Adobe Software and Services

Introduction

Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) is a comprehensive collection of software packages and integrated web services that facilitate creative production in a broad range of fields. Even if you might not recognize all the Adobe software names, you have most likely encountered some of their products, such as Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader. Some other popular Adobe products include Photoshop for photo editing, InDesign for document layout and design, and Dreamweaver for website development. Watch an overview video of Adobe Creative Cloud here.

Adobe Software

Adobe is perhaps best known for its standardized and platform-neutral PDF document format as well as for its large collection of creative software. While not an exhaustive list, some of the most widely used Adobe products include Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects, and Premiere Pro. Each product can be paid for individually, or the entire suite can be purchased as a package. Any paid account will also allow you to access several online-only features of the Creative Cloud.

Adobe Services

Adobe Creative Cloud also provides tools that do not require installation and can be used directly within a web browser.

One such tool is Spark, a suite of free Internet-based tools focused on quick, template-driven graphics, video, and website production. Behance and Portfolio serve as e-portfolio options. The former is a free platform with a focus on presenting and sharing media projects in a network of creative professionals while Portfolio is a more robust offering that can be fully customized as a personal portfolio website.

Adobe Resources

Adobe Creative Cloud includes many supplemental resources for users. A paid account includes cloud storage space and customizable libraries that integrate across the various software tools. Libraries can include graphics, font styles, color swatches, and other user-created and -curated assets. Adobe Stock features royalty-free media like pictures, sounds, and videos that can be re-used in projects. Typekit provides the ability to synchronize fonts across the various software and across multiple computers. Finally, the Adobe Education Exchange (Edex) serves as a central hub for Adobe reference materials and training modules, from simple step-by-step tutorials to full-featured and interactive online classes focused on learning specific features of a program or producing a specific type of media project.

 

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