There are several exciting updates to the Adobe Creative Cloud that you’ll definitely want to know about. On January 16, Adobe announced and released more than 20 new features in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, access to more than 800 Typekit desktop fonts (for the creative suite that can be used in any application once downloaded) and some updates to Muse (such as full-screen slideshow). Adobe plans to continually update its software to make features that best serve designers. Below are some highlights from this announcement.
Free Trials Reset
If you had a 30 day trial for Ps, Ai, ID and Mu after 2012, your trial is reset. So, if you’re trying out some software at home to see how much freelance or personal projects you can pump out in your “spare” time before you purchase, you’ll want to take advantage of this.
Illustrator CC Updates: Pencil Tool, Live Corners and Anchor Tool
With the new updates, live corners can be created on one point or on an object as a whole. When you select the point or object, you can bring up a menu to select what kind of corner you want to use.
Worldwide Creative Cloud Design Evangelist Terry White said it: “The pen tool has been in Ai since day one. I never would call it intuitive. The pencil tool in Ai has the accuracy of pen tool with the fun of holding a pencil.” Amen. With the new update, designers can draw with ease. Not only will the tool create points where the drawer stops (even for a second) or changes direction that can be refined into any shape using the pen tool, but it can also be used to draw straight lines by holding down the option key. This allows creatives the freedom to draw without having to think about the nature of the tool and how it works.
An exciting update for the pen tool includes increased anchor tool abilities. The anchor can not be used to refine shapes on paths not just points.
Photoshop CC Updates: Perspective Warp and Linked Objects
For the Perspecive Warp update, you can select the layer and choose perspective warp in the image menu. Teach Ps what the images is by showing the perspective from the front and side. Then you can go from layout mode to warp mode and adjust the image to the perspective you want. The example below is a train on a track in which the train was shot from a different angle from the background/track.
You can also make linked objects connect to Ps and Ai. If you make changes in Illo to the object and save it, Ps will update automatically across the board. This helps to eliminated single-person workflow, and multiple people can work on different aspects of the same project more effortlessly. This feature is reminiscent of ID, where things are placed and updated everywhere.
3D Printing and Photoshop CC
Since the demand for 3D printing continues to grow, Adobe has added 3D printing into Ps. It rolled also out on January 16. While Ps may not become a full blown modeling tool (although some designers have used Ps for this!), Adobe feels that it’ll continue to be a finishing tool and this addition will allow designers to finish unique projects. You can bring files into Ps to fix them, and all of the complexity of fixing the model will be taken over by the program. Through Ps, you can then print to a local printer or desktop printer (MakerBot Replicator for one), or online print services. This example shows how color can be added to the file:
Another neat feature: It supports all different types of materials—ceramics, metals, etc.—on Shapeways. And you can upload your models to Sketchfab 3D and embed them in your Behance profile. As this is the first time this capability has been implemented into Photoshop, Adobe plans to make updates to it over time.