Press Release: Adobe Photoshop CC + Lightroom

At Photoshop World on Wednesday, Adobe announced a special Creative Cloud offer for photographers. For $9.99 a month, you will be able to have both Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5. According to Adobe, this price will not change in the future.

In order to get this deal, you will need to sign up by December 31st, 2013 and you already own Photoshop CS3 or higher.

The new package includes: 

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • 20 GB of online storage
  • Behance ProSite for portfolio hosting
  •  Access to the online video tutorial in CC

 

This does sound like a good deal if you rely on Photoshop and Lightroom for your work.

For more details, you can visit Adobe's blog CreativeLayer.

Adobe Lightroom 5

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Now that the new version of Lightroom is out. Some of you will probably be asking yourselves this one question. Should I upgrade to version 5?  The answer to that question is of course, it depends

If you are a pro or a heavy user i.e. 3 hours plus daily Lightrooming, it is a no brainer. If you are coming from version 3 or earlier, it is also a very significant and worthwhile upgrade.  If you are running Lightroom 4 already and lusting after the new features is not your thing, then skip this one and wait for version 6.

So why don't we have a look at the cost of the upgrade? As long as you own a license of Lightroom (version 1x to 4x), the upgrade price for version 5 is $79.  If you spread it out to 12 months, the monthly cost of the upgrade is only $6.58. It costs a little more than your average fancy beverage at the local Starbuck. Not a bad investment at all if you look at it that way.

Let's check out the short list of Lightroom 5 new features.

  • Advanced Healing Brush
       visualize (dust) spots
       irregular shapes clone or heal brush
  • Radial Gradient
  • Upright (perspective/straightening correction)
  • Smart Previews
  • Video Slideshows
  • New Full Screen Mode

If you shoot architecture often, the Upright perspective correction tool is a must have. The irregular shape healing/cloning brush tool will save you trips to Photoshop for more complex retouching. For these 2 tools alone, it is worth the cost of the upgrade in my opinion.

If you need more info on the new features on Lightroom 5, please visit Adobe Lightroom 5's Features page here. For tutorials on the new features, you can go to the AdobeTV series hosted by Julieanne Kost here.

New iTunes 11

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Woke up this morning to the new completely redesigned iTunes 11. At first glance, the new interface is refreshing and very much needed. It is amazing how dependent I have become over the years getting my various contents through iTunes. From music, podcasts, books, iTunes U, apps and movies, iTunes is the app that is always running on my Macs and my living room. The days are gone for mixed tapes (arguably saving loads of late night hours but not as much fun) when playlists became an integral part of my music experience. How far we have come in the space of 10 years. Kudos to Steve Jobs and Apple. 

Also in this morning's software update, there is the Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 4.02.

Details below:

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About Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.02

This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:

Nikon COOLPIX P7700

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PM2

Olympus STYLUS XZ-2

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3

Sony Alpha NEX-5R

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha SLT-A99

For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5371.

Adobe Configurator

Adobe recently made available a nifty free utility 'Adobe Configurator' update for download on Adobe labs.

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Adobe Configurator 3.1 interface

Adobe Configurator 3.1 enables users to easily create custom panels (palettes) for use in both Photoshop CS5/Cs6 and InDesign CS5/CS6. Users can drag and drop their favourite tools, menus, scripts, actions etc. into a panel design and then export the custom panels for use in Photoshop or InDesign.

In a matter of minutes, I created a quick panel containing my most used Photoshop tools and have it imported into Photoshop CS5. The utility is fun and a joy to use.

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Configurator 3 panel in PSCS5

You can visit Adobe labs for more info on Adobe Configurator and download links.