Photoshop CC initial review

Spent the day retouching some Clive Nichols Plant and Flower images  for NEXT and some nice people pictures from Tim Pannell for MINT images.

I was using the newly downloaded Photoshop CC. How was it? well, no major changes to Photoshop CS6, performance felt better in parts but seemed to slow down in others, didn’t need to use the new tools as not relevant to the images I retouched (shake filter etc). For some reason best known to Adobe (and nobody else) the Output module has been removed from Bridge CC, so downgraded functionality, bit of a surprise that one.

Update: Adobe have said: The Bridge team is working on providing a separate, downloadable solution to reinstate the output functionality after Bridge CC is available.”

Are you missing anything by not renting Photoshop CC? – no.

Adobe are going to have to work a lot harder to make Photoshop CC worthwhile over the next 12 months because as things stand at the moment it is a waste of time and money upgrading from the perpetual licence of Photoshop CS6.


Update: Client Advisory on the use of the Shake filter.

I have been experimenting with some very slightly shaken images from a recent edit to see if the new shake reduction filter in Photoshop CC could make the images suitable for submission to Getty Images.

As you may know Getty Images have the tightest standards in the industry for the Premium Rights Protected brands, unfortunately the artefacts from the shake filter are visible at 1:1 checking view and would not in my opinion pass Getty QC.

Not the end of the world, all the submissions I make are on behalf of Professional Photographers and its very rare to find a shaken image. For printing/none critical/web images etc the new shake filter does a good job.

With Adobe considering Photoshop a Professional tool its a wonder they didn’t incorporate the shake filter into Lightroom instead.

Update 2:

A few days in and I thought I would try the shake filter again. This time not so bad. Still artefacts that are visible, the trick was to apply the filter on a layered copy and reduce the transparency then mask the worst of the artefacts. The resulting image was better and may have moved the image into a state where Getty may pass the image.

When I used the filter on day 1 there was a poor result, I had bought into Adobe marketing and assumed it would just work and it didn’t. So let me restate. The shake filter in Photoshop will not necessarily  make a shaken image suitable for Stone+ or any other of the premium collections in Getty. However, if the shake is minimal and you attenuate the effects of the shake filter then you may move the image to a more acceptable state.

Does this make it sensible to advise renting Photoshop CC? – no, not enough.