Adobe has announced major upgrades to products as it bids to turn its Creative Cloud into a “connected creative canvas” by forging stronger connections between its desktop and mobile apps.
The Creative Cloud allows users to share projects or collaborate with colleagues, friends and the wider community.
Adobe Digital Media senior vice president Bryan Lamkin says: “Being connected to your assets, team and projects, at all times, is critical to today’s designers. With this Creative Cloud update, Adobe’s signature CreativeSync technology drives powerful connections between desktop and mobile apps as well as essential creative assets.”
Photos, fonts and vector graphics sync across devices
What Adobe is calling the connected creative canvas is powered by CreativeSync – a technology which can bring together files, photos, fonts, vector graphics, brushes and colours across different devices.
It also allows assets created on mobile and desktop apps to be saved to Creative Cloud Libraries and shared and collaborated on, if that’s what users choose to do.
Photoshop and Capture on mobile
A raft of updates have been announced including two new mobile apps – Photoshop Fix CC and Capture CC, designed to help with retouching and asset capture.
The introduction of a mobile version of Photoshop Fix CC means touch-screen image editing is possible using features associated with desktop apps like Healing Brush and Liquify.
The Capture CC app means that features like Brush, Shape, Colour and Hue can be used on original images that have been photographed on mobiles.
The company’s royalty free image stock library Adobe Stock is going to be offering video for the first time in addition to photos, illustrations and graphics.
InDesign and Illustrator updates
Illustrator CC has been given the Shaper tool, Live Shapes and improved Smart Guides, while InDesign CC has new online publishing capabilities and Adobe Fuse, (3D modelling software) has now been added to Creative Cloud membership plans. The 3D models can synched across Creative Cloud Libraries and used in Photoshop CC.
Fuse CC has become available following Adobe’s acquisition of 3D software specialist Mixamo.
Designing websites “without code”
Adobe says the new responsive design capabilities of Muse CC, which will allow designers to “easily create” websites which scale to any screen size, browser or device without having to code.
Dreamweaver now has responsive design capabilities and in Photoshop CC new Artboards mean that elements and layers can be placed more precisely, “easier visuialisation” is promised and there are two new tools, Design Space which offers “a streamlined design-centric experience” and “Project Comet”, an end-to-end UX design solution anchored to desktop and mobile apps.
New portfolio product promised
The company also announced that something called Adobe Portfolio is on the horizon. It will allow users to create portfolio websites, which support responsive web design to work across all screen sizes. Each portfolio will include a personal URL and “high impact Typekit fonts”. They will be built on Behance and can be synched with Behance project pages.
Earlier this year US design star Khoi Vinh, previously design director at the New York Times, joined Adobe to work on new software aimed at designers.