Total Training's Adobe CS3 Design Essentials DVD Bundle

January 16, 2008 9:52 pm

Tags: Adobe, Total Training, Tutorials

So, you just installed Adobe's new Creative Suite 3. You are overwhelmed with all the exciting new features, but want to dive right in. Sure, there is plenty of help found within the Suite and on the Adobe website, but you want a more thorough understanding, such as what you would get with a classroom styled training. Ha! No fear. That's where Total Training comes in.

Total Training has an abundance of training DVDs for various Adobe programs, as well as online access packages to fit your needs. This review in particular, is based on the "Total Training for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Essentials Premium Bundle." In this nicely bundled set, you get eleven DVDs packaged in a book form, perfect for anyone's bookshelf. The set is comprised of two DVDs each for Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign, Photoshop Extended, and one DVD covering essentials for Illustrator.

When you insert any of the DVDs, you go through an install process, which sets up the course material and extras on your machine for that particular training. This is so you can easily work through the material alongside the video training and further your understanding of what is presented.


Now, for a word about the instructors. The instructors are fully qualified to present the material, coming from varied fields and years of experience. Not only that, but they present the training in a very clear and enthusiastic approach, which goes a long way in the learning process.


The material is also, for the most part, presented at a decent pace. But, the general idea of this training, is that you can go directly to what you want to learn, and skip over that which you already know, or would not be using anyway. With each course, you can quickly navigate by lesson, and topic within the lesson, through drop-down menus at the top of the screen. Learn what you want, when you want.


Course Preview:

Photoshop Extended

Learn about color theory, Smart Objects, special effects, and working with Camera Raw


Learn about creating websites, CSS layouts, adding interactivity, and some neat tips and tricks


Learn about using the improved Pen Tool, animating with the timeline, and adding interactivity


Learn about working with points and paths, Live Color, and some neat tips and tricks

(These are just some of the things presented in this bundle. You can see more here.)


Total Training is just as the name implies. You are presented with a total training experience in what you are seeking to learn, with clearly presented information by expert instructors, and the included lesson files to work through yourself and reinforce your learning. Whether you are a working professional with the need to get right down to business with learning the tools of the trade and improving your workflow, or you are an artist looking to find new ways to help your creativity shine, Total Training is for you.

System Requirements (for optimal video playback):

Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP
2.0 GHz processor or higher
512 MB RAM
1024x768 screen resolution
64 MB dedicated video RAM

Macintosh OS X version 10.3+
1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 or higher
512 MB RAM
1024x768 screen resolution
64 MB dedicated video RAM

Running Time: 52 Hrs, 11 DVDs
Project Files: Included

List Price: $399.99 (USD)

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For more information, please vist the Total Training website.

About Total Training

Total Training, Inc. is a pioneer in innovative online and DVD-based training for leading creative design, digital video, and office productivity software programs. Among our assets, we enjoy strategic partnerships with Adobe® and Microsoft® including the distribution of our customized tutorials inside many of Adobe's software packages and the line of Microsoft Expression product boxes—giving us notable brand positioning with print, web, and video product users. More...

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Nick C. Sorbinis a digital artist, sculptor, writer, and Managing Editor for Renderosity's CG Industry News.
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