Adobe has announced their 2015 release of Creative Cloud, packed with new feature and updates that are enough to make almost anyone want to switch over to the subscription platform.
In addition to updates for video, photo editing, and image manipulation, Adobe has added features such as CreativeSync to give you a seamless workflow between mobile and desktop applications.
Adobe CreativeSync – This new feature gives creators access to all their content across multiple platforms, synchronizing libraries, project assets, and settings with your desktop and mobile applications. You can begin working on a project on your mobile device and finish it on your desktop without having to worry about manually transferring files or copying settings.
Adobe Shape – This is one that has me excited (although, admittedly, I have yet to convert my entire suite to CC). AdobeShape allows you to capture shapes and images from the world around you, open them in Illustrator, and convert them to vectors. Say good-bye to manually tracing!
Adobe Stock – This is probably the update I am least excited about. With AdobeStock, you now can browse, purchase, and manage stock photography from right inside your CC applications. With all the stock image options out there, I don’t foresee this being a huge asset, but I’m certain it could come in handy for the right people.
Adobe TypeKit – Now you can manage and sync thousands of typefaces across your desktop and mobile apps. This will keep you from having to modify text fonts when importing projects to your desktop for completion.
Specific Updates for Photographers and Filmmakers
Adobe Premiere Pro CC has gotten some really cool updates. The Lumetri Color Panel provides easier color control with “intuitive Lightroom Controls.”
Morph Cut is a new transition preset that “magically” removes jump cuts from footage with a single click. This is a simple yet powerful tool that will make those awkward transitions in interviews a seamless beauty.
Adobe Character Animation brings animated videos to life, allowing you to use your own face, movements, and voice to give life to your characters.
Premiere Clip allows your to begin video projects on your mobile device and, seamlessly using CreativeSync, finish them on your desktop. Sync also now gives you access to all of your assets, colors, and looks on the go for Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Premiere Clip.
Adobe Hue allows you to take photos with a particular color pallets and settings and apply them effortlessly in Premiere Pro on your desktop, making color grading a simple process of clicking and dragging.
For those looking to just go with the photographer plan, you not only get access to Lightroom and Photoshop for your desktop and mobile, but you can now get Photoshop Mix for your mobile device. Edit on the go and wrap it up at home, allowing you to maximize your downtime wherever you are.
The 2015 release of Lightroom CC also incorporates features such as Panorama Stitch which allows you to effortless combine multiple photos into a single, HDR panorama without having to leave Lightroom. To wrap up, seamlessly open the file in Photoshop, make any additional adjustments, and save it right back to your image library.
CreativeSync gives you access to all your Lightroom collections on the go, allowing you to edit and adjust photos on your mobile device with the updated images and settings being synced directly with your desktop application. You can even add native mobile image to your Lightroom library and open images in Photoshop Mix for composite work.
At the end of the day…
…the new CC updates are worth writing home about and may be just enough to give some of us holdouts the nudge we need to go full subscription. Yet, on the flip side, if you are still using desktop-only software, it will continue to function the same. If you are happy with where you are and do not feel the need to upgrade, it’s business as usual. But, a world of new creative possibilities awaits…