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Top 5 of Adobe Creative Cloud apps

Maria Pulliam

Maria Pulliam

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When it comes to Adobe Creative Cloud, there are plenty of apps integrated with it that you can use. You can use them for videos, photo editing, web, UX, design, and so much more! There’s a massive community that you can join to learn how to become an impressive creator.

Adobe is known for bringing the latest and greatest in digital artwork technology. Their Creative Cloud suite is no exception, bringing together some of the best Adobe desktop apps in one big cloud that syncs seamlessly across your devices.

Here are the top five Adobe Creative Cloud desktop apps (please note that Adobe Acrobat is not mentioned here because it is a part of the Adobe Document Cloud suite).


Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for digital graphics and image editing and is, by far, the most popular Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app. With capabilities that extend beyond images to include web and graphics design, it’s no wonder that it’s been the go-to software for generations of artists and designers.

It’s worth noting that Photoshop is a raster-based program; it does not export vector files. That said, it can be used to create vector files. Plus, it has a “create vector mask” feature that you can use to vectorize raster images. In both cases, you can save the work as EPS files, which you can then open up in…


The vector-based counterpart to raster-based Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator still reigns supreme as a versatile tool to create any kind of 2D graphics from print material to infographics for the web. With amazing native features such as symbols, image trace, the ability to open and work with AI files, and even converting text into curves — as well as features that Photoshop does not have, like layer comps and an artboard tool — Illustrator is a powerhouse for creators of all levels. It also offers the best third-party support. Just check out their plug-in page to see what we’re talking about.


Adobe’s go-to for social media content is now InDesign. It’s the ideal tool for social media content creators. With its easy-to-use drag and drop interface, exporting assets for social media has never been easier. Also, with built-in features like creating animated GIFs and QR codes, you can create engaging and interactive content that will stand out from the rest. InDesign is perfect for creating digital or print publications, presentations, and even simple flyers and posters as well.


One of the oldest Adobe desktop apps, Dreamweaver has been a mainstay in web design and development for over two decades. While it may be somewhat complicated to get started with, if you’re looking for a powerful WYSIWYG editor with incredible control and customization options, it’s the way to go. The latest release of Dreamweaver takes it even further with modern code editing tools that aren’t too different from a desktop text editor, plus some very helpful new features for coding.

Even if you’re not a web developer but you want to learn how to build websites, you can use Dreamweaver to see your code side by side with your design work.


Now that you’ve used Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Illustrator to create beautiful work, where are you going to organize and store it all? With Adobe Portfolio, of course! Built into the Adobe Creative Cloud, Portfolio is a quick and easy way to create a portfolio website that will house your best work, with the option to share it on social media. Portfolio is an all-in-one solution for showcasing designs, writing, videos, and more. You can even connect it to your Behance account to get extra exposure.

Check out the Creative Cloud All Apps plan

With the top five Adobe Creative Cloud desktop apps, you have everything you could ever need to be a creative genius. Whether you’re looking for an industry-standard image editor, a top-of-the-line web development tool, or a no-fuss way to share your best work with others, Adobe Creative Cloud has you covered.

These are just five of the apps offered in Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite. If you want even more designing capabilities, look at the Creative Cloud All Apps plan, which provides licensing for all 20-plus Creative Cloud apps.

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