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New Exclusive Photoshop Features for Creative Cloud Members!

There’s never been a better time to become a Adobe Creative Cloud member because today, Adobe Photoshop gives Creative Cloud members exclusive access to more than a dozen exciting new features that will take your Photoshop workflow to the next level!

If you’d like to see some of these new Photoshop features for Creative Cloud members in action, check out this video from our own Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist Julieanne Kost, in which she shares her top 5 new features for photographers.

Here’s a closer look at what’s new in Photoshop CS6 (13.1) for Creative Cloud members:

  • Retina Display Support: See more of the details in your images and in the Photoshop user interface when viewing on new Retina displays available on MacBook Pro.
  • Smart Object support for Blur Gallery and Liquify: Enjoy the creative freedom to experience nondestructive editing with Blur Gallery and Liquify, now that both features offer Smart Object support. These effects can even be applied non-destructively to video layers.

  • Powerful CSS support for web design: Quickly export CSS code for text and objects, and also import color codes from HTML, CSS and SVG files to your color palette to help you design incredible websites.

  • Workflow improvements: Discover new user-inspired timesavers including Crop tool refinements, better naming of merged layers, the ability to quickly move a path anchor point using the spacebar and the option to see up to 100 items in your list of recently opened files. Easily create large images for signage, panoramas, and other large outputs by saving JPEGs of up to 65,000×65,000 pixels, more than twice the size previously supported. Ensure consistent type formatting across multiple documents by defining global styles, which are then available in any Photoshop document.
    • Conditional Actions: Speed up image processing by creating Conditional Actions. These commands use logic to automatically choose between different Actions based on rules that you establish.
  • New 3D options (available for Photoshop CS6 Extended):
    • Improved 3D effects: Save time and steps with improved live (OpenGL) previews of shadow effects as well as reflection roughness and refraction. Also, get more control over illumination by using a 32-bit color picker to create amazing glow effects.
    • Image-based lighting enhancements: Get enhanced lighting when you illuminate your scenes using 32-bit HDR images as light sources or create other image-based lights (IBLs).
    • Enhanced details for textures: Improve the lighting of bumps and textures on 3D objects by automatically generating a normal map.

Note: With the exception of Retina display support, the new features listed above will only be available to Adobe Creative Cloud members. Retina display support for Mac is available to all Adobe Photoshop CS6 customers today, including customers who are not Creative Cloud members.

Creative Cloud for Teams
We’re also pleased to announce the launch of Adobe Creative Cloud for teams, which makes it easy for you to collaborate with colleagues inside and outside your organization and benefit from centralized administrative tools. It comes with 100GB of storage per person and direct access to Adobe’s expert support team. Creative Cloud for teams is available today and you can get more information in this detailed announcement or by visiting Adobe.com.

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For more information on these new Photoshop CS6 features or to find out how to become a member of Adobe Creative Cloud, please visit Adobe.com.

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These are all amazing updates!

Love the CSS and Liquify updates!

I’m angry!!! I DON’T WANT CREATIVE CLOUD! It’s expencive and gives no nore than Dropbox. Whay can’t I get it as update, I paid you a huge money for this! ****!

What about all those who don’t want to jump on the Creative Cloud and have bought boxed products? Do we not get the updates too?

As a longtime user of Photoshop, both as a photographer and as a photography and post-production instructor, I’m appalled by this. I can see why you would want to develop your cloud provision, but penalising your current customer base doesn’t strike me as the best way to do it. Please provide the same updates for those of us who have paid for your software.

Hi,

I bought a Photoshop CS6 license for $1000.
When I did, there was no mention that it would not be given features that the subscription license was given.
Now, after spending $1K on Ps, I’m out of luck.

This is simply disgusting.

Entirely unacceptable, especially at this price point.

I will be contacting you to get a refund for my license so I can switch to the subscription.

Adobe that’s not a very good way of doing business. How about being a little faithful to your customers and allow EVERYONE to update!

At first, when I opted for upgrading my Master Collection instead of subscribing to the Creative Cloud (the SaaS paradigm doesn’t fit my needs nor my personal taste) my only concern was: “will I miss the new, CreativeCloud-only features that will be added on an annual basis?”
I’m happy to see that no, I can sleep easy…

I am also very annoyed. Retail box customers should be able get the updates as they become available to Creative Cloud users. Just because we only need one or two products, instead of the whole Creative Cloud suite, doesn’t diminish our investment in our ** owned ** Adobe software.

Nothing like screwing your long time customers. If you were to make a change in the paradigm at an upgrade, allowing us to make an informed decision to stay with the conventional purchase or move to SaaS is one thing… I think Adobe needs to gird their loins and get ready for a lynch mob!

For those of you complaining about not getting the new features, consider this: In the past, all these features would have just been held back till CS7. So now, you have the option via Creative Cloud of getting features sooner. If you don’t want Creative Cloud, then wait and upgrade to CS7 when it comes out and you’ll get these features I’m sure.

Marc you pay 1,000 dollars for box not to get the update then on top of that pay for a creative cloud membership? Screw cs7 they can kiss my a**!

Hopefully this is not a trend. Purchase of further Adobe products may have to factor the availability of updates.

Tread lightly.

Make it $15 or maybe even $20 a month for individual purchasers, and it’s worth it. Current pricing is FAR too high for individuals.

To all those who are disappointed about not having access to these updates: These features would traditionally be part of a CS7 upgrade (or what Adobe likes to call “CS Next”), not CS6. Subscription customers just get these features earlier. When you paid for CS6, you got CS6 and that’s it. All the new features are part of the CS7 upgrade, which is not yet available. These features are NOT free updates that regular customers don’t get. If you do the math, you’ll find that after a few years, Creative Cloud is actually more expensive than buying the box version and all upgrades. We subscribers do pay quite a hefty premium for the early access to features and the more flexible payment/pricing. Plus, we essentially do beta testing. I’m having issues with the Photoshop update for example. By the time the CS7 upgrade comes out for boxed-version customers, those problems will long have been ironed out.

Don’t be fooled by the “Cloud” branding. Creative Cloud is essentially a software subscription, not a cloud solution. The cloud part is more or less Adobe trying to figure out ways how they can make cloud-based services work for them and their customers, but in practice, nobody gets a CC subscription for any of those services. Once there are more advanced things like rendering of After Effects projects in the cloud, that may change, but right now, it is about access to the Creative Suite software products.

Also note that there are US business rules in place that make it really hard legally for software companies to release anything beyond maintenance updates (i.e. bug and security fixes) for box software since technically the updates would be features customers paid for in advance but got much later. There are ways to bend those rules a bit, but in general, a subscription model is the most common solution to get around those restrictions.

    oh, please! you want us to believe that this improvements should be the new features in CS7 for regular customers?!

    That explanation is pure crap.

      Agree. Pure crap.

    To me, a loyal CS user for years, it is not so much about the withheld enhancements for buyers, it is more about the message I’m getting that we are less important to Adobe than the software renters. Not buying all the BS excuses, it’s the way I feel.

    US business rules? Oh Really? What law is that then? Please name the law. Otherwise you are just a liar.

    This is the best explanation about Creative Cloud that I see, thx for that, I was struggling to fully understand why was so different, and how truly works. I understand that people are upset, but is a very different value to own something that to borrow it, we pay for the CS6 and that’s it

This is just total BS!!!! These features are basic modifications to existing features, this should not be something reserved for a cs7 release, consider this, when I bought cs6 it had some serious bugs that I had to put up with, how about giving back to your loyal customers by giving us the updates in lieu of putting up with garbage initial releases. We are your beta testers in essence, show some respect otherwise your software is easily obtained thru cheaper channels. You are playing with fire and you will not win this battle adobe

So you paying to he a beta tester basically? Hah ya bye adobe!

Adobe sucks! Russian missiles will destroy your shitty office LOL

When I bought my Macbook Pro Retina it was suggested on Apple’s website that retina updates were on the way for Photoshop products. Were they wrong? Had I known that retina support would only be available for cloud subscribers I might have purchased cloud instead. Now I’m stuck unless I subscribe on top of already having purchased CS6. Maybe I don’t understand what’s going on here.

    Luke – Retina display support is now available for ALL Mac Photoshop CS6 customers (not just Creative Cloud members). If you just go to your Photoshop Help menu and click on Updates, you should receive the new update which includes Retina display support!

      I just installed the update, and my word it looks great! Thanks so much for the tip, I should have checked for an update before posting!

slap in the face! :(
so bad move adobe.
this is wrong, because we know that the updates are there.

i just can’t believe what just happened????

SO AWESOME! Not giving updates to retail customers is SO AWESOME! Sincerely, SCREW YOU!

Adobe seems to be on a path of dissing its faithful customers. I have been a Photoshop user since 4.5 and I find that Adobe is far less responsive to its customer base than it used to be. They might want to take a lesson from previous software companies that have bit the dust by thinking they were the only game in town.

Well, seems CS6 will be my last Adobe product….

Whoa whoa whoa. How am I any less of a “faithful” customer because I have a Creative Cloud membership? Why shouldn’t I have access to newer features faster than those who wait to purchase box versions (or worse pirate a copy of box versions)?

If you only have need for one or two programs, or you’re too cheap to make the investment, then stop complaining. Why should you receive the same level of features/service if you’re not willing to invest in the product as much as I am?

    “If you only have need for one or two programs, or you’re too cheap to make the investment, then stop complaining.” REALLY? I have the Master Collection. So can I complain now? I agree with everyone else. This is a really bad idea Adobe.

Where you do get that we who buy the retail versions are “too cheap”? Because we have purchased the box set and don’t want to ALSO purchase the cloud version? Or because we feel that paying another monthly bill on top of all the others, that companies have decided to add on, is not something we want to do?

The fact is we have invested in the product, even more so then, you since we paid full price either for a new version or an upgrade.

Plain and simple Adobe wants a steady revenue stream and if they can get everyone to believe this is best for them they’ll get it. The cloud is not a silver lining, just wait. If you think $50 a month isn’t bad wait till it starts going up and they no longer offer a boxed product. Lets see what you think then.

I have no interest in icloud whatsoever at present; in rural England broadband speeds, as you Americans say, sucks.

I was a boxed-product owner for years. Adobe has never, ever, ever released major upgrades for existing boxed products. You had to buy the upgrades, when they came out. Always. This has not changed.

When CC was launched, this was one of the major selling points: you’ll get new features faster. I made the switch. There are other tradeoffs, but so far (barely) worth it.

Most of the complaints here seem to be “they get it, I want it too!” Which is basically the behavior of a four year old. It’s embarrassing.

    sorry but this is not right, because this is the same piece of software.
    it’s the same PS CS6 standard or extended and now there is a third one???
    ido they have a name for it?

    Jeff,
    Even though I agree with you (CC-only benefit were clear since the CC launch and it’s kind of childish to complain now that Adobe puts the strategy in practice), some of us are bothered also because of the *way* Adobe is implementing the shift to the SaaS paradigm:
    1. It’s crystal clear that Adobe is going to be a SaaS-only company; I could consider myself lucky if I’ll be able to upgrade to Master Collection CS7 as a boxed product (or digital download), but I doubt it will happen.
    2. CC isn’t such a big deal if you consider that the monthly fee is +50% (plus fifty percent) of the annual subscription, so the agility that a subscription-based paradigm is supposed to have is purely virtual.
    3. In my business (color-correction/prepress) it’s not unusual to upgrade by steps of 2 versions, either for financial considerations *or* because a Photoshop version is, how could I say it… “bad”? I guess each one of us remembers the disaster of the CS4 version (please check here if you’re in doubt http://bit.ly/tz2AY5). The SaaS paradigm takes us off (as customers) the right to “complain” – the only way a customer is allowed to do – not buying/upgrading.
    4. There may be several ways to help transitioning long-time users (like myself) to the CC world, and/or modulating the subscription paradigm (if you’re familiar with the WordPress platform, small and mid-sized software houses are adopting it in a far more user-friendly way). Adobe’s way is quite… simple (to put it mildly).
    These points have been holding true (at least to me) even before this small upgrade.
    I can understand, though, that this little event is causing a bit of buzz among customers.

I have been purchasing the Adobe products that are needed and paid the price asked for years. After trying Cloud I found that it was not for me. To many programs that are not needed, bad support amongst other issues. So, I paid to upgrade the 3 programs that I use. This latest move is the most ridiculous move to screw longtime loyal customers. As a company that has been at the forefront in digital imaging and one I trusted and supported this leaves me looking for choices to find other programs and companies that I can trust to do business with.
Thanks, Adobe!

Ali you’re a moron plain and simple. What investment exactly have you made. The cloud is a temporary service, the box is permanent and costs 2x as the cloud. So get your facts straight, have fun making ugly work, do us all a favor put your head in an oven

    the bix costs 2x as the clowd????

Well i did only come on the website so i could make an informed decision about which software was the best, to see all of these comments and now im too scared to even go near any of it… I am only one person trying to make a start inthe photography business and really dont want to be dittled…. Wow Adobe, you have pissed off your fan base :-/

Such a civil and positive discussion.

Regardless of Adobe’s motivation, I could keep myself unaware of CC’s updates until CS7 and get those updates and more then. However, as the administrator of a training center, my students are starting to point out differences between our classroom’s software and theirs. As our software is already licensed, adding CC to our costs would be a poor choice economically.

If Adobe offered CS6 Creative Cloud at a very steep discount for current CS6 “owners”, perhaps much of the bad will expressed above will be mitigated. Some of these folks are clearly trolls who use forums like this to throw insults around. But the legitimate disgruntlement of more reasonable folks is something Adobe should consider.

    They are offering it to CS6 owners for $29.99 a month instead of the normal $49.99 a month for one year. I only use PS and LR, both of which I own, so why would I want to toss an extra $360.00 to Adobe per year?

    BTW, before writing this I went to the Adobe site and read reviews. If you change their default criteria to read the worst reviews first it is illuminating. Folks are complaining about having to sign in multiple times per day and other things. It certainly doesn’t seem that this is the universal hit that the evangelists and other fan club members are claiming.

When you purchase a version that is what you are getting, not an endless stream of new features to the next version. Adobe provides the industry standard for a host of multimedia, and the true users of this software understand the development costs involved. Most of the senseless comments here are by people who would have their hands out even if you just fed them, and probably couldn’t use the new features if they had them.

Thank you Adobe for creating incredible software for the creative people who are willing to pay for the best.

    “Adobe provides the industry standard for a host of multimedia, and the true users of this software understand the development costs involved.”

    The software has already been developed. It is simply a question of distribution. Adobe chooses not to distribute it to its clients who have actually purchased the software.

Soooo… What other alternatives than Adobe are there, if you want something that can do the same as Photoshop? If anybody knows, I’d appreciate the reply!

I want their product, but if they’re going to pull a bullshit move like this, they can’t have my money or my loyalty. This is the worst example of business I have ever witnessed. I’m so disappointed.

You all sound like a bunch if whiny liberals.

    and what are you? a fascist?

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It is unfortunate that Adobe has taken the step forward to basically deny license owners access to upgrades, especially to Photoshop. Many of us use Lightroom/Photoshop for photographic processing tools and now are being discriminated against.

In fact the pricing structure is:

For ME: Design Standard – 1299$, or Photoshop 699$

Cloud: All $49.99/month,
Upgrade: $29.99/month
Photoshop only $19.99/month

BUT THERE IS A PROBLEM … not available in my region (South East Asia) so I have to purchase individual products … with no upgrades … and there was plenty said about inclusions for CS6 … where is the Adobe support for customers NOT in the US region.

In fact the equivalent cost of upgrade from CS5-6 (I bought a full copy with Design Standard) was only $230 and yet a year of Creative Cloud membership (CS Only) is $240.

I guess we need to look at alternatives if Adobe isn’t going support their customers.

Unfortunate though as I like LR/CS.

I made the switch to Photoline three months ago, and have not looked back. Glad I did after reading this.

FTW !?

I paid 1.900€ for the Production Premium Suite CS6

and i don’t have the right to use the PS 13.1 Update !!?

Its a bad joke Adobe! :(

that’s the problem of letting adobe take the monopole! people, look for other alternatives, there are single solutions out there, and look for open source as well. as long people keep buying and using CS products, there will be no end to the oppression. next time you’ll have to sell your own kids to adobe in order to get adobe products. otherwise adobe will not be stopping oppressing its customers, things will be worse in the future. fight for you right or make to the move to another product.

I own other software in addition to photoshop cs6 extended and I think Adobe just made us 2nd class users by only upgrading the clow people. with all my other software upgrade are included. The bottom line on this is that this is bad move on Adobe’s part and it might even be illegal or could get enough people mad to bring a class action law suit.

Why are the non-cloud users being penalised for being non-cloud users with features of products being withheld from us? Is our money worth less because it’s only paid for the one product I need? Adobe, this move is creating backlash and I have been unable to get any comment from your company thus far.

My main worry is that this is a slippery slope. Next we may not get bug fixes, or .1 – .5 versions in between major releases. Can you allay my fears that non-cloud customers are being pushed into the background and that only the subscribers will get even crucial updates in the future?

What Adobe has just done is called in a polite way “blackmail”. Exclusivity in this kind of situation is not a good move for someone who has paid 1000$+ for a licence. Let’s hope they will understand their bad decision and they will change it in the near future.

This is what happens when the existing competitor’s are weak at best, if they still exist.

I can almost imagine how this went.
Some suits in a shiny office, thinking how to extract more money from customers.
And one had the bright idea of charging for a “cloud” membership, but to make it attractive, they get features that the rest don’t.
Of course, the morons only thought about money, instead of giving their customers a good experience/service.
Now they have alienated most of their consumer base.

“There’s never been a better time to become a Adobe Creative Cloud member…” I can almost read that in an annoying salespeople voice.

Shove your creative cloud in your Adobetic ass.

Just want to add my voice. Adobe, PLEASE. I just spent many Euros for the European CS6 box version that is even more expensive than the American, only to find that a couple of days later I’m not eligible for a 6.1 upgrade.
I can’t believe it. In my honest opinion, I think this is completely unacceptable.

PLEASE, Adobe reconsider this.

Something for Adobe to consider:

Perpetual Licence Purchasers pay the full price up-front so Adobe has the advantage of adding that value to its revenue-stream from the first day of the product-cycle.

Cloud Subscribers pay only in instalments and may well choose (or find it unavoidable) to drop-out at any time.

Your Perpetual Licence Purchasers are providing better value to the company and should be rewarded by being granted the same privileges to access mid-cycle updates and upgrades which are accorded to Cloud Subscribers.

Bad move. Really a bad move.

I want to “own” what I paid for. In terms of software, that is: I can use it forever.
I don’t rent software – who came up with that idiotic idea?
Professionals who anyways buy upgrade after upgrade regularly aren’t the only part the customer base for Adobe products consists of.

You can have my money for a boxed version that also gets minor updates like these. No problem with that. The price is very high but I’m still willing to pay it because I know: it’s mine, I can use it forever.
But you won’t get my money if you essentially force me into a subscription to get mini-updates. Because if at some point I can’t afford the monthly cost anymore, poof – my software is gone entirely, and so is the money I paid for it.

This issue has to become way more public in order to have an effect.
Maybe, if they pull the total dick move with making CS7 sub-only, we’ll be able to create a shitstorm big enough to force Adobe to get back to their traditional licensing scheme in favor of their loyal customers.
If not, software piracy surely will satisfy the unsatisfied sooner or later – unspent money Adobe could get if they become customer-friendly again.

Unbelievable. When I bought my boxed version of the Master Collection, I was under the (mis)understanding that I’d still get the updates, just not as soon as the Cloud subscribers. Apparently, I was bamboozled. And for you Cloud cheerleaders trying to claim that these are updates that would be CS7 inclusions: Get real. These are bug fixes, not just enhancements. This is rotten, rotten, rotten. Unless Adobe is willing/able to provide me with truly revolutionary, single-digit-level upgrades *every* *single* *year* – which they have not, will not, and cannot do – I’m not willing to move to any kind of subscription model. Denying paying customers of the boxed version the point-level fixes and enhancements for our very expensive and honestly purchased software is flat-out wrong. Just wrong. If Adobe doesn’t fix this, I’m done with them. And maybe they can live without me, but I’ll bet they can’t live without a whole bunch of me’s.

Just imagine if Microsoft or Apple made their OS’s subscription based. People and businesses would head for the Linux door in droves.

From Adobe’s earnings report: http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/201212/Q412Earnings.html

“We’re driving migration to a subscription model in our Creative business faster than we predicted a year ago, and we are confident fiscal 2013 will be the pivotal year for the transition,” said Mark Garrett, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Adobe. “This will yield a stronger, more predictable recurring revenue model with higher long-term revenue growth.”

“Driving migration”… like a herd of cattle to the slaughterhouse.

When is CS7 Coming out any one know?

will it still be available to buy it as licensed software that I own?

CANT UPGRADE WITHOUT THE CLOUD. SOOO UPSET WITH ADOBE RIGHT NOW. : (
Anyone knows a different option to buy a different product that works the same and DOES NOT oblige you to buy an expensive subscription?

I’m not entirely sure what most of you are complaining about… When it came time for me to upgrade from CS5, I read the literature and it made it quite clear that updates like these would only be for the CC path. And I did the math and realized that assuming a 16 month upgrade cycle, the CC path is only slightly more expensive than the boxed path. That, plus I didn’t have to drop the whole chunk down at once and could just file the monthly expense as the cost of my business. They said it was going to be like this. Stop complaining that you thought you knew better.

I’m a keen amateur photographer – ie, no income from photography. I’ve used Photoshop from v3.5 and updated via v7 – CS1 (due to XP) – CS4 – CS5 (context aware sold it). I find CS6 a ‘so what?’ upgrade. OK, Adobe wants to maximise its income and so is keen that I should start spending 2-3 times more by subscribing to every upgrade. Or 5 times more when Photoshop becomes available only as part of CC. Goodbye Adobe.

Not everyone has ‘access’ to the cloud in all locations. Yes, city folks live under a cloud. Those of us with only one bar in one spot in the house see lots of sunny skies.

Not able to or willing to be under a dark cloud.

I own full versions of Photoshop CS6 and InDesign CS6 and have been using Adobe products for almost 20 years. I have no interest in Creative Cloud which is, in effect paying an additional fee for updates software I already spent a large amount of money on! Maybe it’s a good deal if you don’t already own the software, but otherwise the monthly fee is just too much! How about a discount for those who already own full licences?

Honestly, I feel so let down by Adobe that I’m considering switching to QuarkXPress and looking for other options to Photoshop for my photography work. No way to treat loyal customers!

please! you want us to believe that this improvements should be the new features in CS7 for regular customers?!

Assures I won’t be updating any longer. Our work computer does not go online, it is not hooked up at all and never will be. We have separate computers that are online. None of them are for the imaging/analysis and photo work.

It is already nearly impossible to use Photoshop and Adobe is working to make that totally impossible.

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