Adobe Creative Cloud

We have heard a lot of concern about Adobe’s move to the Creative Cloud (CC). Here is what you need to know about it in relation to our products.

What is the Adobe Creative Cloud?

You can find long explanations of Adobe CC on the web, but here is my simple version. Adobe is switching the payment model. For Photoshop CS6 and earlier, you buy it and then you own it forever. In Adobe CC, you will rent it by paying a monthly fee. If you stop paying then Adobe CC products will stop working.

This is more a pricing change than a technological change. The “cloud” part means that you get some file storage on Adobe servers and there are some collaboration features. Applications like Photoshop will run on your local computer, just like they do today. Photoshop CC will not be running on an Adobe server or in a web browser. You will be able to run Photoshop CC without an internet connection for periods of time, but occasionally you have to let it contact Adobe to confirm that your subscription is paid up.

Will Alien Skin products work with Adobe CC products?

Photoshop CC is not out yet, but we have been testing our current products with a pre-release version. We will release free updates for the current version of all our products to fix a minor installation issue. You will hear about the updates here, in e-mail, social media, and the “new message” newspaper icon in our products.

We have also been testing with the pre-release version of Lightroom 5 and everything is working great. By the way, Adobe plans to keep Lightroom as a non-subscription product.

Exposure 5 (out in June) will be our first product that can run as a stand-alone application. You will be able to use it by itself or within Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture. Over time we will move in that direction with all our products.

Will Alien Skin move to the subscription model?

We plan to stick with the traditional software model. For example, that means that you buy Snap Art 3 and you own it forever. If you lose your installer then you can download it again for free at any time. If you lose your license code then you can look it up or contact tech support so we can find it for you. You can activate your software on two computers at once and you can move those activations to new computers, including switching between Mac and Windows. While Snap Art 3 is the latest version, we will make free updates to keep it working with the latest host programs.

I’m not going to promise it will be this way for eternity, but this system feels like a good fit for our customers and us for the foreseeable future.

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About the Author:

Jeff Butterworth is the founder of Alien Skin Software. He used to create the products, but now he does marketing and gets coffee for the programmers.


  1. David Aspinall May 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Sorry but sod the cloud what about all us mortals who will be stopping at CS6 will version 5 still work for us.
    I love Exposure but just hope we do not get abandoned by you like Adobe has done.


    • Robert May 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Exposure 5 will support CS6. We are also bring Aperture support and standalone capability to Exposure 5. This way, you won’t have to be tied down to any host application if you don’t want to be.

  2. Bill May 28, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you for sticking with the traditional software model.
    Will you be developing an APP to run alienskin plug-ins without the dependance or need of Adobe software? ( like OnOne software and Topaz have done ).
    This would keep us as an alienskin customer.

    • Robert May 28, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Yes we will. Exposure 5 will have full standalone capability.

  3. Mike May 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Glad to hear this will be standalone capable. CS6 will likely be my last Photoshop product as I don’t want to rent my software. Looking forward to demoing Exposure 5!

  4. Oliver B May 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    as long as Adobe takes my software away when I stop paying for CC I will never sign up. I’m glad you won’t go down this silly road and hope to use your products for many years to come.
    And hopefully – if Adobe doesn’t wake up – offer stand alone versions we can use w/o signing up with Adobe FOR LIFE. Thanks for thinking of us!

  5. Sid Pearce May 29, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I sent an email to John Nack at Adobe suggesting that after 19 years CS6 would be my last AdobeProduct. I will use CS6 until it falls apart or I drop off this mortal coil as I will be either up there or down there soon enough.
    Pleased to hear Alien Skin will be either stand alone or compatible with CS6 for a while.



  6. Andy Todzia June 11, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Will Alien Exposure’s future updates, if any after version 5, also work in CS6? I use Photoshop CS6 and this will be my last version of Photoshop. It has what I need and I WILL NOT go to a monthly payment model!

  7. Michael M. June 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I’m happy for two reasons : first Exposure v5 is launched and I’ve already worked with, just now.. great job ! Seem to be a real big improvment in regard to v4, easier and faster to use. And Alien Skin had heard my wish to activate or not, the ‘pop-up help menu’. Thanks Alien Skin, really fine !!
    Second reason is Alien Skin will not follow this stupid decision (but certainly with huge incomes for Adobe’s shareholders), at least seen from non-pro people, of Adobe to go to CC cloud model.. with NO other choice ! Alien Skin took here the right decision for their customers who are Pro’s and non-Pro’s. As for many other users, CS6 will be the last release for me. I’ve already shift from LR to C1 from Phase One, although LR is a retail available software, until now.. but tomorrow ? And “Bingo”, C1 is at least as good, if not better, as LR in most areas. Ok I will be obliged to export TIF file to make the right effects with AS. It’s not an issue. The fact that Exposure 5 is delivered as a standalone program and as plugin is a clever idea.

  8. Jeff June 24, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Now that Photoshop CC has been released, what is the timeframe for compatibility? The only need for PS CS6 still is for eye candy 7.


  9. Laura July 30, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I’m so glad to see that you will be working on standalone products. I am one of many long time Adobe users that are already looking for alternatives to Photoshop, Illustrator, and all of the Creative Suite programs now that they are going CC.

    Keep at it, because I LOVE my Alien Skin software, and would love to see you take over that gaping hole that Adobe just left in the market! I will never rent my software.

    PS-Exposure 5 is fabulous, period. One of the best software upgrades ever.

    • Finley July 31, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Thanks for the kind words, Laura! Please let us know what solution you choose to replace Photoshop and Illustrator.

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