Cre­ative Cloud

Still haven’t made the jump to Adobe’s dig­i­tally de­liv­ered soft­ware? A new bun­dle might tempt you…

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The 2014 re­fresh in­cludes a pho­tog­ra­phy bun­dle. A big in­cen­tive to those who’ve yet to sign up…

The big­gest change to the 2014 re­fresh of the Cre­ative Cloud is the in­tro­duc­tion of the pho­tog­ra­phy bun­dle. This is a mas­sive in­cen­tive to those who’ve avoided Adobe’s dig­i­tal edi­tions of its soft­ware so far.

For £8.78 a month sub­scribers gain ac­cess to the lat­est ver­sion of Pho­to­shop, as well as Adobe’s photo man­age­ment and edit­ing pro­gram Light­room. It does re­quire a 12-month com­mit­ment, but you’re get­ting a year’s worth of ac­cess to soft­ware which costs about £800 as part of CS5, for just over £100.

There are lots of lit­tle tweaks and ex­tras to the var­i­ous pieces of soft­ware that make up Cre­ative Cloud, too. Light­room has iOS and web sync­ing, and there’s Cloud sup­port through­out, so you can view and tweak Pho­to­shop im­ages on your iPad. Pho­to­shop it­self has im­proved the way it han­dles fonts, au­to­mat­i­cally up­dat­ing typefaces if they’re miss­ing. There are also im­prove­ments to Smart Ob­jects and Layer Comps, while a Fo­cus Mask makes it pos­si­ble to al­ter the depth of field. This works par­tic­u­larly well on shal­low im­ages such as por­traits.

In Il­lus­tra­tor, snap­ping has been al­tered so han­dles don’t stick to par­tic­u­lar el­e­ments, en­abling more fi­nite ad­just­ments, and a Pen tool pre­view lets you know ex­actly where your next line’s go­ing to go be­fore you draw it. Like Pho­to­shop there’s an im­prove­ment to how Typekit works, as well as GPU ac­cel­er­a­tion for Win­dows com­put­ers with Nvidia graph­ics cards.

In terms of soft­ware up­dates they’re so mi­nor they’re likely to be un­no­tice­able un­til you need to use them. But it’s Adobe’s de­ci­sion to en­tice ca­sual and budget-con­scious users which is the most im­por­tant move here. Pho­to­shop is Adobe’s most pop­u­lar prod­uct, and we hope that if the Pho­tog­ra­phy bun­dle is a suc­cess then a sim­i­lar Il­lus­tra­tor pack­age will be rolled out soon.

Com­plete ac­cess to ev­ery app costs £46.88 a month. It’s pricey, but you do get a for­mi­da­ble suite of soft­ware.

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