Hey everyone, Matt Kloskowski here. There’s been a lot of talk lately about Adobe’s latest announcement of moving Photoshop to their creative cloud subscription. First off, in case you missed it, Photoshop is no longer CS (Creative Suite) anymore. It’s called Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) instead.
NOTE: Before you leave a comment and don’t read down to the end where I say this again: Please try to make the discussion helpful to your fellow NAPP members by not to starting another debate on whether the cloud thing is good or not. Those debates are all over the internet. I totally get that some of you love it and some of you hate it. Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on there’s absolutely nothing I can do about your feelings either way. But there’s lots of things I can do about NAPP training, so please try to keep the comments on target toward your questions on how this affects you at NAPP.
Next, if you’ve got questions, Scott Kelby wrote a whole Q&A post on his blog earlier in the week, so I’m not doing a Q&A here. If you’re wondering about costs, internet connectivity, what the subscription means, etc… he’s got the answers on his blog. I don’t want to turn this in to yet another Adobe-love-fest or Adobe-bash-fest on how you agree or disagree with their changes. Let’s stick to how it affects you as a NAPP member.
I’ll take my approach from the most common question/comment we’ve been getting:
“I’m a NAPP member and I’m worried that all of NAPP training will now be on the Adobe CC version of Photoshop and it will be of no use to me.”
For starters, this isn’t a new question to us. Back when Photoshop 7 moved to Photoshop CS, you know what question we got asked the most? “Now that Photoshop CS is out, will I be left behind if I stay in Photoshop 7 and should I cancel my NAPP membership?”. Just over a year ago when CS6 came out you know what CS5 users asked us the most? Yup, you guessed it – they wondered now that CS6 was out, would they be left behind if they stayed on CS5. And this question came up many times for every single version of Photoshop that was released in between. So it’s not a new situation for us to be in at all.
Here’s the deal. While Adobe adds new features to each version of Photoshop, none of them change our workflow at it’s very core. Some features may make our lives a little bit easier, but rarely has there been a feature that was a total game changer (maybe Layers, but that was a LONG time ago). I went back and counted the videos and tutorials I’ve done in the past year and only a fraction of them use CS6 specific features.
Over time, do all of these smaller changes amount to overall workflow changes. Sometimes. But we’re far away from that. I’d bet that any NAPP member today that was still on Photoshop CS3 would still get a TON of value from their NAPP membership. And remember, this whole shift to the Creative Cloud from Adobe is in it’s infancy stages right now. So the good news is that you have some time. If you’re a NAPP member and you signed up for two years you’re far from screwed. I honestly believe that the training we show you over the that time will make your NAPP membership just as valuable as it always was.
So… if you’re on that wall and need to be talked down please consider that our job at NAPP is to train you in Photoshop. We know (and have always known) that our members don’t all have the latest/great version of Photoshop and we’ve always tried to remember that when we do our videos or articles. I’m not telling you that you’ll never see us do a tutorial that uses a feature in the Creative Cloud. But as the Education Director for NAPP, I can help make sure that tutorials that do use Creative Cloud only features try to give you an alternative on how you can accomplish something similar in an earlier version (we already tend to do that with every new version of Photoshop for a while after it’s released).
Remember, we’re not Adobe. We don’t have to sell Photoshop, and we don’t have to show you how to do something using only the latest and greatest tools so we can sell software. We’re in the training business. We do have to show you that our training is the best out there, so that you’ll want to continue your NAPP membership. Most of our training is simply showing you how to make your photos or graphic designs look better. And a vast majority of tools that we use to do that have been around in Photoshop for many years.
Thanks for reading. I’ll try to stop in during the day and answer any questions in the comments so feel free to leave them. And please please please try to make the discussion helpful to your fellow NAPP members by not to starting another debate on whether the cloud thing is good or not. I totally get that some of you love it and some of you hate it. Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on there’s absolutely nothing I can do about your feelings. But there’s lots of things I can do about NAPP training, so please try to keep the comments on target toward your questions on how this affects you and NAPP.