Adobe Creative Meet Up 2016 Highlights

Last week Adobe sent me down to Shoreditch Studios in London to come hang out, connect with other creatives and hear about some of the latest updates to Creative Cloud.

 

The Start of the Night

When I saw all the other creatives arriving I knew the night was going to be fun. I knew that Ian Barnard (a hand lettering artist) who has a huge audience on Instagram was going to be there, so we were both excited to see each other in the flesh rather than behind a screen.

 

Creative Cloud Updates

During the night, we were treated to some amazing speakers who chatted about their own personal creative careers, motivating and inspiring those of us in the audience to do what we do on a whole new level.

We also had Adobe Evangelist Rufus Deuchler taking us through what was new in Adobe Creative Cloud

Here are some of my favourite features from the June updates:


Face-Aware Liquify

Rufus showed us a new way to make small tweaks to facial features and expressions in photographs or even paintings inside Adobe Photoshop.

The Face-Aware panel is within the Liquify filter. This is where Photoshop automatically recognises a face and facial features, and we can use simple sliders to subtly change certain facial features. For example, we’re able to change a frown into more of a smile with one simple slider.

This new Face-Aware update is a lot of fun and will also speed up your workflow.


Using the Face-Aware Smile Slider to give me a cheeky smile. 

Using the Face-Aware Smile Slider to give me a cheeky smile. 


Here are all the sliders in the new Face-Aware Properties

Here are all the sliders in the new Face-Aware Properties


Selection And Masking

Another CC update that’s really excited me is the new selection window. Remember when you had to use the pen tool, and maybe fiddle with the colour channels in the layers to get a very clean and crisp selection?

Well now Adobe Photoshop has its own dedicated window to make the selection. We’re now able to select things such as hair in under a minute whilst using the new tools within the selection window.

This update is going to be a game changer for anyone who does a lot of masking within photographs, or a photo manipulator.

Here I'm using the selection window to select the hair from the background.

Here I'm using the selection window to select the hair from the background.

 

Content-Aware Crop

Another CC update that has me excited is the new Crop Content-Aware feature.

If you’ve ever used the Crop feature, you’ll know that you can line up your landscape photography straight on the horizon using the guides provided in the crop tool. This would always crop a bit of the photograph at the edges to make sure that you were able to get a straight horizon.

In this new update, we’re able to crop without losing any of the image by the content aware function affecting the areas of the image where it magically adds part of the photograph.

You may think there will be some major distorting, but after some testing I’ve only found seamless looking images after the edit.


I'm using the Content Aware function to create more of the image as I'm changing the horizon line.

I'm using the Content Aware function to create more of the image as I'm changing the horizon line.

You can see in the finished image that Photoshop CC has created more of the image. 

You can see in the finished image that Photoshop CC has created more of the image. 


FINAL THOUGHTS

The Adobe Creative Meet Up was absolutely amazing and I left the evening feeling motivated and inspired, with a lot of new connections.

If you want to try out some of the new updates to Creative Cloud, you can download a seven day free trial here or take a look at some of the videos below to catch up on all the highlights from Adobe’s Creative Meet Up on-demand.

For full transparency; Adobe has sponsored this blog post and the highlights video on my YouTube Channel.