Design more efficiently using Artboards in Photoshop

Design more efficiently using Artboards in Photoshop

Do you want to design more efficiently? In this video Zorana Gee, Adobe’s Photoshop Senior Product Manager, guides you through the ins and outs Adobe Photoshop’s new feature: Artboards. Artboards enable efficient design by providing you with the top tools. These tools include being able to create multiple pages of responsive web design, multiple iterations of design across devices, and much more.

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You could be saving £368 on Adobe Creative Cloud for teams!

You could be saving £368 on Adobe Creative Cloud for teams!

You heard right, a massive saving of £368 could be made if you buy Creative Cloud for teams on or before 29th August.

Adobe are offering a three year price lock on Creative Cloud for teams right now, meaning buy today and pay £455 per user, per year for the next three years – saving you £368 over the term of the subscription.

Order or update to Creative Cloud on or before 29th August and be rewarded with this three year price lock. However come 30th August, Creative Cloud price lock will be no more.

Why should I upgrade?

Subscribing to Creative Cloud with the price lock promotion means you’ll be able to download the most up to date versions of Adobe creative tools like Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and more and for a fixed price for the next three years.

How do I get it?

If you want to take advantage of this limited time only offer, get those orders in before 29th August, or forever regret it. Give us a call on 03332 409 251 or email adobe@jigsaw24.com and we’ll sort you out!

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How our designers made the move to Creative Cloud for teams

How our designers made the move to Creative Cloud for teams

When Adobe announced that their key apps were moving to Creative Cloud and that a new teams option would be available, we decided to sign our in-house design team up straight away. While they were initially nervous, we now have a team of designers who can work remotely, collaborate easily and have developed an unhealthy fascination with InCopy…

Choosing to move to Creative Cloud for teams

As the UK’s largest Adobe reseller, we’re always keen to get our hands on the latest updates so that we know what our customers are dealing with. However, when the design team found our that their beloved copies of Creative Suite were going to be confiscated, they were a little worried.

“At first, I was apprehensive, because it was really an unknown,” explains our design manager Loui Goldsworthy. “Because of the name, I thought it might change how our team works. Would it pull from a server continuously and be slow?” (These worries turned out to be unfounded – our team just needed to download the apps once, then worked locally as they had before, without the need to connect to Adobe’s servers or maintain a constant internet access.)

But the possibility of accessing new features quickly overcame any nerves. “We thought it was the right thing to do – we were excited to move and see the new features we’d get to explore, and we always want to make sure we’re utilising the latest features and using the most efficient workflow,” Loui.

As for the designers themselves, their reactions ranged from excited to nervous to worried that they’d have to pay for their own software – a worry quickly put paid to by the arrival of Creative Cloud for teams, which allowed everything to be managed centrally rather than forcing each designer to take out an individual licence.

Getting set up with Creative Cloud for teams

When it came to getting set up with Creative Cloud for teams, “It was really easy,” said Loui. “We just had to assign the email addresses of the individual designers to the licence. They then got an invitation to the main Creative Cloud portal.”

From there, the designers can download whichever apps they need. If their requirements change or they want to explore a new app, they simply head back to the portal. On the flipside of that, our design managers can also choose to lock down apps if they wish. “We’ve stayed away from that as just because some of our apps aren’t part of our workflow now, doesn’t mean they won’t be in the future. If we don’t explore them we don’t know what we could be missing. The expanded range of apps available as standard in Creative Cloud for teams is great to give us opportunities to be able to cater more widely to our clients’ needs.”

Finding new features and tools

One of the main benefits of moving to Creative Cloud for teams was that our designers got access to a host of new tools. “I love the idea of Edge Animate and the possibilities it opens up when you’re creating HTML5 animations for websites and iBooks,” said Paul, while our graphic designer Liana is a big fan of Kuler: “You can download it to your iPhone, which is great if you get inspiration on the go or need to kill time on the bus.”

Across the department, there’s also been a lot of interest in InCopy. “I looked at it years ago but made the decision that the extra cost wasn’t justified then – now it’s free it might be a really useful addition to our workflow,” said Loui.

So would we recommend it?

“Yes,” said Loui. “Firstly because the range of apps that come as standard within Creative Cloud and the seamless integration between them. And secondly because of the admin side of things – I’m very pleased not to have to mess about with loading installer CDs, it’s much better to have a central area where I can download the apps I need when I need them. Plus it’s great that the licence allows me to load Creative Cloud on my home computer so I can continue with some bits at home if I need to, or any of the team can pick up work out of office – it helps us stay productive without being tied down.”

“I’ve changed my mind about the cost after working with it,” Paul added. “Yes, on the face of it, moving to a subscription rather than owning your software is strange, but you do get access to all the applications. This opens a lot of doors creatively and also challenges you and makes you want to learn more and do more.”

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Choosing the right version of Adobe Creative Cloud: Single apps vs. complete

Choosing the right version of Adobe Creative Cloud: Single apps vs. complete

So you’re on board with the idea of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, but not sure which version is the best one for you? With single apps and complete versions floating about, we wanted to clear the air and explain the differences between them.

First thing’s first, let’s get one thing out of the way: we’re talking Creative Cloud for teams here. This is Adobe’s collaborative option for groups of up to 100 creative users. It comes with additional benefits such as extra storage and centralised admin and management that aren’t available to individual users. You can see a quick introduction to Creative Cloud for teams in our infographic here.

Essentially, within your workgroup, you can now have a mix of users who are enrolled in single app memberships and users who can access the full set.

What’s the difference between complete and single app?

The obvious difference is that, while Creative Cloud for teams complete includes access to the full range of Creative Cloud apps and services (including the online collaborative tools and file sharing functionality), a single app plan only includes access to one app and limits the amount of storage to 20GB per user (100GB for the complete option).

Additionally, while the single app version lets you sync, share and collaborate with colleagues, and create a customised online portolio with Behance ProSite, you don’t have access to the full range of Creative Cloud apps.

To put that into perspective, with complete, you’re getting access to 19 apps, 6 additional web tools and 8 workflow apps. With single apps, you’re only getting access to one chosen app and Behance, but it is around half the price of the complete version’s promo price.

But how do prices compare?

To enrol a member as a single app user, it will cost you £171 per user per year if you’re already an existing user of CS3, CS4, CS5 or CS6. New customers will be charged £267 per user per year.

As for Creative Cloud for teams complete, it gets a little bit more complicated but it’s worth remembering that if you buy before August 31st you will benefit from massive savings!

Until the end of August, Adobe are running a price lock promotion, whereby you only pay £362 per user for each of the first two years of subscription (a saving of over 40%!). After those two years, you’ll pay the full amount for the remaining years.

Don’t worry if you miss out on the price lock, though. From September until December, you’ll still benefit from an offer price of £455 for your first year of subscription.

So should you go for single app or complete?

It’s completely up to you, but we would say that if you’re likely to need more than one app, then you’re better off going for the complete option, purely because it gives you access to all of Adobe’s creative tools as and when you need them, and for an affordable price. If you’re buying before 31st August, for example, then the price of Creative Cloud for teams complete is around the same price as two single app subscriptions; after that, if you’re using 3 or more apps, then complete is still the more affordable.

[UPDATE, 16/04/2014]: From 1st June 2014, Adobe CS6 will no longer be available in TLP and CLP licensing programmes, with the last order date being 30th May. Adobe are doing this to simplify their creative offering and decision making process for customers and by removing this option and focusing on Creative Cloud, it will be easier for all customers to stay up to date with the latest and greatest features and tools. If you have any questions about making the move to Creative Cloud, please get in touch!

Want to buy now or have a question about Creative Cloud for teams? Call us on 03332 409 251, email Adobe@Jigsaw24.com or take a look at our Adobe Creative Cloud for teams page here.

Video: What’s new in Adobe Photoshop CC?

Video: What’s new in Adobe Photoshop CC?

With a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, you get access to a whole load of new features in Photoshop CC that you don’t get with Photoshop CS6. This video looks at all those new tools including the Camera RAW filter, plus runs you through how Photoshop integrates with cloud-based services such as Behance, and how you can access and share Photoshop compositions. Take a look…

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What is Adobe Creative Cloud for teams single app?

Adobe offers two Creative Cloud for teams plans – complete and single app. A single app plan includes access to the latest version of one CC desktop app of your choice such as Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC, updates and upgrades the moment they are released, and select services and business features.