Today we are going to review the most useful design software in 2019 – Photoshop CC 2019. Photoshop is exceptionally good at detailed, technical adjustments on single images, but it doesn’t have any integrated image organisational tools to speak of, and it doesn’t offer any ideas, inspiration or preset image effects to get you started.

Photoshop can do pretty well job, but you have to bring your ideas and inspiration, and you’ll need to know your way around Photoshop’s powerful and extensive toolset to bring them to life.

Photoshop can subscribe on its own via an Adobe single­ app subscription, but it’s an expensive way of doing it. Adobe offers the three most effective Photography Plans, which are much more cost ­effective.

Lightroom CC Plan: This plan includes Lightroom CC software and 1TB of cloud storage space for £9.98/$9.99 per month when bought as an annual subscription.

Photography Plan: This plan includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC and also 20GB of cloud storage for £9.98/$9.99 per month and is an outstanding value for money.

Photography Plan with 1TB of Cloud Storage: This is the something same as the Photography Plan above, but adds 1TB of cloud storage, primarily for Lightroom CC. This plan costs £19.97/$19.99 per month.

FEATURES

It’s tough, to sum up, all the features of Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 without writing a book about it, but it is possible to explain how it works and some of its most exciting tools.

  • Layers are one of the backbones of Photoshop’s capabilities. In the latest update, you can use non­-destructive ‘adjustment layers’ to modify your image’s appearance without changing the underlying pixels. Also, you can combine image layers to produce sophisticated montages built from two or more pictures and blended with layer masks and blend modes.
  • In the latest update, you can add vector­-based ‘shape’ layers that can be edited later, and re-­editable ’type’ (text) layers, though both these features are more relevant to designers than photographers.
  • In the latest update of Photoshop CC 2019, it brings a dedicated working space for choosing source pixels and outputting the results on to a separate new layer for more effective editing and blending.

PERFORMANCE

According to the performance of the latest update, Photoshop feels fast in processing on 2017 iMac with 16GB RAM used for testing. Some times processes will slow it down, and one of the key selling points of Affinity Photo, its keen rival, is sheer speed, but for most everyday operations, When we consider the rate, Photoshop’s speed was not an issue, even with the 50MP images from a Fujifilm GFX 50R that we were using. When you’re familiar with Photoshop, you can make it do a better job you like with your raw materials, and if you judge your adjustments, wrongly it’s down to you, not the software.