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Adobe updates Creative Cloud with a sync service, stock photos, and more

J.R. Bookwalter | June 17, 2015
Adobe is rolling out updates to all 15 Creative Cloud desktop apps, plus new mobile apps, and tools to tie everything together.

App designers will love Photoshop's new ability to create multiple artboards within a single document--a feature borrowed from Illustrator--along with a more intuitive method for creating and exporting assets in just a few clicks. Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign assets can now be linked to CC Libraries with the option to update whenever changes are made, and publishing documents online is now easier than ever.

Last but not least, Premiere CC video editors will be able to smooth out jump cuts between sound bites and take advantage of easier color workflows, while After Effects promises interruption-free previews and the ability to animate 2D characters using a webcam.

Taking stock

Although the features outlined above are free to paying Creative Cloud members, one product making its debut actually requires a separate purchase--despite being integrated deeply across the CC lineup. Late last year, Adobe acquired stock photo and video service Fotolia, and that purchase now powers Adobe Stock, an all-new product offering royalty-free content for an affordable, flat-rate price of $10 each (Adobe is quick to point out this is well below industry standard).

Monthly subscription pricing is also available for 10 images at $50 per month, but this price is reduced to $30 per month for Creative Cloud members--and yes, that includes those on the cheapest $10 per month Photography plan. (Businesses can also grab up to 750 images every four weeks for $200 per month.)

Adobe Stock content is accessed directly from a separate library within Creative Cloud apps, where low-resolution placeholders can be dragged and dropped into a workflow to get a sense of how content will look before committing to buy. The real killer feature? Unused credits roll over indefinitely, so you will always get what you pay for.

Adobe encourages its community of creative users to contribute to the growing Stock catalog, which the company expects to cater to millions of professionals in the marketing and creative fields. (Worth noting: Adobe Stock is an entirely different animal than the former Adobe Stock Photos service introduced a decade ago with Creative Suite 2 and later discontinued with the arrival of CS4.)

Now available

Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 is now available for download from the Creative Cloud Desktop app for Mac or Windows; mobile apps can be installed directly from the App Store or Google Play. All updates are free for existing Creative Cloud members with a paid subscription, and mobile apps work with free accounts as well.


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