Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Bryan is the Principal Product Manager for Photoshop, helping test, drive, demonstrate, and lead the development of Adobe’s professional digital imaging applications. Bryan is the Photoshop team’s primary worldwide spokesman and can often be found leading seminars, user groups, and workshops. Beyond Adobe, Hughes is a published photographer, editor, and author, and was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2011.

UPDATES, UPDATES, UPDATES

with Bryan O'Neil Hughes

I spent the first 15 years of my career on the Photoshop team, a dream job in every way but, as a Product Manager of a pre-subscription Photoshop, it could be maddening to have to wait years before we could get new features in the hands of users. One of the great things about modern, subscription-based offerings (and all of Adobe’s mobile apps, both free and paid) is that, when a feature is ready, you get the update. We release a lot of updates and for this piece, I wanted to focus on some of the most recent and exciting ones in the mobile landscape.  ADOBE CAPTURE  Let’s start with A...

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I spent the first 15 years of my career on the Photoshop team, a dream job in every way but, as a Product Manager of a pre-subscription Photoshop, it could be maddening to have to wait years before we could get new features in the hands of users. One of the great things about modern, subscription-based offerings (and all of Adobe’s mobile apps, both free and paid) is that, when a feature is ready, you get the update. We release a lot of updates and for this piece, I wanted to focus on some of the most recent and exciting ones in the mobile landscape.  ADOBE CAPTURE  Let’s start with A...

As a 22-year veteran of Adobe, I tend to use Adobe applications primarily, and it’s a safe bet that if you’re reading this, you probably use many of these same apps. As it pertains to mobile, there are certain tools and features that I lean on regularly that aren’t from Adobe, so I thought I’d focus on the what, how, and why of those other applications.  Let’s start with the phone. I capture an increasing number of photos on my iPhone and, thanks to feature-parity across platforms and a synched cloud connection, it isn’t uncommon for me to edit them on the phone as well. More often than ...

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As a 22-year veteran of Adobe, I tend to use Adobe applications primarily, and it’s a safe bet that if you’re reading this, you probably use many of these same apps. As it pertains to mobile, there are certain tools and features that I lean on regularly that aren’t from Adobe, so I thought I’d focus on the what, how, and why of those other applications.  Let’s start with the phone. I capture an increasing number of photos on my iPhone and, thanks to feature-parity across platforms and a synched cloud connection, it isn’t uncommon for me to edit them on the phone as well. More often than ...

ADOBE RUSH IS VIDEO EDITING FOR ALL

with Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Today’s cameras and smartphones all generate both beautiful photos and high-resolution videos. Further, social platforms allow for sharing of both still and video files. Video is a bigger piece of our lives than ever before, and Adobe’s mobile solution, Adobe Premiere Rush, solves both anywhere access and usability. While applications, such as iMovie, are incredibly powerful, they’re constrained to the Apple ecosystem and don’t consider multiplatform workflows; plus, they lack integration with other creative products or storage.  Adobe Rush is a friendly, nonlinear, video editor that all...

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Today’s cameras and smartphones all generate both beautiful photos and high-resolution videos. Further, social platforms allow for sharing of both still and video files. Video is a bigger piece of our lives than ever before, and Adobe’s mobile solution, Adobe Premiere Rush, solves both anywhere access and usability. While applications, such as iMovie, are incredibly powerful, they’re constrained to the Apple ecosystem and don’t consider multiplatform workflows; plus, they lack integration with other creative products or storage.  Adobe Rush is a friendly, nonlinear, video editor that all...

LIGHTROOM & THE MAGIC OF MASKS

with Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Ordinarily, when you think of masks (a selected area of an image or a cutout between multiple images), you think of Photoshop. Even constrained to mobile, Photoshop on iPad does indeed have tremendous chops here and, if you’re combining images, overlaying text, or imagining the impossible, there remains no better place to leverage the magic of masks. What about photos though? Still images that need one area darker, lighter, or just different?  Lightroom has had this ability for some time now in the form of Radial and Linear Gradients, controlled areas that allow you to adjust a subset of...

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Ordinarily, when you think of masks (a selected area of an image or a cutout between multiple images), you think of Photoshop. Even constrained to mobile, Photoshop on iPad does indeed have tremendous chops here and, if you’re combining images, overlaying text, or imagining the impossible, there remains no better place to leverage the magic of masks. What about photos though? Still images that need one area darker, lighter, or just different?  Lightroom has had this ability for some time now in the form of Radial and Linear Gradients, controlled areas that allow you to adjust a subset of...

Over a decade since the iPhone and iPad have changed our lives, today’s mobile apps are more ubiquitous, more powerful, and more uniquely capable than ever before. At the heart of any great mobile app are a few core attributes: delightful, engaging, uniquely powerful, tailored for the device, and easy to use. When these attributes meet creative workflows, it makes sense that more people than ever are discovering creativity beyond the desktop—and enjoying the process!  As we start the new year, I’m delighted to introduce you to a new app that should be in everyone’s creative quiver. I thi...

An App for Everyone: Introducing Creative Cloud Express close

Over a decade since the iPhone and iPad have changed our lives, today’s mobile apps are more ubiquitous, more powerful, and more uniquely capable than ever before. At the heart of any great mobile app are a few core attributes: delightful, engaging, uniquely powerful, tailored for the device, and easy to use. When these attributes meet creative workflows, it makes sense that more people than ever are discovering creativity beyond the desktop—and enjoying the process!  As we start the new year, I’m delighted to introduce you to a new app that should be in everyone’s creative quiver. I thi...

AfterMAX 2021

with Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Every year Adobe hosts the creative circus that is Adobe MAX. While this magical event is ordinarily several thousand passionate users and dedicated employees at the largest venue Adobe can find, these past two years it’s been virtual—and larger than ever. What this means to you is that you can enjoy all of MAX—the keynotes, the hundreds of sessions, and the hundreds of product updates—from wherever MAX finds you, free of charge. Now, about those updates… PHOTOSHOP ON THE IPAD  This being Photoshop User magazine, let’s start there. Photoshop on the iPad carries the weight of more than...

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Every year Adobe hosts the creative circus that is Adobe MAX. While this magical event is ordinarily several thousand passionate users and dedicated employees at the largest venue Adobe can find, these past two years it’s been virtual—and larger than ever. What this means to you is that you can enjoy all of MAX—the keynotes, the hundreds of sessions, and the hundreds of product updates—from wherever MAX finds you, free of charge. Now, about those updates… PHOTOSHOP ON THE IPAD  This being Photoshop User magazine, let’s start there. Photoshop on the iPad carries the weight of more than...

By Wren Sauer  Want to get a little more experimental with your photography? With Adobe Fresco and Adobe Capture, you can transform your photos into colorful patterns with ease. From fashion to home goods, patterns can be found everywhere in our lives, and are easier than ever to create on the iPad.  Adobe Fresco is a free mobile drawing app where creatives can find an array of tools with which to draw, paint, and animate. Live brushes are particularly fun for adding painterly effects to images. Fresco is available for iPhone and iPad.  Adobe Capture is an arsenal of creative tools...

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By Wren Sauer  Want to get a little more experimental with your photography? With Adobe Fresco and Adobe Capture, you can transform your photos into colorful patterns with ease. From fashion to home goods, patterns can be found everywhere in our lives, and are easier than ever to create on the iPad.  Adobe Fresco is a free mobile drawing app where creatives can find an array of tools with which to draw, paint, and animate. Live brushes are particularly fun for adding painterly effects to images. Fresco is available for iPhone and iPad.  Adobe Capture is an arsenal of creative tools...

Photoshop Express

with Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Part of what makes Photoshop so successful is that the application can solve many different problems, uniquely well, for many different types of users. In past articles, I’ve written about the role of Photoshop on iPad vs. the focused objectives of other Adobe mobile apps: Lightroom (photography), Fresco (drawing/painting), Spark (publishing), etc. There is an app that I haven’t mentioned yet; one that bears Photoshop’s name and is both multifaceted and very powerful, so in this issue I’d like to share some superpowers of one of Adobe’s most successful apps: Photoshop Express.  Photoshop...

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Part of what makes Photoshop so successful is that the application can solve many different problems, uniquely well, for many different types of users. In past articles, I’ve written about the role of Photoshop on iPad vs. the focused objectives of other Adobe mobile apps: Lightroom (photography), Fresco (drawing/painting), Spark (publishing), etc. There is an app that I haven’t mentioned yet; one that bears Photoshop’s name and is both multifaceted and very powerful, so in this issue I’d like to share some superpowers of one of Adobe’s most successful apps: Photoshop Express.  Photoshop...

In past issues, I’ve written extensively about Adobe’s mobile applications and the workflows unique to them. These mobile applications are tuned for the surfaces on which they’re deployed and they’re growing in ability with each passing week. My aim here is always to highlight things you might not know and to both accelerate and amplify your creativity. In this piece, we’ll certainly do all of that, but through the lens of some incredibly powerful services that are (very uniquely) woven through Adobe’s mobile and desktop applications, and even the web. These solutions to common creative pro...

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In past issues, I’ve written extensively about Adobe’s mobile applications and the workflows unique to them. These mobile applications are tuned for the surfaces on which they’re deployed and they’re growing in ability with each passing week. My aim here is always to highlight things you might not know and to both accelerate and amplify your creativity. In this piece, we’ll certainly do all of that, but through the lens of some incredibly powerful services that are (very uniquely) woven through Adobe’s mobile and desktop applications, and even the web. These solutions to common creative pro...

Lightroom Field Workflow on iPad

with Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Last issue, I described an end-to-end mobile workflow, wherein I captured and edited my image entirely on mobile. Yes, the iPhone is the camera I use most, but it isn’t the only one. I also shoot regularly with a Sony A 7R III, a Leica Q2, and a DJI Mavic Air 2S. Images from each of these cameras are ingested and edited on my iPad Pro. In this piece, I’ll explain how this workflow differs and how I came to embrace a tablet over a laptop (or desktop) for this workflow.  When the iPad first came out, many of us dreamt of this type of field triage: the import, editing, and synching of RAW f...

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Last issue, I described an end-to-end mobile workflow, wherein I captured and edited my image entirely on mobile. Yes, the iPhone is the camera I use most, but it isn’t the only one. I also shoot regularly with a Sony A 7R III, a Leica Q2, and a DJI Mavic Air 2S. Images from each of these cameras are ingested and edited on my iPad Pro. In this piece, I’ll explain how this workflow differs and how I came to embrace a tablet over a laptop (or desktop) for this workflow.  When the iPad first came out, many of us dreamt of this type of field triage: the import, editing, and synching of RAW f...

Lightroom: An End-to-End Workflow

with Bryan O'Neil Hughes

I just returned from a road trip that took me from the coast of California to the upper “panhandle” of Idaho. While I traveled with two mirrorless cameras and a drone, there was one shot with which I was happiest and, wouldn’t you know, it was captured on the iPhone and edited in Lightroom on the iPad Pro (though, to be fair, most of what I did could have been edited on the phone, as well).  While I often go deep on multiple apps and hidden workflows, I thought I’d use this example to methodically take you through one image, from capture to share. I think that everything I’m about to sha...

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I just returned from a road trip that took me from the coast of California to the upper “panhandle” of Idaho. While I traveled with two mirrorless cameras and a drone, there was one shot with which I was happiest and, wouldn’t you know, it was captured on the iPhone and edited in Lightroom on the iPad Pro (though, to be fair, most of what I did could have been edited on the phone, as well).  While I often go deep on multiple apps and hidden workflows, I thought I’d use this example to methodically take you through one image, from capture to share. I think that everything I’m about to sha...

I often explain the irony that I was drawn to photography because I couldn’t paint or draw, but I now oversee product management for Adobe’s focused drawing and painting application, Adobe Fresco. It isn’t like I don’t understand the workflow or the users; after all, my career did begin with product management on Photoshop, and painting is one of its many popular use cases. I went deep on photography, though, and the best way to produce a decent painting is a lot of practice so, knowledge and understanding aside, I’ve “failed to develop as a painter.” With my own limitations in mind and kno...

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I often explain the irony that I was drawn to photography because I couldn’t paint or draw, but I now oversee product management for Adobe’s focused drawing and painting application, Adobe Fresco. It isn’t like I don’t understand the workflow or the users; after all, my career did begin with product management on Photoshop, and painting is one of its many popular use cases. I went deep on photography, though, and the best way to produce a decent painting is a lot of practice so, knowledge and understanding aside, I’ve “failed to develop as a painter.” With my own limitations in mind and kno...

I love helping people discover and understand the tremendous power and unique platform strengths of Adobe’s portfolio of mobile apps. In so many cases, we’re able to do more with mobile than we can on the desktop: more intuitively, powerfully, portably and, in so many ways, delightfully. In explaining all of that, however, I’ve missed an opportunity that’s very obvious and critically important: what about the work (or play) that happens before you edit?  This is everything. Nailing your capture will assure the best file from which to work and thus the best final output. Doing this right ...

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I love helping people discover and understand the tremendous power and unique platform strengths of Adobe’s portfolio of mobile apps. In so many cases, we’re able to do more with mobile than we can on the desktop: more intuitively, powerfully, portably and, in so many ways, delightfully. In explaining all of that, however, I’ve missed an opportunity that’s very obvious and critically important: what about the work (or play) that happens before you edit?  This is everything. Nailing your capture will assure the best file from which to work and thus the best final output. Doing this right ...

Adobe has been building mobile applications for more than a decade, shipping Adobe Ideas at the launch of the iPad. As time has passed, the applications have grown in power alongside significant updates to the hardware, the stylus (in the case of all modern iPads), and the operating system (iPadOS has given these apps many superpowers, such as support for Adobe Fonts).  Today’s applications are loved by millions (with ratings averaging well more than 4.5 stars) and capable of both mirroring the functionality we love on the desktop (such as selections and masking in Photoshop) or giving u...

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Adobe has been building mobile applications for more than a decade, shipping Adobe Ideas at the launch of the iPad. As time has passed, the applications have grown in power alongside significant updates to the hardware, the stylus (in the case of all modern iPads), and the operating system (iPadOS has given these apps many superpowers, such as support for Adobe Fonts).  Today’s applications are loved by millions (with ratings averaging well more than 4.5 stars) and capable of both mirroring the functionality we love on the desktop (such as selections and masking in Photoshop) or giving u...

In recent issues, I’ve talked a lot about the “what” and the “why,” explaining Adobe’s landscape of mobile apps, what they do and on which mobile platforms they run. The fun part is, of course, the “how” (to use them), so I’d like to begin to explore the unique powers of these applications and how they work together.  In pulling from past articles (as I know you now understand the “what”), I wanted to combine the superpowers of two focused applications: Adobe Lightroom for the workflow, editing, and sharing of photographs, and Adobe Fresco for powerful drawing and painting, optimized for...

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In recent issues, I’ve talked a lot about the “what” and the “why,” explaining Adobe’s landscape of mobile apps, what they do and on which mobile platforms they run. The fun part is, of course, the “how” (to use them), so I’d like to begin to explore the unique powers of these applications and how they work together.  In pulling from past articles (as I know you now understand the “what”), I wanted to combine the superpowers of two focused applications: Adobe Lightroom for the workflow, editing, and sharing of photographs, and Adobe Fresco for powerful drawing and painting, optimized for...

Drawing and painting are our first relationships with creativity; for some, this path leads them to truly astounding and limitless artwork; however, in my case, my lack of artist’s success with the medium led me to photography. Whether drawing is a passion, a profession, or simply a means to plot and plan, we all maintain ties to this first creative experience.  Historically, this has been an analog practice, as the artifacts of pencil, the bleeding of watercolor, and the texture of oil paints are an inherent part of the charm. Early adopters embraced Photoshop and other solutions to do ...

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Drawing and painting are our first relationships with creativity; for some, this path leads them to truly astounding and limitless artwork; however, in my case, my lack of artist’s success with the medium led me to photography. Whether drawing is a passion, a profession, or simply a means to plot and plan, we all maintain ties to this first creative experience.  Historically, this has been an analog practice, as the artifacts of pencil, the bleeding of watercolor, and the texture of oil paints are an inherent part of the charm. Early adopters embraced Photoshop and other solutions to do ...

I’ve presented many sessions at Photoshop World and have enjoyed showing all sorts of tips, tricks, and hidden gems related to imaging workflows, but none have garnered more awe, interest, or “how-did-I-not-know-about-this?” than the application to which I’m about to introduce you: Adobe Capture. It’s a free application for iOS and Android that leverages the device’s camera to capture pro-grade assets: precise, harmonious color values; infinitely scalable vector shapes; custom brushes; one-of-a-kind patterns; 3D materials; and video looks (or LUTs). It can even identify fonts or suggest sim...

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I’ve presented many sessions at Photoshop World and have enjoyed showing all sorts of tips, tricks, and hidden gems related to imaging workflows, but none have garnered more awe, interest, or “how-did-I-not-know-about-this?” than the application to which I’m about to introduce you: Adobe Capture. It’s a free application for iOS and Android that leverages the device’s camera to capture pro-grade assets: precise, harmonious color values; infinitely scalable vector shapes; custom brushes; one-of-a-kind patterns; 3D materials; and video looks (or LUTs). It can even identify fonts or suggest sim...

Photoshop on the iPad

with Bryan O'Neil Hughes

A couple of issues ago, we presented an overview of all the Adobe mobile apps, and last issue we covered Lightroom on mobile; both are key to understanding Photoshop’s place and leveraging its power. Where Photoshop on the desktop is the ultimate Swiss Army knife, or as I often refer to it, “a garage with every tool you could ever want,” Photoshop on the iPad is born in a world where we have task-based, focused solutions for photography, such as Lightroom, cutting-edge drawing and painting applications such as Adobe Fresco, and deep integration with your camera to create unique assets, usin...

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A couple of issues ago, we presented an overview of all the Adobe mobile apps, and last issue we covered Lightroom on mobile; both are key to understanding Photoshop’s place and leveraging its power. Where Photoshop on the desktop is the ultimate Swiss Army knife, or as I often refer to it, “a garage with every tool you could ever want,” Photoshop on the iPad is born in a world where we have task-based, focused solutions for photography, such as Lightroom, cutting-edge drawing and painting applications such as Adobe Fresco, and deep integration with your camera to create unique assets, usin...

Lightroom in the Palm of Your Hand

with Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Last issue, I gave an overview of the various mobile apps we’d explore here in “Going Mobile” and where each fit in. So, now that we’ve solved the problem of what, I’d like to look at the fun part: how. To begin, I want to talk about Lightroom.  When you edit images on the desktop, you have a few choices: Photoshop for nearly any image; Photoshop’s Camera Raw plug-in (often used in conjunction with Adobe Bridge) for RAW conversion/batch editing; or Lightroom, the ground-up solution (organizer and editor) for photographers. Well, in the mobile space, Photoshop is focused primarily on comp...

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Last issue, I gave an overview of the various mobile apps we’d explore here in “Going Mobile” and where each fit in. So, now that we’ve solved the problem of what, I’d like to look at the fun part: how. To begin, I want to talk about Lightroom.  When you edit images on the desktop, you have a few choices: Photoshop for nearly any image; Photoshop’s Camera Raw plug-in (often used in conjunction with Adobe Bridge) for RAW conversion/batch editing; or Lightroom, the ground-up solution (organizer and editor) for photographers. Well, in the mobile space, Photoshop is focused primarily on comp...

Hello, everyone. I’m thrilled to join you representing Adobe’s significant strides across mobile devices and platforms! Not only am I a firm believer that creativity happens beyond the desktop but, thanks to advances such as 5G, the Apple Pencil, and form-factors that are both very intuitive and ubiquitous, I believe that some experiences are even better when driven from the palm of your hand.  For those diehard desktop users, these apps also promise anywhere-access to all of your full-fidelity photos, videos, drawings, and designs. Access not only means editing, but also presentation—re...

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Hello, everyone. I’m thrilled to join you representing Adobe’s significant strides across mobile devices and platforms! Not only am I a firm believer that creativity happens beyond the desktop but, thanks to advances such as 5G, the Apple Pencil, and form-factors that are both very intuitive and ubiquitous, I believe that some experiences are even better when driven from the palm of your hand.  For those diehard desktop users, these apps also promise anywhere-access to all of your full-fidelity photos, videos, drawings, and designs. Access not only means editing, but also presentation—re...

Better Black-and-White

with Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Many years ago, I wrote a book on the dozen or so ways to convert an image to black-and-white, and why one way was better than another for a given case. Three decades into its development, Photoshop has more features than ever; however, when it comes to black-and-white, the solutions proposed here are now considerably more refined, much faster, easier, and considerably better than the resources we had all those years back! Honestly, we can squeeze today’s version of that entire book into this short article; things have come that far.  Let’s take a look at how to get the very best black-a...

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Many years ago, I wrote a book on the dozen or so ways to convert an image to black-and-white, and why one way was better than another for a given case. Three decades into its development, Photoshop has more features than ever; however, when it comes to black-and-white, the solutions proposed here are now considerably more refined, much faster, easier, and considerably better than the resources we had all those years back! Honestly, we can squeeze today’s version of that entire book into this short article; things have come that far.  Let’s take a look at how to get the very best black-a...

Get up to speed with the latest in Adobe's fast growing suite of creative apps for your mobile devices! Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes as he demonstrates how these apps work, how they communicate with each other, and how they stay synchronized through the cloud. Starting on an iPhone, moving to a tablet, and then showing how your work can automatically be synced back to your desktop you'll see how these apps give you the power to create new content, edit that content, access your existing content across your devices, and publish it to the world. Bryan wraps up the class with a sneak peek at what's coming next.

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Get up to speed with the latest in Adobe's fast growing suite of creative apps for your mobile devices! Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes as he demonstrates how these apps work, how they communicate with each other, and how they stay synchronized through the cloud. Starting on an iPhone, moving to a tablet, and then showing how your work can automatically be synced back to your desktop you'll see how these apps give you the power to create new content, edit that content, access your existing content across your devices, and publish it to the world. Bryan wraps up the class with a sneak peek at what's coming next.

Creativity Anywhere

with Bryan O'Neil Hughes

The creative process isn’t tied to the desktop; we shoot, sketch, collaborate, and explore on our feet. Creative editing should enjoy the same freedoms. We all have mobile devices. Some of us have given ourselves to them completely, others are still figuring out where they fit in. I want to step you through some of my favorite, new Adobe mobile apps and show you what they mean to seasoned pros, new users, and any of you looking to do (or show) real work wherever you are. I deeply believe that the future of creativity is mobile and that these apps should be powerful enough for pros, yet appr...

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The creative process isn’t tied to the desktop; we shoot, sketch, collaborate, and explore on our feet. Creative editing should enjoy the same freedoms. We all have mobile devices. Some of us have given ourselves to them completely, others are still figuring out where they fit in. I want to step you through some of my favorite, new Adobe mobile apps and show you what they mean to seasoned pros, new users, and any of you looking to do (or show) real work wherever you are. I deeply believe that the future of creativity is mobile and that these apps should be powerful enough for pros, yet appr...
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