If you’ve ever used any of the programs Adobe Suite has to offer, chances are you’ve experienced a wide range of emotions in a very short period of time. From confusion to frustration to questioning your entire career and/or existence, it can get pretty dark pretty fast. I know this because I’ve been there myself, and I’m here to tell you that there’s a light at the end of your tunnel. Adobe has a world of applications that can be your best friend, once you get to know them. Here’s what I’ve learned, and some tools on how I got there.

For any Adobe problem you could possibly find that there’s someone somewhere on some forum that has experienced the same issue. Whether they’ve figured it out or not, there’s almost always a thread of comments below the original question that can at least point you somewhat in the right direction. Though it may be tedious at times, just remember that the answer is always worth the hunt. If you find yourself in one of these painstaking situations my advice is to just keep digging. And no, that wasn’t a subtle nod to Finding Nemo. But not all blogs and forums are created equally. This search won’t be nearly as jolly or entertaining—trust me.

Here’s a list of some helpful forums where I haven’t had to dig too far for the answers I needed:

https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com

https://forums.creativecow.net

http://www.graphicdesignforum.com

Although forums offer immediate information, sometimes tutorials can be an even more beneficial outlet. Written words can only offer you so much help. It’s easy enough to tell someone to “spin the wheel and put your hands in the clay,” but seeing someone throw a pot is a lot more helpful.

If you’ve never heard of Lynda, allow me to introduce you. Lynda is an online educational source that offers thousands of in-depth video tutorials given by seasoned industry veterans. If you’re looking to solve a very specific problem, the answer is usually buried within one of the videos. Completing a full video will more than likely answer your original question, as well as introduce you to an entirely new facet of a program. However, if you’re short on time, watching an entire tutorial can set you back anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours. Lynda does require a subscription to access videos, so if you don’t want to put a price tag on your search, there’s always YouTube. YouTube can be just as quick as a Google search, while still allowing you to get very specific with the details of your question. Beware of clickbait, though. Some unscrupulous YouTubers lure you to their channel with promising titles, only as a ploy to increase their viewership.

Here’s a list of a few popular channels that have helped me in the past:

Terry White

Will Patterson

Creatnprocess

Ultimately, I’ve found the best way to learn is by asking the people around me. If you’re lucky enough to work in an office where discussion is encouraged — as it is at Rocket Pop — I’ve found that working through a problem with others not only leads to a solution, but opens up other useful dialogue in the process. Plus, when you work with as many knowledgeable Adobe folks as I do (I’m looking at you Tim, Ellen, Mallory, and Zach), chances are everyone will end up pitching in some valuable information and have fun doing it!

 

 

 

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Caroline Onder is a graphic designer, media strategist, traveler, and our resident fashion expert. After living in New Zealand, North Carolina, New Jersey, and then New York, she returned home to Richmond to get her degree in Creative Advertising at VCU.
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