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As with all releases, this one brings a number of very welcome new features. The Content Aware Crop and a number of little updates in particular work for me.

New Software Newsflash: Adobe Creative Cloud – June 2016

As part of its ongoing efforts Adobe Creative Cloud to bring you updates on a more regular basis, Adobe has announced a new update for its Creative Cloud series of applications.

Adobe Creative Cloud June 2016
Adobe Creative Cloud June 2016

Empowering People to Create

Ever since the 2012 release of the Creative Cloud desktop subscription services, Adobe has provided updates on a regular basis and to evolve its various applications to offer increased mobility and creative independence. In 2013 Adobe’s team brought you services, in 2014 they added connectivity, and in 2015 and continuing into 2016 they are adding more and more ways to connect to and work with others through creative syncing and mobile assets via the Creative Cloud.

Adobe Creative Cloud June 2016
Adobe Creative Cloud June 2016

Not only are your desktop and mobile devices connected, you can connect to your working community and collaborate with those outside your regular stream of connections. These can include new connections and various marketplaces such as Adobe Stock that allow you to try various assets without purchasing them until you’re sure they’re the right fit.

The June release of the Creative Cloud Library offers a whole new host of updates to your products aimed at allowing you to work faster, better, and more efficiently, and even more important, in ways that were not possible before. These include updates to Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Adobe XD, Audition, and Illustrator.

Adobe Creative Cloud June 2016
Adobe Creative Cloud June 2016

While I will have more about these new features in the coming weeks and months, some that I would like to highlight now are in Photoshop. This version will have a new Content-Aware Crop that will autofill areas so that when you would normally perform a crop, you don’t have to manually refill to bring the image back to a proper size. A Face Aware Liquefy tool will allow you to touch up faces – for example, adjust eyebrows, or change a mouth expression quickly and easily. A font match feature lets you match a font with one that is imported within an asset. Better Selection and Masking abilities are also included.

In Premiere Pro, you will have new Virtual Reality capabilities and the ability to work with any video. You will have better color control and audio tools as well as better workflows and background ingest abilities.

After Effects will have Character Animator Previews as well as faster 3D workflows between AE and Cinema 4D, along with smoother, faster building and previewing.

Illustrator will be sporting much easier export to multiple formats and resolution. Audition will have a new essential sound panel.

Adobe Creative Cloud June 2016
Adobe Creative Cloud June 2016

There is also deeper integration between Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud. Here you will find improved productivity and the ability to license assets from within the layers panel in Photoshop or the canvas in Illustrator or InDesign. Not only that, you can access a new Premium Collection of over 100,000 hand-selected images from expert artists.

As with all releases, this one brings a number of very welcome new features. The Content Aware Crop and a number of little updates in particular work for me. As always, the nice thing about the subscription is that the updates occur on a continual basis so you never have to wait long for new features. For that reason I really like the subscription, and so if you have a subscription to the Photography suite or the complete Creative Cloud then you already have this upgrade.


About T. Michael Testi

Photographer, writer, software engineer, educator, and maker of fine images.

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