Welcome Train Simple: newly acquired creative training on Adobe


When it comes to designing the next beautiful thing, the bar is set high. What is it that makes an image compelling or an experience memorable? The answer is it’s constantly evolving as the technology that enables this work is too. This means creative professionals across all industries and roles have to commit to pushing their skills further and staying current. And the best way to do that is through learning, which is why I’m thrilled to announce Pluralsight has acquired Train Simple.

For 15 years, creative pros and leading companies have used Train Simple’s online courses to keep up to date on Adobe technologies, including Photoshop, After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and more. By adding these courses to our technology learning platform, we are now an Adobe-endorsed content provider and one of the largest design training libraries in the world.

This acquisition is only one step in how we’re enhancing the creative learning experience on Pluralsight to help people produce better work, speed up creative workflows and bring ideas to life. We recently rolled out three new learning features: adaptive skill measurement, paths and mentoring. These features help professionals validate skills, know exactly what to learn to reach their goals, and get instant help when you or your team is  stuck on a project or learning concept.

Creative learners can take advantage of these new features on Pluralsight immediately:

Adaptive skill measurement: In as little as 20 questions and five minutes, you can test your skills on digital art and illustration in Photoshop, Illustrator and graphic design.

Paths: Based on your skill measurement, you’ll know exactly where to start within a learning path, so you won’t waste time on material you’ve already mastered.

Mentoring: With experts on Photoshop, Illustrator, CSS and HTML5 standing by, creatives can get guidance on the best way to get a particular effect, design best practices, have a peer review their work and solve problems faster.

Ever since we acquired Digital-Tutors in 2014, we’ve been working hard to help more professionals acquire and keep the skills they need to build innovative products. We’ve since migrated all Digital-Tutors courses into our platform, and we’ve invested in our Manufacturing & Design and Architecture & Construction libraries, which cover topics like SolidWorks, Revit, AutoCAD and more. We’ll continue to grow these areas but also expand our Adobe Creative Cloud content and other related graphic design and illustration tools.

It’s all to further our purpose of democratizing professional technology learning. When we talk of this mission, creative professionals may think we’re not talking about them. But that isn’t the case. The thread that connects all of our learners is this: To be successful, they all need to be able to harness the technologies that power their work. That’s why their challenges drive everything we do--from the courses we develop to the platform we build to support your growth.

Having Train Simple join us for this next evolution of our platform not only increases the opportunities for creatives, but also allows our software development and IT learners to cross train and explore new skills. This ability to learn something new every day is what drives us at Pluralsight, and we hope these courses and features help propel you forward in what you’re most passionate about.

Learn more about our new creative content from Train Simple here.



Aaron Skonnard

Aaron Skonnard is the CEO of Pluralsight (NASDAQ: PS), a fast-growing enterprise technology learning platform. Aaron cofounded Pluralsight in 2004 and has since grown the company to more than 1,000 employees and 1,500 expert authors. As CEO, Aaron focuses on business strategy, future direction, product development and strategic partnerships. On a day-to-day basis, he works closely with the entire executive team in different capacities, including recruiting, brand management, marketing, sales, feature planning and content acquisition.