Author Archive: Rick Miller

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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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
Adobe Certified Expert: Photoshop CS3, Lightroom, Connect
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Adobe technology and digital forensics

Greetings all,
Some of you might know that before I came on to Adobe (in addition to
teaching and being a professional photographer) I used to consult with law enforcement agencies in the forensic application of Photoshop. As a Systems Engineer on the Education team at Adobe I’m sometimes asked by teachers and students in criminal justice programs, as well as law enforcement agencies, about clarifying detail in a poorly captured image. Moreover, I’m asked about follow-up resources.
I’ve invited some of my forensic analyst friends to guest post in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, below are some cool links to check out.
Photo forgeries:
1. Adobe Tackles Photo Forgeries.
2. Nova Science Now video on Dartmouth professor Hany Farid and how Adobe is working with him.
3. Fake or Real?
4. Ask the Expert: Hany Farid.
5. Digital Doctoring: How to Tell the Real From the Fake.
1. Forensic scientist stresses fallibility of eyewitnesses.
1. Jim Hoerricks, who is a Forensic Image Analyst from LAPD’s Scientific Investigation
Division and author of Forensic Photoshop
(a comprehensive imaging workflow for forensic professionals), has an excellent blog on Forensic Photoshop.
2. Hany Farid: Papers.
Rick Miller

Flash CS4: Motions Preset panel (Part 2)

In Part 1 of Flash CS4: Motions Preset panel, I introduced the Motion Presets panel and demonstrated how it allows you to save as a preset your animation and apply it to an object on the Stage. I also pointed out that we’ve provided a library of prebuilt animations that you can preview before applying.
Well, how about if you want to preview your custom preset? Fortunately Flash CS4 allows you to do precisely that, and in this post I’ll outline the steps.

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Flash CS4: Motions Preset panel (Part 1)

While there are many new outstanding features in Flash CS4 that are cool and flashy (e.g. Object-based animation model, 3D transformations, Inverse kinematics with the Bones tool, Adobe Media Encoder with H.264 support, and much more) don’t overlook a very simple feature that will save you a significant amount of time during the animation process: the Motion Presets panel.

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Adobe Certification for students and teachers.

Adobe offers two levels of certification: Adobe Certified
Associate for validating entry-level skills (new) and Adobe Certified
Expert/Professional for validating expert-level skills.
Adobe Certified Associate validates entry-level skills while Adobe
Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Professional validate expert level
Educators and students are eligible for 50% off the regular fee for the Adobe ACE exam:

Maintaining color fidelity when outputting to the web.

Greetings all,
In today’s video blog I’ll show you how to maintain the integrity of your colors when sending your images to the web from Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Adobe Lightroom 2.0.
Rick Miller
Video blog: Maintaining color fidelity when outputting to the web.

Education resources for educators

Whether you need to find curricula, lessons and activities, White papers, and other resources to help you teach, Adobe Education has what you’re looking for.
For yearlong, project-based curricula that develop career and communication skills, please check out the following:
Visual design: Foundations of design and print production.
For a year-long, project-based curriculum that develops ICT, career, and communication skills in print and graphic design using Adobe tools. You can use the Visual Design curriculum in career and technical education courses and in courses involving photography, graphic design, and English/language arts.
Digital design: foundations of web design.
Digital Design is a year-long curriculum guide that develops ICT skills in web design and production using Adobe web tools. You can use Digital Design in career and technical education courses as well as general web design classes.
Digital video: Foundations of video design and production.
The Digital Video project-based curriculum develops career and communication skills in video production, using Adobe tools. You can use the Digital Video curriculum in career and technical education courses as well as courses involving video use in academic courses.
Rich Internet application (RIA) teaching resources.
These resources provide a combination of online workshop modules for self-study, course projects to apply the skills learned, and book recommendations to put together a course on RIA design and development.
For educational White Papers dealing with issues such as eLearning, digital communication, Electronic Thesis and Dissertation solutions, Visual literacy, and more, please check out Adobe in Education White Papers.
For educational articles on a variety of topics, please check out Adobe in Education Articles.
Rick Miller