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Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 is here

By: Rhys Davies

Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) 2017 applications are complete new builds of the tools and not just “in place” feature updates to the existing versions.  Improvements to CC include new offerings and functionality that enhance collaboration through the use of shared team projects, learning and discoverability to help users deliver their best work faster. There isn’t enough space in this blog to discuss every new feature, so we will concentrate on the highlights of CC and how it enables end users to be more productive and creative:

 

  • Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock is now integrated across the Creative Cloud suite and is receiving a major update.  Having partnered with Reuters, Adobe Stock now benefits from the availability of the news agency’s library of photos and videos covering news, sports and entertainment events.   Additionally, Adobe Stock’s new visual search lets you search and find relevant images by selecting one and subsequently narrowing down the selection to one that works for your project via the use of Sensei, its artificial intelligence framework.  This will become a popular way for designers or artists to search for and find images that are quite specific or similar to what they already have.  Adobe stock images can be purchased at a discounted rate by educational establishments.

 

  • Photoshop CC

In-App Search: Quickly search Photoshop tools, panels, menus, Adobe Stock assets, help content and tutorials from within Photoshop using a new search panel that’s right at your fingertips. Hit CMD+F (or Ctrl+F on Windows) to launch it, or click on the new search symbol  in the upper right corner of the application frame and give it a try.

Enhanced Properties panel: The Properties panel now displays information about common layer types as well as the document, so it’s easier to make precise adjustments.

Support for SVG color fonts: Access any SVG font installed on your system from the Photoshop Font menu. Great for responsive design, SVG fonts support multiple colors and gradients and they can be raster or vector. Adobe are including two new free SVG fonts to get you started: EmojiOne and Trajan Color Pro. They are pre-loaded and you will find them in the Type tool’s font drop down menu.

Face-Aware Liquify Enhancement: Face-Aware Liquify in Photoshop automatically detects facial features and helps you adjust them to enhance a portrait or add creative character to a fun shot.  In this version of Photoshop you can now independently adjust the eyes

Improved Select and Mask Workspace

The Polygonal Lasso tool has been added to the task-space toolbar

Match Font now searches for any font installed on your system (previously only searched from a subset of fonts)

Click to commit text: Click anywhere outside a text box to commit it (previously you clicked on the check box in upper right of frame)

 

  • Illustrator CC

Create pixel perfect artwork: Draw paths and shapes that seamlessly align to the pixel grid. Align existing artwork with a single click or by using simple transformations. Preserve Live Shapes and rounded corners, maintain alignment when scaling and rotating objects, and manually nudge segments and end points into perfect alignment.

Work easier with Glyphs: Use alternate glyphs for any character by simply selecting the character and choosing from an in-context menu. View and insert your most recently used glyphs, and sort glyphs for faster browsing.

Zoom to selection: View and edit faster now that you can zoom into anything you’ve selected — an active point, a segment, a path, or an object.

Modern User Experience: A flat UI and new icons for tools and panels offer a cleaner look and help you focus on your artwork.

 

  • After Effects CC

Create editable 3D elements right inside After Effects with the new 3D rendering engine from Cinema 4D.

Bring 2D characters to life by acting out their movements in front of a webcam with Adobe Character Animator CC (Beta).

Speed up your workflow with preview performance improvements and more GPU-accelerated effects.

 

  • InDesign CC

Publish and distribute documents online for viewing in desktop and mobile browsers. Track their performance, share, and embed directly from the dashboard.

Create footnotes that span multiple columns in a specific frame or across entire documents.

Click on selected text to see OpenType font properties, and apply properties to characters, words, or a story in seconds.

 

  • Premiere Pro CC

Edit anything from virtual reality to 8K footage in native format or by creating lightweight proxies that let you easily switch between low- and high-res formats

Save time and stay in your creative flow with improved integration between Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition that eliminates steps like intermediate rendering.

Collaborate from anywhere on shared productions across multiple Creative Cloud apps with Team Projects (Beta). Available for Creative Cloud for enterprise customers.

 

For more information on CC 2017, including how to license them most effectively for price and compliance in your organisation, why not call us – we are here to help on 01974 200 201 or email sales@pugh.co.uk

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