[UPDATE (May 6th) – Major news out: Adobe Unveils New “CC” Release (CS7)... Everyone with a free level of membership as described below will receive free trials of these new CC tools.]
But did you know that no matter what you do, you can sign up right now for a zero-cost class of membership that never expires and provides free benefits for life? Anyone can have this in 57 countries worldwide, even if you use the perpetual products instead, or even if you use no other Adobe tools or services at all.
Here is all of what you get completely free, permanently:
“What’s the difference between the different Photoshops?”
We’ve seen this question sooo many times, we just had to write a complete article about it. With four different members of the Adobe Photoshop family, it can be confusing what is what and which to get… And now that Elements 11 is out, it’s a good time to look at this.
If you ask Adobe, they’ll tell you:
Q: How do Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Extended, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom software differ?
A: Photoshop Elements 11 (US$99) is designed for people who are just getting started with digital photo editing, and delivers powerful yet easy-to-use options that help you organize, edit, create, share, and help protect your personal photos.
Photoshop CS6 (US$699) is the professional standard for creating and manipulating powerful images, and Photoshop CS6 Extended (US$999) delivers everything in Photoshop plus tools for creating and editing 3D images and objects.
Photoshop Lightroom 4 (US$149) addresses the workflow needs of professional and serious amateur photographers, enabling them to import, process, organize, and showcase large volumes of digital photographs quickly, or develop a single image.
This week the web has been buzzing over a rumor of Adobe offering the eight-year-old Creative Suite 2 software for free download to all, including Photoshop CS2. “Adobe releases Creative Suite 2 for free,” “Grab Photoshop and CS2 Absolutely Free,” and, “Free! Download Adobe Creative Suite 2, Photoshop CS2, or other Adobe software at no cost,” have read some of the headlines around the blogosphere.
The programs in question are 2005-vintage Adobe and Macromedia tools such as Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, InDesign CS2, Dreamweaver MX 2004, Flash MX 2004, Acrobat 8.0, Captivate 1.0, and others. The software is pretty dated, originally written for 32-bit Windows 2000/XP and PowerPC Macs – and won’t run optimally or at all on current computer systems, especially [Intel] Macs. CS2 is “EOL” (end-of-life), no longer officially supported, and not updateable nor upgradeable. Nevertheless Adobe has put these downloads out there on an open page – full versions in 15 languages with accompanying universal serial numbers, and seemingly freely available for what it’s worth – but the company says they’re not. So what’s the story?
Adobe Evangelist Terry White has a terrific new training session out showing you how to get started achieving immediate and impactful results using new Lightroom 4… This 37-minute class covers all the basics and walks through how to accomplish the top 10 things that beginners always want to know how to do.
Here’s the overview:
In this episode we’re going to take a look at how to get started with Lightroom 4 – the ten things beginners want to know how to do. It’s kind of keeping up with a primer series I’ve been doing: I started with Photoshop and then I did InDesign, and now it’s time to do Lightroom. So let’s jump right in and talk about the 10 things beginners want to know how to do right off the bat.
With one year wrapped up and a new one just beginning, it seemed a good time to put together a review of the best and most popular posts here since our site launched in 2009.
These are the top articles that consistently have the highest readership on our site, month after month, covering all major Adobe software products… They’re broken out by topic below in case you’ve missed any, or are new here – so bookmark, share, and enjoy!
- Learn How to Use Photoshop CS6 Free: The Top 10 Techniques
- What’s New and Improved in Photoshop CS6 vs. CS5?
- What Is the Difference Between Photoshop Standard vs. Extended?
- Best Free Training and Tutorials for Photoshop CS5, CS4, CS3 …
- Download Free Adobe CS6 eBooks — 1,022 Pages of New Tutorials
- What’s the Difference Between CS6 vs. CS5 vs. CS4 vs. CS3?
- New Adobe CS6 Video Tutorials – 30 Hours of Free Online Training
- How to Save/Open CS6 Files on CS5, CS4 or CS3 – and Vice Versa
- Complete Creative Suite 6 System Requirements, for Windows/Mac
- What’s Next After CS6? New Features in the Coming New Release
True to our forecast, today Adobe released Creative Cloud for Teams – a new offering for groups and organizations who want to easily manage volume purchases of Creative Cloud licenses for multiple seats or users.
The new Team product provides everything that Creative Cloud for Individuals does, which means open access to the world’s best creative tools – plus workgroup capabilities for enhanced file sharing and collaboration (with 100GB of online space for each user), flexible license management (for adding, removing, or reassigning users as needed), usage tracking and reporting, centralized billing, and included Adobe Expert Services (with one-on-one direct access for each person on your team).
Time-lapse photography videos are all the rage these days… Here is one of our recent favorites from Norwegian landscape photographer Terje Sorgjerd – incredibly beautiful and perfect for the season (watch full-screen):
Prior to the extensive video editing tools added in CS6, Photoshop wasn’t normally known for its video capabilities – but in fact it’s always been quite easy to take a series of still photographs (edited as desired) and then quickly create your own timelapse video using Photoshop Extended… This will work in the Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5, or CS6 releases – and Extended is not required if you have CS6, as the standard version can do video as well.
In continuing to provide the direct download links for such major Adobe products as CS6, Acrobat XI, Elements 11, and Lightroom 4, below you’ll find the DDL for the brand new just-released Adobe Flash Player 11.7 (the final version). This is important because the free Flash Player is the most widely-used and often-downloaded software in world, and some folks find it easier to access it quickly and directly, without a download manager (e.g., Akamai), or with their own DLM, and without additional products or toolbars included.
Check your current Adobe Flash Player: What version are you running now?
What’s New in Flash Player 11?
Flash Player 11.7 contains dozens of sophisticated new features and enhancements over version 10, here are some of the major ones – for more, and more details, see the Official Release Notes:
- Improved Security through Sandboxing Enhancements
- Concurrency (ActionScript Background Workers)
- Expanded Hardware and Driver Support
- Full screen complete keyboard input
- Low latency audio support (Sound API)
- Protected Mode for Firefox
- Mouse-Lock, 360-Rotation, and Infinite Scrolling
- Added Support for Middle-Click & Right-Click
- Automatic Background Updates (Windows & Mac)
- Protected HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS)
- Stage 3D Accelerated Graphics Rendering
- Native 64-bit Support Available
- H.264/AVC Software Encoding for Cameras
- Asynchronous Bitmap Decoding
- TLS Secure Sockets Support
- Cubic Bezier Curves
- Updated iOS native extensions
- Native text input UI for Android
We’ve previously featured over 30 hours of free video tutorials for Creative Suite 6, plus four hours for Lightroom 4 – so here’s a brand new collection for the recently-released Acrobat XI Pro & Standard…
In the free courses below, Adobe’s top product experts share how to get started, the basics of the software, overviews of major new features, how to use key tools and functions, plus their favorite tips and most useful techniques. In total, there are three courses with over two hours of free content, spanning 68 separate chapters.
If you need a copy of Acrobat XI Pro to get going right away, you can just download a free 30-day trial and then jump right in:
[UPDATE (December 11th) – Adobe has revealed all the new features described below, they are part of Photoshop CS6.1 available exclusively to Creative Cloud members and Photoshop subscribers, and will also be included in the next formal release of the product (not CS7 but Photoshop CC)... An update to Photoshop CS6 for HiDPI and Mac Retina Displays is also now available and free to download for all (version 13.0.4, which also includes some bug fixes).]
Check out this new “teaser” video that Adobe just slipped out entitled, See What’s Next in Photoshop coming on December 11th: