Adobe Photoshop CS6

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Adobe ACR 8.5 RC continues to nibble away at traditional Photoshop

2014_05_22GradFilterMaskAdobe continues to push the envelope of what is possible with non-destructive editing – the kind used by Lightroom and by Adobe Camera Raw. It has just published a release candidate of ACR 8.5 that (in addition to more cameras and lenses) supports the ability to use a brush to limit the effects of a Graduated filter.

DxO Optics Pro 9: Does it have the best image noise reduction ever?

EDL_InleLake_Fishermen_1776_DxOIn the bad old days of early DSLRs, noise reduction was a vital piece of every workflow. With modern DSLRs, and even many smaller cameras, low-noise is the norm for most sensors in most conditions. But no matter what camera you have, there comes a time when you have to push its limits and bump up the ISO until you get visible noise. That’s when a high-quality noise reduction tool is a must. Read more »

Will Elements be your next Photoshop? Version 12 ups its game

51vYXk-LwVLAdobe continues to get pushback over its new “subscription-only” licensing model for Photoshop. It continues to appear that all versions after CS6 will rely on some type of Creative Cloud subscription. In response to user pressure, Adobe has lowered the price of its “Photographer” package that provides Photoshop CC and Lightroom for $10/month. For many photographers, though, the whole idea of renting their software is not appealing. Unfortunately there are not too many options out there. GIMP is a powerful, free, package, but it doesn’t have the polish of Photoshop. Ironically, Adobe itself may be providing the solution itself for many shooters in the form of Photoshop Elements… Read more »

Adobe puts more distance between Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6 with more new cloud-only features

Generator-screen-shot-2-1024x752Adobe is determined to herd its customers to the cloud – specifically its Creative Cloud subscription service. This weekend Adobe added to the pressure with a version 14.1 update to Photoshop CC. It adds a cool new technology – Generator for asset creation and other low-level image content scripting – as well as a bunch of bug fixes and updates that I’m sure all Photoshop users would welcome. But if you want the goodies, you’ll need to be subscribed to the Cloud version. You can get the full details on the update from Adobe, and of course updating is simply a matter of using Help->Update from your copy of Photoshop CC. Read more »