Author Archive: Scott Trudeau

Tutorial Magic – Adobe Tutorial Builder

Adobe “Tutorial Builder” is like the “Harry Potter” of tutorial applications! This amazing application from Adobe Labs magically records your Photoshop knowledge into slick tutorials that can be shared via iPad.  So…what’s so magical about it?  Press the instructional link on the iPad and it will demonstrate the referenced step in Photoshop.  This instructional hocus-pocus creates a communication channel between your tablet and a computer running Photoshop using the TouchSDK.

Tutorial Builder looks like a great application to add to your instructional “charm bag”!

Try it out… 

Publish Photoshop 3D layers to PDF

In my last tutorial I showed you how to take an image and apply that image to a 3D object in Photoshop. In this tutorial I will show you how to publish a 3D layer to PDF.  Anybody with Acrobat Reader will then be able to interact with your 3D object.

 

  1. Create a 3D object in Photoshop (tutorial here)
  2. Right click on the 3D layer
  3. Select Export 3D layer
  4. Name the file and select U3D from the Format dropdown menu
  5. Click the Save button
  6. The 3D Export Options dialogue box will open.
  7. Make sure that JPEG is selected from the Texture Format dropdown
  8. Use ECMA1  for the U3D Options

 

The steps above exported the Photoshop layer to a U3D file.  The U3D file can now be published to PDF.

 

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat X
  2. Select File>Created PDF>From File
  3. Browse to the U3D file you saved earlier
  4. An Insert 3D dialogue box will open.  Select OK (You may want to check out the “Advanced” options by clicking on the Show Advanced Options check box.  There are some neat options to play around with).
  5. Click on your 3D object to interact with it.  Also notice the 3D tool bar that appears.

Cool!  Now anybody with Acrobat Reader can view your 3D content!

Use Your Imagination and Win $10,000!

Adobe has launched Adobe & Imagination Challenge, a new contest for students 15 years of age and older, encouraging them to show off their creative abilities with Adobe Creative Suite® 5.5 software products. Individual students who submit their creative pieces will have a chance to win $10,000. First prize winners in each of the four weekly judging sessions, and the grand prize winner, receive a $10,000 prize and will have their work showcased on Adobe.com!

Work must be submitted online, where it will be featured for fellow students to vote on. The pieces will also be reviewed by a panel of professionals — including DeadMau5, Jake & Amir, Rivers Cuomo, and Scott Dadich — who will select the top 10 finalists for each of the weekly judging periods. Students in North America can submit entries from August 21 to October 15, 2011, for weekly judging.

Let your students know about this rewarding opportunity to express themselves and show off their talents with CS5.5 tools.

Build a 3D Planet in Photoshop

Imagine a satellite traveling thousands of miles into space, flying around distant planets, snapping pictures of their surfaces, and returning the images to Earth.  Well, it has been done, and the images are amazing (Thanks NASA).

What is even more amazing is that you can find the images using a simple Internet search (keywords:  Jupiter, surface, map) and wrap them around  3D objects created in Photoshop!

This makes for a great student project.

Here is how…http://youtu.be/uqQ9TTALw7U 

In my next tutorial I will show you how to export the 3D layer to an Acrobat PDF file.  This will allow mom, dad, or another student to view and manipulate the 3D object using the (free) Acrobat Reader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adobe FormsCentral – Skip Logic

The smart gang over at Adobe FormsCentral recently added a great new feature to the forms service. You can now direct users to different pages based on their previous answers.

Check out this video for more on Adobe FormsCentral’s latest feature…”Skip Logic.”

Adobe Connect Mobile 1.5 – Tablet Ready!

Our Connect team has been busy adding many great features to Adobe Connect Mobile.   Adobe Connect Mobile 1.5 is now a much more complete mobile conferencing tool.

Here are some highlights:

  • Add your own upstream broadcast
  • Connect Mobile for ios now supports both rear and forward facing cameras
  • Meeting “Overview” mode – making the Connect experience much more like the desktop experience
  • “Focus View” notifications let you know about off-screen activities (while in Focus View)
  • Ability to see and interact with the note pod
  • Ability to see and interact with Poll pod

Check out the YouTube Video

Read more at the Adobe Connect Blog

Free Issue of the May Digital Edition of WIRED Magazine

Adobe is celebrating the first anniversary of WIRED magazine’s digital edition on the iPad by sponsoring the May 2011 issue.  For the next 30 days, your can go grab a copy for FREE!

WIRED magazine is published using Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite which helps the publisher bring cool stuff like, video, animated infographics, and social sharing to the iPad.

So, what are you waiting for?  Go download the WIRED app from the App Store at no cost!

 

Adobe Announces CS5.5 Creative Suite

Creating content for multiple screens sizes and various mobile OSs (think Android, BlackBerry, and IOS) just got a whole lot easier.  Today Adobe announced the CS5.5 family of products and with it a slew of great tools that will help you keep up with today’s fast-changing developer/designer demands.  Here are a few resources to help you learn more about the CS5.5 release.

 

Food + Technology = Adobe Digital Publishing

I love food.  I love Adobe technologies.

Martha Stewart’s “Everyday Food” , a cooking and lifestyle magazine, is now available on the iPad.  This highly interactive magazine was put together using Adobe Digital Publishing technologies.  Check it out!

View YouTube video

Also check out the Adobe Digital Publish blog.  http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/

Adobe InDesign – Path Animation

Adobe InDesign is no longer “just” a desktop publishing tool; it has turned into a full-blown multimedia machine!  As a former teacher and educational technologist, I highly recommend adding InDesign CS5 to your instructional technology tool bag.

The following tutorial demonstrates how easy it is to build path animations using InDesign CS5.  Imagine how much more engaging a lesson on diffusion would be if a student could animate the process rather than simply read about it!

Video 1 – Learn how to create a simple path animation using InDesign CS5


Video 2 – Create a path animation and add duration and timing settings