The Sky is Falling, the Sky is Falling

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Better sign up fast for that Adobe Photoshop CC offer at US$9.99 a month because it will expire soon. No, wait a minute, not that soon. No, wait a minute, still not that soon. No, wait a minute, we didn't mean that soon.

Yes, folks, the Photoshop CC + Lightroom 5 offer is once again extended "for a limited time." This time until February 28, 2014, though you must once again own a previous version of Photoshop (CS3 or later) to partake. Whether the sky will fall on March 1st, it's difficult to predict, but so far the sky just isn't falling when Adobe says it will.

A number of you keep asking what I'm going to do about Photoshop CC. I was able to get rid of another monthly expense of about the same amount, so I eventually opted to get the deal. However, I'm adopting a slightly different workflow than you might think.

The issue is still the same one as I noted originally: if you let your Photoshop CC subscription lapse, any CC-specific changes you make get locked as rasterized layers should you open the file later in Photoshop CS6. The longer we all subscribe to CC, the more updates Adobe makes that will produce that problem. 

For the time being, I continue to do all my critical work that might need to be updated later only in CS6. If there's a feature in CC that I want to take advantage of, I'll tend to bring the image over to CC, make the change, flatten the result and bring that back to CS6. I really don't like this strategy, but the only other real strategy is to commit to CC forever and hope that Adobe doesn't raise prices, change options, or mess things up in other ways. 

I've been using personal computers for 38 years now. I can't count the number of times that "updates" have had negative effects as well as positive. Too often at big changeover points your old data files start to become unusable by new software (and of course vice versa), which is why many of us who have products created by software keep machines around that are still loaded with older software. Unfortunately, we'll no longer be able to easily do that once we're locked into CC, which is part of the problem we all have with Adobe's 100% conversion to subscriptions. 

So for the time being, I'm barely dipping my toes into CC. Your mileage may vary. But don't forget that the sky falls when March rolls around. Maybe. So it's time to really make up your mind. Maybe. 

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