Much has been said about Adobe Creative Cloud, most of which are unflattering. The sudden shift from the traditional release cycles of the Creative Suite series to a software as a service (SaaS) model, in which users must subscribe to its services online to receive the latest version of the bundled software, has irked the rabid and devoted Adobe followers.
While the purpose of Adobe moving to an SaaS model is to prevent its valuable software from being pirated (Adobe Photoshop stands as the most pirated design tool online), its intention did not translate well to its fan base during its initial release, as it received extremely negative responses. Some may have formed their opinions by believing in the myths that surround the Adobe Creative Cloud. Nonetheless, it doesn’t help their cause when it has experienced technical difficulties in the past, in particular leaving out subscribed graphics professionals due to a power outage on Adobe’s end in May of last year.
Such is a bitter pill to swallow for a company who has built a reputation providing excellent and qualities services to creative professionals. However, the incident is simply part of business for Adobe, who, after launching CC in 2011, has remained unflinching and excited for Creative Cloud moving forward despite public opinion.
This goes to say that you need to accept the reality of Creative Cloud. While there are Adobe alternatives that will provide you similar results without having to subscribe in order to use the software, there are still things, if not all, that the software available in the Adobe Creative Cloud could do better. Therefore, it is just a matter of you deciding for yourself whether you should adapt to the times and use Adobe CC (which is also dependent on your skills).
If you have made up your mind and decide on subscribing to Adobe Creative Cloud, then below are tutorials and resource materials that you need to read up to get you started.
What better way to learn how to use Adobe Creative Cloud than hearing from the horse’s mouth instead? AdobeTV is the official online resource for video content specifically caters to its audience. Regularly updated and offers a chock-full of training videos for all the tools and software available in CC, the site covers the basics of downloading and running the product on your desktop or laptop. This makes AdobeTV is a great starting place for CC beginners and advanced users alike.
at Creative Bloq
This resource page details the differences and improvements made by the tools in the Creative Cloud over its precedent. Each section that elaborates the changes made in the tool leads to anew article to provide readers with comprehensive information to guide them in their purchase process.
The site features different tutorials to visitors for every tool available at CC. It also provides news and reviews the features added or modified to the latest update of each tool. To access its premium tutorial and resource files, you may need to sign up for an account and login in order to download the files.
How to Get Started With Adobe Photoshop CC – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do
by Terry White
Adobe Creative Cloud isn’t reserved for professional designers only. Even if you haven’t designed anything using a graphics editing tool from your computer before but have an intense interests towards graphic design using Photoshop, this lengthy but informative video tutorial by Adobe certified expert Terry White should cover things for you.
If you like your video tutorials to be comprehensive and detailed for your benefit, them the resources found at lynda.com are for you. The highly trusted site has built its reputation of providing its subscribers with high quality and exceptional content that help them develop their creative and business skills, and the content about CC is just as compelling. Currently, there are four courses available about Creative Cloud with a total of 110 tutorial videos in all of them to satisfy professional designers in different levels.
at Photoshop Training Channel
This post is a compilation of training videos about the latest features that appear on Photoshop CC (14.0 ) such as the Camera Shake Reduction, Camera Raw Radial Filter, 3D Live Paint, and more. It showcases how these tools within the latest version of Photoshop can affect your creative process.
Larry Jordan puts his knowledge as a producer, director, and editor to good use through this site. He regularly publishes technical articles about production and post-production using tools and software found in the Adobe Creative Cloud. He also holds a free webinar to also answer to the needs of directors and producers wanting to improve on their craft. Larry bundles his webinars and training videos and sells them as courses with hours worth of content to further help creatives in this specific field of the arts.
Final thoughts: As much outrage Adobe Creative Cloud received during its launch and the missteps it took along the way, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s here to stay. It’s just a matter of learning how to make Adobe CC work to your advantage or use the alternative tools and software out there that is arguably as good, but probably not as all encompassing as the tools featured in CC. The tutorials featured above should help you decide whether or not you should finally make that first move of becoming a subscriber.