8 Creative Cloud tips and tricks
If you’re a creative, Adobe Creative Cloud is almost certainly what you’re using. This comprehensive design suite includes apps like Photoshop and Premiere Pro, which are currently ranked first and second, respectively, in our roundup of the best video editing software. There is a stack of tools for graphic design and desktop printing, as well as apps to help you share your work online. Plus, Creative Cloud is one of the best cloud storage platforms for your project files.
To get more out of the Adobe suite and boost your design projects, try these eight creative Cloud tips.
- Organize your files into Libraries
Staying organized is a challenge for all types of creatives, but it’s especially difficult when you’re working with multiple brands, each with their own distinct style. Thankfully, Creative Cloud includes libraries that allow you to organize your design elements like colour swatches, logos, and fonts however you want. Libraries are also useful, and you can use them across all your design apps.
To make a new library, go to the Libraries module in any Creative Cloud app (under the Windows menu). To create a new folder, select Create New Library from the dropdown menu. It can be named after a project, a client, or anything else you want.
- Sync your files across all of your devices.
100 GB of cloud storage is included with Creative Cloud. When you make changes to a file on your computer, those changes will be available when you open the same file on your smartphone, for example. This makes it simple to manage your projects on multiple devices, whether you’re at home, at work, or elsewhere.
You’ll need to use the Creative Cloud desktop app to manage your sync settings and create a dedicated sync folder. If you need to save bandwidth, you can also change the upload and download speeds. Files added to the sync folder from any device will be accessible across all Creative Cloud apps once it’s set up.
- Share your work and get feedback in real time
Getting feedback from collaborators or a client is very important for any project. You can instantly share Photoshop documents with anyone using the LiveShare PS Photoshop plugin. With LiveShare PS, you can hold a video conference while viewing your Photoshop document in screen sharing mode. Anyone in the meeting can make changes to your document by pointing and drawing on it, and any changes you make are visible in real time. You can also seamlessly create shareable screenshots of your canvas.
- Trace images and sketches
Do you want to create a new drawing or design based on an existing piece of artwork? Illustrator’s Live Trace tool makes it simple. Simply open the artwork and select Live Trace to create a vector-based sketch of the image.
What’s particularly appealing about this tool is that you have complete control over the output. You can, for example, specify how closely the trace follows the original artwork, the minimum line width to trace, and whether jagged edges are removed from the traced sketch. If you want to make a vector-based version of an existing image to make intricate changes or redesign it at a higher resolution, the Live Trace tool is ideal.
- Determine fonts from a photograph
If you happen to find the perfect font for your designs somewhere in the world, Photoshop can help you figure out what it is. Simply photograph the design that includes the font and open it in Photoshop. Then, select Type > Match Font after drawing a box around the lettering with the marquee tool.
Photoshop will suggest possible matches, and you can select the best one. If you don’t already have the font installed on your computer, you can get it from Adobe Typekit right away.
- Make your photos animated.
You can also use Photoshop to animate a part of a photo, which is a cool Creative Cloud trick. If you have a photo of a mountain in the clouds, for example, you can create a quick animation that makes the clouds appear to be drifting. Simply copy the portion of the image you want to animate into a new layer to begin. Under the Windows menu, open the Timeline panel, then click Create Video Timeline. By clicking Position at the end of the frame, you can create a position keyframe. Now, drag the layer containing the animated subject and drop it where you want it to be at the end of the animation. To watch your animation, play out on your screen, press the space bar.
- Modify letters.
If you’re creating a logo, you can make it stand out by using Illustrator to create custom lettering. To start, select a font that is similar to the final look you want and use it to create your basic design. Then, using the direct selection tool, select any individual letter and click on it to view its control points. By dragging these control points, you can round out edges and lengthen lines. You can also grab an entire letter and move it around. You can change the spacing between letters or rearrange the horizontal alignment of letters within the same word using this feature.
- Make your own photo brushes.
One of the best ways to make your photos stand out is to selectively change the exposure, colouring, or contrast of a specific part of the image. Lightroom brushes allow you to quickly fine-tune your photos. If you frequently use brushes, it’s a good idea to make pre-sets so you have a quiver of photo adjustments ready to go.