Published on Tuesday, 16 June 2015


Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 Connects Desktop and Mobile Apps

The 2015 release of Creative Cloud updates Adobe’s desktop software, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and InDesign CC, and includes new connected mobile apps for iOS and Android. The company has also shipped Adobe Stock, a new stock content service.

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Creative Cloud is based on the Adobe CreativeSync system that intelligently synchronises a user’s assets - files, photos, fonts, vector graphics, brushes, colours, settings and so on – through the use of metadata. This system can be used, for example, to make assets instantly available in the right format for desktop, web and mobile apps depending on where the user needs them. A project can be initiated in a connected Creative Cloud mobile app or CC desktop tool, re-opened in a different app later on and completed in CC finishing software on the desktop.

Desktop Updates

Adobe’s Mercury Performance Engine has been upgraded for the 2015 release in order to increase speed and add flexibility to 15 of the main CC desktop applications, including Photoshop CC, now in its 25th year. Artboards are a new function, developed to allow users to design cross-device user experiences in a single Photoshop document and preview them on any of the devices. Users will also have access to a preview release of Photoshop Design Space, which is a work environment specialised for mobile app and web site designers.


Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC both gain the new Dehaze tool. originally previewed in October 2014 at Adobe MAX, Dehaze either eliminates fog, haze and mist from photography, including underwater shots, to produce clearer images, or adds haze to a photo as an artistic effect.

Premiere Pro CC now has the Lumetri Colour panel for colour corrections using intuitive sliders and other simple controls similar to those in Lightroom, combined with the colour science used in Speed Grade. It contains a scopes panel and RGB parade, wave form and histogram. The panel has look presets to start with and can be customised with colour adjustments and various effects such as vignettes. A set of adjustments made for a clip with the Lumetri Colour panel appears as a single affect in Premiere Pro, and can be handled as a saved preset on other clips or projects.

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Morph Cut
is another new tool, used to polish interview content by using face tracking and frame interpolation to moderate jump cuts between talking-head shots, resulting in less visible transitions and a more coherent sequence.  

After Effects CC now has Uninterrupted Preview allowing the artist to adjust a composition’s properties and resize panels without affecting playback performance. The Adobe Character Animator application, available right now in After Effects CC as a preview, animates 2D figures by tracking facial movements captured through a webcam, recording dialogue and targeting movements in real time onto a pre-configured character. It also gives control over a character’s movement through the mouse, keyboard and programmable behaviours. An artist can perform to animate a character acquired from elsewhere, or rig original characters based and artwork from Photoshop or Illustrator. Likewise, animators can write programmable behaviours, or plug in behaviours from elsewhere.

Adobe says that Illustrator CC is now 10 times faster and 10 times more precise than in Creative Suite 6 due to the Mercury Performance Engine upgrade. Users can now pan and zoom smoothly without delays. Using the new Chart tool, available now as a preview, designers can create custom charts and share them with others via CC Libraries.

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InDesign CC also received a Mercury performance increase that supports zooming, scrolling and paging through complex files at up to twice the previous speed, according to Adobe.  InDesign now also allows users to publish and distribute documents in a single step.

For designers who need to be able to lay out and build production-ready sites that adapt to different screen sizes, Dreamweaver CC has new responsive web design capabilities. Other news for designers is Adobe Muse which now includes instant access to premium, commercial fonts from Typekit.

Mobile App Connections

Part of the motivation for developing Creative Cloud was the idea that mobile devices could have a regular role in content creation and that a series of free supporting mobile apps could be used with CC desktop tools. Adobe has now released the Brush CC, Shape CC, Colour CC and Photoshop Mix apps on Android for the first time. Many of the Creative Cloud mobile apps for iPhone and iPad have also received updates, including Comp CC, Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Illustrator Draw, Brush CC, Shape CC and Colour CC.


A new app, Adobe Hue CC has been launched as a means of capturing and sharing real lighting and colour schemes suitable for video, film and broadcast by using an iPhone camera and then applying these light and colour moods as custom Look filters in a Premiere Pro CC or After Effects CC project. A three-dimensional bubble view shows the volume and distribution of individual colours in the image or scene you are looking at. You can select a colour to set the midtone and use the slider to adjust intensity of the overall Look. The top half of the screen shows the effect of your Look as you manipulate it on a sample image before you save the Looks to the central Library of assets associated with your Adobe ID.

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Another aspect of Creative Cloud is its role as a marketplace. For example, Adobe Talent was introduced in 2014 in an effort to connect artists with work opportunities from brands and agencies. With the 2015 CC release, Adobe Stock launches as a stock content service integrated directly into the software, giving access to 40 million photos, vector graphics and illustrations from within the CC desktop applications’ tools. Adobe also announced it will offer industry rates to photographers and designers contributing content to Adobe Stock.  

The 2015 updates to CC desktop and mobile apps are immediately available for download by Creative Cloud members as part of their membership. Membership plans are available for individuals, students, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises.