2014/09/24

53/55 – The Experimental Feature Manager in Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC’s new Experimental Feature Manager now ships with experimental features that you can enable and try out. These features are not yet production-ready, so exercise discretion while using them. For example, many customers on Windows have been requesting HiDPI support – if you want to give it a try, do the following:

Select Preferences > Experimental Features.

Select the experimental feature that you want to enable.

Click OK.

Restart Photoshop and give it a spin.

 

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2014/09/23

52/55 – Color and Brush Panel Enhancements in Photoshop CC

Check out the newly redesigned Color panel in Photoshop CC including the Hue and Brightness cube displays as well as Photoshop CC’s ability to display the seven most recently used Brushes as well as indicate if the currently used preset has been modified.

 

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2014/09/22

51/55 But Wait, There’s More – Additional New Features for Photoshop CC!

Even though I have spent the past 10 weeks talking about all of the new features and product enhancements that the Photoshop team has added since Photoshop CC launched, there are still great features that I wasn’t able to cover! So to make sure that I’ve covered all of the topics, I’ll extend the project through the end of the week.

Today we will start with four hidden gems including:

• When creating new documents, the Background Contents option can be included as part of a script and will also be saved as part of a New Document Preset.

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• Clicking the lock icon next to the Background layer on the Layers panel converts the Background to a layer.

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•  The Swatches panel now displays the recently used swatches across the top of the panel.

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•  The Color sampler tool can now add up to ten different samples. You can click on the eyedropper in the Info panel to change the color readout values for each sampler individually, or Option (Mac)  |  Alt (Win)  click the eyedropper to change them all at once.

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If you prefer to watch a video, here you are:

5:08 AM Permalink
2014/09/19

50/50 – Sync Settings in Photoshop CC

The new Sync Settings feature in Photoshop CC uses your Adobe ID to synchronize your settings between the two software installs allowed in the license agreement (your home and work computer for example). To specify which settings to synchronize, choose Preferences > Sync Settings. Available settings include: Preferences, Workspaces, Actions, Brushes, Swatches, Styles, Gradients, Custom Shapes, Patterns, Contours and Tool Presets.

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Use the drop down menu in the Advanced area to choose “What to Sync”: “Everything” checks all options, “Custom” allows you to select specific settings, and “Nothing” unchecks all and deactivates the upload/download transfers.

To synchronize the settings from one computer to another:

Select the “master computer” the one that has the modified settings and choose “Upload Settings” (either from Photoshop > Your AdobeID Sign On or Preferences > Sync Settings). This will take all the non-factory settings files (ie. the settings that you have modified) and upload them to your AdobeID’s Creative Cloud account. Any files with the same names will be overwritten; there is no conflict resolution.

• Then, move to the secondary computer (that you want to download the settings onto), and choose “Download Settings” (either from Photoshop > Your AdobeID Sign On or Preferences > Sync Settings). This will take all the settings files* from your Creative Cloud account and download them to the local machine. Any files with the same names will be overwritten; there is no conflict resolution.

Note: *workspaces that are created/uploaded from a different platform will not be downloaded.

Additional Information:

You must have Internet access and be signed in to your Adobe account to sync settings. To sign in, choose Help > Sign In.

• You are always in control of when you sync your settings (i.e. there is not an option to “auto sync settings” – they will only sync when you select “Sync Settings Now”).

• Even if you only have one computer (a single machine/single install) , you can always sync your settings to your Creative Cloud account which can really save time when upgrading your machine or when bad things happen (like a drive goes down that has your settings/applications on it).

• There are settings that are specific to the machine running the application (such as Memory Usage and Scratch Disks options), and these are not included in the synchronization feature.

5:22 AM Permalink
2014/09/18

49/50 – Automatic Asset Creator – Generator in Photoshop CC

If you need to automatically generate assets from individual (or groups of) layers in Photoshop, then you should check out Adobe Generator in Photoshop CC (File > Generate > Image Assets). By using specific parameters to name files, Photoshop can automatically create JPEG, PNG or GIF images.

For example, if you mock up a web page and then want Photoshop to export individual graphics, you can name a layer with the desired extension: banner.gif or photo.jpg or logo.png. If you need more than one version (different file formats for example) for the same layer, add a comma between the names:  photo.jpg, photo.png Note: you can also use the plus (+) symbol instead of the comma.

JPEG assets are generated at 90% quality by default. PNG assets are generated as 32-bit images by default. GIF assets are generated with basic alpha transparency. If you need to set additional options for file formats, include them in the layer name as well:

• For JPEG files, set the compression quality by naming the layer (or layer group) to  photo.jpg5 or photo.jpg50% to give you an asset set to 50% compression quality.

• For PNG files, set the options for logo.png.8, logo.png.24, or logo.png.32

When exporting assets, if no size is determined, then the asset will be generated at the same size as the original. However, you are also able to  determine the size of the image that you want Photoshop to output using the layer name. The size goes at the beginning of the layer name and can be set in pixels, inches, percentage (%) and/or mm. Do not put a space between the numeric value and the unit of measurement. For example, 40px x 40px logo.png will generate an asset while 40 px x 40 px logo.png will not. You also need to leave a space between the size and the layer name. If you don’t add any units, then Photoshop will assume that you want pixels. For example:

200% banner.jpg will create a JPEG file that is 200% of the original

40 x 40 logo.png will create a png file 40 x 40 pixels (as would 40px x 40px logo.png)

2in x 60 graphic.gif will create a GIF file 2 inches by 60 pixels.

As you can see by the last example, you can mix the units of measurements. You can also use the question mark “?” to choose one dimension and simply have Photoshop resize the asset proportionally (similar to setting the long (or short) dimension of a file when exporting in Lightroom, Saving images in Camera Raw, or using the Fit Image option in Photoshop (File > Automate).

Before automatically generating assets, you must first choose File > Generate Image Assets. This “enables” Generator. Photoshop will save all of the necessary assets in a subfolder alongside the source PSD file. Note: If you have not saved the source file, then Photoshop will save the assets to the desktop.

A few last tips:

• Name a layer group to have all of the layers within the group saved as one asset.

• Do not use illegal characters (such as / \ : * etc) – no asset will be generated.

• If you clip a layer to a shape, name the topmost clipped layer to generate the asset.

• If your layer extends beyond the visible image area (or if it’s partially hidden by another layer), all of the content will be exported.

This help document is also informative: Generate image assets from layers in Photoshop CC

 

5:40 AM Permalink
2014/09/17

48/50 – Color Range Improvements in Photoshop CC

There were some very useful improvements made to Color Range in Photoshop CC. When choosing to select the Shadows, Midtones or Highlights in your image, there are now controls to modify the range (used to select the threshold value), and fuzziness (used to gradually fan out the selection for smoothness). These new capabilities enable you to be more specific in defining the areas in your image that you want to select based on luminosity values (previously these selections had been based on fixed values.

As you can see from this example, when selecting the Midtones, you can refine the Range using the sliders.

As you can see from this example, when selecting the Midtones, you can refine the Range using the sliders.

5:33 AM Permalink
2014/09/16

47/50 – Refining a Selection with the Maximum and Minimum Filters in Photoshop CC

Although it is easy to use Select > Modify to expand or contract a selection by a specific number of pixels, for additional control, try using the Maximum and Minimum filters (Filter > Other > Maximum/Minimum). To contract or expand a selection by a decimal number (not a whole number as is the limit for the Select > Modify command), first, make your selection, then click the Quick Mask icon to view the red overlay before selecting the filter (otherwise the filter will affect the pixels in the photo that you have selected). Then, choose Filter > Other > Minimum to contract the selection by a non-whole number or choose Filter > Other > Maximum to expand the selection by a non-whole number.

Note: both of the filters are looking at the values of gray within the radius that you specify. The Preserve Roundness option will help keep round shapes round instead of being reduced using a more “rectangular” method, which will cut corners when contracting. The Preserve Squareness will help keep rectangular shapes with more square edges from getting rounded. Both filters can be used for choke and spread operations on masks or images (removing dirt, enlarging bright points, etc.).

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2014/09/15

46/50 – How to Use Focus Area to Make Selections in Photoshop CC

Learn how to make “focus” based selections in Photoshop CC using the new Focus Area feature.

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2014/09/12

45/50 – Additional Filters Available for 32-bit Files in Photoshop CC (v14.1)

Photoshop CC (v14.1) added 32-bit image support for a number of filters including:
• Blur -> Blur and Blur More
• Distort -> Displace, Pinch, Polar Coordinates, Ripple, Shear, Spherize, Twirl, Wave, and ZigZag
• Pixelate -> Color Halftone, Crystallize, Facet, Fragment, Mezzotint, Mosaic, Pointilize
• Render -> Fibers
• Sharpen ->Sharpen and Sharpen More
• Stylize -> Diffuse (anisotropic is disabled in 32 bit), Trace Contour
• Other -> Custom
39filtersNote: in some of the examples above, changes have been made to opacity and blend mode.

5:15 AM Permalink
2014/09/11

44/50 – Adding a Picture Frame (Border) in Photoshop

This video demonstrates how to use the enhanced Scripted Patterns and Fills in Photoshop to add a picture frame and border to your images. Select a frame from simple strokes to flowers and vines, snowflakes and leaves, then change the margin or offset from the edge, size, thickness, colors, angle and arrangement of the frame. Of course, you can combine any number of frames to make your border unique.

• Shift + Delete (Mac) | Shift + Backspace (Win) displays the Fill dialog.

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2014/09/10

43/50 – Create Unique Trees in Photoshop CC

Discover how to use the Enhanced Scripted Patterns to create one-of-a-kind trees by changing the direction of the lighting, camera tilt, amount and color of leaves, branch color, and more in Photoshop CC.

• Shift + Delete (Mac) | Shift + Backspace (Win) displays the Fill dialog.
Note: this video was recorded prior to the 2014 release of Photoshop CC. As many of you have already discovered, the 2014 release of Photoshop CC installs a new version of Photoshop (which can run along side of Photoshop CC – the previous version). However the Oil Paint Filter had to be removed from the 2014 release so if you want to use this filter, you must use the previous version of Photoshop (Photoshop CC). Click here for more info on the Oil Paint filter, Flash Panels and Mac OS X 10.6 support.

5:10 AM Permalink
2014/09/09

42/50 – Apply an Arrow Along A Path Using Photoshop CC

In this video you’ll learn how to use the enhanced Scripted Patterns and Fills in Photoshop CC to define a pattern (an arrow in this example) and apply it along a path.

Note: Shift + Delete (Mac) | Shift + Backspace (Win) displays the Fill dialog.

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2014/09/08

41/50 – How to Use Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC

In this video, you’ll learn how to use the new Perspective Warp feature in Photoshop CC, including quad creation, layout adjustment, and perspective distortion effects.

Here are the essential shortcuts for Perspective Warp:
• After selecting Edit > Perspective Warp, tap the “L” and “W” keys to swap between “layout” and “warp”.
• Shift-drag the end of the plane in layout mode to make a plane longer without changing the shape/position.
• Shift-click will straighten an individual edge of a plane in warp mode. The edge will turn yellow to reflect this.
• Tap the H key to hide the grids.
• Tap the arrow keys to nudge individual points. Add the Shift key to nudge in larger increments.
• Tapping the Enter (return) key while in Layout mode will switch to warp mode. Tapping the Enter (return) key while in Warp mode will commit changes.

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2014/09/05

40/50 – How to Remove Distracting Elements using the Enhanced Content Aware Tools in Photoshop CC

In the past, Photoshop Content Aware technology primarily looking at texture, not color. This video demonstrates how the new Color Tolerance setting can result in much better matches when blending colors and gradients in images.

Note that you can change the color tolerance AFTER the fact.

5:03 AM Permalink
2014/09/04

39/50 – Conditional Actions in Photoshop CC

Conditional Actions in Photoshop enable ‘if then’ statements for additional flexibility when using Actions. This video will show you how.

Here is a list of the available conditional attributes:
Document is Landscape
Document is Square
Document Mode is RGB
Document Mode is CMYK
Document Mode is Grayscale
Document Profile is sRGB
Document Depth is 8 Bits per Pixel
Document Depth is 16 Bits per Pixel
Document Depth is 32 Bits per Pixel
Document has unsaved Changes
Document has a Selection
Document has Layers
Document has Alpha Channels
Document is Open
Layer is Background
Layer is Pixel layer
Layer in Adjustment Layer
Layer is Shape Layer
Layer is Layer Group
Layer is Locked
Layer is Visible
Layer has pixel mask
Layer has Vector Mask
Layer has Effects

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