The Basics of Adobe Creative Cloud

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A Necessity in the Design World

Did you ever wonder how the cover of every magazine is visually flawless, portraying nothing short of perfection to readers? Adobe has a longstanding reputation in the design world. The Creative Cloud is considered the holy grail of innovative software for graphic designers, photographers, and web developers. If you’re bringing your artistic talent online, this is where you want to start.

Adobe Creative Cloud is broken down into several programs, each with their own unique purpose. Although competitive software is starting to surface, it is highly unlikely that Adobe will get pushed off the playing field anytime soon.

This overview will help beginners find out which program best suits their needs. Thankfully, each program can be bought and downloaded separately, meaning you don’t have to commit (financially) to the whole package. The cost of each program fluctuates based on whether you choose a month-to-month plan or sign on to a yearly contract.

Adobe Photoshop

  • Purpose: Image editing
  • Cost: $19.99 – $29.99

Photoshop is the go-to software for graphic designers. It allows you to alter images in a stunning capacity, whether you are starting from scratch or modifying an existing photo. You can easily crop people or objects out of a photo or scale it to a new size. You can also apply filters to photos - turning your self-portrait into a sketch or a cartoon character is just a few clicks away. Photoshop can restore photos if there are lighting flaws present or if the image doesn’t have the best quality. Keep in mind that photos with higher resolution are always the route to go. The lower the resolution, the more likely you are to make your photo pixelated (fuzzy) as you go through the editing process.

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Lightroom

  • Purpose: Digital imagery and photo editing
  • Cost: $9.99 

Photoshop and Lightroom can both be used for image editing. However, Lightroom was specifically launched to appeal to photographers. It is for people who aren’t creating massive images (compiling layers on top of layers in the program), but rather tweaking photos through filters and basic edits. If you’re making small changes to the lighting, tone, or contrast, Lightroom is a cheaper alternative and will get the job done effectively.  

Adobe Illustrator

  • Purpose: Create vectors and other art forms
  • Cost: $19.99 – $29.99

Illustrator differentiates from Photoshop and Lightroom because it is meant to work with vectors. A vector is a 2D or 3D image that will not distort or become pixelated when it is modified. The best way to understand this is by thinking of shapes. When you create a box for an icon or a circle to place your photo in, you can stretch the shape as much as you want without it losing quality. Vectors can be easily downloaded off of the internet and then pulled into Illustrator for alteration. If you know your end product might involve zooming in and out in the future (like on a website or mobile app), you will want to make sure the images stay intact for the users. undefined

This is what a vector image looks like (a lot of carefully crafted, colorful shapes that have been manipulated):

Adobe InDesign

  • Purpose: Content and publications
  • Cost: $19.99 – $29.99 

The main purpose of this software is to assist with publications. It allows you to create the perfect flyer, spreadsheet, press release, or PDF by making sure all your content aligns seamlessly. You can place text and photo boxes anywhere on the page to make your publication look exactly how you want. Photoshop and Illustrator can be a little finicky with text, so if you have a project that is content heavy, we commend giving InDesign a try. Once you are done, you can easily export your layout into a single PDF that is easy to print and share with colleagues or clients. 

After Effects

  • Purpose: Motion graphics and video editing (film industry)
  •  Cost: $19.99 – $29.99 

Video editing is starting to trend in the business world. If you want your image or text to be “in motion,” than After Effects is the way to go. It will assist you with your animations and specials effects as you make your way through the film industry.

Adobe also has a program called Premiere Pro that functions similarly to After Effects, but doesn’t go into the same amount of depth. Premiere Pro is considered the industry-standard for video editing (manipulating video clips) but does not fare as well with motion graphics.  

Take Advantage of Free Trials

If you’re just starting out or looking to expand your creative talent, Adobe Creative Cloud offers free trials on each of its programs. If you are a student, you can also get a discount on a monthly or yearly membership package. Take our word on this – listing Adobe Creative Cloud on your resume will definitely catch the eye of your next potential employer.

Make sure you are committed to learning the software before you start your trial. Each program in the creative suite can take weeks to even scratch the surface of.  

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