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Supporting materials for classes are listed in the submenus by category. A general information list of classes is just below my shameless self promotion on this page.

I create and deliver training on many subjects with a specialty in web and graphic design. I teach at Seattle Central College, North Seattle Community College and Cornish College of the Arts as well as other venues in the Puget Sound area including corporate training and even some one on one tutoring. My philosophy of teaching is: If you want to know what and how to teach your students, start by listening to them.

Reviews of Hugh Miller as a teacher:

  • “He is the most engaging instructor that I know. He knows his stuff and he knows how to teach.” – Yun Moh, IT Professor, Seattle Central College
  • “Hugh Miller teaches clearly, in a strict and culminating sequence that makes a lot of sense. Best: in the case of Dreamweaver functions, he shows you the pitfalls you can’t even learn from the software manufacturer, but make you super effective in designing web pages. Excellent and attentive. Highly recommend!” – Web Design student
  • “Such a nice guy. Very helpful, good sense of humor, and generally very lenient on grading.” – MIC101 student
  • Rated 5 out of 5 on ratemyprofessors.com 

General Class List:

These are multi session non-credit classes. The easiest place to sign up is usually the North Seattle Community College website.

HTML, CSS and Web Design
Learn HTML (the structural code of web pages) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets, the design language of the web) along with many indispensable best practice and workflow techniques for success in webdesign. Class uses Adobe Dreamweaver, an industry standard web design software.
6 sessions. 2 hours each.

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Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop is an amazing tool, but it can be a huge, intimidating program. Build your skills by exploring some of the applications more commonly used features and how to use them with confidence. Students will delve into the art of selecting exactly what they want in an image, why to save in .PSD format, web VS print jobs, filter effects, image adjustment tools and layers. The class will also explore using styles, brushes, gradients, shapes and patterns and how to make your own.
5 sessions. 2 hours each.

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Introduction to Adobe InDesign
Adobe InDesign is the industry standard desktop publishing software for graphic designers. It can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books. Besides hard-copy publishing, InDesign can also produce tablet and device ready media. Come learn the top skills beginners want to acquire (such as design and layout techniques for brochures and newsletters) and get on a solid footing for further explorations. Class will be taught using Adobe InDesign in a PC/Windows environment. Basic competence using Windows is required.
4 sessions. 2 hours each.

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WordPress for Web Sites

5 sessions, WordPress is a completely free and easy to use Content Management System for building and maintaining web sites. Historically used for blogging, WordPress can also build powerful, database driven web sites for many purposes, including eCommerce. Join Hugh Miller for a class to get you up and running in this exciting alternative approach to building web sites.
5 sessions. 2 hours each.

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Introduction to Adobe Illustrator:
This fun introduction to Illustrator brings together most of the techniques beginners would love to learn.

We explore the tools and the sometimes counter-intuitive way that they work. We dig into brushes, symbols, gradients,swatches and patterns – and how to easily make your own. The joy of filters and effects, graphic styles and how to make them. Using Illustrator to turn flat bitmap graphics into fully editable, stretchy vector images. Lots of goodies.

5 sessions. 2 hours each.

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Microsoft Publisher:
Publisher is Microsoft’s answer to Adobe InDesign. It is design software for publications, whether print or electronic. It is a comparably powerful tool for this job but with an easier, more accessible interface as well as more access to starter documents to get your project rolling. We’ll go from simple one sheet beginnings, to business cards, stationery, newsletters and more.

4 sessions, 2 hours each.

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Developing your Website project:
Everyone considering a new website or a major website overhaul has questions. This class is about answering those questions specifically for your project. Yes this is practical class for developing your website, so come with a project in mind. Topics: Proper planning and preparing, ducks in a row. The correct steps in developing a project. Seeing it clearly. Understanding purpose and function. Design considerations, all the issues around appearance. Getting real: Should I find a developer or do it myself? What sort of platform: HTML, content management systems? Which one? Search engine optimization. Strategizing Social Media and Advertising.
Materials for class required: Notebook, pens or pencils, and an idea.

5 sessions, 2 hours each

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The Ropes:
This is THE class for computer beginners. This is the one you’ve needed all these years. Clear language, common sense and humor light the way. Covers: Hardware, Windows, file management, word processing and web skills. But it all comes down to common sense fluency. Learn to overcome the common problems that keep people stuck. No shaming!

5 sessions, 2 hours each

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MS Office 2016

Session 1: MS Word. Starting from the ground up in what is likely to be the most easily understood of the programs.
Session 2: MS Excel. This powerful spreadsheet program is easier to use than most people realize, as long as you keep alert to basic errors and bring your common sense.
Session 3: MS PowerPoint: “The most misused program in the world”. Best practices and barrels of fun effects. The graphic highlight of Office.
Session 4: MS Access. This relational database program is a wonderful addition to your Office skills. Don’t be intimidated, it isn’t so bad.
Session 5: Mixing and matching Office programs. Tonight is about using these programs together – synthesizing their different formats into something new.
5 sessions, 3 hours each.

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