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Lightroom Mobile for Android Phones Is Here

Got images on your phone that need editing? And after you tweak them, do you want to sync them back to your collection of pics at home? Perhaps, too, you’re among the throngs of people who have an Android, and not an iOS, smartphone.

If that’s you, then you’ll love this:

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Lightroom mobile extends your existing workflows beyond the desktop, allowing you to utilize your Android phone to review and edit images and have the changes sync back to your Lightroom catalog at home.

Get the app now on Google Play.

Read more about what you can do with Lightroom mobile on thr Lightroom Journal.

2:30 PM Permalink

More Control over Web Fonts with Typekit Update

Over at Typekit, we’ve just launched some major improvements to our language subsetting options.

The update provides more fine-tuned control over exactly which languages are supported on your websites—which in turn can hugely improve load times for webpages. The new UI also gives better visibility into the OpenType features that are included with a font, which will open up a lot more potential for advanced typesetting on the web.

Subsetting has been one of our most-requested features, and we’re delighted to make it available to everyone. If you’d like to learn more about using it, see the Typekit blog for details.

With Typekit's new Language Subsetting controls, you can combine language support in any way a selected font allows and optimize for a smaller kit size.

With Typekit’s new language subsetting controls, you can combine language support in any way a selected font allows and optimize for a smaller kit size.

11:45 AM Permalink

Version 1.9—An Update for Creative Cloud for Desktop

We’re excited to announce the release of version 1.9 of Adobe Creative Cloud for desktop. It brings several new features and improvements that help you stay up-to-date and increase your productivity.

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Some key highlights of the release

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  • Creative Cloud for desktop now automatically detects and downloads any update available for Creative Cloud for desktop, so you no longer have to track and install updates manually. To enable auto-update, just select Always keep Creative Cloud for desktop up to date when installing an update. You can, at any time, enable or disable the auto-update setting from the General tab in the Preferences dialog for Creative Cloud for desktop.

 

  • Font syncing from Typekit is now enabled by default, so you will no longer need to Turn on Typekit to start syncing and using fonts in your favorite applications. If you need to turn syncing off, you can do this anytime from Preferences > Fonts in Creative Cloud desktop. For information about adding and managing Typekit fonts, see Add fonts from Typekit.
  • If you’re a Creative Cloud for enterprise customer, your employees will soon be able to sign in using their Federated ID with Single Sign-On support.

 

Also in the latest version of Creative Cloud for desktop

  • You can now sync files and fonts quickly and seamlessly even when switching Internet connections. For information about managing assets, see Browse, sync, and manage assets.

So, what are you waiting for? Install the latest update for Creative Cloud for desktop and take full advantage of the cool features and improvements we’ve made.

How to update

You’ll be prompted to update when you relaunch Creative Cloud for desktop. If you do not relaunch the app, you’ll get an update notification in 24 hours. Click Install Now to download and install the latest version, and then relaunch the app.

If you’re a new user and have not installed Creative Cloud for desktop yet, the latest version is available for download from Creative Cloud Download Center.

Check which version of the app you’re using

  1. Launch Creative Cloud for desktop, and sign in with your Adobe ID.
  2. Click the gear icon, and choose Preferences > General.
  3. Click the Account.

For the latest on Creative Cloud for desktop, see Adobe Creative Cloud blogs and Creative Cloud Learn & Support.

10:16 AM Permalink

An Adobe Inspire Webinar with Designer Maria Grønlund

Designer Maria Grønlund will demonstrate her I speak fluid colors technique on January 14 during the inaugural session of Adobe Inspire’s new webinar series Inspire: Artists at Work.

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With its new series, “Inspire: Artists at Work,” the Adobe Inspire team wanted to provide something a bit different from a typical online tutorial. We envisioned events that would not only give participants new skills and teach them new techniques, but also spark their creativity and inspire them to try new things. We wanted to provide an over-the-shoulder look at an artists’ creative processes, as well as a peek at their inspirations.

So we were thrilled when Danish graphic designer Maria Grønlund agreed to join us for our first event. We’re big fans of Maria’s beautiful abstract creations—she is well known for her work’s vibrant colors and for her innovative methods.

During the one-hour event on Wednesday, January 14 (at 10:00am PST/6:00pm GMT), Maria will be demonstrating and discussing (in a conversation with Adobe worldwide design evangelist Rufus Deuchler) the Adobe Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC  techniques she employed to create her I speak fluid colors series.

An image from Maria Grønlund's I speak fluid color series was used as the visual identity for Adobe MAX 2014.

An image from Maria Grønlund’s I speak fluid color series was used as the visual identity for Adobe MAX 2014.

“I fell in love with Maria’s red, orange, and blue version of I speak fluid colors,” says Adobe creative director Kashka Pregowska-Czerw. “Very imaginative, great composition, and so visually appealing. I thought it was a perfect fit for Adobe MAX. The idea that it was digitally created from scratch was a nice bonus. I think our attendees agreed.”

Maria bases her images on organic shapes such as flowers, smoke, and ink suspended in water. She says, “These are digital drawings developed primarily for aesthetics. It’s a study in colors and Illustrator CC techniques…in principle, there’s no right or wrong way to interpret the drawings. It’s a bit like watching the clouds and finding rabbits and sheep in the shapes—though [they are] created with the intention of evoking a positive and light feel.”

The process by which Maria creates these images begins with an outline in Illustrator CC (based on a shape found in nature or even a simple doodle); she then employs blend shapes, gradients, and other Illustrator tools. The results are surprising forms with a 3D look.

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Formerly a classical musician, Maria made the switch to graphic design when she was in her mid-30s and describes herself as a self-taught designer. She has a unique approach to learning new software and has said that she simply sets herself the task of learning one tool each day. In that way, she wrote in a recent blog post, she “has no expectations as to what the outcome might be or what the tools are supposed to produce. The work method is pretty much driven by curiosity.”

Terri Stone, Adobe Inspire’s content director, explains, “Illustrator CC is a complex, powerful application, and that can be a little intimidating. But if we approach it like Maria—with a sense of curiosity, not fear—we’ll get unique results and a deeper understanding of the possibilities.”

We hope anyone with an interest in Illustrator CC will join Maria and Rufus for this inspiring hour. Register now for the free January 14 webinar.
 
Don’t worry if you can’t join us live on January 14; we’ll be posting a recording of the event on inspire.adobe.com (sign up for our free newsletter to stay informed about upcoming events).

12:22 PM Permalink

The 4K Production Workflow of Nippon Television Network

Japanese broadcaster, Nippon Television Network, implements a cost-effective solution based on Adobe Creative Cloud to create a dynamic and efficient workflow for ultra-high definition 4K broadcasts.

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When the first 4K channel in Japan, Channel 4K, began test broadcasts, it started by airing live musical performances, travelogues, and sports broadcasts provided for free by members of the Next Generation Television & Broadcasting Promotion Forum. Since then, broadcasters have started to produce their own 4K programming , but the equipment remains costly. In addition, transcoding and outputting programs takes a great deal of time.

Originally a format developed for feature-length films, 4K was not intended for television programming where high volume production is valued. To begin introducing original 4K content in the broadcast space, Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV) developed a 4K programming production workflow using Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise.

The benefits of enterprise licenses

Since 1953, when Nippon TV became the first commercial television broadcaster in Japan, Nippon TV has entertained audiences with excellent programming, from professional sports to scripted dramas. Nippon TV first deployed Adobe Creative Cloud for 4K productions in the technical operations department of the engineering & technology division. This department handles a wide variety of operations, including CG, data broadcasts, media conversion, and remote subsystems. The department’s office space is filled with computers—some loaded with Autodesk Softimage to create CG infographics, while others are used to develop other graphics displayed within programs.

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When deciding between teams or enterprise licensing, the technical operations department chose to work with Creative Cloud for enterprise. “For security reasons, our work computers are not connected to the Internet so the enterprise license was a better fit for us,” says Ayato Fujii, CG designer for the technical operations department, engineering & technology division. “Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise includes all of the design tools we need: Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and After Effects CC.”

“We have always used Adobe creative software, and now Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise offers us a cost- effective way to provide everyone with the applications they need,” adds Toru Fujihara, associate managing director of the technical operations department, engineering & technology division. Yasuo Tsutsumi, CG designer in the graphic design department at the Nippon Television Art Media Design Center adds, “With Adobe Creative Cloud, we can install a full range of creative software onto all of our designers’ computers, which has everyone very excited.”

Developing high-quality 4K content

The technical operations department deployed Creative Cloud for enterprise on the workstations of all designers. The Creative Cloud implementation provided an opportunity to also switch from EDIUS editing systems to Adobe Premiere Pro CC to reduce costs, add integration with After Effects CC, and support the Grass Valley HQ/HQX codecs. “We do a great deal of CG work for our TV broadcasts,” says Fujii. “By using the Grass Valley HQ codec with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, we can attach 4K monitors to our work computers to create true 4K machines that leverage Adobe’s support for cutting-edge hardware and standards.”

Designing a new environment

One of the first 4K programs Fujihara worked to develop for Nippon TV using Creative Cloud was a video art exhibit across three 4k screens recreating the famous stone garden at Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto. The video was displayed in the “Kyoto from Inside and Outside: Scenes on Panels and Folding Screens” special exhibit at Tokyo National Museum. Nippon TV designers used Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop CC to pull the footage together and give visitors a taste of Ryoanji Temple across four seasons.

Four Seasons of the Ryoanji Temple Rock Garden in 4K, from the special exhibition, “Kyoto from Inside and Outside: Scenes on Panels and Folding Screens."

Four Seasons of the Ryoanji Temple Rock Garden in 4K, from the special exhibition, “Kyoto from Inside and Outside: Scenes on Panels and Folding Screens.”

Shooting at Ryoanji Temple started one year before the exhibition. At the time, Nippon TV did not have an environment that could view 4K footage so the team decided to implement a turnkey system that supported 4K in native resolution. One of the deciding factors for the system was that it also needed to support 60 frames per second.

“We produced the Ryoanji Temple footage in 30p, so there was no need for 60p support for that project,” says Fujihara. “However, we knew that we would need 60p support for future broadcasts that may involve fast motion, such as sports programming. By deploying Creative Cloud on Windows workstations loaded with Epoch 4K Supernova cards from BlueFish, we achieved a system similar to turnkey systems.”

Pitching live baseball broadcasts

Another project driven by Nippon TV was a broadcast of the October 2013 professional baseball match between the Yomiuri Giants and the Yakult Swallows in Tokyo Dome recorded using four 4K cameras and one high-speed camera. Unlike other types of content, baseball broadcasts fill a very long slot in the schedule.

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First, Nippon TV shot the action in Tokyo Dome using five cameras, four of which recorded in SR-Lite mode on Sony’s Simple Studio Profile (SStP) codec. Next, the team edited the 4K footage on the Premiere Pro CC timeline and exported the final program in XAVC format. “When we started on our programs, Premiere Pro CC was one of the only applications that could output in XAVC format,” says Fujihara. “We knew we wanted to use XAVC output from the start, but being able to use Premiere Pro CC through final delivery really helped our workflow. We could not have produced the two 4K videos without Premiere Pro CC.”

Fujii concludes, “From a creator’s point of view, it’s a chance we couldn’t pass up. We’re glad to have Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise to help us continue to push the creativity limits of our production broadcasts.”

Read the Nippon Television Network case study.

9:59 AM Permalink

At Sundance Film Festival ’15, A 130% Increase in Films Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Adobe is proud to report that 21 films debuting at Sundance Film Festival 2015 were cut with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, more than doubling the number of films, edited on Premiere Pro CC, at last year’s festival.

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A hub of creativity, Sundance Film Festival features filmmakers who aren’t afraid to break new ground. While much attention is paid to how the stories unfold in front of the camera, filmmakers continue to innovate and push creative boundaries after filming wraps. The seamless integration with Adobe After Effects CC—as well as the native editing, speed, and affordability of Premiere Pro CC—make it an ideal choice for both up-and-coming and experienced filmmakers.

“There’s been such a change in terms of how Premiere Pro CC is perceived between when I cut C.O.G. on it in 2012 and today,” says Kyle Patrick Alvarez, whose film The Stanford Prison Experiment will premiere at the festival. “It’s exciting to see that change. It was alien to cut on Adobe Premiere Pro CC two years ago, but today it’s fairly commonplace.”

Bill Roberts, senior director of product management for video at Adobe, applauds the filmmakers who’ve put in the hard work to make it to Sundance. “We are thrilled to provide tools that independent filmmakers use to bring their stories to the screen,” he says. “Adobe is committed to providing filmmakers with a tightly integrated set of creative tools that offer the most productive workflow regardless of how big or small their production budget is.”

Additionally, Adobe will be hosting a panel at the Sundance Film Festival discussing how technology is blurring the lines between indie and Hollywood filmmaking. The panel features Rob Legato (Misery Loves Comedy, Sundance Film Festival 2015, The Wolf of Wall Street, HUGO, AVATAR) and Kyle Patrick Alvarez (The Stanford Prison Experiment, Sundance Film Festival 2015, C.O.G., Sundance Film Festival 2013, and Easier with Practice). Learn more about the panel and register to watch it streamed live online.

Below is a list of the films edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC that will premiere in Park City. During the lead up to the festival, we’ll be talking with many of the films’ directors and editors to learn about their projects and the role Adobe software played in bringing them to the big screen.

Misery Loves Comedy (Special Events)—Kevin Pollak, director; Kevin Pollak and John Varhous, screenwriters
Do you have to be miserable to be funny? Children cry, “Hey, look at me,” but who turns that into a profession? Over 50 funny people, like Tom Hanks, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, and Amy Schumer share pain-filled insights from a life in pursuit of laughter. World Premiere. Cast: Tom Hanks, Larry David, Amy Schumer, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, Jim Gaffigan.

The Stanford Prison Experiment (US Dramatic Competition)—Kyle Patrick Alvarez, director; Tim Talbott, screenwriter
Based on the actual events that took place in 1971, when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time. Cast: Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, Olivia Thirlby.

Advantageous (US Dramatic Competition)—Jennifer Phang, director; Jacqueline Kim and Jennifer Phang, screenwriters
In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim.

Being Evel (US Documentary Competition)—Daniel Junge, director
Millions know the man, but few know his story. Academy Award-winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and actor/producer Johnny Knoxville take a candid look at American daredevil and icon Robert “Evel” Knievel while reflecting on our voracious public appetite for heroes and spectacle.

Fresh Dressed (Documentary Premieres)—Sacha Jenkins, director
The history of hip-hop fashion from its birth in the South Bronx to its rise as a billion-dollar global industry, Fresh Dressed is supported by rich archival materials, in-depth interviews with individuals crucial to the evolution, and the outsiders who study and admire them.

Things of the Aimless Wanderer (New Frontier)—Kivu Ruhorahoza, director and screenwriter
A white man meets a black girl, then she disappears. The white man tries to understand what happened to her while also trying to finish a travelogue. Things of the Aimless Wanderer is a film about the sensitive topic of relations between “locals” and Westerners, and about paranoia, mistrust, and misunderstandings. Cast: Justin Mullikin, Grace Nikuze, Ramadhan Bizimana, Eliane Umuhire, Wesley Ruzibiza, Matt Ray Brown. World Premiere

Cop Car (Park City at Midnight)—Jon Watts, director; Christopher D. Ford and Jon Watts, screenwriters
Two ten-year-old boys steal an abandoned cop car. World Premiere. Cast: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim.

Short films

Every Day—Gabe Spitzer, director

Followers—Tim Marshall, director

Greenland—Oren Gerner, director

Hotel 22—Elizabeth Lo, director

Making it in America—Joris Debeij, director

OM Rider—Takeshi Murata, director

Palm Rot—Ryan Gillis, director

Papa Machette—Jonathan David Kane, director

Russian Roulette—Ben Aston, director

Symphony no. 42—Réka Bucsi, director

Storm hits jacket—Paul Cabon, director

The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal—Christina Felisgrau and Ronnie Rivera, directors

The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul—Kitty Green, director

The Collectors: Beekeeper—Steven Cantor, director

 
The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 22–February 1 in Park City, Utah. Check the Sundance Film Festival website for the schedule and theatre listings.

Learn more about the Pro Video Tools in Adobe Creative Cloud.

9:30 AM Permalink

What’s your creative fortune for 2015?

Under the pretense of a brand new year, many of us set lofty goals, make resolutions and, well, hope for the best. This year, we’re taking the easy route to figuring out what lies ahead. And you can too.

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In good humor, with the help of clever design, and a dash of pure luck, we’re throwing reason out the window and claiming we can help predict your creative future with this neat printable fortune teller.

So, please, ignore your better judgment, print this PDF and see what 2015 has in store for you. While you’re at it, why not tell the fortune of a colleague too? In no time, you’ll be the office soothsayer.

 

10:06 AM Permalink

End-of-The-Year Updates for Adobe Illustrator Line and Photoshop Sketch

Our teams have been busy making Adobe Photoshop Sketch and Adobe Illustrator Line even better.

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Both Sketch and Line now support Pencil by FiftyThree and Wacom’s Intuos Creative Stylus 1, Intuos Creative Stylus 2, and the new Bamboo Stylus Fineline:

  • Connect Pencil to Sketch or Line to draw freely with palm rejection. Flip Pencil to erase marks on the canvas.
  • Press the button on your Wacom stylus to bring up the Pen Tip Menu in Sketch and Line for fast access to color and tool selection.

That’s not all…

  • Auto save and recovery: Both Sketch and Line now save drawings periodically so if your iPad crashes or its battery runs out, your work will be recovered when you launch the app again. (Your drawings are always backed up to Creative Cloud.)
  • Draw with the size tools that you prefer in Photoshop Sketch: Change the size of any of the built-in tools, or the brushes from Adobe Brush CC; simply long-press on any of the tools and a size slider appears for adjustment.
  • Improved Shape selection in Illustrator Line: We’ve updated the UI for shape selection to be more visual; quickly view and select all of the shapes available in built-in Trace and Stamp shapes.
  • Performance and bug fixes: We’ve been hard at work fixing bugs and improving performance across both apps.

The updated versions of Adobe Illustrator Line and  Adobe Photoshop Sketch are available now (free) in the iTunes App Store. We hope you like the improvements!

10:28 AM Permalink

Changes Ahead for Video and Audio Social Channels—A New Year, A New Name

In the early days of 2015, you’ll notice a fresh take on so​me of Adobe’s Pro Video social channels. In order to deliver the most current, informative posts on a daily basis, we’ll create an integrated feed on Facebook and Twitter featuring news, tutorials and more for ALL of the Adobe video applications. Excited? So are we! No action required on your part at the moment. Stay tuned for more details to come in January.

Don’t miss the latest enhancements to Adobe Pro Video tools, including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe Audition CC, Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Story CC Plus, Adobe Prelude CC, and Adobe Media Encoder CC.

10:31 AM Permalink

Creative Cloud for desktop: Empowering collaboration on the go.

We live in an increasingly connected world where collaboration empowers us to work faster and more efficiently. We often need to access files, folders, and media from anywhere, on different desktops and devices, and share our work with others in any location—as quickly and as seamlessly as possible.

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Creative Cloud for desktop provides powerful collaboration features that enable you to create amazing work through connected ways of creating and sharing. It’s your gateway to managing your Creative Cloud storage, syncing and sharing files with collaborators, and getting notified about all your activities from one central location.

Read on for a closer look at these features:

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Hassle-free asset syncing

You no longer have to worry about managing assets across computers and devices. Your work is always at your fingertips. You can edit and organize work on your desktop, and seamlessly sync multiple files and folders to all connected devices—including creations that you make with mobile apps such as Adobe Illustrator Draw and Adobe Photoshop Sketch.

Syncing files is as simple as copying and pasting, or moving files to the Creative Cloud Files directory on your computer. From an app, just choose File > Save or File > Save As and navigate to the Creative Cloud Files directory on your computer. What’s more, once the files are synced, you don’t have to be online to view them.

You can view the files offline from the Creative Cloud Files directory on your computer. At any time, you can access the synced assets online by selecting View on Web from the Assets > Files section of Creative Cloud for desktop. For all the finer details on syncing and managing files, see this article.

Easy file and folder sharing

Working with teams is even easier now; sharing a folder with other Creative Cloud users takes just a few clicks. You can share a folder with specific Creative Cloud users, who can view, edit, rename, move, and work collaboratively with assets in the shared folder. Read more about collaboration in this article.

The robust file versioning capabilities in Creative Cloud enable you to keep track of updates to the shared files while allowing you revert to older versions whenever you need to. Here’s a neat FAQ that answers any questions you may have about file versioning in Creative Cloud.

If you want to share a project to get feedback on your work, you can share a link to the folder with read-only access. Sharing a link with someone, gives them a high fidelity preview of the assets directly in the web browser without requiring them to install Creative Cloud for desktop. Read more about sharing files with others in this article.

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Selectively sync collaboration folders

When you accept an invitation to collaborate on shared folders, all the folders for which you’ve accepted invitations are synchronized by default.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to stick with the default. Creative Cloud for desktop lets you selectively sync shared folders; this feature gives you greater control over what content is synchronized while also letting you conserve disk space.

Selectively syncing folders is as simple as right-clicking/Control-clicking the Creative Cloud Files folder on your desktop, and choosing Select Shared Folders To Sync. You can then select specific folders that you want to sync. For step-by-step details, see this article.

Handy preferences and notifications

The Preferences settings in Creative Cloud for desktop enable you to effectively manage your Creative Cloud storage, folder location, sync settings, and more.

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The Files panel in Creative Cloud for desktop tells you at a glance how much storage you’ve used, and the status of your file syncing.


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At any time, you can use the Preference settings to pause file syncing, turn syncing on/off, and even set the upload/download transfer speed while syncing. Notifications for all these activities are displayed in the Activity Stream of the Home panel in Creative Cloud for Desktop.


Make the most of these collaborative features and work together from anywhere. And be sure to check out these additional resources that you may find useful:

10:46 AM Permalink