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Creative Cloud & CS6 Subscriptions Now Available

Today, Adobe announced the availability of Creative Cloud and Creative Suite application subscriptions, which includes Photoshop. We’re extremely proud of this release. Photoshop CS6 & Photoshop CS6 Extended  are really your releases, with over 65 user inspired enhancements that were added to Photoshop CS6 as a result of your feedback and input. If you haven’t experienced the magic and productivity enhancements in CS6 for yourself, you can see what’s new by downloading and trying out our products as free 30-day trials.

What’s more Photoshop Touch for iPad and Android tablets has been updated to version 1.2. This new release offers Photoshop Touch in five new languages and also contains several enhancements, including support for higher resolution images and auto syncing with the new Creative Cloud.

Earlier this week, I shared some tips for getting started with Photoshop CS6 which included important information on uninstalling the Photoshop CS6 beta , so you can quickly dive in and explore all the new features packed in this release. As Chief Customer Advocate, I have also been monitoring conversations across our social channels and forums and wanted to address some questions in this post about this news.

Addressing Your Questions About the Cloud

I wanted to clear up some confusion I’ve seen around the Creative Cloud concept. If a subscription to Photoshop or Creative Cloud (and all the Creative Suite Master Collection) doesn’t make sense for your needs, you can continue to purchase Photoshop and a Creative Suite of your choice the way you always have – as a perpetual license as either a boxed copy installable from DVD or as a download from Creative Cloud and subscription versions of Photoshop are merely new options for users.

Also note, “Creative Cloud” doesn’t mean that you need to log onto the Internet and run Photoshop and other Creative Suite applications in a browser/in the “Cloud.” Photoshop and other Creative Suite applications will continue to be downloaded and installed on your system to take full advantage of your laptop or desktop hardware.

Addition Information:

Benefits of the Creative Cloud & Subscriptions

Moving to the Creative Cloud or subscriptions is yet another way for people to access Photoshop and there are some flexible options to take advantage of. For instance, you might own a business, want predictable expenses and always want access to the latest version. You hire temporary workers or need access to our applications on a project by project basis. Or you’re a new user or are starting a business and don’t want to invest up front in a traditional perpetual license. These licenses also allow for the following:

  • Cross Platform License – Access to both the Mac OS and Windows versions of the desktop applications and the ability to install them on your primary computer and one backup computer.
  • Multi-Language License – Access to any language version in which the CS6 and other desktop applications are available. Unlike owning the traditional licensed version of a Creative Suite product, Creative Cloud membership gives you the freedom and flexibility to choose whichever language works best for you in any given application.

Student & Teacher Editions

Subscriptions also may make more sense if you’re a student who needs access to our products for a semester or a short period of time for a specific class. Qualified students and teachers get an amazing discount on Adobe software, including Photoshop CS6 and the Creative Cloud. Here are some resources to get you started if you’re a student or teacher:

  • Eligibility Guide for education purchasing
  • Who is eligible?
  • What is needed for proof of eligibility? Please note: If you use your school issued email address <> from a qualified institution during the process, the validation is instant and no other documentation is needed. If you have to submit documents it may take up to three business days to receive confirmation of your proof of eligibility.  You may download your product and choose trial mode while awaiting validation confirmation. You may use the product for up to 30 days in trial mode – then simply enter your serial number once it arrives.
  • Education store FAQ | North America

Photoshop Touch 1.2 Update

The Touch Apps are also a part of the Creative Cloud offering and the Photoshop Touch 1.2 update is also now available. Photoshop Touch 1.2 can be downloaded from both the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Higher Resolution Images

While some other iPad apps can support very large images, what Photoshop Touch can do is very different. Photoshop Touch works with up to 16 full-size layers in a single file, all in real-time. Because this uses much more memory than a single layer, we constrained the max size of images to  2.5 megapixels (1600×1600) megapixels with 16 layers. Many people want to work on higher-resolution images, and with this update you can choose to raise that limit to 4.2 megapixels (2048×2048) with 10 layers. Look for the option in Preferences.

Creative Cloud Integration

If you thought the Creative Cloud integration in Photoshop Touch 1.1 was great, you will love this new feature! After signing in to the Creative Cloud, you have the option to turn on automatic synchronization with Creative Cloud. That means that any time you create or modify a project file, it will automatically sync back to the Creative Cloud. In the future, the Creative Cloud Connection app will automatically sync the .PSDX file back to your desktop or laptop, where you can continue working on the project in Photoshop CS5 or CS6.

More New Features to Enjoy

  • Added export to PSD and PNG via Camera Roll or email
  • Improved rotate and flip image workflow
  • Added ability to transfer images to desktop via iTunes
  • Added new Tutorials and Effects

Photoshop Touch is now also available in 6 languages (English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian). Look for more languages coming soon.

Check out what’s in store with the Creative Cloud and Photoshop Touch 1.2 (iTunes App Store and Google Play) today!

– Jeffrey Tranberry
Product Manager – Chief Customer Advocate – Digital Imaging
@jtranber on Twitter

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  • By Jim - 2:48 PM on May 12, 2012  

    The big question for me, which I did not see answered here, is whether Creative Cloud requires an internet connection to run. I understand that it gives access to the full versions of the software and not some sort of lite browser version, but do I have to be connected to the web to launch an app for authentification?

    Put another way, I assume that I can not pay for 1 month, download all the applications, and enjoy them (without updates). Do the apps need the web at every launch? And if not, how many months of leeway do we have? (Long enough for me to send students to Namibia for 3 months with a laptop?)


    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 3:12 PM on May 12, 2012  

      Hi Jim,

      Here’s the info from the Creative Cloud subscription FAQ:

      Do I need ongoing Internet access to use my Creative Suite applications?

      Because your Creative Suite applications are installed directly on your computer, you will not need an ongoing Internet connection to use them on a daily basis. However, you will need to be online when you install and license your software, and at least once every 30 days thereafter. The software will alert you when you need to connect to the Internet for a license status check.

      • By Jim Monaco - 6:25 AM on May 14, 2012  

        Hi Jeff,

        Thanks for the info–perfect!

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  • By David - 10:19 AM on May 25, 2012  

    “…and the ability to install them on your primary computer and one backup computer.”

    Hasn’t this always been the case with the standalone products (provided that the computers are both used by the same individual and not used simultaneously)? Or are you describing something different?

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 2:49 PM on May 25, 2012  

      That’s correct. It’s the same as it’s always been. You can install on up to two of your personal computers.

      • By jon walawitch - 5:46 AM on October 1, 2014  

        I plan to use the CC software on 2 existing computers. What happens if I buy a new computer in the future to replace one of the two I currently have? Do you have some provision to deauthorize an old computer and run CC on a new one (still for a total of two computers)

        • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 8:03 AM on October 1, 2014  

          Hi Jon,

          You can install on as many systems (Mac and Win) as you like. I have 5 systems at any given time between home, work/testing machines. However, you can sign-in and activate CC on two of those systems at a time.

          To start using on a 3rd computer, simply sign out of one of the two other activated computers. Don’t worry if you don’t have access to the computers to sign out. When you log-in and encounter that you’re signed in and activated on two other systems, you will be asked if you want to deactivate the other systems so you can sign-in and start using the current system immediately. This eliminates lost activations from dead systems or systems you don’t have ready access to.

          Cross platform licenses and roaming activation are both new features of Creative Cloud which hopefully adds a level of convenience not available before.

  • By Zhuykov Denis - 2:28 AM on June 2, 2012  

    Does a subscription service let me buy photoshop after my total monthly paid subscription fees sum up to full cost of the software?

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 8:16 AM on June 19, 2012  

      No. There isn’t a rent to own option.

  • By Benny - 9:00 AM on June 4, 2012  

    I like all the language options. However the AAM dosen’t seem to react on other apps than Photoshop when shifting language. It’s the only app I managed to change language in. PS also has UI language place in the preferences. InDesign and Illustrator dosen’t. So how do I actualle chenge their language on the fly …

  • By Jason - 12:00 PM on June 4, 2012  

    I have Adobe Photoshop CS5 Educational version. I am not currently enrolled- I was wondering if the 29.99 per month for current CS users applies to me , or only to users of the full Adobe CS Master collection. Thank you.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 8:14 AM on June 19, 2012  

      Educational versions are treated the same as non-student versions in terms of being able to use them as a qualifying product to receive upgrade discounts. So, yes, you would qualify for the $29.99 discount on Creative Cloud.

  • By Rono - 11:10 AM on July 8, 2012  

    for the subscription service of Photoshop, how many computer will I be able to access it from?

    • By petegreen - 3:00 PM on July 10, 2012  

      From the Creative Cloud FAQ (link below)
      You can install the apps available in Creative Cloud on your primary computer and one backup computer, as long as they are not running at the same time.

      This and more information is found at:

  • By maxliv - 7:31 PM on August 9, 2012  

    I just purchased a subscription to creative cloud. I already own Photoshop CS6, can I upgrade my CS 6 version to the extended version without reinstalling photoshop CS6. I do not want to reinstall all my current plug-ins, actions, etc.

  • By Eamon Hourigan - 11:59 AM on October 5, 2012  


    Is it possible to rent each particular software, I generally only really need photoshop, dreamweaver and flash, and rarely flash now. Cheers

  • By Mark f - 11:47 PM on October 23, 2012  

    How do I download photoshop touch to my iPad without paying if I have a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud?iTunes App Store wouldn’t know I have a subscription.

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