May 19, 2010

Talking JDI, CS5, and more on Martini Hour

In the second part of our conversation with Deke & Colleen (see previous), Hughes & I talk “JDI” and more. As Colleen writes,

Deciding to upgrade isn’t just about wanting the state-of-the-art features. Sometimes, it’s those improvements to everyday tools that make your day-to-day work go more smoothly. Oh sure, it’s fun to play digital Stretch Armstrong with pictures of your friends with the Puppet Warp. But it’s also a downright relief to finally be able to simply drag-and-drop an image into a Photoshop composition.

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Posted by John Nack at 6:30 AM on May 19, 2010


  • Alexei — 8:49 AM on May 19, 2010

    Just finished watching Deke’s “Photoshop CS5 One-on-One Fundamentals” and JDI improvements are nice.
    Speaking of JDI, in CS4 different handling of workspaces was understandable: UI was new and a lot of experimentation was going on. One would think that by CS5 time workspace handling should be part of UI library that each application in suite links to. Make it part of JDI for the next iteration.
    [Unfortunately things like this are way outside the scope of JDI. But I take your point. –J.]
    By the way, whose idea it was to put a different icon for workspace drop-down menu in Photoshop application bar? Just adds to confusion.
    [We fought to make these changes part of the common UI library used across apps. Unfortunately all the Cocoa work made that impossible this time around. (And yes, I know it sounds like Cocoa is my convenient whipping boy to explain away anything we didn’t get done, but in this case it had a very major impact on the UI layer.) –J.]

  • Rob — 10:12 AM on May 19, 2010

    Speaking of JDI, and this may no longer be within your responsibilities, but how about a “Copy all” choice under Edit, to save us the two steps of Select All and Copy? I’ve long had that as an action and created a frequently-used button for the action under Configurator. It’s got to be a sequence a great many PS users invoke often; why not incorporate it into the menu?

  • NilsWille — 12:25 PM on May 19, 2010

    Sweet Moses, was I happy about the news that you can now set whether a placed file should be a Smart Object or en rasterized layer as a preference option in Photoshop CS5! It was driving me nuts that I had to rasterize all the time. Thanks a lot! :-) I’m not sure that the Alt/Option-shortcut is working however, but I only tried on raw-files.

  • steveg — 2:25 PM on May 19, 2010

    The keyboard modifier (Alt/Opt)for a per drop change was not implemented. Sorry.

  • Christopher Anderton — 5:22 PM on May 19, 2010

    In other news. Check out this redux version of the First ever Photoshop Icon (or from version 0.67)

  • NilsWille — 1:22 AM on May 20, 2010

    Okay, then the Photoshop-team just got another JDI! ;-)

  • Peter — 9:25 AM on May 20, 2010

    DxO Labs suggests shortcomings of Adobe’s Lens Profile Creator
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    [User-generated profiles are only one way to get profile data. The Photoshop team has been working hard to create and test a whole set in house. We just don’t want to be a bottleneck. –J.]

  • Thomas — 7:37 AM on June 20, 2010

    Got here from Scott Kelbys PS tips about creating square-edged strokes without cutting into the edges when changing stroke apeearence.
    though the workaround adds more layers and filters to be applied.
    I’m wondering if the stroke bahaviour has finally been changed in CS5 because it’s annoying to anyone who’s using it.
    thats my little JDI contribution.

  • Thomas — 3:17 AM on June 21, 2010

    two more JDI regarding to Shortcuts for blendig modes in the layer styles palette and resetting slider values.
    Layer Styles blending modes:
    “Shift + -” and “Shift + = (or +)” might work fine for layer blending modes and other fancy dialogues but it does not work in the layer styles dialogue.
    On PC i can at least highlight blending mode dialogue box and cycle trought with the up-down arrow keys.
    On mac the dropdown menu works different due to the mac specific GUI and there is no option to highlight anything.
    Resetting Slider Values:
    In Lightroom if you double klick a slider itself the slider values are getting reset. Beautiful.
    In photoshop this only works with double klicking the value text but only if available.
    Could you please JDI the blending mode shortcuts available also in the layer styles palette and the behaviour on how to reset slider values for ALL Sliders?
    And yeah, making the sliders a pixel bit larger would be very welcome.

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