Quick Tip:
FREE Expert Instruction on Photoshop and InDesign

If you're still learning how to squeeze the greatest productivity out of the applications in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, and GoLive), there are four great, free learning resources available to you.

Three of these resources are in the form of a series of video podcasts, and one is a series of audio podcasts. Don't let the word “podcast” scare you away. A podcast is just a type of media file that's distributed over the Internet in order to be played on computers.

The podcasts are delivered in short (5- to 30-minute) segments. In each one, an expert takes you through small, easy steps to get to an endpoint that could otherwise seem impossible.

For example, one video podcast demonstrates how to remove the background around a central figure in a photograph. Another shows how to make PDF forms that can be filled in right on your computer.

The four podcast series are:

  • Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcast (all video)
  • InDesign Secrets (all audio)
  • TheInDesigner (a combination of audio and video)
  • Understanding Adobe Photoshop (all video) Note: The available podcasts in this series start with #14.

Getting the Software

To access these podcasts, all you need is a computer, iTunes software (free), and an Internet connection. (A fast connection helps but is not necessary.) You do not need an iPod.

Go to www.apple.com/itunes and click on the “Download iTunes” button. You'll be asked to choose the Mac or Windows version of the software.

Getting the Podcasts

After downloading, installing, and starting iTunes, click on the “iTunes Store” button in the left pane. Once iTunes Store opens, type one of the podcast names listed above in the small search box in the upper-right corner. Hit enter, and a link to the podcast opens.

Click on the “Subscribe” button, and the podcast will start downloading.

Viewing the Podcasts

Click on the “Podcasts” button in the left-hand pane. iTunes Store might have downloaded only one or two segments in the series. If so, you can download further segments whenever you wish by clicking the “Get” button.

Double-click the podcast you want to view or listen to. If it's a video podcast, clicking once on the image in the bottom of the left-hand pane opens a larger screen.

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Published: February 8, 2007

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