New tools announced for Adobe CC

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Adobe Max 2018 announced some exciting new updates and tools for Creative Cloud including Photoshop for iPad, Premiere Rush, and Project Aero.

New tools announced for Adobe CC

Adobe MAX’s opening keynote unveiled a multitude of new additions and features to Creative Cloud, all designed to accelerate workflow, liberate creativity, and drive new mediums.

Photoshop for iPad

The long rumoured Photoshop for iPad has finally been revealed. Heading to Apple’s tablet next year, the app is a fully fledged version of Photoshop CC using the same base architecture and code as its desktop counterpart. Full resolution PSD files will sync seamlessly between both applications giving users the ability to work on the move. 

Premiere Rush

Designed specifically for vloggers and the social media community, Premiere Rush is a desktop and iOS tool that simplifies the video editing process. It’s a one stop shop for compiling, mixing, and grading videos before uploading them to your channel. You can even use Premiere Rush and Adobe Stock to create your own animated title cards.

Project Aero

Augmented reality is getting increasingly popular and Adobe’s new AR authoring tool is planning to capitalise on it. Currently in private beta, Project Areo is a mobile application that will enable you to create AR objects without any game engine expertise. You’ll be able to import files from Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro straight into an AR space on your mobile device.

Adobe Sensei 

First announced in November 2016, Adobe’s artificial intelligence and machine learning platform has been deployed across Creative Cloud. Sensei opens up a new realm of opportunities for Adobe’s toolkit, streamlining workflows, automating tasks, and giving you the freedom to concentrate on your creativity.

Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro 13 has been released, bringing with it a whole host of new features and tools.

Display colour management will automatically ensure that your colours are displayed correctly. It works on any monitor connected via HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, or Thunderbolt. The genius thing here is that you don’t need to change your workstation default colour settings, Premiere Pro will automatically correct your settings for you in-app without modifying your source files.

Selective colour grading is probably the most exciting new tool for Adobe Premiere Pro, featuring grades against hue, saturation, and luma values. There are five curve tools to choose from:

  • Hue versus saturation
  • Hue versus luma
  • Hue versus hue
  • Luma versus saturation
  • Saturation versus saturation

After Effects

Advanced Pins, Bend Pins, and Mesh Sculpting have been added to After Effects’ puppet tool kit. The rotation, scale, and position of these pins can be adjusted enabling you to fine tune your animations.

Premiere Pro’s Responsive Design - Time feature has been added to After Effects. Animations can now maintain precise timings, even when they’re time-stretched.

Mocha – the third party tracking tool bundled with After Effects – received a performance update. Now supporting GPU acceleration, Mocha can track surfaces faster and more accurately on retina and high DPI displays. 


The Creative Cloud team showed off a couple of updates for Photoshop at Adobe MAX, including a new Content-Aware Fill tool. Powered by Adobe Sensei, this selection tool makes it even easier to remove objects in scenes with only a couple of clicks. Should you need to adjust the selection, Content-Aware Fill will remember the edits you have made learning as you create.

A new frame tool auto-scales and masks imported images into a user created frame. Any shape or text layer can be converted into a frame, and once you drag and drop an image into it Adobe’s AI will scale and mask the image for you, saving you time when shaping images.

Symmetry painting has also been added to Photoshop, giving you the ability to do mirror painting along an axis.

Dimension 2.0

Dimension now features tools to adjust camera angles, lighting, and the materials of 3D objects. Once you place your object into the background of a scene, Sensei will take lighting and shadow into account for you, making imports much faster.

A brand new material system has been added to Dimension, which utilises physically based rendering to generate photorealistic effects including roughness, translucency, and glow. And thanks to Dimension’s new native GPU renderer you can preview your effects faster than ever.

Not only does Dimension provide native editing for Photoshop and Illustrator for textures, but it offers support for Autodesk FBX and STL, and Sketchup file formats for 3D models, making it a great application to implement into your 3D workflow. 

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