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Watch 11 Jaw-Dropping Sneak Peeks from Adobe MAX 2015 [Videos]

October 13th, 2015 Leave a comment

Check Out All of the Adobe MAX 2015 Sneak Peeks!

SAN JOSE, Calif.October 13, 2015—At the record-breaking MAX conference last week, Adobe revealed 11 sneak peeks of technol­ogies they are working on but haven’t released yet. Some of these new features are absolutely mind-blowing and defy belief, yet the company did not web­cast the sneak peeks. But good news, you will find complete videos of each of them captured below!

Naturally, the Adobe says there aren’t any guarantees for what will appear in a production release, or when: “See the coolest demos of what we’re cooking up in the Adobe development labs, and be the first to get a peek at technologies that may (or may not) make it into future products and services.” But never­the­less, major new product features very often appear in these previews before they make it into the real tools (cases in point: Content-Aware Fill, Perspective Warp, Image Deblurring, and Defog/Dehaze).

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How to Use Photoshop to Create a Time-Lapse Video from Photos

February 2nd, 2016 10 comments

Time-lapse photography videos never go out of style…  Here is one of our all-time favorites from Norwegian landscape photographer Terje Sorgjerd – incredibly beautiful and perfect for the clear, dark nights of the season (watch full-screen):

Prior to the extensive video editing tools first introduced in CS6, Photoshop wasn’t normally known for its video capabilities – but in fact it’s always been possible to take a series of still photo­graphs (manipulated as desired) and then quickly create your own timelapse video using Photoshop Extended

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Adobe Photoshop Celebrates 25th Anniversary

February 19th, 2015 2 comments

Celebrating 25 Years of Adobe Photoshop!

Hard to believe, but today Adobe Photoshop officially celebrates its 25th anniversary (or birthday, depending on how you look at it)… The first version of Photoshop shipped on February 19th, 1990, at a price of US$895.00. Adjusted for inflation, in today’s dollars that would cost almost $1,700! Now, of course, there are tens of millions of users of Photoshop who can pay less than $10 a month for the latest-and-greatest release of this iconic, industry-leading tool.

Photoshop 1.0 - Now 25 years and 14 major versions better

Indeed, the software has traveled a long way. When it first came out, Adobe predicted it would sell just 500 copies per month. Yet today, over 90 percent of creative professionals worldwide have Photoshop on their desktops. The original authors say they knew they had a groundbreaking technology on their hands, but never anticipated how much it would impact the images we see all around us. Adobe Fellow and Photoshop co-creator Thomas Knoll says, “Not in my wildest dreams did we think creatives would embrace the product in the numbers and ways they have. It’s inspiring to see the beautiful images our customers create, the careers Photoshop has launched and the new uses people all over the world find for Photoshop every day.”

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New “Photoshop Streaming” App Coming to Adobe Creative Cloud

September 30th, 2014 2 comments

Learn More About the New Photoshop Streaming App Running on Chrome/Chromebooks

The Creative Cloud has been Adobe’s flagship product line since the launch of the CC release in the spring of last year – but ever since the Cloud was first announced in 2011, there has been persistent confusion over what the name actually means…

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Free 202-Page eBook! Download “Adobe CC & CS6 Design Basics”

August 15th, 2014 17 comments

The 2015 edition of the Creative Cloud is the most powerful and versatile toolset Adobe has ever produced and we’re seeing a lot of demand for good training resources to learn how to best use this fast-growing product

Get the Free "Adobe CC Design Basics" eBook! (Look Under 'Teaching Material Assets')

Last year we posted details on over 1,000 pages of free ebooks for CS6.  But if you’re just getting started with the core CC 2015 design tools, what’s better than a step-by-step book that will teach you the essentials of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign from the ground up?

Fortunately there’s a very helpful new book you can download that will teach you all of this for free, courtesy of author Professor Thomas Payne… The way the book does this is by intro­ducing and explain­ing the tools in a logical way that builds upon what is previ­ously learned. These applica­tions present a vast array of buttons and gadgets that can be over­whelming to the new user. This book makes sense of it all, not showing how every­thing works, but instead giving a found­ation and a path to learn about all those controls and what they can do for you.

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How to Save Photos w/ Photoshop Image Deblurring [Before + After]

June 10th, 2014 4 comments

One of the coolest features added in the recent Adobe CC release is the brand new Camera Shake Reduction tool in Photoshop CC… It’s a new filter that will analyze your photos to detect and correct blurring due to a shaky camera. It’s gotten a lot of attention and justifiably so, as it can make a real difference in saving treasured or irreplaceable photos that might other­wise be lost or unrepairable.

Photoshop CC Image Deblurring Feature (Roll Over or Tap for the Before & After)

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Photoshop Playbook: The 25 Most Helpful Photoshop Tutorials Ever

May 1st, 2014 7 comments

Adobe’s finally done it. In case you haven’t heard yet about the new Photoshop Playbook, you should.

After years of offering free video tutorials – and following on to Senior Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes‘ success with his “Hidden Gems” series – Adobe has built a new collection of bite-sized lessons that cover exactly the kinds of things that many, many people want to (know how to) do with Photoshop.

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Got Blurry Video? Adobe Working on Cool New Technology to Fix It

June 16th, 2014 3 comments

Example Frames from Adobe's Video Deblurring Tool - Learn More About This New Technology

Last week we covered a wonderful story about a terrific new feature in the latest Photoshop CC release: the Camera Shake Reduction Tool, which was previously known as Photoshop Image Deblurring. This new capability has received a lot of press and attention – and, as shown in our previous article, it can really make a difference.

But accomplishing this feat for still images isn’t the only cool deblurring application Adobe has been working on lately… Adobe researcher Jue Wang has published a paper on an innova­tive new technique to deblur videos as well – which could be huge consid­ering how much handheld video footage is out there now, and growing every day. The devel­opment of this technology could be a big addition to flagship video editing tools like Adobe’s Premiere Pro.

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8 Years of ProDesignTools: Our Best Adobe Articles, Books and Tips

July 7th, 2017 188 comments

This month we’re celebrating our 8th anniversary here at PDT, and proud of it! So it seems the perfect time to put together a comprehensive review of the best and most-shared articles and resources published here since our site launched in 2009.

These are the top posts that consistently have the highest readership on our site, month after month, covering all major Adobe software products…  They’re broken out by topic below in case you’ve missed any, or are new here – so bookmark, share, and enjoy!

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Creative Cloud (CC)

Adobe Creative Cloud

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Exclusive! Get Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom for Just $7.99/Month

October 14th, 2015 52 comments

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We’ve got a terrific new deal for you, one that is only available here to readers of ProDesignTools… For a limited time and while our allocation lasts, you can get an annual membership to the CC Photography plan – which includes the latest-and-greatest releases of both Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC – for 20% off the regular price worldwide. That works out to just US$7.99, £5.71, €7.99, or A$7.99 per month (plus applicable taxes or VAT) in several major currencies.

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