January 16, 2014

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.

Posted by John Nack at 7:57 AM on January 16, 2014

Comments

  • MannyA — 9:30 AM on January 16, 2014

    John:
    This continues to be a step in the right direction for us folks on the not-yet-on-the-CC bandwagon. With the low price thru February, it’s hard to beat. Honestly, I’m running out of reasons. But there is still the open, unresolved issue regarding the “exit out” for CC subscribers. Is there anything to pass along?? CC has been out several months. That’s plenty of time to have an answer develop, if Adobe were interested in developing one. At least I think so…. Until then, I’m still reluctant to part with my money, irregardless of the fine CC capabilities. Thanks in advance.

    • Landon — 8:43 AM on January 17, 2014

      I think silence is your answer. But if I’m wrong, I too am interested in what adobe has to say on that.

  • Keith — 5:57 PM on January 16, 2014

    Thanks for the post John, stuff I woulda missed, ah like a narrower options bar. It’s the little thing.

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