Mike Abbott 

Mike Abbott
(taken from an angle to make it look like I actually have hair…)

With fifteen years as a trainer, and over twenty years as a designer, illustrator and digital imaging specialist, I offer you the strength of experience and the relevance of current application.

I established my own design studio in the late 80’s, delivering a wide range of print based advertising and marketing communications – identity work, advertising, brochures, and print collateral.

As hardware developed in the 90’s, Photoshop came on the scene and digital imaging started to move in-house. This fitted well with my interests, and I began to concentrate on technical and

infographic illustration; photographic retouching and compositing, and computer generated imagery (CGI). This forms the majority of my studio work today.

In the late 90’s I was hired by the University of Greenwich as an occasional tutor in CGI – an experience that opened my eyes to the opportunities of commercial training. Over the next few years I started to develop my training work, alongside my studio. Photoshop was now a key component in any studio and was soon added to my training portfolio.

The year 2000 saw a move to the midlands, followed by associations with Adobe authorised training providers such as NTI at Birmingham City University, Coventry University and others.

I became an Adobe Certified Instructor in early 2007, adding Illustrator and After Effects to my certification portfolio in subsequent years, and have maintained constant and current certification since.

  • Another very enjoyable course. Mike is an excellent tutor, very informative, patient and answers questions clearly without jargon. Love the course, now it's up to me to get practising!–T.G., Photoshop Introduction

  • Great course, a lot of different areas covered which was great, just got to put them into practice. Mike, the trainer, was excellent; gave us time to ask specific questions relating to work role, would happily clarify if we were a little stuck. Excellent course.–H.B., Photoshop Introduction

  • A challenging course that provided new opportunities for developing work in photoshop. The tutor was engaging, experienced and his knowledge of the programme led to a successful course.–S.P., Photoshop Advanced

  • Overall course was excellent, pitched at right level, trainer really helpful, knowledgeable and prepared to take time out to go over things and re-explain when needed.–C.S., Photoshop Advanced

  • Thoroughly enjoyed, excellent presentation my Mike who was patient and explained actions which could have appeared complicated by explaining in an easy to comprehend way.–J.H., Photoshop Introduction