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By Kishore Sawh on October 5th 2015

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It’s a big day in the world of retouching. In fact, today is a bit of a cornerstone moment for Adobe, who is releasing a massive update to their Creative Cloud apps across the board, and adding some that weren’t there before. Much more tightly integrated is the connection between the desktop and mobile applications. The processes for each have seen an improvement, including the inclusion of a feature currently on mobile we can only assume, will be popular enough that it’ll make its way to desktop soon. All of this coincides with the Adobe MAX creativity conference that’s begun today.

Both Photoshop and Lightroom have seen their desktop and mobile versions enhanced, making the entire ecosystem of Adobe programs more harmonious. Photoshop’s mobile app has generally been ignored by photographers and casual users alike due to its rather limited ability in the face of competition from Snapped, which almost made it unworthy of the Photoshop badge. After all, Photoshop has hardly ever been for the casual use given its incredible power and arcane nature. The new app, Photoshop Fix, brings a level of power and familiarity that does much more justice to the Photoshop moniker.

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Many of you may have seen Photoshop Fix in use at the Apple iPad Pro unveiling not long ago, where it was used to show off the new tablet. It’s much more than a global adjustments app, and more of an image retouching app now, given that it has liquify and healing brush tools included. So you can push and pull, and expand and shrink to your heart’s content, and heal and patch also.

Furthermore, you can locally adjust brightness, use an eyedropper to sample and paint precise colors and more.  These tools alone make your iPad a stand alone system. Oh, and it’s free. When you combine it with something like Photoshop Mix that lets you blend layers and more, your mobile device is truly a tool to be reckoned with.

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The other new app released is Capture CC, which essentially integrates capabilities of numerous Adobe Apps including Adobe Brush, Color, Hue, and Shape. All of these features actually do quite well when used on proper DSLR images also, provided your hardware isn’t ancient.

So between these two new maps and the existing Lightroom Mobile, which also sees a few minor upgrades like Dehaze, Adobe has covered what I would imagine any casual user will want. Honestly, if you’re posting mostly to Instagram, or blogging where severe reworks of images aren’t needed, these tools will do you wonders.

[REWIND: WHAT ADOBE’S BIG NEWS ABOUT CS6 & ACR MEANS FOR YOU]

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Of course, the world of retouching isn’t limited to mobile apps. Serious retouching and so on requires more adept programs such as the desktop versions of Photoshop and Lightroom and Camera Raw, so those, along with Premier Pro, After Effects, Illustrator and Indesign have all had updates today.

Photoshop CC in gaining artboard features for design layout, Lightroom has a new import interface and better for-web ability and local dehaze, and many of the apps are getting touch interface capability. All the apps are being strung together with a huge focus on the CreativeSync technology allowing files to be seamlessly transferred or worked on any device and then handed off to another with alterations intact. This is the direction Adobe will be moving, especially after it did its research with Bechance that showed how much creatives in major creative hubs are on the move, and how much transit time could be used to produce.

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Each of Adobe’s apps interfaces with its range of Creative Cloud desktop apps via CreativeSync technology, allowing files to be transferred and worked on between mobile and desktop devices. What we will wait for to be announced soon, is Adobe’s ‘Project Comet’, the details for which will be announced shortly at Adobe MAX.  But all in all, this update selection shows the direction Adobe is headed in, and it seems a good one.

UPDATE

Project Comet was announced at Adobe MAX, as aa brand new, “…all-in-one, cross-platform UX design tool…for easily designing and prototyping websites and mobile apps faster than ever. This new tool from Adobe will be available as a public preview early in 2016 and users can head to adobe.ly/Comet for more information about the project.”

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Project Comet combines wireframing, visual design, prototyping, and previewing all in one, letting you design, prototype, and field test apps and sites quickly. All can be previewed in real time, and draws massive functionality from the Creative Sync assets across the Adobe CC ecosystem.

There’s no better time to become a power user of Adobe software, as complex as they may be, and if you’re a prolific shooter and likely use Lightroom to manage your ‘life,’ and you want to use LR as if it were a natural extension of self, there’s nothing to get you there and fast, as the Lightroom Workshop. Really.

About

Kishore is, among other things, the Editor-In-Chief at SLR Lounge. A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

14 Comments

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  1. Mac MacDonald

    CRASH ALERT! Oh man, after installing the update LR crashed…every time opened it. It would load, stay open, but crash if I tried to click on a photo.

    Soooooo… I found this advisory from Adobe that did indeed fix the issue. https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1971265

    Having worked in Software for 10-years it amazes me a company with the financial and technical resources, such as Adobe, continues to fail from a QA/testing standpoint. Remember the issues with LR CC (v6)? The one where you had to log out and log back in and, in some cases, disable the “use GPU” option??? Well this one forces you to disable the “Show Add Photos” option. Man, they’re sucking a$$ from a software release standpoint.

    Slow down Adobe. We love your software, take one additional week and release it right.

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  2. Barry Chapman

    I like that they’ve added Dehaze to the gradient and brush menus. I’ve found it more useful than I expected and the ability to apply it to just part of an image will be good.

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  3. Raoni Franco

    The only thing that interests me in this post is the image at the top, in the Lightroom splash screen. Anyone knows who is it from?

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  4. Ian Johns

    I’ll be interested once the tethering fix comes out between Nikon and Lightroom on El Capitan.

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  5. Anders Madsen

    I’ve been trough a number of articles about this new release and it seems to me that there really isn’t much news for a photographer using only Photoshop, is there?

    I use Capture One instead of Lightroom and I’m not sure about doing retouching on a non-color corrected tablet screen, much less one that is only 10,4″ – that would only be for VERY desperate situations…

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    • Kishore Sawh

      For photographers on a whole it’s big news, especially more the casual and less print. It’s also good to see what direction Adobe is going – but not much for Photoshop other than the mobile app

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    • Dustin Baugh

      Editing on a tablet is good for a quickie fixes or initial touchups that will be refined later. I don’t know how many people will be doing their entire workflow on one but being able to walk away from your 6 core processing powerhouse and still be productive is super helpful.

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    • Anders Madsen

      Dustin, I agree that there could definitely be times where being able to do a quick edit on the spot would be useful – but I’m a bit unsure of how the procedure is supposed to be. For instance:

      1)
      I capture a number of RAW images on location with a customer. The camera stores them on a SD-card.

      2)
      I cannot download them directly to my iPad since they are raw files on an SD-card, something the iPad (to my knowledge) does not support via the optional SD adapter, so I download them to my MacBook Pro via the built-in SD card reader.

      3)
      I export all the files as DNG and sync them to my Behance-account from my laptop via the shared internet connection on my phone or my iPad.

      4)
      I sync the files to my iPad from my Behance-account.

      5)
      I start doing quick edits on the iPad while I wonder why I did not do the same edits on my MacBook Pro, which has the full version of Photoshop, a color corrected monitor and significantly more processing power.

      This makes me feel SO old, because I really fail to see the sense in it. Cue the “Back in the day…” soundbite with a crackling, bitter voice… ;)

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  6. Simileoluwa Oludare

    This new update looks awesome. Thanks for the post

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  7. Andre Queree

    Has anyone spotted a way to get back the old import screen? The new one is horrid. :(

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    • Dave Lyons

      It’s effin disaster!!!! as usual

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    • Andre Queree

      You can turn off the initial “what do I do?” screen. In preferences, under the General tab, there’s an option “Show Add Photos screen. That improves it a bit, but I’m still not a fan of moving things around for no reason.

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  8. Brandon Dewey

    thanks for the info!

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