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Adobe Kuler gets even Kuler – New Beta update!

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A new Beta version of the Kuler web app is available now. And the good news is that it includes the top three features requested by our users.

 Note: If you want a quick introduction to Adobe Kuler, you can check out my earlier post.

New features

Extract color themes from an image
The original Kuler web app included the ability to extract a theme from an image. That feature is back!

Just click the camera icon in the upper right corner of the Create page and choose a photo from your library.

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Color wheel available in two sizes
You now have the flexibility to use a large or small color wheel as required. With a click, you can make the wheel larger when you need it and smaller when you don’t.

Slimmer borders around individual colors in a theme
To enable you to see more of each color and the play and interaction between them, the borders around individual colors in a theme have been reduced.

 

Know more

To try out the new Beta features and know more, head straight to the Creative Layer blog: http://adobe.ly/16UZrbb. We’ll be waiting to hear your feedback! You can chime in with your thoughts at the Kuler forums.

Premiere Pro CC has a brand new update! | July 2013

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Close on the heels of the Premiere Pro CC release in June 2013, we have another new update in less than a month!

Premiere Pro product manager, Al Mooney, describes it best:

“One of the best things about Creative Cloud is that we’re able to develop and release features in cadence with the demands of this rapidly growing and evolving industry. The Premiere Pro CC July 2013 update, available now, is the first example of that, and we’re thrilled to be able to give you multiple new editing features so soon after the first CC release – less than a month after we shipped CC.”

Read more about the new features in this blog post.

For a detailed understanding of the new features, read through the What’s New article.

Enjoy!

 

 

SpeedGrade CC – What’s New and Changed

Continuing with the “What’s New and Changed” series, this post talks of the new features and updates in SpeedGrade CC.

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The first thing you’ll notice when you launch SpeedGrade is the redesigned user interface. The user interface provides a more familiar screen layout for Adobe Premiere Pro users. The important tools and controls that you need are available for immediate access, helping you quickly accomplish your grading tasks. Besides the change to the look-and-feel, you also have many new features. Read on to know more.

 

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Look Management Browser

The Look tab now has a Look Management Browser to effectively organize, view, or minimize the Look presets (.look files) that you save. The Look Management Browser provides three different views to display Look presets. Read more here.

Snapshot View and Snapshot Browser

The Snapshot view that lets you quickly capture and save a snapshot of your footage. You can capture still images of your grades to use as a scene reference, or to guide grading on other shots. You can view the images using the Snapshot browser. What I really love about this feature is that you use an external image as a reference to grade your footage. For example, you can  import images from other applications, such as Adobe Photoshop, and use it as reference. For more information, see Matching a Photoshop grade.

Shot Matcher

Here’s another awesome feature in the release! The new Shot Matcher automates the process of matching color between different clips. You can quickly compare multiple shots on the timeline using the Continuity Checker, and match the color grading as required. See this video to believe. And read more at Continuity Checker and Shot Matcher.

New Luma Waveform

The new Luma Waveform scope displays a representation of the luminance of your images, helping you achieve precise black-and-white balancing. SpeedGrade now groups together all the image analysis tools, and is available from a separate Analysis Tools panel.  You can view the analysis tools in a flexible layout display by using the Scopes Layout pop-up menu. For more information, see Image analysis tools.

Other changes

There are more features and updates including expanded control surface support, Mercury Transmit support, Support for nVidia SDI, and several new and changed keyboard shortcuts. To know about all this and more, read the What’s New in SpeedGrade article.

Now that you’ve read about all the great new features. Here’s a quick guide to install SpeedGrade CC.

How to install SpeedGrade CC

  1. Go to https://creative.adobe.com, and sign in with your Adobe ID. Note: If you don’t have an Adobe ID, just click the Get Started link to help you with creating an Adobe ID.
  2. Click the Download Center link on the Top bar.
  3. Click the Download button next to the SpeedGrade icon.
  4. In the SpeedGrade Download page, click Download. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

 

 

Premiere Pro CC – What’s New and Changed

 

premierepro_2xA brand new version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC is available now. And the invariable question – what’s new and changed? It’s packed with dozens of new features that will make your editing experience faster and more powerful than ever before. And what’s even better is with Adobe Premiere Pro CC part of Creative Cloud, you’ll can get access to new features the moment they’re released.  Read on to know more.

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How can you install Premiere Pro CC?

Installing Premiere Pro CC is easier and faster than ever before.

  1. Go to https://creative.adobe.com, and sign in with your Adobe ID.
    Note: If you don’t have an Adobe ID, just click the Get Started link to help you with creating an Adobe ID.
  2. Click the Download Center link on the Top bar.
  3. Click the Download button next to the Premiere Pro icon.
  4. In the Premiere Pro Download page, click Download. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

What are the new features?

There are several new features and enhancements to enrich your digital video editing experience. Read on for a quick introduction to the new features and links to resources offering more information.

User Interface improvements

Premiere Pro provides several user interface improvements that include redesigned timeline with customizable track headers, improved title and action-safe guides, switching between video and audio waveforms with one click, and HiDPI support for an enhanced viewing experience. Read more here.

Editing Finesse

The editing finesse enhancements include auto-syncing multiple camera angles, merge clips automatically using audio waveforms, source patching and track targeting, and loads more. Read this article for more information.

Sync Settings

If you use Premiere Pro on multiple machines, the Sync Settings feature makes it easy for you to keep those settings synchronized across the machines.  You can sync your general preferences, keyboard shortcuts, presets, and libraries to the Creative Cloud. For more information, see Sync Settings.

Link & Locate

Premiere Pro now lets you easily locate and relink files that you move, rename, or transcode to different formats. For more information, see Relinking offline media.

Lumetri Deep Color Engine

Premiere Pro now includes the Lumetri Deep Color Engine, letting you instantly apply SpeedGrade .look files and pre-made Lookup Tables (LUTs) to your sequences from within Premiere Pro. For more information on using the new integrated Looks browser, see Apply SpeedGrade color-correction within Premiere Pro.

Precise audio control

You have several audio enhancements that include a new Audio Clip Mixer, improved multicam editing, sync footage using audio waveforms, and lots more. See Audio Enhancements for more information.

Adobe Anywhere Integration

Adobe Anywhere lets video teams effectively collaborate and access shared media across standard networks. You can you use local or remote networks to simultaneously access, stream, and work with remotely stored media. Heavy file transfers, duplicate media, and proxy files are not required. For more information, see Adobe Anywhere integration.

Support for Mezzanine codecs, native formats

Industry-standard mezzanine codecs and native video formats, such as the following, are now available within Premiere Pro:

  • Native MXF-wrapped DNxHD
  • Apple ProRes (decode only on Windows)
  • Sony XAVC
  • Panasonic AVCi200

To learn more about Premiere Pro’s expanded format support, see this video.

Closed Captioning

Premiere Pro CC provides a full set of closed caption features. You can import closed caption files into Premiere Pro, and add them to a sequence. You can edit the closed caption text, color, background, and the timing. For more information, see Closed Captioning.

And lots more!

There are several more features including improved Mercury Playback Engine, High-fidelity interchange, new keyboard shortcuts, and lots more. For the complete list of new features for this release, read these articles:

 

Your no-fluff guide to Adobe’s audio-video apps | Creative Cloud

Some great news to start your day with — your favorite digital audio-video apps are now available through Creative Cloud!

There’s oodles of goodness packed into these apps for both amateur video enthusiasts and professionals. I can write reams about all the great new features that we have, but since we already have such wonderful resources that provide you this information, I’ll just lay down the links. Without further ado, let me jump into the details.

 

audition_2xAdobe Audition

“Record, edit, and create audio files with Adobe Audition’s comprehensive set of waveform, spectral display, and multitrack tools. This powerful sound editing program is designed to accelerate audio production workflows while maintaining the highest standards for sound quality.” 

 

What’s New and Overview: What’s new in Adobe Audition CC | Adobe Audition CC Overview (video)

Help articles and Learn Shows: Adobe Audition (help and tutorials) | Learn Audition CC video tutorials

Other Resources: Audition Help and Support page | Audition CC FAQ | Audition forums

Want to try or buy Audition CC?
Go to the Creative Cloud Download Center. Here you can download a trial version, or click the Learn More link to get more details from the product page.

 

premierepro_2xAdobe Premiere Pro

“Import and freely combine any type of video media, from video shot on a phone to raw 5K, and then edit natively without wasting time transcoding. The ultimate toolset for video professionals, Adobe Premiere Pro is a powerful, customizable, nonlinear editor that lets you edit video precisely the way you want.”

 

Getting Started: How to edit a video in Premiere Pro in less than an hour (learn-along tutorials)

What’s New and Overview: What’s new in Premiere Pro CC | Premiere Pro CC Overview (video)

Help articles and Learn Shows: Premiere Pro (help and tutorials) | Learn Premiere Pro CC video tutorials

Other Resources: Premiere Pro Help and Support page | Premiere Pro CC FAQ | Premiere Pro forums

Want to try or buy Premiere Pro CC?
Go to the Creative Cloud Download Center. Here you can download a trial version, or click the Learn More link to get more details from the product page.

 

aftereffects_2xAfter Effects

“Deliver cinematic visual effects and sophisticated motion graphics using the industry standard for animation and compositing that offers you complete creative control while delivering unparalleled performance.”

 

Getting Started: How to add effects, motion graphics in After Effects (learn-along tutorials)

What’s New and Overview: What’s new in After Effects CC | After Effects CC Overview (video)

Help articles and Learn Shows: After Effects (help and tutorials) | Learn After Effects CC video tutorials |

Other Resources: After Effects Help and Support page | After Effects CC FAQ | After Effects forums

Want to try or buy After Effects CC?
Go to the Creative Cloud Download Center. Here you can download a trial version, or click the Learn More link to get more details from the product page.

 

prelude_2xPrelude

“Tag and transcode video footage rapidly with Prelude, a video ingest and logging tool designed for intuitive, efficient metadata entry. Translates effortlessly into Adobe Premiere Pro, ensuring fluid communication and organization throughout the video production process.”

 

What’s New and Overview: What’s new in Prelude CC | Prelude CC Overview (video)

Help articles and Learn Shows: Prelude (help and tutorials) | Learn Prelude CC video tutorials

Other Resources: Prelude Help and Support page | Prelude CC FAQ | Prelude forums

Want to try or buy Prelude CC?
Go to the Creative Cloud Download Center. Here you can download a trial version, or click the Learn More link to get more details from the product page.

 

speedgrade_2xSpeedGrade

“SpeedGrade is a color grading application providing layer-based color correction and design tools to ensure that digital video projects are visually consistent and compelling. Featuring a broad palette of tools for refining and styling the look of recorded video, SpeedGrade is for editors, filmmakers, colorists, and visual effects artists who want their work to shine.”

 

What’s New and Overview: What’s new in SpeedGrade CC | SpeedGrade CC Overview (video)

Help articles and Learn Shows SpeedGrade (help and tutorials) | Learn SpeedGrade CC video tutorials

Other Resources SpeedGrade Help and Support page | SpeedGrade CC FAQSpeedGrade forums

Want to try or buy SpeedGrade CC?
Go to the Creative Cloud Download Center. Here you can download a trial version, or click the Learn More link to get more details from the product page.

 

 
 

Get started with Lightroom 5 – bring the best out of your photos!

My Twitter timeline is buzzing with news about the availability of Lightroom 5. So a blog post with all the details is in order!

What’s new in Lightroom 5?

Loads of stuff! Quoting from the product team’s blog post:

“ Lightroom 5 has all of your favorite features from Lightroom 5 beta including the Advanced Healing Brush, Upright, Radial Filter, Smart Previews, improved photo book creation, and slideshows that mix video and still images. The final version of Lightroom 5 also contains several new updates including more than 400 bug fixes, the ability to share photos using the Behance Publish Service and an expanded range on the Radial Filter’s feather slider.”

To find out more about the new features, camera support and new lens profile support, check out Lightroom Journal. Also watch this video for a quick overview.

Where can I learn more about the new features?

Two pages that you must bookmark are:

To quickly learn about some of the popular features, check out these resources:

Radial Filter: Help article | Video tutorial 

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Upright – Automatic Perspective Correction: Help article | Video tutorial  

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Advanced Healing Brush/ Enhanced Spot Removal Tool: Help article | Video tutorial

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Smart Previews: Help article | Video tutorial

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Image credits: Referenced from Lightroom Help articles on http://helpx.adobe.com


Where can I try or buy Lightroom 5?

You can try or buy Lightroom 5 on Adobe.com. Lightroom 5 is available as a standalone license and as part of Creative Cloud. It’s available as a free update to Creative Cloud members.


If I have questions about Lightroom 5, where can I ask?

The Adobe Forums are always the best place to ask all your questions. Head over to http://forums.adobe.com/community/lightroom, and join the conversation.

Adobe Kuler – capturing color inspiration!

I love colors and love to paint, so it’s no surprise that Adobe Kuler is my go-to app for color inspiration. Last week, Adobe announced the availability of the free Kuler iPhone app, and the new, revamped Kuler website. I’ve been playing around with the new website and the iPhone app, and I’m absolutely loving it!

Let’s do a quick tour of Adobe Kuler, its top features, and why I think every artist will enjoy Kuler.

What is Adobe Kuler?
kuler-mnemonicKuler is a cloud-based application for creating color themes or color palettes using an iPhone or your browser. You can search, explore, and browse thousands of color themes in the Kuler community, and be inspired to create more color themes.

Learn more at www.adobe.com/in/products/kuler.html and the Creative Cloud team blog.

The new revamped Kuler website

You can access the newly revamped Kuler website at kuler.adobe.com.

The web app  is really nifty — move the markers on the interactive color wheel to individually select colors. Or choose the colors in your theme using a color rule or preset, such as Analogous, Monochromatic. The web app can be used on the desktop or tablet using your favorite browser.

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The new Kuler iPhone app

The iPhone Kuler app lets you create a color theme from the colors around you.  Just point your iPhone’s camera to any scene, painting, or any colorful composition that you like. Your Kuler app capture’s five points of color in any scene, and generates a color theme. Kuler provides you a number of options to tweak and save the color theme. You can fine tune the color swatch by selecting a color point and adjusting its position on the image, or choose a preset.

The Kuler iPhone app is now available for free via the iTunes store.

My favorite features

  • I love the ability to use Kuler color themes directly in Adobe Illustrator CC. Cloud-enabled features like Sync Color lets you quickly incorporate the captured colors into your vector artwork.
  • Another favorite is the Community feature that lets you explore hundreds of thousands of color themes created by other users. And with Creative Cloud integrated with Behance, you can seamlessly share your work with the creative community.
  • Searching through themes is really neat. You can sort by newest or most popular, keyword, hex value, creator name, and more. Making it really easy to find the right themes.
  • Color presets is again a great feature.  The Kuler iPhone app provides you five presets such as Colorful and Muted. And in the Kuler web app, you can pick presets that follow color theory, like Analogous, Triad, Compound, and more.

For questions or feedback, please join the conversation on the Kuler forum.

Don’t miss watching the Kuler video

Seeing is believing! Watch  this video, where Terry White take you on a tour of all the great features in Kuler.


Watch and learn: Getting started with Adobe Creative Cloud

I think this is a great quote: “If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million.” In the spirit of this quote, I’m following up the “All that you wanted to know about Creative Cloud” post with a post that focuses on videos and Learn shows to help you get up and running with Adobe Creative Cloud.

What is Creative Cloud?

Learn how one simple Creative Cloud membership gives you access to all of the creative tools, powerful publishing services, 20GB of space and the ability to sync, store, and share, plus access to new features and updates as soon as they are released.

What’s New in Creative Cloud

InsideCC Learn how Creative Cloud dramatically simplifies your creative process while using your favorite Design tools, Web apps, and Video and Audio tools: http://tv.adobe.com/channel/whats-new-in-creative-cloud/

 Creative Cloud Tutorials

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View preview versions of Learn shows for all Creative Cloud apps:

http://tv.adobe.com/channel/how-to/creative-cloud-tutorials/

 

What’s coming up next?

This list is just the beginning. Keep your eyes peeled to this page to know more about the upcoming Creative Cloud videos and tutorials.

All that you wanted to know about Adobe Creative Cloud

 

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So, you heard the Big announcements at the Adobe MAX 2013 keynote (read here for a recap and highlights in case you missed it), and now you want to lay your hands on all the details about Adobe® Creative Cloud™, but don’t know where to start.

Not to worry, there’s so much of good information out there, that we’ll help you find answers to all your questions and more.

Here’s a quick guide to help you get started, and learn along the way.

 

Read through the Creative Cloud FAQs

The best starting place to answer all your questions (and more!) about Creative Cloud is the  Adobe Creative Cloud FAQs page. We have a really extensive FAQ list, and I’m pretty sure your question will be answered there.

Another informative resource questions would be Lee Brimelow’s Unofficial Creative Cloud FAQ.

Check if it’s a myth or a fact

So there are a lot of discussions about the Creative Cloud happening on all social media channels, and you can’t decipher what’s a fact, and what’s not. What better than to hear it from the official sources?

Engage with our experts

To ensure that you get direct access to someone from Adobe to answer your questions, we have a number of channels to help you:

Learn more

There are a whole bunch of resources including videos to help you learn more:

Get the new Creative Cloud experience

So now that you know where you can get all the information you need, you just have to dive into the new Creative Cloud products. Join now and be the first to get the new Creative Cloud experience. Coming in June.

Get started with Adobe Premiere Elements 11 in three easy steps!

Yes, you read right – get started with Adobe Premiere Elements in three easy steps. In this post you’ll learn how to turn your raw video clips into a polished movie that you can share with family and friends. And we’ll do all of that in an hour!

We have a clock ticking, so without wasting any time, let’s jump straight into the job. And before starting, I’m making two assumptions:

  1. You have your video clips at hand (can be stored on your camcorder, camera, memory  stick, and so on).
  2. You have Adobe Premiere Elements installed on your computer. If you don’t have it installed already, you can install a free trial version from http://www.adobe.com/go/trypremiere_elements/. If you need help with installing, see the detailed installation instructions.

Step 1: Launch the video editing workspace & import video clips

When you launch Adobe Premiere Elements, you see this Welcome screen:

On the Welcome screen, click Video Editor, and select New Project. Your video clips and all other project assets that you add, like audio files and graphics, are stored in the project.
Note: I’m not covering any details about using Elements Organizer in this post. If you wish to learn more, you can see my earlier post, where I cover details about using Organizer.

The project opens in the video editing workspace. The workspace offers two modes of editing – Quick and Expert.

In this post, we’ll focus on using the Quick mode of editing. The Quick mode of editing provides you a simplified user interface, where you can simply drag and drop special effects, trim video clips, add transitions, and create a memorable movie . To learn more about the panels, timeline, and views in the Video editing workspace, see this article.

Import video clips

You can import your videos clips into the video editing workspace in two ways:

  • By dragging and dropping your files on to the timeline, or
  • By clicking Add Media, and  selecting from your DVD, camcorder, device, and so on.

Step 2: Create your movie

Once you’ve imported your video clips, you can create an instant movie or manually put together a movie by adding your choice of visual effects and audio. I tried both, so let me explain a bit about how to go about using each of these methods.

Instant movie

If you want to spend absolutely no time on editing but want to see a well put together movie, then this is a good option for you. You can use out-of-the-box themes (comes with theme-specific audio and visuals) and let Adobe Premiere Elements intelligently put together a great looking movie for you.

It’s as simple as clicking Instant Movie in the Action Bar and selecting from the many themes that are provided. Just add a title for your movie and click Apply. You’re done.

Now sit back and let Adobe Premiere Elements take over. While you’re sipping on your coffee or getting on with your other jobs, a professional-looking movie is created right at your desktop. No prizes for guessing why I love this feature!

If you want to watch how this feature works, see this short video.

Manual editing – trim video clips, add special effects, and audio enhancements

You can add the “wow” factor to your movies by adding some good special effects and well-timed audio. And here’s how you can go about this activity.

Visual enhancements

Trim video clips - One of the most common and important tasks that you would  need to do while editing your video clips is trimming out least interesting or low quality footage. You can do this manually by setting in and out points for your clips. Or you can use the Smart Trim feature and allow Adobe Premiere Elements to do the job for you. Just select Tools and then Smart Trim from the Action Bar. Watch this video to learn more about how to effectively trim your video clips.

Add special effects – To add special effects of your choice, click Effects in the Action Bar and drag-and-drop the selected effect over the clip. Your clip automatically takes on that effect. For example, I applied the Old Film effect, which gave a yesteryear’s feel to my video clip instantly. See this article for more information.

Add transitions – When you’re using two or more video clips to create a movie, adding the right transitions are so important in providing a graceful transition from one clip to another without any abrupt pauses. Just click Transitions in the Action Bar and drag-and-drop the selected transition. See this article for more information.

 Audio enhancements

Adding audio enhancements to your movie is really a personal choice. A lot of you may prefer to use the audio that you recorded while shooting the video. I just feel that you can make your movie more appealing by adding complementary audio. And it’s so easy to add some good music or a narration, that it’s an option worth exploring.

Add music - Adding music to your video is as simple as selecting Music in the Action Bar and dragging and dropping the music track that you like. If you want to do more advanced audio mixing, you can do so in the Expert editing mode. For more information, see this article.

Add narrations - You can also provide a nice personal touch to your movie by adding a chatty narration. You can record and add a narration to your clip by clicking Tools and selecting Narration from the Action Bar. Then, just press Record and talk away! For more information, see this article.

Step 3: Publish or share your movie

Once you’re done with editing your video, you can publish or share your movie in a few clicks. You can publish your movie to a disc, a web DVD, a device or share it to a video-viewing website like YouTube.

Click Publish+Share in the editing workspace, and select the required publishing or sharing option. For detailed information on using the various publishing options, check out these articles.

More…

Now that we are done with the essential tasks in creating a movie, you can try using the Expert mode to explore advanced editing options. And to help you with that, we’ve got a bunch of helpful resources:

Getting started tutorials
Advanced Help & tutorials
Video tutorials

And not to forget, we have a great community out there to help you with any questions that you may run into in the course of learning and using Adobe Premiere Elements. Just head over to the Adobe Premiere Elements forums, and join the conversation.