Free Adobe Creative Suite 5 Resources

Books and commercial training videos devoted to the applications in the upcoming Suite are on the way, but meanwhile there's some solid free resources available.

Adobe TV
That's right, the first place to get up to speed on the capabilities of Creative Suite 5 is Adobe's video training site, with clips covering CS5 currently being added at a good rate. The Launch Event material is a bit thin, since presenters really weren't given enough time to cover more than a fraction of the new stuff. Instead, watch Russell Brown go through Photoshop's Content Aware Fill or Terry White's segment demonstrating how InDesign CS5 can be used to create documents for the Apple iPad.

Layers Adobe CS5 Learning Center
Layers magazine, published by the Kelby Media Group, provides tips, tricks and techniques for those using Creative Suite applications, as well as product reviews, industry news, feature stories, and expert interviews. The site's Adobe CS5 Learning Center provides 35 tutorial videos on Premiere, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Flash Professional, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.

Peachpit Adobe Creative Suite 5 Resource Center
We run many extracts from Peachpit Press books on, simply because they have some top authors. It's perhaps not that well known that the Peachpit site itself is far from just a directory of its current books. Beyond that, Peachpit authors provide a steady flow of tips via blog posts and videos. Couple that with chapter extracts and sample videos from the CDs accompanying some of the books and the result is a sizable quantity of free material. Peachpit has wisely made it easier to find just the CS5 content by collecting it all into a Resource Center, much of it from books not yet available in print.

PhotoshopCAFE CS5 Learning Site
Colin Smith is a best-selling author, trainer and award-winning designer known for his photorealistic illustrations created entirely in Photoshop. He is also the founder of, one of the most popular sites dedicated to Photoshop. The site recently launched an area devoted to CS5, with videos from Colin and other trainers covering primarily Photoshop but also other apps and even the Wacom tablet.

Do you know of any resources we should add? If so, feel free to let us know.