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2 Creative Ways of using Content-Aware fill in Photoshop CS5 [Adobe TV VIDEO]

This how-to video made the rounds last week on most Social Networks, and I was so impressed that I tweeted it several times.

In this video, Dr. Russell Browns shows two creative ways for using the new content-aware fill feature in Photoshop CS5, beyond the basic Edit > Fill command, namely:

 

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1) using content-aware fill to fill the blank, transparent pixels after rotating (straightening) an image, as illustrated in the first image below.

2) using paths to remove unwanted wires from a photograph, as illustrated in the second image below.

For more information on how you might use the new content-aware fill feature for eLearning and Technical Documents, I posted this video after the global launch of CS5.

 

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Say Hello to Adobe Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite 2: Now for Mac, too [VIDEO]

For weeks now, I have been hinting in my Tweets that new versions of Adobe Captivate and Adobe eLearning Suite were coming soon and that the new versions would introduce amazing new features.

Today, it is my pleasure to introduce Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe eLearning Suite 2 for Windows, and now also for Mac!

 

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There’s so much new functionality to Blog and Tweet about in these new versions of the products that it would be virtually impossible to effectively share everything in a single post, or a single video.

Instead, I will share short posts every other day and include a video, in an effort to highlight my favorite new features and get you ready to tackle these new versions, when the trial downloads become available in a few weeks.

The first video I want to share with you is an overview of the brand new user interface (UI) in Adobe Captivate 5, and the benefits it brings to our existing users. In fact, Captivate has been re-written from the ground up in order to reuse the same code across both platforms.

The new user interface in Adobe Captivate 5 looks and works the same way on Mac as it does on Windows. Also, with this new UI, Captivate now works like other Adobe products, for example Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and FrameMaker, which means that you should be able to comfortably go from any of these applications to the next without missing a beat.

Click the image below to launch the video in a new window.

Adobe Captivate 5 User Interface Video

Additional Resources:

More Adobe Captivate 5 videos:

Will share more videos of my favorite new features in the next couple of
days.

 

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The wait is over. Adobe Creative Suite 5 is available Now!

I’m happy to share that today, Adobe Creative Suite 5 is available for direct purchase and trial on Adobe.com, in English only. French and German will be available on 5/6, and all other European languages on 5/10.

By all measures, the global launch has been a success for us, and we couldn’t be happier with all the rave reviews the CS5 products have received.

 

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Now that the product is shipping and the trials are available for download, we are looking forward to what users have to say about the new features, and I’m especially looking forward to reading about the new content-aware fill feature in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

I’m particularly excited because eventually many of these products will be in the next versions of Adobe eLearning Suite and Adobe Technical Communication Suite.

Here’s some information to help you get the most out of today’s news:

If you haven’t watched the CS5 Global Launch event, here’s the recording:

Additional Resources:

That’s it for now. Enjoy CS5 and I’m off to get ready for the next Adobe launch, stay tuned!

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Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop CS5: Before & After

Like the rest of the Photoshop world, I can’t get enough of reading what people are saying about the new content-aware fill feature in Photoshop CS5.

I also can’t stop trying it on different images, so I decided to use this post as a place where I will showcase before and after images after applying the content-aware fill command.

 

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In case you missed it, yesterday I posted a video showing how this feature can be used in eLearning and Technical Documentation with Adobe Captivate and Adobe FrameMaker.


BEFORE: Image from NationalGeographic.com

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BEFORE: Image from NationalGeographic.com

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BEFORE: Image from NationalGeographic.com

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Say Hello to Adobe CS5

If you watched the global launch of Adobe CS5 like thousands of us did, you are probably blown away by all the new features demonstrated, as well as new applications added to the Suites, such as Flash Catalyst. Along the way, we also introduced new online services, like CS Live and BrowserLab.

 

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If you missed it, you can watch the recording below.

Over the next few weeks, I will be blogging and posting videos on many of these new features and provide my take on how they can apply to eLearning and Technical Communication.

Another reason why I’m personally excited about today’s CS5 launch is because eventually many of these amazing applications will be part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite and Adobe eLearning Suite.

In the meantime, enjoy this video on Adobe TV, and share your favorite new features by leaving a comment below, or by sending me a Tweet @rjacquez.

 

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Adobe Creative Suite 5 First Look: April 12th

I have some very exciting news to share with you! Yesterday (3/23/10) we announced that on April 12th you can take a first look at Adobe Creative Suite C5 during an exclusive global launch event on Monday, April 12, 2010 at 8am PDT / 11am EDT / 5pm CEST.

Register now to participate.

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Over the last few months, the CS5 teams have been posting a number of sneak peek videos on functionality they are working on, and from all the videos I have seen, I find this particular one on content-aware fill in Photoshop one of the most compelling features.

I will continue to share more information about the CS5 launch here and on Twitter @rjacquez, please stay tuned.

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Adobe Illustrator CS4 giveaway on Twitter

I joined Twitter roughly a year ago, and I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every minute of it. It has now become a tradition for me to do a giveaway each time I reach one thousand new users and here we are again, just a few followers away from three thousand. tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.adobe.com/rjacquez/2010/03/adobe_illustrator_cs4_giveaway.html’;
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To celebrate all the great Tweeps I have met, and the great conversations we have had, this time I’m giving away a full copy of Adobe Illustrator CS4 for Windows. I chose Illustrator mainly because it’s not included in my two Suites, namely Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 and Adobe eLearning Suite.

Having said that, here are the rules to participate:

  1. Follow me on Twitter @rjacquez. For those already following me, see step 2.
  2. ReTweet this blog post by clicking the ReTweet button located at the top right of this blog post.
  3. Done.

Unlike previous drawings I’ve done, where every follower qualified, this time I will narrow it to just those who follow these two steps above, so please make sure you follow the steps to qualify.

I will announce the winner on Tuesday, March 23.

Thanks for playing and may the luckiest Tweep win!

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Introducing Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro Mobile for iPhone

Great news, you can now attend Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro meetings using your iPhone or
iPod touch
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We also anticipate iPad users will be able to take advantage of Connect Pro Mobile as well.
 

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Yesterday (2/24/10) Adobe announced the availability of the FREE Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro Mobile
application, which enables you to enjoy immediate access to meetings anytime, anywhere.
You can watch and listen to live presentations including real-time presenter
webcam video and screen sharing demonstrations. You can see who is in
the meeting at any given time, and collaborate with others using live
text chat. VoIP meeting audio will broadcast straight to your device
over a WiFi or 3G connection, or the meeting host may give you the
option to join a telephone conference call.

This application was developed using the Flash platform and the Packager for iPhone to publish it as a native iPhone application.
We will also be able to use the same code to deliver this application on other mobile devices when AIR for mobile devices becomes available later this year. 

Last week at Mobile World Congress, Adobe demonstrated Adobe Connect Pro on a number of devices, including Android. Click HERE for Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2 mobile preview videos.

 

Click HERE to download the app from the iTunes store.

FEATURES:

Attend Connect Pro Meetings with integrated conference call or Voice
over IP audio. Let the meeting call you, and avoid entering cumbersome
dialing codes.

  • See who has joined the meeting, and their role (host, presenter, or attendee)

  • View presentations, PDF documents, videos, and screen sharing provided
    by the meeting organizer. Rotate, pan, and zoom to choose your personal
    ‘best view’ of shared content

  • View webcamera broadcasts from unlimited live camera feeds provided in the meeting

  • Participate in Chat conversations throughout the meeting.

  • Join meetings attended by users on virtually any computer system: Mac,
    Windows, Linux, and Solaris. Plus other mobile attendees on iPhone and
    iPod touch.

 

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Adobe Software and Avatar

In this video, hosted on Adobe TV featuring Jon Landau, Producer of “Avatar“, he describes how Adobe software was used throughout the production of the film.  

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This is a proud moment for all of us at Adobe, who work passionately on these amazing products and hopefully an inspiration to our customers, who continue to push the limits of what’s possible using our Technologies.

Here’s my favorite quote from Producer Jon Landau:

“One of the great things about what Adobe does with its Suite of products, is they give you everything you need to complete your whole process, from concept to finish”

I hope you enjoy seeing Avatar in the theater and this video, and Thank You for using our Adobe products!

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Take a break, watch Avatar Interactive Trailer Powered by Adobe AIR

You probably have seen the trailer on TV for the upcoming Avatar motion picture from
20th Century Fox, but what you haven’t seen are the behind-the-scenes videos,
including interviews with the cast, which are provided exclusively via the Interactive Trailer powered by Adobe AIR. 
 

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This interactive application pauses at certain key points, to allow the viewer to jump out and watch a behind-the-scenes video, then jumps back to the trailer. The app also features feeds from Twitter, and YouTube.

I find the whole interactive experience amazing and the way Social Media is being used to build momentum for the premiere, simply brilliant! I highly recommend that you take a break and check it out!

To download the AIR application, click the image below to navigate to the download page.

Here are a couple of reviews for the Avatar Interactive Trailer powered by Adobe AIR:

 

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