What Is Adobe CS6?

Learn about Adobe CS6 from graphic design consultant Chanelle Henry in this Howcast video.

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What is Adobe CS6, and what does CS stand for? So, CS stands for Creative Suite. And Adobe is the leader of different products that basically are used for your needs and multimedia. So whether it's design, whether it's photography, music, editing, movies, Adobe basically provides different tools to make your visions come to reality, and they also update every year too, so now we're on six. They usually upgrade like every year.

One of the ones that I use is Creative Suite Six Design and Web Premium. In that you basically get Photoshop Illustrator, InDesign, DreamWeaver, Flash, Fireworks, Bridge, Acrobat X, and a couple other like, little things that help all of them run together. I use this just because my main tools of choice are Photoshop Illustrator and Indesign, and basically what you can do with these tools is not only create a design, but also develop a design as well. So DreamWeaver allows you to create websites that are live, so that if you know how to code, it's basically an all-in-one type of program.

They also support different things as well as tablets and as well as, if you just want a design from your computer, it's all-around type of tools that basically help you to make what it is that you're dreaming of.

So one of the favorite things that I use is actually Adobe Photoshop CS6, and how they changed from CS5 to CS6 is that they went with a darker platform, which is suppose to help with you actually being able to see your work a little bit better with less distraction. Photoshop is a beast, and it's one of those things where if you really want to learn it, the best way to do is just go through the tutorials. And there's a lot of tutorials out there. You can go through tutorials for any of the Adobe products. There's always going to be something, whether it's Lindon.com, or you go on Adobe itself, they have tutorials, or different forums. But Adobe, you'll find is something that will always be in your pocket, something that you'll always be using as well as a lot of people will use it as well. So it's one of those files that you can send out source files and be able to actually work with them with other designers and other agencies and vice versa.

You can use Photoshop and Fireworks to build and design websites. A lot of people will moreso say that they like Fireworks because it's easier to slice, so developers need images sliced so that they can put together their websites.

Photoshop you can slice as well. I like Photoshop a little bit better just because I think it's what I taught myself with, but you can also build a website in Illustrator as well.

The difference between Photoshop and Illustrator is that Illustrator is a vector-based program, so you can have an object and you can maximize it so as big as you want and none of it's data will get lost. It won't appear blurry. It's not the same with Photoshop. Photoshop is not vector-based, so you have to make sure that you have the right dimensions going in to whatever you're designing. And then it's also used for photo editing, in which case, Illustrator falls short of that.

Indesign is used for publications, so that if you want to put together a magazine or a 1,000-page book, it makes it easy to set masters and then just plug the text and everything in.

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