New Auto Mock-Ups Feature in Comp CC

Comp CC continues to grow and today has added more new features to extend the capabilities of the app:

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  • Auto Mock-ups—if you need a quick mock-up to show how your app/web design/iPad project or even print project then there are at least a couple of different mock-up images applied to each of those formats (web has five) to help you sell the idea to stakeholders without having to wait to get back to the desktop
  • Edit Multiple Selections—when you have multiple objects or a group selected you can change common attributes like colour, opacity or font easily; there’s a also a new way to select multiple objects by tapping and long holding on an object while tapping others to select others; see this short (and silent) movie:
  • Use Your Own Fonts—if you have third party fonts installed on your device, you can now use those as well as the Typekit/device fonts—fantastic if you have a corporate font to use on your projects
  • Keyboard Shortcuts—yep, just like on an er, computer! When you have a connected keyboard attached to your iPad then you can nudge with the arrow keys, duplicate and zoom using that

IMG_0743IMG_0747IMG_0749 Do share and rate the app—it really does encourage the teams that work so hard to make this app as awesome as it is!

Animating Deadpool: from Sketch to Animatic to Publish Online

DpoolThis week I had the pleasure of visiting Leeds to do a one-man creativity and content velocity gig where we looked at how fast Creative Cloud makes it to produce great content, and also encouraged CC users to make a bit more of the apps they have access to as complete members but maybe don’t visit as often. On the train to Leeds I did a quick cartoon of Deadpool in my sketchbook (so I could use Capture to turn it into a shape) that I thought would be fun to animate in Animate CC, as Alex Fleisig and Joseph Labrecque did for a tutorial on adobe.com recently—you should be able to access the tutorial via the welcome screen in Animate CC or go direct: http://adobe.ly/1U7RKXs. My version was fairly simple at the time as I had a lot of ground to cover but thought that we could explore this in a little more detail in this post, look at a different method for animation and finally add the animatic to an InDesign Publish Online project.

Watch the Video

Using a Transparent background for the .oam file in EPUB and Publish Online

The .oam files out of Animate CC have a background by default and until there’s an option for background transparency you’ll need to add a couple of lines of code to the first frame of your timeline as an action (you can copy these and paste them in, if you like):
canvas.style.backgroundColor="rgba(0,0,0,0)";
document.body.style.backgroundColor = "rgba(0,0,0,0)";

That should fix it nicely!

Workflow Week (2): Photoshop Mix and Comp CC

workflow2The second part of the workflow week series sees us working on the cover for a digital magazine, from the iPad.

The video: Photoshop Mix to Comp CC to InDesign

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In the video, the wrong logo asset is used in the bottom-right corner (working too hard at the weekends)—I’m sure you get the idea, though.

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