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Creative Cloud 2014

Ares Hovhannesyan - Thursday, June 19, 2014

All New Creative Cloud for 2014 is Here

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We’ve been hard at work the last two years to address four key areas of the Creative Cloud you told us to focus on: performance boosts, workflow efficiencies, support for new hardware and standards, and of course innovative features, which we call the Adobe “magic.” If you’ve been hanging on to your old CS disks, waiting for the right time to join the Creative Cloud community, that moment is here. The latest version—available today—is packed with new, truly inventive features that will make it easier to do your work from anywhere, help you do it faster, and let you bring all of those great creative ideas in your imagination, to life.

Read on for the highlights list of what’s new in Creative Cloud, and click through to the product blogs and videos to get a deep dive directly from the teams.

Major updates across our desktop apps

  • Photoshop CC now has Blur Gallery motion effects for creating a sense of motion, and the recently introduced Perspective Warp for fluidly adjusting the perspective of a specific part of an image without affecting the surrounding area. Focus Mask (did you see the sneak?) makes portrait shots with shallow depth of field stand out, and new Content-Aware capabilities make one of the most popular features even better. We’ve also added more camera support to Lightroom (version 5.5) as well as a new Lightroom mobile app for iPhone. The Photoshop and Lightroom blogs have the full scoop.
  • The Adobe Illustrator blog has the rundown on what’s new in Illustrator CC, such as Live Shapes to quickly and non-destructively transform rectangles into complex forms and then return to the original rectangle with just a few clicks.
  • With InDesign CC layout artists can now move rows and columns around in tables by simply selecting, dragging and dropping, which will be a big time saver. The new EPUB Fixed Layout means you can create digital books effortlessly.
  • The team is rebuilding Adobe Muse CC as a native 64-bit application and it now includes HiDPI display support for sharper-looking images, objects, and text.
  • Originally previewed at the NAB show in April, new features in our video apps include Live Text Templates, Masking and Tracking plus new integrations that leverage the power of Adobe After Effects CC inside Adobe Premiere Pro CC. It’s better, faster, stronger. Read more on our Pro Video blog.
  • Dreamweaver CC lets you see your work come to life. You can now view your markup in an interactive tree using the new Element Quick View, to quickly navigate, and modify the HTML structure of pages. The Dreamweaver CC blog has all the details.

And there’s so much more so check out all of the new features over on Adobe.com.

Creative Cloud connected mobile apps and new hardware—because our world is mobile.

An entirely new family of connected mobile apps and the hardware (yes, Adobe is releasing hardware) could be the things we all look back on in two years and say, “OK that really changed how I do my work.” These are incredibly powerful apps that start to bring the functionality you get from desktop apps, to mobile. Pros will want to use them, but they’re easy enough that anyone can use them. Get these apps now—they are all free:

  • Adobe Sketch, a social sketching iPad app for free-form drawing.
  • Adobe Line, the world’s first iPad app for precision drawing and drafting.
  • Adobe Photoshop Mix brings the powerful creative imaging tools only found in Photoshop right to the iPad, for the first time. The focus of this release is to be task oriented, so we started with the two most-used features: precise compositing and masking. PS Mix also includes Upright, Content Aware Fill and Camera Shake Reduction—and integrates back to Photoshop CC on the desktop.
  • Adobe Lightroom mobile for iPhone, extending Lightroom right to your iPhone.

The Creative Cloud connected mobile apps complement and enhance the new creative hardware that’s also available now. Adobe Ink (formerly Project Mighty) is a new digital pen that connects to the Creative Cloud, giving users access to their creative assets—drawings, photos, colors and more—all at the tip of the pen. And Adobe Slide (formerly Project Napoleon) is a new digital ruler to create precise sketches and lines. As we talked about previously, these new pieces of hardware “make digital creativity both more accessible and more natural by combining the accuracy, expressiveness and immediacy of pen and paper with all the advantages of our digital products and the Creative Cloud.” Adobe Ink and Slide demonstrate how mobile is now a true partner in the creative workflow.

Creative Cloud services tie it all together so you can work wherever you are.

We all work on multiple devices. We move between desktop or laptop to phone and tablet. Now Creative Cloud is connected to iOS devices, so you can take it wherever you go; your creative identity isn’t just tied to your desk. All of the latest desktop apps, mobile apps and creative hardware are tightly integrated through Creative Cloud services. Simply put, you can now access and manage everything that makes up your creative profile—files, photos, colors, community and so much more—from wherever you are. Get the new Creative Cloud app for iPhone and iPad for full access on your mobile devices.

New offers for photographers, enterprises and education

  • For all photographers—hobbyist, prosumer and professional—we’re introducing a new Creative Cloud Photography plan at just $9.99 per month.
  • For our Education customers, we now have a device-based licensing plan for classrooms and labs so more than one person can access Creative Cloud on a single machine. The special student/teacher edition pricing also got a little sweeter, as the full Creative Cloud is now available to them at just $19.99/month for the first year.
  • For our Enterprise customers, we’ve added file storage and collaboration to Creative Cloud, along with expanded options for deployment (named user vs. anonymous) and a new dashboard for managing users and entitlements.

There is so much that’s new in the 2014 release of Creative Cloud that you have to take a few minutes to click around, read about the new apps, and watch videos of the new features. Are you a paid member? All of it is available now for you. Have you been considering the move to Creative Cloud? The new versions of the desktop apps you use most have added almost since CS6. There really is no better time to join the community.

Reflow and Photoshop

Ares Hovhannesyan - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Photoshop & Reflow

By Jacob Surber on September 9, 2013 in Uncategorized




Being a web designer these days probably means you use Photoshop at some point in your design process.  Photoshop is, undoubtedly, the most powerful tool available for expressing creativity.  However, web designers need to express more than just creativity.  Being able to communicate a website’s responsive intent and designing with the power of web technologies are Reflow’s core purposes.  A few months back, at Adobe MAX, we showed a proof-of-concept of how Reflow can work together with Photoshop.  The demo was met with an overwhelming response!  Today, we are thrilled to announce that we’ve reimagined the Photoshop import process. With a few simple clicks, you can now bring your design assets into Edge Reflow.

So, how does all this work?
First, you’ll need to install the latest version of Photoshop CC and Edge Reflow.  Once you’ve done so, open a PSD in Photoshop and begin naming layers, layer groups and smart objects with image file extensions like ‘.png’, ‘.jpg’ and ‘.gif’.  As you define image assets, you will be able to create a Reflow project from within Photoshop.  Simply go to File > Generate and select “Edge Reflow Project.”  Doing so will create a Reflow project folder next to your PSD.  This project will not only contain the images that you’ve defined, but also the text and shape layers you used in your PSD.  In addition, both the text and shapes will be imported as editable HTML and CSS.

This file becomes a starting point for your responsive design process.

This is no ‘magic bullet’

There is still a lot of work that goes into creating a responsive comp.  As Reflow processes all of the information from Photoshop, the first thing that you’ll need to do is to map the desktop-based fonts in your PSD to web fonts.  We then translate all of the pixel widths and absolutely positioned elements to percent based and make them relative to each other.  Your design may look like it did in Photoshop, but it will behave very differently.

The next step is to define hierarchy in your design.  By using Ctrl/Cmd R, you can wrap the selected elements in a Box (or DIV).  After you’ve created this hierarchy, the responsive fun begins!  You can begin to resize the design surface and add breakpoints whenever you feel that your design starts to stress.

This is AWESOME! But what else?
In our previous update, we introduced the ability to create multi-page designs in Reflow.  Let’s say you’ve created the second page of your website in a different PSD.  You’ll notice a PS icon to the right of Reflow’s design surface.  That is the ‘Photoshop Connection” panel.  By clicking on “Create New Page” Reflow will connect with Photoshop, grab all of the defined assets, shapes and text (just like from the Photoshop export) and create a brand new page in your Reflow project.  Check out the pages panel in Reflow and you will also notice that even the name of that PSD is transferred to that new page!

You may have UI assets or style guides already created in Photoshop.  You now have the ability to import directly to the Reflow library. This may come in handy if you want to create a brand new Reflow comp, but want to leverage existing assets from a different design.  By simply clicking “Import to Library,” you can start using these elements in your Reflow project.

We are absolutely thrilled about this update, it removes many of the manual production steps, and let’s be honest, who likes those?   This is only our first pass at this workflow. We encourage you to give this a shot and let us know what you think.  We’re going to continue partnering with the Photoshop team to bring more stability and functionality to this cutting edge feature.  To learn more, we have a page dedicated to helping you understand the capabilities and current limitations of the Photoshop connection.  We have both sample files and an in-depth tutorial to help get you started.  If you have any thoughts, we’re listening via Twitter (@Reflow) or the in-app feedback panel.