December 11, 2009

Download Photoshop help as PDF

Here’s a small but potentially useful bit of info: you can download a PDF copy of the help for Photoshop CS4 by clicking the “View Help PDF” link in the top-left corner of the app help page. (And, what the heck, here’s the direct link.) The same is be true for other Adobe applications.

This is obviously handy if you’re frequently working offline. In the future, you’ll be able to download help content right from within the new Adobe desktop help app, currently available for testing via Adobe Labs.

PS–You can redistribute the content & more as it’s tagged with a Creative Commons license.

Posted by John Nack at 3:27 PM on December 11, 2009


  • Mario — 3:54 PM on December 11, 2009

    I’m waiting for the day that you announce a new lightweight and cheap photoshop killer for web devs. That’s my letter to Santa…

  • Scott Graham — 4:29 PM on December 11, 2009

    Yeah! to the complete downloadability of help in the future.

  • Scott Graham — 4:32 PM on December 11, 2009

    I think that the way “commenting” handles previews and posting aides and abets double posts, maybe?
    or only sometimes? after previewing and posting it offered preview again, which made me think that the post hadn’t gone through

  • john Renfrew — 2:32 PM on December 12, 2009

    The help really needs to have a selection to use OFFLINE before you go to help at all. I can not tell you the number of times I have screamed at the screen as I wait for all the guff to load first before I can ask a simple question that I know is contained inside your help but I have temporarily forgotten, or a new technique I have just picked up. This should be a simple preferences toggle. Please. I really do not care about how clever some people are in the community forums, I would just like a simple technique answer, or some facts.

  • Klaus Nordby — 5:49 AM on December 13, 2009

    Oh, I’d looooove to have a great-looking, easy-to-read complete PDF manual of every Adobe app! Unfortunately, I cannot get that — for all the Adobe documentation PDFs just flunk Typography 101: the damn line measure (character count) of those documents are above 110, whereas all competent typographers have known sine about the time of Aldus Manutius that 60-70 is about the max. number of characters we humans can comfortably read.
    So those Adobe PDF docs just give me eyestrain. And so I must revert to using the online web docs, where I can, praise the Lord, adjust the line measure myself in my browser.
    It is an insuperable mystery to me, that Adobe — which has brilliant typographers like Robert Slimbach on staff! — can keep producing, year after year, PDF docs with such crummy legibility.
    And, while I’m ranting, all these PDF docs are formatted for PRINTING too, with an portrait Letter format, whereas most folks would never print these PDFs, but just read them on-screen — which of course is a landscape page format.
    In short, my mind is boggled at the incompetence of Adobe’s PDF document production department.
    Sorry to be so harsh, John, but maybe public harshness is what is needed to get Adobe to clean up its PDF documentation act?

  • Adrian — 1:19 PM on May 28, 2010

    That’s a great book. I also often download books like this one on for free

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