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Download Free Adobe CS6 eBooks — 1,022 Pages of New Tutorials

Learn Adobe CS6! Download Free eBooks (1,022 Pages of Tutorials)

Creative Suite 6 and the Creative Cloud are the most powerful and sophisticated toolsets Adobe has ever released and so there is a lot of demand for training resources to learn how to best use these products…

Last month we posted details on over 30 hours of free video tutorials for CS6.  But printed materials are also nice, to use side-by-side at your own pace. So how about a collection of free e-books to go along with those, which you can instantly download and learn from whenever you want?

There are 10 volumes of 169 chapters in total with over 1,000 pages for most CS6 products. Some tools receive more coverage than others, but the basics are reviewed for all. You can download in the ebooks in PDF format after signing in with your Adobe ID (which is easy to create if you don’t already have one).

If you don’t have the software yet, just download a free working trial for any CS6 product for Windows or Mac (or try the whole Creative Cloud) – then install, run, and start your training…

Here’s how the files break out. Click on the title to download the e-book, or the trial to get the free product tryout. The book file sizes range from 4-10 MB each, so shouldn’t take long to download.  The contents of each volume are listed below the table:

Install now: Get all new Adobe CC 2018 direct download links and free trials.

If you’re just getting started with these applications, be sure to also check out free new step-by-step video primers for Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, and InDesign CS6 covering the top 10 things that beginners always want to know how to do.

There are also more free Adobe books you can download now, including the excellent Design Suite Primer (200 pages), as well as Adobe Dreamweaver Basics (80 pages).

[ Bonus! Download the free 77-page “CS6 SuperGuide” covering all of what’s new in CS6. ]

Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop CS6
Technical guides include:

Download Free Photoshop CS6 eBook! (123 Pages)

1. Overview of Adobe Photoshop CS6 workspace
2. How to create a new document
3. How to resize, rotate, and crop images
4. How to use layers in Photoshop
5. How to use selection tools
6. How to retouch photos
7. How to generate different file formats
8. How to correct color
9. How to combine images in Photoshop
10. How to use painting tools
11. How to use drawing tools
12. How to understand color management
13. How to add text to images
14. How to use filters
15. How to create layer comps
16. How to add a watermark to images
17. How to warp images
18. How to use gradient maps
19. How to use advanced color techniques
20. How to blend, feather, and smooth
21. How to use the Vanishing Point filter

Key terms: photoshop cs6, digital photography, image editing & retouching

If you’re getting started with Photoshop and want more, be sure to also check out this free Photoshop CS6 Primer: Top 10 Techniques.

Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator CS6
Technical guides include:

1. Overview of Adobe Illustrator CS6 workspace
2. How to create vector artwork
3. How to draw in Illustrator
4. How to draw in perspective with Illustrator
5. How to use symbols and patterns

Key terms: illustrator cs6, graphic design, vector editing

Learn how to use Adobe InDesign CS6
Technical guides include:

1. Overview of Adobe InDesign CS6 workspace
2. How to set up a document
3. How to use the ruler, grid, guides, and the Align panel
4. How to use text
5. How to prepare files for print
6. How to combine graphics frames and text frames
7. How to work with graphics frames
8. How to place images on a page
9. How to work with text frames
10. How to apply effects to text
11. How to import files
12. How to create interactive documents
13. How to use placeholder text
14. How to use character and paragraph styles
15. How to work with layers
16. How to wrap text around objects
17. How to add page numbers
18. How to create captions
19. How to import text from Microsoft Word
20. How to manage text flow between frames
21. How to reuse objects
22. How to transform objects
23. How to use document templates
24. How to use adaptive layouts
25. How to export for multiple screens
26. How to fill text with an image
27. How to use master pages
28. How to use object styles
29. How to use books

Key terms: indesign cs6, print production, digital publishing, desktop publishing

Learn how to use Adobe Fireworks CS6
Technical guides include:

1. Overview of Adobe Fireworks CS6 workspace
2. How to create a wireframe
3. How to create a design comp
4. How to prepare photographs
5. How to optimize images
6. How to create a prototype
7. How to create interactive navigation

Key terms: fireworks cs6, web design

Learn how to use Adobe Dreamweaver CS6
Technical guides include:

1. Overview of the Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 workspace
2. How to set up a local root folder and site structure
3. How to set document properties
4. How to use the Assets panel
5. How to manage files and links by using the FIles panel
6. The Dreamweaver Insert panel
7. How to deploy for multiple screens
8. How to create and edit a CSS rule
9. How to use CSS starter layouts
10. How to lay out a web page with CSS
11. How to use templates
12. How to work with external Cascading Style Sheets
13. How to troubleshoot Cascading Style Sheets
14. How to make websites accessible
15. How to use the Adobe Dreamweaver Widget Browser
16. How to check files in and out
17. How to create interactive navigation
18. How to add images
19. How to add rich media to a web page
20. How to add text
21. How to use CSS text styles
22. How to create lists
23. How to create links
24. How to create data tables
25. How to create forms
26. How to create image maps
27. How to preview and test a web project
28. How to check links
29. How to publish web files

Key terms: dreamweaver cs6, web design & development

Learn how to use Adobe Flash Professional CS6
Technical guides include:

1. Overview of the Adobe Flash Professional CS6 workspace
2. Understanding Flask graphic files types
3. How to organize content
4. Symbols, instances, and the library
5. How to use guides and rulers
6. How to maintain consistency
7. How to make Flash content accessible
8. How to draw and create shapes
9. How to apply colors and gradients
10. How to create masks
11. How to create a button symbol
12. How to use transparent or invisible buttons
13. How to work with text
14. Understanding frames and keyframes
15. How to create animation
16. How to use a motion guide with a motion tween animation
17. How to ease tweens
18. How to create character animations
19. How to use sprite sheets
20. How to use filmmaking techniques
21. How to create transitions with motion tweens
22. How to create visual effects
23. How to import images
24. How to produce Flash video for use on the web
25. How to import sound
26. How to optimize Flash content
27. How to get started with ActionScript
28. ActionScript for basic gaming
29. How to test a Flash project
30. How to publish a Flash document
31. How to set up a mobile application
32. How to resize content for multiple screens
33. How to create an RSS feed
34. How to create a Google map
35. How to publish a mobile application

Key terms: flash cs6, rich media design, animation, mobile application design & development

Learn how to use Adobe Premiere Pro CS6
Technical guides include:

1. Overview of the Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 workspace
2. How to import files
3. How to manage media in the Project panel
4. How to create a storyboard in the Project panel
5. How to trim clips in the Timeline panel
6. How to work with clips in the Timeline panel
7. How to create standard image, movie, and audio files
8. How to capture video
9. How to use editing tools in the Source Monitor
10. How to apply and adjust video transitions
11. How to adjust audio and apply crossfades
12. How to record a narration in the Audio Mixer
13. How to create TV news-style J- and L- cuts
14. How to edit in the Program Monitor
15. How to use Adobe Media Encoder CS6
16. How to use the Trim Monitor
17. Understanding the Titler
18. How to build text and objects in the Titler
19. How to work with alpha channel transparencies
20. How to use the Motion effect
21. How to add text effects
22. How to apply and adjust video effects
23. How to work with audio
24. How to change clip speed and direction
25. How to apply and adjust video keying effects
26. How to work with temporal and spatial keyframe interpolation
27. How to make text roll and crawl
28. How to use nested sequences
29. How to work with other motion effects and features

Key terms: premiere pro cs6, video production, video editing

Learn how to use Adobe After Effects CS6
Technical guides include:

1. Overview of Adobe After Effects CS6 workspace
2. How to animate text and create video effects
3. How to rotoscope in Adobe After Effects

Key terms: after effects cs6, video production, motion graphics, special effects

Learn how to use Adobe Audition CS6
Technical guides include:

1. Overview of Adobe Audition CS6 workspace
2. How to record narration
3. How to edit audio tracks
4. How to compose multiple track recordings
5. How to work with audio
6. How to apply Adobe Audition sound effects
7. How to use loops, music beds, and sound effects

Key terms: audition cs6, audio production

Learn how to use Adobe Encore CS6
Technical guides include:

1. Overview of Adobe Encore CS6 workspace
2. How to author a single-menu DVD in Adobe Encore
3. How to use advanced authoring techniques in Encore
4. Creating a web DVD in Encore

Key terms: encore cs6, dvd production, DVD

Download all free CS6 ebooks here »

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

See Also

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  1. Marla

    I’ve been trying to learn how to use Open Type fonts but have been unsuccessful. When the type box is open, the options to add swashes etc is not available. Also, most of the fonts available in CS6 are not OpenType; how do I get them?

  2. Mary Mohr

    I have Adobe CS6,
    Adobe Elements 10,
    Lightroom 4 not installed.

  3. Beck

    Hi, I purchased Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard through my university. I came with a disc. My new 27″ iMac has no CD-drive. How can I install it? Surely you have a site from which I can download it. I’ve looked through your “Downloads” page with no luck finding what I’m looking for (I’ve purchased this thing, I have a serial number for it – I don’t need a trial version).


  4. liakat

    Adobe Photoshop is really for professional designer.

  5. is there something like this for the new CC releases?

    • Hi Stuart, not yet – but we are keeping our eyes out for free downloadable Adobe CC e-books, and will post them here as soon as they are available…

      In the meantime, using these CS6 ebooks here will give you a good leg up on the new Creative Cloud versions, as many of the features and tutorials carry over from Creative Suite 6.

      Just download the free ‘CC’ product trials and get started.

  6. waterwalker

    Will these e-books & videos posted prepare a person for certification, or is it better to buy the training books & videos that the Adobe site sells?

    • Sure – well certainly you can start with these, as they’re absolutely free – and then take it from there… Whether or not you buy the books, these will provide you a great start and foundation that cannot hurt.

  7. Fikri

    When I clicked the sign in button, it didn’t respond my click anymore. What can I do?

    • Hey Fikri, did you get an error or message of any kind? We’d suggest trying it with a different web browser (or computer) and see how it goes… Or clear your browser cache and cookies, restart, then try again.

  8. nelson

    i’d like to try adobe premiere

  9. sophat

    Hi guys…! How can i download these books…???

    • Hi Sophat, you should just be able to click and go on the book titles… then log in with your Adobe ID and download whichever CS6 books you want.

      If you’re getting any particular message or problem/error, please post the exact text of it here and we’ll try to help figure it out for you.

  10. hamid naseer

    plz send me cs6 book about adobe dreamweaver kindly, plz plz plz

  11. Epicrey

    Please I would love to know how to use Indesign and co

  12. Brooke

    I was just wondering if CS6 and CC are the same basic stuff?
    I got a book for CS6 but i’m receiving CC, could i apply the stuff for CS6 to CC?

    • Greetings Brooke,

      For any given Adobe creative tool like Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc., the core elements of the applications are similar so most of the content in your CS6 books should continue to work OK with the newer CC 2014 products.

      But the key thing to keep in mind is that the CS6 version (which came out in spring 2012) almost 3 years older now than the Creative Cloud, and all together CC has added over 1,000 new features and improvements over CS6. So definitely not everything will be the same, and you’ll be missing out on learning about the newer cool things.

      If you’re looking for some newer books that also cover CC in addition, then check out our set of over 20 free Adobe books that you can download.

      Hope that helps!

  13. Hugh


    I’m trying to access the .pdfs listed in the menu above ( but all of the links take me to the same page.

    • Yes, that takes you to download page for the free Photoshop CS6 book, which is the most popular title…

      Then if you would like any other books, just click on the additional links from that page (i.e., Illustrator CS6, InDesign CS6, Fireworks CS6, Dreamweaver CS6, Flash Pro CS6, Premiere Pro CS6, After Effects CS6, Audition CS6, and/or Encore CS6) to download them.

      You can also access whichever books you want by using the table in the article above.

      Hope that takes care of it for you; if not then just post back!

  14. David

    My daughter is currently in Taiwan and needs CS 6. She needs a link to download the software instead of having the software shipped. How do we go about purchasing CS6 so she can download the software?

  15. Patrick

    I had an Premiere CS6 that I paid for upfront a long time ago. Now It’s saying I need to subscribe to keep using it….I have a project due this weekend, and now I can’t use my program….please help..

  16. aklilu abay

    use the book to say thank for your effort .

  17. nnanna iregbu

    Guys, pls i have a very big problem. Want to learn how to design website banners with my navigation menu on it, but don’t know how to go about it or which app to use. Really want my sites to look good. Pls can anyone help me?

    • Hi Nnanna, for designing website banners it would depend on whether you want them to be static or animated… For static banners you would just use Photoshop. For animated banners, you would use either Flash Pro or Edge Animate.

  18. Philiswa Zulu

    Hi guys, i have a big problem in Adobe Illustrator – could you please help me or teach me something… i like the program, so please help.

  19. Mukesh singh

    Hi guys, Plz give me cs6 book plz

  20. Pat Ford

    I`m restarting my self-education for the Design Suite, so I can get back to freelancing. These books look GREAT but I’m a bit confused with where to begin. I don’t have the programs yet, and at some point plan to use the 30-day trials, plus maybe a month or two of subscription.

    BUT….I`m a “learning-difference“ person, and really NEED to simply familiarize/orient myself with the overall program(s) FIRST….so I don`t waste time just trying to absorb the basics of what each program can/will do. Does Adobe have books to address that?

    I see a “primer“ for Photoshop….are there primers for the rest of the Creative Suite? I really need printed reading material, not vids, as that takes too much data (cant afford that, right now).


    • No worries Pat, we can help! We’ve got a collection of over 20 Adobe books that you can legally download instantly at no cost – absolutely free! They cover most of the tools in Adobe’s arsenal, so these can definitely help you out as well…

      To request the free book links to be delivered to you, just enter your email address here.

      Hope that answers what you wanted to know!

  21. Sheri

    I was excited to get the free books from ProDesignTools but sat here for a long time having trouble downloading some of them. Then, after viewing contacts and when they were posted, most of them are a couple years old! Not much of a help to me, beings that I am a Creative Cloud member since day one. I was hoping for up-to-date resources. Rather disappointed.

  22. saihan shafiq

    Can you please tell me how to insert the search bar in Dreamweaver, as i have just lost it… I dont know how, but how can i install back for free and how can you help me with this issue?

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