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7 Adobe Innovations You Should Know About Check out these upgrades and products soon to be joining the Adobe family

Designers and content creators have used the Adobe Suite for years to create high quality designs, websites, videos and other multimedia. But most people don’t realize how many new tools and innovations Adobe really has to offer. With nearly 100 active products on the market, the company is constantly adding innovative software and changes to its software line.

Back in November, for example, Adobe announced many new futuristic tools and programs at its Adobe Max event. And just yesterday, the company announced plans to integrate its Sensei AI with Microsoft.

With all these upgrades, check out these Adobe innovations you might not know about, as well as the products that are soon to be joining the Adobe family:

1. AdobeSpark

Small business owners especially understand the challenges of juggling multiple roles at an organization. One day you’re writing a blog post, and the next you’re ringing someone up at the cash register. So taking the time to learn design principles might be pretty low on your to-do list. AdobeSpark was developed for the everyday person to “create impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos”. Now, you don’t have to spend hours designing that flyer or social media promotion. With AdobeSpark, the designs look great, and most of all, it’s completely free.

2. Concept Canvas

Announced last November, Concept Canvas was created for “finding images based on spacial relationships.” Imagine your boss or client has a rough sketch of a website or print layout and you need some very specific images, such as a person standing on the left, or a dog running to the right. In Concept Canvas, users can use a smart image-search for specific needs, making the search for stock photography more intelligent than ever.

3. Color Chameleon

With any layout or website, images are usually some of the most prominent elements on a page. But often, designers pull from multiple sources, and the colors within photos can end up clashing with your brand’s color. Color Chameleon is a new product that allows users to color-correct an entire set of photos based on a specified palette. Doing this one-by-one in Photoshop can be time-consuming, but Color Chameleon can match an entire page with just one click.

4. Loop Welder

Looping videos are beginning to be a norm for websites today. They add motion to an otherwise stationary site and bring a greater sense of place for the user. But creating a simple clip for your site can be tricky, especially if you don’t know how to use a video editor. Adobe’s Loop Welder does all the work for you. The program can take frames from a clip and find the perfect looping point, making the video seamless instead of feeling like it’s jumping around.

5. Interactive Vectorization

One tedious and often difficult job of a designers is converting an image into a vector shape. And inevitably, you end up with missing edges and your outline ends up imperfect. With just a few clicks, Interactive Vector allows artists to quickly transform a photograph into perfect vectors, saving lots of time and frustration.

6. 3D Painting in Photoshop

Did you know Photoshop can already handle video like it was an image? That’s right – you can open video files in Photoshop and manipulate or edit them to your heart’s content. But not only this, Photoshop has a number of other innovative features you might not know about, such as working with 3D images. Photoshop allows users to paint 3D objects directly on a 3D model just as you would on a 2D layer. It’s pretty amazing and definitely worth checking out.

7. Project Felix

As AR and VR technology advances, Adobe is getting in on the game. Project Felix was created so users could edit high-quality, photorealistic 3D images. Project Felix makes it easy to compose 2D and 3D assets for product shots, scene visualizations, and abstract art. Felix is currently in beta, but more exciting features are promised. The best part is that you don’t have to be a 3D expert for Felix – it was created for designers.

Through each of these innovations, Adobe is proving once again that a multidimensional approach to design is needed – a focus on design, business and technology. This convergence of skills will be very valuable in the digital world to come, and embracing new tools like these will be vital for success in the future.

Jon Zmikly

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