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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 CS6 and Creative Cloud – A Compelling Upgrade!

Adobe Creative Cloud

Over the years Adobe Systems has excelled at creating software that abstracts the latest technology in a way that makes it easy designers to express unique ideas and deliver those ideas in a variety of media. Whether you’re editing an image with Photoshop, creating vector graphics in Illustrator, or laying out a page in InDesign, their goal has always been to give you total creative freedom along with the control and precision to ensure the highest quality when it comes to production. But as times have changed, creating content is no longer enough….

Most designers agree, that there are 3 main areas of challenges:
1. More and more content to create
2. They don’t have time to learn new skills
3. Content discovery is a problem now that media is so fragmented.

More and more content to create

There are new types of content appearing all the time, and the two year upgrade cycles are too slow to accommodate these shifts. For example the first iPad was launched literally weeks after they shipped CS5. Can you imagine if you had to wait until next month before Adobe added any features that would make it easier for people to create content for the iPad? Therefore, Adobe has been investing in different product models so they can be more nimble when it comes to delivering this kind of technology.

Learning new skills

Adobe is also investing extensive resources to make sure designers can create more content types using the tools they already know (e.g. digital publishing with InDesign, video with Photoshop). Another objective is to make sure that all of the new tools leverage existing paradigms that designers are comfortable with – so rather than expecting them to learn to write code, we’re looking at how we can help them create websites using the same approaches they use for page layout.

Content discovery is a problem now that media is so fragmented.

With people accessing information in so many different ways (social, mobile, tablets…) getting your clients messages in front of people in the right way at the right time is harder than ever. So another recent top objective of Adobe Systems is to make it easier to not only create different types of content, but to be able to efficiently distribute or publish that content.

Longer term, by offering these publishing services, designers will have access to the type of reports and data that will help them understand the effectiveness of their work.

Adobe Creative Suite CS6

Enter Adobe Creative Cloud!

With the Adobe Creative Cloud, you can now:

Get the World’s Best Tools: Download all CS6 and other desktop tools – plus integrate with Adobe Touch Apps, so you can work anywhere. Create mobile apps, tablet content, websites, print, interactive, videos… anything you can imagine.
Connect with the Community: Use intuitive cloud-based sync and store collaborate or share your ideas and access your work from anywhere. Get inspired by connecting with a global community of creatives.
Publish Anywhere: Easily publish and deliver content to the web and apps to iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Get your work wherever it needs to go.
Stay a Step Ahead: Always have the most up-to-date technology. Get updates and new products the instant they become available, all included in the low monthly price.

Everything people love in Creative Suite is included. Every single CS application that is normally included in Master Collection. Plus, Adobe is including Acrobat. And Muse and Edge, which will not be part of Creative Suite but will be part of Creative Cloud, Lightroom, which is an incredible product for photography that is not included with any of the suites. And unlike the boxed version software, customers will have access to Windows and Mac versions of all of the desktop tools. Creative Cloud members receive early, immediate access to new features, upgrades, and services as they become available, at no additional cost, and have access to a robust online community where you can share your work, connect with peers, and be inspired.

The tools we use today are expanding beyond the desktop. Adobe is helping creative pros capture their ideas wherever and whenever creativity strikes with the Touch Apps. Adobe is also including cloud-based services that will allow you to create and access files anywhere you want, and publish anywhere you want. Finally, the Creative Cloud will also include an entire set of community resources to give you the inspiration, training, and support you need to be successful.

The idea behind the included the services is the ability to leverage new technologies to help streamline processes that take place before and after content creation. This includes the entire creative process, from capturing ideas while you’re on the go, through to publishing that content anywhere.

Key Design Trends

Here is a great example of this workflow for the Designer that uses Adobe Photoshop.

• Start your work in Photoshop Touch or Collage, some of the Adobe Touch Apps available for iPad and Android tablets
• Sync your files through the Creative Cloud to your Photoshop CS6 desktop application, where you take your initial designs further using the precision tools in Photoshop
• Send your work to Muse, a new desktop application that lets designers easily create standards-based websites
• Add some creative fonts with Typekit
• Publish your site to Business Catalyst, a hosted application for building and managing websites and online businesses
• The beauty of the Cloud is that what is available now, is just the beginning.

And here is another step through example including DPS:

• Start your work in Photoshop Touch or one of the other Adobe Touch Apps
• Add HTML5 interactivity in Adobe Edge
• Bring the work into InDesign, a very familiar environment for a designer
• Publish the content to an iPad using Digital Publishing Suite Single Edition – Creative Cloud members can publish an unlimited number of apps using our DPS solution

Adobe Creative Cloud Workflow

CS6 is without a doubt a large part of the value prop for Creative Cloud. One important clarification is that even though this is called Creative Cloud it doesn’t mean that the products are in the Cloud, after you subscribe, you download the apps and install them on your local hard drive. Just like you use them today.

As always there are loads of new features in every single application that will delight designers and developers. For designers a few of the hottest new features include:

• Mercury performance in Photoshop and Illustrator.
• Pattern creation in Illustrator
• Gradients on strokes in Illustrator
• A group of features in InDesign make it easier for you to adapt a single set of content for multiple layouts.
• For those of you using Dreamweaver they have continued to expand support for HTML5 and CSS3, including a great new feature called Fluid Grid Layouts that makes it easier to design adaptive website layouts.

Fore more information about the Adobe Creative Cloud, visit http://www.adobe.com.

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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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