Cover Adobe Photoshop CS5's Newest Tools with Quick Video Tutorials

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Beginners firing up Adobe Photoshop CS5 for the first time will feel lost trying to decipher the many tools, buttons, and windows in the application that greet them by default. You hear of relatively technical terms such as layers, masks, cloning, actions, and think, "Where do I start?"

One of the best ways to learn CS5's newest features is to ease into its many functions piece-by-piece. Academy Class, a new media training in the UK, did just that and released a set of eighteen tutorial videos on the popular graphic design and photo manipulation software on their blog. The series is free to watch and may be seen in its entirety by visiting the blog's Photoshop CS5 Series tag.

The tutorials cover many important new features in Photoshop CS5, each given particular focus with their own instructional video. Among the tools you will be acquainted with are:
  • Improvements to the layers panel
  • The new HDR pro functionality
  • Selection improvements
  • Puppet Warp
  • Real-world applications for Content-Aware Fill
  • Mini Bridge & Bridge
  • Handling the Camera Raw feature
  • Lens Correction
  • New Cropping & Straightening features
  • Improved painting features & natural media brushes

You will be guided along these tutorial videos by Stuart Little, a photographer, author, blogger, and Photoshop trainer with over 18 years of experience. He gives an over-the-shoulder approach to exploring Photoshop's various features, making practical examples as he offers his best practices.

The videos average at approximately 12 minutes each, offering you bite-sized instructions on all things new with Photoshop CS5. You can jump right in on any video you fancy, as each topic can stand alone.

Each video is sprinkled with some hidden tips from Stuart Little himself, as he moves along various areas in the Photoshop workspace. Aside from the major features in the software, you will also learn tricks for better navigation using keyboard shortcuts, application preferences, and other little-known things you can do to improve your experience.

To start watching these free videos by Academy Class, visit the Photoshop CS5 Series category on their blog. For full training courses on Adobe Photoshop CS5, visit the company's official site at Academy Class to get more information and to register for classes.
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