Adobe has now  launched Creative Cloud 2015, which means updating all apps contained in this cloud based concept to the 2015 version. But wait - there is more. Along with the update Adobe also introduces Adobe Stock, which from now on will be integrated in Creative Cloud.

 

Fotolia integrated in Creative Cloud

Offering stock photos to the users is in fact not new to Adobe, which earlier had a stock photo service that eventually was shut down. But earlier this year Adobe acquired Fotolia with more than 40 millions photos, vector based illustrations and videos in stock.

 

And with the launch of Creative Cloud 2015, Fotolia will be closely integrated with both the cloud in general and with Photoshop in particular. Further more you will get a massive discount - up to 40 percent - if you have a Creative Cloud subscription, and of course content easy integrates with the other Adobe applications as well.

 

Improvements in general

In general there are several improvements in Creative Cloud in order to provide the users with a unified experience across desktop and mobile and make the creative assets available - no matter where and when work is performed.

 

The new Creative Sync feature ensures, that files, fonts, design assets, settings and more instantly appear in the workflow whenever these resources are needed, making it possible to start the creative work on any device and seamlessly pick it up on another at a later time.

 

Adobe calls it Unified Experience Across Mobile and Desktop, and even if this mantra is important to all users, it in particular is important to companies - meaning that the Creative Cloud Enterprise solution also has been improved across the organization.

 

Multiple art boards in Photoshop

But let us take a look at a couple of the applications. Let us start off with Photoshop where it now is easier than ever to edit once and then update everywhere with Linked Assets in CC Libraries. That also applies to Illustrator and InDesign.

 

Brand new is the possibility to work with multiple art boards in a single document, just as we know it from Illustrator, and thanks to the Mercury engine tools like Spot Healing Brush and Patch Tools now are 120 times faster than in CS 6. Further more we can mention Device Preview, new Asset Export and Content Aware Move with the ability to scale the content, that has to be moved.

 

A couple of new tools has found its way in to Photoshop as well. Last year at MAX in Los Angeles we got a sneak preview of a new function - Remove Haze - that now has been implemented. Already to day you can remove haze in a picture, but you have to use several tools. Now haze can be removed with a click on a button.

 

Also a new function is the possibility to add noise in Blur Gallery effects in order to make pictures less “shiny” and more realistic. We can also mention more tools for 3D print, and in that content lets draw the attention to the fact, that Adobe just a few weeks ago bought the 3D company Mixamo.

 

10 times faster Illustrator

Illustrator CC 2015 has put the pedal to the metal and now offers 10 times faster process time than the good old CS 6 version, while zoom magnification thanks to the GPU has improved by factor 10. Another pretty good feature is, that now you never loose your work - not even if is has not been saved, and Illustrator should crash.

 

InDesign now handles graphics in cells

InDesign offers a more modest two times increase in speed but also offers new features like the possibility to place images in table cells. A feature most wanted. Another new feature is the possibility to easy publish documents online - not big time documents like magazines, but small documents like e.g. flyers. All animations can now be exported as HTML 5 in order to work on all platforms.

 

Creative Cloud Libraries integration in the video workflow

Both Premiere Pro and After Effects now offer Creative Cloud Libraries integration, which makes it possible to drag assets directly to the time line, and in Premiere Pro the major new feature must be dramatically simplified color workflow, called Lumetri Color Panel. It is very much Lightroom look-alike and gives the possibility to with Vibrance just like in Photoshop.

 

Premiere Pro now offers support for staggering 16K footage, and both the color engine and the sound engine have been completely re-written. It is now possible to smooth out jumps between sound bytes with transparent morphing of the footage, where sound is cut out, and the new Time Tuner function makes it possible to cut and optimize the length of a production with up to several percent with out any visible effects. All through an algorithm that calculates sound, music and camera movements.

 

In Premiere Pro we also find enhanced support for Premiere Clip, and the application After Effects is completely rewritten. In After Effects we also now have preview without interruptions, Face Tracker and easily animated 2D characters that makes it possible to record your face- and body expression with a webcam and integrate them in an exportable animation.

 

More responsive Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver offers responsive design, device preview, batch export from PSD and code editor improvements. Edge reflow now is a part of Dreamweaver, and you can download a Photoshop PSD file from the cloud and extract all information about fonts, colors etc. and use it as CSS - both from inside and outside Dreamweaver - and even if you do not have Photoshop on your machine.

 

In Muse, the application for designing websites, we now find instant access to Typekit fonts, ongoing code improvements and a lot of new widgets from partners like blogs and shopping carts.

 

Finally Project Candy is now released as Hue - a mobile application that converts colors to look-up tables ready for use in your video workflow, all through the use of the engine from the professional color grading tool Speedgrade.

 

And finally Android user now how access to mobile touch-apps like Brush CC, Shape CC, Color CC and Photoshop Mix.

 

Creative Cloud 2015 is ready

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