Bridge the Gap Between Mobile and Desktop with Creative Cloud Connected Apps

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Creative inspiration can strike anywhere and at anytime – the colors of nature in autumn or the shape of a bike leaning against a graffitied wall. Now, with the sophisticated hardware in our mobile devices and the power of the Creative Cloud, we’re no longer tethered to our desktops – and that inspiration can be captured and incorporated into our work at any point. This new dimension to the creative process is powerful and with our suite of mobile apps and CreativeSync, we’ve made it even easier for creatives to do their best work across devices. Take a look at how designer Irmak Akçadoğan uses mobile in her creative workflow here.

The Creative SDK opens up Adobe technology to developers so they can build powerful, connected creative applications that break down the barriers between devices and increasing productivity. Here are a few of the apps in the Creative Cloud ecosystem that are giving their users the ability to access their creative content anywhere they go, enhance their creations with top notch creative tools and create seamlessly across devices and teams.

Infltr

Infltr is a camera app that gives users access to an infinite variety of filters with touch. Infltr’s latest release, version 2.0, includes an integration with the Creative SDK that brings even more creative freedom to the mobile photographer. Now, infltr users can import images from and upload edited photos to their Lightroom collections or Creative Cloud libraries. Users can also send images from infltr directly into Adobe Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC on the desktop. The addition of the Creative SDK enables infltr users to easily and seamlessly work on their creations from mobile to desktop without leaving the app.

Bazaart

Bazaart simplifies the complexity of professional photo-editing by completely re-imagining the user experience on mobile. Using Bazaart’s powerful yet simple editing tools, users can create professional compositions anytime, anywhere. Bazaart’s integration of the Creative SDK provides users with a number of new capabilities, such as importing and exporting assets (including Photoshop .PSDs from and to the Creative Cloud and working with Adobe Photoshop .PSD files. New features include Photoshop .PSD creation, importing and exporting .PSD files, extracting layers and sending files directly to Photoshop on the desktop, all of which provide Photoshop compatibility and an easy way to ensure that the creative process isn’t disrupted.

ArtRage

ArtRage for iPad is a realistic painting program that lets you mix up oils, dab around with watercolors, and sketch in pencil and ink. With the Creative SDK integration, ArtRage now has full support for file sharing through Adobe Creative Cloud, letting users access their creative files easily while they paint in the app. Users can import images as new paintings, pinned references and tracing images, as well as export their finished works (or just individual layers) back to the Creative Cloud.

This means that users can now quickly grab an important reference to sketch from, or transfer their drawings easily from ArtRage to any other app that is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud ecosystem, enhancing the creative flexibility within ArtRage and making it compatible with existing Creative Cloud workflows.

Vintage Design

Vintage Design is an app that helps you create professional looking logos, flyers, labels, invitation cards, etc. in a vintage style. Now with the Creative SDK, Vintage Design users can continue to edit their creations on the desktop by exporting their designs as Photoshop .PSD files, preserving the individual layers. This powerful new feature allows Vintage Design users to edit their designs between desktop and mobile with ease. Users can also import and export their content and images directly to and from their Creative Cloud account giving them the ability to access their content anywhere and in any Creative Cloud connected app!

Pixure

Pixure is the most advanced pixel art app in the world with all the features that you would expect and need to make and share great art. Their integration of the Creative SDK enables a seamless connection with Creative Cloud by giving its users import and export functionality so that they can continue work on Creative Cloud assets within Pixure – or put the final touches on a Pixure creation in one of the other apps in the Creative Cloud ecosystem on mobile or desktop.

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Who attends MAX?

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MAX is the place where creative professionals come to be inspired, to learn, and to grow their creative career. It’s the world’s fastest growing creativity conference. We thought you’d like to know a bit about who attends:

48% are graphic, web or multidisciplinary designers

25% are art or creative directors

27% are video, film or motion graphics, photographers, and those who put themselves in the ‘other’ category.

If we’re looking at which of the Adobe products MAX attendees use on a daily basis, here’s how it breaks down:

96% of MAX attendees use Photoshop daily

89% use Adobe Illustrator daily

79% spend their day in InDesign

Really, MAX is the only place where you can learn about Adobe products from the people who actually make the products. It’s the best place to build your career, gain new skills and tools, get inspired and join the MAX community.

Adobe <3s Android… Tablets

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The long awaited moment has arrived. We are happy to bring Adobe Illustrator Draw to Android tablets.

“It seemed like forever,” principle product manager, Will Eisley, said, “but we wanted to get it right.”

Originally released on iPhone in 2014, the Draw team has been diligently responding and recording feedback from the Google+ Community, Adobe Android Apps. In addition to building the free mobile app for devices like Samsung and Nexus tablets, the development team has been working toward feature parity between the Android and iOS platforms.

More specifically, Android features include:

  • Improved drawing performance
  • Support for Samsung S-Pen styluses with pressure and palm rejection
  • Control which brushes appear in your toolbar
  • Use a digital ruler to draw flawless straight lines and geometric shapes

Check out this video for inspiration.

Or, download Illustrator Draw from Google Play.

Creative professionals new to Draw will enjoy how this lightweight mobile drawing app lets them create scalable vector artwork with drawing layers including an image and photo layer. They can also zoom up to 64x for incredible detail while having access to royalty free images and graphics on Adobe Stock.

Thanks to CreativeSync, all of your drawings made with Draw are synced to Creative Cloud or chose to send them directly to Illustrator CC as fully editable files with paths and layers.

You can also download Illustrator Draw from the App Store on iTunes.

Collaboration Everywhere with Read-Only Creative Cloud Libraries and Files


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We are excited to announce the availability of read-only access when you collaborate with Creative Cloud Libraries and Creative Cloud Files on mobile, desktop, and the web.  We are also pleased to support patterns, a new Library asset type, created in Adobe Capture CC and available for use in Adobe Photoshop CC.

Read-only access ensures your creative assets and files stored in Creative Cloud remain unchanged and can’t be deleted by other collaborators while still being made available for use by your team.  You can also delegate to collaborators the following permission levels to help manage your library and files:  

Owners and editors

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  • Collaborators that are owners or have “Can edit” access can edit, move and delete assets.
  • They can change the permissions for other collaborators.

Viewers

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  • Collaborators with “Can view” permissions cannot make any changes.
  • They can see who the Owner and other collaborators are, but they also cannot modify any collaboration permissions.  
  • They can copy the contents of a shared Folder or Library and make changes to them privately.

Read-only is currently available in all Creative Cloud desktop apps supporting Libraries and several mobile apps that support Libraries and Files. Click here for a quick overview on read-only Libraries and Files. 

Try read-only Libraries, Folders and Files on these mobile apps, with additional mobile app support coming soon.

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How the Right Collaborative Tools Drove Alere’s Global Rebranding


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Companies rebrand for a variety of reasons including mergers, new markets, and expanded product portfolios. The Harvard Business Review notes that a rebrand should signal a growing company’s promise to the market, as well as internal clarity about its mission. Alere is a global company providing innovative healthcare solutions which contribute to improved clinical and economic outcomes for patients and healthcare providers globally, through access to fast, reliable diagnostic data. After years of rapid growth and strategic acquisitions, Alere has expanded to a global enterprise with a presence in more than 100 countries. The company’s leaders decided it was time to solidify their place in the market with a global rebrand, starting with an upgrade to Creative Cloud for teams.

Rebranding goes beyond a name

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Stanford professor Jennifer Aaker notes, “Changing a brand can’t be done by changing a logo.” Successful rebrands incorporate new names and enhanced visual identities. Yet they must also extend to communicating updated and consistent messaging across channels to audiences worldwide.

“Our corporate websites are the best way for us to share product and corporate information with customers and investors,” says Justin Heasman, Associate Director of Global Web Operations at Alere. “We needed a truly enterprise solution to transform our website and support other critical marketing initiatives.”

Streamlining global content production and delivery

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A global rebrand requires creating and updating a significant amount of content. Adobe tools feature modular templates which allow geographically disbursed content creators to develop content with a consistent, branded feel. At the same time, they are flexible enough to let designers customize branded collateral for specific product lines, as well as a region’s culture and language – a critical component when delivering content to 29 countries in 15 languages.

Alere also relies on Adobe tools to create a mobile-friendly experience for their websites. “Depending on the website, anywhere from 20% to 45% of our audience comes from a mobile device,” says Heasman. “The ability to reach those audiences through responsive design is key.”

Enhancing collaboration and asset sharing

Rebranding requires logistical coordination to ensure everyone is using the latest materials. Easily sharing assets on Adobe’s cloud-based file sharing system allows creatives to focus on developing new content, while ensuring the latest assets – such as the logo – are updated in critical brand documents. By centralizing and organizing content, Alere reduced duplication of assets by 53% across 2,000 web pages.

When marketers needed an up-to-date product image, they would contact creative services. “We used to field about 70 requests a week just for image assets,” says Pat Hardy, Creative Director of Global Creative Services at Alere. “Marketers often work on tight deadlines, so we were under pressure to find the right version of a particular product image.” Introducing self-service access to images sped up marketers’ ability to get the latest brand documents for their campaigns, while reducing the burden for image requests on the creative services team. Ultimately, thanks to these new features, image requests were down 80%.

Improved technical alignment across the company

As long-time Adobe Creative Suite users, Alere’s creative team upgraded to Adobe Creative Cloud for teams. Adobe’s mobile-to-desktop, mobile-to-mobile, and collaborative workflows support the team as they develop hundreds of pieces of collateral for web and print each year. Designers leverage multiple Creative Cloud apps, such as Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe InDesign CC, to create and share images and designs with colleagues.

Globally, Alere’s designers work on the same software versions for smoother collaboration and faster turnaround times. For instance, a designer in Europe can now hand off a project to a colleague in the U.S. to help meet tight deadlines. “Previously, we always had to be aware of the software and versions used by our colleagues,” says Kristoff Krowchenko, Senior Graphic Designer of Global Creative Services at Alere. “If a designer six hours ahead of us forgot to save a file to be compatible with our current running Adobe version, it could cost us a day of work on that file.”

Krowchenko adds, “Between the use of Creative Cloud Libraries, central storage space, and always-current software versions, we’ve stepped up our team’s ability to more quickly and easily collaborate.”

Learn how you can accelerate your business with Creative Cloud for teams.

 

Discover What Eight Artists Created Using Adobe Mobile Apps


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Starting on May 3rd and spanning three days, Adobe invited artists to San Francisco to create artwork, in their signature style, live on the Adobe Twitch channel. They had one challenge: use Adobe Mobile apps like Photoshop Sketch, Illustrator Draw or Adobe Capture in their creative workflow. Check out the final work created by these amazing artists:

“Mister T.” by Rob Generette III

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Renown vector artist Rob Generette III drew this stunning portrait of Mister T. using Illustrator Draw on an iPad AIR as well as an Adonit Jot Touch Stylus.

Over the three days, he only had five hours on the stream to complete his masterpiece. To save time, he used Adobe Stock images along with Adobe Capture CC to create a vector illustration from a picture of a rose. He used the same technique for the feather and the cross.

To create the chain, he drew one link with Adobe Draw and sent it to Adobe Illustrator CC on his desktop to refine. At anytime, through-out your own workflow, you can send your drawing to Illustrator CC and keep all the vectors and layers.  Once in Illustrator CC, Rob created a pattern brush to achieve the golden collar.

“The Fight” by Shilin Huang & Chad Cameron

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Shilin Huang is a digital painter as well as a Twitch streamer. You may also recognize Chad Cameron from YouTube – he has become our very own “Adobe Bob Ross” and a Photoshop Sketch master.

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To create this painting, Shilin and Chad worked in Photoshop Sketch on iPad Pro devices using an Apple Pencil. The best part about streaming live on Twitch is that we can chat with all of you. As Shilin and Chad were painting in Sketch, users in the chat pod were able to direct the storyline of the final artwork commenting “we want an octopus fighting a Bob Ross Samurai!”. After five hours of work, they merged both creations in Photoshop CC and unveiled their masterpiece.

Manga artists Mark Crilley & Sophie Chan

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When it comes to drawing, Mark Crilley is one of the best on YouTube. His lessons have been watched by millions of fans. We had him put his skills to the test using Photoshop Sketch for the first time on an iPad. Mark rose to the challenge and quickly created several illustrations using Photoshop Sketch.

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Another YouTube superstar, Sophie Chan came on the set to give Manga drawing lessons teaching viewers how to draw both female and male characters. These lessons are based on her best-selling book Manga Workshop Characters: How to Draw and Color Faces and Figures. Like Mark, it was her first time drawing on an iPad Pro using Photoshop Sketch.

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Sophie and Mark drew together on the same iPad to create one final illustration – Every ten minutes the iPad was passed to the other person. The end result? Amazing. Mark drew the eye on the left, while Sophie drew the eye on the right. Take a closer look – can you tell who did what on the rest of the drawing?

“Pool Party” by Jing Wei

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Brooklyn artist Jing Wei has a unique graphic style. She only had six hours to create an illustration using Adobe Capture CC in her workflow. Jing started out as a Fine Artist and quickly took her skills into the digital realm. To create her iconic organic shapes, she drew with paper cutting shapes out with scissors. Then using Adobe Capture CC, she converted her paper shapes into vector shapes and sent them to Illustrator CC. She asked viewers in the chat what they wanted to see in the pool: a bbq, beach ball, octopus? Working hard, Jing made sure the composition had all the right elements. After adding color to the piece, the pool party really came to life making us all wish we were out in the sun.

Red Kat Creative & Kevin Vassey

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Katie (aka. Red Kat Creative) is a professional animator and illustrator in the movie industry who has worked on films like Star Wars and The Matrix. Using a complete mobile to desktop workflow, she took advantage of Adobe Capture to grab shapes which she used to create brushes, and then she animated her illustrations in Adobe Animate CC. Based on viewer suggestions in the Twitch chat, she also created this stunning illustration of a “Bob Ross Lizard”!

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Also a renown illustrator in the movie industry, Kevin Vassey has worked for DreamWorks on movies like Shrek and Madagascar. He also has a passion for comics, so naturally we asked him to show us how to create a comic strip from ideation to completion. He started by sketching ideas with his finger on his iPad Mini in Photoshop Sketch, and finished the work in Adobe Photoshop CC. It was amazing to watch him create this elaborately illustrated story from just a blank page.

Share your art #MakeItOnMobile

Thank you for joining us on Twitch to watch these eight artists create amazing artwork with Adobe mobile apps. Download our free apps on iOS and Android and then share your creation using the hashtag #MakeItOnMobile. Be ready for some love from the Adobe community. Can’t wait to see what you create!

Tell It To Me Straight – Plain Language in UX


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Ever been confused by an error message? Or unsure how to proceed with a dialogue box? You’re not alone. Communicating clearly in our interfaces and websites is crucial to creating a great user experience.

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Ambiguous error messages that are not written in plain language can be frustrating to users, and leave them wondering what to do next. ‘Ok’ is not a logical answer to the question ‘Are you sure?’

An introduction to plain language

As a concept, plain language has a long history. It gained additional traction in the context of government in the 1990s, when people noticed how much of a hurdle government speak and legalese was for people trying to access services. Plain language is ‘reader-focused writing’. We can think of the approach as being an extension of ‘user-centredness’. It makes sense that when we are designing in a user-centered way, we try to be reader-centred in the content and UI copy that we are creating.

It is important to note that the audience and their behaviour are central to measuring the success of plain language approaches – just as user centred design requires us to define a user, plain language is contextual to the reader. The measures of efficacy, according to the Centre for Plain Language, are whether the reader can:

  • Find what they need
  • Understand what they find
  • Act appropriately on that understanding

How Plain language improves UX

Writing in plain language helps the user to easily understand the content that they are engaging with, and the choices that are available when faced with calls to action or dialogue boxes. The higher the level of clarity, the better the experience.

This makes it more efficient for users to move through a flow, and complete their tasks. When ambiguity is removed, this frees up cognitive power and lets people work faster. A smooth experience is one where the user does not need to spend extra time decoding what a button will do or an error message is saying.

Plain language also makes digital experiences more accessible, as it supports a range of reading levels and abilities. The readability of content needs to be considered, by reducing the amount of effort it takes to read and interpret it. As with all accessibility considerations, this benefits all users, not just those who may have reading disabilities such as dyslexia or a lower education level. Research has shown that people with very high literacy levels also prefer plain language.

Principles of Plain Language

  • Using the active voice rather than the passive voice – this will increase readability and decrease ambiguity. “The man was bitten by the dog” is an example of passive voice. “The dog bit the man” is written in active voice.
  • In general, aim for shorter words and shorter sentences.
  • Avoid acronyms, and explain any uncommon words. Do not make assumptions about what your audience knows.
  • For a general public audience, a readability rule of thumb is to aim for 8th grade reading level.

Getting Better at Plain Language

Being able to write clearly and choose appropriate interface content and copy is like any skill, and can be improved and developed with practice. It often falls to the UX designer to make decisions around button copy and error messages. Depending on the project, we may not have control over other aspects of content, but we can make recommendations and advocate for appropriate language.

Writing and tone style guides can be helpful when thinking about writing for the web. A popular and well regarded example is the UK’s government digital service style guide, which can be a great place to start for work intended for a wide ranging or public audience.

Plain Language Tools

When you are writing copy or text for websites and interfaces, there are some great tools that can help you to achieve plain language. The Centre for Plain Language has a useful checklist which can inform your process.

One of my favourites is the feature in programs like Microsoft Word, which assess the readability of text. There are also online options available. Inputting the text and running the feature will result in a readability report.

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Example of a readability report from readability-score.com, which uses several different algorithms to measure readability.

There are several different algorithms that are used to assess reading level. In general, a grade level score uses US grade school reading levels to rate the text. A ‘reading ease’ score rates the text on a 100 point scale, where the higher the score, the easier the text is to read. Getting in the habit of testing what you write will go a long way towards improving your plain language writing skills!

Another useful tool is xkcd simple writer, which will highlight words that are not among the 1,000 most commonly used words. The point here is not to get hung up on using only that set of words, but simply being aware of what vocabulary may be adding complexity. Gov.uk has published a list of words to avoid when writing in plain language.

A very simple but powerful approach is to read what you have written aloud – does the dialogue box text and the options make sense?

Plain Language in Action

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Creative Commons licenses have made efforts to take complex legal documents and write them in plain English. Any terms that might be unclear are linked to further definitions.

The Creative Commons human-readable summaries of their license terms are a great example of plain language in use. Their unique approach means that each license has three layers – a legal document, a plain language version and a machine readable version. By adapting the language for the user, Creative Commons succeeds in a great user experience for their products.

I once worked on a project with a large public library. Designing the online account required careful consideration of the many library users who did not have English as a first language. Terms in the interface such as ‘accruing fines’ were causing difficulty and confusion. Choosing and testing these labels was a huge part of the UX work. ‘Fines payable on return/renewal of overdue items’ was the label that tested best, after many iterations, and lead to most clarity for users. Part of the learning here is that plain language may not always mean the shortest way to say something, if it’s not the clearest for the audience.

Conclusion

When the words in an interface are well chosen and thought out, it becomes easier for the user to get through the experience and achieve what they need. This applies to all of the content on screen, from error messages and button labels to headlines and copy. Plain language is a natural extension of putting your user front and center, and catering to their needs.

Woo Hoo! The Simpsons TV Show and Adobe Make Live Animation Television History

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Back in 1997 in The Simpsons episode “The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show”, Homer Simpson got an up-close look at the world of animation when he became the voice talent behind the animated dog Poochie. When Homer asked whether the episode was airing live, a veteran voice actor dryly replied, “Very few cartoons are broadcast live. It’s a terrible strain on the animators’ wrists.”

It may surprise long-time viewers of The Simpsons to find out, Homer was actually on to something!

Now, almost 20 years later, his prophetic question is reality as The Simpsons team—using Adobe Character Animator—aired the program’s first ever live segment ever on May 15, 2016. The setup: Homer, with help from his voice actor Dan Castellaneta, improvised a three-minute live segment, sharing his takes on current events and responding directly to questions submitted by fans.

The episode, smartly titled “Simprovised”, broke new ground for The Simpsons, the show’s legions of fans, and live televised animation.

How did they do it?

Believe it or not, the process is relatively simple, with the right tools. Castellaneta delivered the live performance and Adobe Character Animator (a relatively new feature in After Effects CC, part of Creative Cloud) made the magic through realistic lip sync and keyboard-triggered animations. The talented teams at Fox and The Simpsons had early access to the upcoming version of Character Animator, which debuted (and will ship soon … keep an eye out) when our Digital Video and Audio team barnstormed the NAB trade show.

The Simpsons has always pushed the boundaries of what’s next and what’s possible in entertainment,” says Van Bedient, senior strategic development manager at Adobe. “They’re not afraid to take risks. When it came to putting a live segment into their wildly popular program, we couldn’t imagine a better opportunity to show what’s next in technology.”

Adobe Character Animator literally lets designers bring 2D characters to life. A professional animator or any designer can create a layered character in Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC, bring them into a Character Animator scene, and then act out the character’s movement in front of a webcam. Even subtle facial expressions show up instantly, along with recorded dialogue and other actions triggered by a few simple keystrokes. All of this combines to create animations that have real-world, real-time elements, as characters interact or as people interact directly with their favorite characters. Smile, and your character smiles right back at you.

“People don’t usually associate animation with speed and simplicity,” says Bill Roberts, senior director of product management DVA for Adobe. “Traditional animation takes a huge amount of time to do well. It’s not easy to convey emotion and action, and if you design too fast, you risk losing all those great ‘in-between’ moments. Character Animator is a game changer.”

Character Animator began with a lunchtime conversation which grew into brainstorming sessions between After Effects engineers and Adobe researchers. The engineers had noticed that After Effects users were pushing the limits of rigging animations by hand; the researchers had invented tools to make that process faster and easier. Their vision for the product took off when they arrived at the concept of making Photoshop and Illustrator artwork interactive.

“We’re always inspired by our customers’ work, which includes some of the world’s most beloved cartoon characters,” says David Simons, co-creator of After Effects. “We realized there was the chance to create a product specifically for rigged animations.”

The team set out to make creating animation as easy as acting, or performing a musical instrument, but could not predict how customers would use Character Animator in live animation. “We created a live interface so animators could get immediate feedback on their performances, but as more people asked about live broadcasts, we knew we had something special. I’ve been a fan of The Simpsons since the early 1990s, so, when they contacted us, we jumped at the opportunity to work with them on their first live broadcast,” says Simons.

Simple, fast, real-time animations. It’s not surprising the reaction to Character Animator has been so positive.

“Adobe Character Animator is the first product I’ve ever worked with where everyone—from CEOs to kids—smiles when they see it. It’s easy and fun to make animations come alive. Creatives now have more ways than ever to transform how audiences view and respond to their characters,” says Roberts.

Learn More

Discover for yourself why people are so excited about the potential of Adobe Character Animator by creating your own animation.

Watch Dave Werner’s NAB 2016 presentation Breathing Life into 2D Animation

Learn more about Bringing 2D characters to life with Adobe Character Animator

Other press coverage:

The Wall Street Journal: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2016/05/13/how-the-simpsons-will-pull-off-a-live-episode/
TV Technology: http://www.tvtechnology.com/news/0002/simpsons-prepare-for-animations-first-live-broadcast/278589

The Gray Area


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Halfway between white and black lies the color gray. To assume it bland and monotonous is to be shortsighted. It is timeless, practical, cool, neutral and balanced.

A calm and soothing tone, both chic and sophisticated, it is often used in contemporary design and interiors. Gray has also become a color representing modernism, establishing its popularity in web design as background color but also headlines and body copy text.

Refined, clean and current, we present to you our Gray Gallery.

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Eugenio Marongiu / Adobe Stock

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Andriy Bezuglov / Adobe Stock

Tinx / Adobe Stock

Vadymvdrobot / Adobe Stock

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Creative Cloud Subscription


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From access to an exclusive asset marketplace to a website to help you launch your career, Creative Cloud is designed to help you create your best work and share that work with the world.  If you’re not taking advantage of these five features, you’re not getting the most out of your Creative Cloud subscription:

1. Adobe Portfolio

Adobe Portfolio is a tool to help build your own personalized website in minutes, no coding experience required. Choose from layouts designed to highlight your creative, or create your own design. Whether your field is photography, art or graphic design, Adobe Portfolio allows you to quickly launch and update your online portfolio.

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2. Creative Cloud Mobile App

The Creative Cloud mobile app allows you to take work, inspiration, and creativity with you wherever you go. Access all of your Creative Cloud files from your mobile device, make edits straight from your phone and sync your changes across all of your devices. With Adobe Stock integrated into the app, you have access to over 50 million high-quality assets right at your fingertips.

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3. Creative Cloud Assets

When dealing with hundreds of files, your work can easily get lost without proper file naming. Creative Cloud Assets allows you to easily search across your Files, Mobile Creations and Libraries to find the project or asset you’re looking for. Simply visit assets.adobe.com and log in with your Creative Cloud account to see an overview of your files. To search for a particular file, type a few keywords that match the asset you’re looking for.

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4. Creative Cloud Market

Creative Cloud Market is a collection of high-quality creative assets (e.g. vector graphics, icons, patterns, etc.) curated by creatives, available to all paid Creative Cloud members (except photography plan customers). To browse the collection, open the Creative Cloud app on desktop or mobile, select Assets and click Market. Members can download up to 500 unique assets each month and use them in Illustrator, Photoshop or other apps. Once you download assets to your desktop, you are free to use them throughout your design and web development projects.

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5. Typekit

Your Creative Cloud subscription also gives you access to Typekit, a service for fonts which you can sync and use with your favorite Creative Cloud apps. In addition to using Typekit within apps like Photoshop and Illustrator, you can also create a Kit and add fonts to your own website. There are different tiers of Typekit plans, and you can learn about them here.

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Now that you’ve learned some new tips to help you maximize your Creative Cloud subscription, get out there and create! Share your work with us on Twitter or Instagram using #CreativeCloud.