#CreativeFriday – Desktop to Touch Tablet Computer Workflows with Creative Cloud

The Creative Cloud offers so much more than just the desktop applications and has lots of time saving and efficiency workflows built in. This post will give ideas on how the Creative Cloud can be used when you have a desktop as well as a laptop or touch tablet computer in your workflow.

Just to paint a picture. Image you are working in the studio or at home using Photoshop CC on a PSD or a TIFF document (Mac or Windows), and as part of your workflow, you might also have a Wacom Cintiq Companion/Companion 2 at your disposal that you use for the touch/pen interface when working on your artwork.

I and many photographers/designers like using the touch/pen computers, as they allow a more tactile experience when working with photographs or art work.  I tend to use a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 for my work, mainly due to it’s portability and flexible nature (currently it’s currently scanning colour film negatives from 1994 into Lightroom, as well as connected to my 3D Printer for creating 3D models). However, it’s wider attraction is that I can plug my Mac into it for working as a medium size Cintiq at any time. This combination of the Mac and a touch/pen interface is perfect for my re-touching when required.

Once my edit is finished, I can then unplug it from the Mac and go back to the Windows operating system on the Companion 2.

In the scenario above, I might be working on the Cintiq with my Mac Plugged in, then I want to leave the studio, but I might want to carry on working with the artwork. Using the Creative Cloud, I can easily set up both machines (Mac and Windows Cintiq) with my two licenses of Photoshop CC that I get with my Creative Cloud subscription. Each computer is then logged into the Creative Cloud desktop app and both have file sync running.

The PSD file that I am working on will most likely start out on my MAC and probably be derived from my Lightroom catalog or might be a 3D model that I would like to work on (as shown in the example screen shot below).

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On saving the PSD file for the first time, i’ll make sure that it’s stored on my Creative Cloud Synced folder on my Mac (you can see the folder called “CC Tablet Share” below, and the asset has a green tick on the icon, this green tick let’s me know that the file is already on my Creative Cloud storage area).

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It was mentioned earlier that the Creative Cloud Desktop app is signed in and has file sync turned on, this means that it will automatically start to sync the PSD to the Creative cloud, once any save activity has completed.

N.B. The time taken to sync to the Creative Cloud and to the other computer will depend on your network speed, internet speed as well as the size of the file.

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The file can be seen on the Creative Cloud web view by logging into your Creative Identity on Adobe.com.

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The file(s) will be shown graphically using a thumb nail, also, don’t forget you can also collaborate with other Creative Cloud users on this folder if required.

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Clicking on the icon will show a larger representation with more specific details about the file.

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Now I can unplug the Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 from the Mac and it will return back to windows. If the object here was to carry on working on the file using the Cintiq Companion 2, but away from the studio, then I can check that the file has synced, and if so, go on the move with my artwork.


N.B With a yearly subscription the applications can work without an internet connect for 90 days, if a month to month plan they will work without an internet connection for 30 days.

I can now travel anywhere and carry on working on the same file in the same way as in the studio.

When an internet connection is next found then the updated contents will be sent back to the Creative Cloud and synced back to the studio Mac. The other option is that if i have collaborated with others on this art work, i can login from any remote cafe or location and get the updates that the collaborators have made.

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Once save is pressed, the Creative Cloud Desktop app will sync the file back to the Creative Cloud storage area.

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The update and the activity are also available in the Creative Cloud web view.  I can then, if required, revert the change by clicking on the previous version (If this is selected, everyone will get the older version).

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Hopefully this describes one of the workflows that the Creative Cloud solves and provides an end to end continuous workflow, across devices and operating systems.

N.B. This also applies if you are a Windows only platform (where no Mac’s are involved).

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