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Adobe Photography Program – purchase experience

Adobe’s Photography Program is now live at https://creative.adobe.com/plans/offer/photoshop+lightroom?sdid=KIHZP. Interestingly, it is now being touted as the Photoshop Photography Program.Adobe Photography Program offer

Anyone who owns a copy of Photoshop CS3 or later can purchase a licence for £8.78 /month including VAT for the next year. As I explained in a previous post, this represents a potentially good deal. However it is a special price that will only last a year, after which we can only assume that the price will be close to the Photoshop CC licence of £17.58 inc. VAT.

Initially I don’t expect to see a huge advantage from the software point of view: I might get updates more quickly, but it’s only after 12-18 months that I’m likely to see significant advantage as Adobe moves more functionality and support to their Creative Cloud offerings. The immediate benefit to me will be the Cloud storage and web site creation. So normally I wouldn’t rush to adopt this new service but I am intensely curious about Adobe’s move – for those who use Adobe’s software professionally the cost may well be justified but what about us amateurs? Will it be worth it not just now but into the future? Just for once, I’m going to be an early adopter of this service and document my experiences here.

Step 1: sign in with your Adobe ID

If you don’t have one already, it’s an easy matter to create one. But if you don’t have one you might get problems since I’m not sure how else Adobe will have your ownership of Photoshop recorded in their system. Yes that’s right, Adobe checks its records (step 2) to make sure you are entitled to the special offer.

Step 3: accept T&C

Accept the terms and conditionsThe T&Cs are straight forward and if you are happy, proceed to payment.

Step 4: Visa or Mastercard only (too bad on you PayPal addicts!)adobe-03After you’ve spent a minute or two in Adobe’s waiting area you are directed to download the software

adobe-04While doing this you can salivate at the new features in Photoshop

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Creative Cloud installation

I already have the Creative Cloud software installed on my PC so my browser only had to confirm that I wanted to use this application for the download and installation. If you don’t have Creative Cloud installed, this may be an additional step for you.

adobe-06Photoshop is a sizable program so it will take a while but Creative Cloud shows you progress

adobe-07I’m on a moderately fast home broadband and it took just over 20 minutes to download. So it’s back the the waiting area, a coffee, and a browse through the Photoshop CC features. Here’s and interesting one: in the Filter | Sharpen menu there is a new filter for Shake Reduction. That’s not in the latest update to Ps CS6! And Camera RAW is available as a filter so if you like using the controls in CR just apply them as a filter to your image – not essential, but neat!

Starting Photoshop CC

Let’s check the download/install went as smoothly as it seemed and start the program. There’s no desktop shortcut so off to the Start menu. There’s a 32-bit and 64-bit version. A couple of right-clicks on the 64-bit version and I have a shortcut. The 64-bit version fires up and asks if I want to migrate my presets from CS6 to CC. Answer yes. Photoshop looks the same as ever but a quick look through the drop-down menus shows a few extra items. At the bottom of the Edit menu there are options to manage my CC subscription

additional meu items in Ps CCAnd on the File menu there is an option to Share on Behance.

Lightroom

To install Lightroom I have to go back to the Creative Cloud application, click the Install button next to Lightroom to start the download/installation of this software. This only takes about 12 minutes. In fact, there isn’t a Creative Cloud version of Lightroom, all I’ve done is download and install the same piece of software I had as a stand-alone application, though this time Creative Cloud is aware of it and, presumably, will keep it up to dateLightroom installation under Creative CloudMy desktop shortcut works but Lightroom wants me to register , despite having done so when I originally installed the software. It also defaults to use my stand-alone serial number, so what would happen if I were installing it for the first time as part of the Creative Cloud subscription, I don’t know. Oh well, it works for me. so I’ll leave it as it is. It seems that Lightroom is bundled as part of the subscription but without any additional features, not even the integration of Adobe ID in the menus.

Creative Cloud storage and Behance

These are both services rather than desktop applications, so investigating them will be part of a follow-on blog post.

So far, then, a fairly painless process! I wonder if it will continue that way?!

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Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Program

Adobe Photography Program dealAdobe has responded to concerns from the photography community over its policy of moving to Cloud-based applications and licencing these in suites or expensive single apps. For most photographers a suite of professional Adobe apps would lie unused; what we need is some combination of Lightroom and Photoshop. Well, Adobe’s response is the Photography Program.

Since I  already have a licence for Photoshop I can migrate to this Cloud offering for £7.14 per month plus VAT. That’s £8.57 at 20% tax.

What will I get? I’ll have Photoshop and Lightroom installed on my PC and continually upgraded with the latest features and bug-fixes. I can use them stand-alone but I’ll need to connect to the Internet at least once a month to renew the licence (shouldn’t be a problem). I’ll also get some Cloud storage (could be useful) and a Behance Pro subscription. Behance is a template-based Web site builder and publisher, which has the potential to replace my existing Web site host using my existing URL.

What I don’t know is whether the Photography Program licence will cover both my desktop and laptop computers or whether I’ll need 2 licences, but let’s assume 1 licence will cover me, so what are the costs?

At the moment I pay £5.80 /month for Web hosting. Upgrading Photoshop and Lightroom costs me about £8 /month (that’s £200 every couple of years), i.e. a total of £13.80 /month. I should be able to replace these costs with a Photography Program subscription of £8.57. Sounds good economically!

But what happens if I decide to stop my subscription? In a month my licence will expire and I won’t be able to use the applications. I can always revert back to my stand-alone licences, but in a few years time they will be out of date and unsupported. My files will be on my local computer so I won’t lose them but I will lose the synced versions in the Cloud. I know from my use of other Cloud services such as Google Drive that having Internet access to some files is very useful at times, so I might find myself coming to rely on this service.

Alternatives: my use of Photoshop has diminished due to the functionality in Lightroom but I still use it for individual images where masking and layering is needed, so could I find an alternative? There are several candidates but could I cope with the evaluation and learning-curve process? Preferably not! There is an excellent alternative to Lightroom: Capture One Pro, but I have to either keep Lightroom for my past catalogue of work or find a way of migrating every image to C1 – not an inviting prospect without mature migration tools. And I’d rather be doing photography than fussing with the technology.

Another unknown is whether I can get enough functionality from Behance to replace my existing site, or will I need to continue to run a stand-alone site? If so I will need another URL at additional cost so why bother with Behance? Maintaining my existing site makes the economics unfavorable and I’d quite like an easier-to-maintain site anyway. I will only know the answer to this one by trying it.

So Adobe’s Photography Program is looking enticing. I shall investigate further by taking out a subscription when it becomes available and report on progress, warts an’ all, on this blog over the next few months. (Deep breath…)