Tips & Techniques

Creative Cloud is a collection of 20+ desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX and more. Now you can take your ideas to new places with Photoshop on the iPad, draw and paint with Fresco, and design for 3D and AR. Join our global creative community — and make something better together.

Adobe Creative Cloud gives you the world’s best creative tools, always up to date. And now, all the apps and assets – including new Adobe Stock images – are always right where you need them. And everything is seamlessly connected through Adobe CreativeSync technology, so you can easily turn your brightest ideas into your best work across your desktop and mobile devices.



With the 2015 release of Creative Cloud, all your favourite desktop apps have been transformed to help you work faster and more efficiently. You’ll find innovations like artboards in Adobe Photoshop, performance boosts in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, and new touch features in even more of our apps. And now their power extends to your devices with connected mobile apps, so you can go out and capture inspiration, sample the world around you and make something incredible. If you’re still using Adobe Creative Suite, there’s never been a better time to step up to Creative Cloud.

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Adobe CreativeSync keeps everything you need up to date and at your fingertips across your desktop, web and mobile apps. It automatically syncs your files, fonts, photos, design assets, settings, metadata, Adobe Stock assets and more. It also powers your Creative Cloud Libraries, giving you instant access to your favorite assets right from within your apps. With CreativeSync, you can start a project in any app on any device, pick it up where you left off and finish it anywhere.

Millions of images. Right inside your Creative Cloud apps.

The new Adobe Stock marketplace offers 40 million high-quality, curated photos and graphics to jump-start your creative projects. And because it’s integrated into the 2015 lineup of Creative Cloud apps, you can spend more time designing and less time searching for and managing your stock images.


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Craft elegant layouts at your desk or on the go.

The industry-leading page design and layout toolset lets you work across desktop and mobile devices to create, preflight and publish everything from printed books and brochures to digital magazines, iPad apps, eBooks and interactive online documents.

Polished pages, faster than ever.

See how the latest release helps you create and distribute layouts faster than ever, from designing in the intuitive touch workspace to easily publishing documents online.

InDesign, now with CreativeSync.

InDesign is part of Creative Cloud and it comes with Adobe CreativeSync, so your assets are always at your fingertips right when you need them. CreativeSync powers your Libraries, and it connects your mobile and desktop apps.

Make something now.

Get the most out of InDesign and Creative Cloud with our latest tutorials for graphic design and more. 

  • Create layouts using intuitive touch gestures on Microsoft Surface Pro or Windows 8+ tablets.
  • Zoom, scroll and page up and down faster than ever thanks to Adobe Mercury Performance System enhancements.
  • Easily apply alternate glyphs for a specific character, fractions and more, using an in-context menu.
  • Publish and distribute documents online where they can be viewed in a desktop or mobile web browser — no plug-in needed.

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Create anything you can imagine.

Anywhere you are.


The world’s best imaging and design app is at the core of almost every creative project. Work across desktop and mobile devices to create and enhance pho

Photoshop is part of Creatitographs, designs including websites and mobile apps, 3D artwork, videos and more.

A whole new experience in digital design.

See how the latest releases help you quickly turn any inspiration into incredible work with great new features for web and app design, photography, and print and graphic design.

Photoshop, now with CreativeSync.

Photoshop is part of Creative Cloud and it comes with Adobe CreativeSync, so your assets are always at your fingertips right when you need them. CreativeSync powers your Libraries, and it connects your mobile and desktop apps.

Make something now.

Get the most out of Photoshop and Creative Cloud with our latest tutorials for graphic design, photography, mobile and web design, and more.

  • A modern user experience includes robust touch capabilities, a customizable toolbar and workspaces, and an updated UI.
  • Design efficiently using artboards, a streamlined Design Space, an enhanced Glyph panel and more.
  • Accelerate day-to-day design workflows and tasks using the dedicated Design Space (Preview) mode.
  • Combine multiple images, remove objects and retouch photos using a complete set of professional photography tools.


Photoshop CC tutorials from novice to expert.

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Tips & Tricks Every Video Editor Needs to Know

Make visually stunning videos virtually anywhere.

With the industry-leading video production toolset, you can work across desktop and devices to edit virtually any type of media in its native format and create professional productions with brilliant color for film, TV and web.

It’s the most colorful Premiere Pro yet.

See how the fastest and most efficient video editor helps you create your most visually stunning productions yet — and easily make the switch from Final Cut or Avid.

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Premiere Pro is part of Creative Cloud and it comes with Adobe CreativeSync, so your assets are always at your fingertips right when you need them. CreativeSync powers your Libraries, and it connects your mobile and desktop apps.

Make something now.

Get the most out of Premiere Pro and Creative Cloud with our latest tutorials for video production and more. 

  • Apply everything from quick color corrections to complex Lumetri Looks using an intuitive color workspace.
  • Skip transcoding and edit virtually any type of media, from smartphone video to 8K footage, thanks to broad native format support.
  • Dynamic Link eliminates intermediate rendering between Premiere Pro and After Effects or Adobe Audition for more seamless workflows.
  • Perform more editing tasks with touch and gestures on your Microsoft Surface Pro, Windows tablet or Apple track pad.


Premiere Pro CC tutorials from novice to expert.

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See how Tsering Norbu captures light and color from the things he sees around him, saves the results as a Look with Adobe Capture, and applies the Look to clips in After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Premiere Clip.


Capture light and color from the things you see around you and save the results as a Look with Adobe Capture on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Then apply the Look to still images and videos in After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Premiere Clip.

 1. (Optional) Copy Tsering Norbu’s library to your Creative Cloud Files

If you want to re-create Tsering Norbu’s Look for video, open Tsering Norbu’s assets. Click Save to Creative Cloud to create a copy of the files in your own account.Once in your Creative Cloud Files, you can use these assets to create Looks with Capture. Then use your new custom Looks in After Effects, Premiere Pro or Premiere Clip.Note: You need to be signed into your Creative Cloud account to save the library.


2. Capture color and light

Launch Capture, tap Looks, then the + icon and point your device camera at an interesting scene or object. A cluster of 3D bubbles appears over your image showing the distribution of color and light you’ll be capturing in the new Look. The larger the bubble, the more impact that color will have on your Look.When you’re ready, click the Capture button.Note: The screenshots in this tutorial show Adobe Capture on an iPhone. The user interface may vary between iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.


Optional: If you want to re-create Tsering’s Look, tap the icon to the right of the Capture button. Tap the Creative Cloud option and choose the Files drop down.Then select the Tsering Norbu files you copied in Step 1. Choose tsering-lantern.jpg and tap Open and tap the Capture button.Note: If you have setup an Adobe Stock account, Adobe Stock will appear as an additional Capture From option.




3. Pick a dominant color for your Look

Your new Look is applied to a sample image in the top half of the screen.

Each bubble represents an individual saturation adjustment that will be applied to your video clips. Capture defaults to a dominant color to determine a midtone shift for the Look.

Tap on any of the bubbles to change the midtone of the Look.



 4. Adjust the intensity of your Look

Swipe to the left on the sample image to see how your new Look impacts a sample video.

Use the slider to adjust the intensity of your Look. Finally, tap Next.



Give your Look a name, choose the appropriate Creative Cloud Library and tap Save Look. The new Look is saved to the selected Creative Cloud Library.




 5. Create a new project in Premiere Pro

Download the tsering-norbu.mp4 sample video clip from the Tsering Norbu files you copied in Step 1 and save it to your computer. Create a new project and import the clip. Then, drag the clip onto the new item icon to create a new sequence.



 6. Apply your Look

Open the Libraries panel (Windows > Libraries) and drag your new Look onto the sequence.

The video segment shown here is at 00:00:07.



 7. Refine the colors in your clip

Click the Color work space to open the Lumetri Color panel. Expand the Creative section. The Look you applied from your library is selected.

Adjust the Intensity, Faded Film, Sharpen, Vibrance, and Saturation sliders to refine the Look.

Tip: You can add a vignette to create a little drama. Open the Vignette section and set the Amount to -1.8.



8. Reuse Looks

Your new Look is stored in your Creative Cloud Libraries so you can apply it to other clips in your project or any other projects you’re working on.


Contributor: Tsering Norbu

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Visually design and develop modern, responsive websites.

Adobe Dreamweaver CC is the world’s most complete toolset for web designers and front-end developers lets you create, code and manage websites that look amazing on any size screen. See how you can quickly create responsive sites, preview them on actual mobile devices and even extract assets and styles from Adobe Photoshop comps directly into your projects.

Add page titles, headings, paragraphs, lists, and images to your web pages using HTML in Adobe Dreamweaver.


Contributor: Daniel Walter Scott


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Create beautiful vector art.

The industry-standard vector graphics app lets you create logos, icons, sketches, typography and complex illustrations for print, web, interactive, video and mobile.


Illustrator CC tutorials from novice to expert.

Get the essentials and Get Started. Learn the basics, or refine your skills with tutorials designed to inspire. 

Click on THIS LINK to access courses such as:

  1. Illustrator Get Started course
  2. Beginner drawing course
  3. Manipulate artwork course
  4. Style artwork course


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28 Amazing Photoshop CC Tips, Tricks, & Hacks

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Bold new ways to put your ideas in motion.

See how the latest release helps you go from initial concept to finished composition faster than ever.

Learn how to add special effects to video with After Effects.

 1. Start a new project

Become familiar with the workspace and how to import footage and other assets you’ll use to create a new composition.

2. Work with layers, blend modes, and effects

Combine elements in the scene using layers and nondestructive blend modes. Correct color levels, hue, and saturation using effects.

 3. Add some animation

Enhance your composition by animating an element along a path through the scene. Correct its color and shadows as it moves. And for a little depth, add an element to the foreground.

 4. Create a handheld camera effect

Use a nested composition to simulate a low-resolution camera moving within the larger scene.

 5. Refine your composition with effects

Add realism with motion blur and adjustment layer effects, including camera lens blur, a uniform color wash, and noise.

 6. Export your project

Use Adobe Media Encoder to render your project so you can share it with the world.

Contributor: Brian Maffitt

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This article will give you an idea on how to create a proper emoji.


From etchings on cave walls to hieroglyphs on stone tablets, we’ve used tiny pictures to represent ideas for millennia. And we still do—the modern pictogram is the emoji. Adorning Facebook walls, Slack channels, Instagram feeds, and texts, emojis are part of our global lexicon, but you may not have considered how they come to be. It turns out that anyone can propose an emoji to the Unicode Consortium, a group that votes to approve them, but most people don’t know of this opportunity, or how to pursue it.

Emojination is a grassroots organization shaping the emoji approval process. By providing writing and illustration support to anyone seeking to champion a new emoji, Emojination helps to bring more voices to the decision makers’ table. Its efforts to represent the needs of the people have spawned numerous emojis, including the hijab, the red envelope, and the DNA double helix. And, according to Emojination’s co-founder Jennifer 8. Lee, there’s much more ahead.

A sampling of emojis that Emojination has proposed to the Unicode Consortium, some of which still await approval. The approval process can take more than 18 months. Emojis designed for Emojination by Yiying Lu (dumpling), Anna Smylie (DNA double helix), Baidu (red envelope), and Aphee Messer (all others shown).


In August 2015, Lee was texting with her friend Yiying Lu when they realized there was no dumpling emoji. “I thought this was really weird,” says Lee. “Dumplings are so iconic, and every culture has their own version of a dumpling.”

She began researching where emojis come from and learned that the Unicode Consortium, a small group made mostly of tech companies (including Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft) is responsible for controlling all things emoji. Lee also discovered that, at the time, men were portrayed in many roles on the emoji keyboard, but there were only four women emoji roles: dancer, princess, bride, and the Playboy bunny.

Curious to learn more about the approval process, Lee attended a meeting of the Unicode Consortium. “I felt like the voice of the people was not being represented,” says Lee. “I wanted to help make emojis more inclusive.”

With the support of a Kickstarter campaign, Emojination was born.


Since co-founding Emojination with Lu (who ultimately designed the dumpling emoji), Lee has helped to write countless emoji proposals. An emoji proposal details why a specific concept is important (based on historical and contemporary significance), shows why it would be a popular emoji, and presents a potential design. The Unicode Consortium then votes to approve the concept.

Of all the components to writing a proposal, gathering statistics to show desire for the proposed concept is the most challenging part. “We collect data from a lot of places,” Lee says. “We compare search terms on Google Trends. We look on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other social media—anywhere that shows that it would be a popular emoji.”

Another challenge is finding a universal, standardizable look. “Many people have proposed menstruation-related emojis, but those emojis keep getting rejected,” says Lee. “It’s hard to design a symbol for this. A pair of bloody underwear doesn’t really represent menstruation; it’s just a pair of bloody underwear.”

An emoji can promote cultural inclusion—or exclusion. Lee recalls a debate over a potential stethoscope emoji proposal. “There were already medical emojis, like a building and an ambulance,” says Lee. “But in many parts of the world, the hospital may look like a hut, or there might not be ambulances. We saw the stethoscope as a basic, universal symbol for medical care.”

A universal symbol can promote cultural and social inclusion; a stethoscope symbolizes healthcare more universally than a white hospital building or an ambulance does. By welcoming community feedback on emoji design drafts, Emojination gathers perspectives that result in more inclusive emoji designs, such as a coin emoji with an abstract symbol (rather than one originally drawn with a number “1”), and a simple bowl of cereal (rather than one originally drawn with O-shaped pieces). Stethoscope, coins, and bowls with spoons designed by Aphee Messer for Emojination.


Because an emoji looks like and works like a symbol, emoji design is akin to logo design.

Aphee Messer is Emojination’s top contributing emoji designer. She’s produced roughly 160 emoji designs, more than 70 of which have been approved so far. Her approach sounds strikingly similar to logo design.

“I start with a search engine and stock image search of the object, for photo references,” says Messer. “It’s useful to see other artists’ interpretations and to notice cultural variations. I’ll pick ones that I like, make a mood board of ideas, and start to put my own spin on them. Then I’ll share my drafts on Emojination’s Slack channel, take in feedback, edit, and hand off the final design to the person putting together the proposal.”

Messer assembles mood boards of stock images to inspire her emoji design process. Her resulting hut emoji is in the center. Mood board and hut emoji designed by Aphee Messer for Emojination.

Messer draws most of her emojis as vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator CC. For more complex emojis, she adds textures and shading in Adobe Photoshop CC. “It’s really important that the proposed emoji looks as polished as possible,” she says. “When I started, I didn’t always pay as close attention to certain details. But I’ve learned that these details matter. It makes the emoji stand out more in the proposal, and it can help it to pick up traction in the press.”

And beyond making a strong first impression, emoji designers must also adhere to certain standards; for instance, animals typically face to the left. Anything white should have light gray, diffuse shading around it. And, perhaps most important, all proposed emojis must fit within 18 by 18 pixels. Unicode provides design guidelines on its website to improve interoperability across platforms.

Following design standards may increase an emoji’s likelihood of receiving approval. Full-body animal emojis usually are left-oriented, and white objects should have gray shading. Hippo, kangaroo, sloth, llama, lobster, swan, teddy bear, and flamingo designed by Aphee Messer for Emojination.

Illustrating objects with this constraint of size and proportion takes some mental gymnastics. “I try to simplify things while keeping them recognizable,” says Messer. “I also try playing with the angles and proportions of things. A guitar is pretty long, but if you skew the proportions and rotate it, it will fit.”

Rotating objects and adjusting proportions can help objects to fit in a small, square space while staying recognizable. Ukulele, skateboard, and magic wand designed by Aphee Messer for Emojination.

According to Messer, the hardest part of designing a great emoji isn’t about getting the shading or proportions right. It’s about capturing cultural nuances.

“When I was working on the tamales emoji,” says Messer, “someone pointed out that no one eats one tamal by itself; you always eat multiple tamales at a time!” She also learned that wrapping materials vary with region. With this feedback, Messer modified the design to include multiple tamales and proposed two colors of wrappers.

Colors can be key to cultural nuances. Tamales can be yellowish with corn husk wrappings or greenish with banana leaf wrappings. Ponchos can be found in many different colors, so Messer designed one in neutral browns and grays to be more inclusive. Tamales and poncho designed by Aphee Messer for Emojination.

Some items look different across and within cultures, presenting another design challenge. Messer wrestled with this while designing an emoji of fufu, a staple food in many African cultures. Since fufu is typically eaten with a variety of other items, Messer decided to depict it with a stew-like side dish. “My latest round of feedback was to make the emoji look meatier,” she says.

The evolution of a fufu emoji: The first draft (left) looked too much like chicken and mashed potatoes. The second draft (middle) took on a more stew-like look. The third draft (right) features a chunkier stew. Fufu designed by Aphee Messer for Emojination.

Cultural insights are key to Messer’s designs. “I have lots of friends from different cultures, so I’m able to get their perspectives on my drafts. And often, the person submitting an idea through Emojination has cultural ties to the emoji idea, so their feedback matters a lot to me, too.”

After the emoji proposal is submitted to Unicode, Messer rarely hears back. “I did get some feedback from the Unicode subcomittee about a birth control emoji I designed,” she says. “I had drawn the pills in a circular pack, but they thought the lid took up too much space and asked if I could try a top-down view with less of the lid showing [left].”

If Unicode approves a concept, the proposed emoji design associated with the concept may guide how different platforms design their versions of the emoji. One example is the cupcake emoji, which Messer proposed as a chocolate cake in a teal wrapper with pink frosting. Google kept the cake chocolate and frosting pink but used a bright blue wrapper. Meanwhile, Apple chose a clear wrapper and white frosting on yellow cake. Both Google and Apple added sprinkles, which Messer calls “a superb touch.”

Official emoji designs may differ from the proposed emoji look. The proposed cupcake emoji (left, by Aphee Messer for Emojination) was accepted but modified, such as by Google (middle, Android 9.0) and Apple (right, iOS 12.1).


Emojis have become a global, digital language, connecting cultures and bringing clearer expression to our fingertips.

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