Adobe Creative Cloud: New Features

By Phill Powell

Adobe appears determined to lift its Creative Cloud to new heights. The biggest name in image-manipulation software has just unveiled a slate of new features for its subscription online service.

Adobe’s new CreativeSync helps users have a smooth working experience when beginning image work on one platform and then continuing that work on another platform.

Creative Cloud 2015 offers a variety of packages and subscription services centered on Adobe’s famous trio of leading graphics programs: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, and augmented by many other Adobe graphics programs. Existing subscribers will receive the new versions of the programs as free updates.

Massive Update
Creative Cloud subscription plans start at $9.95 per month and run up to $79.95, depending on the programs desired and whether users want to take full advantage of the various extras that Adobe is now offering. One of those extras is Adobe Stock, a collection of more than 40 million images, which users can use in their work royalty-free.

Adobe’s Senior VP of Digital Media David Wadhwani called Creative Cloud 2015, “our most powerful and comprehensive release to date.”

Creative Cloud subscribers can opt to get access to Adobe Stock, a collection of 40 million images that can be used royalty-free.

It’s clear that one of the main pushes of this update is the increased ability to work on Adobe-based projects on a variety of platforms, such as starting work on an image on a tablet, then later developing it on an iPhone and then later completing work on that image via a laptop. Adobe is stressing the importance of its CreativeSync, which makes working on all those platforms as smooth an experience as possible.

To be sure, it’s a massive update. Adobe says Creative Cloud 2015 represents a 10x performance improvement in Illustrator, as compared to the version that shipped with CS6.

New Features for 2015
Check out these cool new enhancements for Adobe’s Creative Cloud 2015:

  • Artboards for Photoshop: Picking up one of Illustrator’s ideas, Photoshop now lets users use Artboards and store designs for each device and resolution they are programming for and trying to reach, and each of those designs will be kept in the same Photoshop file, which gives added convenience.
  • Easy Previewing: The new Artboards can be used with the new Preview app, which is now offered for iPhone and iPad. With this system, users can easily preview their designs on the device. This is a significant improvement over the old way, which involved emailing yourself the file or spending time waiting while the design syncs on the new device.
  • Non-stop Previewing: Also nice is the Uninterrupted Preview feature found in Adobe After Effects. This lets users make on-the-fly tweaks to an image’s properties and resize panels, with no resulting change in playback ability. Those responsible for editing video are already recognizing this new feature as a major help.
  • Making Morphing Smooth: Premiere Pro has a new feature called Morph Cut, and this will prove especially useful for documentarians and others whose footage is largely comprised of “talking head” shots. Morph Cut makes sure those jump cuts between different pieces of interview footage look smooth and graceful, like something from network TV news.

With Morph Cut, it just got easier to make polished, interview edits when using Adobe Premiere Pro.

  • Easier Color Correction: Another new feature for Premiere Pro is the Lumetri Color panel, which offers simplified slider controls, thus making color correction easier and quicker.
  • Adding & Reducing Haze: Depending on how it’s used, haze can either detract from photos or add to images, when used creatively. The Creative Cloud 2015 Photoshop and Lightroom offer a Dehaze feature which puts the zap on fog and haze. The feature can also be used for adding fog or haze, to give images a mysterious, other-worldly effect.
  • Make Your Own Animations: With Adobe’s new Character Animator, users can make 2D figures spring to life. Character Animator relies on a webcam for recording character’s facial movements, capturing dialog and adding motion in real time.
  • Illustrator Enhancements: Adobe’s bread-and-butter design program now features a whopping 64,000-percent zoom, so users can work on extremely high-res images. Illustrator also now features a Chart tool which should help users as they create visualizations.
  • Easier Website Testing: A big part of design work now involves making sure that websites can be enjoyed by the widest range of users possible, no matter what electronic devices are being used. Now Adobe Dreamweaver features a new project type, which uses a QR code and lets users preview work on any device.
  • Capture the Moment: Sometimes you hit upon the perfect combination of lighting and colors and you want to save it for later use. That’s precisely when a new Adobe app called Hue will come in handy, which saves those variables for users.

Adobe’s Creative Cloud is so vast it helps to have a seasoned graphics pro help you understand how to harness its creative power.

Design a New Future
Adobe software is used around by the world by millions of people, which means that Adobe’s software has to be flexible and responsive enough to be enjoyed by wide varieties of users, all of whom rely upon Adobe’s forward thinking work in designing multi-functional graphics software.

Adobe software is also used for many types of educational applications. At Digital Media Academy tech camps, for example, Adobe programs are taught and extensively used in DMA’s art camps – just like professional graphics designers use.

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