Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video What is the Creative Cloud?, part of Illustrator CS6 New Features Overview.
So a question that a lot of people have been asking lately is what is the Creative Cloud? Well, the Adobe Creative Cloud is a membership service that gives you access to all the Creative Suite applications on a subscription basis. So for a monthly or yearly fee, you get access to all the Creative Suite applications that you can download and install on your desktop computer. Now you maybe asking yourself, why would you want to do that versus buying the box product? Well, there are several benefits that you get from the Creative Cloud service.
That you don't get when you buy the boxed product. For one, you get additional features with a Creative Cloud subscription, such as easy file sharing of your files with other users, and integration with the Adobe Touch Apps for tablet devices. One of the biggest benefits of the Creative Cloud is that Adobe can add new features to the Creative Cloud versions of products, and you get them right away. You don't have to wait for the next major release of the software. Finally, with the Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe is planning to add additional services and features as part of the subscription, which makes this service incredibly valuable to a creative professional.
Now I'm going to go ahead and go over to my web browser. Because I've already logged into the creative cloud, and just to give you a look at what the creative cloud is when you log in using your account, you have two categories up here. One for files and one for apps. This is a list of all of the apps that you can download and install on your computer via the Adobe Creative Cloud. You can see you've got Print, Video and even Web Software that you can use. Lightroom is included as well as other services as well. This is a really great feature.
Down here you see the Adobe Touch Apps. Now up here at the top, you also have a Files category. And the Files category makes it really easy for you to upload files to the Creative Cloud and then share them with others users. For example, I could click on this Upload button, and I could navigate to my computer and select an Illustrator file to put up into the cloud. In a few seconds, the upload is finished. And what's really nice is, you still get a preview.
Even though these are native AI and PSD and other file types. If you click on this arrow, you also have access where you can move, delete, or share this file with other users. So if I click the share button. You can see that I can make this public and I can allow comments from other users, and I can allow them to download it as well, if I wish. You can enter their email address and then simply click the send email button. I'm going to close this. I hope you now have a better understanding of what the Creative Cloud is, and how it affects you as an Adobe product user. I think once you experience the Creative Cloud Membership, you'll really value the services that it provides.
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- Pattern creation
- Image trace
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- Package files
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