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10 Premiere Pro Tips

Check out these 10 Premiere Pro Tips that can help you speed up your work flow and unlock your creativity. Adobe Premiere Pro is one of our most popular courses. Video editing is an ever expanding and growing field, to learn more  Contact Us Today 

1 Quick render: In Adobe Premiere, most effects and videos render in real time. To have a full preview of all the effects, you can press “Enter”, which will render the project and enables you to preview the overall video effect in the “Monitor” window.

2 Always use “Bins”: You can click the “Folder” icon in the “Project” window to create a new folder to store video clips or other things. Store them in many different folders rather than only one so that you can find what you want more quickly. Create bins for storing separate audio, video, photo, etc. This Adobe Premiere tip will definitely makes your project more organized and can save time for editing.

3 Never start a Premiere Pro project from scratch: That was Jeff Greenberg’s number-one piece of advice for large project management. It means don’t waste your time rebuilding the same project structure that you use for every edit. Create a project with all your bins, search bins, named tracks, sequences, adjustment layers, and any other assets you regularly use — save it all as a template. You only have to do it once, and you will save valuable minutes at the start of every project. Just remember to duplicate the template project file before you start working in it.

4 Automate to Sequence: This first tip is awesome when you just want to make a quick montage of shots, especially when you want that montage to be synced with the beat of some music. For this to work, you first need to lay down your music track, add markers to the sequence where you want the edits to be, then select all of the clips you want to add. After that, it’s simply a matter of hitting the “Automate to Sequence” button in Premiere’s media pool area, and voila, your clips are in the timeline with cuts where you need them to be. Now just adjust the timing and arrangement of shots to your taste.

5 Swap Clips in Timeline: Chances are, if you’re building a sequence using the technique above, you’ll want to rearrange some of the clips in the timeline. Well, simply by holding down CMD+ALT on the keyboard, then dragging clips to where you want them, you can insert that lip in the new position and have all of the clips around automatically adjust. Super simple, and super useful.

6 Adjustment Layers: Now, I’m sure most Premiere editors know about adjustment layers by now since they’ve been around for a couple of years, but if you don’t know about them or use them, you really should. Basically, an adjustment layer lives on top multiple clips in your timeline, which means it’s a great way to add any effect in Premiere to multiple shots at once. They’re great for color correction, blurring and sharpening, having animations that are consistent from shot to shot, and so much more

7 Paste Attributes (Shortcut): For when you have a clip that you’ve applied some effects or transformation properties to that you want to reuse. Just select the clip, hit “Copy” and use Paste Attributes on the clips that you want to put those on. I used that a lot for this blog post’s video because I wanted to copy the position and zoom of the clips.

8 Assign multiple keyboard shortcuts to a command: You can assign multiple keyboard shortcuts for a single command. The Keyboard Shortcuts dialog displays the keyboard shortcut as an editable button, which lets you easily change, add, or delete shortcuts. To add shortcuts to a command, click to the right of an existing shortcut. If there is no existing shortcut, click anywhere in theShortcut column. A new shortcut button is created in which you can type the shortcut.
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9 Set To Frame Size command: Use the Set To Frame Size command to scale an image to the sequence frame size without rasterizing the image. When you use this command, the native pixel resolution is preserved, letting you see the sharpest resolution when you zoom in on an image.

  1. Right-click (Windows), or Control-click (Mac OS) an asset in a Timeline.
  2. Select Set To Frame Size.

When you select the Set To Frame Size command, the Scale To Frame Size setting is toggled off for improved playback performance.

10 Preference to specify number of frames to move playhead: In previous versions of Premiere Pro, using the keyboard shortcut Shift+Left or Right arrow, moved the playhead by a fixed number of five frames.

Premiere Pro now provides a preference that lets you control the number of frames to move. In the Preferences dialog, select the Playback pane, and enter the number of frames for Step Forward/Back Many. The default is set to ten frames.

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5 Adobe Illustrator Tips for Beginners

Adobe Illustrator can seem a bit daunting at first. Have no fear, it’s not a complicated as it seems. Try out these 5 Beginner tips and get on your road to becoming a master.

#1 The Appearance Panel

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To get a quick overview of your strokes and fills at any time (along with any effects you’ve applied) use the Appearance panel. You can also quickly change the stroke and fill type and colour from here, including opacity. If you’ve applied an effect, you can quickly click the name of it to go back and tweak it. Incredibly useful.

#2 Symbolism tools

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Similarly, Symbols are a great way of creating complex artwork quickly. Say you want a flock of birds. Simply draw one bird, then select it and using the Symbols panel arrow menu, you can turn it into a symbol. Next, select the Symbol Sprayer from the tool panel and spray it around your page.

You can then use the other Symbolism tools to resize, colour and rotate only certain instances of the symbol, giving a more natural effect. Try it, it’s very easy!

#3  Create Outlines

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One of the great things about Illustrator is its fantastic type tools. It’s great for laying out type as part of an illustration, but better for editing type. Type out a font, make it larger using the Character panel or Tool Options bar. Then select the box the type is in (not the text itself) and go to Type>Create Outlines.

You can now edit the letters as you see fit by adjusting the Bézier points. It’s great for experimenting with new variations on standard fonts. And there’s some even better stuff coming with Illustrator CC.

#4 Easy Blends

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There are a few ways to create gradients in Illustrator (the Gradient panel and Gradient Mesh tools are worth experimenting with and getting your head around) but a great way is to use the Blend tool.

Simply create two shapes with different colour fills (for a gradient effect choose no stroke) and then, with the Blend tool selected, click on the first object and then the second. If you double-click the Blend tool in the Tool Panel before doing this you can change the type of blend it applies (and if you keep your blend objects selected it will apply the changes to that blend).

#5 Presets and the new pencil tool.

If you’re using Illustrator as part of the Creative Cloud then the Pencil Tool now lets you use quick presets to create a smooth, fluid path with fewer points, or a path that more closely matches your drawing intent.

As well as curves, you can now use the Pencil Tool to easily draw straight lines too, which you can constrain to 0, 45 and 90 degree angles if you choose. Adobe’s also added the ability to continue drawing from the end points of an existing path, and you can now close your paths with a curved or straight line. These two videos show how:

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5 Top InDesign Tips to Unlock Your Creativity.

InDesign can seem very simple on the surface, however underneath that is some very advanced tools to help you create stunning publications. Check out these 5 Top InDesign Tips

5 Top InDesign Tips

Everyone knows that you can place a single image in a single frame. However, few know that you can actually place a single image in multiple frames for a visual effect. Select the Rectangle, Ellipse, or Polygon Frame tool and create two or more frames. Choose the Selection tool (V) and Shift-click each frame. Choose Objects>Paths>Make Compound Paths. Go to File>Place, select the image of your choice, and click Open. InDesign will automatically place the image inside your new frames.

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Let’s say you have a frame with an image in it on the page and you know that it would probably fit better if it were 1.25″ bigger. No worries. In the Width field up in the Control panel, type +1.25 next to the existing size. When you’re done, press Tab or Return (PC: Enter) and InDesign will do the math for you to adjust the size of your frame. You can also use different operations, such as subtraction (–), multiplication (*), and division (/).

When you’re doing layout, more times than not you’re going to place text into your document and there will be more text than fits your design. However, the real question is how much more text is there. You can find this out quickly and easily by bringing up the Story Editor from Edit>Edit in Story Editor (or Command-Y [PC: Ctrl-Y]). Look for the red line to the left of your text. Everything next to this line is overset text.

One of the most powerful collaboration features in InDesign is the ability to place InDesign documents into other InDesign documents. This means that you could be working on one master document while your colleagues work on other sections. Once they’re done, you can place their InDesign documents into yours as you would any other graphics (File;Place). If you need to edit the placed InDesign document, choose Edit;Edit original.

It’s great that InDesign can place and output layered Photoshop files, but what makes it even better is that you can turn on and off layers in that placed PSD directly within InDesign. You can even have the same PSD in your document multiple times with different layers turned on and off for different looks. Go to File>Place, navigate to your PSD, and click Open. Now choose Object>Object Layer Options and in the dialog that appears, turn on Preview, and click the Eye icon on and off next to the desired layer to control visibility.

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5 Pro Photoshop Tips

5 Pro Photoshop Tips – Simple ways to increase your productivity

Be sure to add these 5 Pro Photoshop Tips to your daily practices.

Tip #1 Solo A Layer

To quickly view a layer by it self press Alt while clicking the layer’s eye icon you wish to solo. Hold Alt and click the layer again to go back to your previous view. NOTE: be careful not to click a different layer because you won’t be able to go back to your old view if you do.

Tip #2 Bird’s Eye View

When working on smaller areas it’s important to remember to check the full frame of your image. I love this quick tip to help you do that. If you’ve zoomed right into the picture to work on some small details, for example cloning a small area. You can hold down H and use your mouse to zoom out and get a full view of your image, letting go of H snaps right back onto the zoomed in area you were working on before.

Tip #3 Changing hardness of the brush

Everyone knows you can change the brush size in Photoshop using the [ andkeys. What many don’t know is you can also change the hardness, if you hold down shift  while using [ and ]. This is a great way to speed up your productivity and add more finesse to your brush strokes.

Tip #4 Copy Layer Styles Quickly

Most Photoshop Users know you can quickly copy layers by holding Alt/Opt and dragging a copy of the artwork across the canvas. You can use this same trick for layer styles: simply hold down the Alt/Opt key and drag the FX icon in the layers panel from the layer with the styles to the target layer – the styles will be copied right over!

Tip #5 Quickly Finish Editing Text

These short cuts are great but can be frustrating while trying to work inside text boxes.  You don’t want to end up with a bunch of extra H characters in your text because you’re trying out the new Bird’s Eye short cut.  A quick way to exit out of your work inside the text area is to hit cmd + Return. If you are ever trying and failing to use a short cut, remember to make sure you’re not editing a text area.  Trust me this happens to the best of us. 🙂


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Super cool new video by one of our star students!

Stacie Ant is an up and coming video artist from Toronto, who took our Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Courses. She’s become a big part of the Connect Creativ Family. Recently she teamed up with Connect Creativ’s founder Aaron Cunningham to create this fun video for a song he produced earlier in the year.

Aaron J. Cunningham has produced two songs that were in the Billboard charts for Toronto band The Birthday Massacre. He is also a respected video artist having been nominated for 2 Polaris Prices.

The video explores the changes to our relationships as technology evolves.

Check it out!

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Adobe DNG Leads the Way for High-Quality Photos

Adobe DNG Leads the Way for High-Quality Photos

Wow really cool news from Adobe.

Today marks an important day for photographers and photo enthusiasts. With the release of Apple’s iOS 10, the Lightroom for mobile app has been updated to support the capture of Adobe raw DNG on iOS devices. Now anyone who wants to have the highest quality photographs and the greatest level of editing flexibility can use their iPhone or iPad to capture photos in the Adobe raw DNG file format.

Many of you know Thomas Knoll as the man behind Photoshop, but he’s also the architect responsible for the creation of the Adobe DNG file format. Now that Adobe DNG is integrated into iOS and Android and is the default raw format for high-quality mobile photography, we’ve asked Thomas to discuss the history and benefits of DNG in his own words.

With that, I’ll hand it off to Thomas.

Twelve years ago, I created the Adobe Digital Negative (DNG) file format while I was working on the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) plug-in for Photoshop. I was spending a lot of time making sure that ACR could accept a variety of raw photo formats—I had to code for each camera’s specifications because they all used their own proprietary raw file format. And every time one manufacturer updated its file format, I had to do more coding. While this was a problem I faced every day, I also knew it was a problem that customers were facing on a regular basis with their own photography workflows.

I felt like there was a better way.

The big breakthrough came when I realized the metadata wasn’t all that different from camera to camera. This realization allowed me to create a file format that could read the metadata without needing specific knowledge about the camera. With that, the Adobe DNG raw photo format was born.”


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We Are Excited about Adobe Experience Design CC

Adobe Experience Design CC is the way of hte future for UX/UI Design

Adobe, ever the innovator in the world have design, is really pushing the envelope with the updates to their new Adobe Experience Design CC. This is going to blow the roof of the UX/UI Design world.  We are hoping to offer courses in this soon.  At Connect Creativ we strive to keep ahead of technological trends and this is definitely going to be the next big revolution in design.

Check out this interesting video below or visit the adobe site to learn more.


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Don’t be afraid to use colour in your designs!

Whether you’re just beginning or you’ve been designing for years, it’s important to remember how effective of a tool colour can be. One of my favourite site to visit is It’s a great place to go for inspiration.

We would love to show you how to effectively use colour in your designs! For more information look at the Graphic Design Courses we teach.

Look at this amazing example of bold colours used for Project Charisma a promotion project for Polytrade Paper designed by design studio BLOW. Very cool stuff. To view the full article visit this link.

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Fascinating video – How Adobe was used to create Pete’s Dragon!

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Adobe get’s a big thumbs up from Disney in this great behind the scenes look at how Adobe After Effects, Photoshop and Premiere to help create Pete’s Dragon. Who didn’t love this story as a child? Very excited to see the full thing soon.

Directed by David Lowery.

Check out this video.

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Cool video by one of our students

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Check out this cool video for the band Akage No Anne which was made by one of our star students Anastassia Antiptichouk. Anastassia Antiptichouk also known as Stacie Ant Inc, is a recent graduate from OCAD University. She came to us to get some advanced training from our Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Courses. We are really impressed by how far she has come! Definitely excited to see what she gets up to next!


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