Seven secret features of Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe’s Creative Cloud (opens in new tab) service offers designers ongoing access to the full range of Creative Suite 6 products for a monthly subscription, with the added bonus of continual updates and up to 20GB of cloud storage for backing up and sharing work.

Although the UK pricing – currently £46.88 per month for a 12-month contract or £70.32 per month for a more flexible rolling plan, with a 12-month 40 per cent discount for existing CS customers – is less favourable than that offered in the USA, for many designers it’s still a cost-effective way to get hold of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Individual Creative Cloud elements are also priced at £17.58 per month, but if you’ve signed up to the full package, take time to explore some of the other software now at your fingertips...


This lets you design websites without having to get to grips with HTML, using sitemaps, master pages and drag-and-drop workspaces. It doesn’t currently support the integration of CMS systems, but Muse offers familiar Adobe design tools, 400 web fonts and a host of extras, such as built-in contact form support, to help your site make an impact.



Promising to bring both power and precision to the task of colour grading your video footage, SpeedGrade uses the Lumetri Deep Color Engine with 32-bit floating point image processing capability. Capable of handling RAW and HDR content, it offers real-time adjustment across multiple layers and can colour match footage shot on different cameras.


Prelude aims to make post-production easier with a simple interface designed for efficient ingestion and logging of footage, plus a host of tags, markers and metadata at your disposal, and the option of transcoding to a wide range of formats. As you’d expect, it complements Premiere Pro: rough cuts can be sent there and metadata syncs seamlessly between the two.


A collection of tools and services for web development using HTML, CSS and JavaScript: create interactive and animated content with Edge Animate; design responsive layouts with Edge Reflow; access free web fonts served by Typekit with Edge Web Fonts; or delve deep into coding with Edge Code.



One of the Adobe Touch tablet apps (currently Android-only and priced at £6.99 each) that integrate with your Creative Cloud package, Proto enables you to create interactive wireframe mock-ups of websites and apps – ideal for getting your client’s ideas down in meetings. Of course, you can then upload your files to the cloud for sharing.


Spotted the perfect colour scheme while on the morning coffee run? Snap it with your Android device and use Adobe Kuler to work it into a theme for your next project. This Touch app includes a range of colour spaces and features to help you find the best combinations, which you can then share with others in Kuler’s online ‘colour community’.


Prepare for when inspiration strikes with this Touch app devoted to creating moodboards. Import images from Google and Flickr, add PDFs, PSDs and AI files and embellish the results with your own text and sketches. It’s worth noting that annual Creative Cloud members qualify for a free month’s membership if they buy three of the Adobe Touch apps.

Discover the 50 best iPad apps for designers at Creative Bloq.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

The Creative Bloq team is made up of a group of design fans, and has changed and evolved since Creative Bloq began back in 2012. The current website team consists of six full-time members of staff: Editor Kerrie Hughes, Deputy Editor Rosie Hilder, Deals Editor Beren Neale, Senior News Editor Daniel Piper, Digital Arts and Design Editor Ian Dean, and Staff Writer Amelia Bamsey, as well as a roster of freelancers from around the world. The 3D World and ImagineFX magazine teams also pitch in, ensuring that content from 3D World and ImagineFX is represented on Creative Bloq.