Recently Adobe announced that Photoshop would be included in their Creative Cloud service for a monthly charge as opposed to selling it outright and upgrades were no longer available to purchase for owners of existing versions of Photoshop. Though I could see the attraction this holds for professionals who rely on the software, I was not thrilled. Now, a few months after Adobe’s announcement, I’m not at all concerned about the decision. I still have CS5 and Bridge, which are excellent choices for editing and productivity. Lightroom is a very creativ toold for editing and has been my main editor for almost two years, capable of performing 90% of the edits. A version of the shot above, a fountain at Sonnenberg Gardens, was posted earlier. Originally, the water was a yellow/brown mess and was very unattractive. In lightroom, I use the adjustment brush to add some blue to match the sky. It was easy and didn’t require much time or special technique. My guess is that future versions of Lightroom will have features that Photoshop has now, like layers, blend modes and layer styles and all non-destructive. I also think a program like Elements would make a nice companion in the meantime. I’ve used Elements (v5) for years before I started Photoshop and found it very easy and comprehensive. Currently they are up to version 11 so they probably have even more functionality that my old version 5 and it’s only $63. The shot below was made in Elements 5 long before I started with Lightroom or PS.