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Introduction to Adobe Comp CC

September 1, 2019


[intro music]
Adobe Comp is a very cool layout application, that integrates really nicely with Photoshop,
Illustrator and InDesign, as well as Behance. I’ve got a little document here that I created
earlier and you can see it’s got some images in there, it’s got some text in there and
this is fully, like completely in Adobe Comp. Let’s start and see how we create a document
like this. On the left hand side we’ll tap on the plus. You can now choose a format,
there are lots of predefined and preset formats, but you’ll notice that if you tap and scroll
to the bottom, that you can see there is a new format option as well. So you can actually
pick your own size. I’m going to start out with an A4 Portrait
document. It’s a blank document. Now, one of the first things that you might want to
do is maybe set-up some guides, so that you can kind of align your content a little bit
better as you’re placing it on the document. In the top right corner, there is a gear icon
when you tap that, there is a couple of options there. First of all Adobe Comp has Smart Guides,
which means that objects aligned to centers or edges of other objects, or to page centers,
guides will appear, making it nice and easy to line things up. There is also Canvas Tooltips,
you can see what format you are currently using, and I want to add some guides here,
so I going to tap on Add, and we’re now in our guide adding mode, and the top hand corner,
the left most top I’m tapping that there, and I can kind of see that I want to create
a column grid. I’ll add three columns there by tapping the plus, and I think the gutter,
the space between the columns is a little bit too much, so let’s bring this down to
maybe ten. And I also want to have, maybe have some margins, I might increase these
all around, so there’s twelve points everywhere. So that’s that, and I want to add an extra
guide at the bottom where I’m going to place some additional images, so the second icon
in the top left corner allows you to place individual guides. I want to grab and place
a horizontal guide. Once that’s added in, I can tap and drag that into position if I
want to. So I’ll just say, maybe roughly up here, so we’re going to make some room for
some graphics there. You can see the X on the far right hand side,
so if you were to add multiple guides, and you wanted to delete a guide, you can (click)
activate that, the guide by tapping on it, and then just hit the X.
Once we’re done click on the top right corner, the Done button. And we’ve got a bit of a
grid that we can work with now, as we are putting our design together. Now Comp supports gestures. That means you
can draw with your finger on the screen, or with a pen for your tablet device, and thereby
create image placeholders, or other shapes, headlines, text and stuff like that. If you
tap on the gear icon again, there is actually some drawing gesture help right there, and
when you tap that it will give you an overview of all the gestures that you can make, and
what they will do. So for instance we’ll see that you can draw square or a circle, or a
rounded rectangle, image placeholders, and so on. It might be worthwhile taking a screenshot,
when you are first starting out with Comp, and keeping that handy so you remember what
gestures to use. OK, I’m going to start by adding just some
placeholders here. Single X, and notice how that automatically snaps to the guides. That
is really cool. Now I want to create a couple of exact copies of this and at the bottom
of the screen there is a series of gray buttons, the one of the far right when we tap it, has
the ability to duplicate a selected object, and you select an object by tapping on it.
So I can duplicate that, and I’ll duplicate that again, and I can now tap and hold and
drag that, tap and hold and drag those into position. Now if I wanted to place some graphics in
there, the way to do that is again select the placeholder frame, and then tap the image
icon at the bottom of the screen, and you can now grab your graphics from a number of
different areas. You can maybe pull graphics from your Creative Cloud Libraries, in this
case what I’m going to do is, I’ve actually got some graphics stored in a folder in my
Creative Cloud Files. There we go… Adobe User Group, and I’ll selecte a couple of images
from here one by one, so we’ll take maybe that one for a close-up, and open it up, and
I’ll in the same way start to add a few more images, so we’ll come back to you once I’ve
dropped the rest of the images into these placeholder frames. OK, so we’re back now, and the images have
been placed, and Comp has automatically sized them. But you might want to resize the images
within their placeholder frames and crop them slightly differently. So to do that, first
make sure that you tap once to select the frame, and then tap twice, and you can see
that you’ve now got hold of the image, and then with two fingers, perform a pinch control,
so just push your fingers apart to make the image larger, or bring the fingers closer
to make the image smaller, and then tap and drag to position the image within the frame,
and crop it slightly differently. I’ll continue to that for the remainder of the images, and
I’ll get back to you as soon as that’s done. OK, so we’re back I’ve resized things a little
bit and I actually think I want to just move two of the image around, so to move images
around, tap and hold, and just drag them in to position and you’ll see that they automatically
snap to the guides, as you do that. OK, there’s another image that I want to add,
but I haven’t actually got that yet, and rather than drawing a placeholder frame first, I’m
going to tap on the image icon at the top of the screen, and this time I want to bring
in a photo from Adobe Stock. I live in Perth, so I’d like to see a nice photograph of our
city, so I’m tapping onto Adobe Stock and I’ll type in Perth. And I’ve actually already
licensed one of the images, but literally you can if you’re signed in with your Creative
Cloud Membership, the Adobe ID that is associated with that you can purchase these images right
now, or literally just grab a positional one for the time being, and then purchase it later. So I’m going to grab the one here that I’d
already licensed earlier. I’ll open the Asset, I don’t need to save a preview because I’ve
already got it, and I’m just going to add that to a Stock Images, or I’ll it to my Adobe
User Group Demo Creative Cloud Library. Once the image is placed and downloaded onto your
page, you’ll see there is a little cloud symbol there, that indicates that it is associated
with the Creative Cloud Library that you put it. I’m going to drag it up the top here,
make that wider by dragging the handle, and then again, just double-tap and reposition,
oops, double-tap, get to the content and just move that up a bit so that we can see a little
bit of that beautiful Swan River. Alright, so we’re up to adding some text.
I’m going to add a headline, so that would be a gesture of drawing a box, with a dot,
and to format that headline, I can first of all change the size, by dragging that little
slider that you are seeing on the right hand side up or down. To view additional formatting,
I can tap the ‘T’ at the bottom of the screen, and select a font that I downloaded from Adobe
Typekit. I’m going for League Gothic here, I downloaded that one a little bit earlier,
then tap back on Fonts to just go back within the screen and back on Text, to see all of
the text settings you can apply. You can increase and decrease the size as well by tapping on
the plus and minus buttons here, change the alignment, and I want to make this into capital
letters, and the other thing I want to do is apply a little bit of tracking, ao because
I’ve now got capital letters, just increase the letter spacing a little bit here. Maybe
like so… Alright, because this is for the Adobe User Group, I want to change the Lorem
Ipsum text that we’ve got sitting right there to genuine text. So double-tap on the text,
and you can now type the text that you want. And then tap out of it, and again a single
tap to select it, you can still increase the size by dragging that slider up or down. Another way of adding text, if you don’t want
to use your gestures, is by tapping the ‘T’ at the top of the screen, and you can see
that I can either pull items from my library, (or) in this case what I want to do is get
a sub headline, and I’ll just drag that into place, give me a sec… and make that bigger,
text is automatically populated, format that text again, maybe, actually I like more line
spacing, and don’t want that to be aligned to the guide. I’m happy with that. Alright there’s one other graphic I want to
bring in, and that’s actually a graphic that I placed in a Creative Cloud library, so I’ll
tap on the graphic icon at the top of the screen, and in this case, we are clicking
on My Libraries, on the demo here, you can see that the photo from Adobe Stock has been
included to that Library as well, and I’m now going to include the Abobe User Group
logo. Dragging it into place, and sizing it, and once again you can see that it has a little
cloud icon on it so it gives you an idea that it is sourced from a Creative Cloud library. One more thing that I want to do at this stage
is put a little background color behind the entire design and I’m going to do that by
adding a rectangular shape, and we’ll size that to be the full page.
There is a little bit of a problem here isn’t there? Yes, I can hear you say it… it sits
on top of everything. Well, Adobe has thought of everything. So, to the left of the trash
can icon on the bottom of the screen there is a little stacking order. oops.. Stacking
order icon. Always make sure you select the object first and I want to drag this all the
way to the bottom, so I’m dragging the slider all the way to the left. I can now change
the color of this object by clicking that little gray box, again I actually added some,
a color theme to the Creative Cloud library for the Adobe User Group. So I can pick a
color from that if I wanted to. I’ll pick that color there, and in the same way I can
change the color of my text, and make that… uuuh, lets go to the Themes, change that to
white so it stands out a bit more. At this stage what you’ve seen is really how
you can produce content with Adobe Comp, and we’re now up to a point, where you want to
send it and maybe do a bit more work on it, in this case, in Adobe InDesign. I’m going
to tap that arrow up icon in the top right. OK here we have the artwork now in InDesign,
and you can apply additional settings to it, move objects around, resize images, and what
have you, apply drop shadows or other effects to your content. And as you notice it has
opened it up as an Untitled file, you can now save that as an InDesign project and continue
working with it. I hope you enjoyed this introduction to Adobe Comp. Have fun being creative with
it, and thank you for watching.

1 Comment

  • Reply Saidul Islam December 29, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Excellent

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