Tag: Creative Tools

Adobe Launches Public Beta of Adobe Stock Contributor Site and Plugins

Creative Tools | Sep 21 2016

When Adobe Systems introduced a stock content service in June 2015, it wasn't just a new source for images and other content. The company also touted Adobe Stock as a money-making opportunity for creative professionals. But until recently, you had to submit content through Adobe's Fotolia service. On Tuesday, Adobe announced a public beta of an Adobe Stock Contributor site, along with plugins for Bridge and Lightroom that allow users to submit content...

New Photoshop Plugin Lets You Browse Shutterstock's Enormous Stock Image Collection

Creative Tools | Sep 8 2016
Shutterstock Plugin

When Adobe introduced Adobe Stock last year, the big selling point was its seamless integration with the company's desktop apps. Now Shutterstock, one of the biggest players in the stock content market, has responded with a Photoshop plugin that provides access to its library of about 100 million images. I've been testing a beta version of the plugin, and though it has a few rough spots, it should be a boon for any Shutterstock customer who uses Photoshop.

Siggraph 2016: Virtual Reality, GPUs and New 3D Software

Creative Tools | Aug 27 2016
Maxon Cinema 4D

If you want to see the future of sci-fi and fantasy entertainment, you go to Comic-Con in San Diego. But if you want to preview the tools that enable the wild visual effects in those movies and TV shows, you go to Siggraph, the annual conference and exhibition on computer graphics and "interactive techniques." The conference is also a showcase for applications in digital art, scientific visualization, and — this year in particular — virtual reality. Here's a look at some of the highlights.

A New Alternative to Software Subscriptions

Creative Tools | Jul 19 2016

The latest releases of Xara's graphics programs combine a perpetual software license with an update service that delivers new features throughout the year. Plus: Life After Photoshop and Monotype offers fonts by subscription.

A "Magic Eyedropper" Tool for Fonts? I Don't Think So

Creative Tools | Jul 8 2016
Font Eyedropper

This past week, Wired, Mashable and other outlets told us about a miraculous gizmo that promises salvation for graphic designers. It's called Spector, and it's been described as "Shazam for Fonts" and "The Ultimate Font Finder." All this based on a prototype capable of recognizing seven typefaces. None of the reporters actually tested the gadget. Color me skeptical.

Don't Be Surprised If Adobe Releases a Font-Matching App

Creative Tools | Jul 7 2016
Font App

The latest version of Photoshop can identify fonts in images (well, sort of). Can a font-matching app be far behind? Plus: Are you tired of reinstalling plugins whenever there's a Photoshop update? Adobe has a solution. Also: New directions for Mac hardware and a popular drawing program comes to Windows.

Photoshop Leads New Creative Cloud Release

Creative Tools | Jun 28 2016
Steampunk Camera

Adobe has released a major update to Photoshop, including new typographic features, enhanced masking capabilities and a content-aware crop tool. Adobe Illustrator gets a smaller update that includes a nifty new export function. Read all about it in this week's installment of The Explorer...

Adobe's "10 Free Images" Promotion: What You Need to Know

Creative Tools | Jun 25 2016
Steampunk Letter A

Adobe has been enticing users to try its new content service by offering 10 free images, but the deal was confusing and was more akin to a rebate than an actual giveaway. After months of complaints from customers, the company has quietly changed the terms of the deal, just in time for a major Photoshop release. I had my own concerns, but now I'm on board. Here's the lowdown on the deal and the new features in Adobe Stock...

News in Review: WWDC, Microsoft, LinkedIn and More

Creative Tools | Jun 17 2016
Clockwork Apple

Highlights from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference: OS X becomes macOS, Siri moves to the Mac and iOS gets RAW image support. Also: Microsoft acquires LinkedIn and gets Lynda.com in the deal. And Google Fonts gets a sleek new user interface...