Jigsaw24 and root6 join forces

Jigsaw24 and root6 join forces

The UK’s two leading Media & Entertainment technology solution providers have today announced that they are joining forces. Jigsaw24 has acquired root6 to create the largest, most experienced and most awesome Audio and Video Technology services and solutions business in Europe. 

As the top two players in providing Media & Entertainment IT solutions over the past 20 years, combining Jigsaw24 and root6 will provide the depth and breadth of technical expertise needed to deliver the full range of Audio and Video Technology solutions and managed services.

This new acquisition is a significant step for both companies and will enable them to bring even more insanely great solutions to their customer base through:

– Providing the fastest, most reliable and innovative Audio and Video Technology solution for any customer through combining the technical expertise of root6 with the datacentre, managed service and logistical capability of Jigsaw24.

– Creating an organisation that is connected throughout the marketplace, to bring the full range of latest products, services and solutions.

– Delivering an enhanced services-centric, technical business providing insanely great customer service.

“We’re incredibly excited about welcoming the root6 team to the Jigsaw24 family. They have an unbeatable history of providing the very best audio and video solutions to the creative industries – we have been truly envious of their technical capabilities and over the moon that we are now one team. We truly believe that we’re at a point of change in creative technology as businesses increasingly start to demand cloud-based solutions. Our combined business – root6’s unparalleled technical knowledge and Jigsaw24’s datacentre, managed service and logistical expertise – is perfectly placed to meet that demand,” said Jigsaw24’s CEO Martin Balaam.

According to root6 Sales and Marketing Director Rupert Watson, who will continue to head up the Media & Entertainment sales team, “Jigsaw24 have long been the major player in the UK Creative Technology market and we have seen them building their technical expertise in the Media and Entertainment sector. root6 are very excited about joining forces with them to offer our mutual customers the best from our combined businesses. The natural fit made it a no-brainer. We are looking forward to working together to take our solutions to the next level; creating a complete one-stop-shop for current and future Jigsaw24 customers.”

 

To find out more about Jigsaw24 visit www.Jigsaw24.com and root6 visit: www.root6.com

If you have any questions, please contact Ade Leader at Ade.Leader@Jigsaw24.com or on 0115 970 7790.

 

About Jigsaw24

Jigsaw24 are the most magical IT company, providing an insanely great experience for more than 30,000 businesses, major organisations, education establishments and prosumers over the last 25 years. Our team includes some of the best Apple systems architects and integration specialists in the UK, and we pride ourselves on being passionate, open, innovative, creative and definitely very different from your usual IT solutions provider.

About root6

root6 is a highly experienced supplier of technology to the UK broadcast, film, post-production and media communities, with 19 years’ experience. Characterised by a high level of technical competence and practical experience, many of the team has worked in post-production and understand the priorities and processes. As the world of IP supplements traditional video engineering, knowledge and experience are paramount. Complementing technology supply, root6 provides a range of services from workflow design and systems integration, training and technical support. root6 Technology, the product development arm of the company, develops innovative workflow productivity solutions including the extremely popular file-based workflow management and automation platform, ContentAgent.

 

Blackmagic Design Update: Brand new products announced

Blackmagic Design Update: Brand new products announced

Earlier this week, Blackmagic Design unveiled three new products designed to meet the needs of new live broadcasting services including YouTube Live, Facebook Live and Twitter’s Periscope. With both live broadcast and traditional broadcast in mind, the three new releases have been positioned as a way to bring broadcast quality production values to those involved in web production. Check out details of the new releases below.

ATEM Television Studio HD

When it comes to creating content, the fastest way to generate it is by doing it live!

The original ATEM Television Studio is a true professional switcher and it introduced people to the live television industry and was powerful enough to let them grow. But Blackmagic Design have designed a new model that takes those great features and adds to them, making it a lot more powerful by using the latest technology available.

ATEM Television Studio HD

The new model is called ATEM Television Studio HD and it’s a professional live production switcher designed for both broadcast and AV professionals.

It includes 4 SDI and 4 HDMI inputs so you can now connect up to 8 simultaneous sources, and it supports all SD and HD formats up to 1080p60! You get high end broadcast features, such as re-sync on all inputs, so you always get clean switching whether you’re using professional or consumer cameras. Plus, you get multi view output so you can see all 
of your sources, but it now includes audio meters and you can route
 the views.

The most dramatic new features are the built-in control panel which means you can live switch right from the front panel. The new design is based on the Teranex Mini converters, so it fits well on a desktop or you can rack mount it. This new model also has powerful features such as a built-in DVE, built-in talkback headset connections, 4 program outputs for cameras that have mix minus support, flash-based media store, an independent aux output and analog audio inputs on XLR connectors.

Of course the new model still includes the ATEM software control panel, so you can switch your program by using the software control panel, or you can use the front panel and you don’t even need to use a computer!
 There is a range of menus on the LCD that let you access all switcher features too!

Blackmagic Design are excited by this new model of ATEM Television Studio HD and believe that this new model goes way beyond what the old model can do. The best news is it’s only £785 ex VAT!

The new ATEM Television Studio HD is available now – head on over to the Jigsaw24.com store to find out more.

HyperDeck Studio Mini

This next product Blackmagic Design introduced completely redefined what a professional broadcast deck can be! HyperDeck Studio Mini is a miniaturised broadcast deck that’s only a third of the size of the current HyperDeck models. It’s so small and packed with features that it can do clip playback, record masters for live production, and it can even handle
 digital signage!

HyperDeck Studio Mini

Even at this incredibly small size, it’s still a true professional deck that records and plays back broadcast quality 10-bit video as ProRes files on commonly available SD and UHS-II cards.

HyperDeck Studio Mini is packed with features, including 6G-SDI for working with all formats up to 2160p30, HDMI 2.0 for monitoring, dual
SD card slots for non-stop recording and a reference output with built in sync generator that lets you daisy chain and synchronize multiple
 decks together!

This new model can even play back 4:4:4:4 RGBA ProRes files to separate fill and key outputs when you are working in HD formats! HyperDeck Studio Mini also includes industry standard RS-422 deck control, a built in power supply and ethernet with PoE+ for control and remote uploading media via FTP!

HyperDeck Studio Mini can be controlled by ATEM switchers, so it’s a perfect media player for running clips, animations and stingers into the new ATEM Television Studio HD. But the most exciting part is you can mount a ATEM Television Studio HD and the HyperDeck Studio Mini in a single rack unit so you get a live production studio and mastering recorder in a single rack unit.

With the Ultra HD HDMI output, ethernet with control and file upload as well as the built-in sync generator and ref output, HyperDeck Studio Mini also makes a perfect digital signage solution. You can hide it behind a wall mounted monitor or sync multiple units together for extremely high resolution sings. Imagine using 4 HyperDeck Studio Minis for an 8K
 digital sign!

HyperDeck Studio Mini is available now for £625 ex VAT. Check it out on the Jigsaw24.com store.

Blackmagic Web Presenter

Next up is the new Blackmagic Web Presenter, and this new product lets you make any SDI or HDMI source looks like a simple USB webcam, but because it’s professional video, the quality is much higher!

Blackmagic Web Presenter

With a new age of web broadcasting and streaming platforms such as YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Twitch.tv and Periscope, Blackmagic Web Presenter lets you use open source software tools such as Open Broadcaster and XSplit Broadcaster to open up global live streams from any location. Because Blackmagic Web Presenter looks like a webcam, any software works and you can use any platform such as Windows, Mac,
Linux and Chromebook. You can even make broadcast quality Skype calls for doing live interviews easily from any location, even with poor
 internet connections!

Blackmagic Web Presenter includes 12G-SDI and HDMI inputs that support all SD, HD and Ultra HD input video formats up to 2160p60 and then the video is down converted to 720p HD for streaming. Blackmagic Web Presenter will even lower the frame rate automatically when the software requests it due to low bandwidth internet connections. Using 720p for streaming means you get great quality HD, in 16:9 format but with the lowest possible data rate so the streaming is simple and easy to setup. Blackmagic say they’ve even streamed over a tethered mobile phone internet connection in broadcast quality!

If you add an optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel, then you get full controls and an LCD display with video preview, audio meters, video formats and the current USB frame rate. But what’s really exciting is the HDMI input features a re-sync so you can use the smart panel to live switch between the SDI and HDMI inputs right from the front of the Blackmagic Web Presenter. You can even use the HiFi audio input for music and the XLR audio input for a presenter microphone!

The new Blackmagic Web Presenter is available now for £395 ex VAT. Visit the Jigsaw24 store to find out more.

Blackmagic Studio Camera Update

Blackmagic also announced new, lower priced versions of their popular Blackmagic Studio Camera and Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K.

studio-camera-head

The older models of the camera included a large internal battery but feedback from customers said that this made air freighting the camera around with their live production system difficult due to new restrictions on batteries by the airlines.

Plus customers doing live production generally simply plug the camera into the AC outlet anyway. This update no longer includes the battery meaning customers can ship them anywhere and it allows the cameras to be sold at new 
lower prices.

The new Ultra HD Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K model is now only £1399 ex VAT.

Want to find out more? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com.

 

A guide to Wacom: Choosing the best graphics tablet

A guide to Wacom: Choosing the best graphics tablet

It’s only February, but Wacom have already launched an updated Intuos Pro and new Intuos Pro Paper, and the Cintiq Pro will arrive later this year. So here we present our updated guide to all things Wacom, including MobileStudio Pro, the Cintiq range, the Intuos range and Intuos Pro.

So which Wacom is for you? All will be revealed in our rundown below…

Our bestselling graphics tablet: Wacom Intuos Pro

Go for this if… you frequently work in creative applications such as InDesignPhotoshop and QuarkXPress. It’s the ideal tool for precision work on layouts and imagery, offering better resolution and sensitivity than the Intuos, as well as tilt recognition and ExpressKeys.

new_wacom_intuos_pro

First things first: users of the Intuos Pro Small tablet, we’re sorry but there’s no new version of your tablet. This selection of updates is only available for the medium and large tablets, however you can still buy the old version in small.

Medium and large tablet users, there’s a lot to be happy about. The new Intuos Pro comes with the new Pro Pen 2, a new stylus that’s four times more accurate than the previous generation of Pro Pen and boasts 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity – more than any other stylus/tablet combo on the market. This results in a more natural and responsive drawing experience with virtually no lag and natural tilt support. Handily, it doesn’t need batteries or charging, running instead on Wacom’s own peculiar brand of sand magic (resonant inductive coupling, apparently).

The tablets themselves are now just 8mm thick, managing to be slimmer and more compact than their predecessors while maintaining the same size active area. As usual, both models come with a Touch Ring, eight customisable ExpressKeys and on-pen slider switches so that you can have your favourite shortcuts right at your fingertips. The active area still features support multitouch gestures (don’t worry, the palm rejection is still excellent).

Options:

Buy the Wacom Intuos Pro Medium (2017) here – £274 ex VAT (£328.80 inc VAT).

Buy the Wacom Intuos Pro Large (2017) here – £374 ex VAT (£448.80 inc VAT).

 

The entry level graphics tablet: Wacom Intuos range

Go for these if… you want to use a graphics tablet but aren’t after the precision or customisation features of Intuos Pro.

wacom_intuos_photo

There’s a bit of a myth that graphics tablets are only for, well, graphic designers, but the pen and tablet approach is useful for everything from basic image editing to navigation. What Intuos does is allow you to be far more precise in your on-screen movements than you can be with a mouse.

I’ve now moved on to an Intuos model, for example, and although I do use Photoshop and InDesign, this is infrequent. Intuos allows me to be far more precise in the way I navigate on-screen, moving windows and selecting text more naturally than I could with a mouse.

Featuring five different models, Wacom’s Intuos range is built to accommodate designers of all types. The tablet itself remains the same, but they each come bundled with different software, are available in a variety of colours and come in either small or medium sizes.

Intuos Photo – Bundled with Corel AfterShot Pro 2 and either Macphun Pro Package or Corel PaintShop Pro X8 depending on whether you work on Mac or Windows.

Intuos Draw – Bundled with free ArtRage Lite creative software.

Intous Comic – Bundled with Clip Studio Paint Pro and Anime Studio.

Intuos Art – Bundled with Corel Painter Essentials 5.

Intuos 3D – Bundled with Pixologic’s ZBrushCore 3D design software.

Options:

Check out the entire range here

 

Intuos Paper Edition

Go for this if… If you prefer to start work on good old fashioned paper.

intuos_paper

The new Intuos Paper Edition combines an Intuos Pro tablet with a Paper Clip, which affixes to the top of your tablet and tracks pen strokes made with your Wacom Finetip Pen (don’t worry, this is included).

As you draw with your Finetip Pen, the Clip saves each stroke as an editable file which you can subsequently open in your creative software of choice. If you want the digital version of your drawing to be made up of Photoshop-friendly layers, all you need to do is tap a button on your tablet to start a new layer as you’re drawing.

The Intuos Paper Edition can hold up to 200 multi-layered drawings before you need to transfer them to your computer, which can be a Mac or PC. Once you’ve transferred the sketches to your computer, just remove the Clip, pick up a Wacom Pro Pen and edit them as you would any other digital drawing.

Buy the medium Wacom Intuos Paper Edition here – £316 ex VAT (£379.20 inc VAT).

Buy the large Wacom Intuos Paper Edition here – £416 ex VAT (£499.20 inc VAT).  

The complete mobile solution: Wacom MobileStudio Pro

Go for this if… you want to combine your graphics tablet and laptop into a single piece of kit.

Wacom_Mobile_Studio_Pro 13

This Intel Powered, tablet computer provides a complete mobile solution for creatives on the go, running full versions of your favourite creative software. With up to 4K resolution and 96% RGB colour performance, as well as the brand-new Wacom Pro Pen 2 (which is 4x more pressure-sensitive and 4x more accurate than the previous version), this is a game changing bit of design kit.

wacom_mobile_studio_pro_16

MobileStudio Pro comes in two versions – 13 and 16. MobileStudio Pro 13 packs a 13.3” screen, designed for maximum mobility, and features 2560×1440 resolution, 96% Adobe RGB colour performance, six ExpressKeys, and three different configurations to choose from. The MobileStudio Pro 16 provides a larger workspace, offering up a 15.6” 3840×2160 resolution display with 94% Adobe RGB colour performance. It also boasts a more substantial eight ExpressKeys and comes in two different configurations. Both models run on full versions of Windows 10.

Options:

Buy Mobile Studio 13, Intel Core i5, 128GB, 8GB, Intel Iris Graphics 550 here – £1,374 (£1,648.80 inc VAT)

Buy Mobile Studio 13, Intel Core i7, 256GB, 8GB, Intel Iris Graphics 550 here – £1,499 (£1798.80 inc VAT)

Buy Mobile Studio 13, Intel Core i7, 512GB, 16GB, Intel Iris Graphics 550 here – £1916 (£2299.20 inc VAT)

Buy Mobile Studio 16, Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB, NVIDIA Quadro M600M with 2GB GDDr5 VRAM here – £2,199.99 (£2,639.99 inc VAT)

Buy Mobile Studio 16, Intel Core i7, 512GB, 16GB, NVIDIA Quadro M1000M with 4GB GDDr5 VRAM here – £2291 (£2,749.20 inc VAT)

 

The quality pen display: Wacom Cintiq display

Go for this if… you work with illustrations, 3D design or any field where you’re more likely to deal with texturing, fine art or brush work.

Wacom Cintiq 27QHD display tablet

Wacom Cintiq brings together pen and touch input with a high res display to create a piece of technology that is, quite simply, unbeatable for digital artists. Rather than having to interpret your on-screen movements on a tablet, you get to paint directly onto the screen, allowing you to achieve incredible accuracy. It’s also completely customisable to your way of working – each stand allows you to position the screen in a way that is comfortable for you, and the ExpressKeys and TouchRings can be tailored to your needs.

There are a number of sizes available – the Cintiq 22HD is a desktop version with a 21.5″ full HD display, while the Cintiq 13HD is a far more portable option. The latest version, the Cintiq 27QHD, is right at the top end, with improved hi-def resolution in its 2560×1440 pixel active workable area, a distinctly slimmer and lighter form factor, and a new customisable ExpressKey Remote Control which can be placed on your tablet or on your desk for more flexible working.

Options:

Buy Wacom Cintiq 13HD here – £485 (£582 inc VAT)

Buy Wacom Cintiq 22HD Pen-only display here – £1224

Buy Wacom Cintiq 22HD Pen & Touch display here – £1285

Buy Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Pen-only display here – £1349

Buy Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Pen & Touch display here – £1654

 

The high-end pen display: Wacom Cintiq Pro

Go for this if… You want the latest, most sensitive creative pen display around.

wacom_cintiq_pro

Wacom’s latest addition to their Cintiq lineup comes in two sizes: the Wacom Cintiq Pro 13, which has a 13.3″ display, and the Wacom Cintiq Pro 16, which very logically has a 15.6″ one. Both are compatible with Mac and PC computers, and can connect via USB-C, or via Mini DisplayPort and USB using an adaptor (which Wacom kindly include with the tablet so you don’t have to fork out twice).

This time around, the display is sleek edge-to-edge etched glass surface, which leads to a slimmer, swisher design and a more realistic ‘pen on paper’ feel. The 13″ model has an HD screen while the 16″ has a 4K resolution one, and they’re colour accurate for 87% and 94% of Adobe RGB respectively.

Like the new Intuos Pro and Intuos Paper Edition, the Cintiq Pro ships with the ridiculously sensitive Wacom Pro Pen 2, which boasts 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt support and virtually no lag.

The Cintiq Pro has a built-in kick stand, and an optional Wacom Stand with three levels of elevation is available for anyone who wants more flexibility. There are no on-tablet ExpressKeys, but anyone who prefers physical buttons to the Cintiq’s touchscreen controls can invest in a Wacom ExpressKey Remote.

The Cintiq Pro 13 is available now, with the Cintiq Pro 16 to follow in late February.

Options:

Buy the Wacom Cintiq Pro 13 here – £749 ex VAT (£898.80 inc VAT)

Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 available soon!

Got a question? Call us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com to find out more about the different models from Wacom available or the best graphics tablet for your creative workflow. For everything else, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

By Ade Leader

6 reasons you need to move to Adobe Stock

6 reasons you need to move to Adobe Stock

Coming to the end of your stock subscription? Looking for a new and exciting range of stock imagery to explore? Here are our top 6 reasons to swap to Adobe Stock.

#1 You’ll save no end of time!
No, really! Adobe Stock means a complete end to editing watermarked images, only to do everything again once you’ve had sign-off to purchase the high res version from the powers that be. You can edit the mockup, then when you’re ready to buy just purchase from within the Creative Cloud app and it’ll just swap out the image right there in your work.

#2 And while we’re talking about time…
Not only can you purchase in-app, you can also search the Adobe Stock site without leaving the comfort of Photoshop, so no more time lost jumping between windows.

#3 There’s no charge for pooled images…
So, if you’re working as part of a team, you’ll all be able to access, license and manage images from one shared subscription.

#4 45 million images…
And counting! In fact, Adobe have already added 5 million new resources since launching last year. So expect it to be competing with the leading stock services in no time.

#5 You get a free trial…
Because you have to really give it a go to understand the true power of the workflow benefits, Adobe are even giving Creative Cloud for Teams users a 10-image trial! Click here for details.

#6 This guy…

Because we need to support a world that embraces grown men dressed as bunnies and mourning the loss of carrot supplies. And we thank Adobe Stock for having the variety of imagery needed for us to find him.

Bunny man

 

Want to find out more about Adobe Stock? Head on over to our Adobe Stock page to take a look at the full feature-set. You can also give us a call on 03332 409 259, email adobe@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below.

5 things to consider when picking stock images

5 things to consider when picking stock images

Picking stock imagery may seem like a chore, but when you’re working on a project and looking to find the perfect photo, the most popular or most artistic isn’t always going to fit the bill. Our team have put together a few tips to bear in mind when selecting the right image for your work.

#1 Get the most from your image

The key here is to think broadly. The last thing you want is to purchase an image for the email campaign you’re designing, only to find out that you need to adapt it into a dreaded skyscraper banner the week after. If you don’t know all the elements of the project right now, try and pick an image that can be easily adapted to different aspect ratios.

Secondly, while I know it seems obvious, you’d be surprised just how many times I’ve seen stock images purchased and used once, only to then disappear into the abyss of a server, never to be seen again. Get your money’s worth, people! Where you have licensed an image for multiple uses, be sure to keep it in the back of your mind in case another campaign crops up where it can be used. We may use the same image in an education piece of marketing as in a business piece, for example.

#2 What’s the best before date?

OK, we all know that some stock photography looks like it’s been lifted straight out of the 80s, but we aren’t just talking about whether or not the models are sporting fetching mullets and a tache here. It’s important to take a good look at the items in shot to make sure that they aren’t going to date too quickly. As an example, we’re always on the lookout for computers or tablets that are about to be superseded by newer models. For some projects, as long as the photo is current, it’ll be absolutely fine. But the last thing you want to do is to put something in print that will result in a reprint in a couple of months.

#3 Don’t be stung by approvals

It’s the rule we all live by and all get caught out on: don’t download the high res version until all key stakeholders have seen the project. Preview versions are there to prevent you from wasting your budget or stock credits, so be sure to use them. And if you’re the kind of person who likes to download and take the hit on the budget so that you don’t end up duplicating work once the high res version is approved, take a look at Adobe Stock. The built-in integration between Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud means that you can use the preview image when designing your visuals and, once it’s signed off, a hit of a button will swap out the linked asset – a massive time saver!

#4 Make the image your own

Most stock image licences allow you to adapt the original photo to some degree, and if you want your project to have something unique about it, it’s good to make the most of that flexibility. Inevitably there are going to be certain images that are more popular than others, so if your heart is set on using them, do something a bit different to make it your own. Take a look at the cover of our brochure of retail solutions, in which we replaced the standard brick wall behind the female shop assistant with a busy store.

Adapting Stock Imagery - Jigsaw24 Retail Brochure

#5 Have a few ideas in your back pocket

The last one is to make sure you have a few ideas stored away in your back pocket. While we all like to think we get it right first time, there are always occasions where the client has other ideas! So be sure to pick out a few image options when you’re searching, so that if they come back with the red pin, you’re ready with some alternatives that you already approve of.

Want to find out more about Adobe Stock? Head on over to our Adobe Stock page to take a look at the full feature-set. You can also give us a call on 03332 409 259, email adobe@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below.

Top tips for searching for stock imagery

Top tips for searching for stock imagery

If you’re prone to picking the first image you come across when looking through stock photography, you might be missing out on some hidden gems. Well, the good news is that Adobe Stock includes some pretty handy filtering tools that make it easier to find imagery that’s right for your project and that hasn’t been used by every single other campaign out there. To give you an idea of the functions available, here are a few tips…

Option 1: Searching on the site

If you’re already using a stock service, chances are this is the search method you’re most familiar with.

As you’d expect, the home page on https://stock.adobe.com gives you the standard search functionality, with the option to type in your topic and the ability to filter down by type of asset – in this case, photos, videos, illustrations and vectors. I’m going to get things started by having a look for some nice photos of the Jigsaw24 mascot, the zebra.

Searching in Adobe Stock step 1

Once your results are in, it’s all about the filters, and first up is your option to sort images into a more meaningful list. Recency, relevance and popularity are all as expected, but Adobe Stock also includes the ability to prioritise the images that you have previously downloaded (handy if you need to refer back to photos you have used to find similar options) or by Undiscovered, which bumps up those images that you’ve not looked at before to help keep your work fresh.

Searching in Adobe Stock step 2

If you have specific dimensions you’re working to, or need an image that is specifically geared to span a page or fit into a tight square box, then use the dimension filter. While portrait, landscape and square are now standard in most stock providers’ searches, panoramic is relatively unique to Adobe Stock.

Searching in Adobe Stock step 3

The next option you have is to either include or exclude people from your images. While I don’t think we’ll be having that problem with our preview below, if you’ve ever experienced stock photography of an office environment you’ll be hitting the ‘Exclude’ button plenty.

Searching in Adobe Stock step 4

 

Another one of the great features within Adobe Stock’s search is the ability to filter by colour. While some searches typically include a few select preset colours to filter images by the primary colour within them, this includes a colour picker tool with full HTML colour options. For this preview I’m going to select standard Jigsaw24 orange…

Searching in Adobe Stock step 5

The final filter available in Adobe Stock is the ability to filter by category. While it’s not so handy when searching for zebras, it is great if you’ve originally searched for quite a broad term. All your standard categories are present and correct – Buildings, Transport, Travel – as well as a few that are less common, including Social Issues and Drinks. Here, I’m going to pick Animals just to make sure I get rid of the random images of cakes and tree trunks.

Searching in Adobe Stock step 6

Option 2: Searching in your app

Your second option for searching is to do it directly within the Creative Cloud app. While you won’t get the functionality you do on the website, you will be able to search for key terms and see the top results without having to leave the app. Within the app you can buy there and then, download a preview, and there’s a button to “Find similar” that will open up your browser and have all the search results ready and waiting.

Searching in Adobe Stock - in app searches

Want to find out more about Adobe Stock? Head on over to our Adobe Stock page to take a look at the full feature-set. You can also give us a call on 03332 409 259, email adobe@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below.

How does Adobe Stock stack up?

How does Adobe Stock stack up?

Wondering whether or not it’s time for you to switch to Adobe Stock? Sick of hearing us banging on about the incredibly awesome workflow benefits that come with the integration into Adobe Creative Cloud for teams? OK, well how about some cold hard facts to help you make up your mind about how Adobe Stock stacks up against your current provider?

Here’s a quick guide that pits Adobe Stock against the big boys: iStock, Shutterstock, Bigstock and depositphotos.

Who has the most assets?

While I’ve always been told it’s quality not quantity, if you’re drawing blanks and want something to inspire you, having plenty of images to look through is always a bonus. But how do the stock providers compare to each other?

Adobe Stock – Adobe Stock has 45 million assets and counting. Since it’s launch in autumn last year, an additional 5 million have already been added to the pot! 

Big Stock – Despite the name, this is by no means the largest library on the list, with a relatively respectable 32 million assets.

depositphotos – While we’ve struggled to get a definitive number for this one, the last source we can find put this at about 12+ million items, making it the second smallest on the list.

iStock – Last reported, iStock had about 10+ million assets on its books, making it the smallest stock provider on the list.

Shutterstock – Definitely one of the largest databases on file, it has over 70 million stock assets. 

Verdict: While Adobe Stock doesn’t have the largest number of assets within its library, it is by no means the smallest, and is a big jump for anyone using iStock, depositphotos or Big Stock.

What assets are available?

Of course, it’s not all about imagery. Many stock websites also offer video and audio for more complete multimedia provision.

Imagery – As expected, all of the providers on the list offer creative and editorial imagery. Well, you’d hope so…

Illustrations and vector images – Illustrations and vectors aren’t always a given on stock services, but depositphotos, Big Stock, iStock, Shutterstock and Adobe Stock all include both though.

Video – Another big area for stock services is video. Adobe Stock has only recently added it to its arsenal, and all of the other providers on the list are advocates.

Audio – Audio is always a bit of a wild card for stock services and, of the full list, iStock and Shutterstock are the only ones to include it.

Verdict: For the most part, all of the services are fairly evenly weighted. Just bear in mind that if you’re after audio, then only iStock and Shutterstock are viable options. Adobe Stock is a good option for the non-audiophiles out there.

Who has the best assets? The zebra test…

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Jigsaw24 mascot is the elegant animal that is the zebra. Naturally, we find ourselves looking out for the very best zebra photography all the time. So how do the different stock providers look in terms of their zebra libraries?

depositphotos – A search on here returned 16,162 photos. Unlike others on the list, there’s much more of an emphasis on masked images of zebras on white backgrounds, and those that are photos aren’t always of the highest quality.

 deposit photos – the zebra test

Big Stock – Another with a focus on natural photography. The quality of the images is nice, although considering this has the fewest results (13,335 in total) a lot of the assets seem to be variations of the same image. Also, note that the search doesn’t seem to be able to distinguish between a zebra and a zebra crossing.

 Big stock – the zebra test

iStock – Now powered by Getty Images, it’s interesting that iStock returns very different results. A total of 18,133 assets for a search of ‘zebra’ with quite a nice mix of decent photography, zebras on white backgrounds and the odd quirky image thrown in.

 iStock – the zebra test

Shutterstock – The largest number of results came from Shutterstock, with a whopping 33,662 images! Quality is a mixed bag overall, with plenty of stylised photos as well as plenty you wouldn’t look twice at.

 Shutter stock – the zebra test

Adobe Stock – Like iStock, Adobe Stock has a nice mixture of assets and returns 18,786 results, making it the third largest in quantity. Oddly, Adobe Stock seems to return a large number of other objects (rhinos, birds, cake…) masquerading as zebras.

Adobe Stock – the zebra test 

Verdict: They all have their own specialities which makes it difficult to directly compare, but when it comes to variation and range Shutterstock, iStock and Adobe Stock come up trumps.

Which is the most expensive? 

It’s the all-important question and ultimately what helps sway the decision in many businesses, so what’s the difference in price?

First off, a slight caveat in that direct comparisons between different stock providers can be difficult because of the sheer number of options out there. However, for the purposes of this piece, we’re approaching it from the angle of needing an annual subscription for a team with a standard licence.

iStock – iStock only advertise for single users, and for a team subscription you would be looking at a higher cost. Their pricing is split between ‘Essentials’ subscriptions (which includes basic images only) and ‘Signature’ subscriptions (which includes access to all imagery.). For an annual Signature subscription, you can get 50 images per month for £119 (£2.38 per image) up to 750 images per month for £199.92 (27p per image).

Shutterstock – Shutterstock do offer team packages, with prices increasing as the number of users does. For a team of two users, they offer a 750 images per month package for £179 (24p per image).

Big Stock – Unfortunately there’s no mention of a teams package or an annual subscription, but monthly packages are available. For 25 images per month it’s £45 (£1.80 per image), and there are options up to 200 images per month for £112 (56p per image).

depositphotos – Team packages are available with an annual subscription through depositphotos. For 50 images it’s £51 per month (£1.02 per image) and options are available up to 500 images per month for £171 (34p per image).

Adobe Stock – The big thing to bear in mind here are that pooled imagery amongst teams does not cost more with Adobe Stock, so there’s no increase price as your team grows. A 10 image per month subscription will set you back £20 per month (equivalent to £2 per image). For 750 images per month, it’s £120 per month (or 16p per image).

Verdict: Adobe Stock is the clear winner in price when looking at team subscriptions. Ultimately, across all three services, the more images you’re buying the cheaper it’s going to be, but in terms of cost per image, Adobe Stock is the most cost-effective.

And one more thing… productivity

Stock imagery and productivity might sound like an odd combination, but the fact is that where Adobe Stock is in a very unique position is in its integration with your Creative Cloud applications. As well as being able to search for imagery directly within the app without having to jump back to the Adobe website, preview images can be saved and manipulated within your projects, then when it comes to buying the final version, you hit a button and it swaps out the preview for the final high res image, retaining any adjustments you made to the preview. Basically, it eradicates the need to duplicate work, so in theory, Adobe Stock makes you twice as fast.

And in regards the other stock providers? Oh, is that tumbleweed we see…

Buy Adobe Stock at Jigsaw24

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*Prices correct at the time of writing.

Mac tip of the month: Continuity features

Mac tip of the month: Continuity features

The latest versions of iOS and macOS are packed with features that make it easier to move work between one device and the other. Known as Continuity, this set of features was first introduced in OS X Yosemite,  and lets you share files with your tablet, answer calls from your Mac and more. 

Connecting your Apple devices using Continuity features

Use Continuity to move between your iPhone, iPad and Mac, or use them together. Continuity features include Handoff, phone calling, and SMS. Great for use in business, continuity features mean you can switch between your Apple devices and pick up where you left off with your emails, messages and even phone calls. Here we’ll look at using the Handoff, phone calling, and SMS continuity features.

Handoff

Use Handoff in Apple apps including Mail, Safari, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Pages, Numbers and Keynote. In simple terms, use Handoff to start work on one device and pick it up and carry on working on it on another.

Here’s what you do…

(As an example, we’re going to use Mail)

1. Sign in to your iCloud account on all the devices you want to use for Handoff.

2. Turn on Bluetooth on all your devices, and make sure they’re all connected to the same WiFi network.

3. Use Mail on one of your chosen devices (as an example, we’re going to use Mail on our Mac).

4. On your second device (we’re using an iPad) swipe up from the bottom left edge of the Lock screen, where you will see the app’s activity icon.

5. Alternatively, go to the multitasking display by double clicking the Home button on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, then tap the app. (On your Mac, the Handoff icon appears on the Dock, or you can press Command and Tab to switch to an app with a Handoff icon.)

Phone calls

With continuity, you can make and receive cellular phone calls from your Apple devices when your iPhone is on the same WiFi network.

Here’s what you do…

1. Like Handoff, sign in to your iCloud account on all the devices you want to use – including your Mac. (These devices all need to be running iOS 8/OS X Yosemite or later).

2. All devices must be on the same WiFi network.

3. Sign in to FaceTime using your iCloud account.

4. Turn off WiFi calling if you have it on.

Make a call by selecting a phone number from Contacts, Calendar, or Safari. To answer a call, the incoming call message should display on your devices. Select which one you wish to take the call on and slide to answer as per usual Apple protocol.

SMS

With Continuity, all the SMS and MMS text messages you send and receive on your iPhone can also be set to appear on your other Apple devices – even if the person you’re receiving messages from doesn’t have an iPhone.

Here’s what you do…

1. Make sure your iPhone is updated to at least iOS 8.1.

2. Enable iMessage on your Mac and iOS devices.

3. Go into Settings > Messages on your iPhone and turn on text message forwarding.

4. You’ll then get a code that you can enter to verify the SMS and MMS feature.

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Tutorial: How to insert 3D objects in After Effects

Tutorial: How to insert 3D objects in After Effects

If you’re looking to add photorealistic 3D content to existing footage, this tutorial from Adobe will show you how. Using After Effects’ Live 3D Pipeline and the included Maxon Cinema 4D Lite, you’ll be able to add 3D objects directly into your existing compositions relatively easily.

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Video: How to extend a background in Photoshop CC

Video: How to extend a background in Photoshop CC

Ever wanted to make all your photos have a 1:1 aspect ratio? Well, let’s be honest, it’s not very practical, unless you fancy chopping your subject’s head and feet off or squashing the image. The other option is to extend the background. In this quick tip from Terry white, he shows you how to easily extend the background in a portrait using Photoshop CC.

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