Archive for June, 2009

Finish your photographs: learn Photoshop CS4 image adjustments with Jan Kabili

Published by | Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Photoshop CS4′s adjustment features offer unparalleled opportunities to correct and manipulate images. In Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth, senior trainer Jan Kabili explains how to use all the major Photoshop adjustment features. She shares the best techniques for adjusting image quality, and shows how to use the new Adjustments panel to streamline a photo correction workflow. Jan also demonstrates multiple ways to eliminate color casts, and explains how to use the new On-Image Curves control to adjust brightness and color. This course offers a detailed look at the techniques photographers and designers use to master image adjustments in Photoshop.

Get your groove on: Creative Inspirations featuring radio and club DJ Jason Bentley

Published by | Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

We’re really excited to bring you this Creative Inspirations title featuring Jason Bentley, one of the music industry’s most influential radio and club DJs. During his fifteen years at L.A. stations KROQ and KCRW, he has helped such artists as Portishead, Jamiroquai, and The Chemical Brothers get a break in the music industry. Jason has reached a worldwide audience working as the music supervisor for video games, TV commercials, and major Hollywood films such as The Matrix trilogy. He continues to be a driving influence in the LA music scene through his popular radio programs, appearances at clubs and events, and remixes of current music. Visit him behind the scenes in Jason Bentley: Creative Inspirations.

All the news that’s fit to design, edit, and print: Designing a Newsletter Hands-On Workshop

Published by | Monday, June 8th, 2009

In Designing a Newsletter Hands-On Workshop, graphic designer and Adobe Certified Instructor Nigel French uses Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Bridge to create an eight-page newsletter that’s full of visual impact. Get his input on establishing an efficient workflow using multiple programs, examine the aesthetics of integrating text with images, and learn best practices for outputting a final document.

Summer fun (and learning) with authors

Published by | Saturday, June 6th, 2009


Hey peeps! In case you are thinking about your summer vacations now, you might be interested in planning them around some SWEET conferences, workshops and tradeshows, where you can see the authors you know and love in person. Here are a few you might want to check out:

Come and see Susan Cline (a new author) who is currently working on a handful of highly anticipated Google Apps courses for us. She will be giving a workshop at The International Symposium on Emerging Technologies in Online Education on June 17th-19th in beautiful San Francisco, CA.

After Effects rock stars Chris & Trish Meyer, and Quark guru Jay Nelson will be at the HOW Conference in the always-fun Austin, TX from June 24th-June 27th. 

What better way to end your summer fun than with Flash on the Beach in Brighton UK where you can see Craig Swann, Rich Shupe, Hillman Curtis, Mike Chambers and Lee Brimlow! This conference is from September 20-23rd and I wish I could go with you. So many authors in such a cool location! 

Have fun learning and traveling this summer!

10 tips for reining in misbehaving InDesign CS4 files

Published by | Friday, June 5th, 2009


Get ready to take on those misbehaving Adobe InDesign CS4 files. Adobe Certified Instructor Anne-Marie Concepción shows how to take on the top ten InDesign file issues and get back on track with a project. From rebuilding preferences, to deleting a crashing recovery file, to finding corrupt images and testing for corrupt fonts, InDesign CS4: 10 Tips for Troubleshooting Files teaches how to diagnose and repair these problems.

Behind the branding: get inspired by Troika Design Group

Published by | Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Get inspired by the well-oiled creative machine, Troika Design Group, the leading firm for branding television networks: Troika Design Group: Creative Inspirations.

Master Photoshop CS4 with the master

Published by | Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Those wanting to master Photoshop have come to the right place. Deke McClelland’s 13 hours of hands-on instruction Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery recently went live in our course library. Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, both part of the Online Training Library®.

Mordy Golding records training for Adobe Flash Catalyst Preview

Published by | Monday, June 1st, 2009
Mordy Golding sited at recording booth!

Mordy Golding at recording booth. Mordy's Flash Catalyst Beta training went live on for free today!

If you aren’t already aware of it, Adobe has just released a public beta version of Flash Catalyst — a brand new application that allows designers to create cool interactive Flash content without having to write a single line of code — on As someone who tried to “get into” Flash, and who was continuously frustrated by having to learn how to write complex ActionScript code, I was drawn to Adobe’s promise that Flash Catalyst would make my life better. It seems to be working – in more ways than I would have imagined.

Good things have been happening to me lately, and the conspiracy theory voice in my head thinks Adobe has something to do with it. Allow me to explain. I’m actually out here at the awesome headquarters in Ventura, CA, and I just wrapped up the recording of my latest video training title, Adobe Flash Catalyst Beta Preview.

Of course, for this Long Island native, coming out to Ventura is always a rewarding experience. It’s a great opportunity to spend a few days with the great staff at, and to top it all off, there’s a great kosher restaurant and winery nearby. But on this trip, I was upgraded to first class on my flight out here, I am staying at a much nicer hotel, and my hometown favorite New York Mets are in town playing the Los Angeles Dodgers. If that weren’t enough, Adobe actually sent me a build of Flash Catalyst a few days earlier than they had promised, I had a great time coming up with some cool examples to show in the training, and the actual recording sessions were quick and smooth! I can’t wait to watch the completed video title — yes, I do watch my own titles – I’m a perfectionist and take my own criticism quite well.

So do you think Adobe Flash Catalyst has anything to do with my recent good fortune? I’m not sure, but just in case, I’m heading out now to buy a lottery ticket. In the meantime, check out Flash Catalyst for yourself — who knows, maybe it will have the same effect on you!