Like every update in recent Creative Cloud releases, version 19 is about gradual improvement. Photoshop CC 2018 is a powerful image-manipulation package, and the new features help create a more efficient workspace within the app.
Additions like the Type tool updates help expand Photoshop’s user base, allowing existing, single plan customers to experiment further; while the new panoramic feature shows that Adobe isn’t letting its ubiquitous design tool be left behind. That said, the new features as a whole lack a certain wow factor. Adobe risks ignoring consumer needs, too, by removing Lightroom as a standalone application from its price plan.
If you don’t operate in a team workflow and only require a standalone photo-editing app, rival software like Affinity Photo could make for a viable and cost-effective option.
However, if you’re a creative who regularly works as part of a collaborative workflow – whether in the studio or at home – or if you use a multitude of other Adobe applications and enjoy the streamlined experience of jumping between them, Photoshop remains a worthwhile investment that’s limited only by your imagination and talent.
Photoshop CC 2018 review
While Photoshop’s latest updates contain less wow factor than previous versions, they do make a significant improvement to the way in which creatives work with Adobe’s powerful image manipulation package.