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Get started with Lightroom 5 – bring the best out of your photos!

My Twitter timeline is buzzing with news about the availability of Lightroom 5. So a blog post with all the details is in order!

What’s new in Lightroom 5?

Loads of stuff! Quoting from the product team’s blog post:

“ Lightroom 5 has all of your favorite features from Lightroom 5 beta including the Advanced Healing Brush, Upright, Radial Filter, Smart Previews, improved photo book creation, and slideshows that mix video and still images. The final version of Lightroom 5 also contains several new updates including more than 400 bug fixes, the ability to share photos using the Behance Publish Service and an expanded range on the Radial Filter’s feather slider.”

To find out more about the new features, camera support and new lens profile support, check out Lightroom Journal. Also watch this video for a quick overview.

Where can I learn more about the new features?

Two pages that you must bookmark are:

To quickly learn about some of the popular features, check out these resources:

Radial Filter: Help article | Video tutorial 

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Upright – Automatic Perspective Correction: Help article | Video tutorial  

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Advanced Healing Brush/ Enhanced Spot Removal Tool: Help article | Video tutorial

SpotRemoval_Before_After

Smart Previews: Help article | Video tutorial

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Image credits: Referenced from Lightroom Help articles on http://helpx.adobe.com


Where can I try or buy Lightroom 5?

You can try or buy Lightroom 5 on Adobe.com. Lightroom 5 is available as a standalone license and as part of Creative Cloud. It’s available as a free update to Creative Cloud members.


If I have questions about Lightroom 5, where can I ask?

The Adobe Forums are always the best place to ask all your questions. Head over to http://forums.adobe.com/community/lightroom, and join the conversation.

Watch and learn: Getting started with Adobe Creative Cloud

 

I think this is a great quote: “If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million.”

In the spirit of this quote, I’m following up the “All that you wanted to know about Creative Cloud” post with a post that focuses on videos and Learn shows to help you get up and running with Adobe Creative Cloud.

What is Creative Cloud?

Watch Adobe Evangelist, Paul Trani, explain what comes with a Creative Cloud membership. Learn how one simple Creative Cloud membership gives you all of the Creative Suite desktop applications, powerful publishing services, 20GB of space and the ability to sync, store, and share, plus access to new features and updates as soon as they are released.

 Creative Cloud Introductory Tour

 Learn how to log in and get started with your Creative Cloud membership. Take a tour of the Apps and Services page and the Files page and find out why creativecloud.com is your new creative hub. 


 

What’s New in Creative Cloud

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Learn how Creative Cloud dramatically simplifies your creative process while using your favorite Design tools, Web apps, and Video and Audio tools:

http://tv.adobe.com/channel/whats-new-in-creative-cloud/

 

 Creative Cloud Tutorials

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View preview versions of Learn shows for all Creative Cloud apps:

http://tv.adobe.com/channel/how-to/creative-cloud-tutorials/

 


What’s coming up next?

This list is just the beginning. Keep your eyes peeled to this page to know more about the upcoming Creative Cloud videos and tutorials.

 

Get started with Adobe Premiere Elements 11 in three easy steps!

Yes, you read right – get started with Adobe Premiere Elements in three easy steps. In this post you’ll learn how to turn your raw video clips into a polished movie that you can share with family and friends. And we’ll do all of that in an hour!

We have a clock ticking, so without wasting any time, let’s jump straight into the job. And before starting, I’m making two assumptions:

  1. You have your video clips at hand (can be stored on your camcorder, camera, memory  stick, and so on).
  2. You have Adobe Premiere Elements installed on your computer. If you don’t have it installed already, you can install a free trial version from http://www.adobe.com/go/trypremiere_elements/. If you need help with installing, see the detailed installation instructions.

Step 1: Launch the video editing workspace & import video clips

When you launch Adobe Premiere Elements, you see this Welcome screen:

On the Welcome screen, click Video Editor, and select New Project. Your video clips and all other project assets that you add, like audio files and graphics, are stored in the project.
Note: I’m not covering any details about using Elements Organizer in this post. If you wish to learn more, you can see my earlier post, where I cover details about using Organizer.

The project opens in the video editing workspace. The workspace offers two modes of editing – Quick and Expert.

In this post, we’ll focus on using the Quick mode of editing. The Quick mode of editing provides you a simplified user interface, where you can simply drag and drop special effects, trim video clips, add transitions, and create a memorable movie . To learn more about the panels, timeline, and views in the Video editing workspace, see this article.

Import video clips

You can import your videos clips into the video editing workspace in two ways:

  • By dragging and dropping your files on to the timeline, or
  • By clicking Add Media, and  selecting from your DVD, camcorder, device, and so on.

Step 2: Create your movie

Once you’ve imported your video clips, you can create an instant movie or manually put together a movie by adding your choice of visual effects and audio. I tried both, so let me explain a bit about how to go about using each of these methods.

Instant movie

If you want to spend absolutely no time on editing but want to see a well put together movie, then this is a good option for you. You can use out-of-the-box themes (comes with theme-specific audio and visuals) and let Adobe Premiere Elements intelligently put together a great looking movie for you.

It’s as simple as clicking Instant Movie in the Action Bar and selecting from the many themes that are provided. Just add a title for your movie and click Apply. You’re done.

Now sit back and let Adobe Premiere Elements take over. While you’re sipping on your coffee or getting on with your other jobs, a professional-looking movie is created right at your desktop. No prizes for guessing why I love this feature!

If you want to watch how this feature works, see this short video.

Manual editing – trim video clips, add special effects, and audio enhancements

You can add the “wow” factor to your movies by adding some good special effects and well-timed audio. And here’s how you can go about this activity.

Visual enhancements

Trim video clips - One of the most common and important tasks that you would  need to do while editing your video clips is trimming out least interesting or low quality footage. You can do this manually by setting in and out points for your clips. Or you can use the Smart Trim feature and allow Adobe Premiere Elements to do the job for you. Just select Tools and then Smart Trim from the Action Bar. Watch this video to learn more about how to effectively trim your video clips.

Add special effects – To add special effects of your choice, click Effects in the Action Bar and drag-and-drop the selected effect over the clip. Your clip automatically takes on that effect. For example, I applied the Old Film effect, which gave a yesteryear’s feel to my video clip instantly. See this article for more information.

Add transitions – When you’re using two or more video clips to create a movie, adding the right transitions are so important in providing a graceful transition from one clip to another without any abrupt pauses. Just click Transitions in the Action Bar and drag-and-drop the selected transition. See this article for more information.

 Audio enhancements

Adding audio enhancements to your movie is really a personal choice. A lot of you may prefer to use the audio that you recorded while shooting the video. I just feel that you can make your movie more appealing by adding complementary audio. And it’s so easy to add some good music or a narration, that it’s an option worth exploring.

Add music - Adding music to your video is as simple as selecting Music in the Action Bar and dragging and dropping the music track that you like. If you want to do more advanced audio mixing, you can do so in the Expert editing mode. For more information, see this article.

Add narrations - You can also provide a nice personal touch to your movie by adding a chatty narration. You can record and add a narration to your clip by clicking Tools and selecting Narration from the Action Bar. Then, just press Record and talk away! For more information, see this article.

Step 3: Publish or share your movie

Once you’re done with editing your video, you can publish or share your movie in a few clicks. You can publish your movie to a disc, a web DVD, a device or share it to a video-viewing website like YouTube.

Click Publish+Share in the editing workspace, and select the required publishing or sharing option. For detailed information on using the various publishing options, check out these articles.

More…

Now that we are done with the essential tasks in creating a movie, you can try using the Expert mode to explore advanced editing options. And to help you with that, we’ve got a bunch of helpful resources:

Getting started tutorials
Advanced Help & tutorials
Video tutorials

And not to forget, we have a great community out there to help you with any questions that you may run into in the course of learning and using Adobe Premiere Elements. Just head over to the Adobe Premiere Elements forums, and join the conversation.