Workflow Week (1): Desktop to CC Libraries

Every day this week, there will be a post that forms a five-part mini-series showing a Creative Cloud workflow. A few weeks back, we had a post that looked at a workflow starting in Comp; this series builds on that and gives a lot more detail as there is a video with every step, and it also looks at stakeholder approval as a part of the workflow.

Because it’s Monday, we’ll keep the first one short—this post looks at adding a couple of things from Illustrator and Photoshop to a CC library, as part of a project that will be developed over the rest of the week.

The Video: Desktop to CC Libraries

Comp: Now Supporting Share to PDF

This week Comp got the ability to share to the PDF format, which is a valuable addition to sharing with people who quickly need to see a copy of the wireframe or layout for approval purposes or further discussion. The first time you use it, you’ll get a notification that it’s a free service until April—it will continue to be free for Creative Cloud subscribers but users without an account may well have an option to send a PDF for a small subscription fee—although at the current time I haven’t seen the details of this.

Send A PDF By Email From Comp

  • In the Share menu you’ll see the option under the CC Desktop apps:
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  • Once selected, you get an option to choose your delivery method. Be aware that there doesn’t appear to be any compression applied to the images in the PDF, so it will be quite large (texting it probably isn’t an option) so in this example I’m using mail:CC_iPadAir-IMG_0672
  • You’ll then be handed over to the Mail app, to address and send your PDF: CC_iPadAir-IMG_0673As my example was quite large mail used the Mail Drop service to send it, but there are other options available to you if this is a consideration.

Other Options for Sending

There are a number of other options that you can use to distribute your file, including DropBoxSlack and Evernote but as a CC Subscriber you can also send the file to Acrobat and then use the Send & Track service to send it to one or many recipients.

Discover: Creative Techniques: Split-Toning

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This technique is a great way to nondestructively create great cross-processing and other split-toning effects to your images!

Let’s Go!

With your chosen image openstep1convert it to a Smart Objectstep2 and then go to Filter > Camera Raw Filter…

Perform any adjustments you may desire in the Basic tab.step3Sometimes a little bit of dehaze from the Fx tab can really give the image some popstep4

In the Split-toning tab, choose a colour for your highlights, another for your shadows, tune your saturation for each and adjust the balance between the highlights/shadows.step5

Repeatable Formula

If you want to keep these settings for use on other images, or as a state to roll-back to, then in the Presets tab, click the New icon at the bottom-right and name your settings preset—it’s that easy—and now you can apply those settings with a click.step7

Don’t forget to have fun with some of the other adjustment tools, too!featured1

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