PHOTOSHOP AND THE "CREATIVE CLOUD" - WHAT THE BIG CHANGES MEAN FOR YOU!

PHOTOSHOP AND THE "CREATIVE CLOUD" AND WHAT THE BIG CHANGES MEAN FOR YOU!

As many of you already know, Adobe has announced some major changes to programs in their Creative Suite which includes the program almost all photographers use: Photoshop.

The current version - CS6 - will be last version that you can purchase and use on your computer for as long as you want without paying additional fees.

Future versions will be available only on the "Creative Cloud" and you will need to pay a fee EVERY month in order to just use the program.

There has been a major protest over this policy change but it does not appear that Adobe will reverse it.

To give you some idea of what this policy will mean to you, here is a listing of charges - things keep changing so you need to attend the meeting to get the latest information:

  • Creative Cloud Suite (all apps):
    • US$49.99/month on annual basis (~US$600/year)
    • US$74.99/month on month-to-month basis (~US$960/year)
    • Upgrade from CS6: US$19.99/month (~US$240/year) for first year only
    • Upgrade from CS3 or later: US$29.99/month (~US$360 year) for first year only
    • Students/Teachers: US$19.99/month (~US240/year) on annual basis, for first year only.  Note that the education prices are now the same as regular prices.
    • Students/Teachers: US$29.99/month (~US$360/year)
  • Photoshop only:
    • US$19.99/month on annual basis (~US$240/year)
    • US$29.99/month on month-to-month basis (~US$360/year)
    • Until July 31: US$9.99/month (~US$120/year) for CS3 to CS6 upgraders first year only
    • No student/teacher pricing available
    • Limited access to services, whatever that means

Even Worse: You will no longer own the software - you will just be paying for the right to use it.

As a result of these changes, there is a lot of new interest in different image editing programs like Apple's Aperture and others.

The reason for scheduling this Meetup is to provide as much information as possible about the changes that Adobe is making as well as other options that exist.

We are looking for members of the Meetup group who use other programs and would be available to do a presentation on those alternative programs.  Please send me an email as soon as possible if you are able to do a presentation for us.

Meetup Date: Thursday, May 16

Time: 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm for networking with presentations starting at 6:30 pm

Location: Sport Basement, 1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco in the Grotto on the lower level.

Parking: The meters do not run after 6:00 pm and there is normally good on street, free parking.

Cost: This is a FREE event and the Sports Basement will provide complimentary snacks and drinks for us as well as a discount on in store purchases.

RSVP: If you are planning to attend, we request that you enter a Yes RSVP so that we will know how many people to plan for, however, an RSVP is not required to attend.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Please help us spread the word about this meetup by sending out notices on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Thanks very much for your help.

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  • Craig M.

    An informative evening of alternatives to Photoshop now that it has gone to cloud subscription. Especially helpful are all the alternatives that Greg listed on the Meetup site. And, as always, very well planned and run by Ed.

    May 20, 2013

  • Greg E.

    May 20, 2013

  • Fabián S.

    I was there a bit late but I learned a few more interesting things.

    1 · May 17, 2013

    • Phyllis N.

      It was nice talking to you. We got there a little late too, but enjoyed being with everyone.

      May 18, 2013

  • Phyllis N.

    I learned a bit about alternative programs to use besides Lighroom, but don't know of anything to replace Photoshop. It was nice to see the Baroness, Ed, and others in the group.

    May 17, 2013

    • Greg E.

      GIMP is a replacement for Photoshop. Works on all operating systems (more than PS, I think).

      1 · May 17, 2013

    • Phyllis N.

      Thanks Greg. I must admit that I love Photoshop, use it all the time. I have taken many classes at CCSF in Photoshop. I will look into GIMP.

      May 17, 2013

  • David K.

    Should have clicked on "Sports Basement" then I wouldn't have gone to the wrong one! Now where did I put my other sock?

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • Edward W.

    Thanks to Greg for doing a great presentation on Apple's Aperture program.

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • Kate J B.

    Few people showed up, but the info was good, enjoyed Greg's presentation.

    May 16, 2013

  • barb

    I have been sent a link where Adobe says that Lightroom will not be subscription based. Of course that could change, but if you use Lightroom rather than Photoshop CS, theoretically nothing should change for the immediate future .. until later I guess. Apparently Photoshop Elements also will not be subscription based. That may not be appealing to all

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/05/15/adobe-lightroom-5-beta-google-hangout

    May 16, 2013

  • Greg E.

    List of different raster graphic editors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_raster_graphics_editors
    This list covers about five dozen different editors from Ability Photopaint to Zoner Photo Studio. Also listed are 25 discontinued products. Includes Commercial, Freeware, and Open source software.

    May 16, 2013

  • Greg E.

    Pixelmator is another program like PhotoShop. Much smaller, maybe more like PS Express, but still very powerful.
    See http://www.pixelmator.com/ and
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixelmator

    May 16, 2013

  • Greg E.

    GIMP is a free open-source program similar in ability to an older version of PhotoShop. Runs on Windows/Mac/Linux/etc. Source code is available.
    See http://www.gimp.org/ and
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GIMP

    May 16, 2013

  • jane c.

    i have a conflict-may miss

    May 15, 2013

  • Phyllis N.

    Looking forward to it.

    May 15, 2013

  • George H.

    I got another meeting scheduled onto this time slot...

    May 15, 2013

  • Greg E.

    Some particularly good articles on Aperture v LR
    -- Speed on Import http://aperturevslightroom.com/aperture-vs-lightroom-import-speed-comparison/
    -- Adobe Creative Cloud, Lightroom and Aperture http://aperturevslightroom.com/adobe-creative-cloud-lightroom-and-aperture/, especially:
    "The last major release of Aperture was in 2010, but it’s had 20 free updates since then and it appears that development continues with new, minor releases. Per Apple policy, we have no idea when the next major revision will appear.

    Adobe released Lightroom 3 in October 2009 and Lightroom 4 in Janu­ary 2012. Lightroom 5 appears headed for a June 2013 release. If you exclude betas and release candidates (which are not expected for use as production products), Lightroom had 10 updates in roughly the same period of time, with LR4 being a paid update."

    May 15, 2013

  • Greg E.

    Some sites with Aperture tutorials, comparisons, reviews, hints, etc. that I have found useful (not in order of usefulness):
    -- Lynda http://www.lynda.com/Aperture-tutorials/
    -- Derrick Story http://thedigitalstory.com/aperture/
    -- http://www.apertureexpert.com/
    -- http://aperturevslightroom.com/

    Anyone know of any others that are useful?

    May 15, 2013

  • Pam H.

    I have a shoot that night. I hope you will share the info!

    May 13, 2013

  • Greg E.

    This article covers some alternative to PS and CC. More aimed at LR competitors than photoshop replacements though. Still worth reading. http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/gear/more-gear/gadget-bag/gadget-bag-get-organized.html

    In particular they didn't talk about GIMP, a free competitor to PhotoShop.

    May 13, 2013

    • Edward W.

      You might want to cover Gimp as well as Aperture in your presentation.

      May 13, 2013

  • Jose C.

    What a convinient location. I work near by

    May 13, 2013

  • terry g.

    I am completely unable to attend (I'll be lucky to fit in some sleep in the next month), but I would appreciate a synopsis of some sort, posted somewhere....?
    I'm especially wondering if an existing copy on my machine can simply be used as long as I never connect to Adobe Updater...?

    May 13, 2013

  • Edward W.

    Some dealers still have some stock of the CS 6 version as well as the upgrade from CS 5. Try doing a search at cdw: http://www.cdw.com/

    May 13, 2013

  • Mary des J.

    I have tried to purchase CS6 but it's no longer available - only the CC version

    May 8, 2013

    • Phyllis N.

      I looked on http://www.journeyed....­ for students, and you can purchase Photoshop CS6 Student Teacher edition for $[masked]

      May 10, 2013

    • Edward W.

      Be very careful. You can buy a copy but you need to "qualify" for the student/teacher edition. If you don't qualify, you will not be able to use it. It says right on the front of the package: "Stop - Proof of eligibility must be provided prior to using this software".

      May 10, 2013

  • Earl R.

    Adobe's actions are a photographers worst nightmare. Raw images are our precious assets. It is vital that we continue to have the ability to get at these assets without being held hostage by monthly payments. The issue is not a subscription, it is the right of ownership of the software so that we can continue to access our files.

    May 8, 2013

  • Phyllis N.

    I will try to make it. although I do have a class that night. This is an important issue that all of us should be aware of.

    May 10, 2013

  • Greg E.

    Aperture isn't a replacement for Photoshop, but it is a strong competitor to Lightroom. Aperture is much faster at downloading than LR or even PhotoMechanic. As in many commercial competitors, the contestants have similar abilities. LR and Aperture pretty much match each other feature for feature with LR having a few nice things that Aperture does not. But in my experience, Aperture is my preferred tool: Faster, better at organizing/sorting large numbers of photos, much better mapping, fewer corrupted libraries, more frequent updates, etc.. Both are good tool, both are being frequently improved (LR ~10 updates in past few years, Aperture ~20 smaller updates), but one is faster and has a cleaner UI.

    I like Aperture much more than LR, you may also.

    2 · May 9, 2013

  • Edward W.

    I want to thank Aperture user Greg for offering to do a presentation on the program at the meeting. If anyone is using any other programs other than Photoshop, Lightroom or Elements please let me know.

    1 · May 9, 2013

  • Craig M.

    "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore". ;o)

    May 8, 2013

    • Edward W.

      We are all mad as hell so I hope a lot of people can help us by using Social Media to spread the word about this Meetup.

      1 · May 8, 2013

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