Posts in Category "Tutorials"

Lynda.com APP for iPhone & Adobe!

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Recently as part of my job for Adobe I drove to one of Ventura Unified School Districts middle schools to conduct an hour long Acrobat 9 Pro demonstration of Acrobat’s incredible ePortfolio tools. Never knowing what Sothern California’s traffic might be I left early giving me plenty of time to get to De Anza Middle School about ten miles from my remote Adobe office here in east Ventura county. The traffic Gods were smiling on me and I actually arrived about half an hour early to the school. After turning off my car’s engine I wondered what I could do with the extra time I had when it suddenly dawned on me. I had been brushing up on learning the ins and outs of our recently released Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 application just before I drove to De Anza at my remote office watching one of my favorite online video training companies – Lynda.com.

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Prolific Powerhouse Profile – Terry White!

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This is the first post of a new series of profiles of Prolific Powerhouse People who use Adobe tools and technologies in a creative way. Feel free to inform me if you know of someone who is doing amazing things with Adobe technologies within HiEd or K12 education or beyond.
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If you’re like me trying to stay on top of all the amazing Adobe tools and technologies can be frankly a daunting task! Case in point Adobe just announced our CS5 suite of tools that will be available soon. As an Adobe employee my main focus right now is to quickly get up to speed on as many of them and their amazing features as I can before we actually start shipping the products; issue is I still have more to learn about our current CS4 tools. Thank goodness for Terry White!

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Updated Teacher Resources

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The lesson plans on the Adobe Digital School Collection teacher resources web page have been updated to include sample project assets and technical guides for the new release of Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Adobe Premiere Elements 8. There is also a new resource page tailored for Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and netbooks. Finally, the Adobe Education SE team is hard at work creating video tutorials taking you through some of the lesson plans/projects. These can be found on Adobe TV.

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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Free Adobe Instructional Resources

The number one request I hear more than any other from educators who use our tools and technologies is “where can I get low cost or free training on your tools?” I’m happy to report that Adobe has some outstanding Instructional Resources available for many of our tools and they are also free.
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Screen shot above shows just a few examples of our .PDF Guides which you can download for free.

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Photo Compositing Made Easy with Adobe Photoshop Elements

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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

Kule New Feature in Kuler!

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Have you worked with Kuler yet? Before you read too much further, go try it out (link to Kuler).

You can also access it directly inside Adobe Illustrator CS4 as a way to get inspired about or just share color (see how). We here at the Adobe Education Technologies blog use it on occasion when we are looking for our own inspiration, and we were pleasantly surprised at the latest update to Kuler called Community Pulse.

                                A screen grab of the pulse interface, featuring the color wheel.

The screenshot shows Community Pulse in action, namely the popularity of colors downloaded in the USA (l) and Brazil (r) in Spring 2008. Larger circles and bars indicate more popular colors (i.e., themes with those colors were downloaded more often).

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In the spirit of giving: Connect resources for you!

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We here at the Adobe Education Technologies blog are in full Holiday swing! To celebrate this season of giving, we wanted to share with you a great Connect Professional resource that Adobe offers to our Connect customers, the Connect Pro Resource Center. This is a web site with a variety of excellent resources for you to get the most from your online class, meeting, presentation, or portal built with Adobe Acrobat Connect.

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