Recognizing that more and more designers are using mobile as a part of their creative process, Adobe is working to offer tools that will help to connect the mobile experience with desktop and web experiences. Today, Adobe announced the release of Adobe Comp CC. The new Adobe app is free and enables a brand new workflow for print, web and mobile designers, allowing you to begin a layout-design project on a mobile device and continue working on it in Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC.
New Adobe App Allows Layout Design to Begin on Mobile
Previously, a designer could go only so far on mobile devices. As Adobe explained it, the designer might spend hours working something out on an iPad, but without brand assets readily available on the device, have to recreate it from scratch on the desktop. Adobe Comp CC is intended to help designers jump this hurdle. Now, so long as a designer has Creative Profile and Creative Cloud Libraries, she can use Comp CC to quickly access Typekit fonts, relevant images, color swatches and shapes.
Scott Belsky, vice-president, products at Adobe, says:
“Doing creative work on a mobile device is only useful if the results can be synced to the desktop, where the project can be perfected in a precise, professional-grade tool like InDesign or Photoshop. With Comp CC we’ve simplified the design process, helping creatives take their initial layout-designs on iPad and make them the basis of high-impact finished work on the desktop—all thanks to Creative Cloud.”
With Comp CC, you can:
- Quickly sketch out layouts for print, web and mobile using every asset available to you through your Creative Profile and Creative Cloud Libraries
- Send your comp design straight from your iPad to Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop, and continue working on it there
- Use simple iPad gestures to quickly produce layouts and add text and images
- Watch as your roughly-drawn shapes are transformed into crisp graphics
- Utilize professional-quality desktop fonts in the mobile workflow, powered through Typekit.
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Bringing Comp CC to Life
Khoi Vinh, former design director of the New York Times, who was named one of Fast Company’s 50 most influential designers in America in 2011, says:
“When Adobe first approached me about ideas for a new design app, I talked to them about the untapped potential of the iPad for graphic and digital designers. I saw an opportunity for a product that could make the creative process much richer and more immediate—while still being complementary to designers’ existing workflows. Our collaboration on Adobe CC has been amazing; the company’s deep expertise in creative software plus the comprehensive power of their Creative Cloud platform were essential to this product—only Adobe could have brought Comp CC to life.”
Comp CC is the latest addition to Adobe’s family of connected Creative Cloud mobile apps, which includes Illustrator Draw, Illustrator Line, Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Shape CC and Adobe Color CC. Last year, Adobe released a total of nine new mobile apps and technologies that worked as on-the-go companions and extensions for the designer’s workflow.
Adobe Comp CC is supported on any iPad that runs iOS 7.1. The only other requirement is that the user have a free Creative Cloud membership, which enables to about 130 fonts.
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