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Adobe Creative Cloud for teams: Is It Right For You?

Adobe Creative Cloud for teams allows you and your team to get the entire collection of latest and greatest CS6 tools, along with lots of team-specific features that make working together easier than ever. So the question is; is it right for you? This series helps Adobe customers, such as creative directors and IT professionals, understand if Creative Cloud for teams is a good fit…

  • Size Doesn’t Matter – Design agency? Growing startup? Regardless of your workgroup situation, Creative Cloud for teams fits.

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  • Cloud collaboration + latest creative tools = staying ahead of the curve – Creative Cloud for teams makes it happen. That’s right –you and your team receive the latest updates as soon as they’re available.

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  • Changing needs = changing team –  With Creative Cloud for teams, adding and removing licenses for team members is a walk in the park.

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  • HELP! – Creative Cloud for teams provides you with help when you need it. Enjoy two deep-dive expert support instances (per seat per year).

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Interested in hearing how Creative Cloud for teams is benefiting Scott Kelby’s own Kelby Media Group? Check out this video to see how Creative Cloud for teams allows them to reach millions of people all over the world through websites, podcasts, online training, magazines, and more:

Got questions? Let us know in the comments below or visit us on Adobe.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more information about Creative Cloud for teams.

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Creative Spotlight: McFarland & Pecci on Creative Cloud

Twisted, dark and awesome. Three words that describe the work of the creative team and visual artists that make up McFarland & Pecci. Still relatively new Creative Cloud members, these fellas have wasted no time utilizing the broad range of tools and programs to create one-of-a-kind work. A documentary film for well-known “metal core” band, Killswitch Engage? They’ve done it. High concept cover art for the Boston Phoenix? Sure. See what we mean about twisted, dark and awesome?

We engaged in a lightning round Q&A session with them to get more details on why Creative Cloud works for them. The diverse amount of products offered, the seamless syncing, constant updates, and bug fixes are just a few reasons why this duo takes creativity to a whole new level.

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

McFarland & Pecci: We signed up for Creative Cloud a few months ago and jumped right into a few projects with Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop. McFarland & Pecci is a creative team of directors and visual artists. We create everything from high concept photo shoots to feature films and documentaries. The past few months have kept us busy in post-production on the new Killswitch Engage documentary called “New Awakening”, the new music video for CZARFACE featuring Inspectah Deck from Wu-Tang, one of the final high concept covers for the Boston Phoenix, and an upcoming “double secret” comic book film.

What was your inspiration behind the project?

We love to tell stories, and we tend to be drawn to darker subject matter and artists that are obsessed with their craft.  The film on Killswitch Engage was a fun project that allowed us to focus on the guys as a family unit and we kept our gear tight and our crew small. The CZARFACE video is deeply rooted in our love for Grindhouse flicks and Shaw Brothers films, and the ‘End of the World’ photo shoot was completely influenced by the epic magic of Michael Bay!

How has the Creative Cloud changed your creative workflow?

We switched to Premiere Pro to simplify our workflow. Plain and simple. We shot CZARFACE with the RED EPIC in 5K with Hawk anamorphic lenses.  The piece required a lot of compositing in After Effects and color grading. The fact that I could bring the raw files right into my timeline and directly export to After Effects made our lives so much easier. A competitor’s program has really dropped the ball when it comes to professional editing these days so we were looking for a smart move. Just the time saved by not having to transcode footage from the RED and/or DSLRs was enough of a reason to make the jump to Premiere Pro.

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

As mentioned earlier, all the new benefits of Premier Pro were our big draw in the video side of things, but the new version of Photoshop and its retouching tools and amazing smart layers really helped us composite these giant “End of the World” files. We have always been Adobe fans in one way or another, but having it all in one spot really helps us.  The cloud helps us keep both systems identical in our edit bays, and the constant updates have fixed a lot of software bugs already.

Describe your style of work in three words

Really F$#Kin Awesome!

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

Our twisted minds and the tools that can keep up with them.

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

If you are a video editor, make the jump to Premier Pro.  Just do it. Creative Cloud is the smart choice; you sign up and download everything you need. It even runs on two systems. Makes having a post house a lot easier.

Dig their work? Check out Mcfarland & Pecci on Facebook, visit our website to see more films – www.mcfarlandandpecci.com – or follow directors @MikePecci and @Ian_McFarland on Twitter for behind the scenes content and tutorials.

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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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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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Creative Spotlight: Ryan Garratt on Adobe Ideas

Recently, Adobe Ideas v2.5 was released on iOS and our fans love it! For over a year now, graphic designer and Touch Apps user Ryan Garratt (@NemesisGraphics) has continued to improve his creative process and creations with each update to Ideas. Excited about the update, Ryan connected with us over Twitter to let us know what he really loves about the update and provided us useful pointers for both rookie and veteran users.

Read on to learn more and be sure to visit our Adobe Touch Apps Facebook and Twitter channels to see his work on display. Also, check out the Adobe TV video after the Q&A to learn more about what’s new in Adobe Ideas v2.5.

Adobe: Have you had a chance to try out the new features in Adobe Ideas v 2.5? Which are your favorites?

Ryan: The update is SUPERB! The addition of the new preset tools is fantastic and the paintbrush is possibly my favorite addition to the arsenal, as I really enjoy how you can vary the strokes to give power lines to work. The paint bucket fill is an absolute genius addition as well. Before it would be a case of coloring and getting a few spots that you had missed, but with the new fill bucket it increases productivity and efficiency. Needless to say, I was really excited when the update came out.

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

Enjoy what you do. I recommend having a stylus on hand and find somewhere you can relax. Experiment as well – try different opacity settings and line thickness. It’s all about finding your style!

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

Just enjoy what you’re doing! I absolutely love what i do and think that fuels me to keep creating. Also, keep everything you do, regardless of whether it’s a quick doodle or masterpiece. To look back on and see your journey progress is critical.

Which pairing of the Touch Apps and CS6 products are most instrumental to your creative process and why?

I would have to say Illustrator. I can sketch something roughly on my iPad using Ideas, and after uploading it I can use Illustrator to clean up and tweak everything. The live trace preset is fantastic.

How much of a difference has direct touch input made to your creations?

Immensely! I take my iPad and stylus with me everywhere… just in case the mood to draw strikes me. Uploading to a computer from anywhere makes life extremely easy and 100% more efficient. Its’ been a huge help and boosted my ability and workflow.

Anything else you would like to say?

If you don’t already own any of the Adobe Touch Apps, I strongly recommend getting them. They are enjoyable and easy to use, and not to mention they are very powerful tools for creating. Without them, I don’t think I could draw. I can’t recommend them enough!

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Creative Spotlight: Adrian Franks on Adobe Touch Apps

We’d like to introduce you to Adrian Franks (@afranks3) – a creative who celebrates friends, historic figures and admired current icons by creating silhouette sketches using the creative trio of Adobe Touch Apps, Creative Cloud, and Creative Suite! We stumbled upon one of Adrian’s impressive sketches on the Adobe Ideas Facebook Page and reached out to learn more about him and his work as we knew that Adrian would have a great story to share.

Get to know Adrian – find out where he likes to create, his ideal travel destination and how Adobe’s products have helped streamline his digital workflow in the full Q&A below. Also, visit both our Twitter and Facebook channels to see his work on display.

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Adobe: When were you first introduced to Adobe Touch Apps?

Adrian Franks: I started using Adobe Touch Apps when I first discovered Adobe Ideas in January 2011.

What was the very first creation you made with Touch Apps and Creative Cloud?
My creative endeavors with Touch Apps is a line of silhouette drawings called FEARLESS that highlights various people that I admire whether they are close friends, historic figures, or current pop culture icons. Currently, I use Creative Cloud to store my vector-based silhouette and download them to my Mac for further design work in CS6.

Where’s your favorite location to create?
My favorite place is at my studio, which is broken down into 2 places. One, being my physical studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the other is out in the world on the go. Whether I am on my bike, riding the train, the bus, or random coffee shops, I consider that as part of my studio. It helps influence my work.

How has the integration from Touch Apps through to the Creative Cloud features changed your creative workflow?
Creative Cloud has allowed me to produce my ideas faster because I have fewer steps to take. I love the fact that once I am done creating in Ideas it auto saves, syncs to the Cloud where I can download the file back to my computer to further manipulate in Photoshop or Illustrator. Once done, I can post to social or send to a printer. All of this has streamlined the process into a digital workflow. I love it!

Which pairing of the Touch Apps and the applications within Creative Cloud (i.e., CS6), are most instrumental to your creative process and why?
I love the combo of Ideas + Photoshop + Illustrator for creating illustrations and designs. I also love Proto + Photoshop + Illustrator for web design and UX projects.

How much of a difference has direct touch input made to your creations?
The Touch Apps give me the freedom to create and concept like I used to before the computer. It replicates the functions of pen and paper, but maintains ease of use on digital.  Touch is the present and future creative.

If you had the opportunity to travel to anywhere in the world with your Touch Apps, where would it be and why?
Africa, especially South Africa. Design there has been in a boom for a couple of years now. Events such as the World Cup and its rich political history have caused a shift in how the world perceives South Africa and its people. With that said, things such as creativity, design, art, and photography have pushed the thinking of South Africans. I would like to be a part of that, I would need to be mobile and believe Adobe’s Touch Apps and CS6 would allow me to do that.

Can’t get enough of Adrian’s work? Visit his Creative Works website to check out more of his work. If you have great work to share, send your creations our way for chance to be featured in an upcoming Creative Spotlight. Reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter or in comments here.

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Creative Spotlight: Eric Merced on Adobe Creative Cloud and the Touch Apps

Like a superhero, Eric Merced possesses a special power – the ability to unleash creativity. With his trusty iPad loaded with Adobe Touch Apps, along with access to Creative Cloud and the Creative Suite 6 applications, there is no project too big for Eric to tackle.

We sat down with Eric to learn how these Adobe products have improved his workflow capabilities, given him the ability to seamlessly transfer his work between technologies and helped him become the illustrator he is today. Read our Q&A with Eric below and be sure to check out the new hero-themed Twitter background we created to celebrate his work.

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Adobe: When were you first introduced to Adobe Touch Apps?

Eric Merced: It was with my first generation iPad (I currently own the iPad 2) and Adobe Ideas. There was a lot of complaining going on about how the iPad was not ideal for creating high-resolution art and Ideas was the first app that made me think otherwise.

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Even though I had already used Ideas to dabble in creating art on the iPad, my first “wow” moment that cemented my desire to create illustrations and comics, was when I used Creative Cloud to upload an image of The Dark Knight Rises’ character, Bane. The idea of being able to back up my work directly from the iPad and have it available on my iPhone or desktop was thrilling. I later took that image into Photoshop Touch and added textures, which brought the image and my workflow to another level.

How has the integration from Touch Apps through to the Creative Cloud features changed your creative workflow?

It has simplified everything. I feel good knowing that I have a powerful mobile studio with Ideas and Creative Cloud.  The iPad’s feature of allowing apps to store files in iTunes is good, but I feel Creative Cloud is a step up because it allows you to access those files from other devices (i.e., iPod, iPhone, desktop). That’s true integration right there, and it’s also essential for a true mobile studio experience.

Which pairing of the Touch Apps and the applications within Creative Cloud is most instrumental to your creative process?

Photoshop Touch and Photoshop CS6. Any file I tweak in Photoshop Touch can easily be opened in Photoshop on my desktop.

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Mostly inside, as I don’t travel much, but Adobe Touch Apps allows me to physically create anywhere inside I’d like, as opposed to being tied to a desk and chair.

How much of a difference has direct touch input made to your creations?

The ability to zoom in and out, resize with a pinch, or to move the canvas around with two fingers is amazing. It makes doing these things much faster and more natural.

If you had the opportunity to travel to anywhere in the world with your Touch Apps, where would it be and why?

I’d love to go to a lot of places in the world – maybe too many to mention here. And who knows, with the iPad and Adobe Touch Apps on hand, now that’s more possible than ever.

For more on Eric’s work, stop by his website to see his portfolio. Want to be featured in one of our upcoming spotlight posts? Drop us a line on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments below.

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Creative Spotlight: Kevin Spear on Adobe Touch Apps and Creative Cloud

Summer is the perfect time to untether yourself from the wired-world and create outside with Adobe Touch Apps, and no one knows this better than digital artist, Kevin Spear (@speartoons). After stumbling on his summer creations, we reached out to see how he utilized the creative combination of Touch Apps, Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud to come up with some “fun in the sun” art work.k.spear_

Find out where Kevin’s summertime spot to create with Touch Apps is (hint – it’s not indoors), why the grouping of Adobe Ideas and Illustrator is a match made in heaven for him, plus much more in the full Q&A below. Also, don’t forget to see his summer-themed art on display on our new Twitter background.

Are you ready to be our next featured artist? Send your Adobe Touch creations our way via Twitter, Facebook, or simply link us in the comments below. 

Adobe: When were you first introduced to Adobe Touch Apps?

Kevin Spear: I got an iPad in the winter of 2011. I was looking for a good drawing program when I came across Adobe Ideas. I was very excited when I discovered it was a vector-based app. I also loved how it allowed me to draw naturally in a way I hadn’t done in Adobe Illustrator.

What was the very first creation you made with Touch Apps?

I drew a profile of my wife. I was excited that I could finally draw a quick sketch with my finger on the iPad, take it into Adobe Illustrator and keep the vectors.

How has the integration from Touch Apps through to the Creative Cloud features changed your creative workflow?

It has made drawing digitally while mobile easy. Before, I’d test things out on the sketchbook, and then hope I could keep the same spontaneity when I made it back to the desktop. Now, I can draw it digitally from the very beginning.

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Creative Spotlight: Michael Startzman on Adobe Touch Apps and Creative Cloud

Words can’t describe how excited we were after Michael Startzman (@startzman) announced that he was going to create an eBook for Adobe Touch Apps users, highlighting techniques and tips for creating in Adobe Ideas. For the past few months we’ve been in contact with Michael, checking in on the process and teasing his work to our Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers. We’re so very pleased to announce that Michael’s “How to Use Adobe Ideas” eBook is complete, and believe us when we say it’s a must have for any Adobe Touch user.

With all of the hard work behind him, we sat down with Michael to learn how his love for the Adobe Touch Apps began and how the combination of Creative Cloud, Creative Suite 6 and Touch Apps have changed the way he creates. Check out the full Q&A below and be sure to visit our Twitter channel to see his work displayed on our background.

Whether you’re working on an Adobe Touch Apps project or simply just capturing ideas as they hit you, we want to see and hear about it! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter  or even in the comments below.

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Adobe: When were you first introduced to Adobe Touch Apps?

Michael Startzman: When a friend of mine bought an iPad and showed me Adobe Ideas…I was hooked. Two weeks after its initial release, I bought an iPad and the first app I downloaded was Ideas. I’ve been drawing with it ever since.

What was the very first creation you made with Touch Apps?

I first started using Adobe Ideas for brainstorming and plotting story concepts by thumbnailing pages, sketching character designs, and making notes. I think one of the first illustrations I did was of a snail descending a wall. Today, I can create nearly every step of an illustration directly on my iPad using Ideas.

How has the integration from Touch Apps through to the Creative Cloud features changed your creative workflow?

Using the Creative Cloud to sync between devices allows for freedom of creativity where ever I happen to be. If I only have my iPod available, I can create illustrations, make notes on websites and take photos, which not only sync to my iPad, but are also available when using Illustrator or Photoshop on my desktop computer.

Which pairing of the Touch Apps and the applications within Creative Cloud are most instrumental to your creative process and why?

Adobe Ideas has been a boon to my creativity and productivity. In the past, I would draw nearly all of my illustrations digitally with a combination of Illustrator and Photoshop. This, however, meant I was tied to a computer to produce any finished artwork. Now with Adobe Ideas, I’m free to create – whether on vacation, at the office, or sitting on the porch enjoying the morning breeze.

Adobe Ideas, coupled with the Creative Cloud, allows for further development and tweaking of the creations made on my iPod. I can open Ideas’ vector files and fine-tune them in Illustrator. I can also share files with colleagues and know my work is safely backed up online.

How much of a difference has direct touch input made to your creations?

I learned to draw digitally using a mouse and then graduated to a pen tablet, which made a world of difference. Now I draw using my finger! The direct touch really increases productivity because I can see what I’m affecting and where I’m going with the lines, which in turn, provides me more control over the kinds of lines I create. Plus, I’m never without a drawing implement.

If you had the opportunity to travel to anywhere in the world with your Touch Apps, where would it be and why?

There are some pretty spectacular places out there and each new environment invites its own inspiration, that’s the beauty of having a portable studio. I think I’d like to visit Italy. The atmosphere created by the architecture, landscape and rich art history must be breathtaking.

 What compelled you to create the “How to Use Adobe Ideas” eBook?

adobe-ideas-300x215I created an eBook called “How to Use Adobe Ideas” because people were often surprised to learn my art was created on iPad. The eBook details my techniques for creating in Ideas and provides information and tips on the various settings and tools found on the application.

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“30 Days of Giveaways” Winners Announced!

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We’ve recently concluded our Creative Cloud Facebook sweepstakes – 30 Days of Giveaways – where we celebrated a lucky winner a day, who got his/her hands a free 3-month Creative Cloud membership! We were excited to see the immense amount of involvement from our Fans. Here’s a list of the 30 winners – congratulations! (more…)

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