Posts in Category "Students"

Time to Revist Adobe TV

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If you’ve never visited Adobe TV before or haven’t been back for awhile, I highly suggest checking it out. Adobe TV is your “one stop shop” for free Adobe tutorials, demos, tips & tricks, and general design inspiration. There are various channels which are comprised of different programs, each with multiple episodes (short videos) to choose from – most are less than 5 minutes in length.

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An Evening with Terry White

First off, if you haven’t read Terry White’s technology blog, you should surf on over and have a look (link to Terry’s blog).

Terry has been covering technology for a long time, and has some interesting perspectives on its use. He will often tell you that he doesn’t just work here at Adobe (he is a Director in the Systems Engineering group, helping us to better connect our workflow to your issues), but he is a true fan of the software we all promote under his guidance.

During this week’s blog, I want to highlight his evening-with. Tomorrw night (April 28th), Terry will offer an open web session to cover his Lightroom workflow, and if you are looking for a real world example of a digital photography workflow, check this session out. Read on for the details:

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Quickly Fix Common Photo Issues with Adobe Photoshop Elements

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After importing photos into the Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer you may need to make adjustments to ensure your photos look their best. You can quickly and effectively resolve common photo issues with a single click of a button. Simply choose the purple Fix tab located in the upper-right of your screen.

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Photo Compositing Made Easy with Adobe Photoshop Elements

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 application icon

Just in case you aren’t familiar with photo compositing, this technique combines two or more photos into a single new photo. Some examples where this technique would be useful are:

  • combining multiple photos to create a more expansive (panoramic) final photo
  • creating the perfect group photo from multiple photos
  • creating the perfect scenic photo from multiple photos eliminating unwanted elements (like people)

Adobe Photoshop Elements offers powerful, yet easy-to-use Photomerge technology to make these difficult and time-consuming tasks a snap. Here are three Photomerge tutorials (note 5-10 sec pause at the beginning for buffering):

Try Photomerge for yourself. If you don’t currently own Adobe Photoshop Elements, download the latest trial version from Adobe’s website!

Regards,
Patrick Koster
Senior Solution Engineer, Adobe Education

Use Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro to Create and Share Multimedia Experiences

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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.

XFL: Bringing Designers and Developers Together Since 2008

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In a previous
Adobe Education Technologies blog article we examined how to use Adobe InDesign CS4 to create a visually rich layout, add interactivity with hyperlinks, buttons, and page transitions,
and then export to SWF. We were able to do all of this without using Adobe Flash Professional and Actionscript programming. The downside of this direct-to-SWF export is that there isn’t an easy way to edit the SWF file should we want to further modify it.

Now, Adobe InDesign CS4 allows designers to create multi-page layouts and then export to the new XFL (XML for Flash) file format. The XFL file can be opened directly in Adobe Flash CS4 Professional preserving layout and typographic fidelity. Then developers can enhance the file with animation, interactivity, and video. Let’s take a look at the workflow:

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Creative Suite 4 – How to Find Out More

Photo of Creative Suite 4 product boxes

I am almost as excited as Steve Martin’s character in The Jerk, when he danced around gleefully screaming, “The new phone books are here, the new phone books are here!” For those of you who don’t share my taste in fine cinema – this is exciting! There are way too many fun, new toys to cover in a single post, but rest assured the team will be blogging about the wonders of CS4 soon. Till then I’ll leave you with some fantastic resources on Adobe.com to get you acquainted with the new release;

Ciao.

Clearing the Haze with Photoshop and Lightroom’s Histogram, Bonus: Free Lightroom Pop Quiz

Photograph cleaned up in Lightroom and Photoshop

You know that little graph in Photoshop, Lightroom, and on your digital camera called the Histogram? What does it tell you, and how can you use to rescue a boring photo? Watch my tutorial. We will cover this and check out some new features in Lightroom 2.0. Whoa, what about the FREE Lightroom pop quiz? Read on…

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Training Resources for Adobe Acrobat 9

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A great training resource is worth its weight in gold whether you are a novice user or a seasoned veteran working with an application. And Adobe Acrobat 9 is one of those programs so chocked full of feature goodness that many have yet to tap into the true potential of this “Swiss Army knife of Adobe software!” So time and again I am asked for a list of great Adobe Acrobat 9 resources and I have compiled some of the best in this article. My recommendation is to copy the links below into a MS Word document, save it to your computer, and explore at your leisure.

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It’s twins! New versions of Photoshop and Premiere Elements due soon

Photoshop Elements 7 and Premiere Element 7 box picture

Announced on 8/26/08, Adobe will be shipping updated versions of its consumer-focused image editing and video applications, Photoshop Elements 7 and Premiere Elements 7. They can be purchase separately or bundled together. You can pre-order your own copies on Adobe’s website, or check with your reseller if you are buying for your school.

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