Professionals involved in web design and development industry do not need any introduction to the brand Adobe. From freelancing web designers to large scale web development companies use Adobe web and graphic design applications extensively. Whether it is the company’s mammoth web development application Dreamweaver or its versatile image editor Photoshop, design professionals swear by their capability and feature set. While applications like Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver have been around for quite a few years, of late Adobe has taken the veil off a set of spanking new design apps that can make the task of web developers and designers easier.
Tablet and cloud applications for web design from stable of Adobe
These applications are meant for designing web graphics and components of web site from handheld devices. The rising popularity and technological advancements in tablets and smart phones have prompted Adobe to make such a move. While these apps, meant for Android based tablets and iPad are not yet capable of replacing any desktop based mainstream design app, they can surely help a design professional augment his work and streamline workflow like never before. Most of these applications run both on iOS and Android based devices and users can also exchange files between these apps and Adobe’s mainstream design apps. The icing on cake is that these apps are compatible with Adobe’s newly unveiled Creative Cloud service.
Adobe Photoshop Express: This is a mobile specific version of the powerhouse app Photoshop million of users are well versed with. As expected, the mobile version comes without many in depth version its PC version has. However, it still packs in enough punch to serve as an image editing app you can use on the move. You can use its crop feature and employ brightness settings to enhance images clicked through tablet and mobile devices. Later these images can be opened in Photoshop for further retouching and modification. You can use your finger or the stylus in case your Android device supports it to use the application.
Adobe Ideas: This is a basic but useful sketching application that runs on Android 3.1 and higher editions and iOS. Whiel it runs both on iPad and iPhone, the android devices featuring smaller screen size may not be able to run it. By using this intuitive app, you can make basic drawings and export them to PDF format. There are few other apps that let you create attractive artwork simply by using your finger on blank canvas. The app’s toolbar comes with several useful settings and extensive brush setting so that you can explore your creative limits. It even allows users to import images.
Adobe Kuler: Adobe Kuler is ideal for those web design professionals who also own Android tablets. It has an incredibly small footprint for an Adobe app, less than 11 MB to be precise. However, do not mistake it as a simple color wheel as it gives you much more than that. In line with other Adobe Touch apps, Kuler sports a sleek and user friendly interface. It lets you work with various color modes using CMYK and RGB, though web designers are more likely to work with the latter. Kuler also supports Creative Cloud integration, like other Touch Apps. Kuler users can share and access color palettes and themes created by other users. This paves way for new creative possibilities. Kuler’s USP is the capability to generate new themes based on images.
Adobe Muse: Apart from making apps for easier web graphics editing, Adobe has also brought something for users who want to dabble with web design but dislike extensive coding. Muse can fit bill for amateur users and newcomers in web design industry. It has a small footprint compared to the powerhouse website development app Dreamweaver. It does the coding in background and its level is quite decent. Veteran designers may feel like polishing the code generated by Muse to suit their needs, but for first time users with no knowledge of xml or HTML Muse fits the bill easily.
Photoshop Touch: iPad and Android device users who want something more powerful than entry level Photoshop Express but less gargantuan than Photoshop itself, should go for Photoshop Touch. Photoshop users will find the interface quite familiar. For any hiccup you face, there is an excellent tutorial included with the app. There are lots of familiar and useful tools including magic wand and Blur. The tools included in the app respond rather well to finger press and tap and you may not need to use a stylus after all.