Learn to use Capture CC to create unique content—beyond what your eye can see.
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- So we've talked about capturing really amazing photos, even panoramas and HDRs with the phone and it's great for that, but there's also a fantastic app that's going to allow us to see things that we can't normally see with our eyes. It's an app called Adobe Capture CC that allows us to extract vector shapes, color harmonies, even brush tips, looks for color grading video. Let's look at what we can do using Capture to extract a vector shape from something I point the camera at.
So I'm just gonna launch Adobe Capture. And we see that we have several different rooms here, colors, shapes, brushes, and looks. And I'm gonna choose shapes. And it's important to note that I've created a library here, I've created one called bluffs. And what's gonna happen there is anything that I shoot here is gonna go into my CC library and the next time I launch Photoshop or Illustrator or InDesign all the content is just gonna be waiting there. Now this content is also going to be available across the other Adobe mobile apps.
As long as I'm signed into these any of my content will follow me. So I've created a library, we can see that I've already created one shape. Let me show you how I create another one. I'm gonna hit the plus there and I've got this really nicely detailed bark and I'm just gonna come in and I'm gonna point this at the bark. And the first thing to know about this is the preview that you see on screen isn't accurate. It's gonna show you green where the shadows are, where the contrast is. The first tip I'm gonna give you for this one is touch the screen and you're gonna get a live preview.
Then you've got this slider and we're just gonna slide that to get any amount of detail that we want. Now this is a really busy detailed background, so I'm not gonna slide that too far, but I will note that I can also invert this, so I can see things a little differently. Sometimes that's a nice way of doing it. But that looks pretty good just like that. I'm gonna go ahead and trip the shutter, and it's gonna say, is that what you want for your shape? Looks good to me. If I wanted I could remove areas. I could come through here and drag my finger and remove any areas that I don't want.
I've simplified that a bit. I'm gonna click next and what's gonna happen is it's going to create a vector shape, an infinitely scalable vector shape from anything that I've pointed the camera at. Now in this case I pointed it right at the stump, but I could have chosen to load a photo and work from that. I give it just a moment and you can see that it's sort of magically drawn this vector shape. I've got all these dots, I've got all the texture, and when I'm satisfied I click next, I tell it what we wanna call that.
Let's say we wanna call that bark. And it's gonna save that right next to my other one. So we'll see that infinitely scalable vector shape. And again, because I dropped it into a library that I created, again, that will be available to us throughout the other mobile apps and on the desktop as well. And one of the other things that we can do here is we can extract individual color values.
This isn't the most colorful area, so let's go find something that's a little more colorful and take a look at that. Great example of color here is these California poppies. I've got all sorts of vibrant colors. And so we're gonna come into Capture and instead of using the shapes, we're gonna extract color values. So I'm gonna come into colors, and you can see I've got a few that I've already built out here. I'm gonna click the plus icon and we've got this really fun interactive preview. And what's happening is that the Capture app is harmonizing the colors automatically here.
Now I can point it around and get different results, but what I want is to just tap the screen and freeze some of these. So I want a light orange, I want a darker orange, I want a light green. Let's make sure we've got one of these bright yellows. And maybe a darker green as well. So we've got these great colors. And when I'm satisfied with those I'm gonna trip the shutter.
Again, confirm that they go to the library that I want them in. And I'm gonna go ahead and go with the default name and save that. And once it's been saved if I tap on there I'll get a preview. And I can come in here and edit that and I'm gonna see that I've got access to the exact hex color value and different color modes. So in addition to RGB I've got CMYK, Lab, and HSB. If I want I can take any of the individual values and adjust those independently.
When I save that those color themes, just like the shapes, are going to sit here and be available across the other mobile apps, and they're also going to be available on the desktop when I launch that. So in addition to colors and shapes you can also create brush tips and you can color grade video in Capture as well. It's all sorts of ways that you can visualize things using the camera in a totally different way.
- Capturing great images on the go
- Creating HDR and panoramic images
- Picking your favorite photos
- Performing quick edits
- Sharing creative projects on social media
- Making more advanced edits with Lightroom for mobile
- Retouching with Photoshop Fix
- Compositing in Photoshop Mix
- Using Slate to tell visual stories
- Sending files back to the desktop
- Sharing images in Slate, Portfolio, and Behance