January 29, 2012

Get Creative with Photoshop

 I'm happy to announce that my colleague Eileen Rafferty has two new workshops coming up in 2012. She is presenting Creativity and Composition, August 20-24, 2012, at Pacific Northwest Art School on Whidbey Island, in Coupeville, Washington. Eileen is also teaching Creative Expression in Photoshop at Maine Media Workshops, September 9-15, 2012, in Rockport, Maine.

Eileen is an inspiring and capable teacher who brings the creative spark back to digital photography tools. I know you'll enjoy any workshop with her.

January 19, 2012

Adobe Revises Upgrade Policy for CS6

I'm happy to share that Adobe has changed their upgrade policy for people who own earlier, individual products in the Creative Suite. If you have Photoshop CS3 or CS4, you now have until the end of 2012 to upgrade to CS6 (when it is released). You can read Jack Nack's concise clarification at this link.

If you, like me, purchased an upgrade to CS5, thinking it was a requirement to go to CS6, then you may want to contact Adobe to see if they can provide a refund.

FINALLY, some sense around this!!

New upgrade options for CS3 and CS4 customers

January 5, 2012

Adobe Announces Pricing Change for Photoshop Upgrades

If you currently use Photoshop CS4 or older, you should know that Adobe has changed its policy regarding upgrades. Beginning with the upcoming Photoshop CS6 (anticipated mid-2012 release), you must have a current license for Photoshop CS5 to qualify for upgrade pricing to Photoshop CS6. This is a change from the previous policy in which photographers who owned Photoshop CS2 or newer could upgrade to the latest version at a discounted price.

If you don't have a license for Photoshop CS5, then you will have to pay full price to get a copy of CS6 when it becomes available. In the past, upgrade prices have been $150-$199 (depending on where you purchased) while full version prices have been $650-$699 (depending on where you purchased).

Adobe is offering "Creative Cloud" pricing for all desktop products (which include the Creative Suite of software), Touch applications, digital publishing services and community collaboration resources. This is a subscription service that costs $49.99 per month for individuals. It appears from the Adobe announcement that this entitles you to use any of the Creative Suite applications in addition to Photoshop (e.g. InDesign, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, etc.).

However, if you are only interested in Photoshop, then the cost of a subscription will equal the cost of purchasing a full copy of the new version within a year. If the production cycle extends beyond 12 months, you would end up paying more than the price of a full copy. But the benefit is that when a new version of Photoshop is released, it would be included in your subscription without your having to formally purchase an upgrade.

There has also been some discussion of the possibility that new features in CS6 would only be available through the subscription license and not in the individual upgrade license. If this turns out the be the case, people will undoubtedly express dissatisfaction with the arrangement.

There is some confusion over whether Lightroom is considered part of the "Cloud" of software or not. A video presentation by an Adobe Financial Analyst showed a slide with the Lightroom logo being part of the Creative Cloud. But Lightroom is currently not considered part of the Creative Suite. We will have to wait for clarification from Adobe on Lightroom's status in the new subscription model.

So if you only use Photoshop on a regular basis, you have a choice to make about moving to new versions. If you use Photoshop plus another Adobe product (such as InDesign or possibly Lightroom), then it may be more cost effective for you to purchase the subscription since this would cost less than buying upgrades to two or more programs.

This new pricing structure does not affect Photoshop Elements (now in version 10).

For more information about this change from Adobe, you can read the announcement here. My colleague Laura Shoe (from whom I learned about this change) has also written an informative post on the subject here.

January 4, 2012

Learn More About Your Digital Camera in 2012

Holiday Flower

Did you get a new camera for Christmas? Do you know someone who did? If you live in the Missoula, Montana, area, I have several options for learning to use your camera and photo editing software effectively.

Rock River View

The first are classes offered through The Lifelong Learning Center. Learn basic, intermediate or advanced camera controls as well as how to take better photos of winter scenes, close-ups and your favorite people. I'm also teaching two classes about making black and white images, both in camera and with photo editing software. For all the details, see my web site.

Christmas Geese

In addition, I'm presenting two classes at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. First up on January 17 is a FREE lecture on choosing a photo editing program. I'll be demonstrating the basic features of Picasa, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom and Photoshop. The talk begins at 7pm at 210 N. Higgins. Come early for a seat.

Looking for a handout

The second is a weekend course on using Photoshop Elements 10 on February 25-26. Using your own laptop, you'll learn how to organize, edit and share your favorite images. If you are using an earlier version of Photoshop Elements, most of the techniques will apply. And you can test Photoshop Elements 10 for free from Adobe. To register visit the RMSP web site.

Christmas Morning Walk
Tell you friends and extend your photographic Christmas!