Webinar Tomorrow: Getting to Know the Creative Cloud Packager for IT Administrators

Want to learn more about Creative Cloud for Teams and Creative Cloud for Enterprise Customers? Are you responsible for distributing Adobe Creative Cloud applications throughout your organization?  Want to learn how to create targeted packages of Adobe applications from your enterprise or team membership (Photography Professional, Video Professional, Web Professional)?

If you answered yes to any of these, then you’re in luck!  I’m hosting one of our “Ask A Pro” webinars tomorrow on the Creative Cloud Packager!

In this session, we will cover the Adobe Creative Cloud Packager, which makes it easy for IT to create packages that contain Creative Cloud products and updates for their teams or entire organizations.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What is the Creative Cloud Packager
  • How to use it
  • Benefits of using it

Be sure to register here, and come check it out tomorrow at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (10:00 AM Pacific)!

Not able to make it?  This session will be recorded for future viewing, and you can also learn more about the Creative Cloud Packager from Adobe’s online help resources.

The Web Just Got A Whole Lot More Awesome

Lots of awesome web-related stuff has been happening over the last few days. Here’s a quick summary, with links to learn more…

iOS 7 & Safari have new Web Platform Features

This includes CSS Regions, Clip Paths, and Canvas Blend Modes… read more on the Adobe Web Platform Team blog.

Adobe Edge Reflow & Adobe Edge Code Updated For CSS Regions

Adobe Edge Reflow and Adobe Edge Code now support CSS Regions.

CSS regions is a revolutionary CSS specification draft that allows a deeper separation of concerns in the way designers and developers structure their content and layout. They can now manage the way content should flow across different regions of the page design (hence the name CSS Regions) separately from the content itself . Then content can now be made to flow in different chains of regions, typically laid out differently for a mobile, tablet or desktop/laptop use.

Reflow now supports CSS Regions in the user interface/design surface, and Adobe Edge Code now supports CSS Regions in code hinting. Check out the video below to see CSS Regions in Reflow in action:

Brackets Sprint 31 Released

Brackets, the open source code editor for the web, built with web technologies, released a feature-packed build this week.  This build includes:

  • Live HTML Editing
  • CSS Code Intelligence for SASS
  • Improved Search
  • A new UI

…and much, much more…

Download Brackets today!

All in all, this is a lot of “awesome”.

“Create Now” Tour Kicking Off This Week in San Francisco

Want to learn the latest and greatest about Adobe Creative Cloud?   Want to learn more about Photoshop Generator, the Node.js based extensions system for Photoshop? Want to participate in a Q&A session with experts?  Want to learn more about all of Adobe’s web, print, and video tools? If so, come to the FREE “Create Now” event starting this Thursday in San Francisco! Register here!

Register now, and do not miss it!

Photoshop Friday: Sky Aquariums

I’m testing out something new… I’m calling it “Photoshop Friday”, where every Friday, optimistically assuming that I don’t have deadlines looming, I’m going to try and do something fun with Photoshop. Whatever I can think of… Two weeks ago I did some “crystal ball” compositions, and today I’ve put together what I’m calling Sky Aquariums.  Check out the timelapse video below…

If you’re wondering how I created the timelapse, this technique for interval-based screen grabs works beautifully.  Just run this as a shell script from the directory where you want the screen capture images to be stored (OSX only):

while [ 1 ];
do screencapture -t jpg -x $i.jpg; let i++;sleep 1;

Then, just pull it into Premiere as an image sequence, and you’re good to go!

Here are the basic techniques that I used in the creation of the Sky Aquarium composition.

I think that just about sums it up.  Here are two *work in progress* iterations I posted on Flickr

Sky Aquarium – Vibrant
Sky Aquarium – Blue

Don’t have Photoshop or Premiere yet?  Then become a Creative Cloud member, and you’ll have everything you need to unleash your inner creativity!

Enjoy, and have fun!

A Crash Course in Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Adobe’s video production tools are among the best in the industry. These tools (Premiere Pro, After Effects, SpeedGrade, Photoshop, Audition, and more) have been used in countless videos and movies, including theatrical releases such as AvatarIron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi, and many, many more.

Just because these tools are often used in making amazing productions on a massive scale, does not mean that they are hard to use, expensive, or are only suitable for these “massive” projects. In fact, it is quite the opposite. If you are a Creative Cloud member, you already have the tools you need to create professional quality videos, right at your fingertips.

I put together this simple “Crash Course” video showing the basics of compositing/editing a video in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. It’s really easy to get started, and you can have great looking video content in just minutes. Take a look, and enjoy!

The basic process is this:

  • Create a new project in Premiere
  • Import your source clips
  • Create one or more sequences
  • Edit you clips or sequences together
  • Add effects, if desired
  • Export to desired format

In case you’d like to see the final video and are too impatient to watch to the end of the tutorial, here is the final video that was created during this tutorial. Many thanks to Greg for grabbing the copter out of the air as my battery levels dropped (notice the very quick descent at the end)… and yes, the pun was intended for “Crash Course”.

Wondering how to get started? Just become a member of Creative Cloud, download the tools, and start producing your own content today.

Want to learn more about Adobe’s video production tools? Check out Adobe TV’s video channel.

(and don’t forget to have fun while you’re doing it!)