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Build Your Creative Cloud Asset Library With Adobe Capture CC

teacher avatar David Miller, Multimedia Artist For Primordial Creative studio

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Intro to Adobe Capture CC

    • 2. Creating A Library

    • 3. Patterns

    • 4. Shapes

    • 5. Brushes

    • 6. Colors

    • 7. Looks

    • 8. Using Patterns, Colors and Brushes in Photoshop

    • 9. Using Shapes and Colors In Illustrator

    • 10. Using Looks In Premiere

    • 11. Putting It All Together + Project

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About This Class

Adobe has a host of amazing mobile apps that can expand the scope of your creative output, be it design, illustration, photography or video.  

This class focuses on Adobe's "Capture CC" app and how to convert images to line art, make your own unique brushes, utilize patterns for backgrounds and vector art, and create custom filtration for photos and videos- all within a powerful tool you carry in your pocket.

Once we've covered all the features of Adobe Capture, we'll go over how the Cloud Library works and how you can use your custom assets in Adobe Photoshop, Premiere and Illustrator!

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David Miller

Multimedia Artist For Primordial Creative studio


I'm David, a multimedia artist in Phoenix, and my studio is Primordial Creative.  


I have always been interested in the visual arts from an early age- drawing, painting, and clay- but around my high school years I became interested in photography for the social aspect of involving other people, the adventure inherent in seeking out pictures, and the presentation of reality that wasn't limited by my drawing skills.


One thing in my work that has stayed consistent over the decades since then is I have an equal interest in the reality of the lens next to the fictions we can create in drawing, painting, animation, graphic design, and sound design.  As cameras have incorporated video and audio features, and as Adobe's Creative Cloud all... See full profile

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1. Intro to Adobe Capture CC: Hey there. My name is David Miller, and I'm a multimedia artist in Phoenix, Arizona. Today I want to talk to you about one of the most powerful tools to use in my everyday workflow of multimedia content. And that's Adobe Capture CC. It's an app that allows you to generate Leinart color palettes, patterns and more for use in any kind of graphic design, photo editing, animation or video program. What you generate in the capture app becomes part of your adobe creative cloud library content instantly usable across all your favorite adobe programs. A couple of things before we begin. I filmed my examples on the iPad, but capture is equally functional on smartphones and tablets. The APP is free from both the Apple App store and Google Play store, but to take full advantage of it, you'll need in Adobe Creative Cloud membership. Share your assets across programs. With that out of the way, let's get started 2. Creating A Library: um So our first step is to create a library in adobe capture CC, open it up. You're probably going to see something like this appear are libraries. Now, I already have a few on mine because I've created them. Pop art dogs will be the one, but we're working in. But if you need to create your own hit plus, choose a theme and you will be working off of that thing. Hit. Okay, and there's your new library. I'm going into my dog's library because Thea assets that I'll be working from our photographs and drawings and Mike dogs, I figured, Why not use something that the majority of people have a strong fondness for including myself? 3. Patterns: next thing we'll look at his patterns again. I'm going to use something I already have on my camera roll. Um, going to take a picture of that dog as a puppy being held up by my wife. So the first pattern you see is just a simple tiling repetition. When you dig deep here, you can get some neat stuff. See, I can change the kaleidoscope ing my pattern. I can also zoom in and reposition and checking out the pattern a lot closer. I kind of like the fingers. I want something that's half dog half human, and, uh, I take it to about here. Next. Have my preview. Next, save power. Let's try my daughter's drawing now. That was a kaleidoscope ing pattern. Here's a little stranger one and then this one's my personal favorite. I'm not sure what kind of pattern you would call this, but I used these patterns as backgrounds and videos as textures on clothes or objects for my characters that I might use an animation. Um, I can imagine people who are into digital scrapbooking using these patterns, maybe in printing them out on cloth for clothes design. So I'm gonna take this with portions of the text, and the reason is I like that It looks like a whole other language. Next next, save pattern. 4. Shapes: Now, we're gonna go across our five, uh, assets. I m we're going to go across our five specialty areas at I am. We're going to go across our five modules here, starting with shapes. Tap the plus button to create shapes. This is a live preview of my camera, which is currently facing a table. That's why it's giving me this crazy blobby look. Um, you can take a photo and make a Leinart shape off of it, or you can use a photo that's already in your camera roll. So for me, I'm going to choose assuming my dog and you'll see these green areas here. These air the definition of your shapes. Turn up a tolerance and you'll see the green area grows. It becomes a more defined shape. Take the picture. If you're happy with it, then we refine the outline using the erase and de select ALS. If you aren't happy with it, maybe you think it's too much detail in the head. We can return back to our shape. Use the erase tool to eliminate the problem areas. You can also do a pinch zoom to get some refined detail. Now, one way to get a similar look in a W photo shop is to use the threshold tool. The threshold tool will leave you with these pics. Aly Blocky edges. Um, that's why I prefer if I need to reduce something to black and white and have it have a really stark Leinart look. I'm preferring to use Adobe Capture to do it so refined my area. Not perfect, but enough to eliminate some of this excess clutter. In fact, since he his back is gone, I'm going to remove all of that hit next and have a lot smoother Leinart drawing of my piece. Next saves it to your library as a shape. There it is. Let me try one more. I have an image of my daughters drying of that same dog. And when you have art by kids, I feel like there's usually something really good there, and it's just a matter of technique that that is a bit raw, so I can refine that to be more strong, defined lines through using capture. Let's check out what this looks like. Monster dog. The race out the excess next so these lines will be saved as a PNG file and they will be clear when you open them in illustrator or photo shop, meaning you'll have black lines and you won't see any of this white stuff. You can fill that in in either illustrator or Photoshopped, but for the time being, it's just going to be black. Leinart next, same shape. There it is alongside our original Doug, so that's the shapes function. 5. Brushes: Okay, let's go into the brush. Is I'm gonna make a brush out of my daughter's drawing. Here. You can reduce out, uh, certain tones. You don't need them. Crop it down to the areas that you think would make a good brush. I'm actually thinking her actual line strokes here would make a cool brush. And if you wanted to extrapolate this to other artists, you could think of making a brush similar to Vincent Van Gogh by downloading one of his paintings onto your device and sampling a segment of it hit next. These are in the ways that you, uh, the brushes can be orchestrated. So photo shop sketch is another app for the iPad. But we could use actual Photoshopped brushes. These are orchestrating them as stretched photographs as sort of like a collection of cut photographs thrown together. Um, these aren't very well defined. The area took his wasn't much more than a much of sketchy stuff to begin with. But I'm gonna go ahead and utilize this tool and it brush. I'm gonna make it really, really, really thin, actually. Let me move this around and check out what what we've got. If we choose this. All right, so this is a reflection of the eyes. Let's make one from a photograph and we'll use the photograph I haven't used yet. Which is this guy gonna make it brush of his face and safe? 6. Colors: Our next choice colors is really interesting to me. I actually have used this twice for dogs, and I was making an animation, and I had created the character of of one of my dogs, and I wanted to make sure it had a consistent color palette between each time I designed a new it aeration of that dog. So I sampled the color theme, and I knew that was his for blue, um, for the eyes and teeth for the tongue, for the inner part of his jaw and for the inner part of his ear. So going back, we're gonna create a new palette. Often times when I'm in a museum, I do this. I'll walk up to a Degas painting and sample its colors. Of course, you can sample off of a photograph like I'm doing. If I was serious about sampling the true colors of my real life, dog could do something like this. That's the color of his eye in her year math part for and out of here. This area here custom picks when it thinks if you pick something that's colorful, it's gonna go for the widest variety of colors. If you pick something as his dark. It's going to search out the darkest tones I usually operate in custom mode, positioning these on my own. There's a theme. Save it. Wala. Now, if you are, um, using the camera, you'll see that these pieces move around independently to get them to freeze and for you to position them where you want them. All you have to do is just grab them and it says tap to unfreeze, tap to freeze. 7. Looks: our last area is looks, and what looks does is create photo filters based on your existing photograph for drawing. So going to this picture is sampling the whole color palette of the scene, and it's creating a genuine filter. Um, actually a couple of generations of the filter, which you can pick and choose and how strong you want it to be. But these would be photographic presets that you would apply to your footage or your photography or your graphic design in the computer. And I'm not a big fan of filters in general. I can understand if you want something to look authentically vintage, that it needs to have particular color palette or muted palette. Um, my own photography. I try to stick to natural colors as much as possible, but this is a cool way of creating your own filtration, and you can dial it down or turn it up as much as you want. Usually like to leave things in the middle, but this look is based off of this picture of this little dog. So let me use my daughter is drawing one more time. There's a look created from that, not as many choices because there aren't as many colors in this as there was in the previous puppy picture, but based off the colors that exists thes air looks that are being created and they have other sample photos sample footage so you can get an idea of how this would be useful in a , uh, bright, sunny desert escape that we've got here. I think this one's actually useful. It gives it warms, it gives it life. And those are the five tools that you have an adobe capture. Let's head over to the computer now and see how they function in Photoshopped Premier and illustrator. 8. Using Patterns, Colors and Brushes in Photoshop: here we are in a photo shop. We're going to go window libraries, and we have access toe everything that we shot on our tablet or smartphone. There's your library choices Dogs now between Photoshopped premier and illustrator. We don't have access to every single asset because some of them don't actually work in particular programs. For example, in Photoshopped, you don't see my SPG Leinart shots but have access to my patterns. They created a new file and dragged and dropped. It can resize that pattern and let me show you one little thing that you can do with a pattern. Here. I'm going to types of words create a new layer. You can see that it is a smart object currently, so it's non creditable. I'll show you how to pasteurize those if you're not familiar with that in Photoshopped. But let's get a little type player about it, because this was a shot of my dog, Yoshi. I'm going to reference him in my type. Hello. My name is Yoshi. Stretch it down, Harassed. Arise. It's layer rast arise all layers, and that converts your smart objects to items that are now inevitable. So I'm going to place this pattern over my text. Um, I selected all the negative space. I got a couple bits of negative space in the rose and the A, but you can also use a blending mode to get your pattern to blend perfectly with your text or whatever shape you have underneath. Now I have text made out of my dog About that, I'll show you how to mess around with the color patterns that we accessed, Um, our assets of color here. So click on one of those. It makes my foreground color. Whatever I click, he's the paint bucket tool as it Phil fill in the back layer like so try again, is that I drop her or just merely click on it. Got another Phil. Of course, this one's not very good, because it doesn't blend uh, well with the the existing letters, but you get the picture. Lastly, I'll show you how use the brushes, whatever you've saved as a brush. So in this case, it's the, um, the brush that's two eyes of the dog. Click on it, and there it is in your brush palette and make it huge so you can see it and if you use your imagination. I don't have a great example for you right here. But you can imagine, um, creating a drawing of a person that's actually made up of a brush of the person. 9. Using Shapes and Colors In Illustrator: Now we're in Illustrator, and I'm showing you the Leinart. So this is an empty, uh, SPG file that you get. I'm going to do a little color fill underneath it. My foreground color is set to black. That's why it's going. Teoh blend this way. But I'll change that color once I've gotten done outlining underneath my dog's face and just do a quick pen, Tual. Nothing Fancy your professional here, but just to give you the idea of how you can fill in that empty space we have. So this is on a layer that's underneath my dog. I got something close. Go to the color palette and select colors from that. One thing you can do when you have Leinart is you can alter how the line is interpreted so you can change the stroke. Do you have, um, a wavy line to its? You can change it to be this charcoal sketch kind of thing. And of course, you can change the point size of your line. You're not stuck with the line as it is shot in capture 10. Using Looks In Premiere: last year in a pop over to premiere. I have some GoPro footage of a trip to Hawaii, and I'm going Teoh open my library palette the same way I did in my other programs by going window libraries and you see my look. Just drag and drop it on top of your footage. And while a new color palette is applied, this is really useful when you have a larger project with multiple files. Because one of the key ingredients of creating a video is a consistent color. Look a consistent vision. So create the look you want and capture. Apply it to all of your clips at once, and you have instant speed graded looks when you're in the effects menu and premier, you access your looks, and it's listed as a gloomy tree color effect, even though it wasn't originally in your loo. Mitri presets in the lower left effects palette. When you apply your custom looks, that's where it's going to show up. If you need to do any further alterations 11. Putting It All Together + Project: So we checked out the functions of the app and seen how to access it through a few of adobes programs. If you're a user of after effects in design or any other adobe programs, you'll have access to the same set of assets. Some quick examples on how I use capture in my own work in this animated music video sample the colors of the band's album art and created patterns from previous graphic pieces they had and these animated comics I used shape in Adobe Capture to get Leinart from public domain comics of the forties and fifties, which I then animated and applied captures look to the final animation. Your project now is to use captured dissect a favorite art piece. Might its color palette reduce it toe Leinart Make a pattern of it. Savior Dissection is a series of J pegs and share with us on the scale share website. That's it. For now. Feel free to email me any questions you have and have fun creating