Gimp has had the ability to open PSD files for a very long time, and since the announcement by Adobe that the Creative Suite is being replaced by the Creative Cloud, attention has turned toward the question of what will happen to Creative Cloudies who can no longer afford the monthly subscriptions, or who choose to move to different software.
Specifically what happens to the files created in Creative Cloud packages? Will Cloudies even be able to access their work, let alone edit, save and print it.
The idea of trial versions of software being able to open proprietary file formats even after the trial has ended is nothing new. Ableton Live takes this approach, and the trial version of Microsoft Office 2010 is equally generous. However Adobe's Creative Cloudies face being frozen out of their artwork not just when the trial ends but even after a period of having been paying customers.
The trick is to find a permanent software package that can open, and better yet edit Adobe's proprietary files. Being open source, Gimp is permanent. And open source software being free, Gimp appears candidate for this vacancy.
However as we find out, in this video, Gimp is not the ideal solution. At best it is an unreliable viewer for PSD files which allows some editing in the infamously clunky UI, but which doesn't guarantee the correct appearance and functioning of all layers. Moreover, as Gimp lacks the power of Photoshop, the Gimp can only be considered a semi-qualified candidate for the role.
Adobe have indicated that they are willing to look into the whole question of post-subscription access. This will involve not only Photoshop, but all the other software available on the Cloud, plus let's not forget the vexed question of what happens when software is completely retired from the Cloud as has happened with Creative Suite offerings like Soundbooth.
Adobe have provided a sneak peek of the newest update to Photoshop for Creative Cloud subscribers.
In this video Adobe's Russell Brown discusses some of his favourite features in Photoshop CC.
Along with a cute sharpening feature to deal with blur caused by camera shake, there is a range of new functionality related to Camera Raw.
In fact Camera Raw now has a listing in Photoshop's filters menu.
Photoshop CC comes with a complete update to Camera Raw.
In the following video Adobe's Julieanne Kost describes some of these features.
As for the meaning of CC, it seems that it is the official replacement for CS. The Creative Suite line comes to an end with CS6.
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The filters in the blur gallery provide a different kind of blur from the gaussian blur filter, but like the gaussian blur filter they provide a live preview of the composite image and not just the layer being blurred.
Photoshop has the lens blur filter which provides a similar type of blur to that found in the blur gallery, but with the twin disadvantages of no live composite preview and relative slowness of application.
Using the blur gallery allows us, therefore, the prospect of creating a somewhat different kind of soft focus effect from that which can be created with gaussian blur, whilst permitting the flexibility and convenience of a live preview.
In this video we take a look at how to use the iris blur filter to create a selective blur for a cool soft focus effect - preserving sharpness where it works in our favour, whilst allowing us to preview the impact of the blur on the rest of the image.
The video also demonstrates the use of the apply image command to extract a black and white image.