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Adobe CS4 Master Collection Video Tutorials
This is a work-in-progress as we just received the software (Nov 2008) and I'll be adding tutorials for the next two years. And, of course, just as this page becomes a world-class resource, Adobe will release CS5 and I'll get to do the Sisyphus thang all over again.

NOTE: I started a blog in January of 2009 and began uploading tutorials there rather than here. In hindsight, that was a mistake as the tuts are difficult to locate easily. Will remedy the situation with CS5 (whenever that comes out).

Important Note About these Video Tutorials
What You Should Know

Older Narrated Video Tutorials
Illustrator CS3 | Photoshop CS3 | Flash CS3 | Dreamweaver CS3 | Flash 8 | Photoshop 7

Older Video Tutorials β€” Without Narration
Flash MX2004 | Flash MX | Photoshop 7

 

Shortcuts to Tutorials
Illustrator | Bridge | Photoshop | Camera RAW 5 | Flash | Dreamweaver | InDesign | Acrobat | After Effects | Premiere | Soundbooth | Encore | Inspiration

 

Illustrator CS4 Tutorials

Introduction to Illustrator
In the Dock | Setting the Workspace | Color Settings | Color Space | Setting the Preferences

Student-Generated Ideas and Techniques
Watch This First | Live Trace and Blob Brush Ideas | A Few More Ideas

Appearance and Graphic Styles Panels
Workspace Reminder | Experimentation | Styles Print | If you want the AI file of the print, here it is | Type Effects | If you want the AI file of the Type Effects, here it is | Customizing Graphic Styles | Saving Custom Graphic Styles | Combining Graphic Styles

The Blob Brush
A Hint at the Magic and the Power of this Tool | Customizing the Brush Tip | Alternate Method to Change the Shape and Size of the Brush Tip | Graphic Styles for the Blob Brush | The Blob Brush Meets the Eraser (and it's love at first sight!) |

Clipping Masks that Actually Work!
The ABCs of Clipping Masks | Editing the Contents of the Clipping Mask

The Wacom Tablet and the Pen Stylus
Practice Using a 1 Pixel Brush Tip | Vary the Line Using Pen Pressure | Flip the Pen to Use the Eraser

Live Trace, Live Paint, and Recolor Artwork
Getting Started with Live Trace (You don't have to use the same image I'm using) | Live Trace Options | Into the Dialog Box for Other Options | Bonehead Teacher Alert: Live Paint and Recolor Artwork are NOT the Same Thing! | Recolor Artwork | The Magical Ignore White Checkbox | Altering and Improving Your Existing Work

Tool Tips and Misc. Tricks
In No Particular Order | A Word to the Wise | The Artboard Tool | The Rectangle Tool | The Selection Tool | Checkerboard Shortcut | Under the Rectangle Tool | The Line Segment Tool | The Arc Segment Tool | The Spiral Tool | The Rectangular Grid Tool | Sarah Saves the Day! | The Polar Grid Tool | The Blend Tool | The Rotate Tool | Rotate With More Control | Envelope Mesh | Oops! There's More | The Mesh Tool | The Gradient Tool | Radial Gradients | HELP! | More Help | The Seemingly Useless Pencil Tool | It Pays to Experiment | The Magic Pencil Tool Settings | Stacking Order β€” The Z Axis | Nudging | Outline and Preview Mode | Bounding Box | Changing Units With Rulers | The Eraser Tool | Tear Out Menus | Warp and Pucker and Bloat, Oh My! |

The Overlooked and Underused Panels
What these Tutorials are All About | Align, Transform, and Pathfinder | Align and Distribute | Pathfinder | Navigator | Organizing Color Panels | Where are the Gradients in the Gradient Panel? | Lots o' Swatches | Get Kuler | Connections Preview | Bridge and Adobe ID (sign up) | Connections (coming soon as it's glitching on Adobe's site right now)

Third Party Tutorials, Resources, and Info
Adobe TV | Adobe How-To | Layers | Real World |

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Bridge CS4 Tutorials

Introduction to Bridge
Important Info | Launching Bridge Automatically at Login | The Basics to Begin | Hiding Bridge | Organizing, Sorting, and Setting Favorites | Batch Rename

Third Party Tutorials, Resources, and Info
Link |

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Photoshop CS4 Tutorials

Illustrator/Photoshop Portfolio/Web Workflow
Setting the Colorspace | Illustrator to Photoshop | Smart Object Option | Step 1 | Step 2 | Alternate Method | Colorspace Check and Organization | Resizing the Image | Open in Camera RAW | Adjust in Camera RAW | Better Example of Camera RAW Adjustments (quickly done β€” watch prior movie for additional details) | Saving a JPG for Your Website

Cool New Features in Photoshop
Resolution Magic | Smooth Panning and Zooming | New Navigator | Rotate Canvas | New Brush Sizing Option | Clone Stamp Preview | Adjustment Panel | Deleting Layers | PSD files in Camera RAW | Dodge and Burn Tools that Actually Work |

Third Party Tutorials, Resources, and Info
Adobe TV | John Nack | CSFour | NAAP | Layers |

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Camera RAW 5 Tutorials

Introduction to Camera RAW
Info

Third Party Tutorials, Resources, and Info
Link |

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Flash CS4 Tutorials

Introduction to Flash
Info

Third Party Tutorials, Resources, and Info
Adobe TV | Layers |

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Dreamweaver CS4 Tutorials

Introduction to Dreamweaver
Adobe TV |

Third Party Tutorials, Resources, and Info
Layers |

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InDesign CS4 Tutorials

Introduction to InDesign
Info

Third Party Tutorials, Resources, and Info
Adobe TV | Layers | Creative Pro | ID Secrets | IDer |

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Acrobat 9 Pro Tutorials

Introduction to Acrobat
Info

Third Party Tutorials, Resources, and Info
Link |

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After Effects CS4 Tutorials

Introduction to After Effects
Info

Third Party Tutorials, Resources, and Info
Adobe TV | Layers |

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Premiere CS4 Tutorials

Introduction to Premiere
Info

Third Party Tutorials, Resources, and Info
Adobe TV | Layers |

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Soundbooth CS4 Tutorials

Introduction to Soundbooth
Info

Third Party Tutorials, Resources, and Info
Link |

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Encore CS4 Tutorials

Introduction to Encore
Info

Third Party Tutorials, Resources, and Info
Link |

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General Design and Inspiration
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Third Party Inspiration
Andy Gilmore | Abduzeedo |

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