How To Keep Photoshop CC Up To Date

How To Keep Photoshop CC Up To Date

Written by Steve Patterson. If you're an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber, you always have access to the very latest version of Photoshop, including every new feature that Adobe adds to the program. With major updates to Photoshop CC being released every 6 months or so, along with a steady stream of performance improvements and bug fixes for both Photoshop and Camera Raw, it's important that we know how to keep our copy of Photoshop CC up to date. In this quick tutorial, we'll learn how to update Photoshop CC using the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop application.

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If you've downloaded and installed Photoshop CC, there's a good chance that the Creative Cloud desktop app is already running in the background on your computer. You can open it just by clicking on its icon. On a Windows PC, you'll find the Creative Cloud desktop app icon in the system tray in the bottom right of your screen:

The Adobe Creative Cloud desktop icon icon in Windows 10. Image © 2016 Photoshop Essentials.com
In Windows, the icon is located in the system tray.

On a Mac, you'll find the icon in the upper right corner of your screen (in the Menu Bar):

The Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app icon in Mac OS X. Image © 2016 Photoshop Essentials.com
In Mac OS X, the icon is located in the Menu Bar at the top.

If you're not seeing the icon anywhere, you can open the Creative Cloud desktop app directly from within Photoshop. Go up to the Help menu in the Menu Bar along the top of the screen (in Photoshop) and choose Updates...:

Choosing Updates from under the Help menu in Photoshop. Image © 2016 Photoshop Essentials.com
In Photoshop, go to Help > Updates.

Whether you've clicked the icon or selected it from within Photoshop, the Creative Cloud desktop app will open on your screen. Select the Apps category if it isn't selected already:

Selecting the Apps category. Image © 2016 Photoshop Essentials.com
Choosing the Apps category.

Here, you'll find a list of the Creative Cloud apps that are currently installed on your computer (the specific apps that are available to you will depend on which Creative Cloud subscription you've chosen). Any apps that have an update available for them will appear in an UPDATES section at the top of the list, and each one will show a big blue Update button to the right of its name. In my case, I have several apps (9 in total), including Photoshop, that need to be updated:

An Update button will appear beside any app with an update available for it. Image © 2016 Photoshop Essentials.com
Any apps with updates available appear in the UPDATES section at the top of the list.

If you click the What's New? link directly below an app's name:

Clicking the What's New? link for Photoshop CC. Image © 2016 Photoshop Essentials.com
Clicking the "What's New?" link for Photoshop CC.

You'll see a description of the features or improvements that are included in the update. Here, we see that the update includes some fixes for Photoshop as well as support for new camera models in Camera Raw. Click the Close link when you're done to hide the description:

Viewing a description of the update for Photoshop CC. Image © 2016 Photoshop Essentials.com
Viewing a description of the update for Photoshop CC.

To update an app, simply click its Update button. Or, if you have several apps that need to be updated, you can save time by clicking the Update All link. To keep things simple here, I'll just update Photoshop itself by clicking its Update button:

Clicking the Update button for Photoshop CC. Image © 2016 Photoshop Essentials.com
Clicking the Update button for Photoshop CC.

As soon as you click the Update button, Photoshop will move from the UPDATES section at the top of the list to an INSTALLED section further down (you may need to use the scroll bar along the right of the dialog box to get to it). Depending on the size of the update and the speed of your internet connection, it could take a few minutes to complete. A progress bar lets you keep track of how it's going:

Photoshop CC update in progress. Image © 2016 Photoshop Essentials.com
The update in progress.

When the update is finished, instead of a big blue Update button, you'll see an Open button next to Photoshop's name. You can click the Open button to launch Photoshop CC, confident that you're now running the very latest version of the software:

Clicking the Update button for Photoshop CC. Image © 2016 Photoshop Essentials.com
The update is complete.

And there we have it! That's how easy it is to keep your copy of Photoshop CC updated with the latest features and improvements using the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app!