Adobe adds stock image purchases into Creative Cloud as suite of apps gets updated

BY Evan Selleck

Published 16 Jun 2015

Adobe Stock

On Tuesday, June 16, Adobe announced a couple of big changes for its Creative Cloud suite of apps, including a brand new addition to the mix.

The announcement was made in two-parts, with one focusing on the myriad of improvements and updates that the 15 Creative Cloud apps included in Adobe’s productivity suite just received. Additionally, the company also unveiled Adobe Stock, which is designed to provide access to purchased stock images that can be quickly and easily added into any one of the CC apps. With Adobe Stock, the company hopes it will “radically simplify” buying and utilizing the stock images:

Adobe Stock extends Creative Cloud’s value as a vibrant global marketplace,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe. “Eighty-five percent of customers who purchase stock images use Adobe creative tools. The deep integration with our latest Creative Cloud desktop apps, including Photoshop and InDesign, makes buying and using stock photos incredibly easy. At the same time, our customers – the best photographers and designers on the planet – will have the opportunity to contribute millions of new photos and images to Adobe Stock. This is really going to raise the bar in the world of stock content.

Adobe Stock isn’t free, with $9.99 images for Creative Cloud subscribers starting the options off. However, for those that plan on using stock images more frequently, Adobe has a $29.99 per month subscription that will allow subscribers to utilize up to 10 stock images per month, with unused credits rolling over for up to a year. There’s a $199.99 per month option as well, which nets subscribers 750 stock images in that timeframe.

As for the other apps within the Creative Cloud suite, here’s how Adobe breaks it down:

  • Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Photoshop CC introduces Artboards, the best way to design cross-device user experiences in a single Photoshop document and quickly preview them on a device; and a preview release of Photoshop Design Space, a sleek new work environment focused on the needs of mobile app and web site designers.
  • Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC both gain the new Dehaze feature, which appeared first as a MAX sneak in October 2014. Dehaze, eliminates fog and haze from photos, including underwater shots, for startlingly clear images. Haze can also be added to a photo for artistic effect.
  • Premiere Pro CC furthers its lead in the market with the addition of the Lumetri Color panel for powerful color corrections using intuitive sliders and other simple controls; and Morph Cut, which makes it easier to deliver polished interview content by smoothing out jump cuts in talking-head shots to create a cohesive, polished sequence.
  • After Effects CC now has Uninterrupted Preview to allow artists to adjust a composition’s properties and even resize panels without impacting playback. Also, the groundbreaking Adobe Character Animator brings 2D figures to life using a webcam to track facial movements, record dialog and apply movements in real time onto a pre-configured character.
  • Illustrator CC is now 10 times faster and 10 times more precise than CS6. Powered by dramatic boosts to its Mercury Performance Engine, users can now pan and zoom smoothly without delays. With the new Chart tool (preview), designers can also create beautiful custom charts and share them with others via CC Libraries.
  • InDesign CC gets its own Mercury performance surge with zooming, scrolling, and paging through complex documents now twice as fast. InDesign now also allows users to publish and distribute documents with a single click.
  • Dreamweaver CC has new responsive web design capabilities that let designers quickly lay out and build production-ready sites that adapt to any screen size.
  • Adobe Muse now includes instant access to premium fonts from Typekit.
  • And much, much more. Additional updates to these and other CC desktop applications make this one of the biggest releases in years.

These updates, along with Adobe Stack, are available now for the Creative Cloud subscribers out there, with the major updates coming at no additional cost for those that are already paying the monthly due.

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