Adobe Photoshop CC

May 7, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software | 13 Comments | |
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Adobe has unveiled the latest version of Photoshop, now dubbed "Adobe Photoshop CC." Adobe’s desktop apps, including Photoshop, were previously known as Creative Suite (CS), and will now be branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud. New features in Adobe Photoshop CC include a range of new tools offering "the most advanced deblurring and sharpening technologies to date," including Camera Shake Reduction and a reinvented Smart Sharpen tool, intelligent upsampling, Adobe Camera Raw 8, advanced 3D image editing capabilities, and much more. Adobe Photoshop CC will be available exclusively to Adobe Creative Cloud members, beginning June 2013. Creative Cloud membership for individuals is £38.12 (ex-VAT) per month based on annual membership; existing customers who own CS3 to CS5.5 get their first year of Creative Cloud at the discounted rate of £22.22 (ex-VAT) per month. Students and teachers can get Creative Cloud for £22.22 (ex-VAT) per month.

Adobe Press Release

Powerful New Adobe Photoshop CC Debuts at MAX

Milestone Version of The Industry Standard in Digital Imaging Anchors Major Update to Adobe Creative Cloud

LOS, ANGELES — May 6, 2013 — At Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CC as part of a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud™. Photoshop CC pushes the boundaries of possibility, offering a powerful new creative process, legendary imaging magic, and greater creative freedom with new tools and workflows. Adobe Photoshop CC will be available, exclusively to Creative Cloud members, in June.

Adobe’s desktop apps, including Photoshop, were previously known as Creative Suite® (CS), and will now be branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud and have been reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating.   Photoshop CC includes a wide range of innovative enhancements, including new image deblurring and sharpening features to improve design workflows, and new Camera Raw capabilities. This update combines Photoshop standard and Photoshop Extended features to deliver greater accessibility to 3D tools and image analysis, while Creative Cloud integration offers flexible collaboration and sharing capabilities.

“With the ability to quickly deliver new innovations, we’re empowering photographers and creatives to push the boundaries in digital imaging and design,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Our customers will no longer have to wait 18 to 24 months to access new Photoshop innovation.  When a new Photoshop feature is ready – whether it’s the next Healing Brush or something as mind-blowing as Content Aware Fill – we’ll deliver it via Creative Cloud.”

New Features in Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC brings a wide range of new features and enhancements designed to unleash creativity and boost efficiency whether perfecting photographs, designing for online and offline media, creating 3D artwork or shooting video.

·         A fleet of new tools introduce the most advanced deblurring and sharpening technologies to date. The new Camera Shake Reduction tool analyses and corrects for blur from camera movement to produce a better image. The all-new Smart Sharpen tool uses adaptive sharpening algorithms to minimise noise and halo effects while producing high-quality results. With intelligent upsampling users can increase the size of an image – large enough for a billboard – without pixelating the image.

·         Adobe Camera Raw 8 brings three new photo-editing capabilities to Photoshop CC. The Advanced Healing brush allows photographers to “heal” or “patch” images with a brush stroke instead of a circular area. The new Radial Gradient offers powerful controls to draw attention to the focus of an image without applying a standard vignette, and the Upright tool automatically straightens horizons and applies perspective corrections without distorting the image. Camera Raw edits can also be made to any layer or file within Photoshop CC.

·         For designers, improvements to rounded rectangles add the ability to adjust corner radii at any time. Users can also now select multiple paths, shapes and vectors at once, providing a faster, easier workflow for working with multiple objects.

·         In previous releases, Adobe Photoshop Extended was released as a separate application comprising all Photoshop features as well as 3D and image analysis capabilities. Beginning with Photoshop CC, all Photoshop Extended features will be integrated within one application, providing all users with advanced capabilities for 3D image editing and image analysis.

·         Photoshop CC is the first Adobe desktop app to include the ability to post files directly to Behance from within the application, showcasing work immediately and integrating peer feedback into the creative process.  Behance is the world’s leading online creative community, with over 1.4 million members.

·         Photoshop CC includes all the Photoshop feature innovation delivered exclusively to Creative Cloud members over the last year, including: Smart Object support for Blur Gallery and Liquify effects, Conditional Actions, and CSS support for faster web design.

·         Adobe is also previewing a new workflow from Photoshop CC to Edge Reflow CC that will enable creatives to build web designs in Photoshop that can easily be turned into responsive websites, viewable across devices.  Adobe expects to update Photoshop CC with this new capability this summer, underscoring the constant steam of innovation delivered to Creative Cloud members.

"I capture thousands of images for my 'Day to Night' projects and am always looking to improve my creative process," said Stephen Wilkes, an award-winning photographer, whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, Time, Life Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. "With Photoshop as part of Adobe's Creative Cloud, I don't have to wait every year for a new set of tools and features, like Smart Sharpen and the new upsampling capabilities, to help achieve my vision. I'm also excited about the integration with Behance. As a photographer, the ability to connect to a global community of artists, art directors, and designers is very inspiring."

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#1 Max Green LRPS

I should think this will be the end of photoshop for amateur photographers. Lets hope some other software producers come up with an answer. I could certainly not afford an ongoing monthly payment & my broadband is such rubbish I should think one adjustment would take ages. Lets hope Adobe see sense soon.

7:32 pm - Tuesday, May 14, 2013

#2 David Schneider

A risky move on their part, but I suppose their bottom line knows what it's doing. As I figure things, PhotoShop will cost as much on a yearly basis as the full DVD product does now. And I'm leery of having the Internet serve as my access point given that Internet services sometimes go down and given that at its best the Internet may not be fast enough to keep up with an already slow product. I'll not be upgrading, and obviously Adobe doesn't care.

11:06 pm - Tuesday, May 14, 2013

#3 Duncan Andrews

If you must chase the latest technology then you will pay it. I still use CS2 and don't feel the need to upgrade. I also have Lightroom 4 but have not started top use it yet.
I am staying with Windows 7 as well - I HATE 8!

CS2 + Topaz is all I need..................

9:47 am - Wednesday, May 15, 2013

#4 Max Green

Agree Duncan, but there comes a point where you have to change which I am getting close to now
with a 10 year old computer @ XP, I don't want 8.
I am thinking of getting a computer built as all the new one's are 8.So I would probably need the latest version of Photoshop etc to work with it.
What will happen to plug ins. On One software requires Vista as the oldest OS.Lightroom ?.

6:16 pm - Wednesday, May 15, 2013

#5 Duncan Andrews

You can specify W7 instead of 8 in a lot of cases Max. CS2 works fine with 7. I am running Pro but I also have a computer with Home Premium and that works fine too.............

6:23 pm - Wednesday, May 15, 2013

#6 Max Green

Yes I think that's the way to go Duncan, thanks for
the information.

7:18 am - Thursday, May 16, 2013

#7 Paul Rasch

Sure am glad I bought CS6. I might be old fashioned but I am just not interested in "cloud apps".

6:43 pm - Sunday, May 26, 2013

#8 Allan Savage

Max/David, the blog article mentions CC membership, but does not mention that you can also subscribe to just Photoshop for a considerably lower price. When you annualise it, and then look at the regular updates you receive automatically, it's well worth it imo.

No disrespect to other posters, but if you're seriously into photography and have not moved from CS2 then you're crazy. CS6 provides enormous improvements. And it's not a cloud app, it's just that it is exclusively downloadable from their "Creative Cloud" (fancy marketing speak only). It runs entirely on your own system.

I am not a Adobe apologist, and I generally object strongly to their pricing policies, but - seriously - Photoshop CC is a great deal.

12:56 am - Thursday, June 6, 2013

#9 Paul Rasch

Having come, recently retired from, the IT industry I have no problem (mean, I understand) their CC pricing policy. It is not the pricing that is the problem, it is, the lack of security. Yes, even at this time, I am not confident that Adobe, with it's finger in so many pies, can guarantee the security of my work. I will continue to use cs6 or cs7 . . . whatever, as long as it is not in the nebulous "cloud". I know, it sounds great, is pretty, etc. but . . . you know what? You can do it on your own without allowing Adobe to have open access to your computer. Put your stuff on Facebook, Twitter , or anywhere else and it is gone. You need your own site (that you oversee) or lock-in with a site that relies on your product for it's income and provides credible reports.

3:39 am - Thursday, June 6, 2013

#10 Paul Rasch

Max Green I don't want 8
I have used camera since the Pentax Spotmatic and PCs since the very first PCs in Atlanta at IBM in 1985 . . .

OK, I apologize, I finished my comment on Adobe CS and was dumped into an area discussing Win 8. So, I thought I was then supposed to comment on Win 8. However, I do not believe that is true. So, I will leave it at this. I believe that, after you devote a few hours, depends on your expertise, Win 8 is GREAT!. I fought the change from MS-DOS to Windows. Not going to fight this one. Win 8 is a step forward. Paul

3:54 am - Thursday, June 6, 2013

#11 Max Green

I am thinking of changing to a Mac, My son has them for his Garden design business and finds them very good.
I think Microsoft & Adobe think there so big they can dictate to everyone and it will be accepted.
Just look how PC Sales have dropped since the advent
of Widows 8. I realise things change but there should remain a choice of outright purchase and freedom of use on your own computer in the case of Adobe. Hopefully the new Microsoft system after 8
will be designed with the users in mind and not what they think we should have making it simply for them to use it on different platforms.
If you go to look at new machines in Computer shops and say I don't want widows 8 they don't even try and convince you to buy but straight away show you a Mac.

4:54 am - Thursday, June 6, 2013

#12 Paul Rasch

I suggest that you stick with a PC!
I have got to admit that I am a "PC Groupie", having had one since the very first one was introduced. At the time, I lived in Atlanta and a close friend at IBM got me into a beta test group.

I have to also admit that, after many years, I "bought into" the MAC hype around photography and how a PC could not match their quality. So, about a year and a half ago, I bought a very expensive MAC laptop, I do not remember the exact model, but, at the time, it was top-of-line. Then, I discovered that, even though MAC was trying to imitate Windows (not very well), I also had to buy new versions of every application. Well, I went ahead and bought some apps . . . Lightroom, AcDSee, Office, etc. I tried to stay to important but reasonably priced apps in case I had to try and return everything.
I got all the apps installed and not only did I notice any improvement in speed or quality, all I saw in the future was a big learning curve and a lot of expense.
As a side note, not only does the MAC try to imitate Windows but, around 1985, they wised up and switched to Intel processors.
Long was very disappointed in my investment. I returned the MAC Book and, thank you to Amazon, they also allowed me to return the software.
I do not that, I believe that the "new" Apple has reduced the price of their product.

In my set-up, I now have an ASUS N56VJ laptop with a very fast Intel i7, an LED display and nVidia graphics. It is great. Fast and the quality of the images is incredible. The laptop cost was around $900 and I did upgrade the memory to 16gb which cost me about $100 . . . voila . . . I do not believe that Apple could even co,e close. Th laptop has a 15.6 display but, when I am home, I also connect it to a 32" Samsung monitor and run Photoshop CS6/ Lightroom with ease and incredible results.
The new laptop came with Win 8. My first thought was to blow away Win 8 and install Win7. Then, I thought back to the days when I insisted that MSDOS would never be replaced by Windows and said to myself, I am not going down that road.
After about a full day of working with and "customizing" Win 8 . . . I am a believer. You can create a Win 8 "start" screen that is very user friendly and allows easy access to email, news, whatever you want and it will also let you bui8ld, easily, links to your beloved apps. Further, you can build a Desktop" witch, at any moment, you can select and, voila, you have a Win 7 desktop.
OK, I have way too long-winded. I do not follow the "sales trends" and, perhaps, PC sales have dropped off since the introduction of Win 8. However, I would also suggest that two underlying factors have created that result.
First, all of the negative press. I wonder who started all the bad reviews? And, do not people, in general, try to delay "change"?
Second, I think that, after careful consideration, MS choose this time of year after very careful consideration of the fact that this is a slow period for sales. Sure, you have graduations. But, that is not nearly as critical as Christmas. So, by the end of the year, I would bet that MS will turn this around.
Is WIN 8 perfect? Of course not. Could it be improved? Of course. Will it re-affirm the fact that MS leads in the PC market? I believe that it will.
I suggest that you stick with a PC.
PS. I wrote this in haste. Therefore, there very well might be grammatical or spelling errors that I should correct. I simply felt it was important to respond in a timely manner.

12:47 am - Friday, June 7, 2013

#13 Max

Appreciate your comments Paul & I sort of agree with you Apple stuff is terribly expensive & as you say you start right over with the software. I have heard today That Microsoft are bringing out a new version of 8 which is more user friendly I think that's the technical term ha.
Anyway its take the pressure of me for the time being to renew quickly before 7 disappears.

7:19 pm - Friday, June 7, 2013