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Adobe's latest Creative Cloud updates bridge desktop and mobile

J.R. Bookwalter | Oct. 7, 2014
Adobe's new tools let you convert photos of objects into vector art, or start editing a video on an iPhone and then send it to Premiere Pro.

Premiere Clip also allows you to upload completed work to popular social networks or share it publicly with other community members. The app can even export XML files that can be opened in Premiere Pro on Mac or PC, where you can further tweak projects using more robust desktop tools. (Exported files are deducted from your Creative Cloud storage.)

Capture your world

Among the more inspired entries this year are what Adobe describes as "capture apps." Along with last year's Kuler (renamed Color) for creating palette themes with an iPhone camera, Brush and Shape offer artists potentially limitless ways to convert real-world objects into content that can be incorporated into their own work.

In just a few steps, Adobe Brush converts captured images for use with Sketch or desktop versions of Photoshop and Illustrator. The app includes a variety of brush types in black-and-white or RGB color, touch-based controls for refining captured objects, and independent adjustment of the brush head and tail for seamless repetition.

Likewise, Adobe Shape converts anything shot with an iPhone camera into editable vector graphics. You can clean up images in just a few strokes of a fingertip, then converted them to high-quality live vectors using the same technology Adobe has built into Illustrator over three decades.

Brush and Shape creations automatically sync to your Creative Cloud profile, where you can use them in full 1:1 fidelity with other compatible mobile or desktop apps. You can stamp custom brushes and shapes onto a canvas with complete control over size, opacity, and color.

Bridge over mobile waters

This link between mobile and desktop is made possible by the new Creative Cloud Libraries, which lets you access, use, and create colors, text styles, brushes, images, and graphics. Elements you save to Creative Cloud on one device are instantly available everywhere else, ready to be dragged and dropped into projects--even while offline.

The same kind of interoperability will finally be available to third-party apps, thanks to the launch of Adobe's Creative SDK 1.0. Announced in June and now officially out of beta, the software development kit allows developers to create apps capable of hooking directly into Creative Cloud, with more than a dozen partners already shipping connected products and services.

Although Apple has yet to embrace touchscreen Macs, Adobe continues to blaze trails into the Windows market with touch-enabled applications hardware like Surface Pro. In addition to two-finger touch enhancements for Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects, Adobe Illustrator CC has been updated with an all-new workspace optimized for multi-touch gestures. The more tactile workflow also includes a streamlined user interface that keeps the focus squarely on touch-friendly tools.


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