You cannot buy Photoshop now, for some time it has only been available as a subscription program. This means you pay about £9 a month and get the full version of Photoshop and the full version of Lightroom. These are updated when newer versions are available. You can still but Photoshop Elements as a stand alone program and currently the same is the case for Lightroom. For about a year Adobe have been running a special offer, the £9 saying the full price might be double that when the offer closed. well now they have back tracked and the full price will be £9, until they put it up anyway. If you need the full program and use LR this is a good deal but for many people Elements is more than sufficient for their needs.
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As well as announcing updates to 14 desktop apps in its Creative Cloud suite, Adobe has confirmed that its photography program, which was previously billed as a special offer, will be a permanent feature.
The plan includes access to the Photoshop CC and Lightroom desktop applications with free upgrades when they are available, mobile and web apps, 20 GB of cloud storage and a Behance ProSite for £8.78/US$9.99/AU$9.99 per month when you sign up for a one-year plan
New to Photoshop CC: Blur Gallery
Like Adobe’s other desktop apps, Photoshop CC is being updated with a host of new or refreshed features including the addition of two new motion blur filters in the Blur Gallery.
Path Blur allows movement blur to be added along a line (path) and controlled using an on-screen slider around a pin, like the other filters in the Gallery. The degree and location of the blur can be further controlled by adding pins with zero blur.
Spin blur is designed to add a sense of movement to wheels and disks in images. This size of the area affected as well as the stroke length and centre position can all be adjusted along with the intensity of the blur.
Both blur filters are non-destructive and their effect can be undone at any time.
SEE MORE: Motion Blur – how to use layers, masks and filters to create a sense of speed
New to Photoshop CC: Select by focus
Adobe has also added a new way to make selections, Focus Mask, which is ideally suited for use with images that have a sharp subject against a blurred background.
Once Focus Mask is active, it’s just a question of painting over the target area with the cursor and Photoshop will select the sharp areas.
The range of the selection can be adjusted and the refine edge controls are available to ensure that the correct area is selected.
SEE MORE: Shallow depth of field – how to fake it using Photoshop filters and masks
New to Photoshop CC: Heightened awareness
Photoshop CC’s Content-Aware technology has been improved with a colour match algorithm for better results when using features such as the Patch tool.
Rather than just blurring the edges of the cloned section, the surrounding tint is analysed and the element is merged.
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