A death knell could be heard around the Adobe Max conference in Los Angeles today as it was announced that Creative Suite is to be no more. There will be no CS7 because CS6 is now officially the final release of the series. In its stead, Adobe will offer all of its design software exclusively through the Creative Cloud (CC). Starting in June, the "next generation" of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and all other CS programs will be available on a subscription basis through the Cloud. Adobe will continue to offer CS6 to consumers for the foreseeable future, but they will no longer be updating it.
Word in the tech world has it that Adobe is making the switch to CC to ensure a more constant source of income. Instead of making lots of money once every other year when a new version of CS is launched, they can now rely on a more steady flow of income from subscriptions through CC. It is also thought that software piracy has weighed heavily in this decision. With a subscription based service, it will be more difficult for users to share programs illegally, thus relieving Adobe of what had been an enormous scourge to their business.
No doubt there will be blow back from customers as a result of this announcement. At first glance, it's easy to assume that a subscription will be more expensive and less desirable than owning off-the-shelf software. Numbers have been crunched by many in the industry, however, (refer to Sarah Schwartz's cost analysis of CC vs. CS from July 2012) and the general consensus is that users will save money as long as they subscribe to multiple applications. And, we still get to keep the software on our desktops. If that's not enough to move you forward in the CC direction, Adobe is promising lots of new features and perks to those who subscribe.
It seems like this is the way software use is heading, so like it or not, resistance is futile!
A big thank you is owed to the Guild's very own Jill Turney and Sarah Schwartz for the informative Illustrator and Photoshop tutorials that they presented at last week's meeting. Those of us who were in attendance were impressed by your knowledge and grateful that you took the time to prepare and share that valuable information with us!
If you were unable to make it to the meeting or you just want to see the presentations again, the videos for the tutorials are now available for member access. You can find a list of links and passwords to access the videos in our Google Groups. In addition, Jill prepared handouts for her tutorials and they are available for you in our archives.
Thank you again Jill and Sarah! We look forward to more tutorials in the future.
Many of you may have noticed that Adobe is offering some alternative pricing and packages for its Creative Suite products, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. You can buy these packages individually, bundled together in Creative Suite Standard, or as subscriptions to each software program or to Adobe’s new Creative Cloud. But which is the most cost effective way to buy it?
The answer: It depends!!
What is Creative Cloud?
Let’s understand what Adobe is offering under its new product Creative Cloud. Creative Cloud is a membership service giving you access to all of the following applications: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, Acrobat X Pro, Flash Professional, Flash Builder, Dreamweaver, Edge Preview, Fireworks, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Adobe Audition, SpeedGrade, Adobe Prelude, Encore, Bridge, Media Encoder, Business Catalyst, Typekit, Story Plus. Really.... you get access to all of that for the $49.99/mo subscription price! Plus you automatically get all of the upgrades to the applications as they are released as well as access to 20GB of cloud based storage and syncing. It sounds fabulous! But is it worth it?
Here’s Adobe’s pricing as of 7/21/12:
Overall Cost of Creative Suite Standard with Upgrades vs. Creative Cloud Subscription
Let’s look at the total cost of Creative Suite Standard CS6 vs. a subscription to Creative Cloud. For this analysis I am using today’s prices, so it’s not going to be completely accurate, but it will give you good direction. We know the subscription to Creative Cloud is about $600/yr. But what is the annual cost of Creative Suite Standard per year?
Creative Suite Standard Upgrades Only vs. Creative Cloud Subscription
But what if you’ve made the investment in Creative Suite a year or two (or more) ago, and now you’re deciding which way to go in terms of general cash-flow? Let’s do the analysis again, but let’s take the initial purchase cost out of it since the investment has already been made. We’ll just look at upgrade costs vs. subscription costs.
Overall Cost of Individual Program (PS or AI) vs. Individual Subscriptions
What if you don’t have Creative Suite, but have purchased either Photoshop or Illustrator individually? Should you subscribe to the individual program?
Individual Program (PS or AI) Upgrades only vs. Individual Subscriptions
One last note
If you are at all considering the Creative Cloud membership, through August, Adobe is offering Creative Cloud incentive pricing for current Creative Suite users (CS3 and above): $29.99/mo (with annual commitment) for your first year. That’s only $360 for your first year!
Did you miss our meeting on Monday? Well fret not! Videos of the live tutorials have been posted in the members-only archive available from our Members page. In addition to the seven live recordings by Monday’s presenters (Sarah Schwartz, Jill Turney, Ben Corrales, and Ruby Geisler), there are two bonus videos from Will Tait. PLUS there are some supplemental notes too!
If you don’t remember the password that was emailed to you when you joined, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have additional questions about the techniques demonstrated, please use the members-only Forums to ask the presenters.
You may spend countless hours working in Photoshop each week, but have you double-checked your software's settings and preferences lately? Your design life may be just a bit sweeter after watching Frederick L. Chipkin's free video tutorial "Maximizing Adobe Photoshop's Desktop and Preferences for Textile Design."
Chipkin, a textile designer and author of the book Adobe Photoshop for Textile Design , also offers reasonably priced tutorials on photo-draping, coloring textile designs, color reduction, creating plaids, and putting designs into repeat on online education website CraftArtEdu. Click here to view Chipkin's profile and broadcasts.
Have you ever tried using textures in your designs? They are a great way to add interest without adding motifs to a design. I like to use textures from www.cgtextures.com. They have tons of free textures for download as well as lots of tutorials.
Image 1 (Before texture is applied)
Below is an example of how I applied texture to Image 1 (created in Photoshop).
I used two textures downloaded from CGTextures:
1. The first is found in Marble:Other, and is MarbleOther0001 (Texture #3195)
2. The second is found in Fabric:PlainFabric, and is FabricPlain0027
I downloaded the largest images in both instances.
Back in my Photoshop image....
Step 1 - Marble Texture:
I created a new layer and moved it to the top of the layers palette. I then pasted the Marble texture into the new layer and set it to "overlay" mode. I resized the texture to fit my image (I did not try to tile or repeat it). I created a “curves” adjustment layer and a “hue/saturation” adjustment layer, to take down the contrast and remove the color in the Marble texture. I clipped both of these adjustment layers to the Marble texture layer (so that the adjustment layers only apply to the Marble layer).
Step 2 - Fabric Texture
Next I created another layer, moved it to the top of the layers palette, and pasted in the fabric texture, setting the layer to “soft light” mode. I resized the texture to fit my image (I did not try to tile or repeat it). I created a “hue/saturation” adjustment layer to remove all the color. I did not need a curves adjustment layer for this texture because there was not a lot of contrast. I clipped the adjustment layer to the fabric texture layer.
Step 3 - Group the Textures
Finally, I created a new group and placed both the Marble layer and the Fabric layer in the group (along with their respective adjustment layers). I placed the group at the top of the layer palette (above my original Image 1 design layers). I set the new texture group to “pass through” mode.
Image 2 (After texture is applied)
The result is Image 2.
As you can see, in this design, I found the best results by adjusting the layers to be desaturated and without too much contrast. I just played with the layer modes until I found the ones that worked.
Have fun with textures!
Fabric designer Heather Ross will be holding a couple of workshops this April in New York. The workshops will be focusing on using Photoshop to create repeating designs. Students should have a basic understanding of the program and bring their own digital drawing tablets (or purchase one at the class). Mac computers will be provided. The fee is $550. For more information on Heather's workshops please visit her blog.