Photoshop CC has the ability to create “live shapes” (or re-editable) with rounded corners using the Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle and/or Ellipse Shape tools. To do so, drag out the desired rectangle, then use the Properties panel to round the corners (use the link icon to round them all at once, or each one independently). And, when used in combination with Smart Objects, the can be even more powerful! This video will show you how:
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The new Spin Blur filter creates non-destructive, realistic, motion effects including the ability to spin an object at variable angles, as well emulate traditional strobe effects (including the ability to define the strength, number of flashes and duration). This video will show you how:
Tip: Command + Option -drag (Mac) | Control + Alt -drag (Win) the pin to duplicate it.
The Photoshop team has made a significant number of enhancements to the Liquify feature over the years. In Photoshop CS6, they added larger brushes, faster performance (by doing the calculations on the GPU instead of the CPU) and the ability to load the last created Mesh (so that you can apply it to multiple layers or documents). But the icing on the cake happened in Photoshop CC when they made Liquify a nondestructive filter by enabling it as a Smart Filter. This means that not only can you re-edit the filter at any time, but you have access to the Smart Filter mask to selectively show and hide the filter, the Smart Filter Blend Modes and Opacity options and, since you can create a smart object from multiple layers, you can now apply Liquify to all of those layers at once. This video will show you how:
In addition (since the video above was created), Photoshop also added the Smooth tool to help “smooth out” the mesh when moving a portion of the image using many small warps. In the past, many small strokes applied to the mesh could result in scallops or discontinuities in the warp. The Smooth Tool will remove the scallops but leave the overall warp undisturbed. I think of it as if the Smooth tool runs a Gaussian filter over the warp mesh vectors. Note: to view the mesh, check Advanced Mode, then under View Options check Show Mesh.
Another new addition is the ability to “Pin Edges” when using Liquify. This can help eliminate any gaps near the edge of the file when warping the image. The video below shows a quick demonstration:
And don’t forget you can also apply Liquify to a video layer if you convert the video to a Smart Object first.
In addition, here are a few shortcuts when working with Liquify:
• “W” – Forward Warp tool
• “R” – Reconstruct tool
• “C” – Twirl Clockwise tool
• “S” – Pucker tool
• “B” – Bloat tool
• “O” – Push Left tool
• “F” – Freeze Mask tool
• “D” – Thaw Mask tool
• “H” – Hand tool
• “Z” – Zoom tool
In addition, Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) toggles between the:
• The Twirl Clockwise and Twirl Counter Clockwise tools
• The Pucker and Bloat tools
• The Freeze Mask and Thaw Mask tools
And, when working with the Push Left tool, clicking and dragging up pushes the content under the brush to the left. Dragging down pushes the content to the right.
Since Adobe’s transition to Creative Cloud, Photoshop has delivered five major updates containing dozens of new tools, feature enhancements, and productivity improvements. Looking back at the content that I’ve created during this time, I realize that I had done a very poor job of naming the tips, tricks, and tutorials that I’ve posted (for example, I have multiple videos called “What’s new in Photoshop” and “Hidden Gems”), that cover multiple (different) new features – it’s very confusing!
In light of this, I’ve selected my top 50 features since Adobe transitioned to CC and am going to be posting them over the next 10 weeks. So, if you want to get up to speed with the latest and greatest incarnation of Photoshop, check out these posts and you’ll have mastered all of the new features by the end of summer!
Today, we’ll start with the refinements made to the Crop tool. For me, the most significant enhancement is that you can now change crop dimensions/aspect ratio with out backing out of the crop. I also like that after using the Crop tool to crop an image – and applying (or committing to) that crop, Photoshop automatically hides the crop marquee even though the Crop tool is still selected. Of course even with the marquee hidden, if the first crop was incorrect and you need to use the Crop tool again, simply drag with the Crop tool in the image area to redefine the crop. The new Overlay options (Rule of Thirds, Grid, Diagonal etc.) as well as Overlay View options are really useful as well. The video below will walk you through them.
And although not all of the following shortcuts are new, they certainly save me time when working with the Crop tool:
• To access the Crop tool, tap the “C” key
• Tap the ““X” key to swap the Width and Height values (or click the arrow between them in the Options bar).
• Tap the “I” key to auto-populate the Width, Height, and Resolution values using the properties of the front image (which can then be used to crop another image, define a preset etc.).
• “O” cycles through the different View overlays.
• “H” hides the image area that is beyond (outside of) the Crop marquee.
• “P” enables “Classic Mode” where the Crop marquee behaves as in previous versions: you move the Crop marquee, not the image under the Crop marquee. Note: you must make an adjustment to the Crop marquee before tapping the “P” key, otherwise tapping the “P’ key will select the Pen tool.