Did you know that you don’t need an Adobe Stock subscription in order to access a bunch of high-quality stock photos? I had no idea, but I just learned it from Anthony Morganti and thought it would be worth sharing. If you’re an Adobe CC subscriber, that’s all you need to download photos from its stock library, and Anthony will show you how in his latest video.
In addition to making Photoshop and Illustrator available on the web, Adobe has introduced a bunch of other new features to its apps. The trend of relying on artificial intelligence continues, so Photoshop is now getting even more advanced Object Selection, new neural filters, artificial depth blur, and plenty more. So without further ado, let’s right into it.
Adobe has today announced new updates for Adobe Photoshop on both the desktop and the iPad. For the iPad the Healing Brush and Magic Wand tools you know and love from Photoshop for Desktop have finally arrived. Photoshop for iPad also receives a new Canvas Projection feature, which allows you to send your image to an external monitor or TV while you’re working on it.
Photoshop for Desktop sees a big upgrade with the Sky Replacement tool, with a bunch of new skies to choose from and the ability to import up to 5,000 skies at once. Finally, one that’s long overdue, the Transform Warp tool now has bezier handles to let you warp things over whatever shape you want.
There’s a small bit significant new feature coming to Adobe After Effects. It’s currently available in the latest After Effects Beta and I expect it’ll be coming to the final release once it’s all ready. Essentially, it lets you see exactly how much each layer in your composition affects your render time.
This is a pretty massive feature, as it’s often difficult to figure out exactly which part of your composition might be slowing everything down without manually checking each layer on and off in turn. Now, the new feature shows your entire render frame time with each layer broken down individually, allowing you to easily pinpoint layers you can optimise.
Adobe has announced a new import and exposure interface for Adobe Premiere Pro. And while I described it as a “facelift” in the title, it’s more like major reconstructive surgery. Like John Travolta & Nick Cage levels of different. It’s currently in public beta, so you can all go and have a play with it, but it comes with a whole new streamlined way of importing your media and exporting your final results.
One thing that should be made clear is that this change doesn’t take away anything you’ve already got. If you prefer to do things the old fashioned way, you can still do that. The new enhancements are simply extra options that add to your overall experience. And, I have to say, they look pretty awesome for speeding up your project workflow – at least the very beginning and end of it.
Adobe has just announced their May 2021 update for Adobe’s Creative Cloud, including new features for both Adobe Audition and Adobe Premiere Pro. Audition now sees native Apple M1 support, with improved performance for recording and mixing and a couple of very handy new features for stripping silence and monitoring loudness.
Premiere Pro also sees a new Loudness Meter for audio, refinements to the captions workflow, DirectX 12 support on Windows, and performance enhancements for Canon XF HEVC video file, amongst other new updates.
Last month, Adobe started to change the icons for its ever-growing suite of applications. The biggest change was the new colourful Creative Cloud logo, but the applications within the Creative Cloud Suite have been transitioning, too, and not everybody’s happy about it.
Many have noted that the icons are all starting to look the same, with multiple apps sharing the same colour scheme, making it confusing to find the right app. Others are definitely fighting their OCD over differences in font size and inconsistencies in spacing and alignment from one icon to the next, but the overall consensus doesn’t seem to be all that positive.
Adobe has released their June update for the Creative Cloud, which they says is the biggest feature update since the Adobe MAX conference in November 2019. It brings some new selection tools to Photoshop, particularly suited to cutting out people and hair, rotatable patterns, font matching, and more for the desktop, as well as a slew of updates for Photoshop for the iPad and Lightroom for all platforms.
Back in January, Adobe announced Productions – a new tool which allows Premiere Pro CC users to more easily collaborate in post-production and editing. They say that it improves the workflow for feature films, broadcast and web-based content while working in teams in various locations, but also when working on your own, too. Now, Productions and Team Projects are available for Premiere Pro and After Effects CC users, the latter of which is free until August 2020.