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Lesson Plan Published 3/14/13 Last updated on 5/16/18

I am trying to figure out what order is the best way to learn everything Adobe. I have started with Photoshop, Illustrator, and In Design. Where should I go next, and what is the best way to go about it if I don't have the ability to drive to a school and take classroom classes. Thank you in advance, as I want to learn every one of the Adobe products I subscribe to in depth. I am curious the recommended learning order.


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Freddy Torres Vega

Posted on 2/15/18 6:18:43 PM Permalink

I agree it should not be about quantity but rather the quality of the creative workflow a person has within the innovative applications, not for their use but how these tools aligned in the users strategic thinking to deliver results. Now with technology always expanding is challenging to master all Adobe applications in a short amount of time and the learning process never ends. For every update, an app brings there are new challenges and new ways to let the creative workflow expand as you continue to learn using these tools.

Dr. Sharkawi Che Din

Posted on 4/16/17 7:34:05 AM Permalink

​Good move, perhaps try on something that has to with motion, digital video or animation. Thus, After Effects could be the best choice. Just my opinion.

Daniel Calderone

Posted on 9/5/13 7:48:09 PM Permalink

Yes I am a big advocate of and am also very active on Digitaltutors has a lot of advanced courses with multiple adobe programs, as well as resources for 3d modeling and game design

Judy Durkin

Posted on 7/30/13 9:09:16 PM Permalink and Adobe TV are my favorite ways to learn Adobe products. I would tackle Edge Animate next. Best wishes!

Daniel Calderone

Posted on 7/16/13 9:51:45 PM Permalink

WOW! I wish I would have checked this earlier. I've been so scatter brained since I posted this. I'm taught myself almost everything Adobe (except aftereffects, as that would probably the the most fun and time consuming) I'm stuck on the code. Well i'm not stuck, but am learning like a fool. I'm doing the whole Object Oriented Programming stuff. Objective-C, C++, and basic Java are my fav's so far. I'm on the verge of grasping certain language syntax's, and I want to progress in the correct order. I'm so happy to see this link you posted. I will continue to be an active member of the Adobe Education Exchange, and I will contribute as I have seen so many members are willing to do the same without hesitation.

Lukas Engqvist

Posted on 3/19/13 4:32:55 PM Permalink

As Barry said it is a little broad question. A little similar to "I have a frying pan how do I learn to cook". You need to know what you want to do to be able to have advice on the tools. I have used Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign for years but there is plenty more to learn in each of them (…even after passing an ACE exam).

What is your drive or interest in learning these applications? Are you passionate about learning to design? To draw? Photography? Colour? Typography? These skills are not taught by the software, but there are plenty of great books and also sites like or AdobeTV where you can dig deeper. Some things in any software you will not understand until you wrestle with a problem that needs it. Removing the background of a photo can be done in many different ways but not until you find yourself with hundreds of photos that need to have the background removed do you have the chance to learn the benefits of doing this rationally. If you learn one software well you can then learn others that use similar icons and metaphors.

When I teach general media I usually try to teach photography and include composition and colour theory, then sound editing and the concept of a timeline before combining to teach film which has photography, composition, timeline, sound etc. Learning interactivity and programming is another track, if you have experience in creating videos than flash can be a good entry point to programming, if you don't have experience with timeline then maybe web is easier than flash.

Find out where you want to go, what are your goals… then when you know where you are headed I'm sure there are plenty who can help to guide you on your way.