Artists around the world use various Adobe products to create everything from the icons you see on a website to the movies you watch in a theater.
We all know about Photoshop, but can you name the rest of the Adobe products shown in the thumbnail?
To make it more confusing, in each category Adobe has several products that may seem like they do the same thing.
Adobe makes so many software that it can be quite overwhelming for even a professional to understand what each one is used for.
So, I’m writing this post to quickly give you an overview of all adobe products as Humtog mentioned in his YouTube video. Also, I have added some more items to the list.
1. Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is the software you want if you need to manipulate photos professionally. But that is pretty self-explanatory as it is so famous that the word ‘photoshop’ is now considered a verb in the English language.
Photoshop is a versatile tool that is great for making posters, advertisements, wallpapers, and digital artwork.
Artists use it to draw, sketch, and even paint digitally. Photographers use it to enhance and retouch their photos.
Meanwhile, YouTubers use it to make cringy clickbait thumbnails.
2. Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator which may look pretty similar to photoshop at first, glance as it is also used for designing images, but the key difference is in how they store the artwork.
Photoshop works with raster-art which means that all photos are stored as pixels.
Illustrator on the other hand works with vector-art, which means that the artwork is stored as mathematical equations.
Raster art will get pixelated if you enlarge it beyond its resolution, however, the vector-art can be infinitely enlarged without losing any quality.
The disadvantage of vector-art is that it cannot be used for anything detailed like photographs, hence we have two separate tools for each purpose.
Illustrator is great for making icons, logos, posters, and graphics which can then be used in other projects.
3. Adobe InDesign
Adobe InDesign is publishing software that excels at projects which require multi-page layouts like magazines, newspapers, presentations, and books.
It is good for arranging a large amount of text and photos into nice layouts which can then be directly handed off for printing.
Making a magazine is a tough job that requires the collaboration of several professionals from various fields including editors, writers, photographers, and designers.
4. Adobe InCopy
Adobe InCopy is a text editor that allows writers to write the text content while designers are simultaneously working on the graphics of the same document in InDesign.
This significantly improves efficiency as several people can work on the same project at the same time thus making it possible for magazines to maintain their rapid schedules.
5. Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom is a photo editing software similar to photoshop, however, it is specifically designed for making minor edits like color-balance, brightness, or contrast of large collections of photos.
It doesn’t have pixel-level control found in Photoshop, but that also makes it far easier to learn.
Professional photographers use it in their workflow as a photo management system for efficiently cataloging, organizing and post
processing thousands of photos.
6. Adobe Bridge
Adobe Bridge, which is easy to use the visual media manager that allows you to organize, browse, and view your media files.
Q: But, didn’t you just say that Lightroom is for organizing media files?
Yes… I did, but Bridge can handle more types of files and it is more like a universal file manager which works together with all other Adobe software.
Whereas the lightroom is specifically designed to suit a photographer’s workflow.
7. Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro is a professional video editing tool used for making everything from youtube videos to blockbuster movies.
You can cut, edit and trim a large number of clips and then sequentially arrange them on a layered timeline where you can add various effects to your video.
You can also add text, transition, audio effects, and much more.
8. Adobe After Effects
Speaking of effects, Adobe After-Effects is a powerful software for creating all kinds of visual effects.
It is basically the photoshop for videos.
It is commonly used for creating animations, motion graphics, and other cinematic effects.
Q: If After-Effects is so powerful, then why do I need Premiere Pro?
Umm.. because you can only work with one video at a time in After-effects as it is not designed for editing the final sequence of the video.
So after you create the visual effects you need to export it to Premiere Pro to make the final video.
9. Adobe Media-Encoder
Adobe Media-encoder is specialized software for rendering the video you have created in Premier Pro or After-Effects.
Typically the original file size could be huge so it needs to be compressed and converted into a file format and resolution which can be smoothly played in various devices that may not have powerful processors or tons of RAM.
10. Adobe Prelude
Adobe Prelude is a video editing tool dedicated to rough-cutting and organizing a large number of videos.
A movie might have several hours of footage shot with different cameras, so Prelude is used to chop off unnecessary parts, sync various shots and tag the content before it is sent to the main editing team.
11. Adobe Audition
Adobe Audition, which is a dedicated audio editing software designed to record, edit, and mix audio.
12. Adobe Flash Professional
Adobe Flash-professional is a software used to make simple 2D animations, games, and applications.
If you have been on the internet for a while, you may have come across some sites asking you to install the Adobe Flash Player to play certain games or videos.
Those games were made with Flash.
13. Adobe Flash Builder
To make it more confusing, there is also a different software called Adobe Flash Builder, which is also used for making games and apps, but this one is more focused on programming
14. Adobe Scout
Adobe Scout, which is just used for analyzing performance issues in the games made with flash!
Q: But.. but… Isn’t Flash DEAD… due to performance issues..?
Yes…due of the increasing popularity of better technologies like HTML5, and WordPress from basically everyone on the internet.
Adobe renamed Flash to Adobe Animate and added several new features so that you can export your animations in more formats including HTML5.
15. Adobe Air
Now, there is a cross-platform technology called Adobe Air that allows you to make apps and games within Animate for several operating systems including Android and IOS.
16. Adobe Character-Animator
Adobe Character-animator, which makes it possible to create 2D characters
without having to animate it frame-by-frame.
It uses the webcam to copy your facial expressions and magically make your character imitate you.
This saves a lot of time as you don’t need to go through the pain of lip-syncing your characters manually.
17. Adobe Dimension
Adobe Dimension, which makes it easy for graphic-designers to add 3D models in a 2D image to create a photorealistic composite of both elements.
This is useful in making product models for advertisements, prototyping, and package design.
Professional software typically used for 3D modeling is extremely complex and has a steep learning curve, so the idea of Adobe dimension is to make the basic 3D modeling as simple as photoshop.
18. Adobe Fuse
Adobe Fuses is another tool for making 3D models, however, this one is specialized in making human models which you can then export to photoshop or any other 3D software.
It is pretty simple to use even though you can create highly customizable models by changing their physical attributes, clothes, textures, colors, etc.
19. Adobe XD
Adobe XD is a user-experience and user-Interface prototyping tool for designing apps.
It allows you to quickly make the mockup of your app so that everyone can see and discuss it before developers start doing the hard work of coding it.
20. Adobe DreamWeaver
Adobe DreamWeaver is a web-designing software that lets you visually make websites without having to touch the code.
But it also features a powerful code editor that supports numerous programming languages, thus letting you customize the design whatever you like.
21. Adobe Acrobat-Reader
Adobe Acrobat-reader, Which is a standard piece of software for viewing, printing, and signing all kinds of PDF documents.
But, if you want to make PDF files you need Adobe Acrobat-Pro.
22. Adobe Acrobat Pro
Adobe Acrobat Pro is used to create, edit, and manage PDF documents.
Adobe sells all the things I mentioned till now in a bundle called Adobe Creative-Cloud Which is a subscription that costs around $80 a month.
23. Adobe Stock
Adobe Stock, Where you can buy stock photos, videos, and 3D models.
24. Adobe Typekit
If you want good fonts, you can buy it from Adobe Typekit.
25. Adobe Behance
Adobe Behance, Which is an online social media platform where creators around the world share their works for self-promotion.
26. Adobe Portfolio
If you want to promote your work on your own website, there is Adobe Portfolio Which can be used to make basic websites using your photos.
27. Adobe Photoshop Elements
Adobe Photoshop Elements is the simpler version of Adobe Photoshop.
28. Adobe Premiere Elements
Adobe Premiere Elements is the simpler version of Adobe Premiere Pro.
29. Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark, which is a free online graphic design app that can do basic stuff like adding text to a photo or making simple videos using your photos.
30. Adobe ColdFusion
If you want to develop web-applications there is Adobe ColdFusion, Which is a programming language created over two decades ago along with its development platform.
But it is now steadily declining in popularity.
31. Adobe Experience Cloud
Adobe Experience Cloud has its own set of subproducts for everything from social media campaigns to managing when to show ads on TV channels.
32. Adobe Photoshop Express
Adobe Photoshop Express is a free image editing and collage making mobile application from Adobe Inc. The app is available on iOS, Android and Windows phones and tablets.
33. Adobe Premiere Clip
Adobe Premiere Clip is Adobe’s official video editing app for Android. Just like the legendary Adobe Premiere for PC, this portable version lets you easily edit video right from your Android.
One of Adobe Premiere Clip’s most remarkable features is the possibility to edit videos automatically.
34. Adobe Illustrator Drew
Adobe Illustrator Draw is a version of Adobe’s popular vector-based drawing application made specifically for touchscreen devices.
Like the desktop version, this app lets you draw on the screen of your Android device using a wide range of tools.
The app has all the tools you could ask for in a good drawing application.
35. Adobe Lightroom Mobile
Adobe Lightroom Mobile is without a doubt a great photography app; it uses an elegant interface and offers high-quality features.
36. Adobe RoboHelp
Adobe RoboHelp is used to create and manage large knowledge bases like the ones you find on the Help page of some websites.
37. Adobe Presenter
Adobe Presenter used to make interactive slideshows.
38. Adobe Captivate
Adobe Captivate which is used for creating e-learning courses.
39. Adobe FrameMaker
Adobe FrameMaker which is used for writing
large technical documents.
40. Adobe Speedgrade
Adobe Speedgrade which is a video color correction software.
41. Adobe Story Plus
Adobe Story-Plus which is a screen-writing tool for movie scripts.
42. Adobe Muse
Adobe Muse which is a website builder.
43. Adobe FireWorks
Adobe FireWorks which is a graphics design tool for web-designers!?
44. Adobe Analytics
Adobe Analytics. Data can come from anywhere. Insights come from Adobe. Only Adobe lets you mix, match, and analyze data from anywhere in the customer journey.
Plus, get versatile reporting, predictive intelligence, and more. Learn more about our Customer Journey Analytics.
45. Adobe Audience Manager
Adobe Audience Manager A data management platform that helps you build unique audience profiles so you can identify your most valuable segments and use them across any digital channel.
Understand your audiences – get a complete view of your audience by combining all of your data sources in one place.
46. Adobe Fresco
Adobe Fresco is a new drawing and painting app built from the ground-up for the iPad.
It includes thousands of brushes, including a series of Live Brushes that use Sensei artificial intelligence to mimic the behavior of real-life oils and watercolors, as well as vector brushes that can be used to create infinitely scalable illustrations.
47. Adobe Aero
Adobe Aero, the most intuitive way to view, build, and share immersive and interactive AR experiences. Free on iOS for phones and tablets. Design and share augmented reality experiences using assets you’ve created in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and more.
48. Adobe Photoshop Camera
Photoshop Camera, it really is. It’s an intelligent camera app that suggests the best lenses and filters for your photos — before you even take the shot. And with new lenses added all the time, there’s no end to the fun you’ll have.
49. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC
Acrobat DC. It’s how the world gets work done. More than five million organizations around the world rely on Acrobat DC to create and edit the smartest PDFs, convert PDFs to Microsoft Office formats, and so much more.
50. Adobe Scan
Adobe Scan automatically adds the information from a scanned business card to your device contacts. Share scans from anywhere.
Scans are stored in Adobe Document Cloud so they’re easy to access, share, or upload directly into emails. Let Adobe Acrobat Reader free you from your desk.
51. Adobe Sign
Adobe Sign is a cloud-based e-signature service that allows the user to send, sign, track, and manage signature processes using a browser or mobile device. It is part of the Adobe Document Cloud suite of services.
First of all I would like to thank Humtog for making the amazing video. I know the list is incomplete but I will update this post as soon as possible.