April 17, 2012

Sneak Peek: Gradient strokes in Illustrator CS6

From the simple (e.g. adding a sheen to the edge of an iOS button) to the ambitious (check out that motorcycle!), gradients in paths can be amazingly useful:

I’ve been (im)patiently awaiting this one for years. Combining transparency with gradients, plus reshaping strokes via the Width tool (introduced in CS5) and Pencil is incredibly powerful. You can create some amazingly subtle shaded regions using just vectors.

I think gradient strokes will go a long way to democratizing the power that’s lingered in AI’s potent but often inscrutable Gradient Mesh tool, and I can’t wait to see & show more.

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April 05, 2012

Sneak peek: InDesign CS6

The new Content Collector tools make it easier to reuse content, whether you’re using it in different ways within the same layout, in multiple layouts within a document, or in more than one document. Check out the 1-minute demo:

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April 04, 2012

Sneak peek of fluid grid layouts in Dreamweaver CS6

What’s coming in Dreamweaver CS6? Check out a sneak peek of Fluid grid layouts, a tool that makes your web designs more adaptive to different screen sizes. Now designing for multiple screens is easier than ever!

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March 28, 2012

Sneak Peek: Illustrator CS6 vector pattern creation

I guess I can now reply to those asking: yes, the interface is (optionally) dark. :-)

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March 16, 2012

A sneak of Photoshop.next’s new 3D chops

It’s about usability (think “3D for the rest of us”) and performance:

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March 15, 2012

Conan’s editors have fun with Premiere Pro.next

Remember Conan O’Brien’s editors’ gag “endorsement” of the new Final Cut Pro? Turns out they’ve taken a real shine to Premiere Pro. Check out their demo of “the Freddy Mercury Playback Engine” and more:

Working on my mustache & perm,
John Adobe

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March 12, 2012

Photoshop.next to get new video chops

If we didn’t spill the beans in the first frames, I’d ask what app you thought created this clip:

So, why do work like this in Photoshop and not, say, Premiere Pro? Photoshop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes shares some thoughts here.

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February 29, 2012

Photoshop.next sneak: Iris Blur

Hardware-accelerated selective blurs with direct manipulation? Yes please.

For your convenience I’ve grouped these sneak-peek videos in a single category.

Side note–and I debate whether to mention this: there’s no real need to comment (as someone does on every sneak), “What, that’s all there is…?”–because no, that’s not all there is. A peek is, by definition, “a quick and typically furtive look.” It’s just meant to pique your interest, not to show a whole product release (or even a whole feature).

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February 22, 2012

Photoshop.next sneak: Automatic preset migration & sharing

Also, Cmd-J duplicates multiple selected layers & layer groups; woo! (“JDI,” for the uninitiated, stands for “Just Do It.”)

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February 14, 2012

Valentine’s Special: Remove Your Ex with Photoshop.next

Artificial intelligence: Good.
Your intelligence: Better.
The two together: Best.

To reduce instances of “Content-Aware Fail,” the Photoshop team has been working on ways to let you guide the Content-Aware Fill algorithm. Check out this two-minute preview:

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February 09, 2012

Photoshop.next sneak #3: Dashed & dotted lines

Note the presence of controls for “real” stroke & fill (not dependent on the modal layer style dialog) on the options bar.

[Via Rob Cantor]

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February 02, 2012

Photoshop.next: Sneak peek #2

Background save, anyone? How about massively faster Liquify?

Both of these features have been in the team’s sights for a long time, but they kept getting derailed by things like the Carbon-to-Cocoa conversion effort. Nice to have that behind us.

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February 01, 2012

A little taste of Photoshop.next

See anything you like?

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