Photoshop Week and FREE older version of Adobe Creative Suite

The first day of creativeLIVE’s Photoshop Week had something for everyone, whether veteran or newbie.  I picked up a few tips on things like advanced retouching methods such as frequency separation.  Both of the teachers I watched today (Khara Picanic and Lindsay Adler) were very knowledgeable about their respective topics, and demonstrated a variety of techniques in an easy to follow fashion.  Today was just the beginning – there are five more days full all kinds of Photoshop features, and this is a wonderful opportunity to glean new information – all for free.

Don’t have Photoshop?  Adobe Creative Suite 2, with 7-year old versions of many popular Adobe programs, is now available for free downloads.  While these programs are no longer supported and Adobe cautions that they may no longer run smoothly with modern operating systems, in general most operating systems are backwards-compatible with older programs (I have not personally tested Adobe Creative Suite 2 on a new machine, as I have a more recent version, but most other older programs I’ve tried reinstalling on newer computers have run well).

Creative Suite 2 includes multiple programs, all also available individually:

  • Acrobat
  • After Effects
  • Audition 3.0
  • GoLive CS2
  • Illustrator CS2
  • InCopy CS2
  • InDesign CS2
  • Photoshop CS2
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0

With free software and free instruction – what will you create today?

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Upcoming Week of FREE Photoshop Classes!

Whether you are a Photoshop master – or a complete beginner – there will be something you can learn from photoshopWeek on creativeLIVE’s live broadcast February 25th to March 2nd.  6 days, 12 instructors, 43 classes – all FREE to watch during the live broadcast (and available for purchase during or after).  Topics include customizing Photoshop, retouching, working non-destructively, workflow, Lightroom, and more!  There is really enough content for two weeks, but they are live broadcasting two classes at once on different channels.  If there are two classes you want to see playing at the same time – don’t sweat  – catch the rebroadcast that evening (enroll in class for email notifications on rewatch time).

I’ll be checking out some of the classes, particularly Ben Willmore’s classes.  He is an excellent instructor, and I was extremely impressed with his “Photoshop Mastery: Advanced Masking” class a few weeks ago, so I’m looking forward to his latest tips and tricks.  Feel free to say “hi” to me in the class chatrooms if you see me ;D

creativeLIVE Fundamentals of Digital Photography 2013

There is a class on creativeLIVE that is often cited as a mecca for fine-tuning your photographic techniques.  It is so popular that it has been brought back multiple  times, year after year.  Now the latest version is almost upon us: Fundamentals of Digital Photography 2013 with John Greengo.

I’ll be tuning in to the live broadcast for free for the first time this year on February 18th-22nd.  I’ve heard a lot of good things about this course, and am looking forward to seeing what new techniques I can learn.  Even though the class may be called “fundamentals,” like many classes on creativeLIVE, that is just where it starts before going in-depth with advanced aspects of the craft.

creativeLIVE FREE course on Photoshop Advanced Masking tomorrow!

creativeLIVE is offering a free online course on “Photoshop Mastery: Advanced Masking” with instructor Ben Willmore.  I’ve watched his courses before, and he is very knowledgeable and easy to follow.  The course will be broadcast online for free.  DVD copies of the course are also available for a fee.  The course is one day only on January 20th from 8AM – 3PM HST.  In addition to the live streaming of the class, there will also be a chat room.