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Adobe Creative Cloud 2024 Review

Adobe’s Creative Cloud is a collection of 20+ desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX and more. Explore your creativity with software like Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Voted #1 in graphic design software.

Pros:

  • Industry-standard and highly recommended by creative experts.
  • Complete package with more than 20+ creative apps.
  • Free trial available. No credit card needed.

Cons:

  • Only available for a monthly or annual subscription.
  • Less suitable for beginner or amateur use due to the relatively high cost.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Reviews

Find out what each expert had to say about Adobe Creative Cloud.

Han Castanedo

Senior Designer - Duckpin
✓ Adobe Creative CloudAdobe products are of course the obvious and invaluable pieces of software to learn, with the top products being Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Xd.Photoshop is an important part of editing and resizing assets and versatile enough to handle digital painting and light animation.Illustrator is the premier tool for creating editing vector graphics and typography across both print and digital.Designers interested in pursuing publication design should learn the ins and outs of InDesign, which has a variety of tools catered specifically for print needs.

Jose Gomez

CTO & Technical Lead - Evinex

✓ Adobe Photoshop
There is no doubt in this one. Photoshop is the best software out there for photo editing. It has a massive community behind it, and Adobe is always improving it and enhancing its features.

It is a super complete software that allows you to do all kinds of image editing tasks. The learning curve may be challenging at first, but it is worth it.

Patrick Nugent

Photographer - Camera 1

I have 3 different categories of software:

✓ Capture One

For image capture there is no better software than Capture One. If you currently shoot in a studio environment, and are not tethering your camera to your computer with Capture One, it’s time to revolutionize your work flow. Capture One is the industry standard for image capture, along with a fast preview render, it allows you to set custom crops and image adjustments that you can see in real time to ensure that you get the photos that you need. When there is little room for error, reviewing in real time to check your exposure, focus and composition will keep you ahead of the game.

✓ Photo Mechanic
While a lot of people swear by Adobe Lightroom for their image review and organization, I like to lean on Photo Mechanic. Photo Mechanic is a blazing fast, barebones tool for reviewing your images. When you have a client over your shoulder, being able to quickly flip through hundreds of photos, tag, mark and narrow down selections is a high priority. This is what Photo Mechanic does best – curate your collection of images. It’s not an organization or editing tool, it does previews well and keeps things flowing. Additionally it’s a nice easy way to rename and set your ITPC info to all of your files.

✓ Adobe Photoshop
At this point, Adobe Photoshop is a household name and is synonymous with edited images. There is a reason for that. As a 20+ year user of Photoshop, the folks over at Adobe continue to make things better, faster and more efficient. There is a reason for their reign as the kings of image manipulation and it’s not ending any time soon. While a lot of the ‘one click’ tools are very gimmicky, they offer an excellent starting point and usually offer a ‘good enough’ result for the average person at home. If you are serious about image editing, you use Photoshop.

Nicholas Allen

Founder / Designer / Developer - Sublime Dzine

✓ Adobe Suite
For graphic design, no one beats out Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. They’ve been doing graphic design since the beginning. That said, both are pretty hefty pieces of software with steep learning curves and can be rather expensive. Adobe’s creative suite is a great option for getting the best and keeping it cheap.

✓ Canva
As a professional, I find myself also using Canva pretty consistently as well. Their tool is fast and browser-based with a nice mobile app too. I use them for most of my social media and website graphics that aren’t fully custom or when I’m short on time. Canva is also great when you need to create a large number of graphics in a single sitting. I’ll make a month’s worth of graphics for a client’s social media calendar in about an hour for instance. Oh, let’s not forget the library of stock images from Canva with image templates and the ability to post directly to your social media.

Myra Wafiqoh

Executive Assistant to CEO - Breadnbeyond

✓ Adobe Creative Cloud
For software, it usually depends on the type of design being worked on, if a lot of work with vectors, then usually use vector-based applications such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.

But if you use a lot of raster images or work with photos, for example, photo/image editing, or digital imaging, then use a raster-based program, such as Photoshop. There are many other programs that are more specific, for example for editorial layouts such as magazines, for example, using Adobe InDesign. But in general, mostly use vector and raster-based applications will be or Adobe Photoshop or Illustrators.

Charlie Wright

IT Consultant - Imprima

✓ Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is our number one tool when working on any graphic design project. We love its interface because it offers various targeted workspace layouts, as well as 3D applications and a high level of customisable options.

✓ Canva
In a nutshell, Canva offers more than a hundred of fonts and designs you can choose from. Its templates are very easy to use, and most of its applications are mobile-friendly, which makes the tool much valuable.

✓ Adobe Illustrator
We have always used Adobe Illustrator due to its higher compatibility with all our devices. Additionally, its mathematical equations generate all the graphics, which ensures that your designs can be printed in any dimension (as they are highly precise).

Meghan Kotz

Senior Brand Manager - Eat Your Coffee

✓ Adobe Creative Cloud
I’d highly recommend the combo of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe XD. Illustrator is constantly updating to stay in line with the latest trends. It’s also so widely used, meaning there is a YouTube tutorial on just about anything, which makes it that much more user-friendly.

Adobe XD is great for teams and creating responsive web design. Although it is mostly used for experience design, it can be used for less-skilled designer or those who need to collaborate with teams (you can share and edit the same design). It has some quicker grab-and-go items that make the design experience less technical and a bit more simplistic. The files also work in the same platforms .xd will open in Illustrator and .ai will open in XD. It’s great for website mockups and plotting out ideas.

The most crucial part about using these in tandem with the whole Adobe Creative Suite is ability to share an asset library between the programs. I have saved assets and brand guides, colors, etc. for certain brands that make it fast to use exact color matches and brand in seconds.

Nicole Garcia

Chief Marketing Officer - Most Craft

I’m a graphic artist and I also handle a creative team that makes the bulk of the graphic designs you see on our site. In Most Craft, we utilize 2 software for our images, and I truly recommend all of them. These are Photoshop and the Canva photo editor.

✓ Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is a mammoth image editing software that everyone is familiar with. In our company, we use this to retouch, make complex edits, and make new images out of the old ones. Depending on your skill level, anything is possible with this software. However, it can be challenging if you’re working with dozens of images on a tight schedule. That’s why utilizing the other tool is a great big thing.

✓ Canva
We use the Canva photo editor for efficiency. The broad template collection you can easily access is a lifesaver. It saves you time and effort because the design template and stock images are easily available for you to tweak. Whether it be for a social media post or banner for your site, creating one in Canva is a breeze.

Brian Gargone

Founding Co-Owner - Squeeze Marketing

✓ Adobe Creative Cloud
At Squeeze Marketing, all of our designers use the Adobe Suite. It is the software we are all most familiar with and it gives us greater design opportunities. We use Illustrator for hand-drawn designs, whereas we use Photoshop or InDesign for laying out projects. Additionally, we most recently started using XD to wireframe our websites to show clients their navigation before taking it into development.

Sieglinde Van Damme

Interdisciplinary Artist - studiosieg

✓ Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom is my favorite software for two reasons:

1. The easy-to-use, visual slider system takes your photograph from good to great in just a few quick steps. Then simply copy your adjustments and apply to the other photographs in the same series with just one click (minor additional tweaks may still be needed).

2. Feel the need to experiment? Simply create virtual copies in Lightroom to play with, and never lose the original nor fill a folder with way too many saved alternatives. Use the star rating to keep the side-by-side good experiments apart from the ones that need more creative thought. Export the successful ones only as the finished work.

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