Real life becomes a vector with Adobe’s Shape CC

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Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac
Turn any photo into an editable and reusable vector shape. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Quick – grab your iPhone and take a picture of something nearby — the remote control on your coffee table, a pair of Warby Parkers, anything, really. Now take that photo and turn it into a fully editable vector graphic that can be used by a host of drawing and artistic programs across your iPhone, iPad and Mac, all via the magic of Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

That’s precisely what Adobe Shape CC does, one of a host of new apps available on your iOS device to make capturing the real world much easier than ever before.

Here’s a quick video rundown of how it works.

As you can see, principal Adobe designer Geoff Dowd takes a picture of his boss’ glasses as well as one of the Adobe Max logo and turns them into useable vector shapes. Vectors let you resize and reuse the artwork in a variety of ways across tons of different artistic projects.

Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac
]With Adobe Shape CC, you can capture these images, decide which parts of the photograph you want to use — you can even import your photos from the iOS Camera Roll (like my rainbow photo to the right), and then save them to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, which then makes the vector artwork available to your Mac, your iPad, and any other device you have signed into with your Adobe ID.

Now, when you have a project that calls for a slick-looking shape, you don’t have to spend hours re-creating a common object; just snap a picture of it and import into any one of your Adobe products with a click or tap. It’s that simple.

Adobe also released a few other free-to-download mobile apps that will let you pull these vector images into, including Adobe Illustrator Draw and Adobe Illustrator Line, apps that let you use your stylus or finger to draw curves and/or straight line artwork, then export to Creative Cloud for use in all your Adobe products. There’s also Adobe Brush, which lets you capture any photo and turn it into a digital art brush for use in Photoshop, Illustrator or Adobe Sketch.

It’s a good time to be an Adobe user, for sure, with a host of new, amazing apps that use the power of your digital devices and the ubiquitous cloud to deliver unprecedented control over your digital artwork using the world around you. Check out these free apps in the App Store today.