Project Felix, Reuters and the Typekit Marketplace: Adobe announces Creative Cloud updates for 2017

Adobe has unveiled a range of new features and updates to its Creative Cloud service, including access to Reuters archive of news images and videos, a 3D visualisation tool for graphic designers and a new font buying service, Typekit Marketplace

Adobe has partnered with Reuters to make the news agency's archive of news and commercial images available to Adobe Stock users. This image, taken by Jason Reed, shows a visitor taking a photograph of an installation at the Vivid Sydney light festival
Adobe has partnered with Reuters to make the news agency’s archive of news and commercial images available to Adobe Stock users. This image, taken by Jason Reed, shows a visitor taking a photograph of an installation at the Vivid Sydney light festival

New tools and updates were announced at the Adobe Max conference in San Diego earlier this month. The conference also featured talks from war photographer Lynsey Addario, fashion designer Zac Posen and film-maker Quentin Tarantino, who discussed his creative process and the role music plays in his films. (Read our post on Tarantino’s talk here).

One of the major announcements was a new partnership with Reuters which gives Adobe Stock users access to the news agency’s entire collection of news images and videos.

The collection includes images from news, entertainment and sports events as well as historical news footage and 12 million photos from Reuters’ archives. Users can view and license images from within Photoshop and 2,300 new images will be added each day. The archive also includes 60 million royalty-free commercial photos, videos, illustrations and graphics.

Project Felix

Project Felix allows designers to create photorealistic product shots and 3D visualisations
Project Felix allows designers to create photorealistic product shots and 3D visualisations

Also announced at the conference was Project Felix, a new tool allowing graphic designers to create photorealistic product shots and visualisations using 2D and 3D assets.

Users can place 3D objects on to background images and adjust camera angles, lighting and materials. They can also preview work while editing using real-time rendering and download materials, models and lights from Adobe Stock.

Typekit Marketplace

Adobe Typekit Marketplace lets users buy fonts for a one-off fee without a Creative Cloud subscription
Adobe’s Typekit Marketplace lets users buy fonts for a one-off fee without a Creative Cloud subscription

Typekit Marketplace is a new service allowing users to buy individual fonts for a one-off fee without a Creative Cloud subscription.

Adobe says the Marketplace aims to “eliminate much of the inconvenience and uncertainty designers face in finding and buying type”.  The service doesn’t replace Adobe’s Typekit library but offers an additional selection of fonts which can be purchased without a Creative Cloud membership.

The Marketplace includes over 6,000 fonts from 20 foundries including Dalton Maag, Font Bureau and Frere-Jones Type. Font prices are set by foundries and most cost between $20 and $100.

Adobe Sensei

Sensei is a new set of tools that use AI and ‘machine-learning’ to speed up time-consuming tasks in Creative Cloud. A ‘visual search’ feature lets users to drag a still image into their browser and quickly find similar images while Match Font can pick out fonts and handwriting from creative assets and recommend similar styles. A ‘face-aware’ editing tool can be used to manipulate facial expressions in photos without distorting them.

Other updates announced at Max include a Premiere Pro tool that automatically adjusts media settings for VR and new features for prototyping app XD.

Experimental projects

Sneaks project ConceptCanvas allows users to search for images based on their positioning using simple commands
Sneaks project ConceptCanvas allows users to search for images based on their positioning using simple commands

The Max conference also offered a sneak peek of experimental prototypes being developed at Adobe. These include VoCo, a voiceover editing tool for Photoshop which allows users to change audio clips by typing words into a search box and ConceptCanvas, which can be used to search for images based on spatial relationships and positioning. QuickLayout makes editing print layouts easier while SkyReplacement allows users to instantly swap cloudy skies for sunnier ones in digital photographs.

Demos and details of all the Sneaks unveiled at the event are available here. See Adobe’s blog for details of all of the Creative Cloud updates announced at Max this year.

Creative Review was invited to the Adobe Max conference, which took place in San Diego from November 2-4 this year.

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