My design team is testing out a new format—”Visual Tutorials.” The goal is to use simplified visuals to communicate, instead of lots of text. We are currently testing a tutorial for masking an image in Illustrator. You can help us create the most effective content possible by following this link, looking at the tutorial, and giving us some feedback. This might be especially interesting to you if you are interested in topics of semiotics or illustration. Thanks!
Are you a person who prefers visuals in your instruction rather than a wall of words? If so, you’ll love this new visual tutorial from Adobe. Its an experiment we are trying for some of the most commonly asked “how to” questions. I think it will appeal to the people who love Lego and IKEA instructions. No words are necessary because the pictures say it all. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
This summer, I asked Adobe Digital Media intern Aron Bothman to create an animated tutorial on how to edit pdfs. Aron is a Character Animation major at Cal Arts. He decided to make a stop-motion animation using drawings he created on his white board. Believe it or not, this topic is the most requested “how to” search on Adobe.com. I think he did a beautiful job. It is simple, clean, and easy to follow. Please check out the result:
Learning creative tools should be fun! I just signed up to beta test a new learning game from Project Nimbus. It looks like a fun way to learn some common creative tools and concepts.
Here’s a friendly place to get your questions about Lightroom answered. Adobe has just launched the Lightroom for Beginners forum. It’s chock full of great info on how to get started. There are also lots of friendly people there who are waiting to answer your questions, no matter how basic.
Are you a Photoshop Beginner? There’s a friendly place for you too. Check out the Photoshop for Beginners forum.
Here’s something interesting! Looks like these folks are trying to make a learning game for Creative Cloud. Click here if you want to learn more.
Can’t remember the shortcut for your favorite Photoshop tool or menu item? There’s a fantastic new tool for Photoshop CS6 users. It’s called the Photoshop CS6 Quick Reference Guide. This handy little web app allows you to search for tool and menu names. The results supply you with a short definition of the tool or menu item, its shortcut and its location. In many cases, a link to a help article or tutorial is provided so you can learn how to use that feature.
It’s easy to use. Simply enter a term in the Search field:
Depending on the search term, you may get a long list of results. You can filter those results by using the checkboxes available at the top of the results list. Simply check one or more of those boxes and click Update to filter your results and narrow your search.
This tool was created by Julia Grummel and Janelle Flores, two of Adobe’s Digital Media Interns. It is a beta version which means that it is a work in progress. But comments and suggestions are welcome. All in all, it is an extremely useful tool.
Are you having trouble trying to make changes to a PDF form? One way to do this is to use the typewriter tool. So many people have asked Adobe about this that our digital media intern, Alec Molloy, created a short video tutorial, Editing Text with the Typewriter Tool, to teach you how. Check it out!
Need to design an interactive form that contains check boxes, text fields, radio buttons, lists, etc? This tutorial is for you! Michael Jarrott, a digital media intern here at Adobe, has created a very cool tutorial that teaches how to make interactive pdf forms using InDesign CS6. This clever tutorial is actually an InDesign document that walks you through the process of creating these basic items for your form:
- Text form fields
- Radio buttons
- Check boxes
- Combo boxes
- List boxes
- Signature fields
- Submit buttons
You’ll find the tutorial here: Creating an Interactive Document with InDesign CS6. If you don’t have InDesign CS6, you can download a trial version here.
Have you figured out a great workflow with your Adobe products? You can win prizes for your hard-earned knowledge in the No App Is an Island contest!
Submit a tutorial that explains your multi-product workflow, and you could win a $100 Amazon.com gift card, or even the grand prize: a year’s membership to the Creative Cloud!
Adobe will also publish your tutorial and promote it on its social channels, giving you valuable publicity.
To enter, go to http://adobe.ly/QSsiHo. But don’t wait too long. The contest ends on November 15, 2012!
If you have any questions, please email CommunityHelp@adobe.com.