Check out Adobe’s numerous updates to their Creative Cloud design apps announced during the AdobeMAX keynote presentation.
If you missed the AdobeMAX keynote, we got you. We’re getting awesome updates and new functions to all of the Adobe CC design apps, in addition to new or refreshed apps and help from Adobe Sensei, their AI engine.
Across the board are Adobe Sensei-aided upgrades to automatic functions and options that were previously obscured or facilitated by deep menus. Here are some of the design app-centric highlights from the presentation.
Perhaps the coolest news was of Project Gemini, Adobe’s live painting and drawing app primarily for iPad Pro. Aided by the Apple Pencil, you can use this trio of hardware and software to create incredibly rich and complex artwork and illustration.
- Project Gemini will use touch modifiers which change functionality for the current tool being used, which is like holding the Option and seeing your modification options on the iPad Pro.
- It will use color dynamics vary the intensity and shade/opacity
- Gemini can use vector brushes AND raster brushes on separate vector and raster layers. Huge.
- Add to selections without losing them when lifting stylus with Lasso tool.
- Easily mask with vector and raster brushes used in same file
- Oil paints – realistic thickness and smearing effects
- Watercolors – amazing blending, water tool, realistic painting
Photoshop(which turned 30 years old!) updated many useful features. Lots of cool, user-centric updates here.
- Double click in text layer to edit text – no more selecting layer, then using Type tool to enter the text field.
- Click away to commit text – no more deselecting using a commit key or losing edits by accidentally deselecting the Type layer.
- Continuous Undo without holding the Option or Shift keys.
- Scale proportionally is turned On by default.
- Select Subject and Select and Mask can now automatically remove the background using Adobe Sensei AI.
- Live Blend Modes – hover to preview instead of committing and Undo’ing.
- Frame Tool – like Indesign, imbeds a photo like a mask in Photoshop layouts.
Photoshop for iPad
In 2019 Adobe CC users will get a fully functional Photoshop for iPad app. Yes, that says fully functional, not a stripped down version.
- Open and save full .psd files
- Shows condensed layers and expands to detailed layers
- Editing at the Single-Pixel level.
- Context Aware UI uses the current tool to show options on-screen without accessing deeper menus.
The biggest things for industry stalwart Illustrator were Global Edits and Free Form Gradients.
- Global Edits allows you to change each instance of copied art like symbols, instead of reapplying original artwork.
- Free Form Gradients are live gradient meshes that give you the power to create complex gradients, quickly, by changing the location and intensity of colors in real time.
We also got some updates to the layout app InDesign.
- When placing images, you can now use a Content Aware Fit. The app reads the subject matter to adjust size and placement, so you don’t have to pan and size when placing an image that is larger than the frame.
- Smart Layout Adjustment – intelligent automatic resizing when you have to adjust dimensions after a re-layout.
Adobe spent a lot of time on their XD interactive design app. They also added a number of smart, intuitive updates to streamline prototyping and interaction design.
- Photoshop artboards integrate with XD.
- Merge artboards with main docs viewable by clients and collaborators.
- Responsive resizing allows for fast and easy adjustments.
- The community of users expanded plug-ins.
- Auto animate masks intuitively to speed up variable displays like counting numbers.
Adobe also spent a big chunk on XD Voice.
- Previews voice commands and results using device’s AI voice.
- Build prototypes for voice command devices for next-gen experiences.
- XD is still free to all users.