Adobe Capture is Now Available on Desktop for Photoshop and Creative Cloud Libraries

An example of Adobe Capture's ability to grab textures and colors from a butterfly to create patterns and vector shapes.

Design is all around us and inspiration can be found everywhere in the world from nature to cityscapes. Transform digital images of physical objects that inspire your imagination directly on your desktop. Turn the coarse texture of tree bark or sweeping wisps of grass to the symmetry of a brick face or patterns of metal work into captivating digital assets. Designers can trigger the in-app Adobe Capture extension from the Libraries panel in Photoshop (desktop version only) to create patterns, vector shapes, color themes, and gradients extracted from images. The ability to capture workflows is no longer limited to the mobile experience. Designers can use the Capture desktop extension to access powerful mobile workflows via the desktop to avoid distractions and save time when creating a variety of digital assets.

The Adobe Capture Color Themes module in Creative Libraries is used to create a color palette from a bouquet of flowers.

Adobe Capture Color Themes Module.

Use your existing Library creative elements to create unique digital assets that can be imported into your Creative Cloud desktop applications via Creative Cloud Libraries. Adobe Capture allows you to use photographs and transform the physical world around you into creative library assets and elements that can be incorporated into your creative design work. Simply open an image or project file, edit, and add to your Library, which can be accessed directly on your desktop and in mobile apps. With the Adobe Capture in-app extension, you’ll find a new level of ease when it comes to creating and editing creative assets. Batch process multiple assets at once, or quickly extract multiple assets from a single image, and streamline your workflow by reducing steps and saving time on task.

The Adobe Capture Shapes module is used directly in Photoshop via the extension panel to vectorize an image of a butterfly.

Adobe Capture Shapes Module.

With Adobe Capture, you can create and vectorize shapes on the fly without scanning or using live trace. Vectorize directly in Photoshop within the extension panel and avoid a long manual process using the pen tool. Use the slider to select the level of detail and invert the image to vectorize it. You can modify and apply smoothing to reduce path points. To turn the vectorized images into actionable assets, just add them to your Creative Cloud Libraries and bring in the vector shapes as layers in Photoshop.

You can also do vectorize images while you’re on the move, thanks to the new Photoshop for iPad. Adobe Capture lets you use these assets for masks and adjustments in your .PSDs whether you’re at your desktop or on the road. To use your shape, drag the element from the Library panel and place it onto your Photoshop project. From Photoshop, you can use the shape in Illustrator, Indesign, XD, Premiere Pro, Animate, and After Effects. This workflow is powered by the new Cloud PSD file format (PSDC – the “C” is for cloud), which allows you to move .PSD files seamlessly between your desktop and the cloud. The new PSDC file format for Photoshop with iPad will also autosave changes and allow you to store files in your CC Libraries or other cloud storage.

Using Capture to create color swatches and gradients

You can easily create color palettes using Adobe Capture. Open an existing image or project file to start creating your new color theme with harmony rules. Edit swatches by changing the color levels, selecting a color harmony, and moving the color drops in the original image. Save swatches in a variety of color spaces including LAB, CMYK, HSB, and RGB formats to your CC Libraries. Add swatches directly to Adobe Color to create Pantone color themes for your real world creative output projects.

Creating color themes and palettes from images, directly in Creative Cloud Libraries for desktop apps.

Adobe Capture allows you to create custom gradients using images and photographs from your Creative Cloud Library. Switch to gradient capture mode to view and edit gradients with Capture’s organic creative process, replacing the tedious and time consuming non-creative method of gradient production. You have full control to add or remove stops (drops) to create gradients from two to fifteen unique color swatches within the Capture panel.

The Adobe Capture gradient module is used to create a color gradient from an image in Creative Cloud Libraries.

Adobe Capture Gradient Module.

Create patterns

From your collected images you can create seamless tiling patterns within the Capture panel in Photoshop, something that wasn’t previously possible without spending a lot of time and effort compositing images. Creating patterns in Capture is as simple as opening an existing image in the pattern module. Any image can be used to create kaleidoscopic patterns. Change the reference shape to create different repeating vector patterns that you can save to your library and use in your design work.

The Adobe Capture patterns module is used to create a fractal pattern from an image in Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop via the extension panel.

Adobe Capture Patterns Module.

The Adobe Capture extension panel tool set allows you to find inspiration and create creative elements on the fly from your Library images. Seamlessly sync your files and elements across platforms with the expanded Creative Cloud integration to manage your files and bring new creativity to your projects with Photoshop.