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Big Changes Coming Using Photoshop, Lightrom and Camera Raw

There are big changes coming to the way we use Photoshop and Lightroom.
Seems like there will be no more Photoshop as we know it after version CS6. Photoshop will move to the “cloud” starting in June 2013 available only through a monthly subscription fee. It will reside in Adobe’s “Creative Cloud” as “Photoshop CC”…  no more upgrading versions of PS – no differentiating PS from PS “Extended, just one version with continuous updating of the program on the cloud.  Much has been posted already and I am sure there will be much more.[Click Here for the Adobe press release]   [Click Here for Adobe’s spin: “A Break from Tradition”]

The focus of this post… its effect on our Photoshop / Lightroom / Camera Raw workflow.In this link about The Future of Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe states:
When we update ACR8 with new camera support, Photoshop CS6 customers can work with the new version of the Camera Raw plug-in. No new features or functionality will be available in ACR to Photoshop CS6 customers as part of those updates.

What does this mean? It seems if you buy a new camera in a year, Adobe will update the Camera Raw plug-in to support that camera BUT our PS CS6 will NOT support the features of ACR8 (or 9, or 10, or…)! The the question is how do we work our new PS/LR/ACR workflow?

Seems when we upgrade to the new Lightroom 5, it new features (Upright, Radial Filter, New Spot Healing Brush; and many more) will NOT be supported with PS CS6.

What might this mean to our non-destructive workflow?  As with LR5 beta, when you open your file a “smart-object” in PS your are not able to edit the new features. In future versions of ACR updates (yet to be determined by Adobe) we will probably not be able to open our file a “smart-object” at all.For those who do not use “smart-object” you might want to check out this Russell Brown link.)

How do we get everything we want…
It seems to get full functionality we need to subscribe to “PS CC“!

The “Camera Shake Reduction’ seems to be an interesting feature of PS CC… but more intriguing is that “Camera Raw” has been added as a filter able to be applied to individual layers! This might totally change our non-destructive workflow. Stay tuned!

  1. Hank
    May 9th, 2013 at 01:39 | #1

    If the $10/month was sort of “permanent” then it would be more reasonable-$240 for 2 years which is about the same as current PS upgrade rates. But. $240/YEAR is almost one buying a new copy every 2 years!


  2. Hank
    May 8th, 2013 at 23:23 | #2

    see reply above – got confused trying to put live url links into the reply – had a different form last time, and clicked on an “old” link and it also had no hot link insertion. Used the traditional code that the warez forums used.



  3. Hank
    May 8th, 2013 at 23:20 | #3

    It may be the company line, but, Schewe and Eric Chan are trying to squash the fires on LuLa.

    Some people expect Adobe to commit to LR6 LR7, etc or else they are going to jump ship now! Like one could get Corel, Capture One, DxO or any other business to commit for years into the future and then expect them to hold to it even if they are not making their expected profit. Guess we'll see what happens in another month or so, and how Adobe reacts to the furor. Interestingly, DPReview has a poll on several reasons photographers dislike the new Adobe cash model ( http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/05/08/Adobe-CC-Creative-Cloud-Complaints-Poll-of-Photographers-Photoshop-users) and about 60% dislike "Having to repeatedly pay to retain access" - exactly why Adobe likes the model - continuous cash stream.



    Bob DiNatale Reply:


    I just read many of the posts from DPreview… who – a lot of angry folks.

    The decision not to subscribe to PS CC is upsetting but all the money AND 1000s of hours invested in PS makes me angry!


  4. Hank
    May 8th, 2013 at 17:54 | #4

    Here’s an interesting take on Adobes justification to the Photographic community on the new Photoshop CC change.


    Bob DiNatale Reply:


    Interesting comments in the link but it seems Adobe has a company line here. They are trying to “stonewall” there way thru these questions. I do believe his statement “The last 12 months of development was brutal. And there were results we were not happy with.” We have seen there self admitted issues with LR4 that they have not resolved in more than 6 months.

    I wonder how NAPP (Scott Kelby) feels about this. I would think there training will take a hit with many marginal users not willing to sign up for a monthly subscription. We have decided to focus on the CC products.”


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