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Chana Messer Photowalk

Walk, shoot, create. The three components required to execute a proper photowalk.

Recently, Adobe Touch user Chana Messer (@Chanam), and the Las Vegas Adobe User Group embarked on a “Neon Photowalk.” The goal: to stroll through downtown Las Vegas, snap creative photos and create great compositions. While attendees used a wide variety of tools such as DSLR cameras and smartphones to capture inspirational content, Chana’s “weapon of choice” was her iPad, loaded with Photoshop Touch.

Utilizing Ps Touch, Chana was able to capture and create on-the-go effortlessly. “I wanted to capture the immediate value of colors and turn them into a composition. I had my iPad with me, and while we were walking, I was able to upload [photos] to Adobe Creative Cloud, and then alter the images with Ps Touch to create interesting creations,” said Chana.

After the walk concluded, attendees uploaded their images to the Las Vegas Adobe User Group Facebook Page. Chana was kind enough to provide us with not only her own creations, which we’ve compiled into an album found below, but also to share some of her go-to features/tools and tips for new users.

Adobe: What are some of your favorite features in Ps Touch?

Chana: I love the Scratches, Color Drops, Pencil and Graphic Pen Artistic Effects. Usually, I apply these effects on a new layer and then blend in to the original to achieve my desired effect. Also, I like using the Lasso Tool to create simple selections. Additionally, I use the Magic Wand Tool and the Feathering Effect to select certain portions of images with high contrasts.

Have any tips/suggestions for creative individuals thinking about getting Ps Touch?

This app comes with tutorials – listen and try to follow. Try to work on one tool. Also, don’t forget to have fun!

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Want to participate in your very own Adobe Touch photowalk? Gather some friends, your Touch Apps-enabled tablet and get out there to create! Be sure to share your creations for a chance to have your work featured here, as well as the Adobe Touch Apps Facebook and Twitter channels.

 

11:44 AM Permalink

Let’s Talk Type

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Typography is everywhere and we can’t get enough of it. Whether it’s an inspirational quote, a logo design, or the font on your favorite greeting card, typography allows you to express yourself, or shall we say, your “type.” Knowing this, we want to be at the forefront of your inspiration, which is why we’ve gathered some user-generated imagery paying tribute to the great art of typography. Visit our “What’s Your Type” Pinterest board to kern you and your right type closer together. Here’s a few that fuel our creativity:

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For other ways to discover your type, check out Typekit and Adobe Edge Web Fonts (powered by Typekit).

2:15 PM Permalink

Creative Spotlight: Todd Powelson on Adobe Touch Apps

When it comes to looking at options for portability, Todd Powelson has tried it all from dragging along his canvas, paints and brushes, then downsizing to markers. It wasn’t until Todd tried the Adobe Touch Apps that simplicity sunk in, allowing him to quickly concept anywhere and transfer creations to his desktop where he can further refine until he is satisfied.

In addition to the Cubism/Surrealism/Fauvist art he has shared with us today, Todd plans on utilizing new products, such as Edge Animate, to incorporate animation into his work.

Read the full Q&A below to find out how Todd found Adobe Touch Apps, how they and other Adobe products have benefited his creative process.

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11:36 AM Permalink

Design, Development & the Elections?

The run up to the U.S. Presidential Elections on November 6 is causing quite the conversation, and whichever candidate you’re behind (or passionately not behind), there are a couple of outlets to channel your energy.

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Pit your favorite (or least favorite) politicos against one another in this arcade-style action fighting game. Currently on Android (coming soon to iOS) this new app by Mighty Bits gives you a chance to debate the old-fashioned way – much like Tuesday night’s Town Hall debate. Curious about the making of the app? Check out our Gaming team’s post, “From Rock the Vote to Smash Vote!

Election Protection

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For those who talk about leaving the country when their candidate of choice loses, JetBlue will be there to make that a reality for a lucky winner of its new campaign, Election Protection, as covered by Design Envy. Some great creative design and web development work went into the making that’s worth a peek.

Have you seen any great design or development work surrounding the upcoming elections? Share with us in the comments below!

11:20 AM Permalink

Acrobat XI Pro has arrived

From the beginning, we promised that Creative Cloud members would always get the latest software upgrades at no extra charge. We’re excited to make this happen today with the release of Acrobat XI Pro. Members can go to the Apps page right now to download and install Adobe’s newest and most powerful collaboration solution.

You’ll get features that let you create forms in minutes, edit PDFs faster than ever with a range of new tools, and easily convert PDFs to Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Plus, there are many more features to explore in Acrobat XI… Read more on the Acrobat XI blog or watch this video to learn!

Not a member of Creative Cloud yet? Go here to learn about what we have to offer!

10:00 PM Permalink

Top 5 Creative Cloud Tips (and Benefits) from Dave Cross

Dave-CrossOur team noticed Photoshop trainer, author, speaker and photographer, Dave Cross (@DaveCross) sharing Creative Cloud tips on Twitter, so we tapped him to see if he’d be up for sharing his insights with our Creative Layer readers. Dave told us that in the relatively short time that he’s been an Adobe Creative Cloud member, he’s already benefited in some unexpected ways, and continues to see additional opportunities where he can take advantage of Creative Cloud features. Here are Dave’s top 5 Creative Cloud tips (and really some benefits), written by the pro himself:

Tip #1: Apps

Of course, having access to all the Adobe applications is pretty sweet. But there’s a “hidden” benefit: Adobe Creative Cloud members get access to new features before they are released to everyone else. There have already been exclusive new features added to Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Muse and more, and I expect that will continue in the future with other apps.  

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5:48 PM Permalink

The Creative Process

The_99_Percent-300x225From ideation to execution, every creative has a specific process. In a recent article by The 99 Percent, well-known musicians, comedians and writers shared their personal creative processes and success strategies.

One of our favorite quotes came from Jack White, “Force yourself. Deadlines make you creative.” In this video, check out how Jack uses constriction to spur creativity for his band, The White Stripes:

 

How do you create? Check out The 99 Percent article for more inspiration.

7:27 AM Permalink

The Web, Documented

Every great software platform needs some essential ingredients: one or more programming languages, great tools such as editors, compilers and debuggers, frameworks and libraries that make things easier, an enthusiastic community that help each other out and good documentation that helps get the most of the platform. The web platform is probably the biggest, fastest growing and most ubiquitous platform in the (short) history of computing. And while it has many of these essential elements, there is one that was still lacking: official documentation.

Think about what you do when you have a question about HTML, CSS or JavaScript. There are probably a few sites you trust, a few printed books you keep close at hand, if you’re old-fashioned, but more times than not you just search what’s out there and see what comes up. It could be a well maintained, up to date, credible source, or it could be articles or blog posts that are out of date or just plain wrong.

And the web platform is not static! The browsers keep evolving and implement new functionality, specs keep getting updated, and new specs get proposed and implemented. Best practices evolve as well.

Since there’s no single, definitive resource to go to, there’s no way to know for sure, except through trial and error.

All of that is changing today. The W3C – in collaboration with Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, and Opera – is announcing the alpha release of Web Platform Docs, a new web destination that will become the definitive resource for all open web technologies. You can find the W3C press release here. The Web Platform Documentation (WPD) will include:

  • API documentation
  • Information on browser compatibility
  • Examples
  • Status of specifications

And the WPD project will be open and community driven, just like the web. WPD is built on top of MediaWiki, the same engine that powers Wikipedia — which means that anyone can contribute. The initial content is being provided by many of the stewards listed above, but anyone with knowledge, examples, snippets or other relevant information is welcomed and encouraged to contribute.

The stewards have been working incredibly hard on this project for a bit over a year, and I want to congratulate them on the launch today. We are very proud to be participating in this effort. This is the culmination of the effort to build this infrastructure, but in many ways this is also a first step. It is now up to the web community to help create and maintain the most comprehensive and authoritative reference for web technologies. So, go check it out and start contributing. Document the web!

9:00 AM Permalink

Creative Spotlight: Adrian Franks on Adobe Touch Apps

We’d like to introduce you to Adrian Franks (@afranks3) – a creative who celebrates friends, historic figures and admired current icons by creating silhouette sketches using the creative trio of Adobe Touch Apps, Creative Cloud, and Creative Suite! We stumbled upon one of Adrian’s impressive sketches on the Adobe Ideas Facebook Page and reached out to learn more about him and his work as we knew that Adrian would have a great story to share.

Get to know Adrian – find out where he likes to create, his ideal travel destination and how Adobe’s products have helped streamline his digital workflow in the full Q&A below. Also, visit both our Twitter and Facebook channels to see his work on display.

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Adobe: When were you first introduced to Adobe Touch Apps?

Adrian Franks: I started using Adobe Touch Apps when I first discovered Adobe Ideas in January 2011.

What was the very first creation you made with Touch Apps and Creative Cloud?
My creative endeavors with Touch Apps is a line of silhouette drawings called FEARLESS that highlights various people that I admire whether they are close friends, historic figures, or current pop culture icons. Currently, I use Creative Cloud to store my vector-based silhouette and download them to my Mac for further design work in CS6.

Where’s your favorite location to create?
My favorite place is at my studio, which is broken down into 2 places. One, being my physical studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the other is out in the world on the go. Whether I am on my bike, riding the train, the bus, or random coffee shops, I consider that as part of my studio. It helps influence my work.

How has the integration from Touch Apps through to the Creative Cloud features changed your creative workflow?
Creative Cloud has allowed me to produce my ideas faster because I have fewer steps to take. I love the fact that once I am done creating in Ideas it auto saves, syncs to the Cloud where I can download the file back to my computer to further manipulate in Photoshop or Illustrator. Once done, I can post to social or send to a printer. All of this has streamlined the process into a digital workflow. I love it!

Which pairing of the Touch Apps and the applications within Creative Cloud (i.e., CS6), are most instrumental to your creative process and why?
I love the combo of Ideas + Photoshop + Illustrator for creating illustrations and designs. I also love Proto + Photoshop + Illustrator for web design and UX projects.

How much of a difference has direct touch input made to your creations?
The Touch Apps give me the freedom to create and concept like I used to before the computer. It replicates the functions of pen and paper, but maintains ease of use on digital.  Touch is the present and future creative.

If you had the opportunity to travel to anywhere in the world with your Touch Apps, where would it be and why?
Africa, especially South Africa. Design there has been in a boom for a couple of years now. Events such as the World Cup and its rich political history have caused a shift in how the world perceives South Africa and its people. With that said, things such as creativity, design, art, and photography have pushed the thinking of South Africans. I would like to be a part of that, I would need to be mobile and believe Adobe’s Touch Apps and CS6 would allow me to do that.

Can’t get enough of Adrian’s work? Visit his Creative Works website to check out more of his work. If you have great work to share, send your creations our way for chance to be featured in an upcoming Creative Spotlight. Reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter or in comments here.

11:31 AM Permalink

Announcement Recap of the Create the Web Tour Kick-Off in San Francisco

Monday (Sept. 24) was quite a day for web designers and developers and Creative Cloud members! We kicked off the first leg of the Create the Web Tour in San Francisco, where we shared a number of updates and announcements. If you weren’t there for the action or able to tune in to the live stream, no worries! We’ve recapped all of the news for you:

Dreamweaver Updates – Exclusively for Creative Cloud members

Creative Cloud Dreamweaver users will be excited to hear that we’ve introduced six new features for easier authoring of HTML5-based websites, new support for compositions from Adobe Edge Animate, more robust FTP transfers, and more. Check out this video for a quick run-through:

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6:09 AM Permalink