Remember Adobe’s recently announced web-based version of Photoshop? It’s finally available online and its name is Creative Cloud Express. It’s designed for experienced photographers and designers, but also those who’ve never used Adobe editing tools before. It’s a crossover between Adobe Spark and Photoshop Express, but it strangely reminds me of Canva, too.
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 announced that from next week, Adobe is adding Adobe Premiere Rush and Adobe Photoshop Express apps into the Creative Cloud Photography plan at no extra cost. Photoshop Express is a simple cut-down image editing app for iOS and Android devices. Premiere Rush is a basic video editing application available for both mobile and desktop operating systems.
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 released a new July 2021 update to Adobe Premiere Pro with two big headline features. The first is that Premiere Pro can now natively transcribe the speech in your videos to text in order to text documents for closed-caption subtitles. Previously, you’d need to purchase separate AI transcription tools like Simon Says, but now it can all be done natively within Premiere Pro itself.
The other big news from the Adobe camp is that Premiere Pro’s native Apple M1 version has now been officially released in its final form. Apple M1 support was launched as a beta in December 2020, but after seven months of testing, it’s now ready for prime time, with Adobe claiming speeds almost 80% faster than comparable Intel-based Macs.
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.
Adobe has announced some nice upgrades for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro as part of a major Creative Cloud video tools update. Premiere Pro sees new workflow and performance increases, along with support for Rec2100 HDR editing. After Effects gets new 3D Transform Gizmos and camera navigation tools.
It seems that Canon isn’t the only company having issues holding onto its customers’ images right now. A recent Adobe Lightroom update appears to have deleted images and presets for many of its users, too. Users on Facebook, Reddit and Adobe’s own forums had noticed that their work had disappeared with one noting that they’d lost over 2 years worth of edits.
That last one said they spoke with Adobe Customer Service for more than four hours over a two day period and were finally told that there is no fix and the lost images are unrecoverable. Adobe has since acknowledged the issue publicly, stating that the problem is limited to iPhone and iPad version 5.4.0 and that the files are definitely not recoverable.