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.
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!
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.
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:
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a list of Adobe tutorials that you could scan through quickly? Wish you didn’t have to wade through search results full of irrelevant content? What you need is a comprehensive tutorial list! Adobe has created just the list for you. They’ve got lists of all the tutorials (both video and text) that live on Adobe.com for 11 different products. The lists contain tutorials for multiple versions of the products, with the most recent tutorials on the top. You can sign up for an RSS feed to find out when new tutorials are added to the list.
Check out these lists for some really great tutorials (including CS5):
Do you spend hours and hours working in Photoshop? If so, you can save loads of time by using shortcuts. Even learning and using just a couple of shortcuts can increase your efficiency and productivity by hours over time. Here is a very thorough article on keyboard shortcuts by Tom Giannattasio. It’s loaded with illustrations and is definitely worth bookmarking.
There is also a goldmine of information about keyboard shortcuts in the online Photoshop Help. Check out these two items:
If you are already using shortcuts and wonder about some of the reasoning behind the shortcut changes in Photoshop CS4, you should read John Nack’s blog post about it called, Shortcut changes in PSCS4.
Just signing off for the year. I wanted to tell you that my posts will be less frequent from now on. I will still be posting occasionally when I find a really good topic with great tutorials to tell you about. For now, I highly recommend that you look to the following links for really great content that is being updated regularly:
If you have great tutorials, try using the comment feature at the bottom of the Help pages to submit your content. If the writers like your work, they might include it in the documentation and give you credit!
Have a great holiday season. See you in 2009. Happy New Year!
Sr Instructional Designer, Digital Imaging
Adobe Systems Inc.