Author Archive: Terri Stone

It Pays to Share Your Knowledge

Recently, Adobe ran a contest called “No App Is an Island”. We asked you to submit an original text or video tutorial that explains how you use two or more Adobe apps together.

We had a great time reading and watching the entries, and we’ve now chosen the winners. The Grand Prize—a year’s subscription to the Creative Cloud, worth almost $600—goes to Theo Lipfert, an award-winning filmmaker who is also Associate Professor in the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University, Bozeman. His entry garnered praise for its simple workflow that could be adapted to many animation projects:

Howard Pinsky submitted a close contender for the grand prize. He’ll get a $100 gift card to for his how-to on getting the most out of a photo:

The other winners include Jason Anderson (“Complete Map-Making Workflow”), Sara Frances (“Photo Effects and Filters”), Mike Gentilini (“Customizable Twitter and Facebook Logo Videos”), Kirk Nelson (“Create Cool Pie Charts”), and Kelly Vaughn (“Acrobat Highlighters that Don’t Require Recognizable Text”). Theo Lipfert was also recognized for two additional entries: “Using Lightroom as a CinemaDNG importer for After Effects” and “CinemaDNG Round Tripping Between After Effects and Premiere Pro”.

All of these entries will appear in several places in the Adobe universe in the upcoming year.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and congratulations to the winners!

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New Quick Reference Guide Means No More Fumbling in Photoshop CS6

Photoshop is a complex program. I bet even its engineers don’t always remember all of the shortcuts and tool locations!

The new Photoshop CS6 Quick Reference Guide can help. This searchable online database makes it easy to find Photoshop shortcuts, tools, and more.

The Photoshop CS6 Quick Reference Guide.

The Photoshop CS6 Quick Reference Guide.


















You can enter in a search term and, if the results are too broad, filter the results in several ways. You can search for the path of a menu item, help links, shortcuts, and descriptions.

The Quick Reference Guide is in beta, and its creators (Julia Grummel and Janelle Flores, both interns with Adobe’s Community Help & Learning group) welcome your feedback. To let them know what you think, click “Please tell us here” .


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A Friendly Photoshop Forum

If you or someone you know is in the early stages of exploring Photoshop, there’s a new learning destination that’s worth a visit. Photoshop for Beginners is a sub-forum on that is tailor-made for newcomers to the powerful but complex software.

Ask any question in Photoshop for Beginners and you’ll receive an answer that emphasizes visuals — including video how-tos — and steers clear of unnecessary jargon.

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Play LevelUp for Photoshop and Win!

You can download a Photoshop extension that not only makes it fun to learn image editing but may even earn you Amazon gift cards or a year’s subscription to the Creative Cloud.

LevelUp for Photoshop is a game of missions that help you learn basic Adobe Photoshop skills. You complete missions to get points and badges. The more you interact with the game and learn about Photoshop, the more points you earn!


Starting on June 15, 2012, every 400 points gives you an entry in a weekly drawing to win a $100 gift card. One lucky person will win the grand prize, a year’s subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

You can download the extension now from . The contest will run from June 15 through July 15, 2012.

Playing the Game

  1. Complete the download (about 16M).
  2. Decompress the .zip.
  3. Double-click on the game package.
  4. Accept the Extension Manager license agreement.
  5. Launch Photoshop.
  6. Go to Window>Extension>Level Up for Photoshop to launch the game panel.

The game begins with a mission to correct red eye. You can use the supplied image or one of your own. Accomplish the task in fewer steps to rack up higher points. You also earn points by sharing your progress on Facebook and Twitter, passing quizzes, and more.

There are many other missions, including removing unwanted objects, turning a photo into an oil painting, and replacing colors.




You’ll need Photoshop CS5 or CS6 to play. If you don’t own CS6, you can download the free trial version from

For more about the contest, see the game’s Facebook page and the game’s microsite.

Want to talk about us on Twitter? The LevelUp for Photoshop hashtag is #levelupforPS.

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Four Million Fans Could See Your Photos

We all know that one way to make it difficult for other people to take credit for your photographs is to watermark the images before you post them on the Web. But have you heard of a watermark that could put your photos in front of four million people?

It’s called the “Photoshop CS6 Beta Watermark,” and the way it works is simple:

1. Download the Photoshop CS beta.
2. Create cool imagery in the beta.
3. Download the Powered by Photoshop file and drag the unzipped action onto your Photoshop CS6 application icon.
4. Watermark your image using the Powered by Photoshop CS6 action.
5. Upload the image to the Photoshop Facebook Wall and include the sentence “This image is powered by Photoshop CS6 beta” in your post.

The Photoshop team will choose two watermarked images each week as the cover image for the Photoshop Facebook page, which has more than 4 million fans.

If your image is chosen, don’t worry—they’ll give you credit.

For detailed instructions on the install and submission process, see Jeff Tranberry’s post. Contest rules are here.

Here’s a screenshot from today’s Photoshop CS6 beta Watermark Facebook gallery:

The Photoshop CS6 Beta Watermark Gallery

The Photoshop CS6 Beta Watermark Gallery

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Create 3D Scenes Using Photoshop CS6 Beta’s Vanishing Point

Steve Caplin, author of the How to Cheat in Photoshop book series, combined a still photo and 3D type to create a realistic new scene. He says that the new 3D tools in the Photoshop CS6 beta are so easy to use that it only took him minutes.

To see Steve’s before and after images and learn more about how he did it, read his post in the beta forum. He’s even offered to go through his process in-depth if anyone would like to know details.

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