Everything you need to know about Adobe Creative Cloud

The Adobe Creative Cloud – It’s the cheapest way to get access to two of Adobe’s best apps: Lightroom and Photoshop!

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is the most important application in any photographer’s workflow! This is where it all starts to happen. When you get home after shooting, the first thing you have to do is import RAW files (you do use RAW, don’t you?).

In Lightroom you can automatically back up your images, sort and extract great shots, add tags and other metadata, fix any problems with your camera or lens and get to work.

Although the editing tools in Lightroom are a little easier than in Adobe Photoshop, which we’ll be moving on to shortly, it’s a professional editing application. If all you want to do is adjust tone and contrast without making significant changes to your image data, this is the best app to use. With the latest updates, Creative Cloud Lightroom can even merge panoramas and HDR photos.

Even if you do most of your editing in another application, Lightroom’s role doesn’t end once you’ve imported and sorted your photos. When you’re done making changes to your images in Photoshop or in one of Lightroom’s many plug-ins, they will be sent back to the Lightroom directory. This means that all the original files and changes are stored together. You can see exactly what changes you’ve made to each file, and as long as you stick to non-destructive editing.

Lightroom’s powerful export mechanism makes it the best tool for saving your photos. Whether you want to send a CMYK TIFF file to a professional print shop, print some images on your home printer, or simply save a low-resolution JPEG file for Facebook, Lightroom has all the tools you need to do so. And, like everything in Lightroom, it does it without sacrificing the original files.

Adobe Lightroom for mobile devices.

Adobe Lightroom is no longer only available on PCs and Macs. Adobe Lightroom for Mobile is a companion app for iOS and Android devices. You can synchronise photos between desktop and mobile apps. Any changes made in one are synced with the other. If you’ve just taken a few thousand photos, syncing them to your iPad and sorting them on the way home is just a dream come true.

Lightroom for Mobile isn’t just a photo viewer, it has most of the editing features available on desktop computers. If you want to brighten a photo, convert it to black and white, add a few shades or even make a simple local correction, you can do it right on the go. All changes are synchronised with your main catalogue, so they’ll be waiting for you when you get home.

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the defining product of Adobe. It is so popular that its name has become synonymous with image editing. It is an application that many people register with Creative Cloud to get. You can do a lot of things with Photoshop! But its main purpose is image editing, and it gives you all the tools you need to do that. Almost every image you see on a billboard, in a magazine, on a major website or around the world has gone through Photoshop at some point. It’s hard to overstate how versatile it is used by professionals.

It’s the gold standard

 

If you’re a photographer, Photoshop will determine where Lightroom comes in handy and where it doesn’t. It’s the application you use if you want to work with a lot of pixels.

Every photographer, whether they’re shooting landscapes, portraits or anything else, can find the use of Photoshop in their workflow. Landscape photographers can mix multiple exposures to create the perfect scene, while portrait photographers can remove imperfections, smooth out skin and enhance the beauty of their models. It’s like a Swiss Army knife for editing applications.
Photoshop is the defining product of Adobe. It is so popular that its name has become synonymous with image editing. Many people subscribe to Creative Cloud to get this application. There are many things you can do with Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop Fix and Mix

Like Lightroom, Adobe isn’t ignoring mobile devices. Photoshop Fix and Photoshop Mix provide some powerful Photoshop tools for iOS devices. Photoshop Fix is designed to fix images. It has tools for removing blemishes, brightening and darkening, colour and contrast correction, and photo liquefaction. It’s ideal for retouching portraits taken with an iPhone.

Adobe portfolio and Behance

There’s no point in uploading great photos if you never share them with anyone. With Creative Cloud you get a portfolio site. Adobe Portfolio provides everything you need for a portfolio site. You start with one of six beautiful layouts and grow from there. You can sort images by project, add extra pages, and even use your own domain name. If you need an easy way to create a website about photography, Adobe Portfolio is a great way to do it.

What’s more, Portfolio also automatically syncs all your work with Behance, which is described as ‘the world’s largest platform for showcasing and finding creative work’. Creative directors regularly look for ideas on Behance when they are looking for new talent to work with. If you want your work to be where people can find it, get to know Behance.

Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is a new service for creating content for social media. It’s an easy way to turn your images into social media graphics, web stories or animated videos. It’s split into three different iOS and web apps.

Spark Post is designed to create social graphics. You can take a photo, add text, great filters and even animate it to create an overall image. If you’ve ever wanted to create your own motivational social media post, this is the app for you.

The Spark Page is designed for long stories – the kind that doesn’t fit into one post. Let’s say you’ve just returned from a trip and want to share with friends and family the great photos you took. With Spark Page, you can create a beautiful magazine-style weblog with all the images and enough text to give them context. They no longer have to go to poorly designed Facebook albums.

Sometimes one post or web page is not enough. When you need more, you can use Spark Video. With Spark Video you combine all the great Post and Page features with the ability to add supersonic text, cinematic motion and professional quality soundtracks. It’s the easiest way to create beautiful short videos I’ve found.

Adobe Premiere Clip

Adobe Premiere Pro is Adobe’s commercial video editing application. Although it is not included in the Creative Cloud Photography package, a mobile version, Adobe Premiere Clip, is included in the package.

Like Photoshop Fix and Mix, Premiere Clip provides some of the best features of the basic smartphone app. It’s an easy way to quickly edit clips, add titles, soundtrack, transitions, effects and settings. If you’ve shot an interval clip and want to add music or a gradual addition to the beginning, this is ideal. Unlike some apps released by Adobe, Premiere Clip is available on iOS and Android devices.

Features of Creative Cloud

Although apps get the most attention, Adobe Creative Cloud has some great server features that you can’t live without. Sync keeps your settings, actions and projects the same on all your different devices. If you’re editing an image in Lightroom Mobile, it’s this feature that syncs all your data to the main catalogue.

Libraries are another recent addition to Creative Cloud and a great way to make sure that frequently used resources are available everywhere. If you have a collection of photos, fonts or anything else that you use regularly, you should store them in a library. In Creative Cloud, you also have access to TypeKit and Adobe Stock, where you can buy professional fonts and stock images respectively. Although you’re more design-orientated, if you’re working on composition or poster, direct access from Photoshop to Adobe’s huge catalogue of resources can speed up your work.

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