Adobe Creative Suite: Explore the Cloud—If you’re interested in Adobe software but don’t own a perpetual license, consider a monthly subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud. For $49.99 per month, it gives you access to the entire creative suite of software, as well as services, applications, and early updates not available to traditional license customers.

Sounds a little too good to be true, right? Adobe has long been a leader in design software innovation, but until the Creative Cloud, most of its software staples were out of reach for the average consumer.

Here’s a taste of what you can do with the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Image credits: Madison Andrews

1. Download and install the entire Creative Suite

Subscription to the cloud gives you access to popular applications like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign—the ‘big three’ of Adobe design software—as well as other software not included in the suite.

Edge tools and services like Edge Animate, Edge Code, and Edge Inspect let you create mobile-ready content and apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Best of all, Typekit is now included in Creative Cloud membership, so you can outfit your web designs with gorgeous, premium web fonts.

2. Access Adobe Touch Apps

Adobe’s Touch apps, which cost about $10 to non-subscribers, are also included with Creative Cloud membership. I used Adobe Ideas—a tablet app that lets you create hand-drawn, vector-based images—to design part of the illustration above.

You can also download Photoshop Touch for Android and Apple iOS tablets and phones. Photoshop Touch provides the core functionality you’ve come to expect from its desktop counterpart, and Adobe’s Touch App Plug-ins —also available through Cloud membership—allow you to access and edit Touch app files straight from your desktop.

Behance and its sister app Creative Portfolio are currently available for iPhone only. But Adobe’s partnership with Behance is quite new, so here’s hoping that Android versions of the popular creative portfolio service are in the works.

3. Share, download, and upload files to the cloud

The appeal of this particular feature wasn’t readily apparent to me until I started using Adobe Touch apps on a regular basis. Without Cloud membership, it’s a little tricky to upload your tablet creations to the desktop in compatible file formats. But with the Cloud, you upload very large files with ease, and access them any time from tablet or desktop.

Here’s a screenshot of my Cloud page:

Adobe Creative Cloud

4. Adobe training videos

As a Creative Cloud subscriber, you will also have access to a wealth of training videos, so you can learn how to make the most of your new software. Want to create interactive web content, or publish an app for iPad? AdobeTV can show you how.

Want to know more about a particular Adobe application or service? Leave me a comment! I will be writing more about the full range of Creative Suite products, and would love to know which software and features interest you most.

Madison Andrews is a writer, editor, and designer living in Austin, Texas. She is founder and editor of Email her at [email protected], find her on tumblr, or follow her @madskillsvocab.

Madison Andrews
Madison Andrews is a writer, editor, and designer living in Austin, Texas. She is founder and editor of
Madison Andrews
Madison Andrews
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