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Creative Spotlight: Sharon Steel

We’ve been tweeting with one of our Adobe Touch Apps users, designer Sharon Steel, for the past few weeks about featuring her work as our new background, and through our conversations, we’ve uncovered that she’s quite the power user! As a Creative Cloud member, Sharon has taken full advantage of the Creative Cloud integration with the Touch Apps, as well as Creative Suite 6 applications such as Illustrator and Adobe Muse. Check out our Q&A with Sharon below to learn more about hercreative workflow, and take a look at our new Twitter background featuring her creations.

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Creative Layer: When were you first introduced to Adobe Touch Apps and Creative Cloud? What was the first project you utilized both of them on?

Sharon Steel: Approximately 7 months ago, back when my iPad was brand new, I actively sought out any creative apps – especially ones intended for drawing and painting. What attracted me to Adobe Ideas is that the artwork is created in vector format making size and resolution a non-issue. When CS6 was released I grabbed onto the Creative Cloud concept, and it opened up my eyes to all of the other touch apps available.

My first project that involved both Adobe Touch Apps and Creative Cloud was a personal one. I began planning out my wedding invitations and developed a quick drawing on the go involving two bicycles. I later took that sketch into Illustrator and played around with numerous layouts on multiple art boards. I ended up using a different concept for the invitations but still plan to use the bicycles as die-cut decorations for the reception.

How has Creative Cloud changed your creative workflow?

It has eliminated several time consuming steps. Rather than starting with several paper sketches, scanning in the drawings, re-drawing them in Illustrator as vectors, and finally experiment with color and layout — now I can skip all of that and sketch directly to vector, all in one file. Different layers allow for layout play and colors are not limited to the number of pens in my pocket. I still enjoy sketching in my sketchbook and my love for paper will never end, but for any project that will need to be digital, it just makes more sense to start on a device.

Which pairing of the Touch Apps and CS6 applications is most instrumental to your creative process and why?   

My creative process always involves sketching in one way or another. While I have mostly used Adobe Ideas combined with Illustrator, I am really excited about adding Adobe Collage to the mix. The way it combines photo grabbing with brainstorming sketches and text boxes, makes the app very attractive for initial client meetings. Also, I just recently started playing around with Adobe Proto and it has a lot of website planning potential. It’s a very unique app for producing wireframes that you can interact with and navigate through. I have a feeling that this app will become very instrumental to my creative process on the web.

How major of a role does the cloud storage and device syncing ability of Creative Cloud to Adobe Touch play in your day to day?

The device syncing has a natural feel to the point where it goes unnoticed. I just assume that the file will be there when I need it. The cloud storage is a gem in itself. I have often found myself trying to figure out how to get a proof to a client or a file to a printer that is too large to email. I love that you can choose to make a file private or public and available for download.

How often do you find yourself starting a project on Adobe Touch and finishing it with another application via Creative Cloud?

Out of the past five projects I have worked on, I have begun three of them on an Adobe Touch App. In the future I would like to be able to begin in Adobe Touch, sync to CS6 and then re-open the file in the Touch App, especially for further illustration developments with Adobe Ideas.

How has Adobe Muse benefited you in the web site publication/management process?

I am very excited about the ease of designing with Adobe Muse. I frequently design the front-end of websites for clients, usually using some sort of content management system with a custom design built upon purchased templates. This allows for a functional product, but I am often not satisfied with the layout. Adobe Muse allows me to take the design control into my own hands. I can build a website in an environment I am familiar with and not have to hassle with code. While I have only created one website with Muse so far that manages itself via RSS feeds, I look forward to learning how to use the content management features for items such as blog posts.

See more of Sharon’s work on her website (created with Adobe Muse) and check out her blog post, detailing a recent project she completed with the help of Touch Apps and Creative Cloud.