Adobe Listens

One of the fears many photographers have about the creative cloud subscription model that Adobe has implemented for Lightroom is what happens should your membership expire? Does all that hard work you did on your images get lost?

Adobe today quietly announced that with the latest version of Lightroom (v5.5) those of you who no longer subscribe to Adobe CC will still be able to use all the functions of Lightroom, just not the develop and the map modules.

You can still open up Lightroom, import & export images, create books, slide shows & web galleries, and even print your images.

Adobe heard our fears and created a solution. Kudos to them!

http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2014/07/what-happens-to-lightroom-after-my-membership-ends.html

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.

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.