign up for the free webinar on April 15th between 11:00 - 11:30 and find out! Click here to sign up.Link
Adobe InDesign is one of the most famous software programs when it comes to designing the layout of magazines, books, brochures and other types of publications. Every year, InDesign predicts which trends we will see more often in the coming year, based on both developments in the news and developments in the area of design. In the past year, there have been several news themes that influence the possible trends for 2021. Are you curious how InDesign links the corona pandemic to trends within the program? Or do you want to know how you can reflect issues like climate activism or black lives matter (BLM) activism in your designs? Then read this blog!
Interactive webinar InDesign
Learnit now offers the possibility to register for the interactive webinar Digital brochure creation in InDesign, where you will learn all about the design possibilities in InDesign. In addition, you will work together with Learnit expert trainer Mike to design a digital brochure yourself, so that you can immediately put your acquired knowledge into practice. Are you curious about this interactive webinar? Then click on here. Would you rather follow one of our training courses in Indesign? Then click here to check out the possibilities. link]
Last year, many people will have experienced how important video calling has become. Various tools such as Microsoft Teams or Google Meet, have suddenly become an essential means of communication. One of the biggest players in video calling in the workplace in the Netherlands is Zoom. The company was discredited in March for possibly sharing user data with Facebook and allegedly making it easy for intruders to infiltrate a meeting. After adjustments to their system and security, this problem is now in the past, and since March Zoom has only become more popular in the Netherlands. In this blog we will explain exactly what Zoom is doing to protect your data, but also what you can do to ensure the safety of your data.
How does Zoom ensure that they can guarantee privacy and security?
Important elements of Zoom's privacy statement can be found here:
What can you do as an organisation or employee to guarantee privacy and security before, during or after a Zoom call?
As an organization or employee, it is always wise to think about the security of important data and the privacy sensitivity that video calls entail. Some tips to make your own data more secure, you can read here:
1. Make sure you receive notifications when you are invited to a Zoom meeting. It can happen that you suddenly appear in a Zoom meeting, without realising it. As you can understand, this can lead to uncomfortable situations. Make sure that Zoom always sends you a notification before you join a meeting. You can do this by checking the box in your settings that says 'Always show video preview dialog when joining a video meeting'.
2. Make sure you have really left a meeting. It sometimes happens that a video meeting is ended without people checking their sound or screen to make sure they are no longer in contact with Zoom. We probably don't need to explain that you could accidentally share unwanted information with others. You can prevent this by checking the following box: 'Ask me to confirm when I leave a meeting'.
3. Turn off your recording setting. Zoom has a recording option that allows people to make a video recording of themselves. When you share privacy sensitive information with others, it's a good idea to make sure you've at least set your own recording settings so that no recordings are made of you. In Zoom's default settings, the 'record video during sharing' is automatically on, so turn it off yourself.
4. As a 'host', be aware of your responsibility. If you are the host of a meeting, it is important to realize that if you record a meeting or save certain information from a chat, you must share this with the other users. Even as a host it is not allowed to make recordings or save data, if this has not been discussed with the other Zoom users in a meeting. Make sure that you are responsible for this, and not Zoom.
5. Prevent other users from storing conversations. As a host, you have the ability to prevent other participants from saving conversations. If you want to prevent this, you should check the option 'prevent participants from saving chats' in your settings.
Would you like to know more about Zoom and how you can best use it in the workplace? Then take a look at our training course 'Zoom: organising online meetings'. In these 2 sessions of 3 hours each, you will learn all about how to get the most out of Zoom, as well as how to protect data during a Zoom meeting. Click here for more information about the training.Link
Applying for a new job often brings a lot of tension with it. Things like "Which outfit should I wear?" or "Do I have the right skills for this job?" can run through your head. In the year 2020 we can add another 'worry' to that list. How do you make sure your job application is successful when it takes place online? Read below what you can do to steer an online job interview in the right direction and towards your desired outcome.
1. Wear an appropriate outfit. Now that we often sit at home, you might opt for a comfortable outfit more often than not. However, if you want to make a good first impression, it is important to wear an appropriate outfit, even for an online job application. It is also important that you sit up straight and are clearly visible in the picture.
2. Pay attention to your background. Always check in advance to what extent your background is visible when you are going to video call. Your children's toys on your background may not look very professional.
3. Avoid being late because of technical problems. It is obvious that being late for a physical job interview does not leave a good first impression. The same goes for online job interviews. So always check well in advance that your wifi, sound and camera are working. This way you avoid stress just before your interview starts.
4. Check where your laptop's camera is. During a physical conversation, it is easy to look at the person you are talking to. In an online conversation, this works a bit differently. That's why you should always check where the camera of your laptop is placed or how you have adjusted your webcam. If you look straight into the camera, the person you are having the conversation with at least has the idea you are actually looking at him or her.
5. Avoid noise in the background. If you are conducting the job interview from home, it is possible that your interviewer will pick up on some background noise. During a job interview you would of course prefer to avoid this. Try to find a room where you can have your interview without being disturbed, with the door closed. In addition, it can sometimes help to 'unmute' yourself if you are not speaking for a while, so that you do not hear any background noise.
6. Ask questions. An online job interview is often shorter and more static than a 'real life' interview. Therefore, do not forget to ask questions. An employer will appreciate assertiveness and this will prevent your interview from ending in no time. If you ask questions, this often leads to further discussion. This is an opportunity to show more of yourself.
Did you know that Learnit offers an interactive webinar 'Making Conversations Go Your Way'? During this 3-hour webinar you have the opportunity to learn all about the techniques that ensure that a conversation takes place exactly as you would like it to, including a job interview! Click here to find out more about this webinar or to register now.Link
Serif is an English Software company with about seventy employees. About ten years ago the company started with an ambitious plan: to develop Affinity. New graphics software that makes full use of the capabilities of today's hardware. A programme that is fully integrated, clear, attractive and affordable. Software that should break through Adobe's hegemony.
In 2014 Affinity Designer appeared: a vector illustration programme, followed a year later by Affinity Photo: a photo editing programme. Although the applications resemble their Adobe counterparts (Illustrator and Photoshop), there are differences that are especially noticeable when you work with them for a while.
Trainer Mark from Learnit didn't immediately see the benefits of the shared file format, but now realizes how easy it is. It is possible to open and edit an Affinity Photo file simply in Designer and vice versa, without loss of layers or other information. How handy that is, I notice now especially when I'm working with other software for a while.
Back to June 2019. A still somewhat emotional director launched the preliminary final piece: Affinity Publisher, a publishing program (à la InDesign). Much of the program was already known, as it had been distributed for free as a beta test for over a year.
But a traditional 'one more thing' had been preserved until the first official version: the possibility of editing images within Publisher, completely in context, using the tools from Photo and Designer. "To really realize how handy that is, you have to experience it," says Mark.
Getting acquainted with Affinity? Mark hosted a free webinar on Affinity Photo on behalf of Learnit Training on September 12, 2019. Watch it here!Link
Now that the 'age of big data' is shifting up a gear, information visualisation is becoming an increasingly important tool for understanding all the data that is generated every day. But what makes such visualisation efficient? And how does the Adobe Illustrator design program help you on your way to a professional end result? You will learn this during a free webinar from Learnit, in which, among other things, the following questions will be addressed.
Data visualization is, simply put, the graphical representation of data. It is defined as an accessible way to discover and understand trends, patterns and outliers in the flow of information.
Every professional sector benefits from a better understanding of company data, and the whole business world is currently working to adapt to our data driven world. Visualization is a key skill. In fact, a visual manages to make complex data more direct and easier to access, with an emphasis on trends and outliers.
Designers further emphasize the narrative importance of visuals. While traditional education usually draws a clear boundary between creative storytelling and technical analysis, the modern professional world also values the symbiosis between the two opposing poles. And the infographic fits perfectly into that field.
For this trap you have to pay attention as a maker of the infographic: content blurring and inflection. The reasons for this may differ: poor design, unclear labeling or error data management. Avoiding these mistakes once again begins with a good understanding of the story that tells your dataset. It is about the balance between form and function. Data and visuals must tell the story together.
Furthermore, there is a number of points that you should remember when producing an infographic. They may differ, but often the first place for minimalism and the consistent application of data. An efficient visualization tells a story, removes the noise from data and emphasizes the useful data. In this way, the visual can help to capture the look of the reader and increase the comprehensibility of data. That remains the ultimate goal of the chart.
Nowadays, infographics can be created in many ways, but Adobe Illustrator is the most popular program. It is not only the most versatile tool, but also the most universal. As soon as you know the basics, learning from other design programs becomes much simpler. The vector graphics offer the highest quality result, also in print.Link
In the training Adobe Premiere Pro You'll learn how to produce a slick video. But before you can assemble, you first need to shoot the right images. Whether you want to make a promotional movie or produce a video for a job application: It starts with beautiful images with good sound.
For that, you can hire an expensive marketing agency, but companies are increasingly opting to produce content themselves. This can be very simple: The latest phones feature excellent cameras, which allow you to create high-quality videos. But how do you press everything from your pocket size camera? Four tips to help you get going.
Think in advance what you want to film, and where you can. Is it outside? Or should it be inside? In general, your phone's camera best responds to natural light. Can you not use the sun? Then you can buy a lamp on the internet for a small price. There are small light sources that you can easily mount on your phone, but you can also go for a larger copy, which you can attach to a tripod.
It is important in any case that you can adjust the ferocity of your lamp so that you can determine the amount of light you need on the spot. Make sure your video is not too dark, but also not overexposed!
Sound can make your video or break it. You may still have such a good speaker for the lens, if it is difficult to understand, your production will not be convincing. Think in advance so well what you need. Is there only one person to speak? Then a simple tie microphone can suffice.
Such a microphone is less suitable if you want to film a conversation between two or more people. Are you standing in a noisy place with a lot of ambient noise? Then the hand microphone is a godsend. This one is quite pricey, but are you planning to film conversations more often in noisy places? Then it is extremely suitable.
If you are filming a conversation in a quiet place, there are cheaper options. On the internet there is a wide range of plug-in microphones that you can easily connect to your phone. These are often just a bit better that the mics of your phone, which makes the video more professional.
The cameras of most new phones have a stabilizer. But if you want really tight images, you can use a tripod or external stabilizer. It is useful to have both a larger tripod, examples at eye level, and a smaller variation with you.
Want to shoot images where you move with the camera? Then a gimbal can provide a solution. The prices of these toys have fallen sharply in recent times, for about 100 euros you can screw up the quality of the videos considerably.
For simple videos, the default app of your camera is sufficient, but if you want to change settings manually, the Filmic Pro app is a good choice. For example, you can manually set your focus and choose the correct framerate and resolution.Link
In April 2018, Adobe announced the updates in the popular package Creative Cloud and they were then processed. Users of Premiere Pro and After Effects in particular can now indulge in even more advanced video editing software than before. But what are the changes that make subscribers happy? And have you discovered them all yet, or do the programs still have more secrets from you than you thought? In this blog we'll go through the most important additions in Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro piece by piece, so you'll know exactly what's left to discover! At the bottom you'll find links to useful tutorials and we'll tell you how to take your Adobe skills to the next level.
Ease of use in After effects
A good update does not always focus on new features, but sometimes also on ease of use. In particular, the updates for After effects focus on a better organization and Efficient effective workflows. The new features of master properties revolutionize the way professionals will work with compositions and versions. Designers can now quickly import JSON and CSV files and dynamically animate them. Other major updates include improvements to the popular Puppet Tool, an improved disk cache management system and a new hotkey for running through mask modes.
Updates in Premiere Pro
The latest version of the most common video editing software in the world does not contain a handful of updates, but a significant number of unmissable additions. These include new color matching options, enhanced audio tools and a fully overhauled Essential Graphics panel. The timecode panel has also been updated, along with new controls for editors working in VR, streamlined collaboration with Team projects, and support for additional formats. You can now even copy and paste markup.
Auto Ducking in Premiere
If we have to highlight one update, it is the audio update that the program was in. Premiere Pro CC now features a Auto Ducking function to normalize the music level when other audio is detected. With the help of Adobe Sensei, the tool also makes it easier to mix dialogues and spoken audio over a soundtrack. As with color matching, Auto Ducking can be edited by the end user. It's always exciting, but this update we can describe as ' very successful '!
Also not unimportant are the improvements of the tool Color Match. Even if filmmakers are careful, shades could range from shot to shot. An editor usually had to perform a labor-intensive color correction. The new face Detection tool does about the same, but looks at skin tones and whether they match. To make color correction even easier, Adobe now also has a split view. Ideal for comparing colors at a glance!
Very nice of course, those updates, but if you don't know them or can't handle it you have little to it. Fortunately, there are plenty of tutorials and introduction videos, such as those from Cinecom.net or this tutorial from Premiere Gal, in which the updates are handled using a screen video. With a little bit of searching on YouTube, you'll soon find tutorials that delve deeper into specific updates, such as this video about the Color Match update.
YouTube alone is not a godsend for everyone. Because everyone works at a different pace or level and personal guidance can be experienced as pleasant, Learnit Training offers Adobe tailored to a large part of the Creative Cloud components. For example, you can request free quotations for adobe Premiere Pro or adobe After effectstraining. You can also contact Learnit for other Adobe training courses; For example, a number of Photoshop courses with a transit guarantee for beginners or advanced students are planned. Click here for the total course offer in the Graphic Design category and ask for free advice.Link
Designers and professional illustrators use it constantly: Adobe Illustrator. Whether you want to create a cartoon or a professional background illustration. With Adobe Illustrator it can be all. It is not for nothing that the program is in the top 3 state of most used design software. The program lends itself perfectly to creating professional illustrations, logos, and icons and ensures that no quality is lost when you adjust the size. With a bit of basic knowledge, everyone can get started with Adobe Illustrator because the program is very user-friendly. But what exactly is the power of this advanced software? We put the most important features and tips for you in a row.
The best colors for your design
Before you start a design it is important to see what it is ultimately used for. If the image is displayed, choose the RGB color mode document settings. This prevents your chosen colors from appearing in a different way than you mean. When you have created images that are printed, such as a poster or a flyer, make sure that the color mode is on CYMK. Where to find this? When you have opened Illustrator, go to ' file ' and then ' Document color mode '. Here you can choose between RGB or CYMK. Guaranteed the right color mode with Adobe Illustrator!
Simple but effective
Adobe Illustrator has been available on the software market since 1987 and is now providing pixel-perfect illustrations to the present day. The program works with vector graphics: simple basic shapes, such as points, lines and geometric shapes, which are eventually merged into a complex end product. You can't think of it or you can create it in Adobe Illustrator. One advantage of the design software is that you can divide the artwork into layers. These layers ensure that you can work on your chosen part of the image and that the rest remains unprocessed. Do you accidentally make an error? No need! Press CTRL + Z (for Windows) or CMD + Z (for Mac) and you can resume where you left off.
Perfect lines and 3D
You can easily create clean lines with Adobe Illustrator. But what if you want to make a 3D drawing? The program also has a handy tool for this, namely the perspective grid. With this grid you can choose from which perspective you want to draw and you can pull the lines across the grid, so that this candle is straight and fully set to your wishes. You can find the perspective grid under ' View ' where you see ' perspective grid '. When you click on it you'll see that you can choose from a single, two and even three point grid. When clicked, you can choose to lock or rotate the grid at any time. Usability at top!
Course Illustrator CC Basics
Want to learn what's possible with Illustrator? In our three-day training ILLUSTRATOR CC Basics , you'll learn the basic techniques for drawing in illustrator and get acquainted with the most impressive features of the software. Because the training is taught according to the Open curriculum, the content and depth of the subjects can always be tailored to your personal learning goals and learning tempo.Link
Photoshop is an overwhelming program with endless features. In the beginning, many people get lost in the many possibilities. Recognizable?
Of course, a good course the real solution. But for anyone who doesn't have the time or money to do so, we have listed the 15 most important tips below.
After hundreds of training sessions for thousands of students, we have a nice idea of what options the average user needs, and how to quickly find and use them. No endless manual, no complex tutorial, but immediately get to work and see results.
If you want to change the size of a photo, rotate or distort the photo, you can do so by clicking Edit, then clicking Transform and selecting the desired action. There is an easier way to do this. Press Ctrl + T and a box appears around the image, indicating the distort. This means that you can change the image of size. The best way to do this is to place the mouse on one of the corners and then drag while holding down the SHIFT key to keep the height and width the same ratio. When you're done, press Enter.
A short and fast way to toggle between the unit of measurement is by placing the mouse on one of the rulers (press Ctrl + R to show or hide the rulers), right-click, and then choose a unit from the displayed menu. You have a large choice of measurement units: centimeters, pixels, millimetres, points, percentages, etc.
This is an easy selection tool that helps you trace part of the picture's stroke. This allows you to easily separate an object on the image from the rest of the image and perform certain actions on it. For example, you can detaching a product from its background.
The Magic Wand Tool is another background selection tool, ideal when working with a monotonous and consistent background. If you want to choose a clear color in an image, this is the right tool for you. For example, the Magic Wand Tool is suitable for a white background or a clear blue sky.
Choose the Magic Wand Tool from the Tools panel and click on the part of the image you want to select. Make sure you switch between the "Add to Selection" option in the top row (icon of two squares) so that you can continue to add colors and shades to your selection.
The functions panel gives you all the basic shapes you need, such as a square, a line, a circle, oval etc. However, if you want more options, use the Custom Shape Tool. The icon of this looks like the first pancake (perhaps this was not the intention of adobe).
The Custom Shape Tool is easy to find in the Options bar. After selecting the Custom Shape Tool, a large number of shapes appear. On the right side of the Custom Shape Tool icon You see a small thumbnail view. You get access to more shapes by clicking the small arrow on the right side of the panel. If you are looking for banners, talking bubbles or all kinds of arrows then this is the right tool for you.
When you use Photoshop, for any purpose, to change the colors of an image, to sharpen or make better contract, always remember to use Adjustment layers. The big advantage of the Adjustment layers is that it does not change the image itself, but on a separate layer. This way you can easily adjust the edits to see what's most beautiful. The Adjustment layers can be found at the bottom of the layers panel (a black and white circle icon).
This is an easy and simple way to give some pit to an image. Layer styles are a special effect that you can easily add to individual layers. All you have to do is double click on the layer and choose the effect you like.
You can choose from a wide range of functions; Add a glow, add shadows and much more with a mouse click. Stay cautious and make sure you don't overdo it. These effects tend to look cheap if you use too much of it.
This is a very handy tool for something advanced Photoshop Press. You can use it to repair the image from imperfections such as scratches and blemishes. Choose the brush size, hold down the ALT key and select a nice and clean area of the image. Release the Alt button and paint over the bad environment. Basically, this function copies a piece of the picture from the first to the second position.
Yes-it is indeed exactly how it sounds, this tool makes everything a lot nicer! If you have a spot, blemish or birthmark, this tool can remove it immediately. It can also be used to remove a pimple.
Place the brush on the area you want to ' fixing ', make sure the brush is a bit larger than the spot and click on the spot. Photoshop makes sure that the retouched spot is automatically beautiful, so you really don't have to do anything else.
The Dodge Tool makes pixels lighter in color where you use it. This is a good solution for the known red eye problem. Put the Dodge Tool on a soft brush, go to Range settings in the menu bar and choose Highlights here, set the Exposure to about 20%. Then use the brush over the red part to be careful.
Don't overdo it, otherwise your model will look unrealistic. A number of simple stripes should suffice.
A simple and fine way to remove small wrinkles is by blurring them a bit. Use the Blur Tool to smooth out small imperfections, such as the wrinkles around the eyes or the mouth area, you fade them into the background easily. Again, make sure you don't overdo it because otherwise the image will fade too much.
The Blur Tool can recover imperfections, but the Blur Tool is also used for more artistic purposes. So it is important to build a bit of dexterity with the Blur Tool.
This is a simple but useful tool. The Move Tool is used to move selections or layers, also to other images. Usually it is used to move the layer after the layer is inserted in the image. Hold down the SHIFT key to move only horizontally or vertically.
This tool looks like the Spot healing Brush Tool (see above). You use it in the same way, however, this tool does not mix in the end. It is an exact copy of the information from the first selected space to the second selected space. So you use it to correct minor flaws or to make manipulations.
Select the Clone Stamp Tool and set the desired brush size. It is best to put the flow at 50%. Hold down ALT and select the area you want to clone. By clicking and dragging, you can move the clone.
The Crop Tool (Hotkey C) allows you to remove portions of an image, to focus on a particular part of image. The Crop Tool can be used by selecting a part of the image and then pressing Enter. You can move the selection by dragging the left mouse button.
The Gradient Tool allows you to fill an area with transition colors, for example, an image from Orange in gray. In addition, more advanced gradients are available with multiple colors that include transparency.
Other functions of the gradient tool are, for example, placing colorful backgrounds behind objects, making shadows or putting more depth in an image. However, these are options for more advanced Photoshop Press.
Finally, it is important to save the image in the correct format. When you want to use the image on the Internet, it is important that the image loading does not take too long. To do this, use the File > Save for Web & Devices option. With the settings you can choose the file format and the quality, the higher the quality the larger the file.
Within the Save for Web window There are a number of tabs, including 2up. 2up you can use to split the window, on the left side is to see the original, while the right part contains the new settings.
You now know the basic tools of Photoshop, congratulations and good luck!
Do you want to be more convenient with Photoshop and edit footage in a professional way? During the Photoshop courses of Learnit you will learn how to work efficiently with Photoshop. You'll learn the intricacies of Photoshop and get active support during this workout. Read more about these courses!