Photoshop CC 2014/HTML5 Compatible Extension Panels

kulerAs mentioned in my Photoshop: Spring Cleaning post, panels created using Flash are no longer supported in CC 2014 or later. We’ve worked closely with developers to migrate their panels to our new SDK (Software Developer Kit) which use HTML5.

Here are some HTML5 panels that are currently available for Photoshop 2014:

If you are a developer and don’t see your panel here, or you want help getting your panels on Adobe Add-Ons, just let me know.

Panels available from Adobe Add-ons

  • Adobe Emailer – By Russell Brown – Prepping images and attaching them to an email just got a lot easier with the Adobe Emailer panel. This panel takes advantage of new technology in Photoshop to resize, save, sharpen, and email your photos all in one go
  • Adobe Paper Textures Pro – By Russell Brown – Add textures to your images with this great new panel for Adobe Photoshop CC and CC 2014. Included with this panel is a wonderful sampler set of textures from Fly Paper Textures. You can also add your own custom textures for even more creative possibilities
  • Kuler Panel PS CC 2014 – By Adobe – Create color themes in a fresh new way with Kuler. Capture colors anywhere with a snap of your iPhone camera, customize themes any way you choose, and use them instantly in Photoshop to enrich your designs
  • Generator Config – Simple panel to configure Adobe Generator
  • PS Tools – By Davide Barranca – Configurator-like replacement as a Tools panel for Photoshop CC 2014
  • Floating AdjBy Davide Barranca – This free extension will allow you to Create and Modify all kinds of Adjustment Layer in Photoshop (Curves, Hue/Saturation, Color Lookup, etc) from a big, floating window
  • Theme Switcher – By Davide Barranca – Change the four Photoshop GUI theme colors (Original, LightGray, MiddleGray, DarkGray) from a handy extension with a minimal interface
  • Advanced Local Contrast Enhancer (ALCE)  – By Davide Barranca – An easy-to-use and powerful Photoshop tool to effectively improve and finely tune the Local Contrast of an image, by means of a smart algorithm which avoids the clipping issues typical of other methods. The user interface is simple and clean, with just one slider and an opacity value, allowing the user to customize the effect in a straightforward way
  • Fixel Detailizer 2 PS – By Fixel Algorithms
    Detailizer decomposes the image into 5 different details scales (Multi “Frequency Separation” at once) to allow a complete control of the contrast level of each detail scale level. Detailizer benefits from an innovative Wavelets based algorithm. Using Detailizer, controlling and enhancing the details and contrast level at each scale is just as easy as using Hi-Fi Equalizer
  • WebZapBy UI Parade – WebZap is a plugin that provides Photoshop with additional tools and functionalities that are designed to assist web developers with their mockup and ui design workflow
  • DevRocket – By UI Parade – If you are an iOS ui designer, then you’re going to love DevRocket. It’s packed with must have features and tools that are specifically designed to make your iOS Photoshop workflow more efficient
  • JetPack – By UI Parade – JetPack is a powerful Photoshop extension that’s been developed with icon designers in mind. It features 4 exceptionally useful workflow tools that will not only save you heaps of precious design time but also enhance the entire icon design experience in Photoshop
  • Glifo – By UI Parade – Export your PSD’s vector icons as an icon web font, with a single click
  • The Animator’s Toolbar CC – By Photoshop Animation – The Animator’s Toolbar provides access to the Timeline Panel functions and a basic layer labeling function with the click of a button. The Animator’s Toolbar is designed to dock directly above Photoshop’s Timeline Panel but can now also be used as a tool-strip or a regular panel
  • TimeTracker Pro CC – By CreativeWorx – TimeTracker Pro automatically and privately captures your activity and produces a timesheet on demand
  • LiveShare PS – by InVision – With LiveShare PS you can now broadcast any Photoshop document to as many people as you want through an instant LiveShare meeting. If you make a change to your Photoshop document, they’ll instantly see your changes in the LiveShare meeting—you don’t even have to hit the save button
  • Dodge and Burn 2 – By André M. Hünseler – An extension panel for professional retouchers that use non-destructive dodge and burn techniques
  • Webbsy – By Stay Designers Inc. – Webbsy takes a Photoshop image and creates a web page coded using best practices that works in all major browsers and is ready for you to easily tweak to perfection
  • BrowserBee – by – Present your website layout as a browser view or just use BrowserBee as a Browser Preview. The Photoshop plugin will help you to put your website layout in one of six browser variants with only one click
  • ShopMyApp Exporter – By Invasion Design – ShopMyApp Prototyper is a a mobile app prototyping service that allows you to export Photoshop wireframes and designs as interactive prototypes with zero coding
  • Space Equal – By Chuck Uebele – This HTML extension panel will distribute layers with equal spacing
  • Move Layers – By Chuck Uebele – This extension panel allows you to move or duplicate one or more layers within the same file or to a different file without having to drag them
  • Edge FX pro – By Sebastien Piconnier – Edge FX pro lets you add arty edges to your images, quickly and easily
  • MyColorPicker – By Yannick le Restif – MyColorPicker is a color picker that is simple & compact
  • Swatchy – By Konstantin Gorodinskiy – Swatches manager panel for Photoshop
  • Retro Mini – By Юрий Поддубный – Create retro photo effects with this panel
  • Chroma Key Extract – By Юрий Поддубный – Cut chroma key two ways, fine tuning, cut chroma key from video
  • Get Localization for PS – By Get Localization – Export all the text content from a Photoshop file for translation. Then easily import the translated text back into your Photoshop file for image export
  • Long Shadow Generator 2 – By RayPS – A Photoshop extension to create long shadows with one click
  • Photoshop Color Wheel – By – An advanced color picker plugin panel
  • Photoshop Art Packer – By Layerhero Software –  Copy used fonts, collect Linked Smart Objects, and create package reports directly within Photoshop
  • Photoshop PNG Exporter – By Layerhero Software – PNG Hero exports your PSD layers & groups to PNG & JPEG files within seconds
  • Photoshop SVG Export – By Layerhero Software – Select the shape layers you want, click the Export button and your SVG images are ready to publish on your website

Panels available from 3rd Party Developers

  • GuideGuide By Cameron McEfee – GuideGuide makes dealing with guides in Photoshop painless
  • MagicPicker LiteBy Anastasiy – A special version of MagicPicker for Illustrator and Photoshop CC 2014
  • DOCOBy Creative Do – DOCO lets you view all your open documents in Adobe Photoshop and can quickly switch between them. No more trying to figure out which Photoshop document tab is the one you want. With real time preview, this is the panel you always wanted
  • AD Artbox 2 – by Circografico – AD Artbox 2 provides more than sixty high quality tools for illustrators.

Plug-ins available from Adobe Add-ons

  • Double USMBy Davide Barranca – No matter whether you use Sharpening to boost your images’ detail or as a creative tool to enhance the local contrast (HiRaLoAm sharpening, as Dan Margulis used to call it), so far it was impractical to control both strength (Amount) and Radius of Dark and Light halo’s components of the UnSharpMask Filter at the same time
  • Vitamin BWBy Davide Barranca – Vitamin BW gives a fresh breath to your Black & White conversion, featuring: Smart Contrast Enhancement; Toning; Good Old Times BW Color Filters (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green, Blue)

Additional Information:

2014 release of Photoshop CC: FAQ

I’ve assembled some Q & A around updating/upgrading to the 2014 release of Photoshop CC below. If you don’t see your question answered below, let me know in the comments section and I will try and answer. Continue reading…

2014 release of Photoshop CC: Separate 32-bit/64-bit installation

With the 2014 release of Photoshop CC, Creative Cloud will install the correct version of Photoshop for your Windows OS (operating system):

  • If you have a 32-bit version of Windows 7 or Windows 8, Creative Cloud will install the 32-bit version of Photoshop
  • If you have a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or Windows 8, Creative Cloud will only install the 64-bit version of Photoshop.

In order to optimize download and install time, we no longer package both the 64-bit and 32bit version in the same installer.

If you have a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or Windows 8 and require a 32-bit version of Photoshop for compatibility with legacy plug-ins or device drivers, you can download the 32-bit version of Photoshop here:

Additional info on the 2014 release of Photoshop CC:

Photoshop Touch for iOS (1.2.1/1.6.1) updates available

Photoshop Touch updates for iOS, tablet (v1.6.1) and phone (v1.2.1), are now available on the App Store.

Here is the “What’s New” list:

  • [iOS only]: fixed text scaling for native fonts
  • [Android phone only] Added option to turn on/off Android image picker (can be changed in Import Settings)
  • [All] Fixed issues with saving / sharing a document
  • [All] Improved feathering of soft brushes
  • [All] Improved visibility of brush cursor on dark backgrounds
  • [All] Several other bug fixes

Provide feedback for the Photoshop Touch product team here:

2014 release of Photoshop CC: Experimental Features

With the 2014 release of Photoshop CC we’re introducing  a new concept called the Experimental Feature Manager. The Experimental Feature Manager allows customers to optionally enable bleeding edge features that the Photoshop team is still developing and making production-ready. Photoshop’s move to delivering our software via Creative Cloud allows us to deliver value to our customers faster than ever before. Now with the Experimental Feature Manager our customers can help shape the direction of some of our newest features and provide direct feedback to the team before they fully ship. As we develop new features some will be enabled via the Experimental Feature Manager for a particular release and then when the feature is completed it will become a full part of Photoshop and be removed from the Experimental Feature Manager.
Note: By default, all of the features in the Experimental Features Manager are disabled and will not affect customer workflows until they are enabled.
The following features are available as experimental features:
  1. Enable Multitione 3D printing
  2. Scale the UI 200% for high-density displays (Windows only)
  3. Use Touch Gestures (Windows only)

How to enable features in the Experimental Feature Manager

  1. Select Preferences > Experimental Features.
  2. Select the experimental feature that you want to enable.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Restart Photoshop.

How to learn more about the Experimental Feature Manager:

  • For a short description, mouse over the checkboxes in the Experimental Features preferences panel for a short description of each of the features
  • For more detailed information, visit the Help page for Experimental Features

Give us feedback!

We want to hear from our customers about these new Experimental Features.
Each of the Experimental Features has a dedicated feedback page:

Listening and Fixing: One Tough Photoshop Bug

The Adobe Photoshop team prides itself on listening to customers through all forms of customer support and social media channels. One of the most interesting issues that was reported was the following thread from our customer feedback site:

Adobe Community Help Keeps Popping Open

The backstory

Lunch room conversations usually revolve around the latest episode of a favorite TV show, but in the Photoshop Team’s Minnesota office, we often end up talking about our customer’s needs and the issues they face.

One of the oldest issues that was reported for Photoshop was one where on Windows occasionally, and seemingly randomly, the Photoshop help would launch in your default browser in the middle of a different Photoshop operation. Many times throughout the years, developers and quality engineers would try to reproduce and debug this particular issue to no avail. Occasionally, without trying, someone on the team would see the Photoshop help pop up and invariably think that they accidentally pressed “F1” which is the key that does launch the help from within Photoshop.

A breakthrough – Consistently reproducible steps

One day the automation was run with a flag that is normally reserved for our code coverage machines calld “Disable Quitting App”. Upon returning the next morning we saw the default browser had launched with a tab showing the Photoshop help. Having discussed this issue as one we’d desperately love to reproduce, we knew this was our chance to finally track it down and fix it!

We immediately took a picture of the screen and checked the logs for what was different between this automation run and the ones we normally run in our automation lab. It turned out that the combination of running all of the automation tests end to end in multiple loops as well as not quitting the application in-between groups of tests, caused the issue to be reproducible 100% of the time.

Debugging and slaying the bug

The next step was to narrow down the thousands of tests into a smaller atomic set that could be run while using a debugger. The Photoshop automation suite is vast and it takes most of the day especially if you are running all of the tests. After another couple days, there was a specific layer styles test that reproduced the issue but only when it was run in succession after a number of other tests completed first. If you ran the test individually, everything worked as expected.

At this point it was time to bring in the developers to look at the code in the debugger at the exact moment that it was reproducing. Developers are very good at fixing issues once they can consistently reproduce it, and this was no exception. Within 10 minutes the issue was fixed.

It turned out that an extra 3 lines of code were still in the product from an older Photoshop help system. When the new system was put in place for a a newer version of Photoshop, one extra “case” statement was left in the code and was executing occasionally when it shouldn’t have been when certain other variables lined up.

The Photoshop team was able to release a patch for Photoshop CC (14.2) as well as Photoshop CS6 ( to resolve this issue. Customers have confirmed that this fix is working and the team can now return to musing over other customer issues to tackle.

Providing feedback

The quality of Photoshop wouldn’t be what it is today without our passionate and loyal customers around the world. Giving us regular feedback helps us to find and fix issues that we may otherwise not know about. We are listening.

Here are a few ways that you can send us feedback:

Jeff Sass

Engineering Manager, Photoshop

Photoshop Touch for Android (1.2.1/1.6.1) updates available

Photoshop Touch updates for Android, tablet (v1.6.1) and phone (v1.2.1), are now available on GooglePlay.

Here is the “What’s New” list:

  • [Android phone only] Added option to turn on/off Android image picker (can be changed in Import Settings)
  • Fixed issues with saving / sharing a document
  • Improved feathering of soft brushes
  • Improved visibility of brush cursor on dark backgrounds
  • Several other bug fixes

Provide feedback for the Photoshop Touch product team here:

Photoshop to add 2X UI support, advanced gesture & stylus support for Windows 8

Adobe recently unveiled upcoming support for 2x user interface scaling for HiDPI Windows systems (Win 7/Win8) and advanced touch/gesture and stylus support for Windows 8 systems.


Michael Gough, VP of design at Adobe,  demonstrated these features at the Surface Pro 3 announcement event. Watch the webcast here (fast forward to the 32:00 minute mark) to see Photoshop specific content:


If you are interested in learning more about the upcoming release, sign-up and watch the keynote covering the 2014 release of Creative Cloud live on June 18th:

Additional Information


Photoshop Touch Updates Released

Photoshop Touch updates for iOS, iPad (v1.6) and iPhone (v1.2), are now available on the iTunes store.

Here is the “What’s New” list for iOS:

  • Fixed two crashers: when syncing and when storage is low
  • Added more brush types for fine-tuned corrections and painting
  • Added the Quick Selection tool, similar to Photoshop
  • Implemented auto-recovery of unsaved documents
  • Added ability to use iOS fonts with the Type tool
  • Keep the original EXIF metadata when editing a JPEG
  • Lots of other bugs fixes!

Photoshop Touch updates for Android, tablet (v1.6) and phone (v1.2), are now available on GooglePlay.

Here is the “What’s New” list for Android:

  • Fixed two crashers: when syncing and when storage is low
  • Added more brush types for fine-tuned corrections and painting
  • Added the Quick Selection tool, similar to Photoshop
  • Implemented auto-recovery of unsaved documents
  • Keep the original EXIF metadata when editing a JPEG
  • [phone version only] New customized Gallery for selecting images
  • Lots of other bugs fixes!

Provide feedback for the Photoshop Touch product team here:

Pixel Perfect Precision: Useful design tips & Photoshop techniques for screen designers


UsTwo has released an update to their wonderful resource for Pixel Perfect Precision.

Pixel Perfect Precision (PDF 24MB) | Pixel Perfect Precision (iBook 27MB)

This amazingly useful handbook covers the dos and don’ts of design for user interface designers, covering topics ranging from general design principles including navigation, interaction, error handling, accessibility; to Photoshop specific topics including color management, layer organization, pixel precision using vectors, Adobe Generator for asset creation, and much more.

Follow the creators @PPPUsTwo and @gyppsy on Twitter.