The Mac Lab

Mac Lab Video Tutorials

The majority of CS4 and CS5 tutorials are scattered throughout the blog. Now that the blog has grown beyond my wildest expectations, that turns out to have been a bad decision. Oh well, live and learn.

NEW: 1001 Creative Suite Tips and Tricks (a work in progress)
The Mac Lab Video Tip of the Day (CS5)
Quick Tips: Short Attention Span Tutorials (CS5)

CS5: CS5 Central is a work in progress.

Off-Site Resources for Educators: Adobe Education Exchange | My Resources on the Exchange (registration required)

Classroom Management, Expectations, Rubric: Student Page

For now, there are somewhere around 3,000+ tutorials linked below. Like the regrettable decision to weave new videos into blog posts as I went, many can only be found by following less than obvious links in my old website.

Pre-Blog Tuts
Narrated: CS4 Collection (many additional tuts within blog posts) | Flash CS3 | Illustrator CS3 | Photoshop CS3Dreamweaver CS3 | Flash 8 | Photoshop 7 | Cinema 4D

Without Sound: Flash MX2004 | Flash MX | Photoshop 7

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Sources of Inspiration
Watch First: The A-Ha! Moment | The A-Ha! Post

New sources added regularly. More inspiration: Imagery | Video | Links |

The Original Sources of Inspiration Videos (From the CS3 Page) Worth a look!
What are Sources of Inspiration? | Three Rookies and a Veteran | Another Veteran’s Site |
Bed, Bath, and Bus | Metaphoric Clarifications | Experimentation | Clarifications | Playing Around
Believe | The Video | If you want to see it without me yammering, click
An Unrealized Idea | First Flashing | First Animation (see the SWF here)
Good Idea / Didn’t Work | Thinking in Flash
Masking Prelude | Student Examples: Peter | Brian | Daniel
Make It Your Own | What Others Have Created

Real-Time Exploration of an Idea
Will it Work? | Not a Mask | Starter File | What You’ll Build | Set the Stage | Create the Not-Mask | Duplicate and Position It | Scripting the Buttons | Animating the Image | Scripting the Roundtrip Action | Adding the Preloader (Right-Click to download Preloader File) | Final Thoughts | Right-Click to download The Final FLA

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Written guidelines and narrated video tutorials

Working in the Mac Lab: Accounts and Networking | ELL Tools |

Illustrator CS4:
The Pen Tool Getting Started | Finding the Files | Project Files | Switching Apps | Fundamentals: Turn Smart Guides OffFill, Stroke, and Straight Lines | Smooth Curves | Changing Directions | Practice, Practice, Practice | The Power of the White Arrow | Saving Work | The Maze | Continuing the Maze | Continuing | Finishing the Maze |

The Self Portrait: See this page.

Typography Intro: What You’ll Learn The Holy Trinity of Typography! | Something(s) You Didn’t Know But You Sure as Heck Better Know! | Text Tool Tips Must Know Info! (As is every video that follows!) | Graphic Design Tricks | Adjusting Preferences | Kerning and Shortcut | Fine Kerning | Font Size Adjustment and Shortcut | Adjusting Leading and Shortcut | Adjusting Tracking and Shortcut | Finishing Touch | A Word of Advice and an Extra Tip | Proof of Concept |

Projects: See the Project Page for specifics. (Under Construction)

Food for Thought: Mac Lab Critiques™ |


Learn it all.