Adobe CS 6
As a design enthusiast and amateur photoshop user, I've always been interested in various image editing and correction software. Considering I create artwork and designs more as a hobby than for money, I've generally swayed away from the Photoshops and Corel Draws of the design world. I generally use trial versions for the 1 month that they work and then hunt for more.
Recently I read about the new Creative Suite from Adobe called CS6. The article spoke about exciting new features that the creative industry was drooling over and, one particular video speaking of 6 brilliant new features of Photoshop CS6 (http://tv.adobe.com/watch/cs6-creative-cloud-feature-tour-for-design/russell-brown-six-favorite-features-from-photoshop-cs6-in-six-minutes/?sdid=JUMMY) had me drooling a little too. Russell Brown, the creative director at Adobe, in the video says that the new creative suite is magic and I thought to myself, wouldn't anyone speak that way about their own product? But then I saw the features he was talking about.
An intuitive Content Aware Move tool lets you cut and paste parts of your flattened image and fills up the blank space left behind, all in one click. A Blur gallery adds more blur filters to create tilt-shift, various different focal points and even perspective blurs, all with one simple command. And best of all, video editing in Photoshop itself! I immediately downloaded the trial version from here - http://www.adobe.com/in/downloads/?sdid=JUMTN and started playing around with all of these features.
I explored the Adobe site a little more and found awesome new features in other software too. I've tried my hand at Illustrator a few times and while I find it a little too technical for my liking, the new Pattern Creation tool looks like a designers wet dream! Check out the video - http://tv.adobe.com/watch/cs6-creative-cloud-feature-tour-for-web/pattern-c...
The Image Trace tool however, is the most exciting for me because converting raster images from Photoshop into vectors in Illustrator has always been a concern for me. In the new Illustrator, the trace tool lets you turn raster images into vectors with ease - http://tv.adobe.com/watch/cs6-creative-cloud-feature-tour-for-design/new-im...
Having worked for a digital and print magazine, I've also had a go at InDesign and Dreamweaver in the past, and while I wouldn't really use this software myself, you might find them interesting. InDesign now lets you create layouts for multiple screen sizes and devices, all in one file. It's truly fantastic because every online mag or website developer's biggest concern is compatibility with computer, mobile and tablet. Check out how easy it is - http://tv.adobe.com/watch/cs6-creative-cloud-feature-tour-for-design/gettin...
Dreamweaver too has a Fluid Grid layout that makes web design and development so much easier - http://tv.adobe.com/watch/cs6-creative-cloud-feature-tour-for-web/fluid-gri...
All-in-all, I was quite impressed with the new Photoshop CS6 and having watched all these videos about the new features in other software in CS6 only makes me wish I could use those too. For all you creative people out there, let me put it simply, Russell Brown claimed that the developers at Adobe had created magic, and after watching these videos, I'm convinced they have.
If you do make a living using Adobe software, you can buy the new creative suite here - http://shop.adobe.com/in?sdid=JUMTL and for those of us, who look to design as a stress buster, get the trial version NOW and experience the magic - http://www.adobe.com/in/downloads/?sdid=JUMTN
Adobe InDesign CS6:
It’s a multi-screen world with your audience accessing content from various devices. InDesign now helps you create multiple versions (not multiple layouts) of your layout to adapt it to different screen sizes AND all this, from a single InDesign file. With all new Liquid Layouts, forget spending time on fitting your content into different sizes based on orientation. See these new features in action ->
Illustrator CS6 - Adobe Mercury Performance System
The Adobe Mercury Performance system is a combination of solutions that makes Illustrator faster, more responsive, and able to handle larger files.
64-bit native support
Makes general processing faster on 64-bit Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Illustrator can now take advantage of RAM beyond 3 GB.
Handle larger files
Concurrent handling of large files is less likely to cause errors, like out-of-memory exceptions. Complex tasks, such as creating package designs, large-format graphics, or cartography, are better handled.
Improved memory handling
Reduces out-of-memory errors for operations such as rasterization, export, and working on several large files simultaneously.
Photoshop CS6 - Retouching and transforming
Content-Aware Move tool
The Content-Aware Move tool lets you quickly recompose images without complex layering or slow, precise selections. Extend mode convincingly expands or contracts objects such as hair, trees, or buildings. Move mode lets you place objects in completely different locations (most effectively when the background remains similar).
1. In the toolbar, hold down the Spot Healing Brush and select the Content-Aware Move tool.
2. In the options bar, choose Mode > Extend or Move. Adaptation options control how closely the new area reflects existing image patterns.
3. In the image, circle the object you want to extend or move, and drag it to a new location.
Premiere Pro CS6 - Redesigned, customizable user interface
New default workspace
Premiere Pro CS6 has a new default editing workspace with larger Source and Program monitors (a configuration referred to as "2-up"). This view allows you to view high-definition video much more easily in this workspace.
To return to the standard editing workspace found in Premiere Pro CS5.5 and earlier, choose Window > Workspace > Editing (CS5.5).
• The 2-up editing workspace (CS6)
• Video: Project panel and Media Browser changes
• Blog: New editing default workspace
Fireworks CS6 - Extract CSS object properties
You can extract CSS object properties, such as rounded corners, gradients, drop shadows, and transformations.
1. Select the object.
2. Select Window > CSS Properties.
3. Click Copy All to copy the CSS properties of the selected object. Click Copy Selected to copy individual properties.
For more information, see Extract CSS properties from design objects using Fireworks CS6.
I've been struggling to align a re-recording dialog for this video I shot at school and a friend suggested I try the new Audition CS6 from Adobe with this new ADR tool - http://tv.adobe.com/watch/cs6-creative-cloud-feature-tour-for-video/how-to-... I have to say it's made my life so much easier. You can get the demo from here - http://www.adobe.com/in/downloads/?sdid=JUMTN and trust me, it'll save you a lot of time.
This is amazing! I love the new SpeedGrade CS6. It gives me complete control on corrections and grading and the new secondary colour correction tool is absolutely brilliant. I found out about it through this video - http://tv.adobe.com/watch/cs6-creative-cloud-feature-tour-for-video/seconda... and after doing some more research I found this one too - http://tv.adobe.com/watch/cs6-creative-cloud-feature-tour-for-video/whats-n... . Now to upgrade to a better GPU!
There are these new awesome content aware move and content aware patch tools in the new Photoshop – check them out - http://tv.adobe.com/watch/cs6-creative-cloud-feature-tour-for-design/russel... and finally photoshop supports a little bit of video work too! And the best part is all the features are available in the demo version I got from here - http://www.adobe.com/in/downloads/?sdid=JUMTN
I filled out a feedback form and Adobe actually added the feature I wanted to Photoshop CS6. Finally video editing in photoshop! You can buy it from here - http://shop.adobe.com/in?sdid=JUMTL or you can find a store in India with this - http://www.adobe.com/in/purchase/?sdid=JUMTM
I needed flexible layouts for my eMag to be compatible with multiple devices. I saw this video - http://tv.adobe.com/watch/cs6-creative-cloud-feature-tour-for-design/gettin... and downloaded InDesign CS6 from here - http://www.adobe.com/in/downloads/?sdid=JUMTN and I have to say, it's absolutely brilliant. I just work with one file and with a few clicks it's compatible with an iPad, a Galaxy Tab and notebook and even mobile.
Photoshop - Selecting Areas of a Photo
In this lesson you'll see how you can use a selection as the basis of a targeted adjustment.