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Creative Spotlight: Matt Maughan on Adobe Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your favorite Adobe Ideas v2.5 features?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photographer Chris Nitz Dishes on Adobe Photoshop Touch

Have you heard the great news yet? An update for Adobe Photoshop Touch is now available with many new features to take your creative process to the next level! The update includes pressure-sensitive stylus support, 7-inch device support, plus more. Check out the Photoshop.com Blog for more details.

One individual that has unleashed his creativity with Photoshop Touch is photographer Chris Nitz (@Chris_Nitz). We sat down with Chris to get his thoughts on Photoshop Touch, discuss one of his most cherished creations, and uncover some great pointers for you. Check out our full Q&A below!

Adobe: What are your favorite features in Adobe Photoshop Touch?

Chris: Photoshop Touch contains a good amount of features, but the Adjustments panel combined with layers is by far what I use the most. As I am a black and white photography fan, being able to quickly convert an image to monochrome, add in some curves and levels adjustment, apply some sharpening and then upload when done, makes for one insanely quick workflow. Even better, this all happens right in the palm of my hand!

What Adobe Photoshop Touch project are you most proud of and why?

As of this moment, I have to say that the image of the Camaro is the project I am most proud of. This was a seven-layer image consisting of curves, black and white treatment, lens flare, sharpening, and various other tweaks made along the way. I absolutely love how this turned out and how well Photoshop Touch handled all the touches I applied. It was not until I looked at it on my computer that I realized just how much I have grown to love this app.

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Creative Spotlight: Isaiah Bela on Adobe Touch Apps

Depending on his mood and where inspiration may strike him, you might find Adobe Touch Apps user Isaiah Bela (@BelaTheBoy) creating in the bedroom, a park or in the back seat of a car. We connected with this Los Angeles-based creative after coming across his “Fluttershy” project, which he shared with the Adobe Ideas Facebook Fan Page. Impressed with his work, we reached out to find out more about his work and creative process.

Being the vector-art fanatic that he is, Isaiah discussed the simplicity of creating on-the-go with Adobe Ideas and further refining his work in Illustrator CS6 through the use of the Creative Cloud. Additionally, he provided us with useful tips for all Touch Apps users, from newbie to veteran, and much more! Check out the full Q&A below, the photo album of his creations we’ve included directly below and his work displayed on our Touch Apps Twitter and Facebook channels. You can also see more of his creations on Deviantart.

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Chana Messer Photowalk

Walk, shoot, create. The three components required to execute a proper photowalk.

Recently, Adobe Touch user Chana Messer (@Chanam), and the Las Vegas Adobe User Group embarked on a “Neon Photowalk.” The goal: to stroll through downtown Las Vegas, snap creative photos and create great compositions. While attendees used a wide variety of tools such as DSLR cameras and smartphones to capture inspirational content, Chana’s “weapon of choice” was her iPad, loaded with Photoshop Touch.

Utilizing Ps Touch, Chana was able to capture and create on-the-go effortlessly. “I wanted to capture the immediate value of colors and turn them into a composition. I had my iPad with me, and while we were walking, I was able to upload [photos] to Adobe Creative Cloud, and then alter the images with Ps Touch to create interesting creations,” said Chana.

After the walk concluded, attendees uploaded their images to the Las Vegas Adobe User Group Facebook Page. Chana was kind enough to provide us with not only her own creations, which we’ve compiled into an album found below, but also to share some of her go-to features/tools and tips for new users.

Adobe: What are some of your favorite features in Ps Touch?

Chana: I love the Scratches, Color Drops, Pencil and Graphic Pen Artistic Effects. Usually, I apply these effects on a new layer and then blend in to the original to achieve my desired effect. Also, I like using the Lasso Tool to create simple selections. Additionally, I use the Magic Wand Tool and the Feathering Effect to select certain portions of images with high contrasts.

Have any tips/suggestions for creative individuals thinking about getting Ps Touch?

This app comes with tutorials – listen and try to follow. Try to work on one tool. Also, don’t forget to have fun!

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Want to participate in your very own Adobe Touch photowalk? Gather some friends, your Touch Apps-enabled tablet and get out there to create! Be sure to share your creations for a chance to have your work featured here, as well as the Adobe Touch Apps Facebook and Twitter channels.

 

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