Posted 04.04.2016 @ 11.56PM (Edited 04.04.2016 @ 11.58PM)
I did a Bachelor of Graphic Design.
Conceptual thinking was taught moreso than actually learning the programs. My grades were good, I got into the honours program.
I did always think as you said - photoshop for web, illustrator for vector etc however I have also done an unpaid internship where the edms / web banners were done in Indesign so that is what has confused me.I have also seen people drag vectors from illustrator into photoshop for EDMs.
In general I have just always preferred Indesign for layouts, including EDMs
Id like to take a technical course and more internships to improve skills.
Just freaking out a bit at how little I know. Im unsure how much is on the job training.
Im getting so caught up in the technical side of it all that Im worried I cant even think of creative ideas etc anymore.
Photoshop is so clunky to me still for layouts, I am practising. Do you think this will take me long to get used to?
May I ask did everyone learn how to do EDMs at uni? Or on the job.
Posted 04.04.2016 @ 9.24PM (Edited 04.04.2016 @ 10.08PM)
Thanks All, I definitely need more practice laying out in Photoshop which is what I am currently working on, thanks for all your helpful info.
I have been shown once before to drag vectors / shapes / buttons etc (if creating an EDM) from Illustrator into Photoshop, is this not correct?
I feel like I am making this more complicated than it is!
I feel if I was able to watch someone create an edm I would be understanding better.
So as a junior I would be expected to know perfect edm creation before starting the job?
Also web banners, Indesign or Photoshop? man i need a good technical course.
Posted 04.04.2016 @ 6.31PM
Thanks all, I am trying to improve my skills I am just finding it hard doing so solo, even 'basic' things like EDM's, I am excruciatingly slow at layouts in photoshop.
I feel that uni missed out on so many practical skills.
I even have started looking up courses like Shillington (just seems very $$ for me at least)
I feel like I just don't know enough of what I should even for a junior role.
Posted 04.04.2016 @ 5.09PM
I can't say I even know a lot about what I can and cannot do in html emails. :/
When I have designed an email before, as I said it was in Indesign and was sent along pretty much as a flat psd file which they then sliced.
Can I ask everyone how you learn all of this when you first started out?
I feel like I almost need to take another course after already having gone through university.
Posted 04.04.2016 @ 9.50AM (Edited 04.04.2016 @ 9.56AM)
Thanks Dan, I am trying to fill in some gaps of things I never learnt at uni. Is this something you would normally learn on the job?
I have done an EDM once before, however I made it in Indesign, exported it and saved as a flat .psd file which was then passed onto to someone else to slice up. And that was fine.
Can I design in indesign export as a jpeg or pdf and place into photoshop? or is that completely wrong?
I know some other companies also use mailchimp instead.
I prefer using Indesign to layout but would love to learn this properly. If anyone has links to tutorials? I have even been trying to look up short courses to learn this..
Posted 08.03.2016 @ 11.40AM
@Johnh - in your position I'd apply for the jobs you're interested in and show your best relevant work. If you get an interview, be honest about what you haven't done, but also talk about the transferable skills you do have (i.e. those catalogues are a good start towards long documents) and talk about what you'd do to get up to speed.
Speaking of getting up to speed, you can either start working for teams where there's another designer, or find yourself some industry contacts that are happy to point you in the right direction when you're stuck. Depending on where you live, I'd strongly recommend you go to meetups or AGDA events to meet people. If all else fails, research what agencies or bigger inhouse studios are in your area and approach a few to see if someone would be interested in helping you out (although I'm not sure what your success rate on this would be).