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Fun with Adobe Creative Suite Panels

The possibilities with Adobe Creative Suite are endless. For this reason and more, Adobe CS has become the industry standard for graphic design, video production and many other creative professions. Programs such as Adobe’s Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign have revolutionized several industries and are now more accessible to the average consumer than ever before. At the Fort Collins Digital Workshop, we consistently see students who have been forced into these complex programs by their employers in the hopes they’ll be able to bring design work in-house. However, Adobe CS is designed for...

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Adobe Creative Suite Isn’t Just for Designers

The Fort Collins Digital Workshop has been around for seven years, and we’ve spoken with plenty of neighbors, friends and innumerable acquaintances about the beauty of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Funny thing is, after all this time, we’re still hearing the same objections to using Adobe Creative Suite (CS) as we did back in the day. If you’re on the fence about picking up Photoshop or another Adobe program, there’s a strong chance you fall into one of these categories: My brain melts just looking at all the buttons My wallet bursts into flames just looking at the price tag I...

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Windows 8: Adobe Photoshop Express

Peeking in on Photoshop Express using Windows 8 The words “free” and “Photoshop” are rarely used together. But, Adobe Photoshop Express changed all that when it launched on Android, iOS tablets and smartphones. Photoshop Express offers one-touch controls for basic photo-editing tools and simple effects. If you are looking for a good way to get a taste for Adobe Photoshop or other Adobe CS software, Adobe Photoshop Express might be the perfect doorway. Recently, Adobe added Photoshop Express to the Microsoft Store, making the app available for Windows 8 devices. Its features can be put to use...

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Simple Adobe Photoshop Effects: Black & White Photos

We all love a crisp, high-resolution photo, but nothing beats the classic quality of a good black and white. Using Adobe Photoshop, you can turn just about anything black and white, and to be honest it doesn’t take all that much effort…if you know the few simple steps, that is. That’s where we come in. Photoshop offers several methods to turn an image black and white. For instance, you can go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Black & White and that will automatically generate the desired effect. But, if you want a little more control and mastery of Photoshop, you will want to...

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Adobe Photoshop Menu Bar Tutorial: Using Logic to Find the Function You Need

Many people new to Adobe Photoshop and other Adobe Creative Suite programs feel like a deer in headlights. Sure, many of Photoshop’s tools will be completely new, and the software is, without question, complex. But, coming into your first projects, we can guarantee that you know at least two things: some items in the main toolbar and the goals of your project. With these things to build off of, we can help you make educated guesses where to look for the design-enhancing whatchamacallits and thingamajigs in Photoshop with good old-fashioned logic and imagery. File & Edit Menus...

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