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Students Assemble! Show Marvel Your Best Work.

Marvel + Adobe

Are you a student looking to showcase your talent, get advice from top-tier professionals, gain invaluable real-world experience, and build your portfolio? If so, Adobe has the perfect opportunity for you! We’ve teamed up with Marvel to make comic book history and give you a chance to apply your cutting edge skills.

WHAT’S THE DEAL?
We’re looking for 4 students with 4 distinct styles to team up with Marvel pros to create a limited-edition Avengers comic, powered by Creative Cloud, to debut during San Diego Comic-Con.

If chosen, you’ll contribute to the comic, get a ticket to San Diego Comic-Con, and a one-on-one portfolio review with the Marvel pros. Your comic will also be printed and distributed in comic stores across the United States.
You may also be featured on Adobe Student’s social channels to help your portfolio stand out to future employers.

WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR
Students (in or outside the USA) aged 18+, who are passionate about illustration, digital media, animation, and comics.

HOW TO GET CONSIDERED
Tag your best original non-Marvel work on your Behance portfolio with #madethis #Marvel.
If you don’t have a Behance portfolio, you can make one by simply signing up on Behance and uploading your work.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Work must be tagged on Behance no later than April 13, 2015 for consideration

Q&A:
Who is eligible to participate?
Currently enrolled students from all majors and backgrounds. You must be over the age of 18.

I don’t live in the US, can I participate?
Yes! The opportunity is available globally.

Will I be paid for my work?
Yes. Each selected student will receive a cash payment.

Will hotel & accommodations be taken care of at San Diego Comic-Con?
Yes! The selected students traveling to San Diego Comic-Con will have transportation and hotel accommodations planned and paid for by Adobe, as well as a daily stipend!

I’m from out of the US. Will my visa be taken care of?
If you’re chosen, you will be responsible for applying for your visa. It can be completed by visiting https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ and following the application directions. We will reimburse you for any costs needed to obtain your visa.

Do I need Creative Cloud to participate?
You need a Behance portfolio and Creative Cloud skills.  If you aren’t already a Creative Cloud member, download a free trial of all the Creative Cloud apps here!

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Creativity Tools Put Dreams Within Reach for Middle School Students

IMG_0173Could cultivating creative passion be the key to keeping students motivated? That certainly seems to be the case at Tomlinson Middle School in Lawton, Oklahoma. “A lot of students here are at the age where they will drop out of school unless they find something they are excited about,” says Vanessa Perez, who teaches digital literacy, multimedia, and web design at Tomlinson.

In 2014, knowing that many of her students had big dreams of becoming graphic, video game, or web designers, Perez became determined to create a curriculum that challenged students to go beyond the basics of digital literacy. She also wanted to equip her classroom with tools that would both engage and inspire her students. Unable to afford these tools, she applied for free creativity software through Adobe and ConnectED and received a lab set of Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premiere Elements, and Adobe Captivate.

So far, eighth graders have used Photoshop Elements for a “Design Your Own Species” project, in which they digitally combined images of several different animals into one. Perez plans to expand her curriculum with Premiere Elements. Each spring, students will create a video memorial about the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

 Perez says her students’ confidence has soared since she brought Adobe software into the computer lab. “By having access to industry-standard software, students can discover what they really love to do and make their dreams more realistic and achievable.” says Perez.TMS Logo

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Free 5-Class Series – Adobe Photoshop CC for Beginners

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Course Description

We’re excited to announce a free 5-class series on Adobe Photoshop CC for Beginners where you’ll learn everything you need to know to become proficient in Photoshop, in just one month. Knowing how to work with Photoshop is increasingly useful for students embarking on any career path – from photography to graphic design to marketing and small business ownership. With 4.5 hours of video content, we’ll break down the incredibly robust software into its basic parts and teach you tactics you may not be learning in school. This series is perfect for you whether it’s your first time opening the software or if you’re looking to build your skills to create amazing class projects.

Through March 31st 2015, join thousands of other learners in a collaborative online class that will teach you the fundamentals of Photoshop. You can join anytime throughout the month and catch up at your own pace. Topics covered include:

  • Interface, Tools, and Layers
  • Drawing, Layers, Masks, and Selections
  • Typography and the Pen Tool
  • Color, Swatches, and Blending
  • Creating Efficient Workflows, Tips, and Tricks

Each week, you’ll create projects in Photoshop and submit your work on Skillshare for feedback from your classmates, pushing your skills even further. You’ll also have a chance to interact with class teaching assistants (TAs) who can help answer questions, provide feedback on your project, and share resources to help inspire you with what’s possible with Photoshop. TAs will be monitoring the discussion boards and newly submitted projects throughout the course, but join Skillshare teacher JP Danko for a live AMA on Tuesday, March 10th from 12 – 1pm PST(London: 8 – 9pm GMT, Sydney: 7– 9am on Wednesday, March 11th).

Free Adobe Certification Voucher

If you complete all course work before the final deadline, you’ll be eligible to receive a free voucher to take the Adobe Certified Associate exam in Photoshop (a $95 value). Learn more about the ACA certification and how it can support your career goals here:http://edex.adobe.com/aca

1 Free Year of Creative Cloud Membership

Plus, 1 free year of Creative Cloud membership will be awarded to the top student chosen by the class TAs at the end of the course! Judging will be based on quality of projects submitted and student participation.

Important Links

Get started by enrolling in the first class here: http://skl.sh/1bGvsqH

For more info about the course and a list of FAQ, view the course syllabus here: http://skl.sh/photoshop-course-syllabus

A trial of Adobe Photoshop CC or Creative Cloud membership will be needed to get the most out of this class. If you’re not a Creative Cloud member we recommend that you download a free 30-day trial of Adobe Photoshop CC when you start the course.

For additional updates from Skillshare, make sure to follow @Skillshare on Twitter!

This post was originally shared by Skillshare

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Want to design better online learning experiences? Understand your audience and their values

With their ability to scale, MOOCs and online courses have the potential to democratize learning in unprecedented ways. But when designed poorly, MOOC platforms can perpetuate ineffective models of teaching and learning. How might we meet the challenge of consistently creating meaningful online learning experiences?

Over the past 12 months, Adobe Education has successfully run online professional development courses for educators via the Adobe Education Exchange. We’ve offered 10 free digital media courses on topics including digital imaging, animation, and app design. So far, 11,957 enrollees from 120 countries have completed more than 357 hours of online instruction, and they’ve created 15,975 instructional resources that have been shared for peer and instructor review. And best of all, over 380,000 students will benefit from their teachers’ new knowledge.

Click here for the full infographic

Click here for the full infographic

As the Adobe Education team continues to learn and grow as an online learning provider, we’re confident that:

  • Online professional development can transform teaching. Self-paced online courses help educators learn new ways to use technical tools and create effective instructional designs.
  • Time and money are barriers — talent is not. Our participants need more time to learn and plan, and they need more money for software and resources.
  • Creativity can be fostered online. Peer collaboration via feedback and discussion as well as weekly live sessions drive engagement, completion, learning, and creativity.

To what do we attribute our success? Although we’ve iterated on our design since we first started offering courses a year ago, we think our courses have been successful for two reasons:

  1. We understand our audience. Our courses are designed for educators, by educators. We focus on teaching technology tools plus instructional design to meet the true needs of our audience.
  2. We’ve maintained three core values across all of our offerings: collaboration, creativity, and continuous learning.

If you’ll be attending #SXSWEdu this March, join our lead professional development strategist, Melissa Jones, for an interactive session on how to apply our best practices. And if you can’t attend, be sure to follow #CreateEDU and #OnlineLearningDesign on Twitter.

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Powering Creativity, Confidence, and Potential

“Do you want to buy us new drums?” That’s what the very clever musicians and video storytellers at Lawrence County High School (LCHS) recently asked in the Zildjian “My Pit’s the Pits” video contest.

IMG_0228[5]LCHS, a school of 640 students in Moulton, Alabama, was one the first Title I schools to receive free creativity software from Adobe as part of President Obama’s ConnectED initiative. Shortly after receiving their software, LCHS students went to work using Adobe Premiere Elements to tell the story of a talented drum line in need of new instruments.

Students in Gina McCarley’s Multimedia Design class worked collaboratively with the band members on their digital storytelling project. They set a compilation of individual student assignments to music and other audio created by LCHS musicians. The result was a sophisticated video that wowed Zildjian and won the grand prize — $10,000 in new percussion equipment.

That wasn’t the only big win for the students, according to McCarley. “As a teacher in a Title I school, I can’t overstate how important it is to give students creative outlets,” she said. “With the software from Adobe and ConnectED, my students are discovering talents, learning new tools, enjoying class, and getting access to software we otherwise couldn’t afford. Gaining skills using Adobe software opens students’ eyes to new career possibilities and—even more important—gives them hope.”

Red DevilLooking to the future, McCarley plans to expand beyond video and introduce her students to the other tools LCHS received through the Adobe and ConnectED donation, including Adobe Photoshop ElementsAdobe CaptivateAdobe Presenter, and Adobe EchoSign. Next up is photo editing and stop-motion animation—topics of keen interest to McCarley’s students.

We can’t wait to see what the talented students at LCHS produce next!  Read more about Lawrence County High School.

 As part of President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative, Adobe is donating over $300 million in software and professional development services to schools across the United States. 

More information and apply for a ConnectED grant from Adobe here.

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What’s On Your Mind?

By Renee Lance, Solution Consultant, ANZ

Sydney locals paint with their minds using Adobe Software.

Late in 2014, Masters students at The University of Sydney – in partnership with Adobe and acclaimed international lighting designer Bruce Ramus – produced Mind Paintings, an interactive digital art installation that lets people paint with their minds by interpreting brain waves. The project was launched in November at Sydney’s Central Park, and is the first digital art project of its kind in Australia.

Mind Paintings was conceived a year ago with inspiration from The Souls’ Journey, a book that looked at the idea of the mind being able to control things beyond the body. When visiting the University of Sydney’s Design Lab early this year, the wheels started turning and the students thought it would be a good time to kick-start the project.

The students’ reaction to the idea of tapping into people’s thoughts to create art was interesting: They were excited, but they also had that ‘how on earth are we going to do this?’ feeling. However, they were keen on the challenge.

The project is a way to expand the creative opportunities for students by offering them a completely different sort of canvas. It’s really about building a partnership and engaging more intimately with the people that use our tools.

The installation was designed around Mindwave wireless devices provided by Adobe, with the wearable headset measuring the electroencephalogram (EEG) electrical signals in the user’s brain. The readings show the attention and meditation levels of a person and are translated into abstract digital paintings using algorithms and Adobe tools including Photoshop, Flash, After Effects, Premiere, Audition and Dreamweaver.

Bruce Ramus felt that that collaboration had given the students a different perspective on design and what can influence it. “Using sophisticated technology, as well as a lot of hard work and self-examination, the students created a beautiful suite of works that not only enhanced the public space at Central, but will encourage people to express themselves creatively.” He added “With this project, Adobe has shown a new way forward for large creative companies to forge meaningful collaborative relationships with artists and students. It’s an encouraging model that points towards a future where corporations and individuals can coexist to creatively serve our communities,”.

During the course of the project we developed a close relationship with Dr Caitlin de Bérigny, lecturer at the Design Lab, and with the students in the Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Art. The students also had exposure to Adobe‘s specialists, including Computer Scientist Dmitry Baranovskiy, who conducted a workshop on Javascript and SVG, and Solution Consultant Richard Turner-Jones, who showed students how to get the most out of Flash and After Effects.

Creating concepts and stories around the artworks was one of the project’s early challenges and the students looked at their own stories for inspiration.

What do you think about the project?

More details on this project:

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Adobe Issues Call for Entries to 2015 Adobe Design Achievement Awards

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Students, get your creative juices flowing because today Adobe announced the call-for-entries for the annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA). This prestigious competition honors the most promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from around the world.

For the past fifteen years, Adobe has showcased top new talent and launched careers with this event. Students can submit individual and group projects produced with Adobe’s world-class creative tools and apps in thirteen different categories. And what’s more exciting is that this year we have two new categories — Advertising Photography and Social Impact Design, to round out an already robust list.

A panel of design experts will judge each category and Grand Prize winners will be announced in conjunction with the Adobe MAX creativity conference held in Los Angeles, October 2015. Winners will receive a 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud membership, travel and accommodations to MAX in Los Angeles as well as access to the event, and creative mentorship. Three Grand Prize winners will receive $1,000USD.

Deadline for entry is June 19, 2015 at 5pm PST. For submission guidelines, categories, prize information, amazing student work and more, visit www.adobeawards.com. Also, check out our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter (@AdobeEDU and @AdobeAwards) for the latest news and updates.

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The White Houses ConnectED Initiative: How to Make Free Technology Work for Title I Schools

ConnectED-twitter_imgsaThis weekend at the National Title I Conference in Salt Lake City, we’ve assembled a panel of leaders from business and education to explore how private-sector companies can help schools make the most of free technology programs like the White House‘s ConnectED initiative. Given the quantity and quality of the technology and training being offered, ConnectED has the potential to have a tremendous impact in schools throughout the country. However, experience has taught us that free technology still has a cost for schools.

If you are attending the conference, please join us on Saturday, February 7 at 9:30 AM in Room 155. If you can’t be with us in person participate by tweeting your questions and comments using #CreateEDU. 

The panel includes: 

  • Kim Cavanaugh from the School District of Palm Beach County in Florida, a leading advocate for the use of creative software in the classroom and the champion of the district’s ConnectED-related work.
  • Justina Nixon-Saintil from the Verizon Foundation whose area of emphasis is on implementing Verizon’s shared success strategy within underserved areas in order to improve student academic achievement in STEM.
  • Colin Rogister from the US Department of Educationpanel moderator. Colin works on the ConnectED initiative and is on assignment on the White Houses National Economic Council.
  • Emily Simas from Adobe, leads the company’s $300 million commitment to the ConnectED initiative and works with the Adobe Education Team to inspire youth to express their creativity and build their skills for future success.
  • Ashley Whitlatch from Prezi, is a leader of successful global programs and partnerships, including the company’s $100 million investment in public education through ConnectED.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Make it Girl – What Happened

This fall, five talented students came together to help Girl Skateboards create a special, limited-edition line of boards, with a little help from Adobe Creative Cloud. It was a unique opportunity and everyone is thrilled with how it all turned out.

Watch more of the story here:

To hear more about Caleb Morris’ experience:

And Scott Biersack’s story:

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Get Crafty For The Holidays: 5 Holiday Gifts You Never Thought You Could Make Yourself

We love to share ways that students can take their creativity to the next level, and so do our friends over at Shapeways. That’s why we have partnered with them to help make 3D printing even easier.

Now, for the holidays, we have a special way to help students make unique, personal gifts for friends and family members. We’ve got a set of pre-made Photoshop templates to help you get started, plus a $15 discount to make your model even sweeter.

Our very own Adobe evangelist, Paul Trani, has created 5 easy-to-use templates for you to download**: Just Click Here.

All you need to do is download the files and follow the instructions in the videos beow. Then head right from Photoshop to Shapeways to print. Make sure to use the special code AdobeMakeThis14 at checkout for $15 off the first 3D print of your own design**.

And if you find that 3D printing is something you want to do regularly in 2015, you should also take a look at the Shapeways Education program, which offers discounts and help for students year-round.

Bottle Opener: Great for college grads.
How to Create and 3D Print a Bottle Opener in Photoshop

Candle Votive: A perfect house warmer, and a no-brainer gift for Mom.
How to Create and 3D Print a Candle Holder in Photoshop

Ring: Make the holidays sparkle with something special.
How to Create and 3D Print a Ring in Photoshop

iPhone Case: For the tech-lover on your list.
How to Create and 3D Print an iPhone Case in Photoshop

Cufflinks: Think outside the tie box with this one-of-a-kind idea for Dad.
How to Create and 3D Print Cufflinks in Photoshop

Happy building and happy gifting!

**The Fine Print
Print at your own risk. This promotion is non-transferable and valid once per customer, for new customers only. It may not be combined with other discounts in one order. Discount applies only to 3D prints of your own models. The $15 value cannot be applied to Shapeways Gift Cards or past orders and does not apply to cost of tax or shipping. If you order a model during the promotion period that cannot be printed, we cannot apply discounts to future orders (even if these models are repaired). No cash value. Limited redemption quantity. Expires December 31, 2014 at 11:59pm PDT.

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