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on May 16, 2012 in Digital Darkroom

CS-6 – Worth the Price?

Is Photoshop CS6 worth the price? Since it’s release a week ago, it’s a question I’m hearing more and more and to be totally honest with you, I don’t know. Each and every photographer must figure that out for themselves. After demoing it during my B&H Crits last week, I had a number of folks say afterwards that they needed it. For me, the answer though was really easy, YES!But Photoshop CS6 simply put, saves me time and that, puts money in my pocket!

Let’s start off with you don’t need to buy Extended unless you’re doing 3D. Photoshop for stills and video is part of CS6 and it works great. Now the video editing of Photoshop CS6 is amazing, nothing like any previous version and if you have a HDSLR, it’s a no-brainer why you should buy CS6. What other reasons, here’s the short list:

  • 62% more features
  • Bicubic Automatic
  • Tilt & Shift
  • Iris Blur
  • ACr 7.1
  • Auto Background save (that works!)
  • Contact Sheet
  • PDF creator
  • Content Aware Move Tool
  • Clarity has no halos (part of ACR)
  • Chormatic Aberation correction on the fly

And this is just the short list! Its faster operation, cleaner UI and so much most just make it a natural. Now I understand it is not inexpensive, so each has to make their own call on upgrading. Adobe has lowered the subscription rate which might help and The Cloud is now up and going. Keep in mind that at the very least, you can download and test drive Photoshop CS6 for 30 days for free. You can find out for yourself if it’s worth the price. Just a warning, if you try it, you’ll like it!