How To Keep Photoshop CC Up To Date

How to Keep Photoshop Always Up to Date

Learn how to update Photoshop to the latest version using the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app, so you always have the latest features, improvements and fixes!

Written by Steve Patterson.

As an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber, you always have access to the latest and greatest version of Photoshop. Adobe releases major Photoshop updates every six months or so, and minor updates and bug fixes are released all the time. So in this first tutorial in my Getting Started with Photoshop series, you'll learn how easy it is to update Photoshop using the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app.

I'll start by showing you how to check for Photoshop updates and install them manually, and then I'll show you how to set up the Creative Cloud app to keep Photoshop up to date automatically. And at the end, you’ll learn how to avoid losing your current settings when updating to a new version, and how to keep the previous version of Photoshop in case you still need it.

Let's get started!

Step 1: Open the Creative Cloud desktop app

If you've downloaded and installed Photoshop, there's a good chance that the Creative Cloud desktop app is already running in the background on your computer. If it is, you can open the Creative Cloud app just by clicking on its icon.

On a Windows PC, the icon will appear in the system tray in the bottom right of your screen:

Where to find the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop icon icon in Windows 10
The Creative Cloud icon's location in Windows.

On a Mac, the icon will be in the upper right corner of your screen (in the Menu Bar):

Where to find the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app icon in Mac OS X
The icon's location on a Mac.

If the Creative Cloud app is not running in the background, you can open it from within Photoshop. Go up to the Help menu in the Menu Bar along the top of the screen (in Photoshop) and choose Updates:

How to check for updates in Photoshop
In Photoshop, go to Help > Updates.

Step 2: Choose the Updates category

The Creative Cloud app will open showing the Adobe apps currently installed on your computer.

To view only the apps that have updates available, choose Updates in the column along the left:

Selecting the Updates category in the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app
Choosing the Updates category.

Step 3: Click the Update button

If an update is available for Photoshop, then Photoshop will appear with a big blue Update button.

Note the version number listed next to Photoshop's name. Once the update is complete, I'll show you how to confirm that you are in fact running the latest version:

Checking the version number of the Photoshop update
Checking the version number.

To update Photoshop to the latest version, click the Update button:

How to update Photoshop to the latest version
Clicking the Update button.

Note that if Photoshop is open, a warning message will appear stating that Photoshop needs to be closed before the update can proceed.

So go ahead and close Photoshop, and then return to the Creative Cloud app and click Continue:

The Conflict Updating Photoshop message
Clicking the Continue button after closing Photoshop.

The app will display the update's progress. These updates can take a few minutes:

How to open Photoshop after updating to the latest version
Checking the update's progress.

Step 4: Open Photoshop

Once the update is complete, the Update button will change to an Open button.

Click the button to open Photoshop:

Photoshop CC update in progress.
Clicking the Open button.

How to confirm that Photoshop has been updated

To confirm that you are running the latest version of Photoshop, you can check Photoshop's version number.

On a Windows PC, go up to the Help menu in the Menu Bar. Or on a Mac, go up to the Photoshop menu. From there, choose About Photoshop:

Selecting About Photoshop to view Photoshop's version number
Selecting the "About Photoshop" option.

Photoshop's current version number appears in the upper left of the About Photoshop info box. This number should match the number displayed earlier in the Creative Cloud app:

Checking the version number after updating Photoshop
Checking the version number after updating Photoshop.

How to keep Photoshop updated automatically

So that's how to update Photoshop manually. Now let's learn how to set up the Creative Cloud app to always keep Photoshop up to date automatically. I'll also show you a couple of important options to make sure you don't lose your current settings.

Step 1: Open the Creative Cloud app's Preferences

Back in the Creative Cloud app, go up to the File menu on a Windows PC, or the Creative Cloud menu on a Mac, and choose Preferences:

How to open the Creative Cloud app Preferences
Opening the Creative Cloud app Preferences.

Step 2: Select the Apps category

In the Preferences dialog box, select the Apps category on the left:

Opening the Apps category in the Creative Cloud app Preferences
Opening the Apps category.

Step 3: Turn on Auto-update

Then turn on the Auto-update option:

Turning on the Auto-update option in the Creative Cloud app Preferences
Enabling "Auto-update".

Step 4: Open the Advanced options

With Auto-update enabled, open the Advanced options for Photoshop. You can repeat this step for other apps as well:

Opening the Advanced options for Photoshop in the Creative Cloud app Preferences
Opening the Advanced options.

Step 5: Choose your settings

To prevent an update from removing your current Photoshop settings, make sure Import previous settings and preferences is selected.

It's also a good idea to keep the previous version of Photoshop until you are comfortable with the new version. So I always leave Remove older versions unchecked:

Opening the Advanced options for Photoshop in the Creative Cloud app Preferences
The Advanced options.

Step 6: Close the Preferences dialog box

Click Done to close the Preferences dialog box, and the next time a new version of Photoshop is released, the update will be applied automatically:

Closing the Creative Cloud Preferences dialog box
Closing the Preferences dialog box.

Where to go next...

And there we have it! That's how to make sure you're always running the latest version of Photoshop!

Visit our Getting Started in Photoshop page for the next lessons in this chapter. Or visit our Photoshop Basics section for more topics for beginners.


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