HiDPI and Retina Display Support for Photoshop & Lightroom

Great news for all you retina display MacBook Pro users.

“The Photoshop and Lightroom teams are pleased to announce we will provide support for HiDPI displays in the coming months, including the Retina Display available on the new MacBook Pro. Supporting this new technology requires significant work by our product teams and we’re committed to provided a free update to all Photoshop CS6 customers this Fall and Lightroom 4 as soon as the work is complete. Please note that Creative Cloud members will receive Photoshop updates more frequently and receive this update in advance of updates for non-members. While Photoshop, Photoshop Touch and Lightroom will be joining Adobe Ideas in their support of HiDPI Retina Displays, Photoshop Elements will not fully support HiDPI displays in the immediate future however the team is investigating the effort required to support these new displays.” - Adobe Creative Team

Adobe Photoshop CC is Now Available For Download

Adobe has released their new version of Photoshop dubbed Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud). Don’t go looking for this version to buy however because it is only available for those who have signed up for the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.

The most notable new feature to Photoshop CC is the Shake Reduction filter, which is found in in the Sharpen menu of Filters. This feature allows you to remove some of the blur that comes from shooting at a slow shutter speed and moving your camera ever so slightly. Another new feature is Adobe Camera Raw can now be used as a filter. This lets you access the Raw control panel for your jpeg images.

Other notable features are Smart Sharpen upgrade, Dynamic round corners for shapes, smart object liquify, 3D layer enhancements and more. For a full list of new features, or to join Adobe Creative Cloud, go to Adobe.com.

Adobe Releases Lightroom 5 for $149.

Adobe has just released Lightroom 5, the latest version of its professional photography software for OS X and Windows. Biggest editing features of this version are radial gradients, a new healing brush, and automatic straightening of distorted images (a feature called Upright).

$149 for a new license, $79 for an upgrade from any version of Lightroom, and, naturally, free as part of its Creative Cloud subscription service.

Digital Imaging Evangelist for Adobe, Julieanne Kost walks you through new features, workflows and enhancements in this latest release of Lightroom 5 in this series of videos.


New Photoshop…Goodbye CS, Hello CC


Adobe just announced several major changes to their software. To take advantage however, you need to subscribe to their Creative Cloud.

In Adobe’s transition from Creative Suite to Creative Cloud, subscribers get a slate of extra services for their $50 monthly subscription. Access to Sync services, 20GB of online storage, automatic cross-platform downloading and updates to all programs in the suite, and training are some of the benefits built into subscriptions.

Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) is the first version unilaterally tied to Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription service. There’s no numbering system — at least for now. It’s just called Adobe CC.

Another major change is that Photoshop Extended, the more expensive Photoshop package that included 3D capability and sophisticated image analysis tools has now been merged into Photoshop CC. Now, there is just one Photoshop.

Although not released until June, here are some of the new features you can expect in the new Photoshop CC :

  • All-new Smart Sharpen: Photoshop CC analyzes image data to maximize clarity and minimize noise and halo. A range of new editable options lets you fine-tune images to get richer textures, crisper edges and more distinct details.
  • Intelligent Upsampling: Preserve detail and sharpness while enlarging images for different print sizes. The new upsampling tool retains edge detail and reduces the noise and artifacts normally associated with enlarging images.
  • Camera Shake Reduction: Save shots you thought were lost due to camera motion. Whether your blur was caused by slow shutter speed or a long focal length, Camera Shake Reduction analyzes the trajectory of the camera shake and helps restore sharpness.
  • Editable Rounded Rectangles: Creating shapes has never been so flexible. The ability to resize and re-edit shapes after they’ve been created is one of the most-requested features added to Photoshop CC. Web designers will also be able to export CSS data from files to use later.
  • Adobe Camera Raw 8 and ACR as a filter: Apply new effects to your images with ACR’s new Advanced Healing Brush, Radial Gradient and Upright tools. Adobe Camera Raw’s powerful tools can now be used as a filter, allowing you to use controls like Clarity, Noise reduction and Temperature on any layer at any time.

If you are currently using Lightroom, Adobe will continue support without cloud subscription.

More info on Adobe.com.

Lightroom 5 Beta Release

Great news from Adobe with this new Lightroom 5 Beta release.

With this release, the folks at Adobe have added some highly-desired features that allow photographers to quickly process and enhance their images. They’ve added more robust healing options, the ability to create off-center vignettes, and a one-click auto perspective correction tool. Also added is the ability to edit photos when not connected to your original images.

Each of these improvements is a result of feedback provided by the Lightroom community.

Download the Lightroom 5 Beta Release Here