Adobe is the go-to name for editing and publishing applications for a wide range of creative audio-visual works. Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Illustrator are several of their flagship products.
Recently, the software titan has started dipping its toes into the extremely popular pool of consumer-level live-streaming. It started with the Adobe-owned social media and video-sharing platform Behance.
What is Behance?
Behance started as a portfolio-sharing platform for visual artists and photographers. Think Linkedin specifically for creatives or DeviantArt but more organized and much, much less hentai. It established an online space wherein users shared their works and commented on the creations of others. Even unregistered visitors could view works published on the website.
Adobe Systems acquired Behance in late 2012. Over the years, new features were added, including the ability to broadcast ongoing projects live. Companies also post job openings on the platform. Applicants apply through Google.
Adobe Live is a live stream series on Behance. It features hand-picked artists who broadcast free live tutorials on how to use Adobe products. The guides range from beginner lessons to navigating more advanced features of Adobe applications. Adobe Live videos are archived as videos-on-demand (VODs) on Behance and Adobe Creative Cloud’s official YouTube channel.
The Adobe Live series of videos is quite prolific—with over a thousand VODs in its registry.
Getting featured in Adobe Live is by invitation only. But any registered Behance user can live stream their projects on the platform. If you’re familiar with the ins and outs of live-streaming on popular sites, such as YouTube and Twitch, the process isn’t that much different.
But before we get into that, let us tell you about how you can live stream directly from select Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
How to Stream With Adobe Streaming Software
Adobe doesn’t have a standalone streaming software à la OBS Studio or Streamlabs yet. But if you have Photoshop, Illustrator, or Fresco on your iPad, you can broadcast straight from the creation software to Behance. Here’s how to do it.
- Create an Adobe account and make sure that you’ve linked the specific Adobe software to it.
- An Adobe ID is required for signing up for a Behance profile.
- Create a Behance account using your Adobe ID.
- On your iPad, run the Adobe app and make sure you’re logged in to your Adobe account.
- Start a project.
- When you’re ready to go live, tap the “Share” icon (square with an upward-pointing arrow) located in the top right section of the app window.
- Select “Livestream”.
- Confirm the Behance profile you want to stream through.
- If it’s your first time live-streaming, the app will ask for permission to use your device’s camera and microphone. Allow or disallow as you see fit.
- Add a title and description for your live stream. Be as specific as you want. It should help your broadcast be more discoverable on Behance.
- Enable or disable your microphone and camera.
- Tap the ellipses icon to toggle live chat on or off.
- You can find the privacy or visibility settings for your live stream here. Set it to public or private.
- Once you’re ready, hit “Start Broadcast” to go live. Your broadcast on Behance will begin automatically.
- The chatbox will pop up. Minimize and maximize it by tapping the arrow icons in the corner.
- Minimizing does deactivate or pause live chat.
- Tap the red “X” button to end your Adobe broadcast.
- Select whether or not to save a VOD of your stream. This will be available in the “Videos” tab on your Behance profile.
How To Live Stream Adobe Apps to Behance from Your Computer
Currently, this feature is in early access, and Behance only allows a select few users to use it. You have to sign up for their whitelist to be considered.
If you’re one of the fortunate users chosen for this dry run, you can live stream from your computer to Behance using streaming software. This allows you to broadcast any creation and editing works, like your Adobe Premiere Pro screen capture, for example.
We’ll use OBS Studio (version 22 or higher) for this guide since it’s available for both PC and Mac.
- Create an Adobe account and use it to register to Behance.
- Download and install OBS Studio on your PC or Mac.
- Give OBS administrator access.
- Run OBS. Cancel the “Auto-Configuration Wizard”.
- Go to “Settings”.
- In “Videos”, set both “Base” and “Output” resolutions to 1080p. Click “Apply” then “OK”.
- Go to “Output”. Select “Output Mode”, and then “Advanced”.
- On the “Streaming” tab, select your dedicated GPU.
- Nvidia or AMD for PC
- Apple VT 264 Hardware Encoder for macOS.
- Like in streaming games, Adobe apps can be incredibly tasking for your CPU while also running processes for the streaming app. We recommend using your dedicated graphics card as your OBS encoder whenever possible.
- Set the bitrate from 1500 Kbps to 4000 Kbps. Your internet connection’s upload speed should be somewhere between 3 and 6 Mbps. Click “Apply” then “OK”.
- On the “Sources” box on OBS’s main dashboard, add your Adobe screen capture video as a source by clicking the “+” sign or right-clicking, then “Add”. Select “Window Capture”.
- Select the app from the choices in the “Window” drop-down.
- OBS should now start capturing your Adobe app window, which should be visible in the preview area.
- Resize and crop the window capture feed by clicking on it and dragging the red border. Hold down the ‘alt’ key to crop unwanted areas of the window border.
- With a streaming program, you can add a facecam to improve viewer engagement during your Adobe livestreams. To do this, add another video source in the same scene and select “Video Capture Device”. Select your webcam if you have one connected to your computer.
- Resize and crop according to your preference.
- Drag your camera to wherever you want it on your scene layout.
- OBS supports multi-camera setups. If you want to have another camera feed for your editing peripherals, like a drawing pad or tablet for Photoshop, just follow the same steps for adding a facecam. It will add another layer of quality to your video as viewers can see your hands do their magic in real-time.
- Order the layering of your sources by clicking on their name on the “Sources” panel and dragging them up or down. Ideally, your Adobe feed should be the main backdrop with the other elements over it.
- Hide and unhide sources and scenes by clicking on the eye icon next to their labels on the “Scenes” and “Sources” boxes.
- Live commentary is also a very important engagement booster. OBS detects your microphone automatically if you have one connected to your computer. It will appear on the “Audio Mixer” panel.
- You can also add your mic manually by going to “Settings”, then “Audio”. Select your microphone from “Mic/Auxiliary Audio”.
- Set your audio levels.
- Go to your Behance profile.
- Click the “Share Your Work” button, and select “Livestream”. You will be redirected to the Streamer Dashboard.
- Set up your broadcast’s privacy settings, title, description, tags, and chat options. We recommend specifying the Adobe app and tools you’ll be using. You can also add hashtags.
- Click “Get Started” when everything is in order.
- Behance will generate your user-specific server URL and stream key. Do not disclose these pieces of information to people you do not trust.
- Go back to OBS and into “Settings”. On the “Stream” tab, select “Custom” from the “Service” dropdown.
- Paste your Behance server URL and steam key. Click “Apply” then “OK”.
- Confirm your video layout and audio settings, then ready up your project in the Adobe app.
- Click “Start Streaming” from the menu items in the lower-right corner of OBS’s dashboard when you’re ready.
- Click “Start Recording” if you want a copy of your broadcast saved on your computer.
- You don’t have to do anything on Behance. Your video feed should come through on the platform in a few seconds.
- Click “End Livestream” on Behance or “Stop Streaming” on OBS when you’re done.
- Like with the mobile streaming method, your VOD will be available on your Behance profile.
Adding a Photoshop Tool Timeline
One advantage of using the desktop version of Photoshop in your Adobe streaming videos is you can install a plugin that will display the tools you use in your demos and tutorials. It’s called the Tool Timeline, and it can really bring up your live streams’ quality as educational resources.
Note that you need the latest version of Photoshop to use this plugin. Here’s how to activate it.
- Download and install the Anastasiy Extension Manager on your computer. There are versions for both PC and Mac.
- This app manages all Adobe Creative Cloud extensions.
- Download the Tool Timeline plugin.
- This plugin is in the .zxp file format and running it will open Anastasiy. The extension manager will guide you through the installation process.
- If this doesn’t work. Give Anastasiy administrator access to your computer. Run the manager and click “Install”. Go to where you saved the .zxp file and select it.
- Open Photoshop.
- Click “Window” on the menu bar, then “Extensions”. Select Tool Timeline from the dropdown selections.
- Restart Photoshop if it doesn’t appear as one of the choices in “Extensions”.
- Click “Start Tool Capture” to initiate the plugin and make it visible on your Adobe screen capture video.
- Don’t forget to stop it after your live stream session.
This feature is not yet available for any other versions of Photoshop. But Adobe plans to integrate this very useful tool into most, if not all, their creative applications and across all platforms.
Live streaming is turning out to be not just for video games, vlogs, and Q&As. Through efforts like what Adobe Systems is doing, we’re seeing more and more opportunities for other content types to be exposed to much larger audiences.
Although arguably very limited, being able to broadcast live videos on Behance brings creative types one step closer to their community of fans and students. It also unlocks new revenue streams for artists who often fall victim to intellectual property theft on the internet.
Let’s hope Adobe keeps the ball rolling because we can never have too many live online content varieties to choose from.