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Creative Cloud Essentials

with Lesa Snider

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About The Class

Adobe Creative Cloud is an essential toolkit for photographers — but navigating its many programs can be overwhelming. Join best-selling author Lesa Snider for a comprehensive course on how to harness the power of Creative Cloud to build a thriving photography business.

Lesa will show you how to grow your photography business with Creative Cloud’s suite of applications. You’ll learn how to build promotional materials, how to create and customize a professional-grade portfolio website with Behance, add compelling elements like slideshows, audio, and video, and display your portfolio on any mobile device — even in printed book form. You’ll also learn how to use Photoshop to create a professional and engaging video portfolio to showcase on your website, iPad, Behance, or burn onto DVD.

Lesa will also cover how to use Kuler to grab a color palette from a favorite image for use on your website or promotional materials, as well as how to use familiar drag-and-drop tools in Adobe Muse. By the end of this course, you will be able to create a full-blown website worthy of your work, with light boxes and slideshows to showcase your portfolio, and contact forms to gather leads.

Software Used: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    12 Pre-Show

  2. 02

    Creative Cloud Overview

  3. 03

    Lightroom: World's Best Organizer

  4. 04

    Collections & Importing in Lightroom

  5. 05

    Lightroom Color Corrections

  6. 06

    Selective Adjustments in Lightroom

  7. 07

    Watermarking & Resizing Images

  8. 08

    Photobooks & Identity Plates

  9. 09

    Building Creative Photobooks

  10. 10

    Creating Slideshows in Lightroom

  11. 11

    Slideshow Video & Building Websites

  12. 12

    From Lightroom to Photoshop

  13. 13

    Lightroom Images to Photoshop Layers

  14. 14

    12 Wrap-Up

  15. 15

    25 Pre-Show

  16. 16

    Building a Watermark in Photoshop

  17. 17

    Making Actions Easy in Photoshop

  18. 18

    Syncing with Creative Cloud & Bridge

  19. 19

    DIY Postcards: Font Formatting

  20. 20

    DIY Postcards: Image Layout & Printing

  21. 21

    Making Magazine Ads in Photoshop

  22. 22

    Anchoring Your Ad & Sharing

  23. 23

    Animated GIFs in Photoshop

  24. 24

    Video Basics in Photoshop

  25. 25

    Building a Video in Photoshop

  26. 26

    Video Exporting & Uploading

  27. 27

    Beauty of Behance

  28. 28

    Uploading to Behance & ProSite

  29. 29

    25 Wrap-Up

  30. 30

    36 Pre-Show

  31. 31

    Behance Review

  32. 32

    Being a Pro with ProSite

  33. 33

    Building a Header for ProSite

  34. 34

    Customizing Your ProSite

  35. 35

    Adobe Kuler & Benefits of Creative Cloud

  36. 36

    Adobe Typekits

  37. 37

    Typographic Logos in Illustrator

  38. 38

    InDesign: Business Card Layout

  39. 39

    Exploring Adobe Acrobat

  40. 40

    Video in Premier & Intro to Muse

  41. 41

    Building Your Webpage in Muse

  42. 42

    36 Wrap-Up


Meet Your Expert

Lesa Snider

Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed author and speaker, is on a mission to teach the world to create better graphics. She’s the author of several books including the best-selling series, Photoshop: The Missing Manual, and coauthor of iPhoto '11: The Missing ... read more

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  • pdf CC Essentials Intro.pdf
  • pdf CC Essentials Exercise Files
  • pdf Creative Cloud Keyboard Shortcuts and Tips.pdf
  • pdf CC Essentials workbook.pdf
  • pdf Photoshop - Practical Keyboard Shortcuts by Lesa Snider.pdf

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  • Jay Nelson

    Jay Nelson

    December 2014

    This course covers far more of what you can do with the Creative Cloud apps than is mentioned in the marketing description! Here's a more comprehensive description: Lesa will cover everything you need to know to get the most bang for your Creative Cloud buck. You’ll learn how to use the powerful tools in Adobe’s collection to build promotional materials. You’ll learn how to create and customize a pro-level portfolio website with Behance that ties into your blog and social media networks. Learn how to include slideshows, audio and video in your portfolio, and then show it on any iPad or iPhone. Discover practical tips for creating engaging designs for ads and postcards using thousands of fonts from Typekit. Learn how to use Lightroom to produce a beautiful photo book for use as a portfolio, a leave-behind, or a client gift. You’ll also learn how to create a professional and engaging video portfolio in Photoshop that you can showcase on your website, iPad, Behance, or burn to a DVD. Along the way, you'll learn to create typographic logos in Illustrator, lay out a business card in InDesign, uncover the most useful tools for creatives in Acrobat, and much more! You’ll also learn how to use Kuler to snatch a color palette from a prize-winning image to use on your website or promotional materials. Learn how to use familiar drag-and-drop tools in Adobe Muse to create a full-blown website worthy of your work, with light boxes and slideshows to showcase your portfolio, and contact forms to gather leads. Take it live with built-in hosting, and update it whenever you like! In addition, you’ll learn practical tips on how to sync your Photoshop settings to any computer and how to share files with clients and coworkers. You’ll master the Adobe Creative Cloud app for updating your software and downloading new software, as well as for managing online files, exploring and downloading Typekit fonts, and managing your interactions on Behance. You’ll also learn practical uses for Photoshop Touch on your iPad, and much more. By the end of this course, you'll have mastered the art of shameless self-promotion, have more sellable products to offer to your clients, and be eager to make use of all the software and services you’re already paying for. You've got it, so make the most of it!

  • Jan Pittard Photo

    Jan Pittard Photo

    April 2014

    I have watched the day one and part of the day two classes -- this class is chock full of creative ways to use the cloud to expand your business -- and to help photographers help their clients get more for their money as well as save money in creating beautiful marketing tools. I had been so confused over the lightroom/photoshop thing, and Lesa makes it so easy to understand how to use each program for their strengths or super powers -- so I'm ready to power up my photography business !

  • Michelle B

    Michelle B

    September 2015

    Lesa makes learning easy! Thank you Lesa!

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