Adobe has a new version of Creative Cloud for 2014, along with a Photography Plan that pairs together two shutterbug favorites, Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5. The new app suite sees fourteen titles updated for this year, including changes to Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC, and Premiere Pro CC, in addition to a batch of new mobile apps.
Among the key changes include a new selection of blur effects for Photoshop CC, and a Focus Mask tool that recreates the popular Bokeh effect with background defocus. There’s also been a boost to the Mercury Graphics Engine, which Adobe says should lead to an improvement in performance, while Smart Objects can now be shared across multiple documents.
Adobe is also promising better usability on Windows 8.1 tablets, like Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 3, including pinch-zoom, smoother digital ink-flow, and more responsiveness overall.
Illustrator, meanwhile, gets GPU acceleration with select NVIDIA graphics cards, as well as Live Shapes to make putting together graphics easier. InDesign CC now has EPUB ebook creation baked in, not to mention HiDPI display support for better-looking text and images on high-res displays.
As for the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, that’s priced at $9.99 per month, and comes with a copy of Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5. The latter works with Lightroom for iPad, as well as the new Photoshop Mix for iPad app.
The complete Creative Cloud plan is $49.99 per month or $599.98 for an entire years. There’s now a new $19.99 per month plan for students, which also includes all the apps. The new mobile apps, like Photoshop Mix, will be free.