The first offer, Adobe Cloud is a service where you purchase a membership as either a month to month plan or an annual subscription and have access to all the programs available in the Creative Suite along with Lightroom 4 and other programs. Adobe describes Creative Cloud as “Adobe Creative Cloud is a digital hub where you can explore, create, share, and deliver your work using any of the Adobe Creative Suite® desktop tools, Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom® 4*, and new applications like Adobe Muse™ and Adobe Edge preview. Creative Cloud also includes new Internet-based services† and enables the delivery of high-impact content experiences such as interactive websites and stunning digital magazines. By offering connectivity with Adobe Touch Apps‡, headlined by Adobe Photoshop Touch, Creative Cloud enables a mobile workflow, from ideation to publishing, to bring the power of Adobe innovation to iPads and Android™ tablets. Creative Cloud gives you freedom to create, offering immediate and ongoing access to industry-defining tools and technologies, to serve a vibrant worldwide community of creative talent.”
Until Aug 31st you can join for just $29.99 a month with an annual subscription if you have a qualified registered CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5, or CS6 individual product or suite edition and sign up through Adobe directly. I think this may be a good option for some of you so check it out at the link above!
The second offering is even better because it is free!! Russell Brown, Senior Creative Director at Adobe has released the Painting Assistant Panel, which is a Panel that takes you through a series of steps and makes it easy for you to turn photos into painting! One note, you really need a graphics tablet to make this work and ideally a Wacom tablet.
One word of caution – Once you download this you will spend a lot of time playing! It is way too much fun.
Here are some examples I have worked on in the last few days. Needless to say, work has suffered! Enjoy! To see more click here.