Welcome to my second post here on the HOW blog. Did you check out the first one? Before I dive in: Did you know that if you ran any of the free 30-day Adobe Creative Cloud product trials before January 15, 2014, you have the ability to try them again? Simply go to Adobe Creative Cloud to get your free Creative Cloud membership and download the trials for Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Adobe Muse CC and more. This is a great opportunity for you and your colleagues to check out the benefits of a Creative Cloud membership before you make a decision.
Creative Cloud is all about unleashing your creativity and about rapid innovation on our part. Here are three cool things you may have missed recently.
InDesign CC: New Missing Fonts Workflow for Creative Cloud Members
As a creative Cloud member you have access to hundreds of Typekit desktop fonts which you can freely use in your projects. But what happens when you send your InDesign file to another designer to work with it? Well, we’ve made it very simple to activate fonts in case they’re missing. The first step to sharing an InDesign file is, of course, to package it. In the “Fonts” tab, you’ll see what fonts will be packaged, and, in the case of Typekit fonts, which are being synched.
When another user opens your file, and the font Adelle, for example, is missing, the Missing Fonts window will open automatically. They’ll then have the opportunity (provided they’re members of the Creative Cloud) to press the “Sync Fonts” button, and Adelle will automatically be activated, allowing them to work on the document.
Using Typekit desktop fonts makes it easier to share your documents, and you don’t have to worry about licensing issues. You know that window we too frequently simply choose to ignore? And many of us even go as far as selecting the “Don’t show again” checkbox. (Please note that the InDesign missing fonts workflow with Typekit Desktop Fonts is not included in the trial version.)
Illustrator CC: Responsive SVG for beautifully scaling graphics on the web
SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics and is a very useful format for publishing vector graphics on your websites. To save your artwork as SVG, go to File > Save as… and choose SVG. Press the “More Options” button if you don’t see the Advanced options — make sure that “Responsive” is checked and click “OK”.
Then, simply open the SVG file in your browser, scale the size of the window, and you’ll see how your artwork resizes.
Using SVG in your Web design projects guarantees that there will be no pixelization of the artwork (you can actually zoom into an Scalable Vector Graphic and never see a single pixel). SVG is also supported in some ePub readers and is very useful for presenting sharp graphics in your ePubs.
Adobe Muse: Meet the Fullscreen Slideshow widget
These days, full screen background images in websites are in fashion. With Adobe Muse, you can even go as far as creating full screen slideshows. Here’s how: in the Widgets Library, under Slideshows, you’ll find the “Fullscreen” widget. Simply drag it onto your page, and add the images you want to show in the Slideshow Options menu. There you’ll also be able to add various functionality, such as previous and next buttons, or choose to have the slideshow run in “Auto Play”.
Once you have placed the fullscreen slideshow, you can add any text or other graphics, as needed, on top of it. Muse truly lets you design cutting edge websites, without even seeing the code. A graphic designer’s dream.
If you want to learn more about the features mentioned above and many more, head over to Adobe’s site, where you’ll find a treasure trove of tips and tutorials to get you going. Stay tuned for more tips.
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