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

Madhsudhan Khemchandani

Writer - MK's Guide
For over two years, I have been using Photoshop and Canva for eye-catching images.✓ Adobe PhotoshopPhotoshop allows me creating new images, editing screenshots and exporting as a web which compress the images without losing the quality. The reduced size is essential in the web world. The only downside of Photoshop is that it’s not free, and you also need a good computer to perform some tasks.✓ CanvaI use Canva to create amazing thumbnails for my YouTube videos. The tool allows creating images which users want to click on. Canva is a free tool, but it offers a paid version which comes with many great backgrounds, elements, and images to work without finding the images on Google.✓ SnapseedIn terms of mobile, I use Snapseed as it offers some of the great tools such as auto-enhance, dual exposure, curves etc. If an image is taken on my mobile, I edit and compress the image in Snapseed and upload to my website straight away.

Dan Cruz

co-founder - inbeat

✓ Adobe After Effects
After Effects is a powerful tool, which allows you to create custom animations faster than any other “easy to use” software out there. To top things off, it allows you to export animations in SVG format, which loads much faster than a gif or a png on a web page. It also allows me to create custom product interactions efficiently to show our developers how a user will interact with the product.

✓ Adobe Creative Cloud
Of course, I use Adobe Creative Cloud every day (Photoshop and Illustrator mostly), but Figma and After Effects are those two tools that empower my design workflow.

Catherine Nguyen

Photographer/Owner - Catherine Nguyen Photography

I use a combination of Adobe LightRoom, Bridge, and Photoshop.

✓ Adobe Bridge
I mostly use Bridge to rename batches of my files quickly.

✓ Adobe Lightroom
I use Lightroom as my primary catalog of images. I also use Lightroom as a way to preview my images and do a first-round edit by getting rid of those which I will not submit to the client. Then, I use LightRoom’s Develop feature to correct for color temperature, exposure, contrast, reduce noise, correct for lens distortion, etc.

✓ Adobe Photoshop
If I find that further in-depth masking and editing need to be done, I take the photo from LightRoom into Photoshop and complete my retouching there. Lastly, I use LightRoom to export my images in the requisite file formats for my clients.

I recommend LightRoom because it is a very powerful organizing as well as editing tool. It is an integral part of my post-production process. It allows you to develop your RAW images as well as manage your image catalog, assign metadata and export or print your images. In addition, there are Map, Slideshow, Book and Web features.

Brandon Ballweg

Founder/Editor - ComposeClick

The photo editing software that I recommend is Capture One and Affinity Photo.

✓ Capture One
Capture One is used to make your initial photo adjustments like exposure, color/white balance, sharpening, and organizing your collections of photos. The control you have with Capture One over the color palette of your images is really unrivaled by any other photo editor.

Adobe Lightroom used to be basically the only game in town for this type of photo editing but Capture One has surpassed them, although Lightroom is still a viable option.

✓ Affinity Photo
For more advanced edits, like when I need to cut out sections of a photo, do more advanced dodging and burning, or graphic design, I use Affinity Photo, which is a direct competitor to Adobe Photoshop. I like the results I get with Affinity Photo better than what I was getting with Photoshop, plus it’s actually cheaper.

Jeremy Lessaris

Founder & CEO - Designed.co

✓ Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe dominates the professional graphics software world with Creative Cloud that includes a comprehensive suite of design, video, animation, web, and other media applications. They are platform-agnostic (Mac/PC) and run on nearly every device you can think of. Adobe is the standard for nearly all professional creative projects. However, when it comes to digital design including website, app, and UI design (not development) I would also include Figma which offers the best balance between features, usability, and overall performance.

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Going beyond software I would also recommend collaboration tools for working on ideation with clients. Our secret sauce here at Designed.co is a Jamboard. We love whiteboards but this is next level collab and allows our teams to be just as effective remote as they are in the office.

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.

Holly Mullinax

Art Director - The Symphony Agency

✓ Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Cloud or Creative Suite is the industry standard for design software and has been for the past 20+ years. Most professional design jobs will require you to work with this suite of tools, so it’s important to learn them regardless of the other options that are available. Photoshop is often the first program designers learn to use and is probably the most versatile tool in the Creative Suite tool chest. However, Photoshop is a pixel-based, or raster program and therefore not ideal for professional vector graphics (logos and illustrations), text, or multi-page print layouts. For these projects, using Photoshop in tandem with a vector software like Illustrator, or a desktop or web publishing software like Indesign or XD will create the best final output.

The main programs I use for print and digital design are Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, XD, and (in some cases) Bridge and Lightroom for batch photo editing and file organization.

Photoshop is a pixel-based software used for image creation and manipulation. It utilizes a layered editing system and allows editing/compositing through the use of masks, blends modes, filters, and transparencies. Photoshop is the go-to software for artists, designers, and photographers because of its versatility.

Illustrator is a vector-based software for creating resolution-independent illustrations and graphics. Illustrator is often used as companion software to Photoshop to handle the vector graphics within a Photoshop file. It’s also used as a stand-alone program for creating vector graphics (e.g. logos) and illustrations. The benefit to graphics created in illustrator is that they are scalable without losing resolution. This means they can be resized larger or smaller and not lose visual quality or become “pixelated” or blurry.

InDesign is a desktop publishing software and is best suited for typesetting and creating multi-page layouts or layouts with text, photos, and vector graphics. It can be used to create flyers, brochures, magazines, business cards, postcards, menus, etc. Newer versions of InDesign allow for digital publishing or web/application layouts. InDesign can be difficult for a beginner and is often best learned after developing a strong understanding of basic design principles, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

XD is a prototyping tool used by web designers, UI designers, and UX designers to design apps and websites. XD adopts both the functionalities of other design software while adhering to, and focusing on, web-based design principles.

Orlando Delbert

Art Director - OTK Media Group, Inc.

✓ Adobe Creative Cloud
The graphic design software I would recommend others to use would be largely based on the type of design he or she intends to focus on mainly. I myself have been using mostly various Adobe products from the Creative Suite, (as well as some high-end proprietary hardware-based systems), for many years.

The mainstay for many graphic designers is Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Photoshop is considered by many to be the best imaging and graphic design application, for it’s versatility, ease of compositing layers, creating masks, editing of photographs, and for creating design pieces that can be introduced into video and visual effects projects. Photoshop is exceptional for combining text elements with photography, as well as to create your own elements, with tools that allow you to create shadows and highlights to create a sense of depth and realism in your artwork.

And if you plan on doing a lot of work with logo creation and typography, Illustrator offers some of the same features as Photoshop, while working in a resolution independent, vector-based graphics environment. What that means is, unlike Photoshop which is raster-based, (based on colorized pixels), Illustrator uses mathematical formulas and coordinates to create many types of graphics, not bound to resolutions of the print or film resolution worlds. Illustrator is largely used for web design, product packaging, and large-format designing needs, such as banners and billboards because of its resolution independent nature.

My design background is largely in motion graphic design and special digital visual effects for television and film. I’ve been using Adobe After Effects since their initial beta release decades ago. After Effects is exceptional in the creation and combining of individual design and video assets and to animate them in a 3-dimentional space, in an affordable software package. While the elements themselves are 2-dimentional, the end user has the ability to change the look and location of each individual element over time.

Ray Allen

Assistant Manager of Motion Graphics - Shop LC

✓ Adobe Photoshop
After over 10 years of personal and professional use, Adobe Photoshop continues to be my preferred photo editing and graphics software. I’ve used Photoshop for traditional photographic touch ups and editing as well as for more graphic and editorial projects. The tools and features continue to evolve with more specific nuanced editing options becoming available every year. It’s amazing to see how much the digital creative industry has evolved in the 21st century, and Photoshop continues to be the standard bearer.

Orsolya Kis

Graphic Designer - RENTCafe

✓ Adobe Photoshop
For photo editing and any kind of photo manipulation, I would highly recommend Adobe Photoshop. The Adobe Cloud has a few more photography-related apps, but I strongly believe that Photoshop is the most important one.

I love the fact that Adobe keeps improving the app! I have been using it for 18 years now, and Photoshop has come a long way over the years, constantly updating. It’s very useful for both graphic designers and photographers. Basically, Photoshop allows creatives to do anything you can imagine. You can turn very simple photos into masterpieces, you can do realistic collages, so it is an absolute must for designers. Also, there are lots of online tutorials, so it’s easy to learn, even for beginners.

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