I read that Photoshop CS6 will no longer be sold as a program and that you’ll need to pay $50 per month to use the new Photoshop CC on the Adobe website starting June 17. Is that correct? And if so, isn’t this overly expensive?
Yes, the basic premise is correct, Roberto, but the cost will only be $10 per month for the first year, if you own Photoshop CS3 or a newer version. (The $50 per month provides access to all of the programs available for download, and that’s academic if you want only Photoshop Creative Cloud.) To get the $10-per-month deal at Adobe Creative Cloud, scroll down to Single App and click on Join. Then click on Requires Annual Commitment and select Requires CS3+ purchase. (That just means you must have a licensed copy of CS3 or a newer version in your computer to get the $10-per-month deal.) For specifics as to the benefits of Photoshop CC vs. CS6, read the Adobe Press Release.
After you join, you can download Photoshop CC, install it into your computer, and start using it. The subscription fee will increase to $20 per month; this is also the current price for those who do not own a previous version. Is the monthly fee excessive? Well, over a few years of use, it will add up to a lot of money. Of course, Photoshop CS6 sells for $750, and most photo enthusiasts find that to be too expensive, but it primarily targets professional photographers and graphic designers. That’s why Adobe also offers Elements ($100) and Lightroom ($170); both programs will continue to be sold as usual. CS6 will also be available for purchase for at least several months, and the company will continue updating Adobe Camera Raw, though only for an unstated period of time.
The primary complaint about the Creative Cloud concept is that after downloading Photoshop CC, you would need to continue paying the monthly fee forever. If you were to stop doing so in future, the software would cease to function. You’d still be able to open JPEG and TIFF files created with Photoshop CC using other software since these are universal formats. However, if the file consisted of layers — and those included one or more layers created with a feature unique to Photoshop CC — a problem would arise. Other software (including Photoshop CS6) would not recognize those layers. For additional information about the pros and cons of Photoshop CC by subscription, read the DP Review article Adobe Responds to Reaction as well as the FAQs provided by the editor.