For quite some time, designer/illustrator Brian Yap has integrated mobile art applications into his professional creative workflow… His mobile app of choice? Adobe Ideas. He’s used the full-featured vector app to capture illustrative concepts, develop them, and later move them to Adobe Illustrator CC for fine-tuning. It’s led to a successful creative process and an identifiable Ideas-to-Illustrator illustration style.
Like many Adobe Ideas users, Brian recently made the switch to Adobe Illustrator Draw. After Brian’s Adobe MAX sessions (What’s New in Adobe Ideas and Designing a Poster Using Adobe Mobile Creative Apps), we asked him to share some of his initial thoughts about making the move. Here’s what he had to say:
Adobe Ideas was the most powerful vector drawing tool for the iPad, and it changed the way I thought about the device as a professional tool. Adobe Illustrator Draw is a continuing evolution of Ideas, and proves that the development team is listening and reacting to the community in way unheard of when it comes to graphics applications. Use it. Love it. Become part of its future development.
Of course I always have the immediate reaction, “Why does this thing I love need to change?” But it didn’t take long to fall in love again; besides some amazing enhancements to the drawing engine that I’ve grown to love, the UI has been totally designed with a lot of user feedback taken into account.
Overall, pretty much every time I panicked a bit because a feature I depended on seemed to be taken out, I not only found it a few seconds later, but quickly realized the thinking that went into the redesign. A few thoughts:
While the tools are generally the same, the icons are way more descriptive of what the tools actually do (something I always wondered about with Ideas). As an example, I always thought it was a bit confusing to have a pencil icon for a tool that didn’t have a pencil texture.
There were some cuts made to the tools but with a little trial it’s easy to see why: The “long press” while using a tool was always the same as the paint bucket so the paint bucket tool itself was somewhat unnecessary. Although I was always in the camp of the “long press” I imagine people who relied heavily on the paint bucket will find that change a bit tricky at first.
By far the biggest change is in the layers options; Draw is much more focused on the options for each layer. In Ideas, I was constantly merging layers I didn’t mean to merge. Now that the options are reached through touching the layer options icon on each layer, it’s always clear which layer is being affected. One tip: The merge down button is now under the icon that covers flipping the layer.
Finally, based on what I’ve heard, there is some concern about the lack of PDF export… I’ve been told that the option will be added back in a future update.
We’ve asked Brian to keep us updated about his Draw discoveries, so stay tuned to Adobe Drawing on Twitter and Facebook. And for a few tips about syncing Adobe Ideas files to Creative Cloud, Adobe Ideas: A Transformation is a quick read.
Ever felt intimidated by the prospect of putting together a video project? With Premiere Clip, Adobe wants to make video accessible to all creative professionals.
Adobe Premiere Clip is our brand new (and free!) app that lets you, in a few quick steps, turn clips and images from your iPhone or iPad into polished videos, and then share them with friends, family, clients, and the world at large. It’s a powerful tool for creative pros; and for established video pros, the app makes it easy to create edits on-the-go and draft a project for further refining in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
With its simple editing workflow, it’s easy to work with assets already on your device or those you have stored on Adobe Creative Cloud. You can also shoot new video from within Premiere Clip: Just grab clips and still images, drop them into the order you like, trim out the bits you don’t want. Set the mood by using one of the included music themes or by adding your own audio file. Add cinema-quality color treatments to your video with a single tap. Adjust lighting or add slow motion effects and other finishing touches like fades or transitions.
Dave Werner’s Made With Clip video of Adobe MAX:
You can even work on your project across devices (starting on your your iPhone and then switching to your iPad, for example) thanks to automatic syncing of projects and media through your Creative Cloud Creative Profile.
Once you’ve completed a video, share it with your audience through social media, your website, or any number of other platforms.
Want to take a project further? Sending it to Premiere Pro CC is easy too. Through the app’s Edit in Premiere Pro sharing feature, send everything in your project as a group of files to the Creative Cloud Assets folder on your desktop. Once the files have been synced to your desktop, simply open the XML file with Adobe Premiere Pro, and open the sequence with the project name.
Still not sure where to begin? Try one of our Reviewer’s Guides to help you get started. These guides breakdown some of the conventions of different types of videos and can kickstart your pre-production with pointers on creating a narrative and suggestions for shot composition. All you need to do is fill in your content.
What will you create with Premiere Clip? We can’t wait to see! Include #MadeWithClip when sharing on social media. Check out the Community Videos page in the app for inspiration and publish your projects as “Public” for a chance to be featured. And, make sure to follow the Premiere Clip Twitter feed and blog for news, highlights, tips, and tricks.
Premiere Clip is available now in the iTunes App Store for most iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices with iOS 7 or later, including iPad 2 or later (mini and retina), iPhones 4S and later, and iPod Touch 5th generation and later. (Unsure of your device model? Check the model number on the back and consult Apple’s guide for iPads, iPhones, and iPods.)
Bring the goodness of Creative Cloud right to your desktop.
Creative Cloud for desktop is a lightweight, configurable app that lets you manage Creative Cloud apps, sync assets, receive notifications, and connect to powerful Cloud functionality and services—all from the comfort of your desktop.
Creative Cloud for desktop enables your Creative Profile. An effective way of managing your creative assets across apps and devices, Creative Profile connects you to everything you need for your creative work—files, pictures, colors, brushes, shapes, fonts, text styles, graphics, and any other creative assets you care about—and puts it all at your fingertips, by simply signing into Creative Cloud for desktop.
Let’s take a closer look at the feature-rich technologies and powerful Cloud services that Creative Cloud for desktop offers:
Creative Cloud for desktop makes it easy to discover, download, and install the newest Creative Cloud desktop apps to your computer. In addition to the latest versions, you can also find previous versions of apps, and receive notifications about updates as soon as they’re available.
Creative Cloud for desktop is also now a one-stop shop to launch apps, manage updates, and even uninstall older apps that you no longer need.
Assets, libraries, and more
Creative Cloud comes with online storage that lets you access your work from anywhere and share your work with others in any location. Creative Cloud for desktop connects your Creative Cloud online storage to your computer, keeping all your files in sync, across all your computers.
With Creative Cloud for desktop, you’ll never run into a “missing font” scenario. Use the Creative Cloud for desktop app to sync fonts from Typekit on your desktop; synced fonts continue to be available on your computer, as long as the Creative Cloud for desktop app is running. Use the synced fonts in your favorite Adobe apps, as well as any other apps installed on your computer.
Your creativity can reach greater heights with Creative Cloud Market, a collection of high-quality assets, created and curated by professionals like you. You can build on these assets, modify them, and use them without worrying about attribution, licensing, usage tracking, or royalty payments. Simply use the Creative Cloud for desktop app to browse through the assets, add to a Library, and download the assets to your computer.
During the Adobe MAX 2014 launch keynote, we announced availability of Creative Cloud Libraries which provide seamless access to your creative assets across Creative Cloud’s desktop tools and all-new connected mobile apps. Creative Cloud for desktop helps to keep your Creative Cloud Libraries in sync, so that any brushes, shapes, colors, graphics, or assets you save to a Library, are instantly available on your desktop from within Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC.
How can a creative experience be complete without a community? Use the Creative Cloud for desktop app to dig in to the vast collective of creative talent on Behance. Remain inspired and keep ahead of the curve by following other creative people. You can browse through projects, share and seek feedback about your work, and take a closer look at a project that piques your interest all from within the Creative Cloud for desktop app.
Get started with Creative Cloud for desktop
Creative Cloud for desktop is your interface to Creative Cloud on the desktop!
Always stay up to date with what’s happening in your creative world by using notifications in Creative Cloud for desktop. If you don’t have it running already, download Creative Cloud for desktop now and get the most out of your Creative Cloud experience.
While Creative Cloud for desktop works behind the scenes to bring your Creative Cloud Profile to your computer, you can also use it actively to access Creative Cloud products and services. To learn more about what you can do with Creative Cloud for desktop, read through these resources:
With the release of the Creative Cloud Extract, Adobe has made it easier to go from Adobe Photoshop CC design to code. In the past, this workflow often included a tedious process of creating a specification, style guide or red lines for a design so that a developer could more easily translate it into code. Extract provides solutions for getting the style information out of a design in just a few clicks. This information includes positioning of elements, sizes, colors, fonts and gradients. We have also streamlined the process of exporting assets out of Photoshop CC.
What’s new for designers and developers:
Extract Assets in Photoshop CC
With the October update of Photoshop CC comes a new feature called “Extract Assets” that allows designers to quickly extract image assets from layers for multiple screens. You might be familiar with using slices to get images out from Photoshop CC, or repetitively having to “Save for Web” for each image you need. With Extract, you can manage all assets for web and mobile designs, in one dialog. It will save you so much time: Just select all the layers you want to export and choose the “Extract Assets” menu item.
From the Extract Assets dialog where you specify formats to output (PNG, JPG, GIF or SVG), you can also view a preview of the image to be created, setup 1x, 2x or more versions of all image assets, and add or remove layers from which to extract assets. For more information on Extract Assets in Photoshop, visit this CC Learn tutorial.
Extract in Creative Cloud Assets
If you store PSDs in Creative Cloud, you get access to so much more useful web information. The Extract view of your PSD in Creative Cloud gives you access to the following information:
- The layer hierarchy along with the ability to toggle layers on and off
- CSS styles for layers
- A style guide of colors and fonts used in the design
- Position and size of elements in the design
- The ability to extract assets to PNG, JPG or SVG
From Creative Cloud Assets, this PSD can also be shared with anyone. Using the public URL, the recipient can use Extract in Creative Cloud Assets in their browser to get all of the same useful information to translate this design into code.
Extract in Dreamweaver
You can now browse and view your Photoshop CC documents stored in Creative Cloud directly within Adobe Dreamweaver CC, letting you rapidly take your designs to code. Yes, that’s right, you can open a fully-layered PSD in Dreamweaver CC. When a PSD is loaded, you can extract CSS, colors, gradients, fonts, measurements and web-optimized images from your Photoshop layers when building your web projects. This will let you preserve the integrity of the design when bringing it to code, and takes the guesswork out of how that PSD will translate to web.
When a PSD is loaded in Dreamweaver CC, you can fully inspect the CSS pulled from Photoshop CC layers. When you select a layer, you’ll see all the CSS associated with that selection. This is useful for grabbing colors, gradients, border-radius, font styles and more when building the front-end of your website—it’s kind of like Web Inspector for a PSD.
You can also code hint directly into a PSD for full control as you write styles. When writing CSS, contextual code hints are pulled right from your Photoshop CC layers, expediting the time it takes to go from comp to code. For more information on Extract in Dreamweaver CC, visit this CC Learn article.
Updated desktop features, born from a collaboration with David Fincher’s Gone Girl team, and Adobe Premiere Clip, a new mobile app.
On Monday, at Adobe MAX 2014, the world’s leading creativity conference, Adobe announced the availability of new and updated free mobile apps, like the all-new Adobe Premiere Clip for iOS, and 2014.1 updates to Creative Cloud applications, including all of the video tools:
Adobe previewed the new video features at IBC 2014 last month. Key themes for the updates include: new project and media management capabilities, such as Search bins and Destination Publishing; support for cutting-edge technologies, like HiDPI Windows 8.1 displays and devices and read/write support for the GoPro CineForm intermediate codec; and more streamlined workflows, including Curves adjustments and a refined new Look workflow in SpeedGrade CC.
Introducing Adobe Premiere Clip
The MAX announcements also included the release of Adobe Premiere Clip, a brand new iOS app that makes it easy to turn footage on an iPhone or iPad into great-looking videos. The app allows users to edit and enhance video with professional looks, effects, and audio. Premiere Clip uses Creative Cloud to automatically sync projects between devices, so that users can shoot whenever they have an opportunity—and edit later when they have time. Users can also move Clip projects into Premiere Pro CC via their Creative Profile, which provides access to their rich desktop toolset.
“With Premiere Clip we’re making editing a function that is always in your hands. Our goal is to bring the tools to the media,” explained Bill Roberts, senior director of product management. “This allows people to ‘just do it’ and start making their own beautiful videos, completely on device, or to use it as a kind of sketchbook for video pros who want to rough out ideas to bring into Premiere Pro.”
Adobe Premiere Clip for iPhone and iPad is available as a free download in the iTunes App Store.
The Influence of Gone Girl
Coinciding with the recent theatrical release of Gone Girl—directed by David Fincher and edited on Premiere Pro CC by Kirk Baxter, ACE—the new updates include a number of features developed in collaboration with Team Fincher. These include larger features, like Multi-project workflows and Advanced Timeline search, workflow enhancements like EDL improvements and Render & Replace, and important details of the UI and workspace refinements, such as ripple label colors and definable marker colors, the way in- and out ranges are displayed.
“I believe this was the first major Hollywood film shot at 6K so the scope of the project was huge.” said Al Mooney, senior product manager. “We were working with an artistically-driven and incredibly technical team at the top of their game. It was an inspiring experience for us and we’re immensely proud to have been part of it.”
Fully 80 percent of Gone Girl ended up as some form of After Effects CC composition on the final Premiere Pro Timeline for the project. This gave rise to the request for the Render & Replace feature from Team Fincher. Render & Replace ensures fast playback of projects with lots of visual effects by substituting comps with rendered clips—without losing Dynamic Link integration between Premiere Pro and After Effects. “It’s exciting for us to be releasing features for all of our users that have evolved out of a collaboration with one of the best filmmakers in the business,” added Mooney.
Along with a significant update to Premiere Pro CC, all of the video tools received enhancements and new features with the 2014.1 release. For more information watch this overview video by Al Mooney.
To learn more about Adobe’s collaboration with David Fincher and his team on Gone Girl, read Gone Girl Marks Yet Another Milestone for Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
Watch the Adobe MAX 2014 launch keynote and learn more about all of the great new fall releases.
Pricing and availability
Today’s updates to Creative Cloud are available to Creative Cloud members as part of their membership at no additional cost. To join Creative Cloud, special promotional pricing is available to customers who own Adobe Creative Suite 3 or later and membership plans are available for individuals, students, photographers, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises.
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.
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.
Streamline video workflows with industry-leading integration
This month at IBC 2014 in Amsterdam, Adobe will preview the updates coming soon to Creative Cloud’s pro video applications. In a fast-moving industry, video pros need tools that keep them ahead of the curve, allowing them to work confidently with the latest hardware and camera formats. With regular updates, Creative Cloud meets that need, making everyday tasks faster and easier—and opens new creative possibilities with a little more Adobe magic.
- Powerful media and project management—Take control of large projects with new features like Search bins, Consolidate & Transcode, and Multi-project workflows in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
- Support for cutting-edge technologies—Focus on the content with a refreshed user-interface across all of the video applications, including HiDPI support for Windows 8.1 and Mac Retina displays.
- Streamlined workflows—Complete everyday tasks more efficiently, thanks to new tools and refinements, such as Curve adjustments and hover preview Looks in Adobe SpeedGrade CC.
After a successful run using Premiere Pro CC to edit David Fincher’s upcoming thriller Gone Girl, two-time Academy Award winner Kirk Baxter has made Premiere Pro CC the NLE of choice for his new company, EXILE. “I’m happy to see so many of the new features we asked Adobe for during Gone Girl in the upcoming release.” —Kirk Baxter, ACE
This post provides an overview of the upcoming video releases, including many of the top features and enhancements. For more in-depth information, visit the product blogs for Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Prelude CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC, Adobe Audition CC, and Adobe Story Plus CC.
Updated user interface
All of the Creative Cloud video applications have been given gentle facelifts, using a more subtle color scheme and simplified UI elements.
“The first thing you’ll notice when you open them, is the cleaner look to all of the video apps,” said Bill Roberts, senior director of product management. “We’ve modernized and simplified the user interface so that it doesn’t compete with the content. The point is to allow video pros to focus more on their content, and less on the widgets.”
In addition to the UI refinements, the video apps have all been updated to work with HiDPI displays, including Mac OSX and Windows 8.1 devices. “We foresee a day when video professionals will be creating and interacting with their content in a variety of ways across a variety of devices. Our goal is to support this transition as it evolves and this UI refresh lays the foundation for that,” added Roberts.
New Search bins allow users to automatically generate dynamic bins based on search criteria, including new Advanced Timeline Search capabilities. Search bins update as new content is added to a project, so users can keep projects organized, even as new footage is still coming in.
Consolidate & Transcode allows users to move all relevant files in projects and sequences to reduce the overall project size. Once the setting is selected in the Project Manager panel, all content is rendered into a single codec and a compact new project file is created.
Multi-project workflows allow editors to bring everything they need into one workspace. Users can open multiple Media Browser panels for easy access to as many projects as needed. The new Source Monitor Timeline view opens a second Timeline for media and sequences from other projects, making it easy to bring existing clips, edits, transitions, or graphics directly into your current project.
Premiere Pro CC now offers full support for reading and encoding GoPro CineForm, an easily managed, cross-platform intermediate codec, ideal for high resolution footage. And the Premiere Pro CC engineers keep finding ways to get more out of the GPU with native support for 4K, 5K, 6K (and higher) content, including new GPU-based deBayering for AJA RAW, Canon RAW, and Phantom Cine, as well as RED and Cinema DNG footage.
Existing features see some significant new capabilities, too, like enhanced Masking & Tracking, that enables users to adjust feathering directly in the Program Monitor, or use the free-draw polygon tool to create complex mask shapes. Use Render & Replace to speed up performance of VFX-heavy sequences by flattening After Effects CC compositions into video clips—and thanks to Dynamic Link, the original comps are always accessible if you need to make further changes. Improved Master Clip effects, Send to Audition, and AAF export to DAWs, are just a few other enhancements coming to Premiere Pro CC this Fall.
“This is a packed release for Premiere Pro CC with some really nice additions to existing features, but our big focus here was on creating easier workflows for large projects,” said Al Mooney, product manager for Premiere Pro CC. “Consolidate & Transcode, for example, is perfect for facilities who need to trim down large projects. It makes it easy to pass work on to other teams, or to archive editable projects which are still reasonably-sized.”
The next release of After Effects CC offers an enhanced Live 3D Pipeline, adding Cineware 2.0 and CINEMA 4D R16 compatibility, so that artists can work faster and more easily with 3D elements in their compositions. Broadcasters and large facilities that use Adobe Anywhere for video will benefit from improved Anywhere collaboration to streamline remote workflows with version tracking and project sharing. In addition, the new version offers a number of usability refinements, such as more visible anchor points on layers, tracking behavior improvements, and more incremental improvements that make motion graphics and visual effects work easier and more efficient.
“We’re really excited about where we’re going with After Effects CC” said Steve Forde, principal product manager. “A special highlight of our 2014 releases is the deeper integration with Premiere Pro CC and Anywhere for video. This is a great example of how we are streamlining workflows for motion graphics and visual effects artists—and enabling collaboration between teams.
The next release of SpeedGrade CC is focused squarely on the creative tools, including a significantly enhanced Looks workflow, Curve adjustments and awesome new Grading Layer Grouping capabilities.
Working with Looks in SpeedGrade CC has never been easier: Hover to preview Looks in the main image Monitor, and click to apply. Looks can be dragged into the grading layer stack where they will immediately appear as a new Grading Layer Group, making it easy to combine existing Looks and LUTs; just adjust the opacity of each group to get the result you want and… Voila! A real “Look mixer.” It’s also possible to create your own Grading Layer Groups, or copy and paste selected grading layers to apply them to new clips or save as new Looks.
SpeedGrade CC now offers Curve adjustments, including RGB curves familiar to Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Lightroom users, as well as Hue & Saturation curves, which allow you to boost or mute parts of the color spectrum. Use Curve grading layers on their own or in tandem with the other SpeedGrade CC color correction tools.
Improvements to existing features include audio support for Premiere Pro CC projects in Direct Link, faster tracking, better Autosave, improved performance with masks, and Enhanced Mercury Transmit, providing 4K output for 4K monitors and new support for Blackmagic video cards.
Log metadata while an event is unfolding in front of you. Use keyboard shortcuts on your laptop together with your custom tags to prepare content efficiently—and without typos. Deliver media that gives your editor a running start for a faster turnaround in post-production. Add In and Out points more efficiently and apply transitions across clips in the Rough Cut timeline. Replace, or augment, camera audio with new support for multiple audio tracks.
Render and deliver your work in one fell swoop with Destination Publishing: Add preset options for FTP sites, or your Creative Cloud folder. Send to multiple locations and track rendering and upload in the same panel. With new Watch Folder support for projects, you can automate transcoding of all of your project files at once by dragging Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, or Final Cut Pro XML projects into Watch Folders. Mux during encode for faster rendering of MPEG2 files with audio. Extended Match Source support now includes QuickTime and DNxHD formats.
Open virtually any video format, including RED, XDCAM, MXF, and others. Video files now load faster and play more smoothly. Minimize background noises while amplifying and leveling speech with a powerful new Target Dynamic Range parameter providing even better volume leveling for spoken content. Read and add notes to audio files with iXML metadata support, including information such as Scene, Take, or time code formats.
Screenwriters and writing teams can now Customize text boxes so that notes and comments stand out. Fine tune production planning and assign numbers to camera shots to align with scene order.
Adobe Anywhere for video adds robust collaboration support for After Effects CC users and brings refinements to the Adobe Anywhere app for iPad, including new scrubbing gestures and sorting options. A new streaming API allows facilities and broadcasters to integrate content from Adobe Anywhere into a variety of user experiences on the web or mobile devices.
“We’re excited to be showing another strong release at IBC 2014,” said Bill Roberts. “Constant refinements across all of our applications mean we’re always improving the tools, integration, and collaboration. The demands on video pros keep growing and our efforts are empowering our users to deliver better work, faster and more efficiently than ever.”
These updates to the Creative Cloud video apps and Adobe Anywhere for video are expected to be available in the coming weeks.
We’ll share even more amazing innovation coming to Creative Cloud—across desktop, mobile, services and community—at Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, October 4–8 in Los Angeles. To be among the first to know when these and other Creative Cloud updates are available, follow Creative Cloud on Twitter and Facebook.
Visit the Creative Cloud video page for links and news from Adobe at IBC 2014 from September 12–17. And if you can’t make it to IBC, please join us for a special, live from Amsterdam, Ask a Video Pro session on Friday, September 12 at 10:00am PT (7:00pm CEST) when Jason Levine will introduce the new features coming to the CC video apps.
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.