Speed up Photoshop Projects using Adobe CS Review

Speed up Photoshop Projects using Adobe CS Review

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Adobe CS Review

What’s the slowest part of a project for you? One of the biggest complaints among Photoshop users is dealing with client feedback and managing reviews. It’s one thing to be creative and go with the flow of photo editing. It’s another to stop and assemble comps for review and manage sending out a bunch of files for comment.

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If you want to get your work reviewed with less interruption, check out CS Review. The following step-by-step shows how you can use Adobe CS Review in Photoshop CS5 to get approvals faster and keep your projects moving even if you have a ton of stakeholders, all with a bunch of opinions.

Step 1: Start a Review

Say you’ve got this holiday card design going in Photoshop CS5 and it’s ready for the client and your art director to review. In Photoshop, open the CS Live menu and choose Create New Review. You’ll be automatically signed in or asked to hop into Acrobat.com using your Adobe ID. Name the review and set the resolution that you want your reviewers to work with. Your artwork will then be uploaded. By the way, your upload is called a “part,” which is a hint that adding more stuff is expected.

Adobe CS Review - Start A Review

Start a review from inside Photoshop, from the CS Live menu.

Adobe CS Review Upload

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Name the review and set viewing quality. Click Upload to send it up to Acrobat.com.

Step 2: Share with Reviewers

In a browser, get into your review and use Share File to invite your reviewers to join. There are two levels of permission you can assign. A Reviewer has a full set of commenting tools and a Co-author can also invite other reviewers, delete others’ comments, or add content to the review, such as a photo, graphic, or what have you. Reviewers receive your invitation via email with a link to the review, and they’ll log in using an Adobe ID. No fuss — nothing to download.

Adobe CS Review Share With Reviewers

In the browser-based review window, see Share File options for inviting reviewers.

Adobe CS Review Invite

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List reviewers from your address book or enter manually. Assign roles and create an invite.

Step 3: See and Reply to Comments

Reviewers log into your review and use the commenting tools to remark on selected areas. Everyone on the review can see everyone’s remarks immediately, and they can reply to each other’s notes. In the browser interface, it’s easy to navigate around the art, zoom in, and page up and down. Incidentally, from Photoshop the art is uploaded as an image, so your text isn’t live. Reviews created from InDesign CS5 show live text so reviewers can highlight and comment on the words.

Adobe CS Review See and Reply to Comments

See when reviewers are logged in and see comments immediately. They highlight an area and add their notes right there.

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Add your own replies for all to see. Everyone can zoom into the artwork, pan around, and view the hot spots.

Step 4: Make Changes in Photoshop

Check back into your project in Photoshop. You can now see all the feedback in the CS Review panel, including little thumbnails of the areas in the artwork with the comments. You can also reply to comments here in Photoshop, copy suggested text, and totally manage the review from the panel — you don’t have to do anything in the browser if you don’t want to.

Adobe CS Review - Make Changes In Photoshop

Inside Photoshop, see all the review activity in the CS Review panel and interact with it here instead of in the browser.

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Make the requested changes to your artwork, no other steps necessary.

Step 5: Upload New Art and Get Signoff

When you’re ready to show your edits to your reviewers, choose Add Content in the CS Review panel. The new artwork will be uploaded to the same review, becoming another part to the review available to the same set of reviewers for comment. Using the same review means you can see the history of the feedback from the beginning, and see the responses to your changes, all in one place.

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Adobe CS Review - Upload New Art and Sign Off

Once you’ve made your changes, upload the image to the review using Add Content. It becomes a new part in the same review.

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Your updated artwork is available to the same reviewers, no need to send new invitations. Hopefully now you’ll get approval!.

Most of us would rather work with our images than worry about approvals, but to get a project out the door, someone’s got to give you the thumbs up. CS Review seems a whole lot easier than making PDF comps or review websites. And it’s inside Adobe Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, InDesign CS5, and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. If you use software besides Photoshop, you’ll be interested to know that one review (this is where the “parts” come in) can contain work from those different tools. You can add a logo, a page layout, even a video sequence, all in the same review.

You can find out more about CS Review here. The way pricing works is that CS Review (and the rest of CS Live online services) is complementary for 12 months when you sign up online or register your Creative Suite 5 product before April 30, 2011.

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If you do give CS Review a go, please do let me know how it goes!

14 thoughts on “Speed up Photoshop Projects using Adobe CS Review”

  1. In the old days, the slowest part of the process used to be waiting for the changes to render within the program! Now that computers and programs have gotten much faster, that’s thankfully a nightmare of the past. 🙂

    Thanks for the comprehensive review. I’ve never heard of this feature before. Is it new? I like that our tested, tried & true programs are incorporating features like this before new dashboards take over.

  2. CS Review is probably one of the most underused tools in Photoshop and the other Adobe products. But you make a great point as to how valuable it could be for designers looking to improve the quality of their design or art. Great post!

  3. If only the photoshop tutorial sites that are popping up left and right these days focused more on features to help designers with a better work flow. This post is a prime example of the kinds of tips and tricks that SHOULD be posted more often…not this “how to make a twitterbird” stuff that comes up left and right.

    Thanks for the insight, I know it will definitely help me in the future 😀

  4. Having worked with Photoshop for almost a dozen years now, it still never surprises me when features like this crawl out of nowhere.

    Thanks for the tip, Jacob.

  5. Hey Michael @ Project Center,

    My name is Andrew and I work with Adobe relative to CS Live online services. To answer your question about the release date of CS Review, it came out in May 2010 alongside CS Live. Hope this helps. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. Thanks.

  6. I would hate this! The last thing I need is a bunch backseat drivers with instant access. UGH. What a bad idea!

  7. I like how its set up but one thing I’m not into is that clients would have to sign up for an adobe ID if they don’t have one. Does anyone know if there is a way around this?

    Thanks for the post

  8. I like CS review but if they had an approval system where clients could click “Approve” “Disapprove” “Approve with comments” that would make the life a lot easier.

  9. Nice review. I am Firework user but thinking to go to photoshop. Your review help me in making decision. Thanks.

  10. Hey Jacob,
    I am Adobe Photoshop CS4 user and I am never going to upgrade it. I just love it. Thanks for the review man I love reading about Photoshop 🙂

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