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Hi Gang:
Just a quickie: We’ve got Bryan O’Neil Hughes, Photoshop Product Manager, as a call-in guest on our 1:30 PM EDT free Photoshop CS5 Webinar, and he’s going to be talking about Adobe’s JDI (Just Do It) initiative to enhance and improve existing features in Photoshop to make our daily lives easier (and there are a TON of JDI’s in CS5).

Here’s the link where you can watch us live, and we’ll be taking your questions on the air. Also, please help us spread the word about today’s show—everybody’s invited—it’s all free—and I hope to see you in our live Q&A forum where you can post questions. See you then!

P.S. We’re giving away another free upgrade to CS5 on today’s show, so don’t miss it!


Hi everybody. :)

After three days of doing two live Photoshop CS5 seminars a day with the NAPP crew, and fielding thousands of questions from viewers, I wanted to address a few of them here, but I also wanted to address one upgrade topic in particular, that’s starting to wear on me a bit. Here goes:

Q. I just got Photoshop CS4—-how can Adobe already be bringing out CS5?
A. Adobe released Photoshop CS4 back in September of 2008. It’s April of 2010.

Q. Yeah, but I just bought it recently.
A. Why’d you wait so long?

Q. I dunno.
A. Neither do I. I know you want to blame Adobe, but the fact that you waited this long isn’t Adobe’s fault.

Q. I know. But it seems like CS4 just came out.
A. That’s because you waited so long to upgrade. But I have a question; How long do you think Adobe should wait between upgrades? Two years? Three years? Personally, I don’t want to wait two years to get the new features I want. In fact, I want them now (if they had more frequent updates, I’d be all over it, because I can always choose not to upgrade, right?).

Q. Well, since I just got it, do I have to pay for the CS5 upgrade now, too?
A. That depends on your definition of “just got it.” Does that mean you “just got it” last week? Last month? Three months ago? If you really just bought it (in the past 30 days), I can tell what I’d do. I’d call Adobe Customer Service and ask them if they’ll move you up to CS5. You never know what they might do for you until you ask. Maybe you fall under some “internal grandfather clause,” that’s not publicly stated because of the broad definition of “just.” (Wink Wink).

Q. Well, what if I have Photoshop CS2. Can I upgrade all the way to CS5?
A. Yup.

Q. Are you sure?
A. No. But I do believe Adobe’s policy is that you can upgrade from three versions back.

Q. Why aren’t you sure?
A. I don’t work in Adobe’s Customer Service Dept.

Q. Are they sure?
A. I’m not sure.

Q. Can we change the topic?
A. No.

Q. I have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Can I upgrade to Photoshop CS5?
A. No.

Q. I have Microsoft Office. Can I upgrade to CS5?
A. I believe Adobe does let you upgrade from MS Office to Photoshop CS5.

Q. Really?
A. No.

Q. Rats! You had me there for a minute.
A. I know.

Q. I saw that the upgrade costs $199 for a standard Photoshop CS5 upgrade. Why so much?
A. Adobe has the right to charge whatever it wants for its upgrades just like we have the right to buy them or not. By the way, how would you feel if people told you that you should charge less/make less per hour/job, etc.? You’d probably tell ’em “Hey, this is what my work is worth. If you don’t want it, try someone else with a lesser skills.”

Q. So, do you think the Photoshop CS5 upgrade is worth it?
A. Absolutely!!!! I think it’s the most important upgrade Adobe has released in years, and because so much of it either makes you faster, helps you get your work done easier, or replaces a load of expensive plug-ins that we’d normally have to buy, I think it’s worth every penny and then some.

Q. Do NAPP members get a discount?
A. Yup. 15% off individual upgrades, full suite upgrades, and apply even if you’re buying the full product from scratch.

Q. Yeah, but what if I’m not in the U.S.?
A. This time we were able to get a number of International discounts on Adobe upgrades as well, so it’s not just the US (which we’re really thrilled about).

Q. Yeah, but I just bought CS4!
A. Oh boy. Here we go again. ;-)


It doesn’t get much more exciting around here than this!!!!

>> At 11:00 am EST this morning Adobe will unveil the new features in Photoshop CS5, and all the products the entire Creative Suite (here’s the link to be a part of their free online launch event).

>> Once Adobe makes their official announcement,¬†we’ll be launching NAPP’s own Photoshop CS5 Learning Center—the largest and most comprehensive learning center and first-day training initiative in our history.

Here’s a peek at what’s in NAPP’s CS5 Learning Center:

$#x2022; 16 Videos covering all the new features (from NAPP and friends)
$#x2022; Exclusive Video Interview with Photoshop Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes
$#x2022; Exclusive video Interview with Adobe Camera Raw Product Manager Tom Hogarty
$#x2022; Full feature list that outlines the 100+ new Photoshop CS5 features and enhancements
$#x2022; CS5 FAQ
$#x2022; Special video segment on “What the Pros are Saying” about CS5
$#x2022; Full Pricing Info, which versions are eligible for upgrades, and more important details
$#x2022; Special Photoshop CS5 Tips video for Wacom tablet users
$#x2022; Comparison of features to show what you missed if you skipped CS4 and are coming from CS3
$#x2022; Links to other important CS5 learning resources
$#x2022; Special content for NAPP Members only, including a special “Upgrade kit video” to help makes the transition to CS5 fast and easy, including¬† how to move your stuff, PS/Illustrator integration video, and a video on “10 Little-Known CS5 Tips”

Here’s the link (just remember—it doesn’t go “live” until 11:00 am EST).

>> Of course, we have a special “All CS5″ episode of Photoshop User TV going live this week as well, and well…every week after that, too! (here’s the link so you can watch our free weekly online Photoshop how-to and Q&A show).

>> That will be followed by a Week-long series of Free CS5 Online Webinars hosted by Matt, Dave, Corey, RC, and me, (the times and all the details will be available on our Learning center when it goes live this morning). Also, don’t forget, we’ll be giving away a FREE upgrade to CS5 every day as part of our Webinars.

>> Of course, we’re rolling out all sorts of CS5 support and training throughout our sister sites later today, and this week, (like,, and the NAPP Member Website, among others) so during the week I’ll keep you up-to-date on what’s news (it’s going to be a BIG week!).

>> Lastly, if you’re a Kelby Training Online Subscriber, we are releasing 14 brand new CS5 online classes starting today! That way, we can get you up-to-speed fast on how to use, and leverage, all the new CS5 features (before Adobe even ships the product, no less).

>> NOTE: Tomorrow I’m planning a Photoshop CS5 Q&A here on the blog, so if you’d like, post your questions here today, and I’ll pull from some of those tomorrow.

It’s a really exciting time to be a Photoshop user, and we very grateful that you guys give us the opportunity to share this great new stuff with you. See you online!


……you’ve gotta watch this short video from me and the NAPP crew (it’s just one minute, 59 seconds), about our massive free CS5 training launch on Monday, plus how you can win a Free Adobe Photoshop CS5 Upgrade (we’re giving one away every day next week)—and a whole bunch more, including some brand new online stuff that you’ll totally love (Shhhhh), and you’ll know the whole scoop in less than two minutes:

Click here to watch the video on your iPad or iPhone!.


If you’re in the Chicagoland area, I’m bringing my “Photoshop CS4 for Digital Photographers Tour” to town, next Friday (April 9th) and I hope you can join us.

There are nearly 500 photographers already signed-up for the one-day workshop, but I’m saving a seat for you, so I hope you’ll come and join me for a fun day of learning. Here’s the link with all the details.

If you read the blog, and you’re going, make sure you stop me and say hi (I always get a kick out of meeting people who read the blog). Hope to see you in person there!