Adobe officially launched Photoshop CC to the public today after announcing its major move to the cloud at its Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles last month. The program is now available for download through the Creative Cloud website.
This new update to the Creative Cloud marks an end to the era in which a photographer could walk to a store and purchase a boxed copy of Adobe’s popular photo editing program. Going forward, Adobe’s popular suite of programs will only be available through monthly or annual subscription fees.
Among the new features introduced in Photoshop CC are new sharpening technologies and workflow improvements. One of the features that has drummed up the most interest among photographers is the Camera Shake Reduction feature, which magically deblurs photographs that were blurred by camera movements during the exposures. This is the feature that first wowed the photography world when it was teased at Adobe Max 2011:
There’s also a new Smart Sharpen tool that can help you quickly and easily make the textures and details in your photographs “pop”:
Adobe Camera Raw 8 now has three new tools (Advanced Healing Brush, Radial Gradient, Upright Tool), and can be applied to layers within Photoshop CC itself:
Photoshop CC is also the first Adobe desktop application to gain the ability to send photographs directly to Behance, the portfolio-sharing service that Adobe acquired last December.
This major business model change by Adobe has caused quite an outcry from photographers, but it appears that Adobe is going full steam ahead with its plans. Last month, we reported that Adobe may be open to the idea of special software subscription bundles geared specifically toward photographers. We have yet to see anything of the sort announced.
For now, if you’re already a subscriber to the Adobe Creative Cloud, you’ll receive all the updates to Photoshop CC immediately and at no extra cost (the benefit of having cloud- and subscription-based software).