Archive for February, 2009

Green = Green

OK. Let’s face it. Money is in short supply. As we face one of the most significant economic challenges we as a country have ever faced, we need to look beyond hoping things get better so we can just get back to business as usual. Moving to electronic workflows seems like an attractive option, but the key is your workflow–not just the fact that you are using something electronic. Remember, electrons cost money and use power as you corral them for your use. Have a look at the enterprise sustainabililty white paper co-produced by the Institute for Sustainable Communication. Link to the white-paper landing page.

Creative Suite 4 for Criminal Justice

Guest post by Jim Hoerricks, Forensic Image/Video Analyst.
(Jim Hoerricks is a Photoshop Instructor, an Author, and a court qualified expert witness in Forensic Video Analysis who also happens to work for a law enforcement agency in one of the US’ major metropolitan areas)
I’ll start off today’s post by first thanking Rick Miller for inviting me to be today’s guest blogger, and by introducing myself. I’m Jim Hoerricks, Forensic Image / Video Analyst and best selling author of Forensic Photoshop – a comprehensive imaging workflow for forensic professionals ( I also blog at For more of my bio, check out the book’s link.
I’ve used Adobe products since the early/mid 1990’s. Some Adobe Products, like Pagemaker, I used before Adobe bought them from their respective owners.
Rick asked me to write a post about the Creative Suite and how it might benefit Criminal Justice students and practitioners. As always, I am happy to help.
So often, we think of Criminal Justice as laws, procedures, court cases, and lots of PT. (If you don’t know what PT stands for, get down and give me 20) I’m here to tell you that the state of modern policing is that … and much more. To illustrate my point, I’ll go down the list of Creative Suite products and show you how each piece fits perfectly within the Criminal Justice curriculum. By the time we’re done, I think that you’ll agree with me that owning the Creative Suite 4 Master Collection is the way to go.

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One Click Chroma Key Magic with Premiere Elements 7!

It never ceases to amaze me how magical many of the Adobe tools, features and techniques can be. One of my all time favorites is the Video Merge feature in Premiere Elements 7; one of five tools that is part of the Adobe Digital School Collection (ADSC). Video Merge as it’s called within Premiere Elements 7 is simply another name for a popular video technique often called Blue Screen, Green Screen and Chroma Key.
In this post on the Adobe Education Technologies Blog and with the help of our amazing Captivate 4 software, I will walk you through what basic gear you need to easily create great Chroma key video clips and then show you with one click how to actually make a Chroma Key (Video Merge) video for your movie projects using Premiere Elements 7.
Screen shot example above is two seperate video clips merged together using Premiere Elements 7 Video Merge feature.

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Lightroom 2 Shortcuts (PDF reference guide)

Greetings all,
While we have a Lightroom 2 User Guide PDF that includes detailed information about Lightroom (including all of the shortcuts), I’ve recently had requests from users who would like a PDF reference guide that covers just the shortcuts in Lightroom 2. So I’ve created one…enjoy!
Download the Lightroom 2 shortcuts PDF
Additionally, we’re very honored that Lightroom 2 has been embraced so well into the photographic community and has (along with Photoshop) become the choice for professionals (please read “What do the pros use?“).
Rick Miller
Senior Solutions Engineer, Education
Adobe Systems Incorporated
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Join us this Wednesday for a live eSeminar on ePortfolios!

Attend a Live eSeminar on ePortfolios using Adobe® Acrobat® 9 Pro!
In this 75 minute session, discover how to use Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro
software to to enable students and faculty to easily organize and collect
information from a variety of sources into a media-rich PDF Portfolio that
anyone can view using Adobe Reader® software. Also, learn to collaborate
and share documents and portfolios in real time, and collect and manage
feedback into a single PDF document.
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Date: Wednesday, February 11th
Time: 11:00 am (PST)
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Use Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro to Create and Share Multimedia Experiences


Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro PDF Portfolio Content Fusion

With Adobe Flash Player integration within the new Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro and Adobe Reader 9, PDF files can become far more than static documents and forms. PDF portfolios (which are special types of PDF files) can be created to deliver a wide range of engaging multimedia content to include music, photos, movies, Flash (SWF and FLV) content, 3D content, and much more. The interface used to experience the PDF portfolio content is a Flash-based navigator with different layouts. Steve Adler (Adobe Acrobat Specialist for Education) has a fantastic blog article explaining how to create PDF portfolios and their possible uses in K-12 and Higher Education environments. Below I have provided five PDF portfolio examples which you can download and view offline using the free Adobe Reader 9 or a trial version of Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro. Examples include:

Once you have viewed these PDF portfolios, try creating one yourself using Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro. You can use Steve Adler’s blog article as a guide or watch a recorded webinar. Also, there are new PDF portfolio navigator layouts you can download and start using for your projects.