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Inspired by Amsterdam

#TeamAdobe gets inspired at IBC

#TeamAdobe has arrived in Amsterdam for the 2015 IBC Show, and we are feeling inspired! Earlier this week, we revealed what’s coming next to our video and audio tools. Today, we’re hitting the city in anticipation of the conference and using Adobe’s capture apps to create a collection of Amsterdam-inspired production-ready assets for video, photo, and design work. We’re making this library available to you as a free download so you can join us in Amsterdam, no matter where you are in the world.

Adobe’s capture apps – Adobe Hue CC, Shape CC, Color CC, and Brush CC – allow you to capture inspiring palettes, moods, shapes, and textures and convert them into creative assets as easily as snapping a picture. These apps are powered by CreativeSync, and automatically populate your Creative Cloud libraries, making them instantly available in apps like Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator and more, without the hassle of having to move files around or keep track of the latest versions.

We’ll be highlighting one asset to our Inspired by Amsterdam library per day, and adding more unique Looks, brushes, color themes, and shapes throughout IBC. Be sure to check back to see what inspirations we’ve collected and learn how you can bring a bit of Amsterdam into your next creative project!

Follow this link to add the Inspired by Amsterdam library to your Creative Cloud account and get all of the assets for free:



Kanaal (Canal)

First up: what could be more iconic of Amsterdam than the canals?

What it is: A custom Look for video projects

What inspired us: This photo was snapped by #TeamAdobe’s Michael Lewis. It’s early Autumn during the IBC Show, and while the trees lining the canal are still lush and green, the light has shifted to the warm, low light of Fall. The water is a beautiful blue-green, reflecting the trees and sky. There’s also a pop of contrast with the red-orange tones from the row houses.

We wanted to capture the colors and mood of this beautiful Fall day on the canal, and by creating a Look from this image, we’re able to translate the color and light information from this iconic scene into hue and saturation adjustments that we can apply to other video projects.

What it looks like: We auditioned this Look on a still to see what it would do. On the left, check out the original image. On the right, the same clip with the Kanaal Look applied. We selected one of the greens for the midtone shift, but because there are warm tones, blues, and reds in our target image, those are getting a saturation boost from the colors of the canal.


How to use it: Enhance your video footage instantly! In Premiere Pro and After Effects, load the libraries panel (Window > Library) then just drag & drop the Look onto a clip in your timeline or composition.

In Premiere Clip, tap the Magic Wand to add finishing touches, then tap “Look” and navigate over to the My Library tab. Just tap on a Look to apply it to your sequence!

Read up on the mobile & desktop workflows or watch a tutorial here.

You can also use custom Looks from Adobe Hue as an entry point to our new color workflows in Premiere Pro, and continue your creative work seamlessly in After Effects. Take a closer look at the Lumetri Color Panel to get started.

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Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market)

A stroll through the Bloemenmarkt, a floating flower market founded in 1862, yields a kaleidoscope of color and texture.

What it is: A unique brush for use in Adobe Photoshop Sketch

What inspired us: Holland is famous for tulips, but it was this bouquet of dahlias that really stood out to #TeamAdobe’s Nakiesha Koss, with its colors and interesting textures from the petals. (In fact, we loved the colors so much that we also made a color theme from the same image.)

What it looks like: We cropped the image to focus in on the interplay between the fuchsia and white petals, with a splash of electric pink, to create our brush. We chose a mirror repeat to create a really psychedelic pattern and abstract the petals just enough to make people want to take a closer look. We added a fade and taper to soften the image at the ends of the brush strokes.


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How to use it: Save this brush to your Creative Cloud library and use it in Adobe Photoshop Sketch. Find out how here.

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Fietswiel (Bike Wheel)

Everyone’s on a bike in Holland, Team Adobe included!

What it is: A rioting color palette

What inspired us: The colors, of course! When Michael Lewis rolled past this adorable Dutch bike in a pile of fallen leaves, he had to stop and snap it.

What it looks like: This theme is somewhere between an analogous and a split-complementary color scheme. Shades of red and pink are juxtaposed with the peachy brown and neon yellow-green of autumn leaves.

How to use it: Use this color theme in your design work in Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign. Or grab your color picker in Premiere Pro and After Effects to select one of these gorgeous tones for a title or animation.

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Kangoeroe (Kangaroo)

A great graphic we spied on a cargo bike.

What it is: A striking shape, captured as a vector graphic

What inspired us: When Australia-native Jon Barrie of Team Adobe happened upon a cargo bike bearing a kangaroo, he was reminded of the land down under. The high contrast of the black shape on the solid background makes creating a striking graphic strikingly easy. 

What it looks like: This sleek & sporty kangaroo would make a great jumping off point for a logo or layout.

How to use it: This ‘roo is production-ready! In Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign, simply drop it into your project from the libraries panel to add this scalable graphic to your artwork. You can also bring your custom shapes to life by animating them in After Effects. Drag the shape from your Creative Cloud library into your project panel in After Effects, then create a new composition from it.

Watch a tutorial to see how to use assets you have created with Adobe Shape CC in Adobe Illustrator.

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Deur (Door)

What it is: An almost-analogous color theme

What inspired us: The doorway of the apartment across from ours, with its beautiful pale lemon and colbalt number plate juxtaposed against the intricately carved turquoise door.

What it looks like: Pale lemon yellow, cobalt blue, and three shades of turquoise created by the shadows of the midday sun.

How to use it: Use this color theme in your design work in Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign. Or grab your color picker in Premiere Pro and After Effects to bring these colors into your videos, animations, and motion graphics.

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A’dam – 7pm

A last look at Amsterdam

What it is: A custom Look for video projects

What inspired us: Adobe Evangelist Jason Levine captured the drama of a cloudy Amsterdam evening in between rain showers.

What it looks like: This moody Look will boost the warm greys and blues already present in any video you apply this to, and the teal Jason selected for the midtone shift adds an early-evening cast to the neutrals. 


How to use it: Adding a custom cinematic Look to your footage is easy!

In Adobe Premiere Clip, tap the Magic Wand to add finishing touches, then tap “Look” and navigate over to the My Library tab. Just tap on a Look to apply it to your sequence! Read up on the workflow here.

In Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC, load the libraries panel (Window > Library) then just drag & drop the Look onto a clip in your timeline or composition, or add an adjustment layer to apply the Look to your whole sequence. Learn how you can make further adjustments to the Look using the Lumetri Color panel.


Click here to download the Inspired by Amsterdam library to use these assets in your own creative work.

These are just a few of the creative assets in the Inspired by Amsterdam Creative Cloud library.

Download the entire library to your Creative Cloud account to gain instant access to color themes, Looks, brushes, and shapes to use in your photo, video, and design projects:

Special thanks to our contributors: Michael Lewis, Nakiesha Koss, Jason Levine, Jon Barrie, Tim Kurkowski, and Bill Roberts!

A Closer Look at the Lumetri Color Panel

With IBC around the corner, we are pleased to announce the key features in the next release of Adobe’s pro video & audio tools. Find out what’s coming:

This past spring we brought powerful new color workflows into Adobe Premiere Pro with the Lumetri Color panel, and extended your desktop workflow with Adobe Hue, a new type of mobile app that allows you to translate color and light information from a real-life scene into a Look. Today, we are pleased to announce that this control panel is now available in Adobe After Effects, allowing you to bring your color-graded footage into After Effects with complete fidelity, and the ability to continue to tweak the color until you have exactly the look you want.

The Lumetri Color panel combines Speedgrade technologies with Lightroom-style controls, bringing color correction and grading directly into your editorial workflow. Here, we’ll take a closer look (pun intended) at the Lumetri panel to show how you can build a Look, starting with a real-life inspiration, all the way through professional color grading in Premiere Pro, and seamlessly continue your work in After Effects.

Here’s the clip from a travel show that we’re going to work with:


It’s a nice shot with great dynamic range – but rather neutral and emotionally not evocative. It’s already linear, but still rather flat looking. Let’s start by using inspiration from the real world to produce a look for this shot.

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Setting the Mood with Adobe Hue CC: Ko Maruyama

This post is part of a series where we challenge filmmakers to transform the atmosphere or feel of a short video clip, by using custom Looks created with Adobe Hue CC. Show us what you can do with the same footage by downloading it here.

Color and light have a huge impact on the art of filmmaking. They set the mood and tone (no pun intended!) of a scene, and guide our experience of the story. To illustrate this phenomenon, we’ve been asking a few of our favorite creatives to test drive Looks they’ve captured with Adobe Hue on video footage that we provide, and share about how each color profile alters the feel of the original piece.

When we heard that creative director Ko Maruyama (@ninjacrayon) was taking a trip to the Southwest, we couldn’t wait to see what he would capture. Grand Canyon, painted rocks, desert sunsets – the southwestern United States has a really unique climate and coloring. Ko used Adobe Hue CC to capture three custom Looks on his road trip, and for juxtaposition, we supplied him with a short video clip of the Golden Gate Bridge to alter in Adobe Premiere Clip. Of course, Ko surprised us. Continue reading…

Setting the Mood with Adobe Hue CC: Jason Levine

This post is part of a series where we challenge filmmakers to transform the atmosphere or feel of a short video clip, by using custom Looks created with Adobe Hue CC. Show us what you can do with the same footage by downloading it here.

Color and light have a huge impact on the art of filmmaking. They set the mood and tone (no pun intended!) of a scene, and guide our experience of the story. To illustrate this phenomenon, we caught up with Jason Levine (@Beatlejase) and asked him to use the all-new Adobe Hue CC to capture three custom Looks and apply them to the same set of video clips using Adobe Premiere Clip to see how creative looks alter the feel of a piece.

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2015 release of SpeedGrade CC available now

The Adobe SpeedGrade CC (2015) update is available as part of your Creative Cloud membership. This update includes a number of new features and enhancements.

As described in our NAB Reveal blog post, the focus in this release was on color workflows, including the new Lumetri Color in Adobe Premiere Pro and our new mobile Look capture app, Adobe Hue CC. With SpeedGrade itself, the priorities for this release were on performance and compatibility with the new Lumetri color tools in Premiere Pro.



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New Color Workflows in CC 2015

Introducing Adobe Hue CC

We’re pleased to announce that “Project Candy” is not just a project anymore. Today, Adobe Hue CC, our new Look capture app, is available on the Apple App Store. We were thrilled with response to Adobe Hue when we first revealed the technology at NAB and we’re even thrilled-er now that it’s available to everyone! We hope it opens new doors to color for you and we truly can’t wait to see what you do with it.AdobeHueCC_logotype[1]

What is Adobe Hue CC?

Let’s be clear right up front: Adobe Hue CC isn’t just a new app; it’s a new kind of app. Similar to other Adobe “capture apps” like Shape and Brush, it allows you to grab elements from the real world in a format you can use right away in your creative work. Where Shape captures the outlines of things, and Brush captures textures, Adobe Hue captures color and light which it saves as Looks– files you can use to enhance the appearance of video content.

Adobe Hue CC is a fantastic entry-point into the new color 2015 workflows. The Looks you create with Adobe Hue are automatically added to your Creative Cloud libraries and, thanks to Adobe CreativeSync, available to use within Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2015), After Effects CC (2015), and Premiere Clip.


How does Adobe Hue work?

Rather than snapping a picture, Adobe Hue creates a snapshot of just the color and light in a scene. As soon as you point it at something (or load an image from your Camera Roll or Creative Cloud folders), you will see a slowly rotating array of colored balls. This shows you the distribution of color and light available in that scene (or photo).


Horizontally, the colors are arranged around the rotating axis in the same positions you would find them on a traditional color wheel. The vertical axis shows the amount of light: Darker tones are lower down in the image, the lighter ones higher up. If you are familiar with a 3D Histogram, you will see the similarities with the Adobe Hue capture screen.

After you tap the capture button, a simple edit screen opens where you can make two decisions.

  • Accept (or change) the midtone-shift for your Look
  • Accept (or adjust) the intensity of the Look


The reference image in the top half of the screen shows how the Look impacts the image. You can tap and hold the reference image to see the “before” (without the Look) and compare that to the image with the Look applied.

Tap any color ball to make it the midtone (a small highlight ring shows you which one is selected). Changing the midtone shifts the whole Look, so the impact can be pretty significant, especially on neutral tones in the target image. The slider lets you make the whole Look stronger or more subtle.

Once you like it, tap Save and the Look is saved to your library where the magic of Adobe CreativeSync makes it available to use in Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Premiere Clip.


How do Looks work?

A Look is not a filter: it does not subtract colors from your target image. Nor is it an overlay of any kind. A Look is actually a complex set of saturation adjustments that shift color and light across the whole picture. The results are richer video images with a distinctive visual style.

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Whether you are new to working with color, or an old hand at grading, Adobe Hue CC gives you a great place to start: capture experiences from the world around you and bring those emotional qualities right into your video projects. The impact is immediate. And you don’t have to stop there: open up the new Lumetri Color panel in Premiere Pro to make additional adjustments until you have exactly the Look you want. Want to bring the whole thing into a dedicated color grading environment? You can use Direct Link to open your Premiere Pro project in SpeedGrade.

Like the other color tools being introduced in the 2015 Creative Cloud releases, Adobe Hue CC is all about opening the doors to new ways of working with color.



Ready to get started with Adobe Hue?

DOWNLOAD Adobe Hue CC from the App Store

LEARN how to capture custom Looks and apply them to your video projects

CHECK OUT the mobile and desktop workflows available with Adobe Hue CC

VISIT the Adobe Hue Help pages and Community Forum if you have questions


Adobe Hue CC is a free app that syncs with your Creative Profile through your Adobe ID. It is currently available for iPhone and iPad devices running iOS 8 and later.


Thinking Like a Colorist

Watch a replay of Robbie Carman’s Ask a Video Pro webinar to learn how you can bring creative color into your editing and postproduction workflow:

Colorist Robbie Carman began his career as an editor, so he knows both sides of the traditional divide between cutting and finishing. But he’ll be the first to tell you that the traditional divide is a thing of the past. With today’s digital workflows, powerful hardware and production tools creative work with color is much more accessible.

At NAB this year, Robbie presented a session that would have been inconceivable even just a few short years ago: “Work Like an Editor, Think Like a Colorist,” where he highlighted the new color workflows between Premiere Pro, SpeedGrade, and Project Candy. Most importantly for many filmmakers and production professionals, he showed how color can be a incorporated into everyone’s workflow – especially with the new color tools coming soon to the Creative Cloud.


Robbie kicked off his NAB presentation with a quote from Expressionist artist Vassily Kandinksy: “Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” Robbie continued, “Everything I do as a colorist, I try to live by this guiding principle.” As a speaker, he has a knack to making complex content easy and engaging.

Watch the presentation below and get inspired by Robbie’s passion – as well as a nice overview of some of the great things coming to Adobe pro video.

And if you want more Robbie (and really, who wouldn’t?) you can watch a replay of Robbie’s Ask a Video Pro session – at

What’s coming next to SpeedGrade and Creative Cloud? (Hint: it’s going to be colorful)

This year at NAB 2015 we’re taking the wraps off some really exciting new tools and workflows for video pros, including a new mobile Look capture technology, a brand new Color workspace in Adobe Premiere Pro, and Creative Cloud Library support for Looks, so you can share Looks between Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Premiere Clip. And we haven’t forgotten SpeedGrade: the next release of our professional color grading application includes support for Lumetri Looks created in Premiere Pro – meaning that every color manipulation made in Premiere Pro is rendered identically in SpeedGrade. You will also get more responsive scopes, new SpeedLooks, and general performance and stability improvements.

Our team of color geniuses has done some amazing work. When you see the release you’ll see their attention has been focused above all on Premiere Pro and incorporating the Creative Cloud and mobile workflows into the creative color process. This is all about re-inventing the ways we work with color – and making color tools more accessible, and more flexible than they have ever been. Let’s take a closer look at what’s coming.


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Using Look Presets in SpeedGrade

Happy New Year, everyone! Let’s start off 2013 by taking a look at Looks.

SpeedGrade CS6 ships with four collections of .Look file presets which you can use right out of the box (so to speak), or as a starting point for building your own looks. The four sets  are called Cinematic, Desaturation, Style, and Temperature. Each of the folders includes eight Looks, for a total of 32.

The SpeedGrade Look presets, along with any new Looks you create yourself, are displayed in the Look browser at the bottom of the Look panel. After loading content, close the Desktop (D) and click on the Look tab to open the Look panel. Continue reading…