Adobe Photoshop CC Launches, Is Now Available for Download


Adobe officially launched Photoshop CC to the public today after announcing its major move to the cloud at its Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles last month. The program is now available for download through the Creative Cloud website.

This new update to the Creative Cloud marks an end to the era in which a photographer could walk to a store and purchase a boxed copy of Adobe’s popular photo editing program. Going forward, Adobe’s popular suite of programs will only be available through monthly or annual subscription fees.


Among the new features introduced in Photoshop CC are new sharpening technologies and workflow improvements. One of the features that has drummed up the most interest among photographers is the Camera Shake Reduction feature, which magically deblurs photographs that were blurred by camera movements during the exposures. This is the feature that first wowed the photography world when it was teased at Adobe Max 2011:

There’s also a new Smart Sharpen tool that can help you quickly and easily make the textures and details in your photographs “pop”:

Adobe Camera Raw 8 now has three new tools (Advanced Healing Brush, Radial Gradient, Upright Tool), and can be applied to layers within Photoshop CC itself:

Photoshop CC is also the first Adobe desktop application to gain the ability to send photographs directly to Behance, the portfolio-sharing service that Adobe acquired last December.

This major business model change by Adobe has caused quite an outcry from photographers, but it appears that Adobe is going full steam ahead with its plans. Last month, we reported that Adobe may be open to the idea of special software subscription bundles geared specifically toward photographers. We have yet to see anything of the sort announced.


For now, if you’re already a subscriber to the Adobe Creative Cloud, you’ll receive all the updates to Photoshop CC immediately and at no extra cost (the benefit of having cloud- and subscription-based software).

On the other hand, you’ll need to start shelling out regular payments to Adobe if you’re planning to jump into Photoshop CC from the world of standalone perpetual software licenses. Subscribing to Photoshop CC or any single Adobe app costs $20 a month and includes 20 gigs of cloud storage.

$50/month will get you access to the full versions of every single Adobe App… as long as you sign on for an entire year. If you’d rather go month to month, you can pay $75 per month to use the software.

Adobe is also offering special pricing to existing “boxed software” customers in order to lighten the blow: If you use at least CS3 and beyond, you can get access to all apps for $30 a month, or a single app for $10 a month. Use CS6? Your price is just $20 a month.

To get started with Photoshop CC, you can sign up for Creative Cloud and/or download Photoshop over through the official website.

  • Antonio Carrasco

    nah photoshop elements is the equivalent of a tricycle in the Indy 500

  • Antonio Carrasco

    come on man, think before you type.

  • Antonio Carrasco


    What if the newest iteration of Photoshop doesn’t have any major new features that are important to you? You should be able to skip that version and only upgrade when you need the new features. With CC, you pay no matter what.

  • Antonio Carrasco

    hey bro, better go check your math… You sound like one of those people that thinks renting furniture is a good idea!

  • Antonio Carrasco

    how’s the weather up there at Adobe HQ?

  • Antonio Carrasco

    oh man the adobe shills are out in force today

  • Antonio Carrasco

    Remember this: Adobe did not make Lightroom CC only because there are very good alternatives available. With Photoshop they have monopoly, so they can do as they please.

    Do you really want to do business with a company that abuses its customers like that?

  • BrokenHelix79

    Well, I’m not a member of their “army”. I just try to maintain a clear head in the midst of all this rhetoric on both sides.

    I simply don’t understand what the big deal about the CC is. People in general have a habit of making everything in their lives more difficult, when things can actually be very easy. If you don’t like the new price of Adobe software and still wish you could use them, then make a small sacrifice in another area of your life. Cut your cable or phone bill, for example.

    If you don’t like not owning physical copies of software, ask yourself what’s so important about that, and if there’s a way you can come to terms with having everything in the cloud.

    It’s much more difficult to fly into a rage because of a marginal increase in price or some other factor, than it is to just adapt and enjoy the software.

    As a professional, I should be thankful from a business point of view that so many people seem willing to abandon Adobe, because that will make it easier for those of us still using their products to concentrate on serving our clients.

  • André Patrocínio

    In my opinion the problem it’s you are renting a software, you will pay 2 or 3 times the software and you will never have nothing yours.

    At the moment the business it’s going nice and I have money to buy the software I need. When it’s release the new version of the software if I have money I will buy the new version or if don’t have money or for my business it’s more important to buy a need camera body or I need to renew some thing’s on my studio I will pass on the new version because I have the old one and that will do. With the rental in CC if you don’t have money you can’t use, I don’t mind to use one old version but I need to use something because some times the business it’s up sometimes it’s down and with the CC i need to have the money to pay the rent to use something that I need to work and I probably I have payed already if I could buy one copy to me.
    And that’s a real bad business to me, so sorry I think Adobe it’s exploit, scam the client’s that have been giving money to them.

  • mechanical_harvest

    I know what you mean about not always having the money, but $50 a month for the most powerful software on the planet is not that hard to swallow. Some people spend that much on coffee at Starbucks…Also when you say ‘you will never have nothing yours’, I disagree…You have your raw original files, and you have your finished work. If you have to dig up an old project in 10 years, its going to be a pain in the ass no matter what, isn’t it?

  • Matt Rickman

    Been on CC (or some flavor of it) for over a year now and love it. I love having access to all Adobe apps.

    If you think of Adobe as a service, no different than your power, internet, cell provider, then it makes sense.

    The reality is, because of accounting laws, the subscription model allows Adobe to release new features faster. This is good for users.

    For those of you that don’t like the subscription based model. Buy CS6 – and start exploring alternatives.

  • Neil Monroe

    What would be your suggestion, then, as alternate options to Adobe’s products? If you are not happy with their decisions as a company, either contact them directly or find out what other choices you have.

  • Olaf2

    You were lucky to survive the upgrade. Realize that more upgrades are coming and you might not get lucky next time.

    However in a couple of days reality will set in and we will notice if people are really happy about this upgrade through google and clips on Youtube.

  • André Patrocínio

    I understand that 50$ it’s not one price of the other wold. At the moment photoshop CS6 it’s +- 700$ that means 14 months of 50$. With 700$ I can have something for life, and after 14 moths I don’t have nothing mine. The CC it’s a bad business economically for the consumer.

    You tell just 50$ a month, I need to pay the studio rent, electricity bill, internet, mobile phone you are always paying and paying. With this crisis it’s really important to save money to be more competitive on the market and CC it’s not helping.

    But all this are opinion’s, like buying a home or renting. I prefer to buy a smaller home then renting a home, because some day after paying to the bank I will have something mine. It’s investing in me or something for me or investing on other person in something for other person.

  • Olaf2

    “5-10 years from now, people will wonder what all the hoopla was about.”

    I doubt anyone will know what Adobe was by then.

  • Olaf2

    “Totally understand that, but why do they not upgrade?”

    Every new release comes with tons of bugs and you have to readjust your workflow. In 2 years from now you might also be forced to upgrade your hardware and OS.

    It is plain impossible to keep all the tens of different released versions operational and fixing security vulnerabilities. It costs too much.

  • CrackerJacker

    I’ve been a CC member for a few months already. Sorry to say, I love it. I love the incremental improvements. I love not having to decide when to lay out the big chunk of dough on the next upgrade. It IS more convenient for me as a small business person.

    I don’t see what all the drama’s about. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. Meanwhile, I’m getting my work done on my upgraded software today.

  • Neil Monroe

    I think Adobe is trying to adopt the same mentality that much of software development is taking in the current digital age.

    Just think about web browser software now. You have Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox updates coming out almost monthly. It is a much smoother transition to the end user to be able to accept smaller batches of incremental updates than to upgrade to a new version every one or two years or even every six months than having to re-learn a whole new set of tools.

    Perhaps Adobe should have left the retail product around for one more iteration of the Creative Suite line to minimize the pains of switching to the cloud version for those more used to the traditional software model and not to throw so much turbulence into established workflows, as you point out.

    I don’t think you will see as many “big” releases now that the cloud model is in place. New features and updates will be rolled out as needed.

  • BrokenHelix79

    Clearly you haven’t been paying attention. Adobe posted a profit of over a billion dollars for the second fiscal quarter, and announced an increased user base of 700,000 CC users. Do you really think they will collapse and be gone? Do you really think Photoshop, the world’s leading graphic design software, will just up and disappear? If you’re going to troll, at least do it in a way that doesn’t make you look like you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Try harder.

  • Antonio Carrasco

    “What would be your suggestion, then, as alternate options to Adobe’s products?”

    That’s problem!!! What Adobe has done is abuse its monopoly powers.

  • Antonio Carrasco

    You are the troll…

    Adobe is posting record profits and still is trying to squeeze more money from their users. Do you not see the issue with that?

    As for Adobe disappearing, that probably won’t happen. They will just go the way of QuarkXpress

  • Sony Monster

    I don’t believe you. Why? Because you’re not a very skilled liar.

  • Rob Elliott

    Once again. If you already own Adobe Software Like only CS5/6 then getting PS CC is like paying 2.4 times.. if you upgrade every time. If you don’t Then it’s obviously more. None of the other cloud features really apply.

    If you have CS in a package form then you are paying a $600 dollar upgrade at least every 18-24 months. And you are paying 1.5-2 times more. (about 600 a year) over the old model.

    With the Full package it is at least partially beneficial for Graphic people. But for Photographers it is not all that helpful.

    Now recently Adobe did allow you to get Lightroom 5 for free with CC. (Though I’m not clear if the multi software or any software)

    Basically. If you are just a PS user as a photographer, get Elements and some plug-ins that help make it more functional. (like CMYK and (I’m told 16 bit))

    If for some reason you are doing photography that needs more… well then you can always try learning Corels Photo-Paint…

  • Johnny

    It seems that many of you are missing the point. You no longer OWN the software. You are paying a rental fee. Which means that if you ever decide NOT to pay the rental fee, you have absolutely NOTHING to show for it.

    Subscription is fine for a movie or tv show, but it’s stupid for video games, apps and software. There needs to be something tangible.

    There are too many “ifs” with this type of “service”. It’s flat out, a bad idea.

  • BrokenHelix79

    First of all, name me a single company in the history of the world that doesn’t have “MAKE MORE MONEY” at the very top of it’s agenda. Even the most well-liked companies are trying to make as much money as possible. Why should Adobe be any different?

    To clarify, I’m not defending the practice of screwing customers over just to make a few extra bucks. I believe Adobe’s pricing is fair for what you get. I’m not a troll, and I’m not an Adobe evangelist. Replace Adobe with any other company that makes products I’m a fan of and use regularly, and I would be here defending them, because someone has to balance out all the silly, fake outrage.

    If you can’t afford to adapt to the new pricing, or can’t get over being in the Cloud, then use another product. Make it easy on yourself.

  • G

    If LIghtroom also goes cloud based only I’m jumping ship and changing to Aperture. Not because it’s better (it isn’t), not because it is cheaper (but it is) but because I can still _own_ it. Or maybe I should just convert all raw files to dng from now on, stop having to make forced updates just to get raw-support for newer cameras and stay on old Lr.. ? hm.. sounds like speed bump in my workflow though.

    Luckily I don’t need to stay compatible with newer CS-programs for now, so can stay with older versions of CS for a while.

  • E

    After a year you’ve probably paid less in subscription than the loss in value one that second hand CS license anyway. Not being able to sell a subscription (how would that work anyway?) isn’t bad.. not being able to sell software you bought in Apple’s app store for Mac however, that sucks..

  • Sebastien Barre

    I think it’s a bit pretentious to say “you aren’t using them in a professional way as part of your business” if you can do without those tools.

    What the OP was probably saying is that there are now lots of competitors to these products, and plenty of them are more than sufficient for lots of professionals to be just as effective as they were with Adobe’s suite.

    Competition is healthy! Your need to denigrate people who don’t like the new suite as “not professional” feels thoughtless..

    It’s not a zero sum game. If you like Adobe CC, great! Don’t rag on people who don’t…

  • BrokenHelix79

    How did you manage to extrapolate that from what I said? In none of my comments relating to this issue did I ever “rag on people” who don’t like Adobe CC. If you would kindly scroll back up, you would see I was actually defending a fellow commenter against a blatant insult. In fact, I have no issue with people who don’t like Adobe’s new business model. What I can’t tolerate is the faux outrage that having a voice on the Internet seems to kindle in people.

    The Xbox One situation is a perfect example. I don’t agree with the choices Microsoft made when they announced their new console, but as a rational consumer, I understand I have choices. But there’s a vocal community of whiners who, if a company doesn’t do exactly what they demand, they complain and troll and whine, and that’s exactly what’s happening with Adobe. I’ve had my share of frustrations with Adobe over the past few years, but if they make a decision I don’t agree with, I simply adapt and look at my options.

    I actually advocate that if you don’t like the CC, then by all means find another product to use. Just stop complaining. Stop expecting companies to cater to our every whim. The very bottom line should be “does Adobe make good products?”, and if the answer is yes, then ask yourself “can I make adjustments in my life to afford those products?” If the answer is again yes, then shut up and do it.

  • twiyk

    I buy the software for a secondary school in the UK. We used to buy a Master Collection site license for a one off fee of £9k and upgrade only when we really needed to – maybe once every 3 years or so. Site licenses are no longer available, and if we were to move to CC now, it would cost us at least £30k /per year/. We can’t afford this, so will be stuck with CS5 for the foreseeable future.

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  • ianruben

    Do you realize that all you private pictures will be uploaded to the cloud when you work with a cloud program… What happens to your pictures who else has access to them while you are working on them… Are there still cache of your work when you are finnished working on your pictures… very very bad for business working in the cloud you have lost control of you privacy you have lost control over your work an photographs and all grapic work that you do,,,, very very sad

  • ianruben

    very very sad that you material is being used all over the WEB you have no control while you are working on your personal projects who else can access your work and do what ever they want with it…

  • ianruben

    hey CrackerJacker… who else can see you work copy it and do what ever they want with it…. DO YOU KNOW HOW SECURE THE CLOUD IS?

  • ianruben

    The CC has been Cracked just like the Cloud upload your work to the cloud and the same Hackers that cracked the CC will download all your work just as you are working on it… think about that….

  • ianruben

    P.T.Barnum was right a sucker is born every minute ….. :)

  • ianruben

    40% off from giving all your work to the compitition any one with a simple knowledge of networking can access all of your work in the matter of minutes just like the Hackers that Cracked the CC in the mater of minutes…. :(

  • ianruben

    never never never upload or work in the cloud… :)

  • ianruben

    My god even in the promo it says you can access anyone files and portfolios any time and any place you want….. HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa

  • CrackerJacker

    No one. Because I’m not storing anything on their cloud aside from settings. BUT WHY DON’T YOU YELL ABOUT SOMETHING YOU ARE MAKING ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT?

  • ianruben

    No ASSUMPTIONS Facts of life Clouds are not Secure…. and you are a fool if you upload and work on a cloud… :)

  • foorider

    No, Adobe CC does not mean all your work is in the cloud. You can save all of your work on your laptop/desktop just like always.

  • Nalla

    Does this mean that there is no option to buy the SOFTWARE like it’s predecessors? I was about to purchase CS6 from Amazon for $600+ but saw this ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CC. Thing is, I cannot buy it the old fashion way. Am I right?

    Thanks guys, peace!


    Kind of. Yes Adobe is awesome. Here is the problem that apparently you are too liberal to understand though. You are buying into a dictatorship. What these folks need is some good old fashion competition, yes easier said than done, no doubt. You do realize that at any time they can change the rules they play by yet they say trust us? You are kidding yourself if you think we can trust Adobe and yet at the end of the day the software still rocks. Look at cable tv giant Comcast… Right…. trust us…. I keep paying more and more for the same service of for add ons that I don’t want. Here is the comparison… I make it… you buy it… no matter what or I cut you off. If you are running a business you can only answer yes master! You will soon figure this out. There should always be the option for people to buy versions and upgrade when they want to not when dictated… Oops! There is that dictate word again… I hope you are catching on now.



    Yep Agreed A Paid Adobe Evangelist at work. You gave your self up on this last comment fellow. Now go self-destruct and go some where else.

  • BrokenHelix79

    You’re only a few months late to the party, dude. But since you insist on dragging me back into this tired argument, I’ll try to make it simple for you:

    If you don’t want to pay for Adobe CC, then don’t pay for it. If you hate Adobe for changing their business model, then don’t buy their products. If your cable bill is too high, then stop paying for cable. I did, and so can you. In fact, our cable bill slowly climbed until it reached $130/month. So we cut it. Completely. No more cable. Now, we stream the few shows we still want to watch, and rent a movie every now and then.

    It leaves me more time for photography, which in turn has increased my business, which in turn has allowed me to easily afford Adobe’s monthly fee for the CC, which in turn gives me the tools I need to increase my business even more. And the cycle continues, in a positive forward motion.

    I can’t be more clear than I already have been, but I’ll say it one more time, hotshot: don’t pay for or use a company’s products if you don’t agree with the way they do business.

    Oh, and if Adobe is paying me because I haven’t thrown a temper tantrum about their new business model, then someone is intercepting the checks.

    Maybe it’s my mail lady. Maybe it’s you.

    Even if it’s not you, please shut up about an argument that people were having months ago. If you haven’t adapted by now, then I’m very sorry for your shortcomings, and I wish you success in whatever the hell it is that you do.

  • Andromeda_Deadface

    Yeah, and, like, you’re so useful. Snark at the end of every post is clearly intelligent and adds SO much to conversation.

  • Prashant

    I am sure third world has already dumped Adobe CC because we cannot afford 50$ a month that too for very less opportunity of earning in photography.