by Mike McNamee Published 01/02/2014
There are only a couple of new filters in the very mature Illustrator line-up. Of these, the new transform tool enables the distortion of vector artwork to exactly fit the shape within a photograph when it is distorted by perspective. It is possible to envisage plenty of uses for retouch and livery tests if you have new corporate logos and wish to see how they might look.
The improvements in Kuler are very welcome as it is a utility we use in almost every issue of Imagemaker to both devise and refine colour swatch sets for use in designing features. For any readers unfamiliar with Kuler it is the go-to method for making a set of colours against a number of colour wheel 'rules' (eg Harmony, Complementary, Analogous) or from a source image (a JPEG file). The generated colour set may then be saved as a theme and downloaded for sharing with colleagues and/or transfer to InDesign for page-design use.
Kuler remains the best method of creating harmonised colours from either an image or for a theme. It is RGB based and so you always have to check out the final colours if they are to be used in a cmyk workflow.
Lightroom 5Lightroom is not technically part of Creative Cloud and does not carry the CC tag. It has, however, been upgraded to version 5 during 2013 with quite a lot of new features. These include:
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