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Adobe Ideas: A New Name, A New Look, A New App

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Recently, Adobe Ideas, our popular vector drawing app for iPad and iPhone, that’s been downloaded over 2.2 million times since May 2013, grew up and got better. Adobe Illustrator Draw is a transformation that means a newer, more modern version of the full-featured drawing app that people have come to rely on.

 

Not just an update; a complete reinterpretation

Instead of settling for just another update, we’ve created an entirely new version of Adobe Ideas. Based on Adobe’s new Creative SDK, the redesigned version of Ideas (Adobe Draw) matches the look and the connection to creative assets and community found in Adobe Photoshop Sketch and Adobe Illustrator Line. But it’s not just creating consistency across our mobile apps that has us so excited, it’s also the new features… which include new, completely rewritten, robust file syncing, and the ability to effortlessly bring files into Adobe Illustrator CC.

Still free. And with the features designers and illustrators love

For everyone who loves Adobe Ideas, don’t worry: Not only have we kept the core drawing elements and everyone’s favorite controls and preferences, but the app is still free.

What we’ve added is Adobe Ink & Slide support, as well as a software version of Slide (called Touch Slide) for drawing straight-lines, geometric shapes and French curves—without hardware. (No longer will it be necessary to create workarounds for drawing perfect circles.) We’ve also added Behance integration, including the ability to post works in progress to Behance and receive in-app feedback; the ability to view a gallery of content inside the app; and effortless Creative Cloud back-up and file syncing.

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Sign-up, sign-in and sync

What can you do to get going with Adobe Draw? Take the time to create an Adobe ID, sign in with it, and sync your Adobe Ideas files to Creative Cloud… because our new drawing app is here. And now that it is, existing Ideas files that are synced to Creative Cloud will be automatically migrated to Adobe Draw. (Files synced to Creative Cloud can be grouped together in folders that will be imported as projects in Draw.)

Brian Yap talked about Adobe Illustrator Draw at Adobe MAX in a session titled What’s New in Adobe Ideas. Give it a watch. Then go get Adobe Draw for iPad in the iTunes App Store. Sync those Adobe Ideas files. Then keep an ongoing listen to Adobe Drawing’s Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

What was the very first creation you made with Touch Apps?Gordon_Merced1-111x300

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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