Apr 11, 2005

Welcome to Adobe Studio

If you’ve never visited Adobe Studio, you’re missing out on a useful free resource that Adobe provides for its customers. Recently redesigned and updated, Adobe Studio provides a diverse array of resources; Tips & Tutorials, Links to User Groups and Forums, Events that Adobe will be at, Print Resource Center, Small Business Resources and Tools & Software from Adobe Studio Exchange.

It costs nothing to visit but the bandwidth. . .

Perhaps the most interesting part of the Adobe Studio site is the Adobe Studio Exchange. From the web site: “Adobe Studio Exchange is your place for actions, plug-ins, extensions, tutorials, and other helper files that allow you to easily add new features to Adobe products. You can even create your own files, upload them, and share them with the entire Adobe Studio Exchange community. To begin, simply browse by product to find thousands of free, easy-to-use files that will help you get more out of your Adobe applications.”

And not just for Photoshop, although the Photoshop section is extensive. Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, GoLive and After Effects are represented.

From the Photoshop Downloads section:
(the numbers represent the total number of downloads as of this writing)

Actions (4696)
Brushes (618)
Custom Shapes (287)
Displacement Maps (1)
Filters (30)
Gradients (36)
ImageReady Actions (3)
ImageReady Droplets (1)
Patterns (143)
Plug-ins (47)
Scripts (36)
Styles (897)
Templates (232)
Tutorials (198)

The most popular section seems to be the Actions. There’s a listing of Action downloads by newest, most popular and highest rated. The action downloads are categorized by the types of functions provided, such as; Buttons, Command Shortcuts, Frames/Borders, Production Shortcuts, Text Effects and Textures. The largest category is Text Effects with over 2,900 action downloads available.

The Tips and Tutorials section is also rather extensive. There are 11 pages with about 15 tips or tutorials per page. Some are long and extensive, others are short and quick reads. For example, ever wondered how to use the new Histogram palette in Photoshop CS/CS2? There’s a tutorial called Get the picture with a histogram. The tutorial, written by Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas is a free excerpt from the book Photoshop CS for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide available from Amazon.

Another useful tutorial is how to Implement an ICC color workflow excerpted from “Photoshop FiX” and written by Rita Amladi. Photoshop Fix is the monthly newsletter devoted entirely to Photoshop. You can get a free trial issue as a PDF download.

Some of the tutorials are combo tutorials for multiple applications such as Shape Shifting: Exporting Illustrator Paths to Shapes in Photoshop

Adobe Studio Exchange also has a Contributor Listing directory with listings for almost 2000 Exchange contributors.

An extended section of Adobe Studio is the marketplace that offers Creative pro training with books, video or online courses and Expert Support. These are premium products that come at a price.

Adobe Studio is definitely worth a visit. The free resources are extensive and well presented. It’s disappointing, however, that Adobe Studio doesn’t have much content designed for photographers. It seems that a “photo studio” is still something that Adobe needs to add.

Editor’s note: In the future, PhotoshopNews will be conducting an evaluation of the Expert Support solution offered by Adobe Studio. We’ll let you know what we discover.

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