Learning how to use a new software application can be frustrating, as not everyone has the time to sit down and learn the ins-and-outs of a program. Trying to find the right tools, buttons, and menus can quickly eat up precious hours of your workday. I work in Adobe's Creative Cloud and often find myself intimidated when I have to jump into an Adobe program with which I'm not entirely familiar, such as Illustrator. Something as simple as selecting and moving a layer can be a perplexing endeavor

Adobe's Make It Now series of tutorials will get you up and running in the Creative Cloud in no time. Each tutorial is roughly 60-seconds in length and takes you from start-to-finish through a standalone project. These tutorials cover a variety of topics across a number of programs, including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, and InDesign. They even have a tutorial on how to use the Adobe Capture mobile app.

Adobe Creative Cloud Make It Now Tutorials

Each tutorial has downloadable practice files, as well as step-by-step written instructions in the video's description. While these projects are quite specific and might not fit your particular project, you'll nevertheless quickly learn your way around the software's interface. A much more exciting way to learn than reading the manual or trying to find information that's buried within a 15-minute tutorial

Check out the tutorials below to get started. You'll learn how to make it snow in After Effects, do some extreme color grading in Premiere Pro, make a better portrait in Lightroom, capture type with the Capture app, as well as a handful of other fun projects. Get inspired and create something of your own!