One of the most oft-requested features by Illustrator users is soon to make it into Illustrator CS 6. We are lovingly calling it “Package Files” since it’s an easy way to automatically collect everything necessary to work with your Illustrator document into a single folder. In that folder, you’ll find everything your document depends on: linked files, embedded fonts, static images, etc. By having Illustrator create this packaged folder, you can archive the folder, store it in a code repository or share with members of your team – especially handy since we are working on some new sharing capabilities that will ship for Creative Cloud soon.
Here is a quick video of the Package Files feature within Adobe Illustrator CS 6, showing how this new feature will make your design process even simpler. We’ll be making it available exclusively to Adobe Creative Cloud members soon. Remember, by subscribing to Creative Cloud, you get these types of nimble product enhancements often and easily.
Our promotional offer of $29.99 per month for your first year on Adobe Creative Cloud, if you currently own CS3 or later suites or products, ends soon so be sure to signup.
Words can’t describe how excited we were after Michael Startzman (@startzman) announced that he was going to create an eBook for Adobe Touch Apps users, highlighting techniques and tips for creating in Adobe Ideas. For the past few months we’ve been in contact with Michael, checking in on the process and teasing his work to our Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers. We’re so very pleased to announce that Michael’s “How to Use Adobe Ideas” eBook is complete, and believe us when we say it’s a must have for any Adobe Touch user.
With all of the hard work behind him, we sat down with Michael to learn how his love for the Adobe Touch Apps began and how the combination of Creative Cloud, Creative Suite 6 and Touch Apps have changed the way he creates. Check out the full Q&A below and be sure to visit our Twitter channel to see his work displayed on our background.
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Adobe: When were you first introduced to Adobe Touch Apps?
Michael Startzman: When a friend of mine bought an iPad and showed me Adobe Ideas…I was hooked. Two weeks after its initial release, I bought an iPad and the first app I downloaded was Ideas. I’ve been drawing with it ever since.
What was the very first creation you made with Touch Apps?
I first started using Adobe Ideas for brainstorming and plotting story concepts by thumbnailing pages, sketching character designs, and making notes. I think one of the first illustrations I did was of a snail descending a wall. Today, I can create nearly every step of an illustration directly on my iPad using Ideas.
How has the integration from Touch Apps through to the Creative Cloud features changed your creative workflow?
Using the Creative Cloud to sync between devices allows for freedom of creativity where ever I happen to be. If I only have my iPod available, I can create illustrations, make notes on websites and take photos, which not only sync to my iPad, but are also available when using Illustrator or Photoshop on my desktop computer.
Which pairing of the Touch Apps and the applications within Creative Cloud are most instrumental to your creative process and why?
Adobe Ideas has been a boon to my creativity and productivity. In the past, I would draw nearly all of my illustrations digitally with a combination of Illustrator and Photoshop. This, however, meant I was tied to a computer to produce any finished artwork. Now with Adobe Ideas, I’m free to create – whether on vacation, at the office, or sitting on the porch enjoying the morning breeze.
Adobe Ideas, coupled with the Creative Cloud, allows for further development and tweaking of the creations made on my iPod. I can open Ideas’ vector files and fine-tune them in Illustrator. I can also share files with colleagues and know my work is safely backed up online.
How much of a difference has direct touch input made to your creations?
I learned to draw digitally using a mouse and then graduated to a pen tablet, which made a world of difference. Now I draw using my finger! The direct touch really increases productivity because I can see what I’m affecting and where I’m going with the lines, which in turn, provides me more control over the kinds of lines I create. Plus, I’m never without a drawing implement.
If you had the opportunity to travel to anywhere in the world with your Touch Apps, where would it be and why?
There are some pretty spectacular places out there and each new environment invites its own inspiration, that’s the beauty of having a portable studio. I think I’d like to visit Italy. The atmosphere created by the architecture, landscape and rich art history must be breathtaking.
What compelled you to create the “How to Use Adobe Ideas” eBook?
I created an eBook called “How to Use Adobe Ideas” because people were often surprised to learn my art was created on iPad. The eBook details my techniques for creating in Ideas and provides information and tips on the various settings and tools found on the application.