If you have just joined us, I am here with Digital Scrapper’s Jen White discussing the subject of Adobe’s Creative Cloud.
This post assumes that you already have a basic knowledge of what’s going on in the big wide world of Adobe. If you’d like to brush up on your Cloud knowledge, click here.
Q: Welcome, Jen White. Tell us your overall assessment of Adobe’s new Creative Cloud.
Jen: I subscribe to the Complete Creative Cloud. I love it! It pumps me up! For me, it’s like buying a top of the line DSLR Camera with three lenses. It is something I will never outgrow.
Q: Seriously? With all the controversy surrounding the Cloud, I’m surprised to hear you say that. Do tell.
Jen: Adobe is a business. I understand businesses need to make money, and I respect their decision to move to the Cloud. It’s not about me. No one is making me choose Adobe products. I choose Adobe because I trust them to continue growing and blowing my socks off. They have never let me down.
Q: But, Jen, Adobe’s Creative Cloud is stinking expensive.
Jen: Yes and no. If you are into having the latest and greatest and you tend to upgrade your software every year, CC is not going to be a challenge for you. I fall into this category. I am a software junky. It’s one of the places I choose to invest.
If you are only an occasional upgrader, however, the Cloud will likely impact your budget. We can discuss options for the hobbyist in a minute.
That said, you need to understand that the Cloud is not just about subscribing to a single application (like Photoshop CC) or the complete Creative Cloud of applications. It is highly weighted by the services it provides to all of its subscribers. See Adobe Tools and Services.
Note: If you are a current CS customer with a registered product, you are eligible for promotional pricing. But hurry, the offer doesn’t last much longer. All plans require a yearly contract. See Adobe’s CC Buying Guide. If you miss the promotional pricing, you can still subscribe at the regular price.
Q: Doesn’t it bother you that you are only “subscribing” and you will never “own” the products?
Jen: No, not at all. I also pay to subscribe to Carbonite (auto backups), SmugMug (photo storage & sharing), Internet Security (virus protection), Evernote Premium (information storage & sharing), Amazon Prime (secret love affair), NAPP (Photoshop club), specialized iPhone/iPad apps, a weight-loss program (haha, didn’t work!), etc. Once I stop subscribing to those services, I will have nothing to show for it. It’s the way things are going. I’m okay with it. I wouldn’t give up any of those subscriptions . . . well, maybe the weight loss thing!
Q: But, Jen, you make your living teaching with and using Adobe applications. What about the hobbyist that only uses Photoshop for creative purposes like scrapbooking?
Jen: I understand. Here’s my opinion on that:
If I were a happy hobbyist and/or simply didn’t have resources for subscribing, I would not subscribe to the Cloud. I wouldn’t need or use all the Creative Cloud has to offer. It’s like going to a $15 all-you-can-eat buffet when you just want a bowl of soup. It wouldn’t be money well spent. But hey, sometimes a girl just has to splurge on something she loves!
Q: So then, what is your recommendation for hobbyists?
Jen: Photoshop Elements Techniques magazine published an interesting solution for Photoshop hobbyists not wanting to upgrade to CC. I agree with them. Here’s the recommendation in a nutshell:
Alternative Solution to Photoshop CC: Purchase Lightroom 5 and Photoshop Elements 11.
These two applications together do not equal Photoshop in its entirety, but they come pretty dang close!
Lightroom 5 is a robust photo editing program that uses the same tools as Photoshop’s Camera Raw. It is priced reasonably and will continue on as an owned and upgraded application. By the way, it is also available in a Cloud subscription!
Photoshop Elements 11 is perfect for the scrapbooking hobbyist. If you’ve been around Digital Scrapper for any amount of time, you know that we use Photoshop Elements as the primary platform for teaching digital scrapbooking. It’s got everything a scrapbooker needs. See Learn Digital Scrapbooking.
Q: Yikes! Can I expect Photoshop Elements to move to the Cloud also?
Honestly, I do not know. Photoshop Elements is considered Adobe’s consumer version of its professional counterpart, Photoshop. Since Adobe is offering Lightroom (another consumer version) to both subscribers and purchasers, I’d assume Photoshop Elements will fall that way also.
I hope Adobe adds Photoshop Elements to the Cloud! Then I won’t have to subscribe AND buy their software. But, I’d be very surprised if they’d ever take Photoshop Elements off the retail shelf.
Q: What happens if a Photoshop CS user chooses to do nothing and just sticks with what they have?
Jen: It is my understanding that you will be okay . . . for a while. Adobe will continue to fix bugs in their Photoshop CS products, but they will not be upgrading them to work with up and coming operating systems. Eventually, new computers will not work with old CS products.
Q: Okay. So, now the big question . . . Is Digital Scrapper moving ahead with the Cloud?
Jen: Yes. Our goal has always been to provide you with tutorials based on current technology and software. As always, we will continue to provide tutorials and support for current and previous versions of both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. The invention of Adobe’s Creative Cloud will not directly effect any of our Membership Plans. We have no plans to support or teach Lightroom 5 at this time.
Q: Jen, is Adobe paying you to support their product?
Jen: HAHAHA. NO! I get no reimbursement from Adobe. The opinions stated in this post are solely from my own experience and based on my own bossy opinions. Any of the things I’ve mentioned in this post can be verified by clicking the links above or searching the web for CC facts.
Author: Jen White | firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, that’s right, I interviewed myself. Kinda funny, huh?
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