Did you know Adobe makes a program that lets you make your own custom panels/palettes for Photoshop and in design? Well not many people do, so lets talk a little bit about Adobe Configurator. Adobe Labs offers the free utility for Mac or PC and give it a try, but if you’d like to learn more continue reading.
If you want to make a panel with all your favorite drawing tools like the brush tool, gradient tool, smudge tool, eyedropper tool and, a few of your favorite actions you totally can with absolutely no knowledge of coding. The above image was created in about five minutes and has all the Photoshop tools and commands I frequently use. It was super easy to create a custom panel and export to Photoshop CS6 or Creative Cloud (InDesign only supports CS6). Configurator made it easy to drag and drop tools, menu items, scripts, actions and other objects you might want quick access to in your own panel design.
How do you make your own panels/palettes? Honestly I’m still learning the software myself so I thought I would share a YouTube video from people with a bit more knowledge then I. The video below is from the previous version of Configurator but I think the fundamentals are the same.
Having grown up on the shores of Maui, Hawaii, Norm has always had a love for drawing. Since leaving the Islands’ beautiful beaches and landing in Oregon he went to college and received a degree in graphic design. Now living in Beaverton, Oregon, Norm has been working as a full-time graphic designer and illustrator for the last 12 years. He has spent countless hours perfecting his craft as a freelance illustrator working on several children’s books, a few video games and creating numerous educational products. His ability to draw has given him the chance to do the thing he truly loves — Create.
Adobe, why did you hide the upgrade page for Creative Suite 6?
Ever since Adobe decided to switch their software to the Creative Cloud I have been looking to upgrade to CS6. Normally what I do with Adobe software is buy a version, wait 3 or 4 years then upgrade again. I’m sure people like me were one of the reasons they switched their model. I’m assuming this because those who don’t upgrade as often get hit with higher fees when they switch to Creative Cloud (introductory offers are only available to CS3 users and above). Personally I want to upgrade to CS6 and let Adobe work out the kinks with their cloud service and I’ll see them in a few years. Right now I’m using Creative Suite 4 and figured since they are getting rid of the traditional software model I should upgrade now and try to hold out for my standard amount of time. But it turns out that upgrading isn’t the easiest thing to do anymore on Adobe’s website. The first thing I did was went to their website and click “buy”. Thinking that this would take me to a page where I could upgrade my software. It did not. Adobe had changed all the links to take you straight to the Creative Cloud service. Well after a few hours of looking around and getting frustrated I decided to just ask Adobe where they had move this page too. The nice Adobe customer service representative sent me a link to where I could upgrade my software. Since it wasn’t the easiest thing to find I thought I would share the link with you. This link will take you to a page where you can upgrade your Adobe software. Once on the CS6 purchase page you will see the different software offerings and a price. To upgrade you have to click the buy button and then a drop-down will appear where you have to select “upgrade” then the price will adjust.
Hopefully this will save some people a few hours of their precious time.
Today I was researching software deals and came across this article about Adobe changing their upgrade policy. I thought some people might want to take a nice long look at upgrading to Adobe Creative Suite 6 (CS6) at this point due to this new information. If you’re a CS4 or CS3 user you will only be able to upgrade to CS6 until the end of the year due to Adobe changing their upgrade policies. Previously consumers could wait up to three versions to make their upgrade, but now Adobe is changing the way users can upgrade. Here’s the note from Adobe about their new upgrade policy.
“Special upgrade offer for CS3 and CS4 customers. Take advantage of our special introductory upgrade pricing on Creative Suite 6 for customers who own CS3 and CS4 individual products and suite editions. This temporary upgrade offer is valid through December 31, 2012. After that date, only customers who own CS5 or CS5.5 products will qualify for upgrade pricing to CS6.”
So what this means is if you own CS3 or CS4 you should upgrade now or be forced to pay full price at the start of 2013 if you want to update your software. This is pretty sad to me as a consumer of Adobe’s products. I’m still using CS4 and usually wait 2 or 3 revisions before upgrading. Now Adobe will be forcing its consumers to upgrade only one version earlier. From what I have been able to ascertain Adobe is making this change because they are now spreading out their release schedule from an 18 months to a two year schedule. Don’t forget CS5 and CS5.5 users you will need to upgrade to CS6 if you want to be able to eventually qualify to upgrade for CS7. This is really starting to get confusing so I’ll end with a link to their upgrades page if anyone wants to take action.