Designers take note: a freemium version of Photoshop is in the works

Adobe Photoshop is still the king of the graphics software industry, by name if not in practice. It is still the bread and butter of artists, designers, illustrators, and creatives, even when there are more focused applications available, like ones for making comics or manga, for example. Despite its popularity, getting legitimate access to Photoshop isn’t as ubiquitous and as easy as, say, a Web browser or even the operating system running on your computer. There is a price to pay and one that must be paid regularly. But that could be changing soon as Adobe experiments with a new strategy that will make Photoshop more than just a household name but also a presence in every household, school, or office. And it will be doing so by using that business model that everyone seems to love or love to hate: freemium.

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Adobe announced its new initiative to bring some of its products to the web browser back in October, mostly as a way for artists to collaborate quickly without having to fire up the full Photoshop version on their computers or iPads. The features of the web experience were unsurprisingly basic and revolved more around core editing tools and annotations than any of Photoshop’s advanced features. Adobe, however, may have realized they were missing out on an opportunity and is now experimenting with the idea of using that web app as a sort of trial version to hook more potential customers into its ecosystem.

The idea, according to The Verge, is to turn Photoshop on the Web as the freemium version of its product, a term that has replaced the trialware and demoware of old. Users will be given a carefully selected set of tools with basic functionality, enough for them to get most of their work done but not enough to truly harness the power of the software. If they want to finish the extra mile, they’d have to pay for an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, which is the current requirement to even use Photoshop in web browsers.

This experiment is currently being conducted only in Canada, and a lot of the details are still up in the air. For example, it isn’t clear yet where Adobe will draw the line as far as freemium features go. In the meantime, it will continue adding features to the web experience, which also raises the question of where Adobe plans to draw the line between web and desktop experiences. Naturally, the web version will be less powerful than the full thing, but it would be nice to know what to expect.

It also remains to be seen how well this idea will fly with Adobe users. The change from a one-time purchase to a recurring subscription was and still is met with criticism and resistance. Adopting another controversial business model probably won’t do Adobe’s image any favors, but it probably doesn’t need to anyway. Despite cries and complaints about Creative Cloud, Photoshop remains a giant in its category and a cash cow for Adobe. With this freemium Photoshop, it can cast its net even wider, possibly including students using Chromebooks in schools to get them started early in becoming familiar with the Photoshop way of doing things.

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This Adobe wireless keyboard puts its entire creative software suite right under your fingertips

If I’m paying thousands of dollars a year for Adobe’s creative suite, it would make sense to have a hardware device that ties them all together too.

Meet the 101Keyboard, a wireless keyboard concept that puts the Touchbar from Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops to much better use. It comes with 65 membrane keys, but its piece-de-resistance is that slick horizontal touchscreen on the top that gives you one-tap access to every single Adobe software you need. The bar houses the entire suite of Adobe’s apps, allowing you to keep your taskbar clean yet still be able to summon any Adobe app within a second.

The Touchbar always seemed like it was looking for a real problem to solve. The 101Keyboard, on the other hand, is perfectly positioned to solve one problem and solve it well. Designed to be a keyboard specifically for digital creatives, the wireless peripheral empowers and expedites your workflow. You can switch between apps in seconds, and even directly access recent or active files within apps by simply touching the 101Keyboard’s dedicated screen. Want to take things to the next level? A new type of button right above the backspace key lets you even toggle brush sizes or zoom while within certain apps. Everything you need is pretty much under your fingertips!

Needless to say, the 101Keyboard has a very specific purpose. Sure, it’s a keyboard you could use for regular day-to-day tasks, but its true power is unleashed when you’re working within Adobe’s ecosystem of apps. That’s why it makes sense for Adobe to really bundle this keyboard right in with its Creative Cloud subscription service. It keeps the creatives happy and locks them right into the ecosystem by making it so convenient to use and alternate between different Adobe software.

The 101Keyboard comes with a slick, minimal design. It relies on a slim metal stand that allows you to angle it towards you for easier typing… and no, the keyboard doesn’t come with a numpad, so gamers (and accountants) might not really find this one appealing. As I said, it has a laser-like focus on the creative professional. In fact, it even comes in colors that graphic designers will appreciate. There’s a classic White, but there’s also Magenta, Cyan, and Black. Just wish there was a Yellow variant too, to complete the CMYK moodboard!

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This triple A-frame cottage uses a cantilevered design to reinterpret traditional cabin architecture!

Nothing has felt more tempting this past year than scrolling through the many cabin designs that have kept our timelines busy. We’ve seen modular and mobile cabins, sustainable ones, cabin-inspired houseboats, even the traditional A-frame cabin has seeped into our daydreams. Reinterpreting the A-frame cabin through a contemporary perspective, designer Amin Moazzen conceptualized Cabin of Hope, a 3D visualization of a cantilevered triplex cabin designed to function as an escape from today’s world.

Moazzen’s Cabin of Hope fuses indoor and outdoor living with its main cantilevered A-frame structure that opens up to a veranda overlooking the nearby lake. Shaped like a zig-zag, all three A-frame structures that give rise to the Cabin of Hope are connected at the cabin’s wooden deck base and interwoven outdoor walkway. To achieve an air of contemporary design, Moazzen blended the traditional aspects of cabins like wooden foundations and exposed beams with more modern edges like LED window frames and optic white finishes that cool down the wood’s smokier accents. Dark wooden beams line the angled walls inside each A-frame cabin, further showcasing Moazzen’s commitment to bridging classic cottage elements with notes of contemporary escapism.

While the warm interior lights and bright exterior LEDs make Cabin of Hope shine and morph it into a lantern in the dark, the cabin triplex’s showcase is the cantilevered A-frame that protrudes out over the lake. Joined together by the cabin’s surrounding deck, the separate bi-level A-frame structures function as their own individual wings, the largest one pulling away and towards the lake’s horizon.

Designer: Amin Moazzen

Cabin of Hope’s cantilevered triplex structure reinterprets the traditional cabin through a contemporary perspective.

One of the three A-frame structures that give rise to Cabin of Hope overlooks the lake and functions as a veranda for guests.

The other side of Cabin of Hope reveals all three A-frame cabins at ground level, situated atop the base wooden deck.

An aerial view shows the cabin’s top floor deck that works to connect all three wings of Cabin of Hope.

From above, Cabin of Hope appears as three separate long homes, but they’re all connected by an outdoor walkway.

Wooden beams enhance the cabin’s traditional aesthetic by cooling down their rustic appearance with optic white side paneling.

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