Adobe has updated Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator and the Adobe XD apps, among others. According to Adobe, the updated apps offer the newest functions and improvements seen since the last time the company held the Adobe MAX conference (October 2019). The next Adobe Max is scheduled for 20-22 October 2020 (which will be held virtually this year).

Creative Cloud is an ecosystem for creative people, regardless of whether you are interested in photography, design, video, or website design. All applications include desktop, web and smartphone apps that are connected to each other via the Adobe Cloud.

According to Adobe's statement, the Creative Cloud is designed to make it easy to work with creatives and the customer. A number of improvements have been made that affect the exchange of documents with teammates or customers.

Another focus is on intelligent functions that Adobe enables with the help of its artificial intelligence (AI) called Sensei. The Photoshop Camera app, released on 11 June, is an application that relies heavily on artificial intelligence ( see our news ).

In addition to many other innovations for improved cooperation, the most important innovations are listed in this article.

Photoshop automatically cuts hair

With Photoshop's existing tools faces and hair can be easily cut out, but in most cases, this requires manual work in order to obtain a clean result. Adobe has improved the cropping of portraits with the help of its Sensei's artificial intelligence.

Adobe 2020 Hair cut out

Adobe explains: "The Subject Select function relies on a series of new algorithms in Adobe Sensei, the framework for AI and machine learning from Adobe, which allows you to precisely select detailed portrait shots with just a single click.”

Further innovations:

  • Adobe fonts are loaded automatically if they are not activated.
  • Patterns can be rotated.
  • According to Adobe, the speed and stability have been improved.

Adobe Fonts

Camera Raw improvements

The Photoshop Camera Raw user interface (now version 12.3) has received a major overhaul with the following changes:

HDR and panorama functions can now be called up via the menu.

The film strips can also be positioned either horizontally on the lower edge or vertically on the left edge.

The update supports DNG images taken with some iPad models. Here is a list of all supported cameras and lenses.

Adobe Camera Raw update

Photoshop and Lightroom play nicely on the iPad

Photoshop and Lightroom are now more closely integrated on the iPad. You can send images from Lightroom to Photoshop and make Photoshop tools available in Lightroom if you want to edit a photo there.

Another update for Photoshop on the iPad: The app can now use all Adobe Capture tools.

Lightroom Classic CC gains local colour control

The main innovation of Lightroom Classic CC is an improved colour tone control (HSL), which enables local adjustment. Users should also experience smoother scrolling.

Raw standards and the recently introduced ISO adaptive specification (preset) have also been improved. This changes the values for sharpness and noise reduction depending on the ISO value of the picture.

Online seminars and lectures by leading photographers can now be viewed and their specifications loaded directly from Lightroom. Photographers include: Nicole Young, Kristina Sherk and Marr Kloskowski.

Lightroom CC supports various editing versions

The cloud version of Lightroom can now also use the improved colour tone control. In addition, different versions of an edit can now be created. For example, you can edit a black and white and colour version of a photo without having to make additional copies of the image.

Adobe Premiere Pro & Adobe Stock Audio

The video editing program Premiere Pro gains integration with Adobe Stock Audio. This means you can search for music you can buy and use it in a project. The music does not have to be licensed to edit the video, this will only be done when the project is completed.

There are also three Sensei-based functions:

  • Scene Edit Detection analyses already exported video files and can restore the cuts.
  • Roto Brush 2 in After Effects replaces Project Fast Mask and simplifies the masking of foreground and background elements.
  • Auto Reframe ensures that the most concise point in a video recording always remains in focus when parts of the video are cropped.

Adobe 2020 updates

Premiere Rush: Effects panel

With Premiere Rush video clips can be quickly created on a smartphone, and they can also be edited using the desktop app using the cloud.

A new effect panel with an auto-refresh function (adjusts a video clip to the aspect ratio of the project).

According to Adobe, users have been calling for a Ken Burns function for animating still images - this option is also available with the designation Pan & Zoom.

Improved collaboration for InDesign

InDesign documents can be checked and commented on with other team members or customers using the new ’Share for Review’ function. Collaborators can enter their comments and change requests using a pen tool via a web browser. The ‘Share for Review’ function will be expanded in October 2020.

Sensei will automatically search for missing fonts and load them if possible.

Illustrator uses Cloud Documents

Adobe Illustrator makes it easier to work with Photoshop and Adobe XD via Cloud Documents. It allows you to track changes to files, label them and revert to previous versions directly from the Illustrator home screen.

Soon it will also be possible to share documents with others in order to edit or check them directly.

An iPad version of Illustrator is also expected to be released soon. Cloud documents will then automatically be available on the iPad wherever you are. A web link can also be used to share a design with customers, for example, without having to load an app.

If you want to purchase Adobe Creative Cloud you can find details here.

This article originally appeared on Macwelt. Translation by Karen Haslam.