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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 pages above – just click on either “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


    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?


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  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.

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