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Creative Spotlight: Geordie Milne on Creative Cloud

Creative Cloud does not just provide creative individuals with tools to take their talents to the next level, but also offers the opportunity to explore other creative areas of interest. Take Geordie Milne (@geordiemilne) for example. The use of Creative Cloud has evolved his creative workflow by enabling him to work with multiple programs on a single project. Not to mention, new updates (some exclusive to Creative Cloud users) gives Geordie the ability to try programs he may have never used before.

Read about his current project, check out some of his impressive work, and learn which tool in Photoshop blows his mind below.

Adobe: Describe a project you are currently working on or have completed with Creative Cloud.

Geordie: I am currently using Creative Cloud for a project for themeditator.com and marinacowdray.com. I am taking photos of the jewelry and sculptures and creating graphics using Illustrator and Photoshop; as well as some time-lapses using Premiere Pro.

What was your inspiration behind the project?

Geordie: My current client’s work has a meditation feel & knowing its positive effect; I find pleasure in modifying it and creating patterns from it.

How has the Creative Cloud changed your creative workflow?

Geordie: It’s amazing to have access to all of Adobe’s programs! I probably would have never dipped into learning as many of them as I am now, and I’m excited to download some more.  I also end up using more than 1 program per piece such a making a time-lapse & then bringing it into Photoshop to apply some of the great new video capabilities, such as ‘Blur’ or ‘Liquify’. Creative Cloud gives me the ability to save and access files from any computer, and be able to share files with my clients and friends. As a visual person, I have found that Adobe Bridge helps me find files and stay organized.

What tools specific to Creative Cloud enable you to work more efficiently?

Geordie: I also work with drones (multicopters), so one essential tool for sure is Premiere Pro’s, ‘Warp Stabilizer.’  Illustrator’s ‘Pattern Options’, makes for quick, exact designs. Photoshop’s ‘Smart Objects’ offers a new, nondestructive workflow and is a great way to add filters.

Describe your style of work in three words

Geordie: Fun, Technicolor and Geometric

Fill in the blank: I couldn’t create without _________.

Geordie: I can’t think of one thing other than just answering, ‘Abode’ but one thing I absolutely LOVE is the ‘Oil Paint Effect’ in Photoshop… it blows my mind.

What advice would you give to an individual who is considering Creative Cloud?

Geordie: Do it, try it, you won’t regret it! I often urge people to sign up for ‘Creative Cloud’. Its monthly costs offer people who want to emerge into the creative industry, a financially strategic, practical step.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Geordie: I love signing into the Creative Cloud and seeing an update here and there. Adobe is pushing the creative technology like no other. I feel that I have also joined access to a like-minded community, have made some great connections and look forward to seeing everyone’s creations! 

Like Geordie, has Creative Cloud inspired you to try products you’ve been intrigued by, but have never tested out? If so, tell us about it on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below.  Care to see more of Geordie’s work? Check out his blog here.

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Recap: Creative Cloud for Teams Google Hangout

Missed today’s Google Hangout on Creative Cloud for teams? No problem! You can view the full conversation below and on our YouTube page.

Our panel of experts, including Greg Wilson, Director of Evangelism for Creative Cloud, Paul Trani, Creative Cloud Evangelist and Lori DeFurio, Social Marketing, Digital Media (moderator) discussed the current issues facing creative teams, how Creative Cloud for teams aims to alleviate those problems and make it easier for groups to work more efficiently together. We also had great comments come in from our viewers. Check out the full conversation below.

Have additional questions for our panel? Include them in the comments section or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more information on Creative Cloud for teams.

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Google Hangout: Adobe Creative Cloud for teams – March 21 at 8 a.m. PT

Hey, Creatives: want to Hangout?

Join us on Thursday, March 21 at 8 a.m. PT for “Behind the Creative Curtain: Adobe Creative Cloud for teams”, a Google Hangout all about Creative Cloud for teams – our solution that makes working together — and managing licenses — easier than ever.

Whether you’re a designer, creative director or IT director – all can agree on one thing: creative work requires creative tools. Remaining competitive requires a lot of time and money, especially when keeping up with the pace of technology and high customer demand.

It’s these issues and more that Greg Wilson, Director of Evangelism, Creative Cloud and Paul Trani, Creative Cloud Evangelist will be discussing on Thursday.

Tune in at 8 a.m. PT on Thursday, March 21As always, you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about the Adobe Creative Cloud.

What? Google Hangout: Adobe Creative Cloud for teams

Where? Google+

When? 8 a.m. PT on Thursday, March 21

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Creative Cloud for teams: 5 Facts You Need To Know

Like Marvel’s Avengers, you’ve put together a stellar team. So now what? Creative Cloud for teams not only puts the best tools in the hands of your team, but also enables them to seamlessly share files from any device. Since this offer is still new, we wanted to educate you all on the benefits of joining. We’ve recapped five educational updates about Creative Cloud for teams that we’ve shared on the Creative Cloud Facebook page and Twitter channels. Check them out and embrace the learning.

  • Enables better collaboration

You can share files with colleagues inside and outside of your organization.

  • Low TCO, best way to stay current

 Keep your members up-to-date with the latest software at a low cost

  • Members have 1:1 access  to Adobe product experts

As a member, you have 1:1 access to Adobe product experts to ensure workflow support.

  • Centralized purchasing and license management tools

Creative Cloud for teams makes it easy for your IT department to centrally purchase and manage Creative Cloud

  • Users get 100GB cloud-based storage

Don’t let storage limits keep you up at night. Enjoy 100GB of cloud-based storage per team member

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Creative Spotlight: “GIF-iti” Artist Paolo Ceric on Adobe After Effects

GIF art otherwise known as “gif-iti” is a growing style of art. Last month, our friends at FastCoDesign spotlighted Paolo Ceric, an individual who has been identified as an animated GIF traditionalist. We were so impressed by Paolo’s unique focus and use of Adobe tooling that we had to feature his work on our blog.

Paolo uses After Effects, the animation and compositing software for motion graphics and visual effects. Using this product, he works on altering the composition look, colors and gradient to his liking.

The cool thing about [After Effects] is the idea of “compositions” and the procedurality it offers. Making things procedural is very important to me because it lets me change things “in the past” which then affect the final product without any trouble.

Check out some of his work below and view the rest of his collection of creations on Tumblr.

Do you have interesting projects like Paolo’s? Share them with us on the Creative Cloud Facebook or Twitter channels.

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Concept Devices We Wish Were Real

Could you imagine being able to pull the exact color from the apple sitting next to you and use it in your next Creative Cloud project? How about the ability to toast your bread based on your preferred hue? Though some of the below inventions may not necessarily be feasible yet, the ideation behind these are definitely notable in the realm of creativity – and we sure encourage it. Be sure to check out the rest to fuel your next creation.

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How do these and other concepts inspire your creativity? Tell us on Twitter using #CreateNow.

 

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Creativity

You’re probably aware of the Seven Deadly Sins, but have you ever thought about how they might tie back to creativity…in a positive way? Lateral Action, a blog about creativity plus productivity, shows you how indulging in some of these sins may allow you to produce some of your best work.  We’ve pulled out a few notable “sins” below, so check them out then read about all seven in their entirety.

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Lust

Creativity feels good and it should feel addictive. You definitely should not waste your time on anything that doesn’t draw your attraction. Always remember that your talent is your ticket to pleasure.

Gluttony

You can’t create great art without first consuming it – lots of it. Drawing inspiration from other work is just as creative as making things yourself.

Sloth

The most creative moments sometimes come to us when we’re not doing much, or are on creative downtime. So take that time off and relax outside in a park, take a long shower, or lay on a beach!

Pride

You’re different, and that makes you an artist. Don’t compare yourself to others, always take pride in your own work.

Tell us, have you ever indulged in any of these creative sins?

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Creative Spotlight: Will Suarez aka “HI Def Willy” on Creative Cloud

If you’ve visited the Creative Cloud Facebook page, then there’s a good chance you’ve seen the work of Will Suarez aka “HI Def Willy.” A believer in bringing cultural awareness and unity, he enjoys creating pieces that showcase people from various ethnic backgrounds and their unique characteristics.

Intrigued by his work, we connected with HI Def Willy on Facebook. We wanted to not only see more of Will’s work, but to also learn how Creative Cloud helps bring his innovative ideas to life.

Find out more about HI Def Willy’s style, learn how Creative Cloud has enables him to work more efficiently and more in the Q&A below.

Adobe: Describe a project you are currently working on or have completed with Creative Cloud.

Will: Recently I have been focusing on creating a series of fine art pieces combining illustrations, photography and analog techniques into digital formats to create surrealistic portraits .Using a matte gel transfer technique, I transfer high res images onto fine art paper, canvas or wood.

What was your inspiration behind the project?
During my long commutes around Texas for meetings and work, I find myself always meeting random people walking the city streets. I get inspired by the stories told, the way people view them and the myths that people create of them. I wanted to capture that and find a way to show those emotions in these pieces.

How has the Creative Cloud changed your creative workflow?
Using the Creative Cloud has changed the way I work dramatically. It definitely has simplified everything and makes it easy to keep organized. I can seamlessly access and save progress on projects and pick right up from where I left off on any of my other devices on the go.

What tools specific to Creative Cloud enable you to work more efficiently?
As a freelance graphic artist and being on the go most of the time, having all my files accessible to view, edit and share, sure come in handy. I utilize many of the Touch Apps . One of the more frequent one I use is Adobe Ideas. It allows me to start a vector sketch on the go and access through the Creative Cloud on my PC where I can then continue to edit and complete.

Describe your style of work in a few words.
Everything’s a work in progress… pushing the limits.

Fill in the blank: I couldn’t create without _________.
Music and life experiences

What advice would you give to an individual who is considering Creative Cloud?
If you are looking to grow and develop your style, you definitely need to look into it! Invest in your talent and gain access to utilize all the great tools that you get with Creative Cloud. Not only will you stay current on updates and gain access to many options, but it will definitely streamline your workflow. The allotted space is more than enough to be able to carry along with you a mobile studio. Creating couldn’t get much easier. Everything you need is right there whenever, wherever.

Anything Else?

Thank you Adobe for always putting out great products! I am excited to see what new apps and features will be added in the future! For all fellow graphic designers, artists, creators, and innovators, keep pushing your limits, get out of your comfort zone and explore, create, define your work. Putting your work out there for people to see and enjoy is what it is all about. Stay humble, pour your heart into what you do and don’t ever be afraid to take a leap of faith.

Be sure to follow HiDefWilly on Instagram, Twitter and “like” him on Facebook.

Ready to have your work featured for everyone to see? Share your work with us on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below and you could be our next spotlight!

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Creative Spotlight: Jeffery Fina on Adobe Creative Cloud

How has Creative Cloud changed your creative workflow? For user Jeffrey Fina, the ability to venture out and collaborate with other creative individuals is just one of many ways Creative Cloud enables him to grow as a creative professional. And that’s just the beginning. The most cutting edge tools, 20GB of cloud storage and ability to seamlessly work on projects on various devices enables Jeffrey to successfully operate a fine art studio and be on dad duty. We connected with Jeffrey after coming across the work he shared with us on Facebook and wall. You can learn about his current projects, where he sources inspiration and more in the Q&A below.

Want to have your work featured? Share your work with us on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below.

Adobe: Describe a project you are currently working on or have completed with Creative Cloud.

Jeffery: Most recently, I have been working on high resolution abstract 3D forms created in Trimble Sketchup and rendered in Photoshop. These projects are designed at full size for large format printing and can take time to render. I own and operate Hudson Valley Giclee, a fine art and digital printing studio, where I will create the large format digital prints of these works. This project is one of many that will be part of an expansion into print publishing and art consulting that my colleague Bruce Bleach and I are formulating. We plan on starting in the Hudson Valley and the tri-state area and expanding nationally.

What was your inspiration behind the project?
The inspiration behind this and most of my personal and professional work is being able to utilize all facets of what digital technology can produce and finding an aesthetic that goes beyond a sometimes engineered digital look. For me, Photoshop has become the crossroads of all these applications. I can throw a number of file formats at it… and boom; they open.

How has the Creative Cloud changed your creative workflow?
Prior to the Creative Cloud, I was truly bound to my studio computer. My business requires me to venture out and collaborate with artists in their native spaces. My workflow is seamless now because I always have my software and files on board.

What tools specific to Creative Cloud enable you to work more efficiently?
Photoshop is a work horse. It’s what a paintbrush is to a painter. Bridge is my viewer for all file types. The 20GB of cloud space is super helpful in having access to project files on the go. I am a new father so when I am on baby duty, it’s not easy to sit with a cup of coffee in my studio. Having all my files on my laptop is great. As a fine art studio, having client files on the go is helpful when proposing a mockup of a full resolution image. In fine art printing and studio work, detail is key.

Describe your style of work in a few words.
I like to break the rules…

Fill in the blank: I couldn’t create without _________.
Coffee, music, and integrity.

What advice would you give to an individual who is considering Creative Cloud?
I would tell those who want to be more creative that it’s best to grow ‘into’ a tool then to grow ‘out’ of one. You should use the most powerful tools to accomplish your creative goals instead of being limited by inefficient tools. The learning curve is also longer and deeper but doesn’t prevent you from moving forward with your ideas and concepts. I’ve been using Adobe products for 8 years and I average 30 hours a week face deep in the software one way or another. I’m still excited about what these tools can do and what the future brings.

See more of Jeffrey’s personal work at http://www.ultimaars.com/.

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UPDATED: Create Now World Tour

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We’re excited to announce that Adobe evangelists and other creative leaders are bringing Create Now to a city near you on our Create Now World Tour! Now through mid-April 2013, you can attend a Create Now event in your area to learn what’s new in Adobe Creative Cloud. Whether you’re a photographer, graphic designer, video professional, or web designer, there are innovations in your favorite tools and services to get up to date on. Check out the Create Now World Tour schedule to see when we’ll be in your area, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter (hashtag #CreateNow).

If you’re in the U.S., check out and register for the below upcoming events, hosted by local Adobe user groups.

Also, if you attend a Create Now World Tour event in person, you will receive a discount code for Adobe MAX 2013. Save US$400 — get a full conference pass for just US$1,095! Hope to see you all there!

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