| Creative Cloud is Adobeís new fee-based membership platform for syncing your creative life across Adobe applications. The first step after creating a Creative Cloud membership is to download the Creative Cloud desktop app which is your pathway to everything Creative Cloud. Once downloaded and installed, you will find a new icon in the dock on your Mac.|
As you can see, the icon opens your AdobeR Creative CloudTM desktop app, with five tabs across the top. The Home tab will display a Facebook-like stream of your BehanceR and team activity along with alerts for updates to apps and your sync status. This new sync feature will allow you to sync your app preference settings, workspace layouts and shortcuts as well as Typekit fonts and more.
The Apps tab lists all the Adobe apps installed on your computer, along with an update button if updates are available, keeping you up to date with whatís new for those installed apps. Under this is a list of all the other Adobe apps not yet installed on your computer with convenient Install buttons and links to Creative Cloud online for more information.
The Files tab opens to display your files on your computer. With the new sync feature coming soon, you will be able to sync or share your files online, on your computer and within several applications.
Adobe TypekitR fonts are available for any of the Adobe and even non-Adobe applications. From the Fonts tab you soon will be able to sync all of the fonts to your computer and apps. The Typekit fonts are licensed so that you can embed them into your projects such as PDFs, Epubs and apps published with the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. When you choose from the over 700 fonts, your particular font will be automatically available in your font menu without the need to download and install the font.
With your Creative Cloud membership, you get a free Creative portfolio on Behance, Adobeís online portfolio website. If you create a Behance ProSite website (requires paid membership), you will get your own unique web address. From the Behance tab in the desktop app, you can create a public portfolio and view a stream of projects from other Behance creatives. When itís time to upload your projects, you can do so directly from Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC.
Sharing files with the Behance community has many advantages from inspiration to feedback and exposure of your work world wide. Because your files on your computer are synced with your Behance account through Creative Cloud, any version changes made to the files are automatically reflected on Behance and in your Behance stream on the CC desktop app. When you upload a file directly from Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC, you are also given the option to post an announcement to your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn feeds.
I use both an iMacR and a MacBookR Pro, so being able to sync my work in PhotoshopR CC between the two work environments is really helpful. As you can see, itís not just your Photoshop preferences that are synced but also brushes, swatches, styles, gradients, shapes, patterns, contours, actions and tool presets. You can choose to sync any or all of these and also set up what to do if there is a conflict between your local and online CC settings. To make things fast and easy there is a Sync Settings icon at the bottom left of the workspace which you can use to start the process or use the menu.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this article. Adobe supplied a Creative Cloud membership for the purpose of this review. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
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