Adobe Photoshop is the standard digital painting software in the animation, games and publishing industries.
In most studios, big or small, digital painting in Photoshop is considered a basic, entry-level skill for concept artists.
If you’re a professional digital painter of any specialty, it is very likely that you use Photoshop for digital painting.
Needless to say, many artists were surprised and many artists were dismayed when Adobe announced that all future upgrades to Photoshop would be available at a monthly subscription price of $20 a month.
(…or bundled with every other Adobe creative program in an all-inclusive monthly subscription for $50 a month.)
I’ve invited my friend, Photoshop expert Matt Kohr of Ctrl+Paint, the best online resource for beginning digital painters, to discuss the pros and cons of Photoshop CC.
I review my favorite new features of Photoshop CC, Matt shares his wish list for future Photoshop features and we both sprinkle in some cool Photoshop tips throughout the talk.
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Photoshop CC Pros and Cons:
The Creative Cloud subscription is a great deal if you use multiple Adobe programs.
Of course, the more Adobe programs you use, the more valuable the full Creative Cloud subscription. …but the reverse is obviously true as well. The fewer Adobe programs you use, the less the full Creative Cloud subscription is worth.
For beginning digital painters, the a la carte Photoshop CC subscription is a relatively affordable way to get started.
The student and teacher discount, if it applies to you, is pretty good too.
…but if you’re an honest artist who 1.) only uses Photoshop and 2.) only buys upgrades when you absolutely have to, I think the a la carte price is a little steep.
…even for successful, seasoned pros.
The new, advertised features of Photoshop CC won’t be relevant enough to persuade many digital painters to become early adopters.
…but the inclusion of the 3D Tools (previously only available as a part of CS Extended) and the unadvertised, improved brush stroke quality (new in Photoshop CC) could seal the deal for many concept artists and illustrators.
CS6 will still be available in the short-term. It will still be supported at least through the next version of the Mac OS. …and it will probably remain stable for the foreseeable future. So there’s really no rush to upgrade and no significant loss to those who want to just wait and see.
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The Bottom Line:
Photoshop is still the industry standard for digital painters and Adobe knows that probably isn’t going to change any time soon.
For the long-term, Photoshop CC is here to stay.
If you want to remain honest and fully compatible with the majority of the animation, games and publishing industries, you’ll have to subscribe eventually.
So, Adobe, please don’t forget your loyal digital painters in your future plans for Photoshop CC.
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Keep The Conversation Going:
Please take this opportunity to share your thoughts about Photoshop CC in the comments below.
Have you upgraded to Photoshop CC yet? Do you have plans to do so?
Why or why not?
(If you’re upset, please keep it PG.)