You’ve hit a brick wall. It’s difficult to concentrate. Social media sites and emails are suddenly demanding your attention. The ideas just aren’t coming today. Has this happened to you?
It’s difficult to get into the creative process when you can’t focus and feel surrounded by distractions. Luckily, Behance’s 99u blog broke down seven ways to boost your creativity to help you get in the zone.
Here’s a few of our favorites:
Separate work from consumption
Instead of gathering information while completing a project, keep these tasks separate to focus on the creative process in its own step. Absorb all of the information first, and then create.
Putting limits on a project can prove to be beneficial to your creativity. Instead of attacking a task like you normally would, consider adding a time limit or size limit to encourage you think about it in a different way.
Influencing your mood in a positive way can actually have an impact on your ability to think outside of the box. Quick exercise or recalling good memories might help you find your positive place.
Be sure to check out the full list at 99u.
What quick tips do you use to boost your creativity?
Imagine a design studio. You’ll most likely default to thinking of a cool, hip office filled with tons of creative individuals. Now take that concept and turn it on its head. What do you end up with? The design studio that re-imagined our Creative Cloud logo, Vasava Studios.
Far from a traditional design studio, Vasava does not specialize in anything. In fact, they like to experiment. Each member has the taste for the unexpected and selects projects that may test their creative abilities. Enric Godes states it best when he says, “It’s not a money driving company, but a company driven by passion.” Top that off with a balance between old school and new school styles of design coming together (there is a father/son duo working at Vasava) and you have one of the most unique studios ever.
Bruno Sellés, a partner at Vasava Studios, believes inspiration happens outside of the office. Once he hits the streets of Barcelona, inspiration strikes and his creative process takes off. Creative Cloud plays a huge roll here, because it gives everyone the ability to create wherever. Having the ability to begin a project on Adobe Ideas while commuting to work, uploading it to the cloud and then further refining and finalizing in Illustrator in the studio really opened Bruno’s eyes to how Creative Cloud has taken creativity to a whole new level.
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Richard Jobson uses all Adobe Pipeline on Wayland’s Song
We really pushed the boundaries of what you can do with the Creative Cloud software. For me, it’s almost like being in a punk band again with Adobe: SpeedGrade and After Effects are my drummer and my bass player and Premiere Pro is my guitarist, who’s been getting much better. I have my band, and now I can tell my stories.
- Richard Jobson
Leveraging the complete Adobe Creative Cloud toolset, Wayland’s Song, which premiered at Cannes on May 25, 2013, was written and directed by Richard Jobson. A former movie critic and television host, Jobson started his career as the charismatic front man for 1970’s punk band, The Skids. After working in broadcast, he began screenwriting in 2000 and was soon directing short films and game cinematics. Early writing and directing highlights included Heartlands, and 16 Years or Alcohol.
As an independent filmmaker Jobson brings a practical, can-do attitude to his work, producing movies that are technically innovative and pioneering in terms of subject matter; such as his visually powerful 2009 human trafficking short, The Journey.
Filmmaker Richard Jobson speaks about Waylands Song at Adobe&Filmmakers event.
Already familiar with Photoshop and After Effects, Jobson started editing with Adobe Premiere Pro in 2011 to conform and finish The Somnambulists – an arresting portrayal of fallen service personnel, recounting their experiences in Iraq, from beyond the grave.
“Premiere Pro allowed me to go back to the original, native rushes that I shot in camera, without changing or degrading the image,” said Jobson. No other software allowed me to do that. With Premiere Pro’s dynamic link to After Effects, completing the film in Adobe software was a no-brainer for me.”
For his latest feature film, Wayland’s Song, Richard Jobson moved to an all Adobe workflow: Starting with Adobe Story Plus, which he used for script editing, preproduction planning, and to generate detailed production schedules, all the material was moved smoothly through Adobe Prelude, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Adobe Audition, and finally SpeedGrade for finishing.
Creating Wayland’s Song
Inspired by a Nordic myth, Wayland’s Song tells the story of a British soldier returning from Afghanistan. While the world he left behind him seemed dark and medieval, the world he returns to appears little better. He discovers that his daughter has disappeared and the film follows his search for her, a journey through friendship, tragedy and ultimately revenge.
“I have always loved a kind of graphic sensibility in my stories,” reflected Jobson. “The Wayland character has almost been lifted from a graphic novel. I love that type of thing. In all of my films I use the camera and lighting to create this quality.”
Wayland’s Song was beautifully shot on the Canon C300 by Director of Photography Andrei Austin. Offload, back-up and ingest was done with Adobe Prelude, which the production team used for shot-logging, adding metadata for use in postproduction, and pre-editing.
Adobe Prelude was used for camera file ingest and shot logging on Wayland’s Song.
Visual effects and graphics were created entirely in Photoshop and After Effects, including a series of colorful, experimental sequences portraying the main character’s collapse into a seizure. “I suffer from epilepsy myself, and I wanted to visualize that overwhelming sensory experience, where mind and body are flooded with light and you enter a world of hyper reality,” said Jobson.
The film was edited by Steven Sander in Adobe Premiere Pro. Moving to a native workflow allowed for a much faster pipeline that required no transcoding or rewrapping of files. XDCAM, Apple ProRes and H.264 codecs were all mixed on the same timeline in a smooth, seamless process. The combination of HP hardware, an Nvidia Quadro 5000 graphics card and the Mercury Playback Engine in Premiere Pro eliminated rendering from the editing process and allowed instant feedback when working with complex visual effects.
“I was instantly impressed by the speed and responsiveness of Premiere Pro,” said Sander. “It seemed to handle everything we threw at it and it was great to be able to switch between Mac and Windows hardware, as needed, without converting sequences or media.”
Audio clean-up and mixing was done in Adobe Audition by musician and composer Keith Atack, who previously worked with Jobson on Heartlands and 16 Years of Alcohol. “This was a really fun and challenging project. A number of the team have a background in video game production and we tried to bring some of that dynamic to both the visuals and the sound design,” said Atack. “Audition lets me to work quickly and intuitively, allowing me as a sound designer to stay in the creative moment and get instant feedback. That was really useful for the more experimental sections of the film.”
Audio editing for Wayland’s Song was done in Adobe Audition.
Grading and finishing were completed in SpeedGrade by colorist Dado Valentic at his MyTherapy facility in central London. Valentic has been a longtime SpeedGrade user.
“We actually developed the looks for the project in SpeedGrade before we started production,” explained Jobson. “This allowed us to view our shots as they came in with the creative looks applied. It was really helpful – just one of the ways that these tools allowed us to work faster and more efficiently.”
Colorist Dado Valentic talks about his work with SpeedGrade on Wayland’s Song.
“Richard gave me a lot of creative freedom on this project,” said Valentic, “so I could really put SpeedGrade through its paces. I applied technical looks, which I created to adjust the camera color spaces, along with the creative looks Richard used during production. With SpeedGrade, all of these color adjustments are layered so it’s easy to combine all of them for a final result that is both color corrected and stylized with the artistic look of the film.”
Filmmaking with Adobe Creative Cloud
Jobson joined Creative Cloud in 2012, soon after it became available, and couldn’t be happier with the service and the tools. “Adobe Story Plus gives me a great place to start my projects, and with the whole package I have all the tools for production right through to finishing. This software gives me the freedom to make films the way I want to make them.”
Wayland’s Song premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival on May 18 and will see theatrical distribution in the UK and Europe in September 2013.
Join Richard Jobson for an Ask a Video Pro online seminar at 10 am PST on June 13, 2013. Signup is free http://adobe.ly/p6ZMbd
As anyone who uses the Community Forums knows, Help is a Conversation. But where did the now-familiar slogan come from? Over the past two years, registered users have grown from 769,000 to 1.7 million, with an average of 20 million page views a month.* With the influx of new users, we saw the need to create a program that could provide help to the newcomers in a timely and efficient manner. Our idea? Create an MVP program to recognize and credential our valuable expert users and moderators.
The Adobe community Most Valuable Participant (MVP) program has changed the forum community dramatically by enhancing the learning experience. The MVPs are a group of highly active participants marked with a special orange MVP badge. They are present in almost every forum and are experts in their respective fields. If a customer has a question in the Photoshop forum for example, often times, our Photoshop MVPs will have the answer. Our community now has over 200 MVPs engaging with customers on a daily basis. These MVPs, combined with the 1,000+ Adobe employees participating on the forums, have created a network of resources for our customers.
Serena Fox, who led the MVP project in 2012, said “one of the main forum initiatives we took on was to build an MVP community of engaged, informed, experts from both within Adobe and from our customers. The goal was to increase by 20% both internal and external expert participation. We more than tripled internal experts and doubled external experts.”
From a business standpoint, the MVP program has been positively received. Ben Rasmussen, Senior Director of Customer Advocacy & Digital Media Customer Care, expresses his appreciation: “Adobe’s community professionals are critical to our success, and that of their fellow customers and community members. Through the contributions of our MVP’s in particular, we’re able to facilitate rich, engaging conversations in Adobe’s forums where our customers have the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge by learning from the best. We genuinely believe that our Community Help and Learning programs are a crucial part of our customer engagement strategies, and I can personally see the tremendous value the MVP’s bring to those conversations through their shared insights and expertise”
How has this program changed and improved the community in the forums? John Cornicello, the Community Program Manager, has seen the changes firsthand. “The Adobe MVPs are the heart of the Adobe Community Forums. They are the expert users who live and breathe the applications they support in the Forums. They usually know of issues and fixes/workarounds first, and are the first to jump in to help both new and experienced users. A number of our MVPs have been involved in the forums for up to 20 years, maybe more. The forums wouldn’t be here without them.”
Thank you Adobe MVPs for your hard work and dedication.
*1.7 millon users are registered. 205,000 of those users have posted content. In other words, 205,000customers and 1200 Adobe employees & MVPs are having a conversation which is being viewed by 1.7 million customers
There are so many exciting things happening at this year’s HOW Design Live conference including a closing keynote from our very own Scott Belsky, as well as sessions led by Adobe evangelists. What’s more, we’re hosting a Tweetway in conjunction with the event and we’re giving away some sweet prizes.
Want to be a part of it? Here’s how to enter:
Between June 10 and June 25, send a Tweet with the hashtag #AdobeHOW and share your Adobe Ideas drawing, Adobe Kuler theme, or a link to a project in your Behance portfolio for a chance to win a Creative Cloud membership. We’re giving away one 5-year membership and ten (that’s right, 10!) 3-month memberships. Don’t miss out on a chance to win.
We’ll select winners at random, from all submissions, on June 25; winners will be notified on June 26 via Twitter. For full details, check out our HOW Tweetaway Sweepstakes Official Rules.
This is your chance to show off your work AND possibly win some great prizes. Be sure to follow Creative Cloud on Twitter. Also, if you’re at the conference, be sure to stop by the Adobe booth to say hello, get answers to your questions, and learn the latest about your favorite tools.
UPDATE (as of 2:30 PM PT): The results are in! Congratulations to our grand prize winner Eric Higgins (@iamEricHiggins) who will receive a 5-year membership to Creative Cloud. But there’s more…The following folks each receive a 3-month Creative Cloud membership.
- Christopher Creese @CreeseWorks
- Matt Marriott @m_marriott
- Crescent Vale @CrescentVale
- Brent @MacTattooed
- Carrie Cousins @carriecousins
- The Stickman @StickmanArt
- Jessica Orion @ArtePerMe
- Michael Banks @4MikeBanks
- Matt McRae @mattmcrae
- Leo Rabelo @leorabelo
Thanks for participating everyone and happy creating!
Get ready – the next generation of video production software is almost here. Later this month all you video pros will be able to get your hands on Premiere Pro CC. But why wait until then to learn the ins and outs? The Beat blog (@premiumbeat) shares tips that will save you time and get you up to speed quickly with the changes and new features in Premiere Pro CC.
Note: the tips and images below were taken directly from The Beat blog.
Premiere Pro CC adds the new Assembly Workspace. This is a workspace layout that has a large Project area with the Program & Source Monitors sharing space. This is a handy workspace if you like to use Premiere Pro’s Hover Scrub, then set In & Out and use shortcuts to quickly Insert or Overwrite edit.
As the name suggests, this workspace is designed for quickly creating a rough cut in Premiere Pro.
In Premiere Pro CC you can mix different media, frame rate and sample rates. You have the new option of “sync to audio” which is handy if you have audio from a separate audio recorder that you want to sync to video clips.
Add Edit & Duplicate Frames
You can access settings for “Show Through Edits” & “Show Duplicate Frame Markers” from the Timeline Display Settings in the Sequence.
Now you can choose to see through edits and duplicate frames when you have used part of a clip
Write Keyframes in Audio Clip Mixer
Premiere Pro CC adds a Clip Audio Mixer to make working with clip audio easier. They also add the ability to record audio keyframes by selecting the “write keyframes” button. Click the button and then move the Fader to record keyframes while the clip is playing. There is a Preference for thinning out keyframes so you can then modify them as needed.
We’ve just outlined a few tips here. Be sure to visit the blog post and study up on the other six tips provided. Also, don’t forget to check out the Premiere Pro CC dedicated video playlist we put together on Adobe TV. As always, be sure to follow Creative Cloud on Facebook and Twitter.
At this year’s Adobe MAX conference, Academy award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Legato excited the audience by sharing a glimpse behind the scenes of work he’s done on major blockbuster films such as Apollo 13, Titanic, Aviator and Hugo. He reveals his secrets behind visual effects, his inspirations, and creative process.
Known for creating visual effects so good the audience doesn’t realize that they are effects, Legato aims to transport the movie-goer into another time and place. His ideation process is surprisingly simple, as he looks to the past for inspiration. His talent, coupled with the use of creative tools for video professionals from Adobe, help Legato execute beautiful and memorable scenes in modern-day film.
For more, you can view his entire talk on Adobe TV or below:
We’ll be focusing on all-things video production for the remainder of this week. Be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter for more inspirational stories, creative work and product news and tutorials.
Retired from blogging for the past six months, Jody Rodgers, Senior Product Manager for Adobe Creative Cloud is back to address common misconceptions and concerns that IT professionals have about the Creative Cloud. His latest blog post is dedicated to the person managing creative tools across an SMB or large organization. Whether you’re an IT manager, IT director or creative director that sometimes doubles as the IT admin, Jody is speaking to you.
You can read his full post on his blog. Here’s a recap of the top misconceptions and concerns that Jody covers:
1) Creative Cloud is virtualized or streamed
False. Creative Cloud is a new method of distributing our creative desktop applications but they are still applications that are installed and run the old school way. That said, the Creative Cloud at present remains a way to download the software from the Cloud, not run the applications in a browser or thin client.
2) Creative Cloud can’t be deployed
Wrong. The IT admin panel and the new Creative Cloud Packager 1.0 make deployment of Creative Cloud applications easy. A 1.1 version of the Creative Cloud Packager is due shortly after the new set of Creative Cloud applications are released next month, which will work for both Creative Cloud for teams and for Creative Cloud for enterprise.
3) Organizations can’t control the frequent updates
Not true. Not only will your creatives have the latest tools as soon as they’re available, but IT admins still have as much control over updates as they did before. The updates are available via the Creative Cloud Packager and can be packaged at the IT admin’s discretion.
4) Adobe IDs aren’t for my team or organization
That’s OK. We realize using Adobe IDs might be more complicated for larger enterprise organizations. If you purchase Creative Cloud for enterprise then the IT admin has the same flexibly to package and deploy the creative desktop applications without use of Adobe IDs by using a contract-defined expiring serial number.
5) Cloud storage isn’t for us, so neither is Creative Cloud
We hear you. There are always concerns from IT about files stored in the cloud and rightfully so. Restricting storage access is certainly an option for the Creative Cloud for enterprise. High levels of control for IT are at the heart of Jody’s personal vision of the Creative Cloud for enterprise.
Visit here for information on Creative Cloud for teams and enterprise. You can also request a consultation here or leave us a comment below and an Adobe representative will get back to you. Remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more news and updates.
As we take some time to focus on video production, we wanted to spotlight individuals who are masters of all things animation, our Creative Cloud logo redesign artists Dvein.
Based out of Barcelona, Dvein is not your run of the mill production and design firm. They are a collective of three directors who love animation, design, and all things creative. Fernando Dominquez, Creative Director for Dvein, defined it best when he said, “It’s a factory of all the things that you can imagine.”
Creative Cloud assists the creative minds at Dvein in each and every step in their creative process. Beginning with initial sketches, they utilize Photoshop to take their ideas to a whole new level. Then, they use the power of Premier Pro or After Effects when they are ready to turn creations into animations.
The icing on the cake; Behance integration in Creative Cloud enables Dvein to better expose themselves to the design community and connect with international clients.
Dvein:The Vein ‘Magma’
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