Monday, August 27 – Thursday, August 30, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location TBD in the Pioneer Valley
Sebastian Gutwein, Faculty

The Abode Creative Suite, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat, offers excellent tools for designers and planners to distill complex social and environmental data into compelling documents that inform and inspire. This summer, come learn fundamental tools and techniques to communicate your big ideas.

In this four-day, hands-on workshop for novice and intermediate Adobe users, participants will learn how to do everything required to put together professional quality, graphic-rich reports.  The class will begin with the basics including the Adobe user interface and toolsets before moving on to more advanced topics like multi-page document format. In addition to covering technical skills and basic graphic design principles, participants will explore and set up workflow and file management systems to optimize efficiency and ease of use for the long term.

The course will alternate between brief presentations and skill building exercises. Each session will build on the skills learned in the previous sessions, but there will be adequate time to catch-up or try something new, depending on your learning pace.

Software Requirements

Participants must have the latest version of the Adobe Creative Cloud installed prior to the beginning of the workshop. There is a discount if you are a student or teacher. (For students: Using your new student email address as proof, you should be able to download either of these without trouble.) Here is a link to the Adobe website. If you’ve never done so in the past, you can download a one-month trial version of the software from Adobe.

Hardware Requirements

  • Laptop Computer with Creative Cloud; installed (if you don’t have them, download trial versions)
  • An external mouse with a scroll feature like this:  


Sebastian ‘Bas’ Gutwein teaches Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, and GIS at the Conway School. He is a founding partner of the Regenerative Design Group, where he works with individuals, communities, and organizations in landscape design.

Registration information

This workshop will be held on Monday, August 27 through Thursday, August 30, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The location is TBD within the Pioneer Valley. (Details will be sent to registrants.)

Registration is open.


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