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Photoshop’s 25th Anniversary!

Twenty five years ago who would have guessed that Photoshop would eventually go on to become the quintessential tool in our creative toolbox.

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No other product has had as profound an impact on the creative industry—empowering artists, designers, filmmakers, and photographers to express themselves and their ideas visually.

Did you know that the iconic software was developed by two brothers, one in the movie business and one a photographer? Or that version 1.0 had more to do with special effects than still images? Read more insights about how Photoshop got started in our Q/A with co-creator Thomas Knoll. And check out the Photoshop team blog that discusses how we’ll be celebrating all year.

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Creative Cloud Libraries: Popping-up Somewhere New

IDMUDW_4CCColors, images, graphics, brushes, and text styles saved and synced and always ready to be used, reused and shared.

When we launched Creative Cloud Libraries in October 2014 we knew we had a feature on our hands that would take the headache out of managing creative assets—a place to store creative bits, where they would be organized and readily available.

Thing is, until today, Creative Cloud Libraries has been incorporated only in Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, and mobile apps like Adobe Brush CC and Adobe Color CC. Needless to say, since its launch at Adobe MAX, Adobe InDesign CC users have been clamoring for access to it.

Creative Cloud Libraries… It’s part of InDesign CC.

Starting now, InDesign CC users have CC Libraries. No more having assets on the wrong computer or scrambling to find the latest version of a graphic. CC Libraries means knowing exactly where creative assets are. Always.

It also means the ability to share assets with an entire creative team, between ID files, and across InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator CC.

And, since we know a lot of designers have populated InDesign CC’s native libraries with the graphic elements (text frames, linked graphics or groups of objects) they use regularly, those assets (all or a selection) can be easily migrated into CC Libraries. That’s a new library with the same content and the same name as the native library.

CC Libraries. Got it. What else is new for InDesign CC?

IDMUDW_1IDInDesign CC (along with Adobe Dreamweaver CC) has not only added in-app learning content with tutorials for every experience level (that means, no longer having to leave the application to learn something new), the team didn’t stop there. It also incorporated some user-requested features that make everyday tasks easier:

  • Save time. Draw tables without text frames. When creating tables, it’s no longer necessary to first create a text frame.
  • No guessing. No hassle. The Print Current Page option (in the Print dialog and Pages panel flyout) prints the active page in the InDesign window or selected pages/spreads from the Pages panel.
  • Do the work once. On by default in the Layers flyout menu, Ungroup Remembers Layers ensures that when something is “ungrouped,” items that were originally on separate layers will return to them.

Hoping for more update news? We have it. Adobe Muse CC is faster, smoother, and more intuitive.

IDMUDW_2MUThe Adobe Muse team continues to respond to user feedback with updates that improve app quality and performance, and remove the bottlenecks in everyday tasks. There are literally dozens of improvements; a few of our favorite one-click options sure to speed-up work:

  • Superscript, Subscript, Uppercase, and Lowercase text buttons provide more flexibility when working with type.
  • A Clear All Styling option removes any styling (fill, stroke, text styles) for a selected page, and a Clear Widget Content option removes all content (slideshows, accordion panels, contact forms) from a selected widget.
  • Delete unused layers with a single click.
  • A Show Where Used option highlights where background images, bullet/list styles, uploaded assets, and paragraph, character and graphic styles have been used throughout layouts.

And, a bit more news… from the Dreamweaver CC team:

IDMUDW_3DWAmong Dreamweaver CC’s performance enhancements are improvements to two previously-released features:

  • Select, hold, and drag an image from the Extract panel into Live View to launch the Element Quick View panel for precise image insertion.
  • New creatively-named color-theme templates offer more options for customizing and personalizing Code View.

Take a closer look at what’s new in InDesign CC, Adobe Muse and Dreamweaver CC.
Learn more about Creative Cloud Libraries.
Haven’t tried Creative Cloud? Take it for a free trial run.

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Lightroom Mobile for Android Phones Is Here

Got images on your phone that need editing? And after you tweak them, do you want to sync them back to your collection of pics at home? Perhaps, too, you’re among the throngs of people who have an Android, and not an iOS, smartphone.

If that’s you, then you’ll love this:

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Lightroom mobile extends your existing workflows beyond the desktop, allowing you to utilize your Android phone to review and edit images and have the changes sync back to your Lightroom catalog at home.

Get the app now on Google Play.

Read more about what you can do with Lightroom mobile on thr Lightroom Journal.

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More Control over Web Fonts with Typekit Update

Over at Typekit, we’ve just launched some major improvements to our language subsetting options.

The update provides more fine-tuned control over exactly which languages are supported on your websites—which in turn can hugely improve load times for webpages. The new UI also gives better visibility into the OpenType features that are included with a font, which will open up a lot more potential for advanced typesetting on the web.

Subsetting has been one of our most-requested features, and we’re delighted to make it available to everyone. If you’d like to learn more about using it, see the Typekit blog for details.

With Typekit's new Language Subsetting controls, you can combine language support in any way a selected font allows and optimize for a smaller kit size.

With Typekit’s new language subsetting controls, you can combine language support in any way a selected font allows and optimize for a smaller kit size.

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Version 1.9—An Update for Creative Cloud for Desktop

We’re excited to announce the release of version 1.9 of Adobe Creative Cloud for desktop. It brings several new features and improvements that help you stay up-to-date and increase your productivity.

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Some key highlights of the release

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  • Creative Cloud for desktop now automatically detects and downloads any update available for Creative Cloud for desktop, so you no longer have to track and install updates manually. To enable auto-update, just select Always keep Creative Cloud for desktop up to date when installing an update. You can, at any time, enable or disable the auto-update setting from the General tab in the Preferences dialog for Creative Cloud for desktop.

 

  • Font syncing from Typekit is now enabled by default, so you will no longer need to Turn on Typekit to start syncing and using fonts in your favorite applications. If you need to turn syncing off, you can do this anytime from Preferences > Fonts in Creative Cloud desktop. For information about adding and managing Typekit fonts, see Add fonts from Typekit.
  • If you’re a Creative Cloud for enterprise customer, your employees will soon be able to sign in using their Federated ID with Single Sign-On support.

 

Also in the latest version of Creative Cloud for desktop

  • You can now sync files and fonts quickly and seamlessly even when switching Internet connections. For information about managing assets, see Browse, sync, and manage assets.

So, what are you waiting for? Install the latest update for Creative Cloud for desktop and take full advantage of the cool features and improvements we’ve made.

How to update

You’ll be prompted to update when you relaunch Creative Cloud for desktop. If you do not relaunch the app, you’ll get an update notification in 24 hours. Click Install Now to download and install the latest version, and then relaunch the app.

If you’re a new user and have not installed Creative Cloud for desktop yet, the latest version is available for download from Creative Cloud Download Center.

Check which version of the app you’re using

  1. Launch Creative Cloud for desktop, and sign in with your Adobe ID.
  2. Click the gear icon, and choose Preferences > General.
  3. Click the Account.

For the latest on Creative Cloud for desktop, see Adobe Creative Cloud blogs and Creative Cloud Learn & Support.

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End-of-The-Year Updates for Adobe Illustrator Line and Photoshop Sketch

Our teams have been busy making Adobe Photoshop Sketch and Adobe Illustrator Line even better.

LineSketch Both apps have been updated with powerful new features to help take your drawing further. A quick look at the features in the 2.1 versions:

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Both Sketch and Line now support Pencil by FiftyThree and Wacom’s Intuos Creative Stylus 1, Intuos Creative Stylus 2, and the new Bamboo Stylus Fineline:

  • Connect Pencil to Sketch or Line to draw freely with palm rejection. Flip Pencil to erase marks on the canvas.
  • Press the button on your Wacom stylus to bring up the Pen Tip Menu in Sketch and Line for fast access to color and tool selection.

That’s not all…

  • Auto save and recovery: Both Sketch and Line now save drawings periodically so if your iPad crashes or its battery runs out, your work will be recovered when you launch the app again. (Your drawings are always backed up to Creative Cloud.)
  • Draw with the size tools that you prefer in Photoshop Sketch: Change the size of any of the built-in tools, or the brushes from Adobe Brush CC; simply long-press on any of the tools and a size slider appears for adjustment.
  • Improved Shape selection in Illustrator Line: We’ve updated the UI for shape selection to be more visual; quickly view and select all of the shapes available in built-in Trace and Stamp shapes.
  • Performance and bug fixes: We’ve been hard at work fixing bugs and improving performance across both apps.

The updated versions of Adobe Illustrator Line and  Adobe Photoshop Sketch are available now (free) in the iTunes App Store. We hope you like the improvements!

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Changes Ahead for Video and Audio Social Channels—A New Year, A New Name

In the early days of 2015, you’ll notice a fresh take on so​me of Adobe’s Pro Video social channels. In order to deliver the most current, informative posts on a daily basis, we’ll create an integrated feed on Facebook and Twitter featuring news, tutorials and more for ALL of the Adobe video applications. Excited? So are we! No action required on your part at the moment. Stay tuned for more details to come in January.

Don’t miss the latest enhancements to Adobe Pro Video tools, including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe Audition CC, Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Story CC Plus, Adobe Prelude CC, and Adobe Media Encoder CC.

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Creative Cloud for desktop: Empowering collaboration on the go.

We live in an increasingly connected world where collaboration empowers us to work faster and more efficiently. We often need to access files, folders, and media from anywhere, on different desktops and devices, and share our work with others in any location—as quickly and as seamlessly as possible.

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Creative Cloud for desktop provides powerful collaboration features that enable you to create amazing work through connected ways of creating and sharing. It’s your gateway to managing your Creative Cloud storage, syncing and sharing files with collaborators, and getting notified about all your activities from one central location.

Read on for a closer look at these features:

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Hassle-free asset syncing

You no longer have to worry about managing assets across computers and devices. Your work is always at your fingertips. You can edit and organize work on your desktop, and seamlessly sync multiple files and folders to all connected devices—including creations that you make with mobile apps such as Adobe Illustrator Draw and Adobe Photoshop Sketch.

Syncing files is as simple as copying and pasting, or moving files to the Creative Cloud Files directory on your computer. From an app, just choose File > Save or File > Save As and navigate to the Creative Cloud Files directory on your computer. What’s more, once the files are synced, you don’t have to be online to view them.

You can view the files offline from the Creative Cloud Files directory on your computer. At any time, you can access the synced assets online by selecting View on Web from the Assets > Files section of Creative Cloud for desktop. For all the finer details on syncing and managing files, see this article.

Easy file and folder sharing

Working with teams is even easier now; sharing a folder with other Creative Cloud users takes just a few clicks. You can share a folder with specific Creative Cloud users, who can view, edit, rename, move, and work collaboratively with assets in the shared folder. Read more about collaboration in this article.

The robust file versioning capabilities in Creative Cloud enable you to keep track of updates to the shared files while allowing you revert to older versions whenever you need to. Here’s a neat FAQ that answers any questions you may have about file versioning in Creative Cloud.

If you want to share a project to get feedback on your work, you can share a link to the folder with read-only access. Sharing a link with someone, gives them a high fidelity preview of the assets directly in the web browser without requiring them to install Creative Cloud for desktop. Read more about sharing files with others in this article.

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Selectively sync collaboration folders

When you accept an invitation to collaborate on shared folders, all the folders for which you’ve accepted invitations are synchronized by default.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to stick with the default. Creative Cloud for desktop lets you selectively sync shared folders; this feature gives you greater control over what content is synchronized while also letting you conserve disk space.

Selectively syncing folders is as simple as right-clicking/Control-clicking the Creative Cloud Files folder on your desktop, and choosing Select Shared Folders To Sync. You can then select specific folders that you want to sync. For step-by-step details, see this article.

Handy preferences and notifications

The Preferences settings in Creative Cloud for desktop enable you to effectively manage your Creative Cloud storage, folder location, sync settings, and more.

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The Files panel in Creative Cloud for desktop tells you at a glance how much storage you’ve used, and the status of your file syncing.


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At any time, you can use the Preference settings to pause file syncing, turn syncing on/off, and even set the upload/download transfer speed while syncing. Notifications for all these activities are displayed in the Activity Stream of the Home panel in Creative Cloud for Desktop.


Make the most of these collaborative features and work together from anywhere. And be sure to check out these additional resources that you may find useful:

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Adobe Video Applications Updated

Creative Cloud offers pros performance and compatibility with the latest technologies.

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Adobe released updates today for its pro video applications including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC  , Adobe Media Encoder CC, Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Audition CC, Adobe Prelude CC, and Adobe Story CC Plus. The 2014.2 release offers feature enhancements and updates, including YouTube and Vimeo uploading via Destination Publishing in Media Encoder CC for an easier, more integrated workflow when sending video content to these destinations.

The Premiere Pro CC 2014.2 update includes a number of feature enhancements for editors, including support for Arri Open Gate media, the ability to set transitions and still image default durations in either seconds or frames, and improved GoPro CineForm export. In addition, QuickTime and GoPro CineForm codecs can now be used as sequence preview file formats on Windows

The 2014.2 update of After Effects CC provides more control over text through scripts and expressions. Additionally, based on customer feedback, the team made visual tweaks to the UI such as making the keyframe icons a bit brighter to stand out better against the background.

Along with Destination Publishing to YouTube and Vimeo, the Media Encoder CC update includes updated Vimeo and GoPro CineForm presets, the option to automatically append preset names to output file names, the ability to export audio channels as separate WAV files, and more. Audition CC, Prelude CC, Story CC Plus, and SpeedGrade CC offer a number improvements as well.

Premiere Pro CC was used to edit David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl, which has been enjoying considerable success at the box office this fall. “When it came down to it, Premiere Pro CC was faster than anything else in the market, said Jeff Brue of Open Drives who served as post-production engineer on the film. “That speed meant more iterations, more time to work on a shot, and more time to perfect an edit.” Many of the features introduced in Premiere Pro and After Effects CC were born of the collaboration with David Fincher’s post-production team on Gone Girl, including new project management capabilities and usability enhancements.”

“2014 has been exciting for us,” said Bill Roberts, senior director of product management. “We kicked things off with Sundance last January and ended strong with Gone Girl. Along the way we’ve been able to add great new features, like tighter workflows between Premiere Pro and After Effects CC, an integrated editing and grading pipeline, and our all-new Adobe Premiere Clip app for making great videos quickly and easily on your iOS devices. We’re happy to round off the year with these new updates adding more functionality, refinements, and an improved overall user experience.”

Learn more about the 2014.2 updates on the product blogs for Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Media Encoder CC, Audition CC, Prelude CC, Story CC Plus, and SpeedGrade CC.

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Creative Cloud and Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The new Touch workspace in the latest release of Adobe Illustrator CC is the long-awaited return of the artist’s canvas recreated on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

While Microsoft Surface Pro has had the power to run Adobe apps like Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, small UI controls (which were optimized for desktop use), and a lack of touch support made using the apps a cumbersome experience. For over a year, Adobe and Microsoft have been collaborating to bring the full power of Creative Cloud to a mobile experience optimized for pen and touch.

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New Touch workspace in Illustrator CC

Illustrator CC has introduced a new workspace designed with Surface Pro 3 in mind. This Touch workspace lets designers create on the go what they could once only accomplish sitting at their desks. This new workspace exposes the core tools and controls for drawing and editing, optimized for multi-touch gestures and a pressure-sensitive pen.

Enabling productivity in a touch environment with a complex desktop application like Illustrator CC meant rethinking it for the touch metaphor. In the Touch workspace, the user interface is streamlined to expose the most used/most needed tools and controls, with larger icons that can be easily targeted with a stylus or finger on a small screen. Common key commands, such as Ctrl-Z to undo, have been accommodated in a working environment where a keyboard may not be available, or only available as a digital keyboard that requires extra actions to open/close.

The usage data has been very encouraging with around 80% of first-time users becoming active users of the new Touch workspace. The tendency has been that once you try it, you continue to use it for creation. We are seeing exponential growth in the number of users using Illustrator CC on touch-enabled devices like Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and the Touch workspace allows users to get the most out of their investment in new hardware.

An illustrated presentation of how to draw in this new Touch workspace can be found here.

Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC: Optimized for touch and pen

With enhanced pen and stylus support in the latest releases of Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, the user experience is better than ever, enabling users to create on the go, closer to their inspiration or while just kicking back on the couch at home.

The active stylus on Surface Pro 3 provides on hover functionality—a better user experience than what is possible via passive styli. Further, the very high-quality stylus allows creative professionals to draw directly on the device, with pressure sensitivity, thus freeing them from the typical, “look here, draw there” way of working.

Additionally, pen and touch can potentially eliminate the need to have your non-dominant hand on the CTRL, SHIFT, ALT, and Z keys on the keyboard as you use apps like Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC. The movements are now as natural as if you weren’t on a computer at all and were just doing brush strokes on a canvas.

More to come

The future offers very interesting possibilities for user interface innovation on touch- and stylus-enabled devices like Surface Pro 3 that are capable of running Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC. Watch these two videos to get a glimpse into what’s coming:

Adobe MAX 2014 Sneaks: Shaper Tool

The future of Adobe creative applications on Microsoft devices

Now, you can take that vacation in Paris and sit on the Left Bank of the Seine to create your masterpiece in an environment that allows your creative genius to roam freely and naturally.

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