Creative Cloud Jan 2014 release | What’s New and Changed

Last week, there was some BIG news from the Adobe world. We had a major update to Creative Cloud with several new features across our core Design tools — Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Read on for a quick introduction to the new features of this release and links to resources offering more information.

photoshop_2xPhotoshop CC


3D Printing capabilities –  The powerful and new 3D printing features in Photoshop CC let you create, refine, preview, and print your 3D designs to a 3D printer. Watch Stephen Nielson, Photoshop Product Manager, demonstrate the 3D printing features in this video.

Linked Smart Objects  Linked Smart Objects, one of the niftiest features of this release, makes it easier than ever for designers to work on collaborative projects. Using linked smart objects, you can use and share objects across multiple Photoshop documents. This feature is  extremely useful for teams to reuse assets across designs, helping you reduce file size, time, and errors.

Watch Julieanne Kost, Principal Evangelist for Photoshop and Lightroom, gives a demo of this feature. We also have a quick tutorial that lets you try out this feature.

Perspective Warp – The Perspective Warp feature lets you easily manipulate perspective distortion in parts of your image while keeping other areas of your image intact. This feature is also useful in compositing multiple objects into a single image. Andrew Trice from Adobe explains this feature in good detail in this blog post. You can also try out Perspective Warp using this tutorial.

Learn more – Besides these key features, there are a many more enhancements and new features as described in this What’s New article.

There are also several JDI (Just Do It) features that make a big difference to your productivity in using Photoshop. Read more about the JDIs in John Nack’s blog post , and also watch this very awesome Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC video by Julieanne Kost.

You can also check out all the training videos for Photoshop CC on Creative Cloud Learn.


illustrator_mnemonicIllustrator CC


The update to Illustrator CC brings powerful new tools and functionality including precise drawing and typography tools. Adobe’s Rufus Deuchler provides a quick tour of all the new features.

Live Corners – The new Live Corners feature lets you easily edit the corners of shapes and paths in your artwork. To know more about this feature, see this Help article. You can also get a hands-on experience of this feature by trying out this tutorial.

Using Typekit fonts –  When you sync Typekit fonts to your computer through the Creative Cloud application, you can view your Typekit fonts from within Illustrator CC.  The fonts that you have subscribed to on Typekit appear alongside locally installed fonts. Read more about using Typekit fonts in Illustrator CC.

Enhanced Pencil Tool The Pencil Tool offers improvements in several areas, like curve-fitting, auto-closing of paths, etc., making it more intuitive to draw in Illustrator. For detailed information on this feature, see this article.

Path Segment Reshape – The Path Segment Reshape feature lets you quickly and easily modify existing objects and change the view of perspective drawings. Try out this tutorial to use the new Pencil Tool and the Path Segment Reshape feature.

Learn more – The What’s New article for Illustrator CC provides all the details of the new and changed features in this release.

You can also check out all the training videos for Illustrator CC on Creative Cloud Learn.


indesign_mnemonicInDesign CC


EPUB enhancements – InDesign CC now supports for EPUB 3.0 specification including new ways to add interactivity to eBooks, like adding pop-up footnotes, greater control over EPUB export, and more.  For detailed information, watch this video.

Using Typekit fonts –  Like Illustrator CC, InDesign also lets you sync Typekit fonts to your computer through the Creative Cloud application.  This Help article provides you step-by-step details to use Typekit fonts in InDesign. You can also see this video to know more.

Simplified hyperlink creation – InDesign CC makes it incredibly easy to create and edit hyperlinks. In this video, Rufus Deuchler shows you how you can easily manage hyperlinks in InDesign CC.

Learn more – For a complete list of the new features in this release, see the What’s New article for InDesign CC.

You can also check out all the training videos for InDesign CC on Creative Cloud Learn.

Creative Cloud Dec 2013 update for Adobe Video apps

With Creative Cloud, it’s easy to download the latest available releases to Adobe’s CC apps. The Dec CC release provides updates to Adobe’s video apps including Premiere Pro, After Effects,  SpeedGrade, Adobe Media Encoder, and Prelude.

You can check for new updates from within an Adobe application by selecting Help > Updates.

To learn more about the updates for each of these products, see the following:

After Effects CC (12.2)

Premiere Pro CC (7.2) 

SpeedGrade CC (7.2) 

Adobe Media Encoder CC (7.2)


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:

LevelUp for Photoshop – Learn and Play

Learning can be enjoyable when there are some elements of fun and competition in it. It then sort of turns out to be like a game, where you play and you learn.

LevelUp for Photoshop is all of that – a game of mission, points, and rewards!

As you play LevelUp, you learn basic Photoshop skills while having fun all the way.


LevelUp is now available for Photoshop CC, and you can get up and playing in 4 simple steps:

  1. Join Adobe Creative Cloud and install Photoshop CC.
  2. Start Photoshop CC and open Window > Extensions > Adobe Exchange panel.
  3. Search for LevelUp and click the FREE button to install it.
  4. Restart Photoshop CC and click Window > Extensions > LevelUp for Photoshop to launch the panel.


For more information, see the LevelUp for Photoshop Getting Started page.

I’m still playing and can’t stop; it’s addictive I tell you! The badge I’m coveting: badgeOverachiever!


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Adobe Kuler gets even Kuler – New Beta update!


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.












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: 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


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.




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.


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.



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, 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.


How can you install Premiere Pro CC?

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

  1. Go to, 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: