Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe at Sundance Film Festival 2015

We’re at Sundance Film Festival 2015; check out what we’re up to:

A panel streaming LIVE: Blurring The Lines between Indie And Hollywood

On Friday January 23, Adobe will host a discussion on how technology is blurring the lines between indie and Hollywood filmmaking. Panelists include Rob Legato (Misery Loves Comedy, Sundance Film Festival 2015; The Wolf of Wall StreetHUGOAVATAR), Kyle Patrick Alvarez (The Stanford Prison Experiment, Sundance Film Festival 2015, C.O.G. Sundance Film Festival 2013, and Easier with Practice), and Dave Ginsberg, CTO of the Sundance Institute. Learn more and register for the LIVE streamed event: http://bit.ly/1tGTXNx

AdobeSundance_1

A #SundanceSpotlight: Shining a light on the Sundance journey

Attendees are invited to create a quick video showing:

  • The moment you knew you wanted to be a filmmaker
  • What inspires you creatively
  • What brings you to Sundance

Include #SundanceSpotlight when sharing (publicly of course!) for a chance to be featured on Adobe social media channels. #SundanceSpotlight videos published from Adobe Premiere Clip may also be shown on special screens around Park City, and the in-app Community Feed.

The first 50 videos shared using #SundanceSpotlight will get a free 3-month Creative Cloud membership—so get started ASAP.

And films: Highlighting Adobe Creative Cloud workflows

Adobe is proud to report that 21 films debuting at Sundance Film Festival this year were edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Find the complete list below & stay tuned for more blog posts and video interviews with these filmmakers during the festival.

AdobeSundance_2

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.

11:20 AM Comments (1) 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.

Nippon_1

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.

Nippon_2

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.

Nippon_4

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

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.

CCD_Collaboration_1
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:

CCD_Collaboration_2

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.

CCD_Collaboration_3

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.

CCD_Collaboration_4
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.


CCD_Collaboration_5
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

Adobe Video Applications Updated

Creative Cloud offers pros performance and compatibility with the latest technologies.

VideoUpdates_1
Adobe released updates today for its pro video applications including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC  , Adobe Media Encoder CC, Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Audition CC, Adobe Prelude CC, and Adobe Story CC Plus. The 2014.2 release offers feature enhancements and updates, including YouTube and Vimeo uploading via Destination Publishing in Media Encoder CC for an easier, more integrated workflow when sending video content to these destinations.

The Premiere Pro CC 2014.2 update includes a number of feature enhancements for editors, including support for Arri Open Gate media, the ability to set transitions and still image default durations in either seconds or frames, and improved GoPro CineForm export. In addition, QuickTime and GoPro CineForm codecs can now be used as sequence preview file formats on Windows

The 2014.2 update of After Effects CC provides more control over text through scripts and expressions. Additionally, based on customer feedback, the team made visual tweaks to the UI such as making the keyframe icons a bit brighter to stand out better against the background.

Along with Destination Publishing to YouTube and Vimeo, the Media Encoder CC update includes updated Vimeo and GoPro CineForm presets, the option to automatically append preset names to output file names, the ability to export audio channels as separate WAV files, and more. Audition CC, Prelude CC, Story CC Plus, and SpeedGrade CC offer a number improvements as well.

Premiere Pro CC was used to edit David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl, which has been enjoying considerable success at the box office this fall. “When it came down to it, Premiere Pro CC was faster than anything else in the market, said Jeff Brue of Open Drives who served as post-production engineer on the film. “That speed meant more iterations, more time to work on a shot, and more time to perfect an edit.” Many of the features introduced in Premiere Pro and After Effects CC were born of the collaboration with David Fincher’s post-production team on Gone Girl, including new project management capabilities and usability enhancements.”

“2014 has been exciting for us,” said Bill Roberts, senior director of product management. “We kicked things off with Sundance last January and ended strong with Gone Girl. Along the way we’ve been able to add great new features, like tighter workflows between Premiere Pro and After Effects CC, an integrated editing and grading pipeline, and our all-new Adobe Premiere Clip app for making great videos quickly and easily on your iOS devices. We’re happy to round off the year with these new updates adding more functionality, refinements, and an improved overall user experience.”

Learn more about the 2014.2 updates on the product blogs for Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Media Encoder CC, Audition CC, Prelude CC, Story CC Plus, and SpeedGrade CC.

Join Creative Cloud. Or, try it free for 30 days.

12:01 PM Permalink

Creative Cloud and Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The new Touch workspace in the latest release of Adobe Illustrator CC is the long-awaited return of the artist’s canvas recreated on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

While Microsoft Surface Pro has had the power to run Adobe apps like Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, small UI controls (which were optimized for desktop use), and a lack of touch support made using the apps a cumbersome experience. For over a year, Adobe and Microsoft have been collaborating to bring the full power of Creative Cloud to a mobile experience optimized for pen and touch.

SurfacePro_1

New Touch workspace in Illustrator CC

Illustrator CC has introduced a new workspace designed with Surface Pro 3 in mind. This Touch workspace lets designers create on the go what they could once only accomplish sitting at their desks. This new workspace exposes the core tools and controls for drawing and editing, optimized for multi-touch gestures and a pressure-sensitive pen.

Enabling productivity in a touch environment with a complex desktop application like Illustrator CC meant rethinking it for the touch metaphor. In the Touch workspace, the user interface is streamlined to expose the most used/most needed tools and controls, with larger icons that can be easily targeted with a stylus or finger on a small screen. Common key commands, such as Ctrl-Z to undo, have been accommodated in a working environment where a keyboard may not be available, or only available as a digital keyboard that requires extra actions to open/close.

The usage data has been very encouraging with around 80% of first-time users becoming active users of the new Touch workspace. The tendency has been that once you try it, you continue to use it for creation. We are seeing exponential growth in the number of users using Illustrator CC on touch-enabled devices like Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and the Touch workspace allows users to get the most out of their investment in new hardware.

An illustrated presentation of how to draw in this new Touch workspace can be found here.

Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC: Optimized for touch and pen

With enhanced pen and stylus support in the latest releases of Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, the user experience is better than ever, enabling users to create on the go, closer to their inspiration or while just kicking back on the couch at home.

The active stylus on Surface Pro 3 provides on hover functionality—a better user experience than what is possible via passive styli. Further, the very high-quality stylus allows creative professionals to draw directly on the device, with pressure sensitivity, thus freeing them from the typical, “look here, draw there” way of working.

Additionally, pen and touch can potentially eliminate the need to have your non-dominant hand on the CTRL, SHIFT, ALT, and Z keys on the keyboard as you use apps like Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC. The movements are now as natural as if you weren’t on a computer at all and were just doing brush strokes on a canvas.

More to come

The future offers very interesting possibilities for user interface innovation on touch- and stylus-enabled devices like Surface Pro 3 that are capable of running Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC. Watch these two videos to get a glimpse into what’s coming:

Adobe MAX 2014 Sneaks: Shaper Tool

The future of Adobe creative applications on Microsoft devices

Now, you can take that vacation in Paris and sit on the Left Bank of the Seine to create your masterpiece in an environment that allows your creative genius to roam freely and naturally.

9:06 AM Permalink

An Early Holiday Surprise: New Collaboration with Creative Cloud Libraries

Since the introduction of Creative Cloud Libraries at Adobe MAX in early October, we’ve been listening to your feedback and actively working to update the features you want to see.

Shared Libraries: You asked. We delivered.

We heard what our customers were saying. So we got to work. And… we have an early holiday gift for you: brand new collaboration and management features in Creative Cloud Libraries.

Creative Cloud Libraries connects to your Creative Profile, making your favorite images, colors, text styles (and more) available to you and your creative team anywhere and anytime. Easily maintain consistency with standardized and branded project assets or style guides. Create and collaborate with a library of shared assets in Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, and mobile apps, and easily organize your libraries and rename move and copy individual assets in them.

Watch Paul Trani demonstrate the new collaboration and management features in Share assets in Photoshop and Illustrator using Creative Cloud Libraries then give Creative Cloud Libraries a roll and let us know what you think.

For more information about Creative Cloud Libraries, check out these resources:
Shared Libraries in Photoshop
Shared CC Libraries in Illustrator
Creative Cloud Help / Creative Cloud Libraries
Creative Cloud Help / Collaborate on folders and libraries

11:59 AM Permalink

Jones Knowles Ritchie, Turning Heads with Design

A leading design agency takes a brand first approach to working with clients using Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise.

JKR_1 From Boddington’s and Budweiser, to Heinz, Penhaligon’s, and Unilever, Jones Knowles Ritchie’s (jkr) clients are a who’s who of the hottest companies. The firm’s designers are experts in packaging and visual brand articulation—and they often work with brands globally through offices in London, New York, and Singapore.

“If a brand has visual equity, we unlock it,” says Stuart Colledge, IT consultant for jkr. “We’re brand champions and recognize that a brand is not a slogan, it’s a promise that our clients are making to their customers, and Adobe creative tools have always helped us communicate that effectively.”

Adobe creative tools have been a mainstay throughout the jkr enterprise for all phases of packaging design, from initial artwork creation to the application of that artwork on physical packaging. When the jkr IT team heard about Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise, they were enthusiastic and wanted to adopt the new model to provide company-wide access to Adobe tools. The cloud-based option would allow them to equip everyone with the latest versions of the software and provide enhanced scalability and flexibility while simplifying IT administration and maintenance.

“We’re great fans of Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise—it’s a very welcome model that will make it easier for us to deploy and manage the software that our designers use to serve our clients,” says Colledge.

JKR_2

Streamlined administration and the ability to scale

The IT department anticipated the significant advantages of Creative Cloud for enterprise in terms of time savings and service improvement. Setup and deployment of software throughout the company is simplified, and it’s easy for IT to add new users. In addition to jkr’s internal teams, the company occasionally works with freelancers when project quantities and demands warrant; those designers need to be working with the same software so they can integrate easily with existing teams.

The ability to provide quick and easy access to Creative Cloud supports internal growth and also gives IT the flexibility to add and immediately equip freelancers with a full set of creative tools to meet project needs. Once the freelancer’s job is complete, the license can be reassigned to another artist.

The streamlined license management enabled by Creative Cloud for enterprise means IT can concentrate on more strategic, value-added tasks rather than manually maintaining licenses and day-to-day administration. “In the past, we had to audit every machine and track licenses on a spreadsheet, which was time consuming and challenging to keep current,” says Colledge. “With Adobe Creative Cloud, we know what we paid for, who is using it, what is needed, and what we will pay for in the next round of licenses. It helps us scale as needed.”

In terms of the financial benefits of Creative Cloud for enterprise, budgeting is simpler because jkr knows precisely what it will cost to add more creative talent. IT and finance can rely on a set cost in the budget for a specified period of time. On the administration front, IT can readily deploy the products and report in to finance with exact expenses, unit costs, staff usage and turnover, as well as a justification for adding more licenses when needed.

JKR_3

Creativity and productivity unleashed

Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise also benefits end users by delivering both collaboration and productivity enhancements. Designers can access just the software they want and need. The issue of having different software and incompatible file versions that disrupts the exchange of files, slowing projects and frustrating teams, is virtually eliminated for jkr’s teams using Creative Cloud.

Having access to a broader creative toolset means that users can try new things and expand their creative repertoire to provide new types of services for clients eager to engage consumers with interactive content. For IT, it is gratifying to be able to unleash new forms of creativity, without going through the process of licensing a new standalone software package.

“With Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise we can make more apps available so employees can produce more work, including digital content such as animation and video, in ways they’ve never done before,” says Colledge. “Expanding our teams’ capabilities with additional tools in Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise supports both our client acquisition and retention efforts.”

If artists have questions or issues, they can simply access online training resources or schedule an Expert Services session as part of Creative Cloud for enterprise. This ability to speak one-on-one with an Adobe product expert can provide exceptional value add for artists, and enables them to expand their skill sets quickly.

“Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise delivers services and products that not only ease our administrative burden, but they also provide a direct value add to our users,” says Colledge. “Adobe Expert Services will help our teams figure out shortcuts and achieve certain effects and outcomes that enable them to use the software more effectively.”

An obvious choice

For Colledge, and head of IT Leon Bentham, there was never a need to justify a move to Creative Cloud for enterprise. They both recognized the benefits it offered in terms of both creativity and efficiency. “Our choice of Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise was a no-brainer,” says Bentham. “Adobe creative software is our bread and butter. We need to stay current and on the cutting edge. We’ve been in this industry for 24 years, and we know a good thing when we see one—Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise is just that.”

Read the Jones Knowles Ritchie case study.

12:10 PM Permalink

Getting Familiar with Adobe Muse

Five feature tips for Adobe Muse CC that Joseph Angelo Todaro couldn’t NOT share.

MuseTips_Logo_1

Designer Joseph Angelo Todaro began using Muse CC about two years ago. Not long after, he started helping other designers get up to speed with the application, first with tutorial videos on YouTube and later with Muse Resources, a library of, well, resources to use in Muse… tutorials, graphics, templates, widgets and Tips & Tricks.

MuseTips_Logo_2 We asked Joseph, also a software instructor with more than 5,000 hours of teaching under his belt, what tips he’d pass along to other designers who were using Adobe Muse for the first time. He had more ideas than we had space, but finally narrowed down his selection; what follows is his Adobe Muse feature insight and advice.

So, open Muse CC, (grab a free 30-day trial), follow along, and see how easy it is to create websites with little or no development experience.

Getting the most out of Master Pages

Websites share elements between pages—navigation, background, and branding typically remain consistent, sitewide. With Adobe Muse, these elements don’t need to be created on each page individually; in fact they don’t even need to be copied and pasted to each page individually (which would make even the smallest changes tedious). For this purpose Adobe Muse has Master Pages.

When looking at your site map in Adobe Muse, Master Pages is at the bottom. Double click on the default “A-Master” to begin editing and adding global elements. You can create multiple different Master Pages and drag them onto any pages of your sitemap to which you want to apply that Master design.

What’s cool about this feature
One master page can be dragged onto another to combine globally repeating elements with sectionally repeating elements.

MuseTips_3

As an example, let’s look at navigation (which needs to be on every single page): Let’s name the Master containing the navigation, “A-Master” and the Master we’ll use on the other fifteen pages of the site, that will have a banner at the top, “Banner.” At this point, most users would be inclined to duplicate A-Master, rename it Banner, then edit it. Instead, A-Master can be dragged onto Banner to apply its elements. Now when you need to change navigation, background, or branding you only need to do it in one place.

Leveraging Layers

The design canvas in Adobe Muse provides a lot of freedom and the ability to interact directly with objects (selecting, moving, and scaling couldn’t be any easier), but when it comes to organizing objects, Adobe Muse has a crucial tool: Layers.

MuseTips_4a By default, a new Muse project starts off with a single layer. Using the Layers Panel, which can be turned on and off from the Window menu, you can create or delete layers using the respective buttons at the bottom of the panel. Any new object on the canvas becomes part of the selected layer and both objects and layers can be dragged and dropped to rearrange. (Note: The Layers Panel can also be used to switch between images or slides in a slideshow or composition.)


MuseTips_4bWhat’s cool about this feature
When designing Master pages, you may find that elements from other pages, such as navigation, inadvertently end up on top of Master elements. To avoid getting caught in an impossible juggle of objects, I create three layers right off the bat and use the top layer for objects that should always float above the design; the bottom layer for background elements; and the middle layer for all other page design work.


Saving and managing color

Good design is deliberate. With that comes a certain consistency. Colors, for example, should be consistent throughout the design of your site. That doesn’t mean you can’t use many different colors… it simply means you shouldn’t have 30 varying shades of blue by accident. Fortunately, Muse allows us to save colors to the Swatches Panel/Color Picker, so we can reuse the exact same color for graphics and text throughout our sites.

What’s cool about this feature
Have you noticed what happens when you double click on a color swatch? A Swatch Options box appears and enables you to name your color swatch; more importantly, though, it also lets you CHANGE the color, and every single instance of it, on the entire website. That’s huge!

Let’s say, for example, you’re designing a site for a company with an orange logo. You create a swatch of the company’s exact orange, using the eyedropper. You use this swatch all over the site for text, shape fills, and strokes. Then you get an email from the client with the subject line, “Updated Logo,” stating that they’ve changed the shade of orange. Since you’ve used the same color swatch for every orange object, you can simply double click on your swatch and use the eyedropper to pick up the new orange. When you click OK, every element connected to that swatch updates to the new color.

It’s as simple as this:

Syncing text between layouts and pages

Adobe Muse allows us to create desktop, tablet, and phone versions of our websites to be sure that our sites look great on every device. The difficult part is that it could mean designing and maintaining three different versions of the site. In a recent update to Muse, we gained the ability to synchronize the content of text boxes across pages and layouts by using the Content Panel.

The Content Panel allows you to create “Collections” (organizational groups that hold “Tags”). Tags hold individual text box content that can then be applied to other text boxes throughout your site(s). When changing the content of a text box linked to a Tag, it updates the content of every single text box connected to that Tag.

What’s cool about this feature
By adding web fonts that contain graphics as characters, graphics can be synced across your pages and layouts. My Icon Megapack Webfont is a great example; it contains 458 icons in the form of text characters.

To create a Tag, select an existing text box and click the + in the content panel beneath the Collection you’d like to add it to (you may create additional collections at the bottom of the Content Panel to help you stay organized). To apply that content to another text box, select the destination text box and simply click the name of the Tag. Boom! The content will appear in your text box and remain synced moving forward. You can also copy and paste a text box with tagged content and, since both will be connected to the same Tag, they will automatically be synced.

See how it’s done:

Recycle resources

As a professional web designer, you are most likely in the business of creating original designs for each and every client. While the overall design may need to be original, not every element of it needs to be bespoke. For example, a nice simple contact form, can be saved and reused in the future. For this, Adobe Muse has a Library Panel.

What’s cool about this feature
The Library Panel allows you to import and export your saved items right from the bottom of the Panel. Now you can begin sharing and downloading items for your Library on the Adobe Muse Exchange (or grab free content from Muse Resources).

To save something that you plan to reuse to the Library Panel, select that object on your design canvas, click the New button at the bottom of the Library Panel and give it a name. Be careful not to confuse the Library Panel with the “Widgets Library Panel” (where you’ll find the widgets that come preloaded with Muse CC). The Library Panel is persistent and the same content displays as you move between projects and the items in it can be dragged-and-dropped onto the design canvas of any site you build in the future.

How it works:

10:25 AM Permalink

PLP Architecture: An Innovative Practice and Creative Growth

A leading architecture studio equips its design professionals with Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise.

Print

PLP Architecture’s, team of architects, designers, and thinkers value the transformative role of ideas and the capacity for architecture to inspire. The latest digital technologies, including parametric design, are integral to the creative process and the collaborative and enquiring design approach of the studio.

PLP Architecture has long worked with Adobe creative software as part of the varied range of creative software helping its design teams and specialist groups to evolve ideas and deliver successful presentations; from visualization artists who specialize in renderings and animations to 3D modelmakers and graphic designers who realize a wide range of communications material.

“Adobe software, particularly Photoshop CC, is at the center of our multiple creative workflows,” says Mark Shattock, IT manager at PLP Architecture. “Adobe software is an important tool used at all stages of the design process and to effectively present our innovative designs to existing and potential clients, consultants, planning authorities, and to both the architectural profession and the wider community.”

Imperial West Technology Transfer Building; White City, London, UK. Client: Imperial College London and Voreda Capital

Imperial West Technology Transfer Building; White City, London, UK. Client: Imperial College London and Voreda Capital

Mainstay software for an expanding design studio

Having typically purchased traditional Adobe creative software packages, PLP Architecture was faced with the issue of making sure everyone had the relevant software solutions to successfully fulfill their design activities.

The studio, limiting the number of software installations in relation to the number of licenses, had to track licenses for the software that moved from machine to machine while remaining aware of the specific applications to which the architects, interior architects, landscape architects, and urban designers had access. At the same time, the practice, having grown significantly since its inception in 2009, repeatedly acquired additional licenses that also needed to be tracked and managed.

Following a period of momentous growth in relation to a number of new UK and international commissions, Shattock considered this need for further software licenses as the opportune time to introduce a concurrent license model with Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise, rather than continuing to purchase earlier versions of the desktop software.

“The launch of Adobe Creative Cloud offers multiple advantages such as the ability to give everyone access to the necessary software,” says Shattock. “We upgraded the entire practice, at a key time, to Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise.”

Customizable creative software packages

PLP Architecture realized that Creative Cloud for enterprise would provide the organization with simple and easy access to a broad range of creative desktop applications and services, along with license management tools and enterprise-level technical support. Creative Cloud for enterprise also allowed flexible license true-ups to simplify software-tracking and financial management tasks.

The Creative Cloud Packager allows the IT department to customize and make available software for various design groups depending on their requirements, responsibilities, and tasks while maintaining centralized control of and transparency into software licenses.

“The ability to use Creative Cloud Packager to customize software packages for different groups based on their needs is very convenient,” says Shattock. “From an IT perspective, Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise makes managing our practice systems much simpler.”

Broad access fuels creative success

Nova, Victoria; Westminster, London, UK.

Nova, Victoria; Westminster, London, UK.

At PLP Architecture, Adobe InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, and Photoshop CC are go-to tools for illustrating projects and design proposals and are used by the graphic design team to present project-specific and communications material, combining a wide range of digital and print media.

The visualization team frequently finishes renderings using Photoshop CC, and produces and edits videos and rendered animations using Adobe Premiere Pro CC (noted by Richard Woolsgrove, head of visualization, for the seamless referencing of After Effects CC files, which makes working with the two products particularly efficient) and Adobe After Effects CC.

Additionally, the software is immediately available through the enterprise license when individuals or a design team wish to explore new applications for particular activities, for example Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. “When our graphic design team recently requested to work with Adobe Muse CC, we were able to provide the program without having to negotiate a new purchase or manually install the software,” says Shattock.

Nova, Victoria; Westminster, London, UK. Client: Victoria Circle Limited Partnership (Land Securities and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board)

Nova, Victoria; Westminster, London, UK. Client: Victoria Circle Limited Partnership (Land Securities and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board)

Promoting growth, controlling costs

The enterprise agreement has made it easier to set current costs and to forecast future expenditure on software. New members of staff may be equipped with the most suitable package and costs reconciled at the end of the financial year.

Everyone uses the same version of software, so there are no issues with collaborating and exchanging files, adding to the benefits. “The flexible license model provided with Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise helps the studio respond to the different requirements of our projects and is much easier for the IT group to manage than traditional desktop software,” says Shattock. “With Adobe Creative Cloud, we always have the most current software versions and no longer have to purchase a piece of software and upgrade later. Ultimately with our enterprise agreement, we know what we spend on Adobe software each year and are able to budget in accordance with the studio’s current and projected workload and activities.”

Read the PLP Architecture case study.

5:01 PM Permalink

Moleskine + Creative Cloud: Create without Confinement

The Moleskine Smart Notebook and Creative Cloud connected Moleskine app: The raw beginning of putting pencil to paper. The precision of digital composition. From paper to vector in an instant.

Moleskine_1_MCCIcon_1

Sure, Adobe has a bunch of mobile, digital drawing apps for people to capture and create whenever they’re away from their desks. However, we also know there are people who love the tactility of drawing on paper… It’s why we’re so jazzed that paper heavyweight Moleskine has taken advantage of our Creative SDK to make it easier to move creative ideas from paper to screen.

From an analog start in the Moleskine Smart Notebook, to a digital transformation by the magic of the Creative Cloud connected Moleskine app (powered by Adobe’s Creative SDK), comes a condensed creative process that turns hand-drawn sketches into workable digital files—accessible from Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Illustrator CC.

Here’s how it works:

Draw: Creative journeys start with a line

Sure, it could happen at a desk, but inspiration and creativity usually spark when creative thinkers are distracted from the task at hand. The Smart Notebook provides the blank space to capture the flickers of inspiration, wherever and whenever they spark. How the pages get filled depends on the person.

So draw. Sketch. Jot. Take notes. Preferably with broad strokes (as opposed to shading) on any page. Using any tool (black ink and markers work best).

Moleskine_2_Desk

Capture: From paper to screen

If Moleskine’s Smart Notebook is the place to collect the flares of inspiration then its Creative Cloud connected app is the bridge to move them into the digital realm.

Download the Moleskine app for iPhone then use the phone’s camera to capture what’s been put on paper. Page markers in the Smart Notebook detect the orientation of the image as well as help correct perspective and alignment distortion before saving JPGs as SVGs. Filter settings help correct poor lighting or too-light drawing lines.

Not satisfied with the result of the JPG file, before converting it to SVG? Simple. Change the settings or reshoot.

Sync & Refine: Expand the ideas

Sync with Creative Cloud to store both files (JPG and SVG) in the Creative Cloud Assets folder. Then open and edit in Photoshop or Illustrator CC (or refine and use the JPG files in other CC desktop and mobile apps). When the work is complete, step back and see how far the idea has traveled. (Give Illustrator and Photoshop CC a try. Free.)

Start drawing outside the box

Ideas are born at all times of day. In the most unexpected places. Capture them before they’re lost:
Moleskine_3_BookApp

  • Order and carry a Moleskine Smart Notebook, to capture ideas when inspiration strikes.
  • Use the Creative Cloud connected Moleskine app to photograph the concepts on paper and transform them to digital files.
  • Then, sync to Creative Cloud, and import them into Illustrator or Photoshop CC to refine them and bring them to life.

Creating without boundaries. It’s that easy.

12:10 PM Permalink