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22 Jun 2015

Photoshop in subscription – about $10 per month

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CC 2015, the new Photoshop, has just been premiered. Many people don’t understand at all what Creative Cloud is about and what it means to buy PS in subscription instead of in a box, so I will try to explain to you how it works and whether it’s actually profitable.

The evolution

I saw no big difference between Photoshop CS2 and subsequent versions until CS5.5. The change from 32 to 64 bits was certainly a breakthrough, but the use of the program itself remained the same. CS4 featured Vibrance filter, which I use in many ways, but it was only Photoshop CS6 that made me feel much better while retouching: an incredibly improved speed and saving files in the background were the most important changes to me, but there were more of them. That was the last Photoshop available to buy according to the old rules, that is, by spending a substantial sum of money in advance and getting the program to have it forever (at least in theory). Instead of CS7 you may now get Photoshop CC: the version to buy in subscription.

CC did introduce a few improvements, but they were insignificant in retouch (they were a bit more useful in general editing of photos). The latest version from 2015 changes a lot more to me, though. The priority was to make the program faster, so the skin correction tools were souped up pretty much: the Spot Healing Brush and the Patch Tool now work many times quicker (120 times according to the announcements). Still, I’m much more interested in the Healing Brush (not the spot one). This one currently works live: if you correct anything, you can see the changes immediately (in previous versions, the final result was loaded only after you had finished the corrections). Read more