Are You Missing Out by Staying With Photoshop CS6?

When comparing the two, Photoshop CC and CS6, it's clear that the CS6 users don't want to upgrade because of the rental business model Adobe enforces. But, what are the actual advantages, and, is it possible to be more productive and make more money when you deliver more work because it's easier to do? 

Positive Aspects of CC

Selection tools in Photoshop have improved over the past few years. If you're starting with Photoshop now, you will never know the time spent on comping and masking out a character's hair to use in a different image. It was dreadful, and with CS6 it's still the case. There have been a considerable amount of updates over the past few years. And the business model Adobe is exploiting makes it possible to develop updates, use AI and integrate into the whole software bundle within Creative Cloud. 

Negative Aspects of Adobe as Kingpin

I don't like renting software, no one does. And it's as if Adobe is dominating the industry in Photo-manipulation, video editing, motion graphics and, it makes it possible to work with all these types of media and software together. If there is no competition, we will all be paying our dues to Adobe for the foreseeable future. And it's not just the single user, it's companies and industries that will need to change, which is a much more difficult thing to do. 

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Reginald Walton's picture

So what's the difference in "renting" the software from Adobe and renting your monthly utilities or renting your cell phone bill from your wireless carrier or renting your Internet from your ISP?

Benoit Pigeon's picture

Improvements. I've been a user of PS since 4 and used 3 a little as well (before the C series) and I must admit that they were slow at bringing improvements when they went to the rental, most being useless new features. They've had great stuff since but they also have a lot of features since CS6 that seem to be fillers. Some, sometimes feel unfinished or experimental. Slumlord VS ownership, pick your own. Not saying that PS is equal to slumlord, but at time it does tend to fill that way.

Reginald Walton's picture

I agree and that's my point, no one is forcing Adobe on you. There are other options and as far as things being "used", most of it, other than water are non necessities, we've just grown accustomed to having them readily available.

Benoit Pigeon's picture

I agree, it's not forced on us, but honestly if you use it for work, forced or not, you need something powerful and learning a new software is very counter productive. But if the idea is that one can walk to work instead of driving 10 miles, yes, just skip dinner and a couple hour of sleep and you get the same result.

Les Sucettes's picture

Simply put - to access your own work, you will have to rent in perpetuity.

Les Sucettes's picture

Interesting… What is your issue for jumping from a factoid straight to an insult?

Enjoy sponsoring 3D and video software with your money - which is where it’s all going - if you like. Photographers are being milked and are cross-financing all the 3D and video tools Adobe has been developing — and all we get are some minor improvements yet pay the same as this new industry with far less users.

Ask yourself why you want to be a fanboy - I rather we, as an industry, ask for a better service or less costs.

Les Sucettes's picture

I would go to Affinity in a blink .... but they do not offer Channels in a way I need them to work. Also they do not have action scripts and droplets.

If I was using Adobe like 80% of users who use Photoshop, I would be with Affinity yesterday. I don't understand why anyone who doesn't use channels or actions perpetually pays for a license for something that doesn't actually evolve (and it is questionable whether it actually needs to evolve much anyway).

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

The difference is one could buy Adobe software outright. No more payments. Whereas I seriously doubt you are going to buy the utilities companies, buy a cell phone network, and buy an ISP. lol. So, yeah, for those scenarios, renting is the only option, unless you have a couple of billion $ laying around a some government connections.

With that said, I'm not beating up on Adobe too much based on how much CS6 cost. See my comments below: https://fstoppers.com/comment/693587

Adil Alsuhaim's picture

Why would you need to pay to access your artwork that is stored on your computer?

Les Sucettes's picture

Try opening a PSD file without a Adobe license ... you really need spell it out don't you

Nox Vega's picture

I don't really mind renting. I like the fact that I can pay a monthly fee and get the latest updates.
What I don't like is that Adobe locks me for a year and I only use my camera for 7 or so months per year.
It's cheaper to just order a new card lol so Adobe can't charge me for those 5 months I do not edit photos.

Greg Edwards's picture

I'd like to see a proper monthly plan so that you don't have the annual commitment. Sure, it may cost a little more (they really want people to commit, and I can't blame them for that) but it would be nice to be able to 'shelve' your plan or go to a lower tier when you don't need it, or upgrade to a higher tier when you do on a monthly basis.

Deleted Account's picture

I don't mind the subscription as long as my work is generating income, but I do wish that they had an option for a perpetual license, even if it was a couple hundred dollars. For a hobbyist, however, a subscription really blows.

Benoit Pigeon's picture

Perpetual would be great, but beside controlling effectively the copies of their product, they also fixed the upgrade skip that one could play with in the past. They would allow one or two version skip, then the user would have to purchase the full license if they missed too many upgrades. There will never be a perpetual license, this thing is way too profitable.

W Mitty's picture

As a hobbyist, I don't mind the subscription model at all. To me, it is no different than my monthly Netflix subscription, or the cost of paying for time on a tennis court. $10 a month is not much to spend for a hobby that one enjoys. I prefer to look at it in context of the total cost of photography as a serious hobby. If one considers that most hobbyist photographers spend over $500 for their cameras and lenses (and usually much more), $120 per year for the post processing software, plus storage, is not really that expensive. Obviously, there are not-so-serious hobbyists who spend less on their equipment (e.g. use their phones, P&S cameras, etc), but my guess is that the majority of them are not using PS or LR to process their photos, if they process them at all.

I also look at it this way - would most hobbyists shell out $700 for an individual copy of PS plus several hundred for LR? I would venture to say that most wouldn't. So, does this not make PS and LR more accessible to the hobbyist?

In practical terms, all software has a cost in perpetuity. One can use a standalone piece of software for years, but eventually, newer hardware won't be able to run the older software, and the updated software will have to be purchased. The only way around that is to run antiquated software on antiquated hardware - which doesn't seem very appealing to me.

Les Sucettes's picture

So selection. Is that the only real difference? Yep.

Photographers should know that they‘ve been financing a whole new 3D industry and new software tools who pay exactly the same as we do even though there are far less users and far more investments and innovations going in this area.

Unfortunately the competition isn’t mich to be reckoned with.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

If CS6 alone costs $700, as much as I hate renting, if I needed to use PS, PS + LR for $9.99 a month actually ain't bad. It would take almost 6 years to "pay off" the $700, during which time, you get updates. 6 years is a long time as far as software is concerned.

Malcolm Malcolm's picture

Very helpful video. It confirms my decision to stick with CS6 as the right one. The key word for the new features is 'convenience' - I am extremely underwhelmed. There is nothing that I need Photoshop for that I cannot do in CS6.This also confirms my initial suspicion that the subscription model would provide no incentive for Adobe to actually make any significant improvements. They could give the development team a year off and it wouldn't affect their income. And it continues to shaft their users. If CS6 is eight years old then to have switched to CC then, would have now cost 8 x $10 x 12 = $960. Would I have paid that much for an upgrade to the new features? ROTFLOL. Not a prayer.
Whilst Affinity is not quite a replacement yet, I have bought it to encourage them and hopefully soon it will be.
I think it is worth reminding oneself that Photoshop will not make you a better photographer, and that most of the really great photographs in photography's history were taken before there was any such thing. It's just a tool, nothing more.