Adobe will be showcasing updates to CC and a collection of fantastic new apps at the annual AdobeMAX conference today.
The hottest news is that Adobe will be pursuing a joined-up strategy across desktop and mobile for CC, meaning that the Adobe apps on your phone or tablet will sync more effectively than ever before with your Adobe desktop software, like Photoshop and Illustrator.
Our favourites among the mobile apps are the new ‘capture’ set, which enable you to create your own custom brushes, shapes and colour palettes in a snap and use them across your CC apps and software.
· Adobe Brush CC lets designers craft unique brushes, on iPad or iPhone, to use in Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC or Adobe Illustrator Sketch. Any photograph can be made into a brush, so creatives can quickly and playfully design beautiful, high-quality brushes that can range from photorealistic, to organic, painterly or graphic.
· Adobe Shape CC is a simple, unique and fun way to capture and create shapes on iPhone or iPad, wherever inspiration strikes. A high-contrast photo of anything – a chair, a pet, or a hand-drawn font – is converted into vector art that can be used immediately in Illustrator CC and Adobe Illustrator Line via Creative Cloud Libraries.
· Adobe Colour CC (formerly Adobe Kuler) allows creatives to capture colours and save them as themes that are immediately available in other Adobe applications, including Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC.
There’s much more going on with apps than just those three, though! Illustrator, Lightroom and Premiere get updates to and new variants on their own mobile sidekicks, as does Photoshop.
· In the Photoshop family, Photoshop Sketch lets creatives draw with new built-in expressive brushes and enables an integrated workflow with Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. Updates to Photoshop Mix extend precise mobile compositing capabilities and now includes enhanced integration with Photoshop CC, as well as a new iPhone version. A new Lightroom Mobile app builds on integrated desktop and mobile workflows and includes features to allow clients, friends or family to select favourites and leave comments for photos shared online; and GPS information from iPhone photos now syncs with Lightroom desktop.
· In the Illustrator family, Illustrator Draw (formerly Adobe Ideas) gives users access to their favourite vector drawing tools and features in a modern, streamlined interface, high-fidelity integration with Illustrator CC and enhanced support for Adobe Ink and Slide. Illustrator Line, a precision drawing app, gives creatives new features for perfectly distributing shapes as they draw, plus the ability to send sketches to Illustrator CC, where they have full access to their original vector paths for editing.
· In the Premiere family, the brand new Adobe Premiere Clip app easily transforms the video shot on iPhone or iPad into edited videos that are simple to share. Aspiring videographers can then send their compositions to Adobe Premiere Pro CC for advanced editing and finishing.
Meanwhile. new updates to CC give you more control and flexibility as well as access to curated content.
This Creative Cloud release includes powerful new features for Adobe’s flagship creative desktop tools. Highlights include: Touch support on Windows 8 devices for key design applications; new 3D print features and enhanced Mercury Graphics Engine performance for Photoshop CC; a new Curvature tool in Illustrator CC; interactive EPUB support in InDesign CC; SVG and Synchronised Text support in Muse CC; GPU-optimised playback for viewing high resolution 4K and UltraHD footage in Premiere Pro CC; and HiDPI and new 3D support in After Effects CC. Through a member’s Creative Profile Adobe is driving frictionless creative workflows with CC desktop tools able to access powerful new mobile apps and services, and integrated with the agility and access of the new mobile apps. Building on the success of Creative Cloud capabilities such as file sharing, Behance and TypeKit, new services, available today, include:
· Creative Cloud Market is a collection of high-quality, curated content that’s freely accessible to Creative Cloud members. Access thousands of professionally crafted files for placement, including user interfaces, patterns, icons, brushes and vector shapes, to speed through desktop and mobile projects.
· Creative Cloud Libraries is a powerful asset management service that lets creatives easily access and create with colours, brushes, text styles, and vector images through Creative Cloud desktop, mobile apps and services. Creative Cloud Libraries connects desktop tools like Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC to each other — and to companion mobile apps.
· Creative Cloud Extract is a cloud-based service that reinvents the Photoshop CC comp-to-code workflow for web designers and developers, letting them share and unlock vital design information from a PSD file (such as colours, fonts and CSS) to use when coding mobile and desktop designs.
For news on this and many more innovations, head over to the AdobeMAX website for the keynote speech that begins at 5:30pm UK time.