Getting ready to sketchnote Monday’s WWDC keynote

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iPad Pro with WWDC Time sketchnote displayed
Are you ready for Apple's annual developer conference?
Photo: Andy McNally/Cult of Mac

All next week, illustrator and senior UX/UI designer Andy McNally will be sketchnoting Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference for us, starting with the big keynote on Monday.

It is time to get ready for the 2017 WWDC. What should I pack? What pens should I bring? OK, maybe I’m the only one who has to think about what pens and colored markers I need to bring. However, it is critical to remember all of the chargers and cables for our Apple devices.

Pocket airplanes, Adobe graphic design courses, and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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Put a plane in your pocket, master Adobe Creative Suite, and more with this week's best deals.
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Summer’s here, and along with the warm sunshine come hot new deals in the Cult of Mac Store. This week, we’ve got an awesome smartphone-controlled plane, a set of comprehensive courses in graphic design for Adobe Creative Suite, a time-saving task manager, and a powerful VPN. Read on for more details:

Free Adobe Scan app will be your paper pusher

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Adobe Scan can handle piles of paper.
Adobe Scan can handle piles of paper.
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Your iPhone is loaded with plenty of mind-numbing games or picturing editing apps that let you superimpose unicorn horns on your selfies.

You need to make room for a few unsung task managers. Adobe today launched one to help us sort through one of life’s least pleasant realities – paperwork.

Dive deep into Adobe Creative Suite’s design potential [Deals]

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Graphic Design Certification School

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Adobe makes the tools that digital creatives use to make their work. Their Creative Suite can take years to master, but if you’re looking into a career in digital design, you’ll have to. Luckily, we’ve found a great deal on essential education in Adobe’s top design tools. Clocking in at over 40 hours, this set of courses c0vers Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, offering a way to learn essential design skills or refine your existing chops. Even better, those hours also count toward a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certification. And right now, you can sign up for the entire Graphic Design Certification School for a massive discount, just $47.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Adobe talk show probes creative minds

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Photographer Lindsay Adler talks about her work with Josh Haftel on an episode of Make It.
Photographer Lindsay Adler talks about her work with Josh Haftel on an episode of Make It.
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When a software company announces it’s starting a talk show, it’s hard to imagine anything less riveting.

But when that company is Adobe and the guests are some of the brightest creative minds sharing how they work, that not only has potential to hold your attention, it could also inspire you to make something for yourself.

Adobe teases app that makes bad selfies look good

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Your selfies are about to get an upgrade.
Your selfies are about to get an upgrade.
Photo: Adobe

Creating professional quality selfies is about to become a lot easier, if Adobe ever releases the amazing new app its research team just teased online.

Adobe published a new video today showing off what the future of selfie photography could hold once its powered by artificial intelligence. Powered by Adobe Sensei, the app demo shows how you can transform a bad portrait shot into something great by changing the perspective of a person’s face, add depth of field, and replicate styles of other photos in an instant.

Prepare to be amazed:

Lightroom Mobile’s new HDR mode means even better iPhone photos

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Lightroom Mobile from Adobe now has HDR to balance shadows and highlights in contrasty settings.
Lightroom Mobile from Adobe now has HDR to balance shadows and highlights in contrasty settings.
Photo: Adobe

Your iPhone photos can look more spectacular than ever, thanks to an update to Lightroom Mobile that brings an HDR mode capable of capturing three RAW DNG files.

We’ll explain all the acronyms in a bit, but here’s the gist: Adobe Systems’ popular image processing app can now capture the kind of rich photographic details you previously could get only with a conventional digital camera.

Adobe wants you to edit photos by voice with Siri-style assistant

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Instead of using your fingers to adjust the crop guides, use your voice to ask for a square crop.
Instead of using your fingers to adjust the crop guides, use your voice to ask for a square crop.
Photo: Adobe Research/YouTube

Great photographers often employee great assistants. Ansel Adams hired master darkroom technicians who printed to his exact specifications, and the lush lighting in an Annie Leibovitz portrait is typically achieved by trusted assistants who understand her vision.

Adobe is working to bring photographers of all levels a valued assistant — and the voice of that assistant may sound familiar.

A video produced by Adobe Research shows a man giving voice commands to an iPad to crop a photo and prepare it to post on Facebook. The voice coming from the iPad sounds like Siri as it repeats the photographer’s commands.

Video glitches plague new MacBook Pro

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Apple's new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar should be hitting store shelves by the end of the week.
You might want to hold off on buying the new MacBook Pro.
Photo: Apple

The new MacBook Pro may not have been worth the long wait for many customers that preordered.

Early owners of Apple’s new machine are reportedly encountering problems with the GPU that cause the display to glitch so bad the MacBook Pro becomes unusable at times.