David Siddall: Experienced website & graphic designer based in Monmouthshire

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Individual and small-group Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign training

As a freelance graphic and website designer I use Adobe Creative Suite applications on a daily basis and have been doing so since the individual programs which are now integrated into 'CS' were first launched. I'm also a former college lecturer with 15 years experience teaching Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. The examples shown below all involve the use at least two Adobe CS applications and in some cases three or four – given the appropriate amount of time and commitment from you I'm confident I could help you learn the techniques involved in producing any of them.

Examples


Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop CS6 iconAdobe Photoshop is the image editing application you're most likely to be encountered in a commercial environment. Used worldwide by photographers, graphic designers, commercial printing companies, web designers, estate agents, illustrators, publishers (the list goes on). Learn how to...

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator CS6 iconAdobe Illustrator is the CS application in which to create graphics which need to be reproduced many times over at a range of different sizes – such as logo masters. It can also be used to create flat line and colour illustrations, graphs and diagrams. Learn how to...

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign CC iconAdobe InDesign is the page make-up application used to create digital origination (or ‘artwork’) for everything printed, from business cards to exhibition panels via books, magazines, leaflets, brochures, packaging and magazine ad’s. Experience of InDesign comes high on employment ‘must have’ lists where printed output is required. Learn to...

 

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How much training will I need?
To enable me to introduce you to, and get you started in, either Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign I suggest you'll need a minimum of two four-hour tutorial sessions and allow yourself some time to practice and reflect on what you've learned between them. The outcome you want to achieve beyond an initial introduction will determine the ultimate length of time you need to dedicate to learning. I'd suggest (just as an example) 30 hours would give you a good grounding in Photoshop and equip you with a portfolio of skills which would be recognised as valuable and productive in a commercial environment.

What resources will I need to have available...
To enable me to help you learn any Adobe Creative Suite applications you'll need a good grounding in basic computer skills such as file management and be familiar with your operating system (whether it's Apple or Microsoft). You'll have licensed access to the necessary software (although there is no need for it to be the very latest version) and any computer equipment you work with will need the capacity to run Adobe CS software and manipulate files effectively. You'll also be able to provide an environment that's conducive to learning and I believe it's easier to learn when working in front of a reasonably-sized desktop monitor than on a laptop – especially if more than one person is participating.

How much do you charge?
8 hours for one or two learners will cost you or your organisation £35* per hour (no VAT to add). I also ask to be reimbursed for my travelling expenses – driving mileage @ 45p per mile (both ways) plus parking charges at cost.

* If you choose to extend your learning beyond 8 hours I may be able to discount my hourly rate.

Could this training lead to a qualification?
It certainly could, however the sort of training I offer is designed to offer a 'commercially' focussed route into using Adobe Creative Suite software. There are a number of qualification options you could consider as a result of your learning experience with me and I'd be happy to help you identify one that's appropriate to your aspirations.

Can you provide training in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign together?
Absolutely, creating digital artwork and origination to commercial standards frequently calls for the use and integration of all three applications – it's a really valuable skill set in a commercial environment. An introduction to all three applications and how they integrate would involve four eight-hour sessions.

Do you teach web design?
Yes I can (and I did for many years), however the proliferation of subtly different self-build website platforms; plus the complexity of the technology which makes them work and the speed at which they're evolving means that the type of training involved is becoming highly specialised.

I may however be able to help you keep an existing website up to date providing I'm familiar with the platform on which it's based.

 

 

David Siddall Multimedia is a deliberately small freelance business which has been allowed to develop organically, and which prides itself on its reputation for building long-term client relationships – 15 years being the longest so far with a couple of others not far behind! I like to take time to really get to know my clients and to understand their needs and I always calculate prices on an individual basis.

If geographical location is important to you I'm based in Monmouth at the head of the Wye Valley in south-east Wales and therefore my regional work covers website and online media design, graphic design, printing, marketing, publicity and training for clients in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, the Wye Valley and South Wales. I also work with clients based in London, the Home Counties and South-East, Bath, Bristol, and the West Country. If you've got a project you'd like to discuss please get in touch, I'd be very pleased to help.