Photoshop 13.0.4 and 13.1.2 Update Fixes “Trial Screen” Error

Earlier this week, I tried to open Photoshop CS6 and received a message that I could continue with a free trial or put in my serial number. Even though I had been using Premiere Pro CS6 all day and they are both part of the same Creative Cloud subscription, Photoshop just wouldn’t open for me. After two hours of troubleshooting and a call to Adobe customer support, I was finally able to use Photoshop again.

As it turns out, this was a bug and an update is available to fix this problem for both Creative Cloud users and boxed-copy users with serial numbers. Details from Adobe on the update below. [Read more…]

Topaz Labs End of Year Sale: 40% Off All Plug-ins Ends Dec. 31

Topaz Labs’ big End of Year Sale ends on December 31. If you’ve been waiting for a good time to get one or all of Topaz Photoshop plug-ins, this is likely the best deal you’ll see for a long while.

Through Dec. 31, you can get 40% off any or all of Topaz Labs’ plug-ins, including the complete bundle.

Use the coupon code “topaz2012” to take advantage of the deal. Check it out here on Topaz Labs’ website.

Topaz Labs’ product lineup includes the following plugins: Adjust, DeNoise, ReMask, B&W Effects, Simplify, Detail, Lens Effects, Clean, InFocus and DeJPEG. All are available here on Topaz Labs’ website.

Adobe Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 Now Available

Adobe has released final versions of Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3, which are now available on Adobe.com.  The update adds HiDPI support within the Lightroom Library and Develop modules for the MacBook Pro w/ Retina Display and includes additional raw file format support for 20 new cameras.

Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 offer RAW support for the following cameras: [Read more…]

Photoshop CS6 Exclusive Updates for Creative Cloud Users & Expands Creative Cloud Subscriptions for Teams

While all users received the Photoshop CS6 update adding Retina Display support, Adobe has added several new features to Photoshop CS6 for Creative Cloud users.

Several Photoshop users who bought CS6 at retail rather than the Creative Cloud subscription are rather upset about missing out on the new features. While I can understand the frustration, one of the big bullet points from Adobe when Creative Cloud launched was that it would be able to roll out new features faster to Creative Cloud users rather than way for full version releases as it previously has done.

Adobe Creative Cloud members will have access to application upgrades, including new CS point-product features, before they are launched as part of major CS updates, as well as inventive new products and services as they emerge. -Creative Cloud Announcement

Given what appears to be an initial success with Creative Cloud subscriptions, it looks like we’re in for more software subscriptions until retail boxes of Photoshop are a thing of the past. I’m not sure yet if this is a good or a bad thing. In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a Creative Cloud subscriber and really have no bad things to say about the experience thus far. What are your thoughts on Creative Cloud and the differences between updates with the boxed version?

In addition to the new features in Photoshop, Adobe announced that Creative Cloud for teams is now available for entities needing to license multiple seats. The price is $70/mo per user and includes several upgrades over individual subscriptions, including a bump from 20GB to 100GB of cloud storage per user.

Check out the video below from Julieanne Kost showing off some of the new key features from Photoshop CS6 13.1: [Read more…]