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September 10, 2015 /Events /

Inspired by Amsterdam

A rich library of free production-ready assets for your video, photo & design work, inspired by Amsterdam

Update 10/5/15: All of the apps mentioned in this post— Adobe Hue, Brush, Shape, and Color CC — are now available as part of a single app Adobe Capture CC, that lets you turn real-world inspirations into production-ready assets. Capture CC is available for iOS and Android

#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: http://adobe.ly/1L5ERc4

 

KanaalLook

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. The result is a super moody scene:

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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.

Download the Inspired by Amsterdam library

 

BloemenmarktBrush

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.

Download the Inspired by Amsterdam library

 

FietswielColorTheme_2

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.

Download the Inspired by Amsterdam library

 

Kangoeroe

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.

Download the Inspired by Amsterdam library

 

DeurColorTheme

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.

Download the Inspired by Amsterdam library

 

AdamLook

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. 

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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: http://adobe.ly/1L5ERc4

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

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  • By john gury - 7:47 AM on September 10, 2015  

    Is that before and after labeled correctly?

    • By Bronwyn Lewis - 4:58 AM on September 11, 2015  

      Hi John,

      Yes, it is labeled correctly. Color is an important part of visual storytelling and simply changing the color can really alter the tone or story of a film (check out our interview with Jason Levine in “Setting the Mood with Adobe Hue”: http://bit.ly/1TJ5efs). With Kanaal, we were going for a moody Look with green overtones, which is what you see in the after picture. We’d love to see your unique perspective and what you capture with Adobe Hue!

      Bronwyn