Adobe Creative: Should I or shouldn’t I?

I’ve been offered a chance to trade some writing for training on the Adobe suite.

The question is, would it be worth it?

In terms of value for money, those courses don’t come cheap. And those skills could be  valuable later on.

Images: Adobe.com

BUT, the odds of me needing them anytime soon are slim, and if I don’t keep it up, I’d probably forget everything I learned. (I don’t have the software at home) And if I did need to learn it in the future, I could probably teach myself in my own time.

I’ve used Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver before. Photoshop, I use on a daily basis for work, and have a good grasp of the basics. (I was completely lost when we got to the more advanced stuff in class a couple of years ago, like masks.) I also created a rudimentary website with Dreamweaver and designed pages in InDesign at university. (I’m pretty unlikely to ever need Flash or Illustrator).

Brushing up on InDesign would be vital if I ever moved into print subediting. Dreamweaver would be more for fun, because although I work in online, I’m in editorial, not design.

Right now, I’m leaning towards saying thank you for the offer and taking a rain check for the moment.

What do you think?

3 thoughts on “Adobe Creative: Should I or shouldn’t I?

  • Reply The Asian Pear April 7, 2010 at 14:40

    I say do it. What do you really have to lose?
    It’s a learning class. And I think PS is a pretty fun program. I tinker on it all the time and I’ve taught myself a lot of new tricks just by reading tutorials. And like you said, should you take an actual course, those things are PRICEY!

  • Reply Amber from Girl with the Red Hair April 7, 2010 at 15:57

    I would say no because you already know photoshop, dreamweaver and indesign. In my opinion those are really the only important ones!

  • Reply Investing Newbie April 8, 2010 at 02:39

    I’m in the “Do It.” It never has hurt anyone to know more. Adding variety to your already impressive knowledge base can widen your opportunity base. Do it!!

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