Adobe Photoshop Express for Windows 8 Devices, Including Microsoft Surface

Photoshop Express

Adobe has announced that Photoshop Express is now available for Windows 8 devices, including Microsoft Surface. Previously, Photoshop Express had only been available for iOS and Android devices.

Photoshop Express for Windows 8 offers the following capabilities:

  • Make basic photo enhancements such as crop, straighten, rotate, flip, or remove red-eye.
  • Enjoy creative, one-touch filters that provide eye-catching effects — more than 15 to choose from!
  • Let their photos shine with a one-tap correction that adjusts color, contrast, and brightness all at once.
  • Use slider controls to enhance contrast, exposure, and white balance, or let the app auto-correct it for them.
  • Upload their photos to Adobe Revel to sync them across their Windows 8 tablet, iPhone, and computer.

You can download Photoshop Express for Windows 8 here on the Windows Store.

Camera Raw 8.1 Release Candidate for Photoshop CS6 Now Available

Photoshop-CS6

Adobe just announced a release candidate for Camera Raw 8.1, which is now available in Adobe Labs. This is the first departure from Camera Raw 7.x for CS6 users. With the recent Adobe Photoshop CC changes taking place, CS6 customers will continue to get new updates for raw file support; however, the killer new features that are part of Camera Raw in Photoshop CC will not make it over to CS6 customers.

Camera Raw 8.1 includes support for HiDPI capable displays (e.g., MacBook Pro Retina) and offers support for the following cameras:

* denotes preliminary support

Remember, this is a release candidate, which means it has been pretty well tested and Adobe thinks it is ready for full release; however, it’s recommended that you keep production work to prior versions until the official release drops.  Expect that to come soon though.  Release candidates mean that the final versions are just around the corner.

Adobe’s Big Creative Cloud Move – Livecast

Creative Cloud

I’m going to be on with Jimmy Beltz over at PhotoTips for a Livecast as we talk about Adobe’s new Creative Cloud decision. Jimmy tells me that he’s spoken with Adobe and they would be watching the Livecast as well.

We’ll be talking through the specifics of the new Creative Cloud move, and will take questions and comments from others who join in.

If you want to join us, we’ll be kicking off at 1PM ET. You can find the Livecast here on Spreecast.

If you missed it, the replay is embedded below.

Updated: I just wanted to follow-up on a point where I misspoke. Someone asked a question about the download and installation process of Creative Cloud apps. Specifically, the question was whether it was a DMG file for Macs. I said it was; however, it’s actually some kind of application manager from Adobe that installs the individual apps without having to deal with DMG files. Sorry for the mix up.

Adobe Creative Cloud and the Death of Boxed Software

Adobe Creative Cloud

What a week it has been.

Many pro and amateur photographers, along with many other creative pros and enthusiasts, woke up Monday morning looking forward to what might come out of the Adobe MAX conference as the latest Adobe products were set to be unveiled.

Adobe teased us for several weeks leading up to Adobe MAX, including an impressive showing of new video products at NAB 2013. Many of us were nearly on pins and needles with anticipation based on what we had seen thus far.

I mean, this stuff just keeps better and better.

And Then… The Hammer Dropped.

Adobe killed perpetual licenses of almost all of its creative software. Creative Cloud is the future. The only future.

Sure, you can still buy CS6 licenses, and you will own those in perpetuity. Although, you won’t get the whiz-bang new features for CS6. Ever.

Deep down, most of us knew this was coming. However, I don’t think many of us guessed it would happen this year. I sure didn’t. [Read more...]

Adobe Unveils Photoshop CC, Kills Future Creative Suite Products

Photoshop CC

Adobe announced today that the new Photoshop CC is coming for Creative Cloud members in June. Alongside, the announcement of Photoshop CC and other Creative Cloud applications, Adobe stated that it would continue to sale CS6 and offer support; however, Adobe has no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products.

That’s really going to stir the pot. [Read more...]

Adobe Shows Off Raw Processing in Early Build of Lightroom for iPad

Adobe Lightroom for iPad

Lightroom product manager Tom Hogarty showed off raw image processing on an iPad on Scott Kelby’s ‘The Grid‘. The winks and nods during the discussion of the app’s features point to Lightroom for the iPad, which seemingly extends beyond just raw processing and also permits you to organize your library.

While they don’t show off the organization features in the early-build of the app, it appears that it will rely heavily on a cloud connection in order to sync the Lightroom library across devices. Check out the video below (the iPad Lightroom talk kicks off around 19mins). [Read more...]

Adobe Creative Cloud 40% Off Deal Ends April 19

Creative Cloud

Adobe is offering Creative Cloud subscriptions at $29.99/mo (reg. $49.99/mo). The deal ends later this week on April 19.

So if you’ve been on the fence about moving to Creative Cloud (and getting access to all of the Adobe apps – e.g., Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, etc.), now is the time to lock in your discounted rate for a whole year. More details on Adobe’s website.

I’ve been a Creative Cloud member since day one and really like what I get for the money. The $29.99 intro price is a solid deal to take it for a spin for the first year.

Lightroom 5 Free Beta is Here! [Updated]

Lightroom 4 Main Interface

Adobe should be releasing Lightroom 5 as a free beta any day now based on the early release of an article on TechCrunch (which was quickly taken down).

I expect to see the announcement later this week at the Photoshop World opening keynote, which takes place on Wednesday, April 17, at 9AM ET. Adobe is well-known for dropping big news at Photoshop World openers, and it looks like this one got a bit ahead of them. [Read more...]

Adobe Premiere Pro’s New Features Push It Closer to ‘Final Cut Pro 8′ Wish Lists

Premiere Pro New Timeline

Adobe is teasing some of its new Premiere Pro features just ahead of NAB 2013, which kicks off next week.

Over the past couple of years, Adobe has been doing a decent job of listening to customer feedback in adding features to Premiere Pro. In many instances, these added features were simply standard features picked up from Final Cut Pro 7 – things that those switching to Premiere Pro instantly missed. [Read more...]