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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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What Is Adobe MAX? – Why You Should Attend

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We’re making Adobe MAX (May 4-8) bigger and better this year. For those who are wondering, “What’s MAX?” – it is THE conference for creative pros. It’s an opportunity for designers, developers, video professionals, photographers, and more to come together to learn about the latest technologies, techniques, and strategies for delivering your best creative work – not to mention the idea exchange and networking opportunities that exist. And it doesn’t stop there.

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We have an agenda packed full of amazing speakers, tracks, sneak peeks (yes – you don’t want to miss this!) and more. Choose from over 300 sessions and labs taught by industry leaders and Adobe experts to maximize your creative experience, and even customize your MAX agenda by mixing and matching sessions from all five MAX tracks:

If that’s not enticing enough, we’re throwing a cherry (or two) on top to get you to L.A. Register today using this special promo code: MXSM13, to receive $300 off AND get your hands on a free 1-year Creative Cloud membership.

Be sure to follow Adobe MAX on Facebook and Twitter as we’ll be announcing keynote speakers and other exciting information soon.  We hope to see you there!

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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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Super Ad Sunday: A Look at Some Creative Super Bowl XLVII Commercials

Another Super Bowl has come and gone and this year’s game screamed creativity. Though we were disappointed our hometown team didn’t win, we were impressed with the stage design of Beyonce’s half time show, and the awesome pyrotechnics. However, it was the unique and creative ads that had everyone talking.

Each year, brands use every drop of creativity they have to produce compelling 30 – 60 second ads that will be seen by millions of people. To honor the hard work of these creative professionals (and to help get your own imaginative wheels spinning for your next project), we wanted to showcase a few notable placements that sparked our attention:

And of course, who can forget the infamous power outage that occurred during the game? We wanted to give a special shout out to Oreo, who among many other brands, took advantage of this happening to gain additional exposure on social media.

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Exploring Creativity – Design Milk’s 2012 Best of WTF

It’s creativity that leads to some of the most innovative inventions, even if it raises the question, “What in the world?” This is probably what you’ll say to yourself when browsing through Design Milk’s popular tagged posts using ‘WTF’. Check out the top inventions from their 2012 Year in Review: Best of WTF, from which we pulled our top three favorites noted below:

LED Eyelashes by Soomi Park.

LED Eyelashes by Soomi Park.

 

Natural Keyboard by Robbie Tilton.

Natural Keyboard by Robbie Tilton.

 

Burritobot: The Tortilla-Filling 3D Printer.

We hope these inventions spark your inspiration!  Share with us on Facebook or on Twitter using #CreateNow, what inspires you each day.

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Creative Spotlight: Matt Maughan on Adobe Ideas

Oh, the places you’ll go with Adobe Touch Apps… literally. For Matt Maughan (@somemattpaint), Touch Apps have transformed not only his creative process, but also his life, as his digital portfolio full of Adobe Ideas creations helped him score commissions and a gallery exhibition!

We connected with Matt over Twitter after coming across some of his creations including video game artwork in the style of a Chinese shadow puppet show. Take a closer look at his creative workflow, learn about some of his favorite features found in the Adobe Ideas v2.5 release, and pick up some tips and tricks.

Also, remember to visit our Facebook and Twitter channels to see Matt’s work featured.

 Adobe: Describe a favorite creation you’ve created with Touch Apps

Matt: That’s a tough one. Maybe the Charles Bukowski portrait which was a commissioned piece, as I enjoyed doing the shadows and detail and I seemed to make use of all of Adobe Ideas’ features to create it.

What role do Adobe Touch Apps play in your creative process?
They are integral, completely and utterly – I can’t stress that enough. I create solely on the iPad and both Ideas and PS Touch are my primary apps for creation. Adobe Ideas has all the bases covered from sketching out ideas right through to full projects. PS Touch is most used as a ‘finishing school’ where projects go to become refined!

How has the integrationof Touch Apps and the Creative Cloud features changed your creative workflow?

The Touch Apps have revolutionized my creative workflow! The simplicity of them, the similarities in the UI which make it incredibly easy to switch between them, the tools offered and ultimately the fact that anything that I create in one app can be progressed, enhanced and polished in another. I’m forever switching between Adobe Ideas and Ps Touch. The Creative Cloud keeps all my artwork safe and allows me to access files quickly, as well as manage them either on my iPad or on my PC.

What are your favorite Adobe Ideas v2.5 features?

Top of the list has to be the new brushes – the tapering paint brush especially. It’s just perfect and adds a real artistry to projects. Lines have a fluid, natural look to them and results in a final image that looks more organic than digital. It’s also possible to add really fine detail especially for faces and hair!

I’m also a huge fan of the ‘fill’ function. So much time is saved now that I can fill specific areas with color just with a simple touch.

Next is the ability to merge layers. This essentially allows for unlimited layers so when a project becomes more complex you can merge together finished layers to create new blank layers for additional content. You can just keep going and going. One of the things I love about Adobe Ideas is that it’s as simple or complex as the user requires. I can do simple sketches like it’s a digital pad and pen or full on, multilayer projects that require duplicated layers, resizing, mirrored layers and varying opacity levels.

What tips/suggestions do you have for creative individuals thinking about getting into Adobe Ideas?

If you want to create digital art on a tablet I personally think Adobe Ideas is a ‘must have’. Then experiment and play with it. Play with the brushes, play with the opacity levels, play with everything. Import a photo and create a unique and accurate color palette with the eyedropper. See what happens when you select a layer and resize it, it may just make your artwork more striking. You can’t mess up so just experiment.

For veteran users like yourself, what tips and/or techniques can you offer them to improve their creative workflow?

Between Adobe Ideas and PS Touch and any other apps you may have, you have a whole array of tools that can help refine your work. Would shadowing look better if you adjusted the opacity level? Would the background work better if you moved its layer to the left? Is there an effect or feature in PS Touch that would really make your Ideas project pop out? I think it’s very easy after working on a project for hours to sit back and say finished! It’s always worth giving it a critical eye and remembering that you are working on an incredibly powerful tablet with incredibly powerful apps that just might make a good image wonderful.

Can’t get enough of Matt’s work? Head over to www.somemattpaint.com to see more creations!

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