As you can see, we use more and more software through an Internet browser. This has long been the case for messaging via webmail. Office suite programs such as Word or Excel, for the most well-known, are now available online. It is called “SaaS” Software as a Service solution or in French: “software as a service”. The program is not installed on your computer, but in a browser. The software runs on remote servers.
Adobe, creator of graphic design and marketing software, has given up on the web version of Lightroom. The company has only launched two main programs, Photoshop and Illustrator, in beta version, in an online version.
The advantage is that you don’t need to install your software. They are always up to date and available anywhere on any computer.
I tried the Photoshop version, which you can find at photoshop.adobe.com. To access it right now, the easiest way is to share the file online using your Adobe account email address (see below in this article) and choose to open it in the beta version of the software. The software only works with Chrome and Edge browsers.
The interface is not far from the software version installed on the computer. Many tools are available such as move arrow, transformation, selector, brush, eraser, paint bucket, tone corrector, cropping, adding text, importing creation files, eyedropper and color picker. On the left, the layer palette with corrections and creating masks as well as properties and appearance (blending and opacity). Adobe keeps the keyboard shortcuts identical to the computer version. Tools not yet included include: curves, edge enhancement, image resizing, built-in tutorials, raw file support, lighten and darken tools, display grids and guides, creation and visualization of dynamic object, content-based filling, improving image sharpness.
During testing, changes to files are fast. We quickly find our marks. The only slowdown noticed is when opening the file on the page, which sometimes causes an error.
Sharing and commenting
Adobe also improved communication between suppliers and customers. Since the latest version of Photoshop and Illustrator, you can send your creation for correction to other people. They don’t need to have software or licenses, but still have an Adobe account. The only condition is that your work is saved online in your personal storage space. To share the file, simply click on the share icon, which allows the creation of a link that can be sent directly or copied and pasted into an email. This sharing will allow other people to view your work on a web page. He can annotate directly on the drawing by adding pins or make drawings with a pencil where he can choose the color. Boxes for writing comments are associated with it every time. When the window is closed, all these comments are visible in the window called by the same name in the program. Here you can set sharing permissions.
This should facilitate and increase the speed of verification of the work performed. No need to send versions with every change of your work, one link is enough.
Adobe Creative Cloud express
Adobe has also changed its Spark online creation software for social networks: it is now called Creative Cloud Express. It is available on the web, IOS and Android. There are tools gathered to create content meant to be shared. We can start from models to modify or from a new project. Various images, videos, typography, logos… are offered. This product also includes Rush and Photoshop Express software for modifying photos and editing videos.
The process is very intuitive and does not require advanced knowledge of graphic design. The interface is practical, intuitive and quick to use.
The free version already offers a large number of elements. For people with a paid account, the content is wider and it gives you access to the company’s image bank.
With this product, Adobe competes with other platforms that offer the same content creation service for networks.
Improved options in Lightroom
Cropping something or someone to make a montage or change colors takes time. For some versions, Adobe used its Adobe Sensei engine to refine the selections. Already in Photoshop, the automatic selection of objects or people enters the photo editing program Lightroom under the “mask” window. By clicking on the person to crop, the software creates a mask around it to apply the desired color corrections. It is still possible to change the selection with the brush.