If you haven’t moved over to Adobe Creative Cloud, you soon will have no choice. As of June 17, 2013, Adobe will discontinue the Creative Suite and push forward with their Creative Cloud.
Today, at MAX, Adobe announced the next generation of their revolutionary software. Their current version of products is Creative Suite 6, which Adobe began in 2003. As of now, Creative Suite will cease to exist – the next generation of programs – which they are now referring to as apps – will be known as CC (for Creative Cloud). For example, the new version of Photoshop will be called Photoshop CC.
There is a ton of information – lots of new features, but I wanted to quickly cover the basics and we’ll get more into it later. Here we go:
First of all, the Creative Cloud is actually a year old. Many of you may already be on the cloud. If you are, you know that with Creative Cloud membership, you get access to ALL of Adobe’s projects, which you can download to your machine and use whether or not you are connected to the internet. As with the Creative Suites, you can install your apps on two machines. The big difference is that with CS, you were limited to Windows or Mac. With CC, you can have one set of apps installed on your PC and the other installed on your Mac.
Other benefits of the cloud include the great ability to collaborate and share projects quickly and easily among colleagues.
On the downside, there is no option to purchase software. You now must pay a monthly (or yearly) fee to keep using the software. To me this is not a huge deal – especially since the cost is considerably less than before – and you have access to Adobe’s full line of projects. To many people, though, this is Adobe stabbing it’s loyal users in the back. I have seen a ton of comments online about people leaving Adobe over this because they are “one more institution that doesn’t want people to own anything.”
I see what people are saying, but I think we are missing the big picture. This is simply the way our technological world is headed. It’s change and people are afraid of change I’m interested to hear what you think about this, so drop me a comment below. I do think that this is going to scare off some casual users. But I also think that this will be very beneficial to people who use these tools as part of their business.
But, just to put the pricing into perspective, Adobe Photoshop CS6, by itself, costs around $700 – depending on where you buy it. Now, for $49.99 per month, you can own ALL of Adobe’s products. This averages out to just $600 per year. And if you head over to the Adobe website, you can get special pricing for the first year.
Let’s take a quick look at the new features in Photoshop CC:
The new exciting features that Adobe announced for Photoshop include some very cool perspective correction in Camera Raw. When you photograph at an upward angle, the vertical lines converge (come together) the farther away you get from the camera – unless, of course, you own a pretty expensive tilt-shift lens. With this new feature, you now have the ability to correct this correction. In their demonstration, the auto-correct worked very well. However, you will also have the ability to make corrections manually.
In addition to correcting converging lines, Adobe also demonstrated the ability to change the angle from which you took a photo. The example that they showed, a picture was taken of a window where the photographer was positioned just off-center form the window. With the correction added, you could literally shift the camera position – so that it was as if you took the picture from directly in front of the window to begin with.
Adobe has also added a Radial filter – which looks similar to a vignette, except that you can add as many as you like. And, it does a fantastic job at lighting areas of the scene that were otherwise too dark – sort of acting as a virtual flashlight, as Terry White put is at the MAX conference.
Photoshop also introduces a shake reduction filter, which will eliminate blurriness from camera shake.
Photoshop has a ton of new features included that are sure to excite a lot of photographers, but here are two more products that Adobe is working on:
Project Mighty and Project Napoleon. Project Mighty is basically a tablet pen – except that it is connected with the cloud and contains your identity. It can be used to draw on your tablet, but can also link and connect with other tablets. The feature that stuck out was the ability to copy a drawing from one tablet and paste it onto another tablet. In addition to this, you also have the ability to draw with the pen, and erase with your finger, as well as undoing by simply tapping the screen with your finger. Check out Adobe’s Project Might website to find out more.
Project Napoleon, which was described as a “short ruler” (get it?) is, basically a combination tool that you can lay on your tablet and use to draw straight lines or perfect arcs/curves. This is really nifty because you don’t have to hold your pen steady along the ruler. When you have it placed, you simply draw with the pen and the line snaps to wherever the edge of the ruler is. It’s pretty awesome.
One more exciting feature is that Creative Cloud comes with access to Adobe’s Font Folio. This is free use of thousands of fonts that, if purchased individually, would total thousands of dollars. I spend a lot of time searching for standout fonts when I’m working on projects, so this is exciting to me.
I hope to keep you updated with more cool features soon, but for now, drop me a line and let me know what you think of the new direction that Adobe is headed.