Every career has two sides: one is the light and bright side, which brings us joy and happiness... you actually enjoy doing what you do. But there's another side, the heavy burden you have to carry, the price you have to pay for having the dream job. For us designers, this dark side is the fact that if we don't master at least Adobe's creative suite, we won't settle happy.

In our field, we often need to deliver pieces that sometimes are a little beyond our skills, or at least we think so. You probably know what you want to do, but you don't know enough the technique to do so. The solution is to learn how to use the softwares avaiable... Adobe Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, among many others. You may look for inclass courses, but there's also the coolest way to learn in my opinion: Online courses! You find numerous ways to learn these online, mainly through tutorials, like the ones you find here at Abduzeedo. But the best way to really master techniques, is knowing your enemy (something Sun Tzu would say), and turning him your ally.

There are free and pay courses online... some good, some weak, so we looked for the good ones and listed them here for you guys. There are actually courses sites, that deliver great content, like Lynda and Total Training. We really wish the design, open source comunity gets better each day. We need good professionals, so we can actually rise our standards. Anyways, here is a brief list of online courses that you'll find really useful in your eternal quest for wisdom and mastery. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)

2. Learn Illustrator CS3 in 30 Days

3. Adobe Photoshop Basics

4. InDesign CS4 Essential Training

5. Adobe Flash CS4 Professional: Essentials

6. Adobe CS4 Design: Workflow

About the author of this post

I'm Paulo Gabriel, a Publicist by degree and Designer by passion with a taste for the meaningful and emotional. I work at Printi as a Designer and Front-End Developer. Here at Abduzeedo, I always try to bring you only amazing content, things that mean something for me and for those around me.