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.