Today at Adobe MAX conference, Adobe announced the next generation of Creative Cloud—a release of new products spanning multiple surfaces.
The company officially launched Adobe Photoshop on iPad and extended Adobe Fresco to Microsoft Surface, while also previewing the highly anticipated Adobe Illustrator on iPad and the all-new Photoshop Camera. Adobe also continues to push the boundaries of creativity with the introduction of Adobe Aero, a new authoring tool for creating in augmented reality.
Adobe also released major updates to Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, InDesign and Adobe XD. With this Creative Cloud release, new Adobe Sensei-powered features were introduced across products including Auto Reframe in Premiere Pro, Object Selection in Photoshop, Auto Tone in Photoshop Camera and Live Brushes in Fresco.
Adobe Photoshop on iPad
Initially previewed at MAX 2018, Adobe Photoshop on iPad brings core compositing and retouching workflows to the tablet. It features full PSD interoperability, a touch-based UI, cloud document access and the power to work on real world, multi-layered creations.
Adobe Fresco on Microsoft Windows
Released for iPad earlier this fall, Adobe Fresco is now available on Windows, beginning on Microsoft Surface Pro X devices and Wacom MobileStudio Pro hardware. It provides a natural drawing and painting experience across devices by combining raster, vector and new Live Brushes. Powered by Adobe Sensei, the watercolor and oil Live Brushes mix and interact on the screen. The product also allows artists to sync their Photoshop brushes for a smooth roundtrip workflow between apps.
Adobe Illustrator on iPad Preview
Adobe previewed Illustrator’s future with a touch-based app that promises to bring the precision of the desktop experience to the tablet. Designed with a more intuitive interface, the iPad update will make it possible for users to work with the same documents across devices and have access to Adobe Stock, Adobe Fonts and all Creative Cloud Libraries.
Adobe Photoshop Camera
Previewed for the first time today, Photoshop Camera is a new mobile app that brings Photoshop magic directly to the point of capture. Photoshop Camera gives consumers an easy way to create and share images on social media. As an intelligent camera app, it applies Photoshop Magic to any photo, but unlike native phone camera and third-party camera apps, Photoshop Camera uses Adobe Sensei to automatically enhance photo quality. Photoshop Camera will include a library of lenses and effects from artists and influencers, including musician Billie Eilish.
Accelerating Creativity Across Creative Cloud
Adobe announced updates to flagship apps and new productivity features for Creative Cloud subscribers.
Lightroom launched interactive in-app tutorials on desktop offering new ways to learn how to edit photos and get inspired by professional photographers. It also features Panorama Fill Edges, which fills in the edges of an image using Content-Aware Fill technology. It can be accessed in-app and is available on Windows and Mac.
Premiere Pro released Auto Reframe, a new feature which uses Adobe Sensei technology to analyze footage and apply intelligent panning and cropping to keep the action in the frame. This feature is designed to save creators hours of mundane tasks.
After Effects released significant performance updates with fluid playback of cached previews, faster Multichannel EXR files and a faster Content-Aware Fill that uses half as much memory.
InDesign launched new support of SVG Imports across digital and print design workflows, in addition to the option to use customizable Variable Fonts within the app. Designers can adjust typeface properties such as weight, width, slant and optical size. Adobe is also offering a new feature for Asset Link that enables direct linking between Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) Assets and InDesign helping further accelerate print and digital content creation.
Live Coediting and Document History in Adobe XD
Released as a beta feature, live Coediting lets multiple users work in a document at the same time, enabling real-time collaboration for design teams and stakeholders. The addition of Document History allows anyone on a team to see a list of saved versions of documents, browse previously saved versions and open any given version in a new window to see changes.
Creative Cloud Desktop Redesigned
Adobe unveiled a redesigned Creative Cloud desktop app, which offers a more intuitive way to access, update, discover and learn Adobe apps. The update includes a native search engine, which searches across all Creative Cloud assets and files, and access to tutorials. It also features new ways to access services such as Adobe Fonts, Adobe Stock and Behance, as well as a new full-screen management tool for Creative Cloud Libraries.
Creative Cloud Libraries Built for Efficiency and Collaboration
Creative Cloud Libraries is a tool to capture, organize and share the creative ingredients you want to have at your fingertips. Libraries are now fully integrated with XD, allowing you to leverage what you create in other applications, such as Illustrator, directly in XD. Now it can also be accessed in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, empowering your non-creative colleagues to build on-brand documentation and presentations with the most up-to-date assets. Finally, Adobe has developed Library packs, pre-populated Libraries built to inspire or act as an entryway to Libraries for new users.
Exploring New Frontiers - Adobe Aero
Adobe is building tools that make it possible to easily create for new mediums. Today, the company released Adobe Aero, which empowers users to easily create content that blurs the line between digital and physical worlds. Aero helps users create augmented reality experiences by leveraging familiar tools like Photoshop and Dimension to produce creations that pop in a three-dimensional environment. The company is actively integrating the recently acquired Substance suite—the standard for 3D material and texture design—into the Adobe family, with additional details coming next year.
A brief overview of Aero's core feature-set includes:
- Authoring: Aero uses a visual UI that includes step-by-step instructions for constructing AR experiences without any previous coding experience
- Animation: Creators can use their fingertips to adjust object scale and position, including creating movement paths and triggers for interaction
- Assets: users can import existing 2D and 3D assets, .psd files, and from Adobe Stock’s 3D collection—with over 200 free assets available at launch
- Publishing and sharing: projects can be exported directly as an experience or video
Aero was designed as a professional tool available on the devices where users would ultimately experience them: smartphones and tablets.
One of Aero’s most interesting features is the ability to import native photoshop (.psd) files into Aero, maintaining their layer structure.
By allowing native import of Adobe’s flagship software, Aero can become a platform that invites creators to experiment with AR without feeling compelled to invest hours of research and practice.
In addition, a creator can incorporate a trigger into an object that causes it to expand in size or start spinning spin when a user comes within a certain range. Looking to the future, Aero will continue to add new triggers to the backend, as well as open up to the community for user-generated behaviors.
At MAX, Adobe showcased the Terminator: Dark Fate AR experience, which let attendees capture and share photos and videos of themselves being chased by an AR REV-9 Terminator.
Adobe also created the one-click publish feature. The publishing drop-down also includes the capability to export directly as .usdz—and as far as AR apps go, this capability is unique to Aero.
At MAX, Adobe gave a glimpse of how machine learning is being woven into the fabric of Aero. They showcased a video of a puppy running around a space in AR. On its own, that might not be that impressive, until they revealed that the puppy was being generated in the environment in real time.
Pricing and Availability
- Updates to Creative Cloud desktop software are now available to all Creative Cloud subscribers, including those using membership plans for individuals, students, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises. Adobe’s mobile apps are available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
- Adobe Photoshop on iPad is available to all Creative Cloud customers who are subscribed to Photoshop. It can also be purchased through the Apple App Store.
- Adobe Fresco is available as a single app for $9.99 per month, or with most Creative Cloud plans. A freemium version is also available with many of the same features as the full version.
- Adobe Illustrator on iPad will be available in 2020.
- Adobe Aero is available as a free iOS app.