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Full Documentation and eBook Downloads for All Adobe Products

Even years after it went up, a lot of people still don’t know about it.

We’re talking about the free online documentation for all Adobe software – a set of user manuals that can answer quite a few customer questions, and also be a great resource if you don’t own a product yet but want to find out more about it…

Read or Download the Free Adobe Photoshop Manual (PDF)

This exists in searchable and downloadable form for all major Adobe applications, including the Creative Cloud, Creative Suite, Lightroom, Acrobat, Photoshop Elements, etc. – for all recent releases on both Windows and Mac OS.

For example, around once a month we receive a question on how to save back to earlier versions from InDesign CC or CS6… Fortunately, this is answered in the “Saving Documents” section in InDesign’s online manual. (And for all the cases like these, we also put together a special roadmap for CC file compatibility.)

Related: Trying to decide which is right for you? See Creative Cloud vs. CS6 Comparison

Each Adobe reference below can be downloaded as a complete offline ebook if you want (more about this below)… These books are substantial – the latest “Photoshop Help & Tutorials” hand­book is nearly 800 pages alone!

So now here below are the direct links to all the product guides to bookmark for your future reference:

We’re past the point where books and manuals come in a box – it’s all live and living online, updated regularly by the Adobe documentation team… There is installed help that comes with the products which can be accessed when not connected to the Internet, but it consists of only about 70% of the content available on the web and is not updated.

Important! If you’re going to be offline for a while or just prefer to read it all in an ebook format, there are full PDF versions available for download for each application – just grab that and poof, you have a full up-to-date manual in digital book form, for free. This is great for sending to a Kindle, or for reading on an iPad where it can be opened and stored in iBooks.

To download any of these software user manuals in PDF form:

  • For Creative Suite/Cloud pages above – just click on “Manual PDFs” or “Previous versions.”
  • For all other tools above – look for the “Help PDFs” near the top or left side of the screen.
If for some reason you don’t find your answer there, it’s an easy jump over to Adobe’s User-to-User Forums or Customer Support via the Community Help facility.

And to continue learning, don’t miss dozens more free books for many Adobe products, covering recent versions of all major applications.


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  1. Dale

    I have a key for Photoshop Elements 5, I need to download a copy to this computer that was wiped clean. Where and how?

  2. Russ

    Hello,

    I have purchased a new computer and would like to transfer the Photoshop I purchased and downloaded onto this new computer. Is there a way to do this?

    Russ

  3. dora marko
  4. Douglas Larson

    This is the 2nd day I have tried to download your ebooks and as before, clicking on the download link takes me to a completely blank page (and I mean completely blank). The only difference is that today the blank screen is black whereas previously it was white. Today I tried something new. While on the blank page at the top where the address bar is there are some control links. One of these is to “Display the progress of ongoing downloads (Ctrl + J)” When I click on this it displays the message “No downloads for this session”.

    So its easy to claim there is nothing wrong with your site but from my point of view it doesn’t work.

  5. Tamara

    Hi — I’m looking for the After Effects CC ebook manual, but when I click on AE link, it takes me to tutorials. I detest watching videos which is why I am looking for a book. Please — which link is the actual manual that I can download?

    Thank you.

  6. Tamara

    Hi — Disregard the earlier inquiry. I found the ebook for AE. Thank you!

  7. Julius Caesar

    Dale:
    I have a key for Photoshop Elements 5, I need to download a copy to this computer that was wiped clean. Where and how?

    God knows why you want to use Photoshop Elements 5, but that’s none of my business. What is my business, is that you can continue to work and earn your living using genuine software.

    Since I’ve being keeping tabs of Adobe’s share price, amongst other Adobe activities, since Emperor Nero initiated the Great Fire of Rome back in 64 CE, I know where you can download the direct legitimate 30-day trial version of Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.

    Download Link: PSE_5.0_WIN_TRYBUY_ENG.exe
    File Date: 4 Oct 2006
    File Size: 467 MB (489,830,041 bytes)

    You will need to log-in with your Adobe ID, else the download will fail.

    Also, it is advised to download the v5.02 update patcher for Adobe Photoshop Elements 5, which provides compatibility with the x86 version of Vista (I believe it’s therefore not compatible with 64-bit architecture).

    Download Link: PSE_502_patcher.zip
    File Date: 25 Jan 2007
    File Size: 33 MB (34,193,839 bytes)

    More info at http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3569

    If you’re using a Mac, well Apple products stink, and I highly suggest you destroy your Mac and purchase a Windows PC. Anyone using CS6 / CC on a Mac must be a crazy lunatic and needs to see a psychiatrist.

    May Microsoft live long and prosper.

    May iPads, iPhones, and Macs suffer the same fate as Rome did in 64 CE.

  8. David

    @Julius Caesar

    See? That’s why I like the Mac. The users are so much nicer.

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