January 16, 2014

Demo: New hidden gems in Photoshop CC

Julieanne shows off some of those numerous new JDIs I mentioned:

Take a close look at several feature enhancements and refinements made to scripted patterns including placing patterns along a path, rendering unique trees for concept, architectural and fine art images and scripted border designs. Learn how to unlock the background into a layer with a single click, choose recent colors from the swatches panel and add and change color readouts for multiple color samplers at once.

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Come try the new CC apps, even if your 30-day trial has ended

We want everyone to experience all the new enhancements just released in Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, and Adobe Muse CC. Therefore even if you’ve already tried these apps via the normal 30-day trial, you can take them for another 30-day spin. To do so, launch the Creative Cloud desktop app, then click “Update” next to the desired app. Enjoy!

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Sweating the details: New “JDI” tweaks arrive in Photoshop CC

“I wish Adobe would do a ‘Snow Leopard release’,” I used to hear people say—i.e., instead of building big, shiny features, spend time just tweaking the little things that make all the difference in day-to-day use. 

Although we’ve sweated the details in past releases, including making tons of “Just Do It (JDI) tweaks,” I think you’ll find that the move to Creative Cloud makes it more possible & important than ever. CC = continuous, iterative improvement. Here are the tweaks made in just the newest release of Photoshop CC, including some live-coded at Photoshop World

  • Mercury Graphics Engine performance boost (Smart Sharpen on GPU)
  • See recent colors in the Swatches panel
  • Improved selection of shapes with white arrow tool (clicking in the middle reveals white knots)
  • Improved font transformations
  • Layer names can now be up to 255 characters*
  • Generator now properly rescales Illustrator Smart Objects when exported at 200%
  • Set custom background color in New Document dialog
  • New option for Narrow Options Bar, for small displays
  • On a background layer, one click on the lock icon unlocks the layer
  • Enhanced Scripted Patterns and Fills (Trees, previews, and other improvements)
  • Added a “Don’t show again” checkbox to the missing fonts dialog
  • Enabled “Share on Behance” for more languages
  • Improved history states for editing text, editing and applying Character and Paragraph styles
  • Generator can export padding in image assets by using layer masks
  • Better negative number support in curves adjustments
  • Change “Clear” to “Clear All” for the Color Sampler tool
  • Increase number of color samplers from 4 to 10
  • Change all color samplers in Info palette at the same time
  • Generator stability improvements
  • Over 200 bugs fixes

 

 The work is never done, and the team will keep rolling on with improvements. You can request & vote on changes (large & small) here.

* Reminds me of an earlier JDI: as of CS6 you can Tab/Shift-Tab among layers to rename them.

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