I had no idea. I haven’t upgraded since CS2. This is bullshit of the utmost degree. Shame on Adobe. GIMP here I come! Corporations suck. The bigger they get, the worse they suck. It’s a fact of life. They may start out with good intentions and a good product (Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, Adobe, vBulletin and a slew more), but greed eventually takes over, they all want to be Master of the fucking Universe, sink their venomous teeth into you and suck every last dollar out of you. If you must you can still buy the last few remaining copies of PS CS6 on eBay for a small fortune, but hurry; once they’re gone, they’re gone. Or you can give them a gigantic middle finger and a big “FUCK YOU!”. I know, it’s hard because it’s a good product and you’re hooked. And now they have to go and ruin a good thing for everybody, loyal customers who have been with them for 10-15 years+. Fucking fuckers.
I found a place that sells some nice stock images that I might want to use for whatever purpose. Unfortunately a lot of them come as hi-res .jpgs (i.e. not layered) making it impossible to separate the image from the unwanted background (or I would have to manually cut the image from the background which in most cases would be very difficult and not yield a good result. Why not just have an option to buy the image (even at a reasonably higher price) as a layered .psd file, that way the customer (me) gets what he wants, is much happier and buys more images. It’s called win-win-win!
Let me repeat this: On an otherwise really nice image, sometimes the background makes it totally unusable. The name of said company is shutterstock.com (uh-uh, no free links!).