A year on from Adobe finalising its move from ‘boxed products’ to the subscription-based Creative Cloud, Adobe has released major upgrade to its creative tools and services. There are new iPad apps and hardware accessories (though not in the UK yet) and upgrades to software across graphic and interactive design, illustration, photography and video post-production and animation.

Adobe is also launching the Creative Market with stock vector graphics and templates library that are free to Creative Cloud subscribers – though this isn't available yet.

Adobe says that its focussed on four areas for the upgrades: new creative tools, performance boosts, workflow efficiencies and better support for hardware and formats – though pretty much anything in an upgrade we’ve ever seen to any piece of creative software could fit into these four terms.

In this story we're concentrating on the new desktop apps. Read our other stories to find out about Adobe's creative hardware Ink and Slide (previously Project Mighty and Project Napoleon), the Line and Sketch iPad apps, and the Photoshop Mix app – which may also give a sneak peek at where Adobe's going with its apps in the future.

When will Adobe's new tools be available?

You should get access to the new version of Creative Cloud and its apps later on tonight. Let's hope Adobe's servers don't get overloaded with everyone trying to get their hands on the new tools.

What will Adobe Creative Cloud cost now?

Pricing for Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions won't change, starting at £39 plus VAT per month for individuals and £43 per month per person for teams for the full set of tools. The Creative Cloud Photography Plan that was previously marketed as an introductory rate remains at that rate of £7.31 per month.

Use the slideshow controls above and right to see what's new in all of the Creative Cloud tools, starting with what's new in the Photoshop CC June 2014 update.

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