35 Reasons You Can’t Live Without Today’s Updates to the Photoshop and Lightroom Family of Products
Today we release 35 exciting updates to Photoshop CC, Lightroom mobile, Lightroom web, Photoshop Sketch and Photoshop Mix that will change how you work with images, PSDs and drawings across your desktop and mobile devices. We can’t wait to hear what you think.
First, we are thrilled to announce a new update to Photoshop CC, our third feature release in just four months! This release introduces new features including a great new Creative Cloud service, major improvements to existing features, and on-going refinements to the entire application. Dan Mall, Founder at SuperFriendly, says, “I always look forward to the latest Photoshop updates, and this latest release is no exception. The new Creative Cloud Libraries feature is perfect for anyone looking for smart tools to create responsive design systems.” We on the Photoshop team are excited to get this into the hands of all our customers!
ONE: Creative Cloud Libraries
Get quick access to your most used content in a new panel. New Creative Cloud Libraries presents all your favorite graphics, colors, type styles, layer styles, brushes, and more in a panel, ready for use. Just drag in the design elements you want constant access to into the panel – for example, layers, Smart Objects, color, text or layer styles – and they are always there for you. Then click or drag the elements back out to use them. Plus, those items are synched with Creative Cloud via your Creative Profile, so you can access them any time in Photoshop CC or in Illustrator CC. Our new mobile apps also support saving to Libraries, so you can access the brush you created in Adobe Brush CC, the Color Theme from Adobe Color CC, or the drawing you created in Adobe Photoshop Sketch.
TWO: Extract Assets
A new interface for creating Generator tags, Extract Assets allows you to easily export individual layers from your design, and automatically update those assets when your design changes. Extract Assets is an easy way to define the parameters for extraction, such as 2x scaling, compression levels, and file types. You also get a real-time preview of the exported asset. Also new is the ability to export vector content as SVG, for infinitely scalable assets.
THREE: Improved Guides creation
Set up guides faster than ever. Alignment and layout is a critical part of design. Now you can easily create a grid within Photoshop by simply choosing the number of columns. You can also specify exact widths, gutter, margins, and rows. Best of all, you can save your favorites as a preset to easily use in your next design. The “New Guides From Shape” option also creates guides based on the currently selected shape or shapes.
FOUR THROUGH TWENTY-NINE: Other improvements
There are over 25 other improvements to Photoshop in this release, including faster Focus Mask and Content-Aware processing, a new filter for generating highly customizable flames, updated new document presets, updated patterns, new keyboard shortcuts for locking and hiding layers, and the ability to interpret 3D rigging and animation data in COLLADA files as well as support for 3D PDF workflows.
THIRTY: Try Photoshop free!
If you haven’t updated to the Creative Cloud yet, starting today you can get 30 more days with Photoshop CC 2014 free! We are so excited about this release, we have reset the Photoshop trial for you. So, even if you have already used up your Photoshop CC 2014 free 30-day trial period, you can give it another whirl.
UPDATES TO LIGHTROOM MOBILE AND LIGHTROOM WEB
Today we released updates to lightroom.adobe.com and Lightroom mobile (both on iPhone and iPad). This release is directly related to features that you’ve requested in order to speed up your workflow.
THIRTY-ONE: Star Ratings and Flags
Some photographers use pick flags to make selections. Other photographers use pick and reject flags. And for photographers that use both pick flags and star ratings, Lightroom mobile now has the ability to set pick flags and star ratings without having to switch contexts or modes.
THIRTY-TWO: Feedback from Clients and Friends
Using shared collections on lightroom.adobe.com, photographers can now collect feedback and have that feedback flow back into Lightroom mobile. We’re still working on flowing the feedback back into Lightroom desktop, so stay tuned for more on this in an upcoming release.
THIRTY-THREE: Additional Language Support
Lightroom mobile 1.2 adds support for Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Korean, and Spanish.
WELCOME ADOBE SKETCH TO THE PHOTOSHOP FAMILY
On June 18 we released Adobe Sketch, a completely new drawing app for iPad. Sketch is a new kind of tool that enables you to create stunning, expressive drawings using natural drawing tools – pens, pencils, markers and erasers – and puts your creative community at your fingertips, so you can express yourself beautifully anywhere.
Our customers are so excited about Sketch and all the magical things you can do when you combine it with Photoshop, that today we are welcoming it into the Photoshop family and renaming it Adobe Photoshop Sketch.
THIRTY-FOUR: New Photoshop Sketch Features
In addition to the new name and tighter integration with our flagship tool, today we also ship a number of new features. Sketch now includes five built-in expressive brushes for acrylic, pastel, smudge, spray, and ink, along with the ability to integrate custom brushes you create with Adobe Brush CC. And when you’re done, send your sketches to your desktop as a PSD to refine in Photoshop, or incorporate them into other designs in Photoshop and Illustrator, or edit them as vector paths in Illustrator.
To enjoy Photoshop Sketch for free and to learn more, please visit sketch.adobe.com.
UPDATE TO PHOTOSHOP MIX
Adobe Photoshop Mix gives iPad users a fast, flexible and deeply integrated solution for selective edits, quick composites and more. With access to Creative Cloud, Photoshop CC, Lightroom and beyond, Mix empowers new and existing customers, wherever they are.
THIRTY-FIVE: Photoshop Mix for iPhone
We cap off today’s announcement with a completely new Photoshop app for iPhone! Mix has been redesigned specifically for iPhone and brings exciting new functionality like Auto Cut Out, and synchronizing with Creative Cloud so that your projects are available on all your devices. To enjoy Mix for free and to learn more, please visit mix.adobe.com.
I’ve listed 35 of the new updates that I find most exciting for you today, but there are actually a whole lot more. So, grab your updates and start exploring. I can’t wait to hear what you like best!
Director of Product Management, Photoshop