Connect & Empower Your Creative Mind with Bēhance

Much like writers, designers and developers can experience a period of time when they can’t access their inspiration or bring themselves to create new work. This creative block can be brought on by a mental block, an emotional barrier, personal problems or even communication breakdowns.

Adobe has done their best to build their creative community with multiple mobile apps, allowing for easy access and shareable content between team members. They even have an app (and webpage), dedicated to inspiration and sharing projects between Adobe users.

Behance gives you the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the minds of other creatives in the Adobe community. With the capability to explore millions of design projects created by designers all over the world, Behance is the answer to my creative block and encourages me to try new projects every day.

Discover
Upon signing into Behance, you are encouraged to follow as many creative fields as you would like from the following list:

  • Graphic Design
  • Typography
  • Packaging
  • Branding
  • Editorial
  • Infographic
  • Poster
  • Exhibition & Signage
  • Logo
  • Music Packaging

All content posted is tagged under these categories.

Now that you are following different fields from the industry, Behance turns the landing page into a sea of innovative and inspirational posts from other creatives. As you browse through different projects, you can appreciate other artists content with the thumbs up icon and establish creative connections in the Adobe community.

You also have the option to search through content based on creative tools, by schools and organizations or through curated galleries.

Live
Behance offers a live video blog with scheduled tutorials and a live chat to encourage you to ask questions. Learn new ideas, techniques and trends from Adobe professionals on a daily basis. They keep an updated schedule available for you at all times, so you never miss an opportunity to better your skills.

Profile
Your Behance Profile is more than just a picture and a short ‘about you’ section. Behance offers you the opportunity to show off your skills, your work experience and even your references. You are able to create a shareable portfolio and even apply for jobs. The profile tab also gives you access to statistics of views and appreciations of your projects.

Behance gives you the freedom to showcase your designs and imagination while feeding your creative inspiration. Check out the Behance website today or download the app below.

App Store

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From the Beginner designer to Intermediate one – Part 3

Last week, we had talked about the little tips for Adobe Capture CC brushes tool, this week I will discuss the rest three tools: shapes, type, and patterns.

Shapes:

The purpose of shapes would transform an image into vectors and use them in Photoshop, Illustrator, and In Design. The way to create new shapes is similar to other tools, click on “+,” and take a picture of the object or your doodles, you could erase the part that you don’t like and draw directly on the screen of the mobile device to make changes. After saving to the library, you can open it and try different colours, effects or gradients to your doodles directly; you will be amazed by what you can do with your imagination.

Type:

The Type tool is helping users to get fonts from Typekit based on a text image. The users can record all the fonts and learn what the name of the fonts from this tool. Also, the user could create unique fonts by patterns which are funny. However, please keep in mind that you may not find out these kind of fonts in your
Adobe suite library. Although at the edit panel, users can change the size, setting the font style, try different leading or track numbers and all kinds of different compositions between the letters.

Patterns:

The Patterns tool allow users to transform any textures, original objectives or images into patterns. And there are five beautiful types of models inside your setting panel. After adjusting and editing, you can have your patterns with the same colour theme and patterns base on your original objectives. And the patterns can only be used in Photoshop and Illustrator.

Till now, the primary function of the most useful tool from The Adobe Capture CC have been introduced. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and I will answer the questions on my following blogs.

From the Beginner designer to Intermediate one – Part 2(Tips for Sharing)

Last week, I introduced the first tool : The colours. Miranda asked some questions about how to share with other Adobe registration or non-registration users, here I would like to answer her concern.
First, only the Adobe registered users could share and use the colour swatch.
Secondly, the created colour swatch could export as ASE(Adobe Swatch Exchange file) and images; it could create a link to share with others.
Thirdly, the colour swatch can share the message, mail, facebook, iCloud, Google Drive and work software or app for both PC and MAC or non-Adobe registered users.
As an interactive media designer who needs to draw on software and using the colours tool, buying an Adobe suite is necessary.

Back to today’s topic, I would like to introduce one more  tool in Adobe Capture CC which is brushes.

The purpose of the brushes tool is to let users record the patterns, images or a little doodles as brushes and used in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch.

The way to create brushes is similar to the colours tool, click on “+” again, and it will turn on the camera. There is a white dot shown in camera screen, drag it to your pattern area and take the picture. Crop the brush pattern capture area and then choose the styles you like in different Adobe software. Please notice that the brush styles are black and white in Photoshop and Illustrator, but it is colour brushes in Sketch brushes style. Under the presets menu, users can adjust the brushes attributes differently, and it’s different attributes settings between different software.

Finally, users can edit, duplicate, share brushes and upload to users library or template.

This brushes tool is quite handy when you try to draw complex symbols as a background pattern, and then merely repeating brushes will make your job easy and unique.

For the next post, I will elaborate the ultimate handy tool: patterns.

From the Beginner designer to Intermediate one – 1

As a beginner designer:

 

  • Do you feel frustrated when you are creating art, but the finished work is nothing like the one in your head before?
  • Compared with other artist’s fancy work, your art is simple, flat and you only can manipulate shapes and lines with the basic moves.
  • Are you amazed by beautiful, complex, and perfect patterns by other artists, you never thought of before.

 

If you are the one who is struggling under the situations as above, I would recommend to you a handy software to solve your problems. You could increase the level of your design; but most importantly is that it is easy to use with only several taps, and you can get the art by what you have seen or what you want to do.

The magic software is called Adobe Capture CC. Personal I love all design software by Adobe, but this one is my favourite. With it, I finished most of my design exercises.

Adobe Capture CC could help users design their unique shapes, font, colour theme, 3D materials, patterns and brushes, all the design element you made are saved to your personal Adobe account in your library or template. Furthermore, I will explain all the functions in my blog.

Let’s start together with the easiest, most practical tool: the colours.

 

The purpose of colours is to help the user choose the colour theme from a picture or in their real life.

The way to create your colours is simple: click on “+” to start new colours, and make a choice that where the colours sources from picture or you could use your camera to take the picture of the colours you want. Immediately, there will be several dots that show on your pictures, and you drag the dots to the exact colours you like and save this. The colour swatch will update to Adobe library automatically, you can use in Photoshop, Illustrator and so on.

For example, if you were required to draw a tiger in your design, you could Google the picture of a real tiger, and save the colours to your library, then you can have a vivid tiger without any colour difference from real one in your art now.

For the next post, I will elaborate more on the brushes with helpful tips.

 

 

Wacom Inkling

The Wacom Inkling is a unique new technology that is designed to allow users to draw their designs on whatever surface they like, and be able to upload it to a computer and use it digitally afterwards. All you have to do is clip the sensor on an edge of your page, turn it and the pen on, and you’re away. Your finished sketches can be uploaded into many different programs including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Autodesk, Sketchbook Pro and Sketchbook Designer. It also comes with its own software with many features, one being the ability to separate the sketch into layers as if it were drawn on the computer to begin with.

Sketch done using the Wacom Inkling.

Sketch done using the Wacom Inkling.

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Example of when the sensor is bumped.

I think this is a really good idea for those who don’t like sketching on a tablet and would rather use good old fashioned paper. I have been reading some reviews however on user experience for the Inkling, and have found some flaws. One being that if the clip on sensor is moved, ever so slightly, that it will throw the whole drawing off. It will no longer line up. It also seems to lack the sensitivity to capture small details. Others say that it is much better at doing sketch based drawing rather than designs with high detail. There are also comments on the software being not very user friendly and complicated.

It seems like it is a very promising idea, but needs some work before it will truly replace tablets or just sketching and scanning. With the way technology is booming right now, i’m sure Wacom, or another company, will vastly improve on this idea in the near future.

Adobe Creative Cloud

CC Programs

Programs Available with Creative Cloud

This semester us IMA students have a whole new set of classes and are focusing on coding, and learning new effects in Adobe Photoshop. In order for us to have access to Photoshop and other Adobe programs from home, Adobe has offered students and teachers the option of having what they call the Creative Cloud. For $29.99 per month, students and teachers are able to download and use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier Pro, Dreamweaver and many others. Your membership also comes with storage space in the cloud so you can access the files you have created from any computer, as well as the capability to save your files locally on your own computer. It also has syncing capabilities so it keeps your files current on the desktop as well as in the cloud. You always have access to the latest versions with a simple download without having to pay extra or resubscribe. If you were to buy the programs outright, you would have to pay full price for each software update. There are also other options for those who only need one of the programs the Creative Cloud offers, like Photoshop for just $9.99 per month.

I think the Creative Cloud is a great idea for students because it gives us full access to Adobe programs for a much more affordable price. It allows us students to learn how to use these programs before we get out into the work force. It also allows us to do our homework and our own side projects at home outside of class time. This way we can practice using what we have learned, and learn new skills using tutorials or other resources online. I would highly recommend a Creative Cloud membership to the IMA students, and anyone else involved or interested in the interactive design industry.