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
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