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!
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.
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 a Photoshop beginner? If so, the new Photoshop for Beginners forum is bound to be of help. Its a place to ask questions, learn the basics about Photoshop, and find answers from patient, knowledgeable people. Check it out and let me know what you think.
How do you crop an image in Illustrator? You don’t have to crop the image in Photoshop or Lightroom before you place it in your Illustrator file. There are a few different ways to crop in Illustrator but these two new videos give you some best practices for cropping. In one, Adobe’s Erica Larson shows how to crop with an opacity mask and in the other she shows you how to crop with a clipping mask:
Adobe has created something very handy for those of you who are trying to get up and running with Photoshop Touch. Their new Photoshop Touch Quick Start Guide gives a quick overview of the UI, toolbar, selections, and layers. Its just enough to get you started quickly. It is also a very handy reference for those of us who may have forgotten how to use a certain tool or feature. Give it a try!
Adobe Carousel, Adobe’s new app for the iPad, iPhone, and Mac launched today. Imagine being able to see your entire digital photo library anytime you want on any of your digital devices. Carousel allows you to view and edit your photos on your iPhone, iPad and your Mac. It syncs any changes or edits you make automatically so the images will look the same no matter which device you are using. Here are some links to learn more about it:
Adobe just announced a new product for anyone who loves photos called Adobe Carousel. If you have one set of photos on your iPhone, and another set on your Mac, and still another set on your iPad, now you can unite them into one “carousel” that is accessible from any of those devices. Want to learn more about it? Here are some links to videos and FAQs that will tell you all about this amazing new product.
- Watch the announcement and demo of Adobe Carousel at Photoshop World
- Learn all about the product on Photoshop.com and watch a short video that explains the idea behind Adobe Carousel
- To ask questions and learn more, go to the Adobe Carousel Community feedback page. Carousel product team members are on hand to answer questions and have a conversation with the community.
If you want to understand some of the basic concepts behind digital photography and editing digital images, you should check out these Key Concepts pages. Each one is a very quick read. I highly recommend taking a peek before you dive into learning how to use any of these programs. Here is the list of Key Concepts for Photoshop and Lightroom:
Digital image basics
- Aliasing & Anti-aliasing*
- Bounding box
- Color mode or Image mode
- Raster & Vector*
Here is the list of Key Concepts for Photoshop Elements 9:
Digital image basics
- Aliasing & Anti-aliasing
- Color mode or Image mode
- Raster & Vector
Are you trying to learn how to use Photoshop.com on your mobile device? There are some handy videos and Help resources to get you up to speed quickly. For regularly updated information, check out:
FAQ’s for each mobile platform can be found here:
Want video tutorials? Check out Learn Photoshop.com on Adobe TV–it has loads of Photoshop.com videos.