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Brand new Creative Cloud release for Video apps!

The October 2013 release of Creative Cloud includes more than 150+ new features in Premiere Pro, After Effects, SpeedGrade, Prelude, and Adobe Media Encoder.

We’ve created a a bunch of handy What’s New articles that provide complete details of all the new features with links to video tutorials.

Bookmark these links:

 Also check out the product blogs for more information, fixed bugs, and known issues in this release:

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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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

 
 

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.

Get, Set, Go with Photoshop Elements 11

Are you brand new to Photoshop Elements 11, and don’t know where to start? Are you a casual photographer looking to add pro-quality effects to your photos? Do you want to create and share stunning pictures that are worth a thousand likes?  If you answered “yes” to even one of those questions, then this post is just for you.

In this post, we’ll learn how to get started with using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11, how to use it with Elements Organizer, and how to create stunning photographs almost effortlessly.

Installing Photoshop Elements

To begin with, let’s talk a bit about installing Photoshop Elements – see this step-by-step guide to help you with the installation process. If you run into any issues, or you’re looking for assistance, you can reach out for help on the Photoshop Elements forums.

When you install Photoshop Elements, Elements Organizer is installed by default. On launching Photoshop Elements 11, you see a screen like this:

 

Click Organizer to  import, find, and organize your media (photos and videos) or click Photo Editor to edit your photos.

Using the Organizer

The Organizer workspace provides a new, simple, and clean interface. You can easily import photos, add folders, and share them in a few clicks.

Easy importing of photos

The Import options are now easier to discover. You can import your media (photos and videos) directly from your camera or card reader, scanner, files and folders, or from Adobe Revel.

While importing your photos, you can let Photoshop Elements automatically suggest photo stacks. Stacks of visually similar photos are then intelligently created. I find this feature especially useful when you capture photos in the burst-mode setting on your camera, and want to eliminate duplicate photos.

Simplified sorting and viewing of photos
Photoshop Elements provides you four very intuitive ways of sorting and viewing your media:

Media The Media tab groups files based on whether they are photos, videos, audio files, PDFs, and so on.

Places The Places tab displays photos on a map based on where they were taken. Integration with Google maps lets you tag photos with places where the photos were taken. For more information, see this article.

People The People tab groups photos based on who’s featuring in them using facial recognition. This is one of my favorite features – Once you’ve identified the face of a person in a photo, and if you have Facebook connected to your Photoshop Elements, you can add the Facebook name of the person. A photo stack is then created for the identified person. See this article for a detailed explanation.

Events The Events tab lets you view photos based on events. For example, you can create a stack of photos taken at a vacation, or a party, or any other event. For more information, see this article.

The powerful search capabilities in Elements Organizer lets you quickly search for photos or videos based on keywords, people, places, and events. For a better understanding of the ways of sorting and viewing your photos, watch this video.

Sharing photos on the Web

You can post your photos to Facebook, share them via email, or share them in other interactive ways from the Organizer. For an overview of the different ways you can share your photos, see this video. We also have some helpful tutorials to help you learn more.

Using the Photo Editor

There’s lots to talk about here, but I’ll focus only on the three main modes of editing, and point you to good resources from where you can learn and understand more. Before getting into the details, you can check out this video for a quick overview of all the features in Photoshop Elements 11.

Editing photos

 To open Photo Editor from the Organizer workspace, you simply click the Editor button on the Elements Organizer taskbar.

The revamped UI is noticeably clean, simple, and intuitive.

The interface is very easy to navigate and has three basic modes of editing:

Quick If you are new to image editing and want to make just basic edits, without being overwhelmed by the several editing options, use the Quick editing mode. This mode is best suited for fixing the sharpness, exposure, colors, and so on.

Guided If you’d like to explore more complex image editing and want some guidance with using it, use the Guided editing mode. The Guided editing mode provides you step-by-step assistance in creating the perfect portrait, adding depth of field, and such. Check out this article for more information.

Expert Use the Expert editing mode if you are well versed with image editing, and want to jump straight into using all the available editing tools.

To learn more about editing your photos, check out some helpful articles at this page.

Want to learn more?

The Photoshop Elements Getting Started page is a great place to start with. Here, you’ll find a good collection of articles and tutorials to get you started with Photoshop Elements.

You should also check out the Learn Photoshop Elements 11 channel on Adobe TV for a good collection of video tutorials selected by experts at Adobe.

I’d also recommend that you visit the Photoshop Elements blog that has good nuggets of information to help you be more effective in using Photoshop Elements.

Introducing Project “Monocle”

Project “Monocle” is a new memory profiling tool from Adobe to profile ActionScript applications (Flash Player on the desktop) and mobile applications (that run on Adobe AIR). 

Monocle uses the Telemetry feature to help you profile your Flash content. Telemetry works inside the internals of the Flash runtime, beyond the ActionScript level, and sends data to Monocle. Monocle then parses the data and displays it clearly and concisely.

Monocle is based on the Telemetry feature, which runs on the release version of Flash Player. So, you do not need the debugger version of Flash Player to use Monocle. You can, therefore, profile your content even in a release version of the build, making this especially helpful in tracking down a memory leak or fine-tuning the performance of a released application.

 To see Monocle in action, watch this video by Adobe’s Thibault Imbert: http://vimeo.com/46917940#

Configuring Project “Monocle” with Flash Builder 4.7 (Beta)

 You can configure Project “Monocle” with Flash Builder 4.7 to profile your ActionScript applications. To get started, you need the following: 

  • Flash Player 11.3 or a higher version (stand-alone or plug-in) and Adobe AIR 3.3 or a higher version
  • Flash Builder 4.7 Beta (available on Adobe Labs)
  • Project “Monocle” (available on the Monocle Prerelease Program; you need to sign up to get access to the prerelease program)

 To learn more about configuring Monocle with Flash Builder, see Using Project “Monocle” with Flash Builder.

A beginner’s guide to Adobe Edge Tools & Services

If you, like me, have been keenly following the Create the Web Tour, you’d know all about Adobe Edge Tools & Services. But if you are one of those who heard the buzz about the Create the Web events, but missed out on the details. Despair not! Here’s a quick introduction to Adobe Edge Tools & Services to help you get started. Read on.

Introducing Adobe Edge Tools & Services

Adobe Edge Tools & Services are designed to help web designers and developers create beautiful websites, digital content, and mobile apps using the latest web technologies, including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.

Adobe Edge Tools & Services include Edge Animate, Edge Reflow (sneak peek), Edge Code, Edge Inspect (formerly codenamed Adobe Shadow), Edge Web Fonts, Typekit, and PhoneGap Build. The Adobe Edge Tools and Services are available with a free or paid Creative Cloud membership. For more information, see http://adobe.ly/VxX0aN.

As you read on, you’ll know more about each product in the Edge family. But before that, watch the video recording of the Create The Web San Francisco Keynote (September 24th, 2012).

Getting to know the Adobe Edge family

 Now, let’s understand a bit more about each product in the Edge family, and who’s best suited to use these products.

Adobe Edge Animate 

Edge Animate is a new motion and interaction tool to create animated, interactive content using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Edge Animate is best suited for web designers, web developers, and interactive designers who want to enrich their web content with motion and interactivity.

 Watch this video from the Create the Web Keynote in San Francisco, where Adobe’s Danny Winokur and Paul Trani introduce Adobe Edge Animate.

You can get started with Edge Animate by going to http://html.adobe.com/edge/animate/.

Adobe Edge Inspect

Edge Inspect (formerly codenamed “Shadow”) is an application that lets you preview and inspect web designs on multiple devices. With Edge Inspect, you can easily pair multiple smartphones and tablets with your computer and preview and inspect websites for different form-factors in real time. Edge Inspect is ideal for web developers and designers who are working on mobile projects.

To watch Edge Inspect in action, see this video. You can download and get started with Edge Inspect at http://html.adobe.com/edge/inspect/.

 Adobe Edge Code (Preview) 

Edge Code (Preview) is a code editor for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Edge Code is helpful for web designers and developers who write HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.  You can watch this video to know more.

To get started with Edge Code (preview), visit http://html.adobe.com/edge/code/.

Adobe Edge Reflow (Sneak)

Edge Reflow is a new tool, with an HTML-based design interface, for creating responsive web designs using CSS. Edge Reflow is ideal for web designers and developers who want to create responsive layouts, images, and CSS visuals targeting modern browsers and mobile devices. You can watch a sneak peek of Adobe Reflow  in this video.

 To be notified when Edge Reflow becomes available, keep an eye on http://html.adobe.com/edge/reflow/.

 Adobe Edge Web Fonts and Adobe Typekit 

Edge Web Fonts is a new free web font service that gives you access to a vast web font library made possible by contributions from Adobe, Google, and designers around the world. To learn more, read this blog post, and to get started go to http://html.adobe.com/edge/webfonts/.

Adobe Typekit plans to provide access to hundreds of commercial and premium web fonts.  You can get started by checking out http://html.adobe.com/edge/typekit/.

Also, don’t miss watching this video, from Create the Web Keynote in San Francisco, for an overview of Adobe Typekit, and an announcement of new open source fonts from Adobe and the Adobe Edge Web Fonts.

Adobe PhoneGap Build

Adobe PhoneGap Build is a cloud-­based service built on top of the PhoneGap framework. Here’s a helpful list of FAQs that can provide you more information: https://build.phonegap.com/faq.

To get started with Adobe PhoneGap Build, go to http://html.adobe.com/edge/phonegap-build/.

Join the conversation

So, that was a quick introduction to the products in the Adobe Edge family. But, there’s lots more happening that you should not miss out on (it’s never too late!) —  do join the conversation on Twitter (@createtheweb), just remember to use the hashtag #CreateTheWeb.