Adobe’s GPU Acceleration is Not That Great After All. Yet.

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One of the celebrated improvements in Lightroom CC is the faster performance, said to be up to ten times faster, thanks to the software’s ability to leverage the graphic processor unit (GPU).

A few days after the official release, however, an Adobe engineer shared additional information regarding GPU acceleration and turns out it might not be all that great. Not right now, at least, and not for everybody.

At the moment GPU acceleration is only available in the Develop module, and even then not all editing controls enjoy it.

Additionally, while GPU implementation offers no advantage for some functions, certain others will actually take longer with the acceleration enabled.

This information also applies to Camera Raw 9.0 for Photoshop/Bridge CC.

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Adobe Officially Announces Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6

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As expected, the new Lightroom was just announced and it comes in both CC and 6 versions.

The details mentioned in the premature post we shared earlier today turned out to be spot on, and Lightroom CC will be available as part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan while Lightroom 6 will be available as a standalone item to be downloaded or on DVD.

New Lightroom CC features and videos after the jump.

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Leaked Movie Shows Lightroom’s New Facial Recognition Ability; Lightroom 6 Will Be Available As Well

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A post that seems to have been published a few hours early sheds some light on the software that is scheduled to be released later today.

An unlisted video on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom channel on YouTube was included in the post and provides a lengthy explanation of how the new face recognition feature will work. The fact that the video was uploaded on April 13th, is unlisted, and barely had any views until just recently indicate that the post is both real and that somebody will be in trouble over this.

Good news for those hoping to get a boxed version of Lightroom, as the post confirms that it exists and will be released as well.

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Adobe Adds Morph Cut And Lumetri Color Panel to Premiere, Making Editors Lives Easier

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The next round of updates to Adobe’s Creative cloud for video should be pretty exciting for anyone who is heavy on video editing. Adobe is adding two tools for video editing and color grading that should really streamline the video workflow. They are called Morph Cut and Lumetri Color Panel.

The first one is Morph Cut. This one is aimed at helping you remove all those ‘aa’ and ’emmm…” from a clip. Morph cut is a transition effect that once applied on a jump cut, it smooths out the jump in the speech and makes it look like a continuous talk. (I just wish thy used it on the voice over….)

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Adobe Camera Raw 8.8 Now Available

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Adobe has released ACR 8.8 as a final release for both Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC users.

For Lightroom users and those using older versions of Photoshop, the company has released DNG Converter 8.8.

Other than a few minor bug fixes, ACR 8.8 added support for ten new cameras including the Canon EOS Rebel T6I (750D) and Rebel T6s (760D), Nikon D5500 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 II.

It also adds profile support for a list of lenses in Canon, Nikon F, Sony Alpha, Sony E, Pentax, Sigma, Leica, MFT, DJI and Yuneec mounts.

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New High-End Real Alternative To Photoshop – Can It Shake The Paradigm? (+ Free Beta)

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Photoshop is practically the standard of editing today. Sure everyone will say “Open your editing software”, but what they mean is start Photoshop. There is a good reason for that too. Adobe (and Photoshop) have been in the market for a really long time, they have experience and PS integrate nicely with the Creative Cloud. There are some options out there, but none are considered as fully featured and rounded as Photoshop, which (like microsoft word in their days) make it the de-facto standard.

But all this is about to change if Affinity Photo will have their say.

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Adobe Has Filed A Lawsuit Against Forever 21 For Repeatedly Pirating Photoshop

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In a suit filed on January 28th in the California District Court, Adobe has accused the retail clothing company, Forever 21, with pirating software. Adobe alleges Forever 21 has illegally obtained 63 copies of various Adobe products such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Corel and Autodesk have also joined the lawsuit, citing Forever 21 has pirated copies of their software as well.

The piracy has apparently been an ongoing issue between Adobe and Forever 21. In the suit, Adobe states Forever 21, “continued their infringing activities even after being contacted by Adobe regarding the infringement.” It is not known exactly how the software company was able to track the incident; however, Adobe is in possession of specific registration numbers and dates corresponding to the allegedly pirated software. [Read more…]

Finally! Adobe Lightroom Releases Mobile Version For Android Phones

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The much anticipated Android release of Adobe Lightroom has finally made its way into the Play store, where it can be downloaded for free. Though it should be noted, if you want to use the app, you will need to have a current Creative Cloud membership and the most current version of Lightroom installed on your desktop. (However, if you are able to meet those requirements, feel free to grab your “free” mobile copy, too.)

The Android version of Lightroom, which looks exactly like the iPad version, is a condensed version of the desktop software and is meant to serve as a supplement to it. Consequently, if you were hoping to do all your editing on the go, the mobile version of Lightroom might not be the only app you want to have. [Read more…]

Adobe Germany Sets Different Creative Cloud Pricing Based On Browsers

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A lot has been said about adobe’s move from the licencing model to the rental model which Adobe calls the creative cloud.

It started with adding a $9.99/ month photography package which includes Photoshop and Lightroom, but now we may be seeing the next step on the Adobe Creative Cloud pricing.

It turns out that browsing to Adobe’s creative cloud plans in Germany yields different pricing for different browsers.

If you visit the page in safari the photography package will be €9.99 and buying the entire CC bundle will be €49.99

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8 Minute Photoshop Tutorial: Get To Know The Patch Tool For Fast Fixes

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Most Photoshop users are familiar with the Clone and Healing Brushes as a means to remove distracting objects from a photo, but there’s also a useful little tool called the Patch Tool that can help you get the job done, too. The Patch Tool is kinda buried under the Healing Brushes, so it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves from those just learning Photoshop. If you’ve never used it before, Aaron Nace has put together a great tutorial on how and when to use it, which you can watch below. [Read more…]