Are you interested in Adobe Creative Cloud? Perhaps you’ve used Acrobat to work with PDFs, or you’re thinking about using Photoshop to edit images. Or maybe you’ve decided it’s time to take your brand to the next level on a website or publication with tools like InDesign or Illustrator. Whatever your project, the Creative Cloud has a tool to support your multimedia composing. Read on to find out more about this flexible software suite.
What is Adobe Creative Cloud?
Adobe Creative Cloud is a collection of professional grade applications that allow a user to create and manipulate images, edit videos, design digital publications, and curate the experience of users in websites, games, and mobile apps. Adobe Creative Cloud downloads as a package of nearly 50 applications, each of which has its own interface and a powerful set of tools. Some of the applications (described in more detail below) can also be downloaded separately. You can try them out for free with a 7 day free trial.
What do I get?
Creative Cloud’s suite of applications is a subscription-based service that will update automatically. It includes some classic desktop applications (described below) and a host of others specifically for your mobile device or for accessing, sharing, and marketing your work in online communities. You also get 100GB of storage space for your files. Adobe is a longstanding and dependable company that supplies thorough instructions and support for Creative Cloud and all of its applications.
Acrobat handles PDFs, the portable document format created by Adobe that ensures other audiences view your document (including its images, design, and fonts) just like you do, regardless of platform. Additionally, this application includes tools for annotation, forms, and digital signatures, making it especially useful for administrative tasks.
The classic image editing application comes with an impressive toolbox organized into an intuitive and flexible interface. Users can manipulate images at different levels, or layers, that facilitate adding and revising details. While the name invokes its beginnings as a photo editor, this tool can be used not only for cropping and retouching your social posts, but also for drawing, painting, and graphic design.
Premiere is Adobe’s video editing software, allowing users to import, cut, arrange, and add effects to video clips in a timeline. Whether it’s a quick social clip or a feature film you’re making, Premiere Pro has the tools you need to add transitions, music, filters, and titles to your video.
The industry standard for print and digital publishing, Adobe’s InDesign includes an array of tools for designing documents, flyers, brochures, books, and more. And you get access to huge libraries of royalty-free images, fonts, and document templates. A new set of collaboration tools lets you share content, fonts, and graphics across projects, platforms, and teams.
Illustrator’s focus is designing graphics for use in packaging, logos, and websites. Adobe’s innovation here is vectors, or graphics made up of points, lines, and curves rather than tiny pixels. This allows art you create to look sharp (and not blurry or pixelated) at any scale. Like InDesign, this application includes tons of free fonts and images, as well as powerful collaboration tools.
How much does it cost?
Adobe Creative Cloud is relatively expensive, but you get a lot for your money. The Cloud includes not only 25 desktop apps, but also mobile apps, web apps, and a host of online communities where you can share, buy/sell, and discuss your creations. They offer discount subscription plans for students/teachers, for businesses, and payment plans that bill upfront or monthly.