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Adobe Captivate 6 Training Introduction

Adobe Captivate 6 Training Introduction: In this learning series, we will be building a professional eLearning project in Adobe Captivate that will target pre-k/elementary students and help them learn more about the animals of the jungle. We will start with the very basic but important steps of planning your project, finding and creating images, creating a new project in Captivate, and adding slides and interactions.

After you learn the basics, we will quickly move on to adding quiz slides, adding advanced interactions, building customized navigation, and deploying your project to an LMS. We will also look at various ways in which we can plan and prepare your project for deployment to mobile devices such as the iPad and take your eLearning courses to the next mLearning level.

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Adobe Photoshop CS6 Creating Transparent Background Images

In this Adobe Photoshop CS6 training video, you will learn how to convert a jpg image to png format and drop the background to transparent. In this example video, we are preparing our images for an eLearning project that will be designed and developed in Adobe Captivate 6 and the Adobe eLearning Suite.

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Adobe Creative Suite 6 Launch – High Value and Affordable Price!

In case you missed the BIG NEWS, … today Adobe Systems officially launched the ultimate toolkit for design, web, and video professionals – the Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 and the Adobe Creative Cloud! This highly anticipated release included 14 updated applications and four Creative Suites including the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, and Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection. The release of the new Creative Suite 6 was amplified by the parallel release of the subscription-based offering of the Adobe Creative Cloud.

After the launch today we confirmed that the Creative Cloud will provide users with the ability to download and install every Adobe CS6 application. Creative Cloud also integrates Adobe Touch Apps into your workflow, introduces cloud-based sync and store capabilities, and also includes web hosting, TypeKit, Edge, and Adobe Muse. This is exciting news, but the most anticipated news was the pricing for the new Creative Suite 6. This brings good news and more good news!

We were very happy to confirm that Adobe has launched an entirely new way of purchasing the CS6 and the Creative Cloud. This subscription service gives you access to all of CS6 apps, for a monthly fee of $49.99 ($29.99 for current licensed CS3, CS4, and CS5 customers). This brings the creative opportunities to an entirely new level with high value and attractive pricing. If you are still interested in box version pricing, this option is still on the table and you can see a full comparison of feature sets and pricing at the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Buying Guide site.

Adobe Creative Suite CS6

The new Creative Suite drives its speed and performance benefits from Adobe’s Mercury graphic engine, which takes advantage of the graphics processors found within today’s PCs and Macs to speed up image processing. The new version of Adobe Photoshop boasts Lightning fast screen redraw of complex gradients, gaussian blurs, and rendering effects as well as unprecedented speed and responsiveness during real-time image editing (Liquify, Puppet-Warp).

Illustrator CS6 boasts new image tracing and pattern creation tools and in this new version you can create complex variable width gradient strokes in with ease. Quickly accomplish daily tasks in a modern, streamlined interface. Tools, panels, and controls are still where you expect them, but daily tasks take fewer steps and your interactions are faster and more direct. With continuous control of interface brightness, you can match the look of other Adobe design tools. Panel updates include expandable color-sampling areas and hex-value editing in the Color panel. You can edit names of layers, styles, and swatches directly in the panel, and the Character panel shows previously hidden options.

Adobe Illustrator CS6

Premiere Pro CS6 gets a similar speedup, along with expanded multicam capability, new trimming tools, and native support for new digital cinema cameras. You now have the ability to work without interruption in After Effects, Premiere Pro, and throughout Production Premium CS6. Combined with Transmit I/O, the application is more suited than ever to the professional editing suite. A new addition, Prelude lets you get started selecting shots and creating a rough cut, while SpeedGrade finishes the project, allowing you to craft the perfect look.

With the updated support for the jQuery mobile and Phonegap frameworks, Dreamweaver CS6 allows you to build native applications for the iOS, Android, Blackberry, webOS and Symbian platforms leveraging HTML, CSS and Javascript. Dreamweaver’s Live View feature is based on Webkit, and this release supports the most current Webkit version which means it supports the latest HTML5 capabilities – cross-browser consistency, text-shadow renders, etc.

Photoshop CS6 is unmatched in its ability to help you bring your creative visions to life. Experience imaging magic and realize your creativity in exciting ways—all while achieving peak performance. Create videos directly within Photoshop CS6 using footage from your DSLR and other cameras. Edit raw image files with state-of-the-art tools. Use filters and editing controls to make your images look just the way you want. Create amazing panoramas. Remove image content, and then use Content-Aware technology to magically fill in the space left behind. Paint with a natural feel and realistic results. And maximize your hardware investment with cross-platform 64-bit support and the new Mercury Graphics Engine, which delivers blazing-fast interactions in key editing tools. Make your visions reality with the state-of-the-art imaging capabilities in Photoshop CS6.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Video

Flash Professional CS6 gets new “sprite sheets” for game development, the ability to build hardware-accelerated 2D content with the Starling framework, and to build apps prepackaged with the Adobe AIR runtime. With support for the Toolkit for CreateJS extension, designers and animators can export their assets to HTML5/JavaScript using Grant Skinner’s open source CreateJS framework. This allows your animations to run on any HTML5 compatible browser on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

Adobe Flash CS6 for Mobile

InDesign CS6 introduces the new Adaptive Design Tools (Liquid Layout, alternate layout, linked content, and the Content Collector tools) that will radically change the way you work—allowing you to more easily leverage and adapt page layouts for the myriad print pages, devices and screens for which content now needs to be designed.

All-in, this is the most compelling upgrade offer in the history of the Adobe Creative Suite. Adobe has indicated that not everything will be available at first, but most of what was presented in the launch webcast will be available by the fall, and, of course, CS6 is included from the initial subscription download. While there was no mention of the exact date that the Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud would be available, we are guesstimating that the initial subscription service will be available within the next 30 days. You can sign in now to see if you qualify for the special offer of $29.99/month and get ready to take your creativity to the next level!

If you are an Adobe Creative Suite Veteran, you can learn the new Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud features by checking out Adobe TV!  If you are new to the Adobe Creative Suite applications, the fastest, most efficient way to learn is with Online Adobe Training Courses led by a live instructor. Here is how you get started: Adobe Dreamweaver Training, Adobe Fireworks Training, Adobe Flash Training, Adobe Illustrator Training, Adobe InDesign TrainingAdobe Photoshop Training

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10 Great New Features of Adobe Photoshop CS6

Yesterday, Adobe released a public beta of Adobe Photoshop CS6, the flagship photo and graphic editing program for professionals.  If you are picking up the online buzz about this new software release and would like to download the release beta, just browse to http://labs.adobe.com While the final release of Photoshop CS6 will be refined and tweaked, after about 24 hours of making Photoshop jump through the hoops, we are seeing a very stable build of this new software release. This version will remain free for public use until the full release date, which we guesstimate will be later next month or early in May.

Overall, Photoshop CS6 now has over 60 user-feedback-inspired features, including a totally revamped crop tool, auto recovery, auto-save, layer search features, refined HDR, and video editing options.  Also, every slider for the Camera Raw 7.0 plug-in has an updated and enhanced algorithm.

“Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance. We couldn’t wait to share this beta of Photoshop CS6 with our customers and are looking forward to hearing from them and seeing the ways they are incorporating the beta into their daily creative workflows.”
[dark_headline]Winston Hendrickson, Vice President Digital Imaging, Adobe Systems[/dark_headline]

Here is a quick list of ten great new features that we have discovered over the past 24 hours.

1. New Darker Interface Design (Customizable)

The first thing you will notice about Photoshop CS6 , is a fully redesigned UI that has a much darker and richer look, similar to what you will see working in the most current version of Adobe Premiere. However, if you don’t like this new look, you can revert to the light gray color theme using the Photoshop preferences

Photoshop CS6

2. Content –Aware Move Tool

Using the Content-Aware Move Tool in Photoshop CS6 allows you to make a loose selection around an object and drag it to a new position. Photoshop then fills in the background and blends the object while you sit back and watch. This new feature is long awaited and refined. It works very well!

Photoshop CS6 Content-Aware

3. Autosave

Finally! Photoshop now has the ability to autosave your document every few minutes while you are working.  Now Photoshop saves your work in the background and you can tell it how often with setting options from every 5 minutes to an hour. No more worries about losing work to an unexpected crash, power surge, or accidental system shutdown.

4. New and Improved Crop Tool

One of the most basic but impressive features is the new Photoshop CS6 nondestructive Crop tool with new composition controls. CS6 now lets you preview Golden Ratio, Diagonal, Triangle, and Golden Spiral overlays. You can also use the updated Crop tool to straighten images and change the aspect ratio of your images with a much faster/easier workflow, without accidentally changing resolution and image quality.

Photoshop CS6 Crop Tool

5. The New Blur Gallery

In Photoshop CS6, Adobe has introduced three new filters that will make photographers very happy. This new and welcomed gallery includes Field Blur, Iris Blur, and Tilt-Shift. Field Blur allows you to create a simple overall blur, or a blur from point A to point B. The Iris Blur creates an ellipse around the area of focus, which can be adjusted to include more or less pixels in the photo you are editing. Tilt-Shift empowers you with the ability to replicate the popular miniaturization effects by adding blur from a plane.

Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery


6. Character and Paragraph Styles

Like many of the other Adobe Creative Suite solutions, Photoshop CS6′s new Character Style and Paragraph Style Panels enable you to save your favorite font, size, color, and other type-related settings and edit/apply them using the fly-out panels. This can be a huge time saver and workflow option for print and web designers.

7. Search Layer Functionality

In Photoshop CS6 you can now search for layers by layer type, name, layer effect, blending mode, layer style, and color. If you know the name of the layer that you would like to find, – simply type the name into the search box at the top of the panel and you are there! No doubt this feature will save you some production time and frustration.

8. New HDR Updates

The beta of Photoshop CS6 has updated algorithms, options, and presets for photographers who like to use high-dynamic-range images. These improved algorithms reduce halos and there is also an Edge Smoothness check box to suppress the sharpness of the edge. This allows a higher amplification of the texture or detail of the photograph.

9. Skin Tones Color Range Select

Photoshop CS6 now has more controls for preserving skin tones in photographs where you would like to change or adjust the skin color. You can also preserve skin tones as you make changes to other parts of the image. You can find a Skin Tones option under the Color Range Panel. Check the ‘Detect Faces’ check box to allow greater control while editing the skin tone in your photographs.

Photoshop CS6 Skin Tone

10. Video Editing

Photoshop CS6 has some new features if you are interested in editing video without leaving your favorite photo-editing tool. You can import videos, manage them from a timeline, add transitions, and create motion graphic effects using keyframe options.

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  • New Darker Interface Design
  • Content –Aware Move Tool
  • Autosave
  • New and Improved Crop Tool
  • The New Blur Gallery
  • Character and Paragraph Styles
  • Search Layer Functionality
  • New HDR Updates
  • Skin Tones Color Range Select
  • Video Editing

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Adobe Systems Inc. has most recently released Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 which empowers photographers to perfect their images, organize all of their photographs, and share their creative vision—all with one fast, intuitive application. Although this software solution is in its fourth release, we still quite often have customers that ask, “What is the difference between Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.” The short answer is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom provides all the tools you need for digital photography in one intuitive solution. Lightroom helps photographers work fast and efficiently, while maintaining the highest quality. Adobe Photoshop software is the industry standard in digital image editing, with advanced tools for detailed, pixel-level editing and working with multi-layered files.

The second question is usually, “Why should I use Lightroom if I already have Photoshop?” Lightroom is designed to boost your efficiency by handling all the tasks a digital photographer faces in one intuitive environment. It includes powerfully simple one-click adjustments, as well as the widest range of advanced tools for efficiently processing sets of images, organizing photo libraries, and sharing images.

To see Adobe Lightroom 4 in action, check out the Lightroom Youtube channel and some of the feature videos that they are posting there:

“The improvements in Lightroom’s Development module are so significant, and so much better than what we’ve ever had before, that I think you’ll be hard-pressed to find most anyone still using Lightroom 3 in just a few months from now. In fact, if they didn’t add another feature, it would still be worth the upgrade just to get better looking images.”
[dark_headline]Scott Kelby -Photoshop Guru[/dark_headline]

If you are already familiar with Adobe Lightroom, here is a quick list of the top 10 new features!

1. Highlight and shadow recovery—Bring out all the detail that your camera captures in dark shadows and bright highlights. Now you have more power than ever before to make great images under challenging lighting conditions.

2. Photo book creation—Create beautiful photo books from your images with a variety of easy-to-use templates included in Lightroom, and then upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.

3. Location-based photo organization—Find and group images by location, easily assign locations to images, or plot a photo journey. Automatically display location data from GPS-enabled cameras and camera phones.

4. Extended video support—Organize, view, and make adjustments and edits to video clips. Play and trim clips, extract still images from them, or adjust clips with the Quick Develop tool.

5. White balance brush—Get more consistent color across your image in scenes with mixed lighting sources. A flexible brush lets you refine and adjust white balance in targeted areas of your shot.

6. 4 Additional editing brushes—Expand your creative control by targeting particular areas of your images using new local editing brushes for noise reduction and moiré removal.

7. Video publishing—Easily share video clips in HD format on Facebook and Flickr.® Or save HD clips formatted for phones, tablets, TV, and more.

8. Soft proofing—Save time and ink and help ensure your prints meet your expectations. Soft proofing lets you preview how an image will look when printed with color-managed printers.

9. Enhanced online sharing integration—Easily post images to more social media and photo sharing sites like Facebook and Flickr®. With selected sites, online comments about your images are visible within Lightroom.

10. Emailing from Lightroom—Email images directly from Lightroom using the email account of your choice.
Importing libraries from other software—Bring the power and elegance of Lightroom to all your images, new and old. Easily import photos from other applications.

Another notable, if not very important feature is a BIG price drop! The price is now only US$149 for the full version (half the price of the last version), and just $79 to upgrade from any previous version (LR1, LR2, or LR3) Students and teachers can purchase the full education edition for $79. And there is free shipping for all Lightroom 4 products until March 31st.

  • Highlight and shadow recovery
  • Photo book creation
  • Location-based photo organization
  • Extended video support
  • White balance brush
  • Additional editing brushes
  • Video publishing
  • Soft proofing
  • Enhanced online sharing integration
  • Emailing from Lightroom

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Software News from the Adobe MAX Conference 2011

Adobe MAX Conference 2011

There are quite a few very exciting things happening at Adobe Systems right now. Many of the latest developments have been released since the Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles. This conference covered all of the news for designers, developers, and business leaders in the creative world as well as educational and training industries. The BIG news is that Adobe really is transforming the creative process that brings information to the browser, mobile devices, personal computers, and the cloud.

Here are some of the highlights and industry news related to Adobe Software Development and Adobe Online Training:

1) Adoobe has now acquired Nitobi, which supports PhoneGap for HTML5 Mobile Development. The PhoneGap technology allows developers to create native applications using web technologies such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery to build and deploy applications to mobile platforms.

2) Adobe just released Adobe Edge Preview 3 at Adobe Labs. Adobe Edge is a new web motion and interaction design tool that allows designers to bring animated content to websites, using web standards like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3. This new release includes has a new built-in code snippet library and the ability to add custom JavaScript.

3) Adobe Creative Cloud, has been released, which is a new initiative that totally changes the content creation process. Adobe is pushing for the Creative Cloud to become a focal point for the worldwide creative community, where creative professionals can utilize desktop and tablet applications and other creative services, as well as collaborate and share their work online.

4) Adobe Systems has also released a new family of touch screen applications referred to as the Adobe Touch Apps, that are designed for Android and iPad tablets. These applications enable anyone to explore ideas and present their creativity on these mobile platforms. You can learn more about theses new apps by visiting the following sites: Adobe Collage, Adobe Debut, Adobe Ideas, Adobe Kuler, Adobe Photoshop Touch, and Adobe Proto.

5) More recent news includes the acquisition of Typekit, a service that allows you to easily incorporate, various fonts into your web pages and sites. This service will be included as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud.

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