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Are You Entitled?

We have added yet another exciting new course to our Adobe Elements for Small Business series: Make Eye-catching Titles.

Having a good title can make or break the effectiveness of your videos. Fortunately Premiere Elements has powerful, but easy to use tools for making titles.

In this course we show you step by step first the basics of titles, and then we go through three more advanced title styles. Each video is accompanied by extensive notes explaining all the steps and decisions.

Project 3
Example of one of the projects you will create in this course.

Adobe Elements is the perfect suite for small organizations as it is powerful, while yet affordable and easy to use.  You can use Photoshop Elements for most of your graphic needs while Premiere Elements is perfect for promoting your organization through video.

We are actively developing more courses in the Adobe Elements for Small Business series. All the courses use practical, project-based design. Be sure to sign up for our free newsletter so we can keep you up to date with new releases.

Courses available in the series:

 

Click here to view the Make Eye-catching Titles course home page ->

Adobe Elements for Small Business

Adobe Elements 13 LogosWe have shown in our many online courses that you can do a lot with MS Word and the graphic tools that are included with Windows.

However, if you have found that you often wished you had more graphic power in your projects, then you should consider the Adobe Elements suite.

What is Adobe Elements?
Adobe Elements Suite consists of Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements and the Organizer. The reference to “elements” reflects that these programs contain all the essential elements of the full Photoshop and Premiere—but at a greatly reduced price.

Advantages
The main advantage for small business, besides the price, is ease of use. Adobe has really succeeded in making everyday graphic tasks easy and fast. And in business, time is valuable.

Both programs have a Quick View where you can do many tasks with a single click.

For more complex projects there is the Guided view, where the program guides you step by step through the specific task—this is particularly handy for those tasks that you don’t do often.

The Expert view gives you access to the more advanced features when you need them.

What is eLive? This view gives you access to Adobe’s online resources Elements website where you can find many tips, inspiration and tutorials. Ideal for when you are hard at work, but feel you need a bit of a break.

If for example, you have a photo taken at the tradeshow, and you want to put it on your website, but it is not so nice. Click on Smart Fix in Photoshop Elements and chances are it can be rescued. Or you have a video of the mayor visiting your booth – but you used your smartphone and it is shaky. Premiere Elements can fix that too with one click.

These are powerful programs but Adobe has made it easier to master them. You don’t have to use all the advanced features all the time, and certainly not in the beginning. The more you use the programs though, your skills will grow progressively. You will still use the Quick and Guided views often, but you will be glad you also have the Expert view when you need it.

Finally
Once you start using Adobe Elements, you will certainly fall in love with the program, both for at work and at home.

If you are not sure if you should spend the money, we encourage you to take our free online course, Introduction to Adobe Elements.

In this course we show you have to do many common business tasks and it will give you a feel for both the ease of use and the power of Adobe Elements (see the completed course project below).

The course is fun and free – so what are you waiting for,  click here to go to the course home page…

The MS Word Training

wordlogoMS Word is the most-used productivity software in business. Sadly many people do not use it to its full potential due to a lack of training.

With this in mind, H Mueller Design has developed a suite of online Word courses. Each course deals with a specific application of Word in day-to-day business.

The Training

For the purpose of this training, we have created a typical but fictitious small business called Dandy Daffodils Inc. Through these course you will follow how this company applies Word on a daily basis to give their company that professional look.

Each video-based course is practical, taking you step-by step through each project, totally from start to finish. Along the way you will learn a wealth of tips and shortcuts, as well many advanced techniques.

So even if you don’t need to make overhead slides or a brochure at this point in your work, you will still learn a lot from those projects.

The List

Using MS Word Like A Pro is an introductory course and forms the foundation of the other courses. Putting It Together is a review project, applying principles of the other courses to a specific project.

Call To Action

You might think such excellent training must be expensive. Well it is not, but it is a wise investment of your time.

It only costs $8 to become a member of our training site, hmdtraining.com. As a member you can one, two or all the courses!

With such a bargain, be sure to visit hmdtraining.com and signup today—soon you to will be a MS Word Guru.

 

Exciting New Word Course

From posts to whitepaperWe have created an exciting new Word online course From Posts to Whitepaper.

As we have been discussing , using an email newsletter is an important part of promoting a website. To enable this, one adds a sign-up form on your website. On the form one has to offer some free incentive to encourage the viewer to sign up.

Many Useful Techniques
In this Word course we show how to create pdf whitepaper to be used as the sign-up form incentive.

In addition, the seven lesson course covers a wide range of Word techniques that will be useful for other projects as well.

Leveraging Articles
The course covers a second aspect. Over time one writes many useful articles on your website news or blog. If they deal with the same subject, one could collate them into a whitepaper and so leverage the work that has gone into writing the articles. In this course we copy blog posts from this website into a Word document to create a whitepaper entitled Practical Website Promotion.

Click here to go to the course page to learn more.

The course will be followed up with a companion WordPress course Email Marketing for your Website (coming soon).

Why Online Training

Our world is increasingly technology-driven and the technology seems to be evolving ever faster. So keeping one’s skills up to date is imperative. The traditional answer has been nightschool. And it still is a viable option.

But nightschool does not work for everyone. It is so hard to find an affordable course that is available when you have time free. Scheduling issues prevent many from attending nightschool.

With online training, one can offer cost-effective courses that you can take whenever it suits your schedule. No babysitter? Child ill? Have guests? No problem, you schedule the training around your life, rather that your life around the training.

 

 

Online Training Update

While writing about the one on one training, I reread my post about “online courses”. Oh my, it was embarrassing to realize how much time had gone by since that post. Well, the intention was there. Now I realize that I need to explain.

While I have decades of experience teaching computer topics, I found that developing courses for delivery online presented a huge learning curve for me that I had not expected. And then the normal having to make a living sort of kept on getting in the way!

Learning curve? Well, yes. One has to put together a membership website from which the courses can be delivered and support provided. Then there a whole video production for the courses as they will all be video-based. And finally, there is the online payment component to be figured out.

I have been trying out each of these components on a small scale and I think I have it all sorted out now.