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Adobe Dreamweaver Course: Introduction

Adobe Dreamweaver. Web and mobile design.

Develop and maintain professional websites. Adobe Dreamweaver is an industry standard for developing, creating, publishing and maintaining websites and is used by professionals worldwide. Learn Adobe Dreamweaver the smart way with Adobe Dreamweaver courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

This course is delivered using Adobe Creative Cloud
This course is delivered using the latest versions of Adobe software from the Adobe Creative Cloud. Courses are suitable for users of Adobe product versions CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6 and all CC versions. Older versions of Adobe products may not include some features available within Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 versions and some visual and functional differences may exist. Project files created in Adobe Premiere Pro as part of training may not be compatible with earlier versions.

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Learn how to develop web pages using Adobe Dreamweaver, a highly visual web design and web publishing tool.

Dreamweaver is an industry-leading piece of software that does not require any knowledge of HTML or CSS. This course is suitable for those interested in web-design for personal or professional interest, and provides a basic overview of Dreamweaver and how to use the software.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the basic concepts of web development.
  2. Build a website.
  3. Publish webpages using Dreamweaver.
  4. Create and manage a Dreamweaver website and its content.
  5. Format text with basic CSS.
  6. Use graphics as elements of web pages.
  7. Implement web navigation strategies.
  8. Manage assets for the site (library).
  9. Create and manage basic layout strategies.
  10. Manage templates.
  11. Use CSS as a global style control strategy.
  12. Make sure webpages will display on a variety of browsers and hardware.


This Adobe Dreamweaver training course covers the following topics:

Web fundamentals

  • WYSIWYG and the world as output
  • Platform issues (Windows, Mac, etc.)
  • Web standards and the end user (size, colour, etc.)
  • HTML and web fundamentals

Features of the Dreamweaver product

  • The Interface (workspace)
  • Preview in browsers
  • Validate HTML code and check browser compatibility
  • The Toolbars
  • The Panels
  • The Property Inspector
  • The document window

Site creation and management

  • Defining the Local site
  • The Files panel and the Site Window
  • Remote and local site view and management
  • Uploading and downloading files
  • Check-in and check-out as management strategies

Web page creation and basic definitions

  • Creating a new page
  • Page Properties
  • Colour in Dreamweaver (the colour palette)
  • Document type (DTD)
  • The Head content

Page composition

  • Working with text in Dreamweaver
  • Basic formatting with the Property inspector
  • HTML and CSS mode for text formatting
  • Text with CSS and the CSS panel
  • Creating, editing and managing CSS styles
  • Ordered and unordered Lists
  • Text indenting and outdenting
  • Special characters
  • Links and URL (absolute versus relative links)
  • Local, external and email links
  • Vertical navigation with name anchors in Dreamweaver
  • Targeting links

Working with graphics

  • Image formats
  • Inserting images in Dreamweaver
  • Image properties
  • Images and text blocks
  • Titling and the Alt text box (accessibility attributes)
  • Images as buttons
  • Rollover effects
  • Image maps

Layouts and the Box model strategy

  • Blocking elements as content carrier
  • Inserting and managing the Div. as part of the Box model strategy
  • HTML 5 elements and the Box model
  • Layout strategies

Working with assets

  • The Assets panel
  • Categories in the Assets panel
  • Favourites in the Assets panel
  • Placing content from the Assets panel into pages
  • Reusable items (The library)
  • Creating, managing and editing library items


  • The Templates panel
  • Creating basic templates
  • Assigning editable regions
  • Inserting content into templates
  • Creating documents based on existing templates
  • Using and editing templates

Working with tables

  • Inserting tables
  • Table properties
  • Cell, column and row properties
  • Tables as a layout strategy

Intended Audience

This course is suitable for participants interested in web development and software used for managing and building webpages.

Delivery Style

This course is presented as practical, instructor-led computer-based training. You will have dedicated access to a computer so you can follow instructor training and work through in-class activities.

Before the course

Prior to attending, participants should:

  • be familiar with using personal computers;
  • possess basic typing skills;
  • have experience with both Mac and PC operating systems;
  • be familiar with a variety of web browsers.

Additional Information

Please bring a USB flash drive to class if you would like to make a copy of your work or any relevant class materials. Alternatively, you can save these to a cloud storage space or email them to your personal email address.


  • $50 repeat class - Conditions apply
  • Expert trainer
  • Dedicated computer for every student
  • Small class size
  • Student notes – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • Our facilitator was wonderful. The two day course was thorough and informative. I learnt a lot and look forward to applying the skills acquired. Thanks again CCE , your courses are always fantastic!