Adobe Photoshop CC: Subscription Only, Shake Reduction, Better Raw

At its Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles today, Adobe announced Photoshop CC, the next version of its flagship photo editing software. Unlike version that came before it, Photoshop CC will only be offered through Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription plan.

This marks a huge shift in the direction of the company. Adobe says it plans to focus all of its software development efforts on its Creative Cloud product from here on out. The Creative Suite (CS) is being rebranded to Creative Cloud (CC) as part of this shift.

In other words, the Creative Suite line is coming to an end, and Creative Suite 6 will be the last in the series. Gone are the days in which you purchase a boxed copy of Adobe software.

Photoshop CC will have a number of upgrades over Photoshop CS6. Major ones are a new image deblurring/sharpening feature, and new Camera Raw capabilities. The new program merges features that were previously found in Photoshop standard and Photoshop Extended.

Photoshop's new Shake Reduction panel

Photoshop’s new Shake Reduction panel

That magical camera shake blur reduction tool that has been dropping jaws since 2011 will be appearing in the new program. It uses fancy algorithms to reduce the blur caused by camera shake:

There’s also a new Smart Sharpen tool that minimizes noise and halos quite giving photos much more sharpness:


Adobe Camera Raw 8 has three new capabilities for editing RAW files: an Advanced Healing brush that “heals” and “patches” images with a brush stroke, a new Radial Gradient for drawing attention to the focus of a photo without applying a standard vignette, and an Upright tool that straightens horizons and applies perspective corrections.

Camera Raw edits can also be applied to layers within Photoshop CC itself, without having to open up the Adobe Camera Raw window.


Adobe Photoshop CC will be available to Creative Cloud customers starting in June 2013. You’ll need to subscribe to Creative Cloud for $50 per month to use all of the new CC programs, or subscribe to Photoshop CC itself for $20 per month.

  • Binary_Bob

    There is no justifiable reason to rent the software. The price is outlandish. How you can be so obtuse is beyond me.

  • KL1

    fuk off adobe!!!

  • Bill Miller

    Here is a big issue. Sales Tax/VAT Adobe will be collecting this on all cloud service. This brings the 49.99 up to 54.74. Not a great deal.

  • Courtney Navey

    This is just Adobe’s way to squeeze more money out of our pockets. I’ve been running CS3 Master Collection on my personal computer since the day of release. I’ve been running LR 3 just as long, and no desire to change either. My work computer has the latest and greatest but that’s b/c my employer hadn’t upgraded in almost 5 years. My point is that it’s more expensive to go the CC route. No one “needs” to update every 2 years. Are we forgetting the Photoshop 7 days or even the days when your history list was as short as the list of things you could actually do in PS? Adobe software has come a long way but this CC mess is just a way for them to price gouge the user without the user feeling like they’re getting gouged. I won’t be upgrading anytime soon. Besides it’s only a matter of time before someone figures out a way to get around Adobe’s master plan to bankrupt the user. Give it time, things will change. I can’t imagine that designers and photographers will stand for this BS.

  • WMP

    NeilV, how much does Adobe pay you to troll?

  • Jason

    I upvoted you for the comment starting with “So there is limit to how much I can share my opinion?” But I’m downvoting you for the one above. You come across as a fool/troll.

    Didn’t you know that there’s still a recession on and people are trying to get by? Margins are being cut and cut again, so costs are too. So Bob should just give up and throw 14 people onto assistance instead of trying to ride out the storm by looking for something cheaper?

    Way to go you.

  • Jason

    I’m not sure you would be able to find the real world with both hands.

    See above sunshine.

  • NeilV

    14 employees and $8400 vs whatever he would normally pay for the licenses…and it’s an issue? I think Bob is full of it.

    So, go ahead, call me names Jason, I could retaliate but I won’t waste any more time on you.

    BTW – Do you think I care about how you vote on here? lmao

  • NeilV

    …and exactly what you have added to this…? (and you are calling me the troll, lol)

  • nemrac

    They got you by the balls, only defense is not to buy into CC. If you go along with this you are just agreeing to their extortion and believe me when they get enough support prices will rise. Don’t be stupid enough to go along with this, but if you do remember I told you so on May 8, 2013

  • martinez-photography

    What is true is PS is king of the hill. The upgrade to PS are desirable. And as a photographers we are always trying to have a edge to set us apart from each other. Lets hope the adobe doesn’t mess with LR. If that happens we are screwed!

  • Opie

    Don’t be pedantic. We know how licensing works. Doesn’t change the facts about which people are upset.

    Some of us (most, probably) are perfectly happy with a pretty basic set of editing tools. Paying for PS once is enough of a blow to the wallet, but at least it lasted as long as you wanted. Forcing us to pay through the nose just to access shiny new features we couldn’t care less about is ridiculous.

  • Opie

    You’re a professional tool.

  • neeshia

    I think some people need to get a dictionary and look up the meaning of the word LEASE. Previously you PURCHASED a license to use Photoshop and Lightroom, which means once you paid X amount you OWN the license. Creative Cloud would be definded as leasing

  • polo

    I work with Photoshop since version 2.5, I’m sorry but with the crisis in Portugal is impossible for a small profitional pay € 61.49 a month, we’ll have to turn to other alternatives, surely this will cause investment by other manufacturers …

  • cb

    Dave ,
    Your math is wrong. Run the numbers. Three- Four apps users are the most negatively impacted by this change.

  • Hugh Tyreman

    Well after 25+ years, I say bye bye Adobe.

    I refuse to held hostage by the internet, you keeping your severs up, my account un-hacked, the country I’m not cutting off Adobe, and often travelling where wires are very rare for extended periods of time.

    Good Luck

  • GiantStuffedanimals

    I would be worried on the development side too. If Adobe slows release cycles then they won’t need as many developers. More than just end users could loose in this deal.

  • Zasteroid

    As I am a small business this is going to be too expensive. I will be working with other systems in future. PS is just not worth the effort. Other systems can do pretty much everything if necessary. I would rather work-around than bow to arrogance! I really hope they have shot themselves in the foot. It would be good to see them come down a long way!

  • pblue

    Uuhhh.. DUH! For everyone complaining, at the minute at least, students and previous CS owners get a hefty discount. Being a video professional I got a discount to £25 a month and took it. For photoshop, lightroom, after effects and premiere thats a steal..

  • pblue

    lol, is this a joke!!? Thats not bad for licensing. I agree, if you are employing 14 people and cant handle 8400 outgoing a year there is defo something wrong with his business. Considering its a very small fraction to what he should be paying people? No?
    The justifiable reason is that you can stay updated, have your software legally and I assume be more creative therefore bring in more money? I love the CC, Ill admit it!

  • ChuckDries

    It is cheaper for people who need more than one app in the CS collection, but not necessarily the whole collection. For example, as a web developer who does alot of video work, I use Photoshop, Edge Code, Illustrator, After Effects, and Premiere Pro (I don’t use Dreamweaver because it kinda sucks). Normally I would get the Production premium pack, which includes more or less all of the above software, but CC for the entire suite is just a little bit cheaper. I agree with you though, they need to reduce the price of a single app subscription.

  • ChuckDries

    It makes a ton more sense if you need more than one or two CS products (in which case you can get the complete CC collection), but I definitely see your point. Single app subscriptions should be cheaper.

  • James

    It’s obvious that this is an anti-torrenting measure. It makes total sense.

  • nikonian

    Instant updates are a scary concept to me… Updates have screwed me over more than once and often not all of the bugs are worked out when the next version comes out

  • kizi 2

    I still use Photoshop CS2, but I like your article, thank you

  • yesitsjustme

    “…a $750 upgrade lasts me about 4 years for PS, Illustrator,
    Dreamweaver, InDesign; and I can use those programs for years afterwards…”

    I’ve been buying Photoshop since the 1st CS version. When I got Photoshop CS (9 years ago), it was $649. CS2 followed less than a year later, with an upgrade fee of only $149.

    Finally in 2007, we saw the very first Extended version of Photoshop. The upgrade price (for Extended) jumped to $349… and I happily paid every cent. *That 3D import.*

    Well, I ended up using CS3 Extended from then until now. SIX wonderful years of use and creativity, all with the same app I paid for with a SINGLE, NON-RECURRING fee. Adobe’s Cloud is no comparison for value when it comes to the average user, and certainly not when considering longer spans of time.

    All together, I personally spent $1147 over the past 9 years to use 3 incarnations of adobe photoshop.

    Anyone lauding Adobe’s Cloud as some kind of earth-shattering deal is either a shill, or hasn’t taken the time to calculate the costs they’ll accumulate over time.

  • yesitsjustme

    “Paying for PS once is enough of a blow to the wallet, but at least it lasted as long as you wanted.”

    Thank you. That is the absolute bottom line. Unless consumers intend to use Adobe’s products for a limited time, a subscription will *never* be in their favor monetarily. Even the costly multi-app CS Suites saved money over time… and we could use them as long as we desired.

    Adobe has reverted to an old-school pricing model that once only applied to physical goods (e.g., magazines and newspapers). Why do we need a subscription to use Photoshop‽ Not to mention, Adobe FORCES USERS TO CHECK IN ONLINE EVERY MONTH:

    “If you are not online for 30 days, your product will tell you to connect to the Internet. In the event that we cannot activate the product, we will warn you when you launch the application. Note that blocking access to the activation server will prevent the app from launching.”


  • yesitsjustme

    Anthony, the issue here is neither owning versus “leasing,” nor is it about having access to physical media in the form of discs.

    What concerns many Adobe customers (and not only users in petapixel) is the difference between Adobe’s former one-time fees (enabling longevity of use), versus continued payments.

    The latter introduces the inability to access files we created in subscription-based apps unless we can meet the demand to pay and pay and pay down the line….