Adobe XD Announces Projects Mighty and Napoleon

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Adobe Announces Projects Mighty and Napoleon

Adobe Announces Projects Mighty and Napoleon

At MAX 2013, Adobe XD announced Projects Mighty and Napoleon which consist of a Wacom-like stylus and a digital ruler. The devices are cloud connected to your Creative Cloud account. Check out the video below:

Mighty is pressure sensitive, which helps it draw a natural and expressive line. It is also connected to the Creative Cloud through the software and a local Bluetooth LE connection. We have used this connection to pull up Kuler themes and enable a “cloud clipboard” which gives you access to assets you have saved to the cloud for reuse.

Our little ruler (Napoleon, get it?) creates a digitally projected edge that you can use to accurately draw shapes and lines. It just feels right.

Adobe Announces Rebranded Creative Cloud ‘CC’, Drops Support for Creative Suite

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Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud

At MAX 2013 conference, Adobe has officially dropped support for its CS6 suite and announced that its shifting future updates for Creative Cloud members only. There is a ton of new features coming to Photoshop, Premiere, illustrator, InDesign and After Effects. More updates to its iOS apps including Kuler, and Adobe Ideas.

Updates will be rolled out June 17 at which time Adobe will be ending support for CS6 with all new features coming to Creative Cloud users only. New features including:

Photoshop enhanced to reduce image blur brought on by camera shake, includes a redesigned Smart Sharpen utility, improved upsampling, and the ability to apply RAW edits as a filter in any layer.

Dreamweaver gets PhoneGap Build support for building and packaging native apps for iOS and Android, new CSS designer, an enhanced Fluid Grid Layout, Sync settings to access files, more support for HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Flash Professional was completely rebuilt to include 64-bit architecture, HD export, improved HTML publishing, a new streamlined UI, real-time mobile teasing for iOS and Android devices, as well as a new code editor, real-time drawing, an unlimited pasteboard size, and more.

Illustrator was updated to include new features such as Touch Type tool that allows characters to be manipulated like individual objects with support for multitouch devices and stylus, images in brushes, new sync settings, sync colors, font search, etc.

InDesign gets 64-bit support, HiDPI and Retina Display support, a new QR Code Creator, etc.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Public Beta Available for Download

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Adobe Photoshop CS6 Public Beta Available for Download

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Public Beta Available for Download

Adobe was wrapping up Photoshop CS6 development and a public beta was expected any time soon. Now the embargo has lifted and the beta is out.

Download Links:

Photoshop CS6 Highlights

  • Content-Aware Patch — Patch images with greater control using the newest member of the Content-Aware family of technologies. Choose the sample area you want to use to create your patch, and then watch Content-Aware Patch magically blend pixels for a stunning result.
  • Blazingly fast performance and a modern UI — Experience unprecedented performance with the Mercury Graphics Engine, which gives you near-instant results when you edit with key tools such as Liquify, Puppet Warp, and Crop.* Plus, a refined, fresh, and elegant Photoshop interface features dark background options that make your images pop.
  • New and re-engineered design tools — Create superior designs fast. Get consistent formatting with type styles, create and apply custom strokes and dashed lines to shapes, quickly search layers, and much more.

Press release and features:

Photoshop CS6 Beta Now Available on Adobe Labs First Major Release Since April 2010 Packed with New Features and Huge Performance Enhancements SAN JOSE, Calif., – March 22, 2012 – Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 beta, a preview of what’s to come in the next release of the industry standard in digital imaging, is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. Customers can download the beta, try out the experience and provide feedback to the product team. Packed with groundbreaking new innovations, features and incredible performance enhancements, Photoshop CS6 beta is available for the Mac OS and Microsoft® Windows® platforms. The final release is expected in the first half of 2012.

“Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “We couldn’t wait to share this beta of Photoshop CS6 with our customers and are looking forward to hearing from them and seeing the ways they are incorporating the beta into their daily creative workflows.”

New Features in Photoshop CS6 Beta Photoshop CS6 beta demonstrates Adobe’s focus on huge performance enhancements, imaging magic and creativity tools that offer customers a new experience in digital imaging. Key features include new additions to the Content-Aware tools: Content-Aware Patch allows greater control by letting users select and duplicate an area of an image to fill in or “patch” another. Content-Aware Move lets users select and magically move an object to a new place in the image.

Customers will experience incredible performance, powered by the new Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine*, enabling near-instant results from popular editing tools including Liquify, Puppet Warp, Transform and Lighting Effects; and a refined, modern interface featuring dark UI options to make images pop. New and re-engineered design tools make creating designs faster and more efficient. Vector layers allow users to apply dashed lines and gradient strokes, searchable layers help quickly zero in on any layer you need, and new type styles let designers quickly apply type treatments to their designs.

In addition, the Photoshop CS6 beta offers all the features of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, such as new 3D editing features and quantitative imaging analysis capabilities. These features will be included in the shipping version of Photoshop CS6 Extended when it becomes available.

Pricing and Availability The Photoshop CS6 beta is available immediately as a free download in English and Japanese. At installation, users will be required to provide an Adobe ID to complete a one-time login and online product activation. For information on how to install Photoshop CS6 beta visit . Customers can submit feedback via the Photoshop CS6 beta forum: Users can also connect with the Photoshop team via the community-powered site:; on Facebook:; YouTube:; blog:; or via Twitter:

Adobe Photoshop Family Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Extended are at the heart of the Photoshop family, joined by solutions for users at every level who want to bring out the best in their digital images either at home, in the office or on the go. Coupled with Adobe Photoshop, the recently released Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 addresses the workflow needs of amateur and professional photographers, helping them create, manage and showcase images in impactful ways. Adobe Photoshop Elements provides consumers with powerful yet easy-to-use tools that organize, edit, create and share photos memories. For mobile devices, the Adobe Photoshop Touch app transforms images with core Photoshop features custom-built for tablets; and Photoshop Express is a free app for simple photo fixes and enhancements, and sharing to social networks.

New Features

Brushes – HUD brush resize and hardness can now change opacity – Increase brush size to 5000px – Change color dynamics to per stroke instead of per tip (user option for old behavior) – Brightness/contrast slider for textures when painting – Brush projection for static tips – Brush cursor reflects brush dynamics for round and captured tips

Eyedropper – Show the sample size popup for the various eyedropper tools (black point, white point, etc.) – Add ignore adjustment layers options bar item for the eyedropper – New mode for eyedropper to select layers current and below

File formats – Read common stereo image pair formats (JPS, PNS) Allow for more bit depths in TIFF files – Read BIGTIFF format – Give the user choices regarding how they want transparency treated in OpenEXR on file open

Grammar – Policed throughout app – Use consistent grammar style in the title of dialog windows (no commands such as “Choose a color:”)

Layers – Add a contextual menu item that deletes a layer effect not just disables it – Add dither options to Layer Styles for Gradient Overlay and Gradient Stroke – Allow 00 or Shift 00 to work when setting layer/fill opacity (previously no way to get 0%) – Add bicubic sharper & bicubic smoother options when free transforming layers – Allow changing of blend modes for multiple layers at once – Allow locking of multiple layers – CMD+J to duplicate layers and layer group – Allow changing color labels to multiple layers at once – Layer tooltips to include layer name (if defined) – Opt+click on toggle arrows (groups and effects) in layer panel should close all targets – Show blend if/Blending Effects badge on layer – Show correct opacity and blend mode values for hidden layers – Tab goes to next layer on inline layer rename, SHIFT + TAB goes to previous – New command to raster layer effect into layer, merging the selected layers into themselves – Reorder effects in the layers palette to match the Z-­­order style/blend mode (bottom most effects in termsof blending order, drop shadow is below the other effects

Liquify – Resize Liquify brush with shortcuts – Increase maximum Liquify brush size Add option to load last mesh

Presets – Add new document presets for common devices (e.g. iPhone, iPad, etc.) – Add new Gradient Map presets for toning and split-­­toning – Sticky reorganization of tool presets (changes persist after re-launch) Add Contact Sheet II as an Automation option

SDK – Add the ability to return an array of guides in a document from the scripting SDK – Add ability to access tool name associated with the tool preset name via scripting Selections – Make the marquee, lasso, and mask panel feather values support decimal places like the feather dialog – Remember feather radius when showing dialog for selection from a path

Transform – Improve dragging of vector curves – Don’t hide smart object icon when transforming a layer – Rotate 90 with even x odd pixel dimension to be smooth ( – Undo or disable auto -­­rotate on open

UI – Remove the app bar and reduce the drag/app bar over 30% – [Windows] New/open document to context click on a document tab (has always been on Mac, now Windows too) – Add “Don’t show again” checkbox to Purge warnings

Miscellaneous – Enable Split Channels for documents with layers – Select Hex field by default and allow clipboard pastes with # in contents (i.e. #fffffff) – Increased GPU stability by prequalifying GPUs on the fly before use – Auto-­­select the best resample method based on the type of resize – Enable Invert and Threshold adjustments for masks in 32 -­­bit – Hold SHIFT during startup to disable 3rd party plugins – Add warning message that 16 -­­bit images cannot display their file size in the Save as JPEG dialog – Add command to insert “lorem ipsum” for typeRelated articles

Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad Now Available on the App Store

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Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad

Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad

Adobe has announced the latest addition to its iOS software lineup. Photoshop Touch app for the iPad hit the App Store early before being pulled, and now its back. Don’t expect the App to be robust as Photoshop for desktop, but it has some neat features and editing capabilities, like layer support, extract objects and others.

Photoshop Touch for the iPad is available for $9.99.

Adobe’s full press release:

Adobe Photoshop Touch Now Available for iPad

Highly Anticipated App Brings Image-editing Power of Photoshop to Apple iPad 2

BARCELONA, Spain — Feb. 27, 2012 — At Mobile World Congress, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced that Adobe® Photoshop® Touch is now available for iPad 2, via the iTunes App Store*. Adobe Photoshop Touch offers core Photoshop features, as well as new capabilities for creating and sharing in an app custom-built for tablets. The app is a central component of Adobe Touch Apps, a family of six intuitive touch screen applications, inspired by Adobe Creative Suite® software. iPad versions of the other Adobe Touch Apps are expected later this year.

Photoshop Touch gives users the ability to combine multiple photos into layered images, make essential edits and apply professional effects to create beautiful artwork, touch up photos, paint, lay out ideas, and much more. The Scribble Selection Tool allows users to easily extract objects in an image by simply scribbling on what to keep and, then, what to remove. With Refine Edge technology from Photoshop, even hard-to-select areas with soft edges are easily captured when making selections. Photoshop Touch helps users quickly find images and share creations through integration with Facebook and Google Image Search.

“People will be amazed with what they can create on the iPad using Photoshop Touch,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media Business Unit, Adobe. “Photoshop Touch combines the magic of Photoshop and its core features with the convenience of a tablet, bringing image-editing power to the fingertips of millions of people.”

“Adobe Photoshop Touch offers a huge convenience factor and funnels cool Photoshop features tailored for the iPad,” said Brian Yap, creative director at Boxing Clever. “Nearly all of the features I imagined being in Photoshop Touch are there, including the depth in layers, the extraction tools, and fade tool.”

“I love the organic process of working on the tablet. With Adobe Photoshop Touch, I have a new form of image creation with familiar tools but in a more relaxed work space, allowing me to rediscover image making through play rather than production,” Dan Marcolino, owner of Marcolina Design & MarcolinaSlate.

In addition to Photoshop Touch, Adobe expect to release the following touch apps for the iPad in the coming months: Adobe Collage for moodboards; Adobe Debut for presenting and reviewing creative work; Adobe Ideas for sketching; Adobe Kuler® for exploring color themes; and Adobe Proto for website and mobile app prototyping.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Photoshop Touch is available today in the iTunes App Store for US$9.99. Photoshop Touch is available in most geographies with English language support. The app will run on iPad 2 running on iOS5. Visit for more information on Photoshop Touch. Customers may submit feedback on the community powered feedback site: Users may also connect with the Photoshop Touch Team directly on Facebook, via Twitter or on the Photoshop blog. For Photoshop Touch how-to videos, visit

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