Update: Adobe Photoshop CS6 13.0.4/13.1.2 fixes “trial version” problem

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Photoshop CS6 13.0.4/13.1.2 released

Did your copy of Photoshop CS6 suddenly become a 30-day trial version, even though you already paid for it? Adobe has now fixed this issue in Adobe Photoshop CS6 13.0.4 (for perpetual licenses of Photoshop) and 13.1.2 (for Creative Cloud licenses). You can read more about it on Jeff Tranberry’s Adobe blog, or on the Photoshop help page Trial screen displays on launch.

To update Photoshop directly, start Photoshop CS6 and choose Help > Updates.


To download a manual installer for perpetual licenses: Download the update from the Adobe Product Updates page and install it manually. You can’t update a Creative Cloud license from this page, so only the 13.0.4 update for perpetual licenses is available.

To update an Adobe Creative Cloud license: Start Adobe Application Manager, and in the list of Creative Cloud software you have installed, click the word Update next to any of the applications with updates. Clicking Update for Photoshop CS6 will bring Photoshop up to version 13.1.2. Or, to run all available application updates at once, click Updates in the left column and then click Update All.

Adobe Application Manager ready to update applications

Retina display updates: Adobe Photoshop CS6 13.0.2/13.1 and Illustrator 16.0.3, and Creative Cloud thoughts

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Photoshop CS6 13.0.2 and 13.1 released, along with Illustrator 16.0.3

Adobe has released Adobe Photoshop CS6 13.0.2 and Adobe Illustrator 16.0.3 with support for Retina/HiDPI displays. Adobe Photoshop 13.1 is also available now only for Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers, combining Retina/HiDPI support with new features not available in 13.0.2.

[Update, December 20, 2012: Adobe has released Photoshop CS6 13.0.3 and 13.1.1 to fix a few bugs.]

There are aspects of this mix of updates that have caused a lot of confusion, so the point of most of this article is to help straighten it all out. First of all, some users appear to be under the impression that only Creative Cloud subscribers get the Retina and bug fix updates. The way it really works is that everybody gets the Retina display updates and the stability fixes (Photoshop 13.0.2 and Illustrator 16.0.3), but only Creative Cloud subscribers get the new features (Photoshop 13.1). For those who make a living keeping up with Creative Suite applications in education or enterprise, this has important implications that I talk about at the end of this article.


The Photographer’s Introduction to Video in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6: Now available!

Have you upgraded to Lightroom 4 or Photoshop CS6 but are still not quite sure how to start working with video files from your cameras? With The Photographer’s Guide to Video in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6, you can begin to realize the full video potential of the software you invested in. You’ll get the most out of this eBook if you’re a still photographer starting to integrate video into your workflow.

The Photographer's Introduction to Video in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 cover

Why I wrote this ebook

While Lightroom and Photoshop can work with digital video files, they’re designed to streamline very specific photographer-oriented video workflows. In addition, what they can do is different in scope than what you’d be able to accomplish if you were using a professional digital video editor such as Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro. I wrote this ebook to help you understand when Lightroom or Photoshop is the right choice for your video project, and how to use them.

The book assumes you already know how to use Lightroom or Photoshop in a still-image workflow. I wanted to build a bridge between what you already know about your cameras and your Adobe software and the new challenges of organizing, managing, and creating output from digital video.

How to learn

Download and read The Photographer’s Introduction to Video in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 as an ebook in multiple formats, including Kindle, PDF, and  iBooks. Here are some links to get you started: for Kindle for Kindle/MOBI, ePub, and PDF
iTunes store for iOS devices

More info

Below is the publisher’s marketing copy if you want to learn a bit more…

Use the image tools you already know as a photographer—Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6—to edit HD video from your DSLR camera or smart phone. This ebook will help you make the transition from still to motion, learning how to organize, edit, export, and upload your HD video. Take advantage of the advanced features in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and bring your work to life.

Highlights of this ebook include:

  • Understand which software application is right for your project
  • Get tips on planning, shooting video, and recording audio to make post-production easier
  • Organize and prep your video clips by taking advantage of metadata, filters, and using Collections
  • Prepare still images in Lightroom for video
  • Learn about the Photoshop Timeline, making basic edits and cuts and creating transitions and fades
  • Color correct your video files and adjust audio
  • Create a video slideshow of your photographs
  • Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go with step-by-step instructions

Updates: Adobe Camera Raw 7.2 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.2

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Adobe has released Camera Raw 7.2 and Lightroom 4.2 with the same raw processing updates for both, and with a corresponding DNG Converter 7.2 update. All are free updates for current licenses of the software. The updates include the usual bug fixes and add support for a long list of new cameras (including the Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i, Panasonic DMC-LX7, Pentax K-30, and preliminary support for the Nikon D600) new lens correction profiles, and more details that you can read about in:

Remember that if you have versions of Photoshop and Lightroom that are too old for these updates, you can use the latest DNG Converter, which is free, to convert raw files from new cameras into the DNG format that older software can read.

Lightroom performance: Improved?

Many people have been experienced slow Lightroom 4 performance. While Adobe doesn’t mention specific performance fixes in their release notes, Lightroom guru Laura Shoe says that changes have been made to Develop module display updates that should result in more responsive performance. You can read about it in Laura Shoe’s blog post about Lightroom 4.2.

Back In Lightroom 4.1, I did experience delays when editing images. After working with Lightroom 4.2 for a bit, going from image to image and switching between Loupe and Develop does seem much more responsive now (almost instant) for images where previews have been built. And this is on a first-generation Mac Pro, which would be considered “old hardware” by now. Nice! I’m not sure how much faster it updates the preview while editing in Develop, but that’ll become evident the more I use this update.

How to update

To download the updates, go to:

(Although Camera Raw hadn’t shown up yet when I posted this article.)


To update Photoshop and Camera Raw directly, start Photoshop and choose Help > Updates.

To update Lightroom, start Lightroom and choose Help > Check for Updates. If you bought Lightroom through the Mac App Store, the update may take a longer to become available there because it has to wait for Apple approval.