Adobe Creative Cloud 2015: What's New
June 18, 2015 10:05 pm
"We really do believe that things have changed from an almost linear step-to-step workflow to a new kind of workflow where everything is connected"
-Patrick Palmer, Senior Product Manager of Video and Audio Adobe
Adobe has always been a forward looking company. Their transition to creating cloud-based applications a few years ago was nearly flawless despite some grumbling by those who didn't see the future innovations Adobe had in mind for their applications. Now, with the release of Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 this week, Adobe has made the ways we create using their applications easier, more collaborative and definitely more fun, and not just for individual artists but for communities like we have here at Renderosity, and in the process proved that their vision for the future of their applications was the right one.
There are a huge amount of improvements and new additions to the Creative Cloud 2015. I'm going to outline most of the major ones, but before I do that, there are two brand new additions to the Adobe application stable that are so innovative, I want to focus on them first.
Adobe Hue is a completely new app for your mobile device that allows you to capture color and light palettes from the real world and then share them as "color looks" with other Adobe applications like Premiere and After Effects.
Adobe created Hue to be a way for artists to find interesting looks in the world around them and then use these looks in their videos and digital images without having to spend hours "color grading" their work. The interface is so simple that you will grasp it's workflow immediately. I love the fact that you work within a 3D space to choose the colors you want to emphasize. I'm looking forward to posting a full review in the near future.
Adobe Character Animator
Character Animator is my favorite of the new Adobe updates to Creative Cloud 2015. It's a brand new 2D animation application that is a companion to After Effects. Essentially, you use Photoshop or After Effects to create a 2D character then bring it into Character Animator where, using simple rigging controls, you use your webcam to track facial movement, set lip-sync and trigger expressions. Believe me, the simplicity and ease of use of this application is off the charts. Adobe is calling this release a "preview" because they feel that the application is only at its beginning stages. They are actively solicting community support to develop this application to its fullest. I'm on board!
What's New in Creative Cloud 2015
It's clear to me in after attending the recent Adobe press briefing, that the focus on the 2015 Creative cloud is collaboration and asset sharing. It's one thing to make their applications work together easily, but it's another to help the users learn to work together with ease and comfort. This is part of the revolution in portable devices like the ipad and smartphone. By taping into this huge need for artists to interact with all of the devices and all of their friends and collaborators, Adobe has struck a chord that I think will reverberate for many years to come. Suffice to say the updates in Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 are among their best.
Here's a well produced short video by Adobe that touches on several of the new additions to Adobe applications.
- Adobe Photoshop CC
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Photoshop CC introduces Artboards, the best way to design cross-device user experiences in a single Photoshop document and quickly preview them on a device; and a preview release of Photoshop Design Space, a sleek new work environment focused on the needs of mobile app and web site designers. Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC both gain the new Dehaze feature, which appeared first as a MAX sneak in October 2014. Dehaze, eliminates fog and haze from photos, including underwater shots, for startlingly clear images. Haze can also be added to a photo for artistic effect.
- Adobe Premiere Clip
Easily transform the clips you shoot with your smartphone or tablet into edited videos, right on your mobile device. Apply custom color Looks created with Adobe Hue CC. When you’re ready for more editing control and finesse, open your projects in Premiere Pro. Creative professionals use Premiere Clip to edit on-the-go, transforming footage and images into great looking videos.
- Adobe Premiere Pro CC
The intuitive and powerful Lumetri Color panel helps you make instant color corrections, and Morph Cut magically smooths and polishes jump cuts and dialogue pauses to deliver a polished interview. With brand new Creative Cloud Libraries integration, Premiere Pro CC takes full advantage of CreativeSync technology so assets like color “Looks” and graphics flow seamlessly between Adobe mobile apps and Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Photoshop CC and more.
Premier Pro CC also adds the very useful Morph Cut technology which allows you to fix jump cuts in interview footage. The technology interprets the video and adds frames to make the transition from one cut to another look much smoother.
- Adobe After Effects CC
New support for Creative Cloud Libraries so all of your assets are at your fingertips. Uninterrupted Preview allows you to adjust a composition’s properties and even resize panels without interrupting playback. Face Tracker is a simple mask tracking that lets you quickly apply effects such as an identity-protection blur.
- Adobe Audition CC
Bring video from Premiere Pro into Audition without rendering. The new Live ReLinking lets you Replace an asset in an Adobe Audition project while preserving the carefully constructed edits, automation, and non-destructive effects you set with the original clip.
- Adobe Media Encoder CC
Extend or reduce the length of your content to specific durations with the new Time Tuner. Encode Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus multichannel audio. Media Encoder Cc now has Enhanced format options. Render out a broad range of formats, now including MXF-wrapped JPEG 2000 used for broadcast delivery and archiving.
- Adobe Prelude CC
The 2015 release of Prelude adds the ability to record voice-over narration with a streamlined workflow designed for fast turnaround. Create a rough cut, add an audio track, click the record button, and go. Add scratch narration to guide your edit in Premiere Pro, or create finished pieces for quick delivery.
- Adobe SpeedGrade CC
Bring Premiere Pro projects with Lumetri Looks into SpeedGrade. Adobe SpeedGrade CC provides a professional color-grading environment designed for colorists, accessible to editors and other video professionals, and complementary to the new Lumetri Color panel in Premiere Pro.Optimized scopes performance See the impact of your color grade adjustments with more responsive image-analysis tools. New SpeedLooks Instantly give your project dramatic flair and emotional impact by adding the intricate new SpeedLook color grading presets to your sequences.
- Adobe Illustrator CC
Illustrator CC 2015 is now 10 times faster and 10 times more precise than CS6. Powered by dramatic boosts to its Mercury Performance Engine, users can now pan and zoom smoothly without delays. With the new Chart tool (preview), designers can also create beautiful custom charts and share them with others via CC Libraries.
- Adobe InDesign CC
InDesign CC gets its own Mercury performance surge with zooming, scrolling, and paging through complex documents now twice as fast. InDesign now also allows users to publish and distribute documents with a single click.
- Adobe Stock
The new Adobe Stock marketplace offers 40 million high-quality, curated photos and graphics to help jump start any creative project. Powered by CreativeSync technology, Adobe Stock is integrated directly into the 2015 lineup of Creative Cloud apps so artists can spend more time creating and less time sourcing and sorting their stock images. Content creators of all kinds can access, purchase, and manage high-resolution, royalty-free images directly from within Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Photoshop CC, and other design applications. Adobe Stock makes it easy to search 40 million of the world’s most beautiful images and graphics to find the perfect elements for any project.
Photographers and graphic artists can sell their work through a vibrant and growing marketplace and use Creative Cloud to build their business.
- Creative Cloud Libraries
New to the Adobe video tools in 2015, Creative Cloud Libraries uses Adobe CreativeSync to enable seamless workflows that simplify asset management and collaboration. New Desktop integration and workflow allows users of the Creative Cloud to Access and share a common Library of assets when working with Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, and other Adobe desktop tools.
- Mobile to Desktop Workflows
Enhanced with Android Support, New Mobile Apps Since Creative Cloud was introduced in 2012, Adobe has championed the idea that mobile devices should be integral to the creative process, with free companion mobile apps working seamlessly with CC desktop tools. Adobe today released Brush CC, Shape CC, Color CC and Photoshop Mix on Android for the first time, bringing connected mobile workflows to millions of creatives worldwide. Adobe has also updated many of its popular Creative Cloud mobile apps for iPhone and iPad, including Adobe Comp CC, Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Illustrator Draw, Brush CC, Shape CC and Color CC.
- Links and purchase info
There are many packages available to purchase the new Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 applications. You can rent a single app or buy a special bundle of your favorite programs. There has never been a better time to move to the cloud with Adobe Creative Cloud 2015.
Follow this link for a complete list of applications and their prices. You can also try ouy any of the new updated desktop apps. Click this link to download a trial of the application you are interested in. Adobe has created a terrific website to preview these new Creative Cloud applications. Follow this link to go to the website.