Student Resources

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Downloadable PDFs

File Extensions

Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

15 Photoshop Shortcuts
You Should Memorize

15 InDesign Shortcuts
You Should Memorize

Photoshop Actions

Photo Release Forms


Debi's InDesign Templates - These are INDD templates that I've downloaded or created.

InDesign Tips from Robin Williams - Tons of information and free templates

My latest favorite - InDesign Skills
Good beginner tutorials and info about setting type.

Los Angeles InDesign User Group - Meets monthly and it's free to go to the meetings. Great resource.

Online Resources – pre-designed templates for purchase – Before & After
online magazine available as subscription but lots of free stuff
on the website. Also have free
podcasts on iTunes!

Stock photography

Adobe Stock - Has fabulous inventory. Not a fan of the subscription but if you use a lot of stock photos, then it is definately worth it. - Pricey but
great inventory

Fonts for purchase - upload a small
image and the website will often
identify the font or offer one
that's similar - Love them!
But a little pricey. - LOTS of free fonts and some you can purchase.

Stock vector images – average cost is $1 per image and is fully editable in Illustrator. Art is modern and beautiful. – free company logos galore in various file formats.

Helpful Adobe Links

Creative Cloud Pricing

Adobe Mobile Apps

Benefits of a Free CC Membership

Adobe Portfolio - need a free website for your art or photos? It comes with your Creative Cloud subscription. Very user friendly and no code required!

Check it out!





Photoshop Tools - this is a link to an explanation of the tools on the Adobe website. It was hard to find, but not anymore.

Photoshop for Photographers - this link is also an explanation of the tools, but different and better. There are individual links to the individual tools.

Photoshop Tutorials - Read or Download individual PDFs about a specific task. (such as "How to... use Smart Filters.")

Here's one of my favorite instructors, Julianne Kost - Fix Photos Faster with Content Aware Tools


Luminar by Skyum - A new favorite. Here is a link to a discount code. You get a US$10 discount with the referral discount code - LUMINAR-FRIEND

Fun stuff

Plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom that extend the functionality; some are even stand alone apps.

Topaz Studio - SO MUCH more than a plug-in. - Funky, fun creative tools - A little pricey, but love SnapArt. - free brushes,
gradients, textures, patterns, styles
and lots of other stuff. The site offers
a premium paid version as well.


The Non-Designer's Illustrator Book
by Robin WIlliams - my FAVORITE Illustrator book. - TONS of custom brushes

Using SVG - SVG (Scalable Vector Graphic) is an image format for vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator. You can use SVG on the web, but there is plenty you should know. - free Illustrator brushes, contributed by the members. Offers a premium paid site that pays contributing members for art purchased. - Brushes, Actions, Symbols, Patterns. A few are free, most have a nominal fee.

Click here to download the How to Use the Pen Tool templates.

Photography Articles

Street Photography and The Law:
7 Things You Need to Know


Adobe Creative Cloud TV on iTunes is now LinkedIn Learning. Still the same great training. Not free
but there are some free videos
and the subscription is reasonably priced Inlcudes Illustrator & InDesign training videos. - great training for photography, Photoshop, Lightroom and other stuff that is Photography related
Not free but there are some free
videos and the subscription is
reasonably priced.

Photoshop User TV on iTunes - Free podcasts!!!



Some of my favorites:

Robin Williams
The Non-Designer Book Series
These are old and mostly out of print but still availalbe as PDFs. The informaiton is still relevant so I still recommend them.

Some of my favorites:
Scott Kelby
Matt Kloskowski
Dave Cross
Leanne Davis
Katrin Eismann
Martin Evening
Julie Anne Kost
Terry White
RC Concepcion
Jack Davis
Ben Willmore

Bert Monroy
Jesus Ramizez
Unmesh Dinda

Also there's Photoshop User Magazine and Lightroom Magazine. Lots of photography info, equipment reviews and details of the creative business. Sadly, this has become an online only magazine.


The Lightroom Queen - great resource for all things Lightroom.

Photography Sites - shopping, information, just cool stuff




Photography Awesome Sauce


Really want to learn code?
Here you go... - Awesome, relevent online training

Want a web career fast?
Bring lots of money, but it's worth it! GENERAL ASSEMBLY LA

Products I love

Apple Pen for iPad - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

Groovebook – it's an app for photos, but oh so cool.

Parabo Press - LOVE the 5.5" square prints! - one of my favorite photo labs.

Social Print Studio - this one has different products like photo strips that I can customize with my photos.

Graphics, etc.

Creative Market offers photos, fonts, graphics templates, themes, add-ons etc. all created by designers like you and me.

Pixelo offers photoshop add-ons, digital flipbooks, mockup templates, fonts and textures file. These are also created by designers. Just like you and me.

Graphics Fairy is a resource for tons of Vintage images, Illustrations, Printables. Some are free, but the premium membership is reasonable.

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