Adobe has officially made the move to the cloud.
The company has upgraded and rebranded its Creative Suite, replacing Creative Suite 6, the latest installment, with Adobe Creative Cloud, the company’s online subscription service. Creative Cloud will be automatically updated, as future releases are built in to the software, meaning users will always have access to the latest Photoshop software and features.
Adobe made the announcement at its MAX 2013 Creativity Conference in Los Angeles today. The update to the Creative Cloud service now includes the integration of Behance, an online portfolio tool and various new features.
All of Adobe’s products previously in the Creative Suite series, including Illustrator and Premiere Pro are available in the Creative Cloud service. While all of the products have made the move to the cloud, Photoshop has received the most major new features.
Tools that were previously only available in the extended versions of Photoshop have now been brought to all users with Photoshop CC, including 3D painting and image analysis items. The 3D painting tool has been updated to make live previews faster and more responsive.
New features give users the ability to turn low-resolution images into big high-resolution images without losing detail or adding noise. Customers can also now take advantage of an upgraded Smart Sharpen feature, Camera Shake Reduction and expanded Smart Object support.
Photoshop CC also includes Camera Raw 8 and layer support, which allows users to apply camera raw filters to any layer inside Photoshop and then enhance at user discretion. Users can also now select multiple paths, shapes and vector masks at once and edit rounded rectangles, right down to specific corner radiuses.
The updated Creative Cloud allows users to sync their settings across multiple devices, meaning any conditional actions they set up as part of the new feature set won’t be lost when switching from work on a PC to a tablet.
Adobe\’s products have been on a yearly release cycle since 2011 with a new version released annually. Updates will now be available via the cloud.
The company said it will release a new desktop companion app that will keep all the apps up to date as software updates are released. The Adobe Creative Cloud service subscription is priced at $49.99 per month.