At Adobe MAX 2014 the Creative Cloud Learn team launched more than 40 new tutorials to help members learn new features and updated techniques.
It’s been a big week for the Creative Cloud Learn team. Many of us were lucky enough to be at MAX, where we were able to meet many of our customers, both in labs and at the Adobe Booth in the Pavilion. Additionally, on Monday, Adobe released major updates to Creative Cloud’s desktop apps along with new mobile apps. All of these new features are covered in over 40 new tutorials. Some of the highlights:
- How to get started with Creative Cloud Libraries—Browse and access your favorite creative assets (colors, type styles, graphics, brushes, and more) in new libraries that sync to Creative Cloud and are available in Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, and many of the new mobile apps.
- Extract overview—Easily extract optimized image assets from layers and save them to various formats and resolutions, including SVG, using the Extract PSD assets workflow. This feature is also integrated with Creative Cloud on the web and with Adobe Dreamweaver CC. The feature will be a huge timesaver for designers and developers who use a comp-to-code workflow. See for yourself; check out Extract a Photoshop design into code in Dreamweaver.
- Add interactivity to fixed layout EPUBs—Enhance fixed layout EPUBs with hyperlinks, slideshows, animations, and triggering buttons that you have created directly in Adobe InDesign CC.
- Join and trim paths—Second only to the Surface Pro giveaway, the demo of Illustrator CC’s Join tool drew the loudest applause during the MAX Day 1 Keynote!
- We also deployed over 60 tutorials to support Photoshop CC’s new Welcome screen. After upgrading, start Photoshop CC and take a few minutes to navigate through this panel that presents videos based on the features you use. I think you’ll like what you see.
Many, many people put in a lot of hours and hard work on this and I want to take a minute to acknowledge them:
- I’d like to thank all of our presenters, in particular, Matt Pizzi, Dan Carr, Laura Shoe, Curt Fukuda, and the folks at Infinite Skills. They all put in extra effort to make sure we got things right.
- Also, I want to thank my editorial team: Amy Hope, Erick Vera, Karla Milosevich, Rita Amladi, Maile Valentine, Stefan Gruenwedel, Michael Salinero, Hemanth Sharma, Ray Camden, and Jill Merlin did an awesome job and I can’t thank them enough.
- We talk a lot about design-led innovation, and Luanne Seymour’s design team makes it happen: Chelsea Allen, Erica Larson, Janelle Flores, Michael Jarrott, Kendall Plant, Laura Kersell, Amanda Gross Tuft, Julia Grummel, and Alec Malloy are all awesome
- Other major contributors include Robin Maccan, Mally Gardiner, Daniel Taborga, Jenn Clark, Viv Moses, Kirsti Aho, Serena Fox, Craig Goodman, Michelle Yaiser, George Fox, Christine Yarrow, Quinn Warble, Diane Catt, Ed Sullivan, and of course, Ben Forta.
Huge apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone; this was a real team effort.
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Yesterday, in Los Angeles, during the Adobe MAX 2014 launch keynote we announced the best versions yet of our Creative Cloud desktop apps and services and new mobile apps… making your creative workflow across apps and devices easier than ever.
We also introduced Creative Cloud Libraries, a design system that provides seamless access to your creative assets across Creative Cloud’s desktop tools and its companion mobile apps and services (such as Creative Cloud Market).
Creative Cloud Libraries uses your Creative Profile to connect your favorite desktop tools, mobile apps and services to each other. Unlocked by your Adobe ID, your Creative Profile is a personalized hub that connects your favorite tools and content in one fluid creative experience.
Great content that moves and inspires is built on a foundation of creative ingredients (assets like colors, text styles, logos, icons, patterns, brushes and images) that you reuse and remix. Today, these ingredients are stored all over the place: on a laptop, on a file server, in cloud storage, or scribbled on a notepad or whiteboard. Finding them when you need them is always more difficult than it should be.
There’s something we learned from a professional chef’s kitchen—where all the ingredients necessary to prepare menu items are laid out and ready to use. In a pro kitchen, chefs prepare dishes quickly and efficiently without pausing to seek out an important ingredient right in the middle of the preparation. This setup even has a fancy name, “mise en place.’
Creative Cloud Libraries is like managing your own professional kitchen, helping you organize and prepare creative ingredients (assets) so that they are where you need them when you need them—in your apps, on the desktop, on your mobile devices, and on the web.
What can you put in your library? Lots of things!
- Colors and Color Themes: Use Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, or the Adobe Color CC app on your iPhone to capture your favorite colors. With Color CC you can even capture a set of five colors as a theme.
- Text Styles: In Photoshop and Illustrator CC collect and use all the text settings, from the basics (font size and font family) to the more advanced (OpenType discretionary ligatures). It’s a great way to use consistent text styling across applications which has, for some time, been a frequently requested feature from designers.
- Layer Styles: In Photoshop CC, you can use layer styles to define graphic effects such as drop shadows, glows, bevels, strokes, and fills. And now they can be stored in your Creative Cloud Libraries and reused in other documents.
- Brushes: With the new Adobe Brush CC app we make it incredibly easy to create new brushes right on your iPhone, which you can then use in Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC or on a tablet with Adobe Illustrator Draw. You can also find some beautiful brushes created by members of the Behance community. A part of your Creative Cloud membership, we’ve made a few available in Creative Cloud Market.
- Graphics: There are all sorts of graphic elements you can store in your Creative Cloud Libraries—icons, logos, photos, textures, patterns. Some may be bitmaps, others vector-based; regardless of their original format, you can use them anywhere you can use graphics, and they will be automatically translated to the right format as needed.
Stay in sync
Creative Cloud Libraries are stored on your local device and automatically sync (the power of your Creative Profile) whenever you’re online. While you’re offline you can continue to use, add, remove or modify assets, and the next time you’re connected all of your changes will get synchronized automatically and any necessary updates merged to your local version.
There are many ways to use Creative Cloud Libraries, and you can create as many Creative Cloud Libraries as you’d like. Some suggestions:
- Collect the “go to” assets that you like to reuse across projects
- Make a separate library for each project you’re working on, and group all related assets
- Keep all of your branded assets in one library—like having your own brand guidelines with ready-to-use assets
- Create a “kit” of user interface elements to quickly whip out screen prototypes
- Keep a set of ingredients in a library to use for a campaign you’re working on
- Gather a set of inspirational assets to build a virtual “mood board” for your next project
We’re sure you’ll come up with more ways to use them. Let us know in the comments below how you plan to use Libraries.
Inspiration can strike anytime, anywhere. It doesn’t wait until you are conveniently sitting at your desk. With our new mobile apps, Adobe Brush CC, Adobe Shape CC and Adobe Color CC you can grab inspiration with your mobile device no matter where you are. Using your device’s camera, turn what you see around you into color themes with Adobe Color CC, create shapes and vector objects with Adobe Shape CC, and unique brushes with Adobe Brush CC.
Once stored in one of your Creative Cloud Libraries, you can use these assets in other mobile apps—such as Adobe Illustrator Draw or Adobe Photoshop Sketch, and you can use in your desktop apps, such as Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC.
To jump start your creativity, we have curated thousands of high-quality assets in Creative Cloud Market. These were created by members of the Behance community, and include useful icons and vector shapes, beautiful patterns, brushes and more. Available from the Creative Cloud desktop app, select any asset as well as the library you want it in, and the asset will appear right where you need it, through your Creative Profile, whether on a desktop or mobile.
Now it’s easy to start a project with your iPhone, continue on your tablet and finish on the desktop. Your creation process is moving effortlessly and fluidly between applications and locations. This is truly connected creativity.
To get started with Creative Cloud Libraries, download our new mobile apps for iOS today from the iTunes App Store. They’re free. Use them on their own or with our completely new Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, available today as part of your Creative Cloud membership.
And don’t forget, if you’re attending Adobe MAX join us in our session How Creative Ingredients Fuel Creativity and Productivity to learn more about Creative Cloud Libraries.
Just over three months after the major 2014 release of Creative Cloud, we’re delivering another milestone Creative Cloud release at Adobe MAX 2014. A quick run-down of the new and updated Creative Cloud apps, features and services that are available today.
Your Creative Profile connects you to your work
Think you can’t do “real” creative work on your iPhone or iPad? That’s about to change. With this release, our Creative Cloud team is setting out to transform the way you work across desktops and devices.
It all starts with a Creative Profile—your creative identity within Creative Cloud—the heart of this Creative Cloud release. Your Creative Profile connects you to your work, to the assets you create with, and to the communities you care about—wherever you are. Your files, photos, colors, brushes, shapes, fonts, text styles, graphics, and assets from Creative Cloud Market will be at your fingertips because your Creative Profile moves with you. It works across apps and across devices, giving you access to what you need, when you need it, and in the right context.
Meet the mobile app families
In June we brought the power of Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC to devices with a complementary set of imaging and illustration mobile apps. Not only do these apps break down the silos between desktop and mobile, but they’re fun and easy to use, and provide countless new ways to express your creativity. Today we’re proudly debuting more new apps, as well as updates to all of the apps we introduced in June:
The Illustrator family of apps extends the power of Illustrator CC to mobile devices:
Adobe Illustrator Draw—An all-new app that reinvents the best of Adobe Ideas, letting you work with familiar tools and features in a modern, streamlined interface. Better syncing makes it easier to send drawings to Illustrator CC for refinement.
Adobe Illustrator Line—A major update to the app we first shipped in June; Line sketches can now be sent to Illustrator CC, enabling you to edit original vector paths, and more.
The Photoshop family of apps brings the power of Adobe digital imaging to mobile devices with the full compatibility of Photoshop and Lightroom:
Adobe Photoshop Mix—Now available for both iPhone and iPad, it includes amazing new technology with a cut-out option that automatically creates a selection for the primary element in an image.
Adobe Photoshop Sketch—Draw with new expressive brushes as well as custom brushes, and send sketch artwork to Photoshop as a PSD file, opening the door to deeper integration between Sketch and Photoshop CC.
Lightroom mobile—Builds on the amazing image management and editing capabilities… view comments and favorites in Lightroom mobile that clients, friends, or family leave on the photos you’ve shared online in Lightroom on the web.
The Premiere family now has a mobile app for video editing on the go:
Adobe Premiere Clip—Our first video-editing app brings the power of Adobe Premiere Pro CC to mobile. It works on iPhone and iPad and integrates with Premiere Pro CC on the desktop for professional editing and finishing.
We’re also really excited about a new family of mobile apps for capturing inspiration on the go and dropping them directly into your creative workflow:
Adobe Color CC (formerly Adobe Kuler)—Create color themes on your iPhone from the photos that inspired them.
Adobe Brush CC—Transform images on your iPhone and iPad into unique brushes for Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC or Photoshop Sketch.
Adobe Shape CC—Turn shapes and objects from high-contrast photos on your iPhone into editable vectors for use in Illustrator CC and Illustrator Draw.
Updated desktop apps & services make it all easier
Photoshop CC—New 3D printing features, enhanced Mercury Graphics Engine performance, and improved support for Touch on Windows 8
Illustrator CC—A new Curvature tool, and new Touch support for Windows 8 devices like Microsoft Surface Pro
InDesign CC—Interactive EPUB support and a new Color Theme tool
Adobe Muse CC—SVG support and Synchronized Text
Premiere Pro CC—Search Bins and GPU-optimized playback
After Effects CC—An enhanced 3D pipeline and HiDPI support
Dreamweaver CC—Expanded Live View and Creative Cloud Extract (read on for details)
Flash Pro CC—Improved WebGL support and custom brushes
- Creative Cloud Market—A collection of high-quality, curated content that’s free to Creative Cloud members. Access thousands of patterns, icons, brushes and vector shapes to add to your own projects.*
- Creative Cloud Libraries—A powerful asset management service, connected to your Creative Profile, that facilitates a seamless workflow between our desktop and mobile apps. Save favorite colors, brushes, text styles, graphics, vector images, and content from Creative Cloud Market into one of your Libraries, and those creative assets will be available to you as you work across Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and our mobile apps.
- Creative Cloud Extract—Simplifies the comp-to-code workflow by making it a snap to extract design information (like CSS, colors, gradients, measurements, and fonts) from a PSD file. Extract works right inside of Photoshop CC and Dreamweaver CC, or can be accessed in Creative Cloud Assets where your files are stored.
The power of community
The Behance community has grown by leaps and bounds since joining the Adobe family, and now has over 4 million members with more than 20,000 new portfolio projects and “works in progress” published every day. The new Creative Talent Search from Behance connects creatives across the globe with job opportunities from top companies and major brands. Just one more great reason to join Behance if you haven’t yet.
A big investment in training
The pace of innovation in Creative Cloud tools and services is growing fast. So the Creative Cloud Learn team has stepped up its game to keep you on top of your game. Hone your skills with hundreds of tutorials that cater to every experience level. The how-tos are viewable in your browser, on your iPad, and some are available inside your Creative Cloud desktop apps.
There are some amazing new things in this release. And you can see it all, just as it unfolded, from center stage in the Adobe MAX 2014 Day 1 launch keynote, now available on demand. Watch the new mobile apps in action and see how they connect with the desktop apps and services through your Creative Profile—your creative identity within Creative Cloud.
Get your hands on the newest Creative Cloud apps, features and services available today. If you’re already a member, it’s time to update Photoshop and your other apps. And if you’re not a member yet, join us for the journey.
*You must be a paid member to access Creative Cloud Market assets; Creative Cloud Assets are not included with Creative Cloud photography plans.
When we asked painter/illustrator/textile designer Jenean Morrison to join us at Adobe MAX this year as a MAX Insider, we knew that she’d been using our mobile drawing apps to supplement her drawing/doodling/sketching habit. We had no idea, however, how often she used them nor how prolific she is.
It’s a love affair that began this year, in late spring, when Jenean, a long-time Adobe Illustrator CC user, picked up an iPad Air, a stylus, and started using Adobe Ideas to sketch wherever and whenever the mood struck. She was hooked. The artist, as she’s mentioned on her blog, likes to start her mornings making art: “If I’m in the middle of a painting, I like to jump right into it first thing with a cup or two of coffee. If I’m not working on a painting, then I usually sketch or make some patterns—or both.”
From Ideas to Illustrator CC:
By July, Jenean was “head over heels” about her newly adopted creative process and had added Adobe Line and Adobe Ink & Slide to her creative toolkit. She began experimenting more and more with the potential of the apps and has become particularly fond of Line. Although designed for precise drawing and drafting, Jenean appreciates “the organic results from loosely playing with shapes and color.”
Sketching on her iPad has become a daily occurrence that she attributes to being enamored with her new drawing tools. In a July 24 blog post she wrote, “It’s so interesting how sometimes new tools—be they apps, devices, or something as simple as a new paintbrush or pen—can inspire you to do new things with your art.”
Using Adobe Line along with Ink & Slide:
Jenean continues to use Line’s in-app tools to experiment with drawing techniques—erasing work she’s already done or putting a lighter color on top of a darker one—that she “could never do on paper.”
And, appreciating the freedom that comes with designing on a mobile device, she’s begun creating versions of images that before now she’d created using Illustrator CC. Experimenting with various combinations of freehand drawing, Ink & Slide, and the drafting templates in Line, she gets a pleasant mix of freeform lines and digital details.
Jenean’s new way of working gives her patterns, designs, and geometric prints new dimension and a new look:
Jenean wasn’t an early adopter of drawing digital on mobile; now it sounds as if she wishes she hadn’t waited so long… “I resisted buying an iPad for the longest time. I just didn’t see the need for it in my life. When I finally got one several months ago, I realized I’d been missing out on a whole new wonderful way of creating art! I had no idea how much I would enjoy this.”
See so much more of Jenean’s work on her Instagram along with occasional insights into her inspiration and her process:
This article was compiled from a series of posts on Jenean Morrison’s website and Instagram.
Very soon, Adobe Ideas, our popular vector drawing app for iPad and iPhone, that’s been downloaded over 2.2 million times since May 2013, will be growing up and getting better. It’s a transformation that means a newer, more modern version of the full-featured drawing app that people have come to rely on.
Still free, and with the features designers and illustrators love
For everyone who loves Adobe Ideas: Don’t worry. Not only are we keeping the core drawing elements and everyone’s favorite controls and preferences, but the app will still be free.
Sign-up, sign-in and sync
What can you do to get ready? Take the time to create an Adobe ID, sign in with it, and sync your Adobe Ideas files to Creative Cloud. Adobe Ideas files synced to Creative Cloud can be grouped in folders for easy management and once Adobe Ideas is updated, the synced files will be migrated and re-grouped automatically. So, take a minute to sign-up, sign-in, and sync… because the new version of Adobe Ideas will be here before you know it.
We’ll be talking more the applications, services and tools in Creative Cloud at Adobe MAX. Join us October 4–8 in Los Angeles, California. In the meantime keep a listen on Adobe Drawing’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
We’ve done it again (and again, and again, and again)… continued to fulfill our promise for ongoing innovation to Creative Cloud.
Read on to catch up on the latest and greatest Creative Cloud updates to services and apps that will help you get your creative on.
The new Creative Cloud Market, just released in July, is a royalty-free repository that gives paid Creative Cloud members* access to a curated collection of Behance-sourced vector graphics, icons, patterns, UI kits, and layered PSD files. Creative Cloud Market has been a huge hit because it gives members a jump-start on their designs. Find the Market under the Assets tab of the Creative Cloud desktop app.
And stay tuned: Creative Cloud Market is also coming to your browser, and Adobe’s mobile apps, starting with Adobe Sketch (read the update below).
Just a few months after releasing Adobe Photoshop CC with 3D printing capability, we’re now providing expanded support for new 3D printers (MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation), and print services (check our current list of print service providers), and we’ve added a broader range of supported file formats including VRML, U3D, PLY, and IGES. Plus there’s now streamlined 3D painting and the ability to combine multiple jobs into a single print bed. So even if your 3D printer is slow, setting up your design will be quick.
Adobe Muse CC, the app that enables designers, who don’t want to learn code, to build and publish beautiful websites, continues to evolve and gather fans.
Adobe Muse now supports self-hosted web fonts, and the new Bullet Styles and Glyphs panels facilitate one-click addition of bulleted or numbered lists and special characters (such as © or ᵝ). We’ve also partnered with Google to include reCAPTCHA, a free service that uses text and number distortion to distinguish humans from bots. Now you can more easily create better-looking web pages and put the brakes on spam.
Finally, Adobe Sketch (now in version 1.1) keeps getting better.
The mobile drawing app, with the capability to express and connect with the broader creative community now includes free, in-app access to Creative Cloud Market so you can add high-quality assets to compositions on the go, and faster file syncing for easier sharing with Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. There’s also finer precision when drawing shapes with more finished, chamfered corners with
Adobe Slide or Touch Slide (a built-in feature for drawing straight lines and curves without hardware).
Keep an eye on this blog for our monthly roundup of the new additions to Creative Cloud.
* With the exception of the Creative Cloud Photography and Photoshop Photography plans.
At this year’s Adobe MAX conference, Academy award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Legato excited the audience by sharing a glimpse behind the scenes of work he’s done on major blockbuster films such as Apollo 13, Titanic, Aviator and Hugo. He reveals his secrets behind visual effects, his inspirations, and creative process.
Known for creating visual effects so good the audience doesn’t realize that they are effects, Legato aims to transport the movie-goer into another time and place. His ideation process is surprisingly simple, as he looks to the past for inspiration. His talent, coupled with the use of creative tools for video professionals from Adobe, help Legato execute beautiful and memorable scenes in modern-day film.
For more, you can view his entire talk on Adobe TV or below:
We’ll be focusing on all-things video production for the remainder of this week. Be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter for more inspirational stories, creative work and product news and tutorials.
Earlier this month we showed you a preview of Kuler for the iPhone, the new Kuler website and how you can access your Kuler themes in Illustrator CC. Today, we’re launching the new site and making Kuler available on the App Store.
For those of you who missed Kuler in the MAX keynote, Kuler allows you to create inspiring color themes and explore hundreds of thousands of color themes created by other users. The Kuler iPhone app lets you capture color themes anywhere, using the iPhone camera. All the themes you create with Kuler, on the web or with your iPhone, can be accessed with other Adobe applications such as Illustrator and Ideas.
The full benefits of Kuler are available to Creative Cloud members. The Sync Colors feature lets you use Kuler and Illustrator to quickly incorporate colors you see around you into your vector artwork. Sync your favorite themes with the Kuler website, and they’ll be accessible immediately inside Illustrator CC – only available in Creative Cloud.
If you are an active Kuler user, you may notice a few pages and features missing from the new Kuler website. I’m writing to explain what’s missing, why it’s missing, and what you can expect to see in the coming weeks and months. Here’s an overview of what you won’t find on the new site:
Create a theme from an image: We know many users really like the “Create from an Image” feature. Unfortunately, this feature was not ready for the new site launch. So, rather than launching a buggy or half-baked feature, we decided to take a bit more time to get it right.
We intend to add this feature to the site as soon as it’s ready. Until then, you can use the free iPhone app to create themes from images.
Color space “slider” controls: We talked to a lot of Kuler users about the slider controls. Some users like them and others don’t. The main complaint we heard was that the sliders add unnecessary complexity and take up too much space.
So, we opted to not add the sliders and err on the side of making the creation experience simple. Though, we decided to keep the “brightness” slider control since some colors spaces don’t have a brightness variable. We’d love to know what you think. You can voice your opinion on the Kuler forum.
Change the order of colors: In our research, we found most users did not know you could re-order colors on the old Kuler site. And, it’s actually quite a bit of work to build this feature. So, rather than re-building a feature many users don’t know about or use, we wanted to hear from you first. Please visit the Kuler forum and let us know what you think.
Avatar: Most of the users we talked with about Kuler avatars were indifferent. In fact, they asked us to focus on other features first. So, that’s what we’re doing–we’re focusing on some of the most requested features first.
Community spotlight and Pulse: The Community Spotlight and Pulse were beta features that never really gained any traction. So, we opted to not continue with these features.
API: We’re working to rebuild the Kuler API to offer more robust capabilities. Until then, we’re no longer issuing new API keys. If you already have a key and are using the API, your service will not be interrupted (your key will continue to work).
We’re always looking for feedback and would love to hear what you think about any of these topics—please join the discussion on the Kuler forum.
Inspiration is everywhere here at Adobe MAX! Here’s a quick recap of our events from yesterday.
Day Two Keynote: Community Inspires Creativity
David Wadhwahi, our SVP of Digital Media, opened up our day two keynote, then handed it off to creative luminaries to share their stories. We heard about breaking the brief from Paula Scher, were inspired by embracing limitations from Paul Hansen, and experienced the making-of-details from innovative creatives such as Erik Johansson and Rob Legato. Check out the playback available here for the next 24 hours.
There were a number of special guests at the MAX sneaks. First up, Rainn Wilson, actor and co-creator of SoulPancake, who opened up the night to talk about creativity, what it meant to him and how it was the catalyst for how SoulPancake came to be.
Then we got an early look at amazing technologies that might become product features in the future. Host Ben Forta shared the stage with Rainn and celebrity guest, actress/comedian Mary Lynn Rajskub, as we walked through exciting developments from the our engineering teams. Everything from the future of drawing, as inspired by Project Mighty, to experimenting with light in photos and videos, to audio layers to remove unwanted background noise were all shown at MAX. Check out some of the sneak peeks below.
Sneak: Playing with Light
Sneak: Perspective Warp
Sneak: Audio Layers
Stay tuned for more as we wrap up our final day at Adobe MAX 2013!
And…we’re off! Adobe MAX is buzzing today as we kicked things off with our day one keynote session, “A Creative Evolution.” We announced a slew of news today, including all-new updates to our Creative Cloud apps – Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Edge Tools & Services, and more! If you missed the keynote, watch the playback available here until tomorrow morning’s day two keynote at 10 a.m. PT or catch the community-curated version captured in Storify by MAX attendee, @GayaneAdourian.
Even more exciting, we shared an early look at a number of new explorations:
- Project Mighty – A Creative Cloud pen
- Project Napolean – Complementary to Mighty, Napolean is a digital ruler designed to bring back some of the feeling of drawing with analog tools like the t-square and triangle
- Project Context – Reimagines the editorial room for publishers
Watch the overview below and get all of the details from our experience design team in “Adobe XD explores the analog future.”