Adobe @ Algonquin Wednesday Feb. 15

Adobe's Senior Solution Consultant Jim Babbage discusses the Creative Cloud.

Adobe was on campus on a snowy Wednesday, February 15 and presented several sessions including an overview on what the Creative Cloud is, how to create PDF forms, video creation and editing on a tablet and a review of new features in Photoshop. These sessions were geared for all users regardless of their skillset.

Creative Cloud Sessions:

Creative Cloud: The Creative Cloud app on your computer is the first stop to Adobe, enabling you to install any of the Adobe applications relevant to your work, but also the place to interact and share your assets and creations with others in collaboration. It also is where you would come to create your online presence with Behance and Portfolio.

  • Behance is the social creative network where you can post works-in-progress for comment and review. Also the place to look for creative works and job opportunities.
  • Portfolio allows you to easily create an online Portfolio web site showcasing your work.

Photoshop: Photoshop may be a sophisticated and complicated tool but there are powerful features that are accessible to all users. We reviewed:

  • Templates and presets - a great place to start when you need a document for a particular size or layout to inspire you.
  • Adobe Stock - Adobe's service that allows you to search and incorporate content from the company's vast stock library. This can be a great source of inspiration and you can become a contributor too.
  • Creative Cloud libraries in Photoshop that allow to create anything from brushes, color palettes and patterns.
  • Sophisticated yet accessible retouching.

Faculty Lunch and Learn Session: Adobe is no longer just Photoshop and InDesign. This session was an overview of the company's strategy from tools to creative compelling content, to delivering that to consumers anywhere, and allowing it to be measured from a marketing perspective.

Premiere Clip: Creating and editing video from stills and video clips on mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad. These videos can be shared and published directly from these devices or handed off to Premiere on the desktop for more sophisticated production. You could take it all the way to feature length movies like Deadpool.

Acrobat: PDF creation, combining of files from all sorts of sources, like any of the MS Office applications, and Adobe's tools like Illustrator or InDesign. Editing and marking up PDFs after creation for review.

Adobe Mobile Apps: Apps that run on Android and IOS devices that are easy to use to make visually beautiful video, Web pages, social images for any purpose and output. They are accessible on the Web and integrate with the desktop apps too. In particular we reviewed visual story telling with:

  • Spark Page
  • Spark Post
  • Spark Video
  • Photoshop Fix, Adobe Capture & Comp.
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