Capturing Inspiration: From Mobile to Desktop

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Design inspiration can strike anywhere, any time. It can come in the form of a quick sketch on a napkin or on the way home from work. Thanks to Adobe Shape CC and Creative Cloud Libraries, you can now capture those bursts of inspiration with your mobile device (iPhone or iPad). You can go from concept to digital design quickly, allowing you to happily incorporate these digital tools into your creative process with your favorite Adobe desktop applications, such as Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC.

On your iPad or iPhone, you can take a picture of what inspires you with the device camera, use images from the device image library, or utilize an image from one of your Creative Cloud Libraries . With Adobe Shape, you can then trace that image and, with your fingertip, refine which vector shapes are captured. The vector content can then be easily saved in one of your Creative Cloud Libraries from within Adobe Shape or shared with others in a variety of ways. Creative Cloud Libraries make your assets, like the Adobe Shape vector content, available in mobile apps like Adobe Illustrator Draw and services, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, and Photoshop CC.


Once you’ve created your shape and it’s synced with Creative Cloud, your new artwork can then be accessed from within Illustrator. You can then simply drag the vector asset from the Library panel (Window > Library) into your Illustrator document. This can be a design starting point, something you can further refine using the tools in Illustrator, or simply artwork added to an existing project.


Using Adobe Shape CC, Creative Cloud Libraries, and Adobe Illustrator, with your mobile device, you can easily capture spontaneous inspiration when it strikes. Making it easy and fast to capture and refine your design concepts—bridging the gap between mobile and desktop.

To see this workflow in action, at HOW Design Live in Chicago (May 2015), HOW keynote speaker and designer Aaron Draplin and Adobe evangelist Paul Trani will be presenting a lunchtime session titled “Draplin Takes Mobile to Desktop.” You will see how to capture shapes in Adobe Shape and taking them into Illustrator CC. Click here for more information on Adobe at HOW.

If you want to try out Adobe Shape for yourself, you can download it here for your iPad / iPhone and start capturing your own inspiration. You can even submit your own vectors created by Adobe Shape to potentially be included in a collaborative poster project between Aaron Draplin + Mama’s Sauce + Adobe. Aaron will select shapes from online submissions and incorporate them into a commemorative poster which will be printed in a limited run of 1,000 and given away at HOW Design Live. Learn more here.

Brian Wood is a speaker, web developer trainer, and author of Adobe Muse CC 2014 Classroom in a Book, and Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2014).