Adobe doesn’t ship printed manuals with their software anymore, at least, not with the Creative Suite applications. Instead, you use the Help > [program_name] Help command in each individual program, which opens either the new local Adobe Help AIR application, or your default browser. Either one brings you the main online help files for that program, “live” as they are hosted on Adobe’s web site.
They’re up to date, they’re searchable, and I think they’re great (especially the ones with user comments at the end), but sometimes I just want to be able to open up an actual manual, you know? Even a PDF of a manual.
It’s easy to miss, but each page of a program’s Online Help web site or Adobe Help page has a link to the PDF version of online help. Here’s what it looks like in Photoshop CS5’s online help, in the upper right corner:
To save you some time, I thought you might appreciate the download links to each of the PDFs for the main Creative Suite 5 (Design) online help files.
Click to download:
Probably the loneliest Adobe online help web site and accompanying PDF is the one for the Creative Suite itself. You can only get to it by looking for the Help web site from Bridge or Camera Raw. But it has some wonderful content, check out the PDF’s bookmarks:
Grab it now before you forget! Creative Suite 5 Help (8.7 MB)