San Jose, Calif. - Adobe Systems officially launched Monday its Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended imaging software, along with its new Creative Cloud system.
Adobe said its
, Photoshop CS6 Extended, Creative Suite 6 editions and Creative Cloud are available for pre-order now and will be available within 30 days. The estimated street price for Photoshop CS6 is $699 and Photoshop CS6 Extended is $999. Upgrade pricing is also available to eligible customers.
Subscription pricing for Photoshop CS6 Extended is $19.99 per month for an annual contract and $29.99 for a month-to-month contract.
Photoshop CS6 Extended integrates the editing, compositing and graphic design capabilities of Photoshop CS6, as well as advanced tools for 3D design, image and video editing, and quantitative analysis which address the unique needs of the graphic design, video, web, architecture, medical, manufacturing and engineering industries.
Photoshop CS6 generated an Adobe record of nearly 1 million downloads when the public beta of the software was released on March 22 for Mac OS and Microsoft Windows platforms, the company said.
The final version launches of Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended can be purchased as stand-alone applications, key components of the Adobe Creative Suite 6 family, and as part of Adobe's newly announced Creative Cloud offering.
Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended feature significant improvements in speed and power, which is necessary to engage a slate of new features, including advanced image manipulation, design, motionâ€�based content editing, and compositing.
The software provides more tools and control for the Content Aware Patch system; provides real-time interaction editing and a more fluid feel using a powerful new Mercury Graphics Engine; enables easily editing video; performs automatic tone mapping and sharpening; and uses improved design tools for better results with fewer steps.
Also included is a more efficient, modern user interface that puts all focus on images, and sync settings and preferences for consistent workflows across multiple devices via Adobe Creative Cloud.
Other features include:
- New and re-engineered design tools with type styles that enable consistent formatting; vector layers that apply strokes and add gradients to vector objects; custom strokes and dashed lines that are easily created; and quick layers search.
- Intuitive video creation offering a full range of familiar Photoshop tools and an intuitive set of new video tools to create and enhance video clips.
- A blur gallery interface provides on-image and in-context controls to quickly create photographic blur effects including tilt-shift effects, blur everything with one focal point, or vary the blurriness between multiple focal points.
Photoshop CS6 Extended includes:
- a Mercury Graphics Engine for 3D;
- 3D controls with UI improvements for more efficient 3D workflows; and
- 3D effects, including reflections and "drag-able" shadows to enhance images.
The new Adobe Creative Cloud provides a new option for purchasing and experiencing Adobe software, including Adobe Photoshop CS6. A Creative Cloud membership provides designers with access to download and install every new Adobe CS6 application and two new HTML5 products, Adobe Muse and Adobe Edge preview.
The Creative Cloud powers the integration of creative tablet applications, such as Photoshop Touch, into everyday work -- seamlessly synchronizing and storing files in the cloud, for sharing and access on any device.
Creative Cloud members will be able to easily deliver mobile apps to iOS and Android marketplaces and publish, manage and host websites.
Adobe Creative Cloud members will receive access to application upgrades -- including new Photoshop features -- before they are launched as part of a major update, as well as inventive new products and services, as they emerge. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 will be offered as part of Creative Cloud membership in the future.
membership for individuals is $49.99 per month based on annual membership and $74.99 per month based on month-to-month membership and includes access to Photoshop CS6 Extended.
A special introductory offer of $29.99 per month for CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 individual customers is also available.