I have heard many concerns about Adobe Creative Cloud and wanted to address one of the issues.
You can create and save Adobe Creative Cloud psd files to your hard drive and then use the Photoshop files (psd) in older versions of Adobe Photoshop (such as CS5, CS6) in the event that you decide not to continue with Adobe Creative Cloud.
The only snag is that if you use a new Adobe Creative Cloud feature, such as Shake Reduction, when you open the psd file (created in Adobe Creative Cloud) into an older Adobe Photoshop version, you will not be able to access that filter.
Otherwise the layers remain intact and you can continue editing the file.
Here are two screen shots to illustrate.
Using Adobe Creative Cloud for this first screenshot, I converted the image to a smart object and then added Adaptive Wide Angle and Shake Reduction filters as smart filters.
I saved the Creative Cloud generated psd file to my hard drive and then opened the psd file in Adobe Photoshop CS6. Notice the hazard icon. The Shake Reduction filter is grayed out and I can not access it, but I can continue to work on the file in CS6. The Adaptive Wide Angle filter will work in CS6.
It is a wise strategy to make a duplicate of your Photoshop files, flatten and save as archive images. Personally I make a high res tiff (no compression) and a high res jpg of images I have worked on.
Please feel free to share some of your Adobe Creative Cloud thoughts and concerns.
Have a great weekend,
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