Adobe Rolls Out Creative Cloud Update, Debuts Stock Service

June 16, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Adobe rolled out major updates to several of its Creative Cloud (CC) photography apps and introduced a new stock photo service where creatives can sell their digital wares to other Creative Cloud users and the general marketplace.

Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC will get a new Dehaze feature that intelligently eliminates fog and haze from images using a slider. If you prefer, you can use the feature to add haze into an image as well. 

Photoshop users will be able to create more realistic blurs with a feature dubbed Additive Noise, which adds monochromatic or color noise to Blur Gallery effects—a feature Adobe said would also reduce banding when viewing or printing the image. 

The speed of the Healing Brush, Spot Healing Brush, and Patch tools in Photoshop have increased thanks to Mercury Graphics Engine enhancements. Photoshop users will now see Healing Brush results in real time, and get Spot Healing Brush and Patch Tool results that are up to 120X faster than they were in CS6, Adobe claimed.

Finally, the Content-Aware Move and Content-Aware Extend tools have been improved so you can accurately adjust the scale and rotation of the object you’re moving or the area you’re extending. A Content-Aware Fill function will automatically fill in the edges of your stitched panoramas.

What’s New in Lightroom

Lightroom CC desktop users will get more precise control over the brightest and darkest parts of photos when making local adjustments. White and black sliders are now available in the graduated filter, radial filter and adjustment brush.

Lightroom also gains the ability to preserve information imported from Photoshop Elements catalogs, such as ratings and tags.

On the mobile front, Lightroom Mobile has been updated to support video. Users can now add, view and share videos from a desktop collection. A Vignettes tool and Color/B&W adjustment tool have been added to the mobile app as well. Finally, the a Tone Curve adjustment has been introduced to give mobile users the ability to edit the tone of their photos. 

Android users get more Creative Cloud apps too, including Brush CC, Shape CC, Color CC and Photoshop Mix for the first time.

Outside of the still photo apps, Adobe also updated its Premiere Pro CC video editor with a Lumetri Color panel for slider-based color corrections. Premier Pro also gets a Morph Cut feature, which Adobe says smoothes out jump cuts in talking-head shots.

Finally, Adobe debuted a new Hue CC app for iOS devices that uses the iPhone’s camera to sample colors and lighting. These samples can then be applied to projects created in Premiere Pro CC or After Effects CC. 

Adobe Stock

Taking aim at the $3 billion a year stock industry, Adobe is also rolling out its new Adobe Stock service, based on its purchase of the stock service Fotolia earlier this year. Adobe Stock will allow Creative Cloud members (and non-members alike) to buy or sell stock images. Creative Cloud users get the benefit of Stock integration directly in tools such as Photoshop CC, InDesign CC and Illustrator CC, allowing them to browse for stock assets or upload their own stock files directly from an Adobe program. 

The company is promising “industry-leading rates” to photographers and designers contributing content to the new stock service. Adobe keeps 67 percent of the revenue from each sale. Payout rates and terms are listed here

In a release announcing the service, David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe, noted that 85 percent of customers who buy stock images use Adobe’s software, making the move a natural fit for the company. The Adobe Stock collection includes 40 million images and graphics. 

Designers can launch Adobe Stock directly within CC desktop software, add watermarked images to their Creative Cloud Libraries, and then access and work with images across multiple desktop tools. When creatives are ready to license the image for finished work, they can do it directly within the software they are working in. Any future edits on a watermarked image are automatically applied to the newly licensed image.

Stock buyers can spring for single images or opt for monthly plans starting at $29.99/month for 10 images or $199 per month for 750 images. CC members can save up to 40 percent on stock plans. If you sign up for a 10-images-per-month plan, you can “rollover” unused images for up to a year.