How Leaving Adobe Creative Cloud is Like Getting Rid of a Clingy Ex

Leaving Adobe Creative Cloud was a painful process; and not because I’ll miss it.

In 2013, I walked away from a proposed $10,000 Adobe ad spend with the Phoblographer. There was a previous spend of this much with the Phoblographer, which came to us as soon as the Creative Cloud service was announced. To be honest, it felt (in my opinion) like just a tactic used to satisfy all the photo websites so that nothing negative would be said about Creative Cloud. Indeed, Creative Cloud was pretty fantastic at the start. But after some time after Adobe had our money, Lightroom started to just not be practical anymore. So a few years ago, I moved the website’s staff from Lightroom to Capture One for editing photos. And most recently, I decided to cut ties with the Creative Cloud. But what I didn’t know is that it would leave my life kicking and screaming while causing some really awful headaches.

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Report: Adobe Working on a Full Version of Photoshop for iPad

Following in the footsteps of their experiment with Lightroom CC, a new report indicates Adobe has new plans for Photoshop on iPad.

Say what you will about Lightroom CC, but what Adobe has done here over the last year or two in developing a single cohesive experience for users across mobile phone and tablet experiences as well as on traditional computing platforms such as laptops and desktops has been impressive. Now, according to a Bloomberg report, Adobe is taking what they have learned through that endeavor and have shifted their Photoshop strategy in a similar direction, with a fully functional Photoshop app for iPad. Continue reading…

10 Tips for Optimizing Lightroom Performance in 2018

If you are a photographer who uses Adobe Lightroom then you have likely run into slowdowns from time to time… here are some ideas to eliminate those headaches.

There is no doubt, over the last year or so Adobe has done a lot to improve and optimize performance in Lightroom, but that doesn’t mean there are no issues with performance in Lightroom here, midway through 2018. If you are more than just a hobbyist photographer chances are you spend quite a bit of time in Lightroom, and by extension, you likely run into performance issues more often than a casual user would. These slowdowns and optimization issues can be incredibly annoying and often result in additional stress you simply don’t need.

Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way and chances are there are some things you can do to greatly improve the performance and speed of your Lightroom without needing to go out and spend thousands on a new computer. Continue reading…

Despite Lightroom Woes, Adobe Posts Record Revenue For Q2 2018

It’s clear that many of you still don’t like Adobe’s Creative Cloud model, but its here to stay and Adobe’s latest earnings report shows you why.

You wouldn’t be the first person in the photography industry to be somewhat surprised by the incredible financial numbers published by Adobe in their Q2 earnings report. The company has been facing harsh criticism from photographers over their handling of Lightroom CC and the overall quality of the updates coming with the Creative Cloud. But it seems that this issue of public perception of late has not hurt Adobe at all in their bottom line, in fact, the company is doing better than ever. Continue reading…

Adobe Bringing Creative Cloud to K-12 Students for $5 per Year

The Creative Cloud goes to school!

This morning Adobe announced the new availability of their Creative Cloud to K-12 students, bringing the power of Photoshop, Lightroom, and the other Creative Cloud applications to youth across the country. This new program will bring the Creative Cloud single sign-on to students, allowing them to use CC applications on school devices, as well as personal devices, making this a really great opportunity for creative and artistic students of all ages. What’s more, this new K-12 student program will bring with it a dramatic cost cut for these students.

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Adobe Lightroom’s Latest Update Changes Camera Profiles and Your Presets

Camera Profiles become ‘Profiles’ in Adobe’s latest Lightroom Ecosystem update

Adobe is continuing to bring new updates to Lightroom and Camera RAW in an effort to address many of the concerns users have been voicing about the software. In the latest update, announced earlier today, they have decided to completely revamp their Camera Profiles functionality and add it to Lightroom CC. Oh, and they are no longer called Camera Profiles, instead being shortened to simply ‘Profiles’.

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First Impressions: HP ZBook x2 Tablet for Creative Professionals

The HP ZBook x2 seems to be a very big Apple competitor for creative professionals

When HP called me into a meeting, I didn’t at all think that they’d be announcing the HP ZBook x2. Instead, I thought that they’d be getting back into photo printing in a big way; but this was a pleasant surprise. In fact, the HP ZBook x2 seems to be almost everything that I wish Apple would do but continuously refuses to. The HP ZBook x2 sports, first and foremost, a gorgeous 14 inch matte display with a surface and texture that is designed to look and feel like actual paper. It does a pretty good job at it too. Then it boasts things like SD card slots, Thunderbolt ports, USB 3.0 ports, and a bunch of quick buttons that can integrate into any program that you wish. However, they’re primarily designed for and being marketed specifically with Adobe Cloud product integration. So all the quick actions that you do in PhotoShop and Lightroom are all available at the touch of a button on the side.

In fact, HP is calling the HP ZBook x2 a detachable workstation; and they’ve pumped it full of some awesome stuff on the inside.

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How to Get Your Adobe Lightroom Presets into Lightroom Mobile

One of the biggest problems with Adobe Lightroom Mobile is the fact that you can’t import your desktop presets into the mobile app. So that means that if you’re using a lot of VSCO, Mastin or other presets then you’ll need to edit the image on your computer. Well, that may be the way to get the best results but the folks over at Who Shot the Photographer’s YouTube channel figured out a workaround. It isn’t the simplest route of getting it all done, but it surely is effective.

And to be honest, it’s pretty smart.

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Western Digital’s New Pro Series Drives Sync to Adobe CC


Today, it seems like photographers are getting all they want and need from Western Digital–at least if they’re really needing wireless transmission. The company is introducing the new WD Pro Series: which includes the My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi mobile storage and My Cloud Pro Series network attached storage (NAS).

Western Digital claims that this was designed specifically with the creative community in mind and lets you transfer content between devices. This is all done through the My Cloud mobile app which gets a cool new boost by being compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud services.

Important details from the press release are after the jump.

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There’s a Brand New Flickr Pro Membership Out Now

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Today, Flickr is announcing a brand new Pro membership program that is bound to satisfy current customers and maybe bring in some new ones. For starters, they’re bringing back the Flickr Pro badge apparently due to high requests for users to display that they are indeed members of the superior race of Flickr users. Additionally, Flickr Pro users will get an ad-free backend, new analytics tools, and a 20% discount on an Adobe Creative Cloud yearly membership deal for one year.

Lastly, Flickr Pro members will enjoy free standard U.S. shipping on Flickr merchandise or 50% off international shipping with a $25 minimum purchase.

New Flickr members will be able to purchase the Flickr Pro Membership today for $5.99/month or $49.99/year. Existing Pro Membership users will automatically be upgraded to the new membership and keep their existing pricing and unlimited storage.

It’s great to see that power users are getting new incentives as the audience is much different from the likes of Instagram and EyeEm despite the most popular cameras pretty much being the same things.

Adobe Announces New Creative Cloud Enhancements Photoshop

Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop CC

At Adobe Max today, Adobe is announcing even further integration between their products in the Creative Cloud. They’re called Creative Libraries and Extract. They’re both designed to help you to create even more projects between Photoshop, Premiere Pro CC, and Illustrator. The emphasis is on both mobile and desktop support. With that said, there is a lot of built in touch support–like on Windows 8 and Surface Pro 3.

What photographers will really care about though has to do with Photoshop CC and Lightroom Mobile. According to the Adobe Press release:

“In the Photoshop family, Photoshop Sketch lets creatives draw with new built-in expressive brushes and enables an integrated workflow with Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. Updates to Photoshop Mix extend precise mobile compositing capabilities and now includes enhanced integration with Photoshop CC, as well as a new iPhone version. A new Lightroom Mobile app builds on integrated desktop and mobile workflows and includes features to allow clients, friends or family to select favorites and leave comments for photos shared online; and GPS information from iPhone photos now syncs with Lightroom desktop.”

More or less, this sounds a bit like Lightroom is becoming a tool that is extending more onto the web to take on services like Smugmug or other services that let clients see images beforehand. Except in this case, they’re seeing them from the workflow app (or program) itself. Of course, this is all still for iOS devices and those of us that given our swords to Google will have to wait.

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Adobe Announces Photoshop Mix; Lightroom for iPhone


Adobe is today announcing a couple of new products and an update to their Creative Cloud service. What you should know first off is that Lightroom Mobile has finally been ported to the Apple iPhone. When it was originally announced, a user could only use it on their iPad.

They’re also revamping their Photography Creative Cloud plan. The price is still $9.99/month, but now bundles together Photoshop CC, Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile and a brand new product–Photoshop Mix. Photoshop Mix is a free (yes, free) app that is available for download in the App store. The new software is designed to be a hub of sorts for all of your images–whether they’re in the Creative Cloud, Lightroom Mobile, and Facebook. What it lets you do is some of the most simple editing you can possibly think of: like spot color, apply presets, basic Lightroom sliders, and some other features utilizing the brush tool that we only wish were present in Lightroom.

Photoshop Mix also lets you do things like compositing and touch ups to ensure that the image looks the best that it can. At one point of our demo, we also saw the use of content aware fill. For all this, it seems like Adobe is giving away a whole lot for no price at all.

Lightroom Mobile is getting an update that now involves the inclusion of star ratings–which still syncs between Lightroom and the app.

All of this is available now for download. As of today, Adobe has Photoshop CC, Photoshop Mobile, Photoshop Touch, and now CC.

Adobe Calls Creative Cloud a Major Success with Close to 2M Users

Photoshop CC Update Train

Adobe is riding on a high note with 1,844,000 Creative Cloud subscribers. The imaging software company announced the astounding success of its new subscription-based model that helped Adobe achieve a revenue stream of $1 billion in the company’s first quarter financial report for 2014.

According to Adobe, the pool of CC users has increased by 22%, or 405,000 subscribers, since quarter four of last year. The sudden bump up in subscribers likely has something to do with the recent Photoshop Photography Program—a $10/month Creative Cloud deal that nets users Photoshop CC and a free copy of Lightroom 5.0—which has received continuous extensions until the end of this month.

According to the Investors, 96% of Creative Cloud users are on rolling annual plans rather than going on a month-by-month basis. Plus 70% of subscribers are getting the full Creative Cloud, as opposed to just Photoshop CC and other single applications.

Via Imaging Resource

Adobe Extends Photoshop Photography Program Again Until March 31st

Adobe Photoshop Program

Ever since its introduction, Adobe has had a habit of extending its Photoshop Photography Program again and again. The $10/month Creative Cloud option that gets you a license for both Photoshop and Lightroom was originally available only to those who already had a previous stand-alone Photoshop license. Later in 2013, in a wise move Adobe decided to make the program available to anyone, regardless of whether they were a previous Adobe customer or not.

The latest extension of the Photoshop Photography Program expires March 31st, but we’re not so sure that this is really going to be the end of it. Rather, we have a feeling these deadline extensions are part of Adobe’s marketing plot to get people to sign up for the program, out of fear that prices will rise once the offer expires. We reckon that Adobe will continue to extend the program a couple more times, and ultimately make it an unlimited option. At least that’s what we think they should be doing.

Adobe Updates Photoshop CC with Perspective Warp, 3D Printing Features, and More


Adobe is rolling out a series of free updates to Photoshop CC today including three especially exciting features: Perspective Warp, Linked Smart Objects, and 3D printing support. Perspective Warp will allow users to adjust their photos to correct complex distortions all the way to changing a telephoto shot into a wide angle image or vice-versa. Linked Smart Objects work the same as Smart Objects, only that they can be applied to a number of PSD files simultaneously. And finally, there are a couple of clever new 3D printing aids.

Find a breakdown of the most important new features after the jump.

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Adobe Extends its Photoshop Photography Program to February 28

Adobe Photoshop Program

Adobe is hoping to get all photographers in the world up to speed on the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom. Once again, the post-processing software giant has extended the availability of its Photoshop Photography Program deal to nab Photoshop CC and Lightroom for $9.99 a month until February 28th. Previously, the deal was set to end on December 8th, before Adobe thought it was a good idea to extend the program to the end of the month. And now it’s back again.

The deal is only open to those who own Photoshop CS3 or a newer variant up to CS6; this includes extended and standard versions, as well as those that were part of a suite. The Photoshop Photography Program grants access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 (plus subsequent updates), 20GBs of cloud storage on Adobe Creative Cloud, and the Behance ProSite to share your work – all for an annual subscription of $9.99 per month.

Via Photography Bay

Adobe’s Servers Got Hacked, And Your Data is At Risk…Sort Of


We’re very positive right now that there are a bunch of creatives and companies that aren’t very happy with Adobe right now. According to FStoppers, the company stated that their servers for Creative Cloud were hacked. However, in a Customer Service Security Announcement, Adobe stated that data was encrypted, so credit card info and other personal securities may still not really be compromised. TechCruch is saying that as many as 2.9 Million people may be at risk though.

These hackers were able to also access the source code for a couple of products–perhaps in an attempt to mimic the software for free.

Adobe is stating that they’re working with the authorities on this matter.

As a Concession to Photographers, Adobe Introduces Special Photoshop CC + Lightroom Deal

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lightroom 5 (1 of 1)

During today’s keynote at the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, Adobe announced a special Photoshop CC + Lightroom 5 bundle deal which can be seen as a concession to photographers. Just as a reminder, when Adobe announced the pricing scheme for their Creative Cloud, many people voiced their concern about the fees being set too high for the amateur or prothusiast photographer. Adobe later announced that they would figure out a solution for photographers, and well, here it is. For those who sign up until December 31st of this year, Photoshop CC will be available bundled with Lightroom 5, a Behance Pro membership and 20 gigs of online storage for merely $9.99 per month. While this still adds up to almost $120 per year, it’s still much less than the regular Photoshop CC subscription fee.

More info on the Adobe blog.

Adobe Updates Creative Cloud Apps, Grants 40% Discount for Upgraders


Adobe has just released updates to its Creative Cloud apps including Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC and Photoshop CC. One of the major changes is a streamlined workflow as well as the possibility to sync your files via different devices. For photographers, Adobe added a new shake reduction tool and optimized the sharpening filter. Video editors on the other hand will appreciate the new color grading workflows. In addition to the software updates, Adobe is offering all those who upgrade to the Creative Cloud from their older Adobe products a 40% discount, cutting the monthly subscription price down to about $ 30. The discount will be offered until July 31st.  For new users, the subscription price remains the same.

For more info, head over to Adobe’s website. Creative Cloud memberships can also be purchased from B&H Photo.

Not sure if you need Creative Cloud or Lightroom? Here’s a comparison for you.

Via NoFilmSchool