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Adobe Dreamweaver Business Catalyst Integration

Adobe Dreamweaver Business Catalyst Integration: This video demo includes a very high level example of features that can be found when integrating Adobe Dreamweaver and Site Catalyst. With Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 and CC, you can build websites in the familiar interface and use the powerful features of the Site Catalyst Content Management System.

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Adobe Illustrator CC Creating Background Patterns

Adobe Illustrator CC Creating Background Patterns: In this Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud video tutorial, you will learn how to quickly create seamless repeating background patterns for web or print design. Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud includes powerful tools for the web and print professional.

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Adobe Creative Cloud CC Announced at Adobe MAX 2013

Today at the annual MAX Conference, Adobe announced a significant update to the Creative Cloud, the company’s flagship software solution for creative professionals. Available on June 17th and packed with over 100 new features across the applications, the Creative Cloud re-imagines the creative process through a set of desktop applications and sophisticated cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities. All of this will now be branded under the “CC” release and the Adobe Creative Suite will no longer be an option for purchase without purchasing the Creative Cloud.

Adobe MAX Conference 2013

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen took to the stage to introduce an interesting line up of speakers as he reflected upon the past and painted a picture of the new creative future. The show started with a dazzling showcase of creative work that included over 100 pieces of art collected from around the world through an online collaboration of influencers. In order to present this work, Adobe utilized 40 synchronized projectors, rendering a half billion pixels per second. Narayen wasted no time sharing the vision of Adobe Systems and the next generation of the Creative Cloud explaining that your creative source files can be stored, synced and shared, via Creative Cloud, on Mac OS, Windows, iOS and Android; and Behance, the world’s leading online creative community. Creative professionals can now showcase work, get feedback on projects and gain global exposure. With Creative Cloud publishing finished work has never been easier, with enhanced services that build and power websites, mobile apps, tablet publications, online portfolios, and content for virtually any medium and device.

A Creative Evolution — Creative Tools: Keynote May 6th Video

Adobe Photoshop CC

The Demos!

First up, Terry White took the stage showing off a host of new tools that introduce the most advanced deblurring and sharpening technologies to date. The new Camera Shake Reduction tool analyzes and corrects for blur from camera movement to produce better quality images. The new Smart Sharpen tool uses adaptive sharpening algorithms to minimize noise effects while producing high-quality image results. He also showed off the new Radial Gradient tool that offers powerful controls to draw attention to the focus of an image without applying a standard vignette, and the Upright tool automatically straightens horizons and applies perspective corrections without distorting the image.

He also showcased Adobe llustrator CC by demoing new features including a Touch Type tool that allows characters to be manipulated as individual objects with support for multitouch devices, bitmap images used in brushes, and CSS Extraction.

What’s New in Adobe Creative Cloud for Designers Video

Adobe Illustrator CC

Next, Jason Levine presented some jaw dropping Adobe After Effects demos. Probably the most impressive demo of the day was the Live 3D Pipeline between After Effects CC and Cinema 4D. With Cinama 4D, you can build your own models, download your own photos and use the enhanced 3D camera tracker.  He also showed off the Refine Edge feature that allows you separate difficult foreground elements—such as hair and create high-quality matting results.

Also, Adobe has announced that “with the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro, editors can work the way they want, with increased customization capabilities, significant new shortcuts for faster, keyboard-driven editing, Link & Locate to quickly relink media, and an expanded set of supported media formats let editors work smarter and faster. It also has more powerful color workflows with the addition of the Lumetri™ Deep Color Engine, to easily apply rich color grading looks directly in Adobe Premiere Pro.” Adobe Press Release

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Adobe Creative Cloud Overview for Video Pros Video

What’s New for Web Designers and Developers? Jeff Veen took to the stage and explained the fundamental belief at Adobe is that the web is now ready for a totally new set of web design and development solutions, … enter Adobe Edge. In the next few minutes of the presentation, he integrated some of the assets created in Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects into a responsive web design scenario – “The Adventure Company Website”.

Adobe MAX Edge Reflow

These demos revealed some great new export functionality from Photoshop for the web designer including two new features, “Generate Web Assets” and “Edge Reflow Project”. Adobe Edge Reflow improvements include improved layout capabilities, more powerful styling features, performance, and integration with the other Adobe CC software. One impressive example displayed the ability to control the canvas element by element for ease of exchange between designer and developer.  You can also add CSS filters easily and then test with Adobe Edge Inspect.

Adobe Edge

What’s New in Adobe Creative Cloud for Web Pros Video

At this point if you were not blown away with the new features and functionality, well … the show was just getting started. Other updates included a preview of the new Kuler app, iPhone Creative Cloud app, fonts for the desktop and so many other features that will be included in the new Adobe Creative Cloud. Also, Behance is now integrated with Creative Cloud, so creative professionals can showcase their work, get feedback on project comps, and gain global exposure. With Creative Cloud publishing has never been easier, with services that build and power websites, mobile apps, tablet publications, online portfolios, and content for virtually any medium and device.

Adobe also announced that all new features will be coming to Creative Cloud users starting June 17 at which time Adobe will be ending support for CS6 with all new features coming to Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers only. Obviously, this is a big change for everyone, but some facts that we know include the ability to download and work with at least one back version of the software. So, if you subscribe to the new Creative Cloud CC, you will still be able to download and work with Adobe CS6 versions. Also, the Adobe Creative Cloud includes versions for both Mac and Windows as well as the ability to automatically synchronize between the desktop, cloud and mobile devices. Designers can designate shared folders and invite others to collaborate. Edits are stored with version history so users can share their files with confidence and currently all individual members receive 20GB of storage. For more information on this new offer from Adobe Systems be sure to check out: Adobe.com/go/creativevision

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Adobe CS6 and Creative Cloud – A Compelling Upgrade!

Adobe Creative Cloud

Over the years Adobe Systems has excelled at creating software that abstracts the latest technology in a way that makes it easy designers to express unique ideas and deliver those ideas in a variety of media. Whether you’re editing an image with Photoshop, creating vector graphics in Illustrator, or laying out a page in InDesign, their goal has always been to give you total creative freedom along with the control and precision to ensure the highest quality when it comes to production. But as times have changed, creating content is no longer enough….

Most designers agree, that there are 3 main areas of challenges:
1. More and more content to create
2. They don’t have time to learn new skills
3. Content discovery is a problem now that media is so fragmented.

More and more content to create

There are new types of content appearing all the time, and the two year upgrade cycles are too slow to accommodate these shifts. For example the first iPad was launched literally weeks after they shipped CS5. Can you imagine if you had to wait until next month before Adobe added any features that would make it easier for people to create content for the iPad? Therefore, Adobe has been investing in different product models so they can be more nimble when it comes to delivering this kind of technology.

Learning new skills

Adobe is also investing extensive resources to make sure designers can create more content types using the tools they already know (e.g. digital publishing with InDesign, video with Photoshop). Another objective is to make sure that all of the new tools leverage existing paradigms that designers are comfortable with – so rather than expecting them to learn to write code, we’re looking at how we can help them create websites using the same approaches they use for page layout.

Content discovery is a problem now that media is so fragmented.

With people accessing information in so many different ways (social, mobile, tablets…) getting your clients messages in front of people in the right way at the right time is harder than ever. So another recent top objective of Adobe Systems is to make it easier to not only create different types of content, but to be able to efficiently distribute or publish that content.

Longer term, by offering these publishing services, designers will have access to the type of reports and data that will help them understand the effectiveness of their work.

Adobe Creative Suite CS6

Enter Adobe Creative Cloud!

With the Adobe Creative Cloud, you can now:

Get the World’s Best Tools: Download all CS6 and other desktop tools – plus integrate with Adobe Touch Apps, so you can work anywhere. Create mobile apps, tablet content, websites, print, interactive, videos… anything you can imagine.
Connect with the Community: Use intuitive cloud-based sync and store collaborate or share your ideas and access your work from anywhere. Get inspired by connecting with a global community of creatives.
Publish Anywhere: Easily publish and deliver content to the web and apps to iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Get your work wherever it needs to go.
Stay a Step Ahead: Always have the most up-to-date technology. Get updates and new products the instant they become available, all included in the low monthly price.

Everything people love in Creative Suite is included. Every single CS application that is normally included in Master Collection. Plus, Adobe is including Acrobat. And Muse and Edge, which will not be part of Creative Suite but will be part of Creative Cloud, Lightroom, which is an incredible product for photography that is not included with any of the suites. And unlike the boxed version software, customers will have access to Windows and Mac versions of all of the desktop tools. Creative Cloud members receive early, immediate access to new features, upgrades, and services as they become available, at no additional cost, and have access to a robust online community where you can share your work, connect with peers, and be inspired.

The tools we use today are expanding beyond the desktop. Adobe is helping creative pros capture their ideas wherever and whenever creativity strikes with the Touch Apps. Adobe is also including cloud-based services that will allow you to create and access files anywhere you want, and publish anywhere you want. Finally, the Creative Cloud will also include an entire set of community resources to give you the inspiration, training, and support you need to be successful.

The idea behind the included the services is the ability to leverage new technologies to help streamline processes that take place before and after content creation. This includes the entire creative process, from capturing ideas while you’re on the go, through to publishing that content anywhere.

Key Design Trends

Here is a great example of this workflow for the Designer that uses Adobe Photoshop.

• Start your work in Photoshop Touch or Collage, some of the Adobe Touch Apps available for iPad and Android tablets
• Sync your files through the Creative Cloud to your Photoshop CS6 desktop application, where you take your initial designs further using the precision tools in Photoshop
• Send your work to Muse, a new desktop application that lets designers easily create standards-based websites
• Add some creative fonts with Typekit
• Publish your site to Business Catalyst, a hosted application for building and managing websites and online businesses
• The beauty of the Cloud is that what is available now, is just the beginning.

And here is another step through example including DPS:

• Start your work in Photoshop Touch or one of the other Adobe Touch Apps
• Add HTML5 interactivity in Adobe Edge
• Bring the work into InDesign, a very familiar environment for a designer
• Publish the content to an iPad using Digital Publishing Suite Single Edition – Creative Cloud members can publish an unlimited number of apps using our DPS solution

Adobe Creative Cloud Workflow

CS6 is without a doubt a large part of the value prop for Creative Cloud. One important clarification is that even though this is called Creative Cloud it doesn’t mean that the products are in the Cloud, after you subscribe, you download the apps and install them on your local hard drive. Just like you use them today.

As always there are loads of new features in every single application that will delight designers and developers. For designers a few of the hottest new features include:

• Mercury performance in Photoshop and Illustrator.
• Pattern creation in Illustrator
• Gradients on strokes in Illustrator
• A group of features in InDesign make it easier for you to adapt a single set of content for multiple layouts.
• For those of you using Dreamweaver they have continued to expand support for HTML5 and CSS3, including a great new feature called Fluid Grid Layouts that makes it easier to design adaptive website layouts.

Fore more information about the Adobe Creative Cloud, visit http://www.adobe.com.

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