The latest Kickstarter project to catch my attention is something called the Shortcut-S. Its creators are apparently long-time Photoshop users who tired of the program's myriad and increasingly complex keyboard shortcuts and decided to create a device to make them all available via a single touch.
That's right, the Creative Cloud Photoshop Photography Program, which includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, the standard 20GB of cloud storage and a Behance membership with ProSite, lives on. Introduced in September of last year as a "limited time offer," this allows those who are registered users of Photoshop CS3 or later to access the above apps for $9.99 a month, on a yearly subscription. You can't knock the price, although once the subscription ends you'll have to find creative ways to open and edit your PSD files. The offer was set to end December 31 but now you can subscribe until February 28, 2014, on the Adobe site. Unless, of course, the offer is extended once again.
The first upgrade since the release of Photoshop CC in June turns out to be quite significant. As well as packing in a wide variety of improvements and new functionality geared to a broad spectrum of users, the upgrade adds the first application of Adobe Generator, a customizable platform that has now been released as an open source project, along with the first practical embodiment of its capabilities, image assets generation. It's no secret that Adobe would like those who have traditionally used Fireworks for creating web designs and comps to move on to Photoshop and this is exactly what this is designed to facilitate. Will that plus the new $9.99 per month rate finally get the user base onside? Who knows. More details here.
In a move designed primarily to appease photographers, who were incensed by the forced move to Creative Cloud, Adobe this week has cut the cost of Photoshop CC subscriptions from $19.99 per month to $9.99. It's hard to imagine the price going much lower, so this limited-time offer might be something to check out.
Back in February the creativeLIVE site site hosted PhotoshopWEEK, for which more than 150,000 participants from 178 countries tuned in for free webinars that included Photoshop's Best-Kept Secrets; Editing Habits to Break; Mastering Blending Modes; and Getting Started with Actions. Provided free during the event, those sessions are now available on a paid basis. Now there's the free five-day Creative Cloud Design Week, which kicks off on August 19 and runs until the 23rd. The 11 instructors will focus on the core CC applications, with topics including InDesign Basics - Using Photoshop and InDesign; Master Illustrator's Patterns; Dreamweaver vs Muse; and Template-based Imaging in Photoshop.
Barcelona-based audiovisual design studio Device has packed all the filters from Photoshop CS5 into a two-minute video (below) showing them applied to the Ps icon. We're told that each filter depicted "has a custom sound design that uses the same sound for each filter but with a different distortion effect for every case, exporting the graphical concept to the sound." You'll find even stranger clips on the studio's site.
Watch how Photoshop CC you can save shots you thought were lost due to camera motion. Whether your blur was caused by slow shutter speed or a long focal length, Camera Shake Reduction analyzes its trajectory and helps restore sharpness.
No, that's not a touch-based version of Photoshop. Instead, this is a still from a clip (shown below) in which Senior Photoshop Product Manager Zorana Gee is showing off new 3D capabilities in what will be, as of June, Photoshop CC, now that the Extended version is gone. But be still, my beating heart! Is that not Photoshop CS7 I see in the application title bar? Which would seem to indicate that scrapping the CS7 moniker and going with CC was a fairly recent decision. While raising another question — what will future versions of the CC applications be called?
Last month I asked what now seems like a prophetic question: Why Don't We All Love Adobe? My take was that Adobe had stopped listening to the concerns of its long-time customers. So when it recently announced that our future would be Creative Cloud-only, I wasn't surprised that more than a few customers responded with a blunt, "No thanks." Typical are the comments on NAPP president Scott Kelby's blog — hell hath no fury like a Photoshop user scorned. Then there's this thread in the Adobe forums and in the comments to John Nack's blog here and here. And of course the Change.org petition asking Adobe to continue providing a perpetually licensed alternative.