By now you may have heard that Adobe plans to add a Content Aware Crop tool feature to Photoshop CC with the next update. You may be thinking that they already have that feature available, and you would be somewhat correct. You can already do what the video above shows manually, but the new tool will simplify the process.
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Adobe Creative Cloud’s Libraries feature allows you to access, organize and share assets between your desktop and mobile apps, as well as other Creative Cloud users.
Libraries allows you to collect Character Styles, Color Swatches, Brushes, Graphics, Text, and other objects in one or multiple libraries (see the Illustrator Libraries panel in the image above). The Panel is accessed under the Window menu in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. The assets you collect are synced via the cloud, and made available not only to your other apps, but you can share them with other members of your creative team, or make them publicly available via a link.
That alone would be really handy, but Adobe went a step further by offering the option of placing graphics in your Library as a linked file. That means when you update the original graphic, it gets updated in your Library, as well as any document you’ve placed the graphic in via the Libraries panel.
For the most part, you simply drag items into and out of the Libraries panel. Some icons across the bottom of the panel also allow you to add items.
Using the Libraries feature can save you a lot of time, especially if you use the same graphics, text styles and colors in most of your design work. In particular, publication designers will find Libraries to be a real game changer, especially if you share the design duties with other graphic artists on the staff.
Adobe has updated the bulk of their Creative Cloud apps such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Premiere. Rather than list all the changes, I’ve linked to an update list provided by Macrumors.com. Some of the additions to Photoshop are really interesting, and InDesign seems a bit speedier. Another nice little update from Adobe.
If you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber, you’ve no doubt downloaded and installed the latest versions of the CC apps. Adobe has smartly opted to install the apps beside existing CC apps, so you now have two versions of the main apps. This is important because many extensions and plug-ins are not yet compatible with the latest versions of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
Extensis has announced that Suitcase Fusion 5 font auto-activation plug-in updates are on the way (they currently don’t work in CC 2014) and will be free.
One of my favorite Photoshop plugins, GuideGuide, has been updated to work in PS CC 2014. AlienSkin’s EyeCandy, BlowUp and Bokeh (no longer sold) plugins appear to work fine simply by copying the plug-ins from the old PS CC plugins folder into the new version’s plugin folder.
I’m still waiting on an update for the incredibly useful FlatIcons extension to be updated.
If you rely on an extension or plug-in that hasn’t been updated to work with the new Creative Cloud 2014 versions, you can still use them in the older CC versions of the apps which are still installed on your hard drive – unless you un-installed them.
Fonts. We love them. From cool to crazy, free and open source to extremely expensive, there are a massive number of fonts in the world, and we want to collect them all for current and future projects.
While impressive, an ever-expanding personal font collection can become unwieldy, problematic and even unusable over time.
Join Extensis font management expert Jim Kidwell in this free webcast to learn how to:
- Remove corrupt fonts from your workflow
- Dispel the dreaded “missing font” dialog box in Creative Cloud apps
- Efficiently organize your font collection
- Speed font prototyping
- Remove font duplicates
- Clean font caches
- And more
When Adobe shipped Creative Cloud, Bridge was missing a feature many designers and photographers use quite often – the Output module. The Output module allows you to select folders of images and create a customizable contact sheet in PDF or Web Gallery format.
Thankfully, Adobe has made the Output module available as a stand-alone install, which you can download here. It’s fairly simple to install, and of course, absolutely free to all Creative Cloud users.
The official statement from Adobe is that Mavericks and Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud play nice together. In fact, they claim compatibility back to CS3.
I had to re-enter username & password for the Creative Cloud app after upgrading to Mavericks, InDesign runs horribly, and Adobe Illustrator opens on an old MacBook Air, but not on a brand new iMac with the exact same apps & fonts installed. Previously, Creative Cloud was running perfectly fine.
I’ve also come across dozens of other apps that are now broken, such as two different screen capture apps.
I would say if you haven’t installed Mavericks on your main rig, don’t do it yet.
InDesign CC has been completely updated under the hood to offer better performance, more stability, and a modern architecture to support the growth of exciting new features for years to come. CreativePro has a first look at the new Adobe InDesign CC (Creative Cloud) version due in June.
I can’t wait to use the new dark interface, and experience the speed increase!