This blog is about Graphic Design, Vector Art, and Cartoon Illustration

The difference between an on-site training software session and a class

There are many ways to learn the latest software from Adobe. How you do it depends on your learning style, that is, what you are comfortable with. I have been teaching and training Adobe software since 1996, at a private college - The Art Institute of Phoenix, at a community college - Glendale Community College, at private training companies such as LearnIt! and Roundpeg, and I also do on-site training. All of these approaches are valuable. The only wrong decision that you could make is to not learn the latest software, thereby leaving yourself behind and frustrated. Please let me explain the differences between all these approaches.

• A private college, such as The Art Institute of Phoenix, is the most appropriate for you if you are just starting out and want the very best foundation. Yes, it takes time and money, but it is well worth it - I've seen the graduates!

• A community college is the best place to go if you want to get a little without paying a lot. This is by far the least expensive way to go. And, if you don't like the class, you can drop it. The drawbacks, of course, are, well, dealing with the community college, which is, after all, a government organization not unlike the DMV. Filling out forms, standing in line, etc. is part of what you have to do.

• Taking a training session from a private company, such as Roundpeg, is a great way to go for a busy professional. There are no grades, no lines to stand in, no nonsense. You just show up and start learning. And you get free coffee and bagels! You can take a half-day session, or sign up for multiples. The only drawback to this approach is that you have to take time off from work and go there. If you're working for a company, this can be a very pleasant way to learn new software. If you own the company, you may not want your people to be away all day.

• A personal training session means that the trainer comes to you. I do this, and most training companies can arrange for this, too. This is the most appropriate for you if you want to learn something specific about a piece of software, have no interest in dealing with a school, and would prefer not to leave your office. If you know exactly what you would like to do, for example, using Adobe Illustrator to create a brochure, this is what you want. A personal training session is custom-made for you. The way I do it is you work on your own computer and I sit next to you.

If you would like to learn Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or Dreamweaver, please contact me. I do personal on-site training sessions in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area.