There’s a terrific free tool we’ve become quite fond of in the office here lately – a searchable online ‘assistant’ to all the power that is Photoshop CS6… Photoshop is obviously a very sophisticated application and this Photoshop Quick Reference Guide helps you find answers fast for where any feature is located, what it does, and its keyboard shortcuts on both Windows and Mac:
“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. [Both of these versions have recently been replaced by Photoshop CC, which is available by subscription (US$10-20/month), and has additional features compared to CS6.]
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. [Lightroom 4 is succeeded by Lightroom 5 – see the differences between the two.]
[UPDATE (August 2017) – The aging activation servers for Creative Suite 3 (CS3) and Acrobat 8 applications were also just retired. These programs now display an error when trying to verify a license: “Activation – No Connection” or “Internet Connection Not Detected.” Here’s what to do.]
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 7.0, 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?
[UPDATE – Also see our new MAX 2018 Ticket Giveaway!]
Welcome 2013! Last year we gave away a lot of software, so to kick off the new year right, we’re going to be giving away brand new boxed copies of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, and InDesign CS6 – with a collective value of US$2,000!
Creative Suite 6, Adobe’s flagship product line, has been doing very well in recent months… Available standalone for instant download or direct shipping, or as the core component of their new Creative Cloud offering, there are many important differences in this release compared to Creative Suite 5, including hundreds of new features added to the individual applications, major performance improvements, and much more.
And now we’re thrilled to give away brand new boxed copies of Adobe’s top-of-the-line CS6 products to our terrific readers who have helped build our site to what it is today… Just check out our most popular posts over the past four years to see what you’ve helped create!
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.
[UPDATE (Nov. 2017) – Check out Adobe’s new 2017 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals!]
If you missed the deals Adobe had running for Black Friday, not to worry as there are more great holiday specials lined up for December through Christmas, Boxing Day, and on to New Year’s and beyond – and here’s your complete guide…
Adobe has over a dozen major offers in multiple countries covering popular products – including saving 15% on the full version of Lightroom 4, 33% on new Photoshop & Premiere Elements 11, 40% off some Creative Cloud memberships, free shipping or instant download, and more. Some of these specials are actually already live and available now, and the rest kick off on Sunday, December 16th, with most running through Sunday, January 6th, 2013 in North America and UK/Europe. Note that you do need to use individual coupon codes (linked below) for most of them.
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).
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 13.0.5, 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:
[UPDATE (December 11th) – As predicted, Creative Cloud for Teams is here now today!]
During a recent conference call with analysts, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayan revealed some of the company’s future plans surrounding new offerings for the Creative Cloud, in particular an upcoming solution for customers who need multiple licenses: