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The idea behind Adobe's mobile apps has always been to allow creative people to act on an inspiration any where they are, using tools they know: sketching, painting, drawing, and the like—all pretty traditional ways to create. Adobe Capture, however, is something quite different and not at all traditional. We of ten get an inspiration from the colors, textures, and even fonts we see when we're out and about. But aside from a quick sketch, a photo, or a very good memory, preserving those moments can be challenging. Adobe Capture is a very new kind of tool that that can fit into many different work flows. And the latest update takes it even further. Though it's been around for over five years (longer if you count Kuler and the other single-function mobile tools it replaced), Capture never received the attention it deserves because its concept is so unique and includes components that can be used by such a diverse spectrum of media creators, from illustrators to film editors, to 3D designers. Adobe just released some major improvements to the Shapes and Pattern tools, and it's worth taking a fresh look at what else lies waiting under the magenta and black icon. Taking Shape Shapes is the real power-house of the Capture suite of tools. It takes an image from your camera or photo library and converts it into a vector shape ready for infinite scaling. There's an assortment of filters and adjustments you can apply upstream of the Shapes module, as is the case with some of the other Capture tools, and once trimmed up, a Simplify slider gives you control of the complexity of the vector translation. With other tools, you can draw on or erase portions of the image. The Smoothing option will work to refine the edges it finds in your shapes. It requires a good deal of processing power for complex images. The completed shape is then beamed up into your Adobe Library and almost instantly available to any of the Adobe application that can handle SVG vector artwork.

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