Creative Suite

Studio B for Adobe’s CS6 Suite.

Studio B has created a really amazing stinger to promote Adobe’s latest release of their creative suite. The visuals used were created by various artist Adobe hired to create imagery with the suite of tools. Imagery that represents Adobe’s paradigm shift for their whole creative suite line and the re-thinking of the creative process that Adobe has engaged in.

What I really like about this piece is the fact that its not a “tools demo”. Instead it represents the beautiful artwork created by the artist Adobe commissioned, and highlights what can be created with their tools.

Adobe CS6 Stinger Video / Animation 3:1 ratio from Studio B Films on Vimeo.

producer: Jane Selle Morgan
creative director: Aaron Barry
motion designers: Devin Earthman, Michael Rigley
music: Johnny Random

Adobe Creative Cloud Exclusives for Photoshop CS6 Extended/

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Yesterday Adobe announced a host of new features for Photoshop CS6, and Creative Cloud users. Actually these new features are available only for Creative Cloud members, but you can still get a look at what they are here even if you don’t use the service.

Making feature specific updates for Creative Cloud members is nothing new. Adobe has been doing this for about a year now, and the fact is, this is Adobe’s plan of attack. More and more features will only be made available to people that have signed up for, pay for, and use Creative Cloud.

The Photoshop update features 12 new items that really look pretty tasty, but at a $50.00 a month membership fee you’ll need to ask yourself if they are really worth an additional $600.00 a year beyond the price of Photoshop, and or your upgrade cost.

The new features for Photoshop CS6 Creative Cloud Members include:

  1. Smart Object support for Blur Gallery

  2. Smart Object support for Liquify
  3. Conditional Actions
  4. Pen tool enhancement
  5. CSS export for faster web design
  6. Import color from web files
  7. Improved 3D effect
  8. HiDPI and Retina display support
  9. New and reengineered design tools
  10. New reflections and draggable shadows
  11.  Erodible brushes
  12. Content-Aware Patch

 

The Magic of Photoshop. “Swim City”.

I have worked in Photoshop pretty much every day for the last 20 years. I think I am pretty good, but not nearly as good a lot of people out there.

POP is an example of absolutely killer Photoshop work. Below the  image below is the Vimeo video of this being created. If you get a chance, watch it then click the link above to discover more of POP’s amazing body of work.

The Story Behind Adobe’s CS6 Desktop Brand System

I haven’t upgraded to Adobe Creative Suite CS6 yet. I simply can’t afford it right now, and I’ve only been using CS5.5 for about 9 months. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been following the changes, upgrades, and new features at the Adobe site though. Today, while I was perusing the Adobe blog, I came across a really interesting article talking about the number of branded assets that now go into the entire creative suite. These assets comprise everything from application icons, to packaging, and splash screens. Much to my surprise, I found out there are now 5000 shared branded assets. That’s right 5000, and it takes a year to produce all of them.

With software refresh cycles happening every 12 to 18 months, you can bet money that the marketing design team for Adobe is well underway with the branding redesign for CS7. The entire article is on the Adobe Blog and well worth the read if you are a designer, or simply use any of these tools.

“It takes well over a year to design, execute, deliver, and ensure the proper implementation of the roughly 5,000 or so assets it takes to get a CS release out the door (we’re already thinking about CS7). Along the away, there are innumerable institutional, technological, and political hurdles to overcome. It can be daunting, but we do everything we can to get it made with as few design compromises as possible.”