Adobe Unveils Creative Cloud Updates At MAX 2015; Adds Free Photoshop Fix and Capture CC

At Adobe MAX 2015 today, Adobe will reveal its new vision for Creative Cloud, which the company described as a “connected creative canvas” where people can create/share their work from anywhere. For photographers, this means two free new mobile apps: Photoshop Fix and Capture CC, which are designed to enable quick retouching and asset capture on the go.

Adobe also announced new Touch capabilities across Creative Cloud desktop applications including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and Premiere Pro CC. Adobe is highlighting its patented CreativeSync technology as well. CreativeSync is designed to power connections between desktop and mobile apps and the assets creatives use every day.

Video content will also coming soon to Adobe Stock, the royalty-free collection of high-quality photos, illustrations and graphics. 

Photoshop Fix & Capture CC
Available today, Photoshop Fix offers a retouching and restoration-focused image-editing experience on a mobile device, powered by Adobe’s image-science technology. The simple, intuitive touch interface makes Photoshop desktop features, like the Healing Brush and Liquify, available for real retouching work on iPad and iPhone.

Creatives can now capture anything that inspires them with Adobe Capture CC. This app combines the capabilities of Adobe Brush, Adobe Shape, Adobe Color and Adobe Hue into a single, powerful, simple-to-use app and the captured design asset can be used as a brush, shape or color theme for pro work. Adobe shipped updates to other essential connected Creative Cloud mobile apps, including Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Illustrator Draw, Comp CC and Premiere Clip.

Creative Sync
At the heart of Creative Cloud is CreativeSync, a signature Adobe technology that intelligently syncs creative assets: files, photos, fonts, vector graphics, brushes, colors, settings, metadata and more. Thanks to CreativeSync, all the assets created with Adobe mobile apps can be saved to Creative Cloud Libraries. Libraries can be accessed across desktop and mobile apps and shared with anyone who has a Creative Cloud membership, so it's easy to collaborate, keep designs consistent and even create style guides to use across projects.

Adobe unveils new features across flagship CC desktop apps that are also core to Creative Cloud’s connected system of tools and services. These include innovations for design, web, user experience (UX) design, video and photography customers, across nearly every Creative Cloud application.

Highlights include: for Design, Adobe introduces new and updated Touch workspaces to InDesign CC and Illustrator CC, powering mobile creativity for layout artists/graphic designers. New Illustrator CC features include the Shaper tool, Live Shapes and enhanced Smart Guides. InDesign CC delivers new online publishing capabilities and Adobe Fuse CC (Preview) 3D character software is added to existing Creative Cloud membership plans. These 3D models can be synced across Creative Cloud Libraries for use in Photoshop CC.

Fuse CC recently joined the Adobe product family through the company’s acquisition of 3D innovator, Mixamo. For Web and UX Design, free-form responsive design comes to Muse CC, to easily create websites that dynamically scale to any size screen, browser or device, without having to code or use restrictive templates.

For developers, Dreamweaver CC also adds responsive design capabilities powered by the popular Bootstrap framework. In Photoshop CC new Artboards capabilities precisely place elements and layers for easier visualization and the first version of Design Space, a streamlined design-centric experience, is made available to all customers. UX designers can also look forward to Project Comet, the only end-to-end UX design solution that includes a new CC desktop app with a companion mobile app.

Currently under development, Project Comet is demoed publicly today for the first time during the MAX opening keynote. For Video, Adobe ushers in a new era of UltraHD via comprehensive native format support for editing 4K-to-8k footage; and advances color, with support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) workflows in Premiere Pro CC and improved color fidelity and adjustments in After Effects CC. Remix, a powerful new audio feature is added to Audition CC. New Touch capabilities are introduced, with Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC and Character Animator optimized for Surface Pro, Windows tablets or Apple track pad devices.

Adobe Stock Adds Video
Launched in June 2015, Adobe Stock will soon support the download/purchase of video content. Adobe Stock also adds the ability to search for and browse assets directly from Creative Cloud Libraries, including new support for accessing stock within Muse CC, Dreamweaver CC and Flash Professional CC. Adobe Stock is already integrated into flagship products, including Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC. Adobe Stock is delivering new capabilities for businesses, offering pooled licenses at no extra cost to Creative Cloud for team customers. Adobe Stock is also being made available for enterprise use, with additional support for license management, reporting tools, and unlimited usage of stock content in large print runs.

Adobe Portfolio
Adobe Portfolio is a new way to create beautiful, simple, creative portfolio websites. Available soon, Portfolio comes free with any Adobe Creative Cloud plan, delivering layouts ideal for any creative field, from photography to fashion. Creatives can customize their Portfolio sites, which support responsive web design to ensure content looks stunning across all screen sizes. Portfolio sites can include a personalized URL, password-protection and high-impact Typekit fonts. Portfolio is built on Behance, the world’s largest and most vibrant creative community, with over 5.6 million members. Users can sync Adobe Portfolio to their Behance Projects pages, ensuring even more opportunities to get their work discovered.

Adobe unveils feature updates to its popular Creative Cloud Photography plan for $9.99 per month. New and updated touch interfaces and enhanced features in Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC offer a new way for photographers to interact with their images. As well as introducing Photoshop Fix, Adobe also updated Lightroom mobile with new capture capabilities and Dehaze functionality; added more layer support for Photoshop Mix; and introduced powerful new editing capabilities for Lightroom for web. Adobe Portfolio will also be added to Creative Cloud Photography plan.

Adobe’s new and updated mobile apps are available for free download from Apple App Store and Google Play now. Updates to Creative Cloud desktop software will ship to Creative Cloud members before the end of the year. Membership plans are available for individuals, students, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises. When adding Adobe Stock to any paid yearly Creative Cloud membership plan, creatives can save up to 40 percent over purchasing stock content separately.

Pricing info for CC here.

Adobe Stock info here.