CT-SepPostcard.pngJoin us at the CreativeTechs office Wednesday mornings 9:30am to 11am. Pick up a couple new skills, and get back to work before lunch. You can put what you learn into use the same day.

The cost is $50 per workshop.

Thanks to everyone who helped make last month such a success. We continue to get rave reviews of our new 90-minute morning workshops. It seems the short format is really working for people. Here is the new lineup for October and November.

October 2007 Mini-Workshops:

SOLD OUT Oct 3, 9:30-11am — Photoshop: Retouching Skin. This will be a fun day. Our master retoucher, Jason Hoppe, leads a special workshop on retouching skin in Photoshop. This workshop demonstrates a wide range of techniques for dealing with the unique challenges involved in retouching faces and bodies. This session showcases images from the portfolio of Seattle photographer Rosanne Olson, as well as several other of Jason Hoppe’s recent retouching projects.

SOLD OUT Oct 10, 9:30-11am — Mastering Adobe’s Pen Tool. Drawing paths with Adobe’s pen tool is a crucial bread-and-butter skill for designers using any Adobe application. If you find yourself avoiding this icon, set aside 90-minutes this month with Jason Hoppe and we’ll help you really “get” the Pen tool!

CLOSED Oct 17, 9:30-11am — Photoshop: Cloning Secrets. Retouching artists perform daily magic with Photoshop’s cloning tool. Join master retoucher, Jason Hoppe, for another installment in his series on non-destructive Photoshop retouching techniques.

CLOSED Oct 24, 9:30-11am — Using Adobe Bridge. Adobe Bridge has become a powerful, way to manage your media files. Creative teams use Bridge to organize large collections of images. Come learn how to add keywords, manage metadata, and many other Bridge tricks.

CLOSED Oct 31, 9:30-11am — Halloween Special: Tricks and Treats. Join us Halloween morning for a fast, fun, collection of tricks and treats. We’ve pulled together our favorite tips from over the years. Plus, bring your spookiest questions — if you can stump us, you’ll walk away with something special in your goodies bag.

November 2007 Mini-Workshops:

Nov 7, 9:30-11am — Mastering Layers: InDesign, Illustrator & Acrobat. Layers help you organize project files. At their simplest, you can streamline work by keeping graphic elements or editable text areas on separate layers. Beyond that, in Adobe Creative Suite, you can create layers that function across InDesign, Illustrator, and even Acrobat. The layer tricks in Adobe Acrobat alone are worth spending a fun morning away from work.

Nov 14, 9:30-11am — Photoshop: Preparing Images for the Web. This topic comes directly from client requests. What are the best ways to prepare images for the web in Adobe Photoshop? What formats work best? Can you create animated graphics directly in Photoshop? Come spend a fast-paced morning at CreativeTechs — your web developer will thank you for it.

Nov 21, No Workshops — Thanksgiving Week. Enjoy the long weekend.

Nov 28, 9:30-11am — Font Management in Mac OS X. Want a fast, stable, healthy Mac? You’d better get a handle on your fonts. Join CreativeTechs’ Craig Swanson for an in-depth look at font management for graphic designers. We’ll help you understand what’s going on with all those odd font folders scattered around your Mac — and we’ll help you slim down your system fonts so InDesign doesn’t take forever to scroll to Zapf Dingbats. And as a bonus we’ll reveal what’s changed about font management in Mac OS X Leopard!

Don’t see a workshop for you?

Workshop topics come directly from client requests (the Retouching Skin workshop on October 3rd, and Preparing Images for the Web workshop on November 14th both came from client requests). So email us your idea and we’ll work it into an upcoming schedule.

Email your ideas to training@creativetechs.com.

Outside of Seattle? We still want to hear from you. These same workshop topics will eventually be covered in our weekly tips newsletter.

Call us with any questions or problems.

We are all a little new to the logistics of coordinating a weekly event like this. If you have any problems or questions with online ticket ordering, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 206-682-4315 or email help@creativetechs.com and let us help you in person.