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CC 2014 – What does it mean for you?

Creative Cloud

On June 18 Adobe announced the latest version of Creative Cloud – CC 2014. This marks the first anniversary of Adobe going to a cloud-based format for their software and the first major product update across all applications. But what does this mean for you? How will this impact your workflow? No worries we are here to help.

First I wanted to address the biggest question we are hearing from users.

“CC 2014 installs next to my existing CC software and doesn’t replace it. Now I have two versions. Why did they do this? Where are my plug-ins?”

The easy answer is versioning. Adobe plans to release a major update each year (this is 2014) as a benchmark which updates for OS compatibility, plug-ins, drivers, etc. In order to update the software but not have it also eliminate compatibility with your current system, it installs a new app next to your current version.

With this in mind, here are a couple of tips. First, do not uninstall your current software until you install the new version AND open it. Make sure it works on your system first before removing the older version. Second, your third-party plug-ins (Nik, OnOne, DTP Tools, etc.) will not transfer over automatically. However it is a simple solution – go to your plug-ins folder from your old software and copy your third-party plug-ins to the plug-ins folder for the 2014 version.

For more questions and answers – check this link for the Creative Cloud Install Help.

Next lets take a look at some of the highlights from this update.

Photoshop has updated several existing items including content-aware, Perspective Warp and Smart Objects and has also introduced some new features. You can now utilize Typekit sync and missing font support AND search, preview or replace live in your document using the character panel. You now have a new selection menu option, Focus Mask, which allows you to select in-focus areas of your image. And you now have “smarter” smart guides which not only align but also calculate distances in pixels between objects for precise layouts.

Illustrator now features Live Shapes which gives you corner control in the Transform panel as you are creating and editing rectangles. You also have a Pen Tool Preview. This may be a familiar addition for Photoshop users, also called the “Rubber Band” preview. The hidden gem which has really caught my eye however, is the Pencil Tool update. This tool has been updated and improved again and now creates smooth paths without an overwhelming amount of points.

InDesign has Table enhancements allowing you to rearrange rows or columns of information using drag and drop. InDesign also picked up Color Groups from Illustrator, allowing you to group and organize your color swatches. The biggest addition for me has to be the ability to create a Fixed Layout EPUB with interactive elements, audio, video and more all with a simple export. ID also caught up to PS and AI with seamless updating, more sync options and Behance integration.

Dreameaver is continuing to make life easier for developers. With improvements like Element Quick View, Live View Property Inspector and Live Insert you can do so much more inside Live View than ever before. Editing content, inserting HTML elements and clean CSS generation are all available while viewing the Live version of the site. These updates are making DW more accessible for those learning HTML and CSS.

After Effects and the rest of the video segment had a huge announcement at NAB this past spring in Las Vegas, and now you have all their cool toys. Keying effects are enhanced to preserve fine details on compressed or poorly shot footage. Flexing masking options are more intuitive and similar to Photoshop, allowing you to apply effects to specific areas without the need for additional layers. There is also more support for Dynamic Link between AE and Premiere Pro.

Premiere Pro has simplified your workflow by bringing some of the commonly used tools from SpeedGrade and After Effects directly into Premiere. You now also have Master Clip effects, allowing you to sync all your clips in a sequence to match a designated “master” clip. Live Text Templates allow you to modify text from AE compositions without leaving Premiere. There is also a slew of new formats supported including AS11 for broadcast, Canon RAW, Cinema DNG and more.

Mobile Apps are becoming more integrated into the Creative Cloud. As of June 18 Adobe released Sketch, Line, Photoshop Mix and Lightroom Mobile (now available on iPhone). Look for another blog post to find out more about them individually, but the biggest news is these are all FREE. Yep. No charge, zero, zip nada.

Finally, something big was also announced yesterday and while it may not effect you or your workflow directly, it is huge news for the future of your software. Adobe will be releasing the Creative SDK (Software Development Kit) free and open to the public. This means that companies will have greater access to CC features to create new additions or better serve you with plug-ins for your favorite apps.

If you have any questions regarding CC 2014 or want to learn about the new features in a hands-on setting, hit me up! Go to C2’s website to view our CC Upgrade Class which features all updates from CS6 – CC 2014 or our new CC 2014 Upgrade Class which is for those familiar with CC but looking to update your skills with the latest edition.

Apple announces Aperture ending – Free Webcast June 30

This past week, Apple took the bold move to announce that Aperture would no longer be produced starting with the new iOS coming later this year. This came as a shock to many photographers and looking at social media, they are wondering what to do now. Well thankfully Adobe has a solution. Not only can you sign up for the Adobe Photoshop Photography Program, which includes Photoshop CC 2014, Lightroom 5 and Lightroom Mobile, but Adobe has also announced that they will continue to support the $9.99/month price point for this.

This is a great opportunity to take a look at new software and migrate to a supported platform. To help you understand what this all means, the guys at KelbyOne (namely Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski) will be hosting a FREE webinar on Monday, June 30.

To sign up, click the link below:

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Big Adobe Announcement this Week and more!

Hi all, hope your summer has been treating you well. This week (June 18 to be exact) Adobe will be unveiling the next version of Creative Cloud. Click the image below to RSVP and watch the event LIVE.

CC Launch Event

If you want a sneak peek of what is coming, here is a video from Zorana Gee, Photoshop Product Manager discussing the new feature Focus Masks.

Next, if you haven’t been following along, shame but I want to remind you of our own Adobe CC Tour Event coming to Milwaukee on June 23. This is the kickoff of the national tour with special guests Terry Ryan, Adobe Evangelist and Gary Adcock, Adobe Community Professional. Even though the event shows that it is sold out, I encourage you to still RSVP and get on the waiting list. Things change and seats will open up this week before the event. Click the image below to RSVP for our Milwaukee Adobe Event.

CC 2014 TourHope to see you all there and keep watching this blog and also my posts over at C2 for the latest information on Adobe CC.


Photoshop World Discount!

As the summer is soon upon us, I don’t want you to forget about some upcoming events. I will be highlighting some events from Adobe, C2 and others throughout the summer coming this fall.

First up, I wanted to share a discount to Photoshop World Vegas 2014. This will get you an additional $50 off the registration price. The early-bird ends soon, which is why I’m sharing this now. Click the link below to get your discount! 🙂

Learn Photography Online with the Pros

Adobe Creative Cloud Tour is coming to Milwaukee!


Join us! Adobe evangelist Terry Ryan is coming to Milwaukee on Monday, June 23 to show the latest innovations added to Adobe Creative Cloud. Come and learn about the hundreds of innovations in products like Photoshop, InDesign, Edge and Illustrator that will make everyday tasks easier and faster.

See firsthand how desktop apps, mobile apps, files, community, and even new creative hardware all work together – allowing you to bring your ideas and work together seamlessly.

Bring your questions about Creative Cloud and have them answered direct from the source! This event is FREE and also has great prizes including a 1-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (must be present to win). For more information or to RSVP please visit: 


Obligatory Update

Now that Photoshop World is in the rear view mirror (for a couple of months at least), it’s time to focus on upcoming and new adventures. A lot is going on and in fact a lot of things came around while I was in Atlanta.

First off, I am working on a new workshop class for C2 that we will be announcing soon – Creating Composites in Adobe Photoshop. It will be a 4-hour hands on lab using images to create three composite scenes (shown below). You will learn about sourcing stock images for cheap or free, how to combine your image with different backgrounds and lighting, blending the subject using layers and blend modes and how to bring it all together using filters and extensions in Photoshop.

Amelia Composite Wedding Composite


An interesting add-on for this class is people who take this course are also eligible to take an additional 4-hour lab hosted by yours truly and bring their own images to create composites to take with them.

Working with Perspective in Adobe Photoshop

Next, my course on lynda.com has taken off like gangbusters – over 1,600 views in over 60 countries. Very cool. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here is a link to the course – Working with Perspective in Adobe Photoshop. If you do not have a lynda.com account, no worries I also have a 7-day FREE trial for you. Click here to redeem. 

Also, I have some speaking engagements booked for different Adobe events in the area, if you are in the Denver, Chicago or Milwaukee area keep watching your AIGA group for event announcements featuring yours truly.

Finally, there is a lot happening on the Adobe front and big announcements will be coming soon about that, but for now I can confirm that I will be at Adobe MAX 2014 with Russell Brown at his RB@MAX event. Keep your eyes posted for another update on this with registration information because this is THE event at Adobe MAX for creatives. Three intensive days of hands-on instruction from a team of industry experts (including myself). I can’t let the cat out of the bag yet, but here is a teaser.  I hope to see you there!

Something big is coming to Adobe MAX 2014...
Something big is coming to Adobe MAX 2014…

“The Lights Have Gone Out In Georgia” or Goodbye Photoshop World East

I know I am a little late in posting, thanks to a record allergy season in Atlanta. lol.

DSC_0220 as Smart Object-1

Photoshop World East has wrapped and it’s time to take a look back at what I felt was the best of this year’s event. It is always a given that the classes are excellent and the expo always has something for everyone but I try to look beyond just the event and find a reason why I feel compelled to come back year after year (this was my (this was my 9th Photoshop World).

The classes and expo alone are reason enough to come back, but my “it factor” for Photoshop World has to be the atmosphere and accessibility of the staff and instructors while at the event. In speaking with other attendees, both new and alumni, the most common comment I heard was how cool it is to talk to artists and photographers that you admire.

Instructor Dave Black discussing sports photography.
Instructor Dave Black discussing sports photography.

Having attended and presented at many different conferences, PSW has the most accessible presenters. In fact, it is encouraged from the moment you arrive to talk to people including the instructors. They are genuine, passionate and love talking to you. It shows when they present and also when they take the time to answer questions after their session, even if it means taking it out to the hallways to continue the discussion while the next class starts.

Joe McNally having a discussion with pre con attendees.
Joe McNally having a discussion with pre con attendees.
Dave Cross and Julieanne Kost getting some much needed coffee refills.
Dave Cross and Julieanne Kost getting some much needed coffee refills.
Instructor Joel Grimes checks out new equipment on the expo floor.
Instructor Joel Grimes checks out new equipment on the expo floor.

The staff working the event at the same way – they are not hired for the conference, they are actual KelbyOne staff members shipped in from the office (leaving a small crew behind to only man the phones). Each of them want to make sure you have the best Photoshop World possible. They love talking to attendees and also interacting at the After Hours Party, Midnight Madness and other events during the conference. When you go to your next Photoshop World, I think we need to have a huge “thank you” for the staff. (I originally thought about “hug a staff member” but that could get weird.)

So if you are on the fence about attending Photoshop World, I hope this post helps convince you to take the leap and join us in Las Vegas. This event keeps getting better each time. If you do come out, lets celebrate #10 with me!

Bert Monroy shows his latest artwork to Rick Sammon.
Bert Monroy shows his latest artwork to Rick Sammon.
The team from Westcott testing the lighting before the shootout begins.
The team from Westcott testing the lighting before the shootout begins.
Instructors Alan Hess, Pete Collins, Bert Monroy and Glyn Dewis.
Instructors Alan Hess, Pete Collins, Bert Monroy and Glyn Dewis.

Midnight Madness!

Last night RC, Matt and Scott hosted a group of lucky attendees for Midnight Madness. There is only one promise made throughout the night -“You will absolutely learn nothing about Photoshop”. Games, prizes, Stephen Bell running laps around the room… wait, what?! I’d love to tell you why but you will just have to attend the next conference to find out for yourself…






Photoshop World Expo Hall


One of the great features of Photoshop World is the expansive Expo Hall. This year seems to be the biggest show floor for the East Coast event yet. Many vendors including Wacom, Canon, Epson, Adobe, FJ Westcott (and their ever popular shootout contest booths) are all here. A lot of new vendors as well have shown up including several camera supply companies that you can actually purchase and walk out with equipment from the floor!

Also be sure to check out one of the many floor theaters including Adobe, KelbyOne and the Peachpit/KelbyOne Store. There are many bonus classes available and FREE to the public.