Why Adobe Skills are Important
As a literature graduate, one of the job options you may have considered might have fallen under the publishing industry. Whether it’s editing, marketing, publicity, or something entirely different, there are many literary jobs that revolve around the production, publishing, and selling of books. And this is where knowing your Adobe comes in handy.
Using Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator
Photoshop is a useful software to know your way around in general, no matter what your degree is. Being able to edit pictures in all sorts of manner does not just apply to book design, but to the ever-growing social media presence of companies, and to most jobs that play with the digital.
Indesign is incredibly useful for anyone with an interest in publishing or layout design of any kind. If you can use Indesign, even very basically, you will be able to work in the publishing of books, magazines, posters, leaflets, and pretty much anything else that is visually designed and appears both online and in print.
Other software, such as Illustrator, is specifically created for those artistically inclined, and will mainly interest employers looking for artists. Yet even Illustrator can be a useful program to have some simple knowledge of; in a job that requires you to work with Photoshop and Indesign, it is likely that you will come across people on your team who depend on Illustrator, so being potentially able to work with them on the software is a bonus.
Getting practice at university
Being a student makes access to these programs incredibly easy, and the years you spend at university could be a great opportunity to get used to them and acquire some experience.
On most campuses, you can get involved with student newspaper, and if you write enough articles and show some skill you can eventually become a section editor—this not only forces you into a journalistic publishing environment, where you need to work with deadlines and take care of everything from written content to illustrations, but it also allows you to test the waters of Indesign and Photoshop.
There are also publishing societies that will teach you skills, but with a little less pressure and perhaps more creative freedom.
And of course, you can always put yourself out there and do your own thing—if the publications at your university are not really for you, why not start your own? You can learn how to use all the software, at your own pace, with the excitement of your own project, the result being something amazing and unique to put on your CV. And, if you make use of the resources your campus offers, you can access all of the shiny Adobe stuff for free.
Yaiza Canopoli is a second-year English Literature student at UEA. She writes articles for various sections of Concrete, as well as the UEA Archives blog, and she has been reviewing books on her blog for almost two years. She recently started her own magazine about queer literature, and one day she would love to go into publishing.