Signs of the Times - April 2014 - (Page 40)
Sof t w a r e U p d a te
By Theresa Jackson
Adobe Creative Cloud Updates
It has enhanced features and greater user-friendliness.
Have you joined Adobe's Creative Cloud, or are you
waiting for a "must have" tool before you make the
leap? More than 1.5 million creatives have joined.
Perhaps something in the following updates will convince you that now is the time.
dobe has released major updates for its three
Creative Cloud (CC) print applications: Photoshop
CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC. Here's a look
at the top new features - you need a Creative Cloud
subscription to take advantage of them.
Photoshop CC 14.2
Perspective Warp - This new, photo-editing feature
allows you to change the perspective of an object
without grossly distorting other scene details. It's
great for straightening architectural images, and also,
handy for compositing objects photographed from
multiple points of view.
Linked Smart Objects - The link allows you to
share an asset across multiple designs. Previously,
Smart Objects were embedded into a Photoshop
document, with no reference back to the original art
(see ST, February 2014, page 34). With this update, you
have the option to either embed or link an object.
3D Printing - It's now possible to print a 3-D model
straight out of Photoshop, which is probably the most
significant and exciting upgrade in years. Everything
you need to control the 3-D output is in Photoshop's
print dialog. It analyzes the model for size and structural
durability, makes any required mesh repairs, and provides an option to generate support structures. This
should open the door to 3-D design for artists of all
I predict a sharp increase in the demand for 3-D
printing to follow this new release.
Illustrator CC 17.1
Illustrator CC has several upgrades that may significantly change how you draw custom shapes:
Live Corners - This feature should eliminate your
use of rounded rectangles. After you select an object,
you'll immediately notice round handles at every
path-segment angle. These handles allow you to
manipulate corners with a click-and-drag move. You
can control the corners independently, or as a group.
They can be curved, inverted or straight. With Live
Corners, you can draw simple, straight-line shapes
and add the curve later, which reduces your need to
learn Bezier curves for custom drawing.
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Enhanced Pencil Tool - This tool is a valid option
for freehand drawing, honestly, and for the first time.
The original Pencil Tool draws clunky, sharp-angle
path segments that require time-consuming refinement to create a clean, curved line. The new tool
allows you to adjust the line fidelity on a sliding scale,
which starts with behavior that matches the original
pencil tool and ends with a fidelity that returns a clean,
curved line. You can draw clean curves and perfect,
straight-line segments within the same shape. It may
replace the Path Tool as your go-to option for drawing
Path Segment Reshape - The Pen Tool anchor option
is now enhanced to work on line segments, not just
anchor points, so you can now click-and-drag directly
on a line segment, and automatically add curves to
corresponding angle joins.
Perspective Tool - This upgrade allows responsive
changes to drawings created on a perspective grid,
without having to adjust individual objects to match.
Custom Tool Panel - It's now possible to create
your own custom-tool panel with only the tools
needed for a particular project; further, you can create
multiple, custom-tool panels for all your workflow
InDesign CC 9.2
InDesign continues to move in the electronic-document
creation direction. Upgrades include simplified
Hyperlink creation and many electronic-publishing
Adobe reports Typekit fonts are now available to all
CC subscribers, at no additional cost. Adobe added
full Typekit font integration to both Illustrator CC
and InDesign CC in its latest update. You can install
and directly access Typekit fonts within each application,
automatically, without a font-management application.
All subscribers should have access to the fonts.
Adobe unveiled the CC in October 2011. In May 2013,
it announced the end of upgrades to its perpetuallicensed software, with future upgrades only available
through the CC. Adobe promised to roll out CC updates
as soon as new features were available. In just over
six months, it has delivered on this promise. It now
boasts enhanced features and greater user-friendliness.
Since its introduction, CC has grown in all measures
except price. n
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