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Adobe Generation – Promotional Video

Adobe Generation is back – bigger and better than ever! We’re kicking off our 2013/14 courses (which are free and run online  over five weeks) with #PhotoImaging from November 19th.

Sign up now #AdobeGen

Adobe Generation can also be promoted using this video:

NEW: Ask a Pro – Webinars

Following the popularity of the summer series of webinars, we’re back with more tips and tricks on how to use Acrobat XI to the benefit of your workflow or your whole business. Acrobat expert, Ian Campbell, will show you the tools that could already be at your fingertips. Simply register below and we’ll remind you on the day.

Sign anything, anywhere with Adobe Acrobat XI 6 November, 14:00 GMT With so many of us relying on electronic documents nowadays, there has to be an alternative to having to print out paper copies of documents for hand signature. Adobe Acrobat XI can take not just documents but all of your diverse content and enable you to deliver it to colleagues and clients worldwide for easy electronic signing. In this session we’ll show you how.

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Deliver and store information securely with Adobe Acrobat XI 13 November, 14:00 GMT Businesses and organisations need to be able to not only send confidential information securely, but also store information in a way that conforms to agreed ISO standards. Join us to see how Adobe Acrobat XI can not only redact and secure content, but also save content in formats such as PDF/A and PDF/E for reliable storage, retrieval and exchange.

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Collaborate worldwide using Adobe Acrobat XI 20 November, 14:00 GMT Time spent waiting to collect data, review documents or get items signed and authorised can be frustrating and wasteful of resources. We’ll show how, with Adobe Acrobat XI on your desktop, you can create electronic forms that can be used to seamlessly collect data, initiate reviews of content, and send documents for electronic signature – anywhere in the world.

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NEW: Adobe Generation – Free Online Courses for Students

Adobe Generation Is Back; 2013/14 Syllabus Launches with Two Additional Creative Courses

Video Production and Apps Design courses now available alongside Photo Imaging, Animation and Games Design through Adobe Generation

London, UK.—  12 November, 2013 Adobe today announces the return of Adobe Generation with the rollout of five new free online courses, which will support up to 50,000  students (aged 14-19) and teachers across the UK to develop the creative skills needed in today’s digitally driven workforce and education system. Following the success of the courses in 2012, Adobe Generation 2013/14 will be kicking off on Tuesday 19th November until 8th July next year.

Bigger and more expansive than before, Adobe Generation now includes Video Production and App Design courses alongside the existing course portfolio of Photo Imaging, Games Design and Animation. The introduction of the extra courses will mean students have the opportunity to develop a wider range of digital design skills and responds to the growing demands from industry for multi skilled individuals – known as the ‘new creatives.’

Each course runs over a five week period, with one live online session taking place every week over Adobe Connect on a Tuesday at 7pm. Students will be taught a different aspect of their chosen discipline each week and will be set tasks to help them put those skills into practice via a free trial of Adobe Creative Cloud, with the best work each week being awarded a prize. Students will also have access to recordings of each weekly session so they can catch-up if they missed it live.

In addition to learning key creative skills, such as how to plot a story line of a game or cut and edit a video into a final narrative sequence, students will also be able to explore different creative careers firsthand. Each week, industry experts including world class fashion photographer Kevin Foord and national newspaper Photo Editor Jason Brake, will lead the course and share their own experiences of what it is like to work in their chosen field, as well as provide advice on how students can become the next big games designer or movie producer.

Students who complete the courses will be given an Adobe certificate to help validate their skills and bolster their portfolio ahead of applying for university or a job. They will also be encouraged to continue their learning and move towards Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) – a national qualification validating entry-level skills in digital communications using Adobe tools.

Mark A’ Bear, Education Manager at Adobe UK said: “Employers are increasingly looking for multi-skilled creatives, and we are confident that the new, expanded set of Adobe Generation courses will support young people in becoming that. Adobe Generation was a great success last year. Students that took part told us that the courses not only helped to boost their confidence and digital skills, but many also used the portfolio of work they created  to apply for a job or a place at university. Likewise, almost a quarter of people who took part last year were teachers looking to develop their own digital skills for professional development and use in the classroom. We urge students and teachers alike to sign up to this year’s Adobe Generation and experience firsthand how the courses can benefit them.”

Details of 2013/ 2014 courses are:

  • Photo Imaging – runs each Tuesday from 19th November -  17th December at 7- 8:30pm
  • Animation – runs each Tuesday from 7th January – 4th February  at 7- 8:30pm
  • Video – runs each Tuesday from 25th February – 25th March at 7- 8:30pm
  • Games Design –runs each Tuesday from 29th April – 27th May at 7- 8:30pm
  • App Design – runs each Tuesday from 10th June – 8th July at 7- 8:30pm

To sign up to the new courses or find out more information visit or follow us on Twitter using #AdobeGen.

Education Event: Creative Cloud Packager and Deploying CC Applications in Education

Join Karl Gibson, the Product Manager for the Enterprise IT tools, as he discusses how, by using the Creative Cloud Packager, you can make deployment of Adobe Creative Cloud a smoother and simpler process. This webinar provides a great opportunity to learn about the end-to-end workflow of how Education customers obtain, package, deploy and update their Creative Cloud applications.

Register today and we’ll send you broadcast information ahead of the webinar.

Event Information:

  •  Date: 19th November 2013
  • Time: 11:00AM GMT (12:00PM CET)
  • Presenter: Karl Gibson, Product Manager for the Enterprise IT Tools


New: Updates to Adobe Video Applications

Major Updates to Adobe Video Apps Now Available

More than 150 Innovations Added to Creative Cloud Video Products and Adobe Anywhere for Video

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Oct. 31, 2013 Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of major new updates to the video apps in Adobe Creative Cloud, including new capabilities in Adobe Premiere Pro CCAdobe After Effects CCAdobe SpeedGrade CCAdobe Prelude CCAdobe Media Encoder CC and Adobe Story CC Plus.

Important updates will also be added to Adobe Anywhere® for video, to enable a range of tasks from ingest and logging to visual effects collaboration for large teams. A new Adobe Anywhere iPad app enables editors to browse shared productions and play media and sequences from the Adobe Anywhere Server on their iPads.

Today’s updates, which were initially previewed in September at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), include a direct link color pipeline between Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe SpeedGrade CC, expanded native support for brilliant visuals including 4K high frame rate content, a new mask tracker in Adobe After Effects, the Adobe Prelude CC Live Logger iPad app and many other feature enhancements.

“We’ve seen many broadcasters, filmmakers and video professionals adopt our video apps in Creative Cloud and Adobe Anywhere as they look for a toolset that allows them to thrive in the face of reduced budgets and demanding production timelines,” said Bill Roberts, director, video product management, Adobe. “The new features and services give our customers the streamlined workflow they have been asking for, while also continuing our commitment to provide significant innovations frequently for Creative Cloud members and Adobe Anywhere users.”

Creative Cloud offers video professionals a membership-based service that provides users with unlimited access to download and install flagship Adobe professional video desktop applications as well as the full range of Adobe desktop applications for design, Web and photography. With Creative Cloud membership, users also have access to publishing services to deliver apps and websites, the ability to synch cloud storage, and new products and exclusive updates as soon as they’re released. This offers more efficient ways to share work with colleagues and the creative community; and enables more innovation, collaboration and efficient productions from post to broadcast. Key new updates to the video tools in Adobe Creative Cloud include:

  • A new Direct Link Color Pipeline between Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe SpeedGrade CC provides an integrated workflow that allows users to share multi-track timelines seamlessly back and forth; open Adobe Premiere Pro CC sequences in Adobe SpeedGrade CC quickly; and see the results as effects in Adobe Premiere Pro CC that are managed by the Lumetri Deep Color Engine.
  • Expanded native support for 4K and higher resolutionshigh frame rates and RAW formats, enables editors to work with footage from the hottest new high-res cameras, including the 6K Red Dragon, natively – without having to wait to transcode and re-wrap files.
  • The Mask Tracker in Adobe After Effects CC enables video professionals to create masks and apply effects that track automatically frame-by-frame throughout a composition to save countless hours of tedious work.
  • A more streamlined editing environment provides editors with new definable metadata capabilities including a new monitor overlay along with enhanced multi-cam support that makes it easy to turn individual camera angles on or off as you edit.
  • The Adobe Prelude CC Live Logger iPad app, which enables users to log notes, events, and other data on their iPad while shooting, including the ability to sync with timecode on set via supported wireless timecode systems, and then sync metadata to footage via Creative Cloud for faster editing.
  • Advanced color grading with the new SpeedLooks in Adobe SpeedGrade CC offers dedicated camera patches. This allows users to match the color spaces even across different camera formats. New multiple masks and linked mask layers capabilities also enable Adobe SpeedGrade CC users more control over complex looks.
  • Adobe Anywhere Support for Adobe After Effects CC enables visual effects and motion graphic artists using Adobe After Effects CC to collaborate with other production team members, without the need to learn new software.
  • Adobe Anywhere iPad App that enables users to view productions and play back sequences on the Adobe Anywhere server from the field or a remote location.
  • Better media management enables users to find and load video assets with the new Media Browser in After Effects, improved workflows when linking back to source content with Link and Locate in Adobe Premiere Pro and automated image processing for customized media output with Adobe Media Encoder

Pricing and Availability

Current Adobe Creative Cloud members receive all of these innovations as part of their existing membership, at no extra cost. Special promotional pricing is available to existing customers who own CS3 or later. Individual, education, team, government and enterprise membership plans are available. For pricing details, visit:

For Adobe Anywhere pricing, please contact an Adobe account representative at or visit

For more information on Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Prelude CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC, Adobe Story CC Plus and other apps available in Adobe Creative Cloud, visit

The Adobe Prelude CC Live Logger iPad app and Adobe Anywhere iPad app are now available in the Apple app store.

New: Creative Cloud Packager V1.3

A new version of Creative Cloud Packager has been released.

For the latest information go to:

What’s new in Creative Cloud Packager 1.3?

The following features are now available in Creative Cloud Packager 1.3

  • You can now package native installers using Creative Cloud Packager. This enables you to package apps such as Adobe Muse and Adobe Edge family of products.
  • You can now package archived or CS6 versions of Creative Cloud apps.

The readme has version information and answers to many frequently asked question.

Adobe Applications for Education

We’re pleased to announce that we have published a unique resource – “Adobe Apps for Education” – that seeks to give our customers and partners an introduction to Adobe software applications, learn what they can create, and get inspired with ideas (and tutorials) for sample projects using these tools. Our Adobe Education Leaders asked us to create this and we have responded with what we hope will be an extremely useful resource.

This is a great resource to reference when you’re talking to customers about the benefits and uses of Adobe software in Education and when answering the question “How do I learn to use your software to create?”

The resource will be available exclusively on the Adobe Education Exchange and is published in three different formats (low resolution interactive PDF for the web, high resolution interactive PDF for the web, and print PDF).

Check it out here:

Here’s the low resolution version: Adobe_Apps_for_Education_lores

And, here’s an example of what you will find on the Education Exchange:

Creative Classroom Activities eSeminar Series – Image Editing Session

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 by Pip Cleaves

Session One of the Creative Classroom Series focussed on Image Editing. Our Presenters and the resources shared are listed below.

  1. Brett KentPhotoshop Basics – 05 What Does a Histogram Tell Us?
  2. Andrew Bleach…See more
 Session One of the Creative Classroom Series focussed on Image Editing. Our Presenters and the resources shared are listed below.

Update: UK Education Web Site

The UK Education web sites have all been updated with the latest Creativity Study, the latest resources and up-to-date links. Bookmark the following:

Adobe for Academics

There’s a great web site for educational resources, tutorials and ‘how to’ guides at:

Links to resources are available by:

By Activity

  • Images & Pictures
  • Presentations
  • Documents
  • Video & Audio
  • Figures & Illustrations
  • Productivity & Admin

By Discipline

  • Extracurricular
  • Science & Engineering
  • Math
  • Health & Medicine
  • Business
  • Law
  • Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Journalism
  • Liberal Arts

By Product

  • Photoshop Touch
  • Adobe Connect
  • Adobe Muse
  • Adobe Story
  • Adobe Captivate
  • Adobe Edge Animate
  • Media Encoder
  • Adobe Presenter
  • After Effects
  • Lightroom
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Audition
  • Photoshop
  • Acrobat
  • Adobe Ideas

Within the tutorials section you can learn:

  • How to make a web site using Illustrator and Muse
  • Design an eye-catching poster
  • Make a photo slideshow
  • Create a PDF portfolio
  • Make a form for collecting information
  • 5 simple ways to enhance a photo

…….. and many, many, more tutorials

Go to:


Barriers to Creativity in Education

An online survey of 4,000 people was conducted, including 2,000 Educators and 2,000 Parents of students in schools and Higher Education.

Creativity can change the world. In a recent survey, 85% of people agreed that creative thinking is critical for problem solving in their career. And with the challenges the world is facing today in our global economy, in our environment, and in social issues, the need for creative ideas has never been greater. Which is why we believe creativity must be a priority in education.

Creativity is for everyone. Educators have an opportunity and an obligation to foster creativity in their students, while also helping them develop digital skills. When students become creators of digital content, they can amplify their ideas and increase their impact. To that end, Adobe youth programs have brought cutting-edge digital tools to over 150,000 students in underserved communities around the globe. 82% wish they had more exposure to creative thinking as students.

The full study can be downloaded via this link:


Also, check out the video on the Education web site at: