At their annual Creativity Conference, Adobe announced that their 'CS' series will, from now on, be known as 'CC' - the Creative Cloud.
What this means for photographers is that they will no longer buy a boxed copy of software such as CS6, instead they'll need to purchase a subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud where Photoshop CC, along many other Adobe desktop apps
, will be available.
Adobe say: "While Adobe Creative Suite 6 products will continue to be supported and available for purchase, the company has no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products. Focusing development on Creative Cloud will not only accelerate the rate at which Adobe can innovate but also broaden the type of innovation the company can offer the creative community."
Through the Creative Cloud, all files and assets will be automatically synchronised between the desktop, cloud and mobile devices. Plus, users will be notified when app updates are available and as Photoshop CC is Adobe's first desktop app to include the ability to post files directly to Behance from within the application, this means users can showcase their work immediately.
As part of the major update new tools are available to users, including new image deblurring and sharpening features in Photoshop CC:
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 and 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.
Users can also now select multiple paths, shapes and vectors at once, providing a faster, easier workflow for working with multiple objects.
The new Creative Cloud update will be available
from June and existing CS customers can receive an introductory offer to the new Creative Cloud from £27.34 a month. Single Apps can also be purchased for the introductory rate of £8.87 a month. A free 30-day trial is available but the amount of cloud storage is reduced to 2GB and you only receive limited access to the services.
for more information.
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For those of you who are Lightroom users, a post on Adobe's blog
has confirmed that Lightroom 5 will still be available as a standalone product.