Basic digital photography tutorials

photog-noviceAre you wanting to learn more about digital photography? This is a good place to start: Photography Tutorials. There are some very basic  2-minute tutorials here for novice photographers who are just getting started. If you are a total beginner and just want to learn a few really basic skills, check these out:

Learn the pen tool by playing a game

project-nimbus-1Having trouble learning to master the pen tool in Illustrator, Photoshop, or Flash? We’ve got just the thing! Get started learning pen tool basics by playing the Pen Tool Game. This cute and clever game let’s you practice drawing both straight and curved lines. If bezier curves have got you stumped, give this a try. Its fun! And you’ll be helping a wayward little space traveler named Weber find his way home.

Hint: drawing curved lines scores more points than straight ones.

Find the right tutorial faster with Adobe’s new Search

Search-2Adobe’s learning search has not been the greatest. We’ve wanted to fix it for a really long time and we’re really excited about our new redesign of tutorial search.

There are almost 1000 Creative Cloud app tutorials on Adobe.com, but they’re often too hard to find. This summer, the Learn team built a totally new tutorial search experience to help you get what you need faster. It just went live yesterday.

Here are some of the improvements:

  • Search is now available on every tutorial page.
  • Search results are totally redesigned to help you decide which tutorial works the best for you. On the results page you’ll find a whole new look.
  • Each search result includes:
    • tutorial description
    • tutorial type:  video, text, hands-on, game
    • duration:  length of the tutorial or time to complete a hands-on project
    • apps covered
    • user level

Take a look:

SearchTry it out for yourself!

Are you a Lightroom beginner?

080213Here’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.

Learn Creative Cloud by playing a game

blogpost01Here’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.

Photoshop CS6 quick reference guide available

011813Can’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:

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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.

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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.

Creating animations with a hand-drawn look

One of the challenges of creating digital animations is making them look organic. Sometimes the result of a digital animation is just too smooth and perfect looking. There are ways around this if you are looking to give your animation a hand-drawn and organic feel. Ben Markus, one of our student interns last summer, has created a tutorial series that teaches you ways of using Photoshop and After Effects to give your animations a hand-drawn look. He starts with the basics so even a non-animator like me can create a really cool organic animation. Give it a try, its really fun!