Adobe Launches the 2015 Release of Photoshop CC – with Major New Features for Designers (including Artboards)
I am thrilled to announce the availability of the 2015 release of Photoshop CC. Twenty-five years ago, two brothers – John and Thomas Knoll – set out to create a software program to edit digital images. Today that tool is used by designers, artists, photographers, even medical professionals and engineers and many others, to create things no one could have dreamed of then. It has become a fundamental tool to enable creative people across the planet to make the world the incredibly visual place we now know.
One of our largest and most important customer groups is designers. You use the tool to create ad campaigns, web pages, apps, graphic images, product prototypes, packaging, interactive games, movie sets, iconography, typography, lithography… and so much more.
That is why we focused this version of Photoshop on delivering significant improvements to your design work from Artboards to Layer Style improvements to a Glyph panel and even an early preview of a completely new workspace customized for web, UI and app design workflows called Design Space (Preview).
These are features you specifically asked for that we have honed through hundreds of conversations with designers of all types to learn how you want Photoshop to work for you. Over the last two years, we even embedded a team member at a variety of design agencies for weeks at a time, to help us deeply understand and deliver on your top needs.
Designers, watch these videos from Paul Trani to see just some of what you’ll find in the newest update to Photoshop CC:
- What’s new in PS 2015 for Print/Graphic Design & Illustration
- What’s new in PS 2015 for UI/UX and Web Design
Now you can create multiple design surfaces and states within a single document in Photoshop. Using Artboards, you can:
- Make each artboard a different size
- Easily lay out your artboards in a single document
- See all of your artboards in a single view so you get a bird’s-eye view of your designs at once
- Easily copy and share content between artboards
- Quickly export each artboard or all of your artboards
To learn more about Artboards in Photoshop, check out this video: Design with artboards.
Linked Assets in Creative Cloud Libraries
Assets in Creative Cloud Libraries can now be linked so that when a change is made to a graphic or layer, it can update any document that uses that asset. You and your team members can update it across any Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign projects where it’s used.
Creative Cloud Libraries is a feature powered by Adobe CreativeSync, which ensures that your Photoshop files, fonts, design assets, settings, and more all instantly appear in your workflow wherever you need them. It also lets you start your creative work in one of our Creative Cloud mobile apps, and seamlessly pick it up and finish it in Photoshop on your desktop.
To learn more about Linked Assets in Creative Cloud Libraries, check out this tutorial: Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop.
Introducing Adobe Stock
We have also now integrated Adobe Stock into Linked Assets and Creative Cloud Libraries. Place an Adobe Stock watermarked FPO image into your Photoshop document to see how it looks before you purchase it. When you’re ready to buy, you can purchase the image from within Photoshop and like magic (that’s what it looks like to me, anyway), the watermark is automatically removed and the file is updated to a high-resolution version that replaces the FPO image in your document.
To learn more about Adobe Stock, check out this tutorial: Use Adobe Stock with Creative Cloud Libraries.
Get precise and in-context previews of your mobile app and mobile web designs from Photoshop on an actual iOS device using Adobe Preview CC. This native iOS app helps you make sure your designs look good on iOS devices. The connection between Photoshop and Preview is super easy to set up, either through USB or our automatic wireless connection when on the same WiFi network.
To learn more about device previews in Photoshop, check out this video: Preview mobile app and website designs.
New Asset Export
Quickly and easily export your images and designs to PNG, JPEG and even SVG thanks to a completely redesigned, intuitive, and streamlined exporting experience that gives you:
- Improved image export options
- A new updated and enhanced ability to extract your assets
- One-click “Quick Export”
To learn more about new export options in Photoshop, check out this tutorial: New export options for design.
Multiple Instances of Layer Styles
Now you can easily add multiple instances of a variety of layer styles including drop shadows, strokes, gradient overlays and many others to a layer or layer group. Gone are the days of rasterizing effects or stacking in different layer groups. Now it’s quick and easy to get the look you want.
Introducing a Glyph panel in Photoshop CC. This new panel allows you to:
- Browse through all of the available glyphs in a font
- View alternatives for the currently selected glyphs
- Access previously inaccessible glyphs
Design Space (Preview)
Design Space is an early introduction of a new environment within Photoshop created to address the workflows of today’s web, UI and app designers. This new experience is built completely using HTML5/CSS/JS, which means it’s not only a new sleek interface but also has tuned interactions and will have new features targeted for all your design workflows in Photoshop. Your entire Photoshop Design Space experience is optimized for common web, UI and app design tasks—minimizing clicks, mouse travel, panels, dialogs and clutter. You can work on your projects in Design Space and easily jump back into standard Photoshop CC for advanced image editing while your Design Space files and state remain intact.
Design Space as a Technology Preview
With the creation of Design Space, we are doing something fundamentally different for our designer customers. For the first time ever, Photoshop is releasing a feature at the beginning of the development process, long before it is finished and shipping it as a Technology Preview. This means it is not complete. It has workflows that need more work and introduces changes to Photoshop that may tax your muscle memory. We are doing this because we want your input from the beginning, to hone it specifically for you.
As a Technology Preview, customers need to “turn it on” to use it. If you’re ready to give it a whirl, go here www.adobe.com/go/designspace-help for instructions to “turn on” Design Space as a Technology Preview in your copy of Photoshop CC. Please note that Design Space is only offered in English at this time and is not available in all countries.
We are very excited to invite you into the process to create this new workspace and have a number of different ways for you to communicate feedback, ask questions, get answers and receive regular updates from the team. Here’s how you can reach us:
- Design Space Help adobe.com/go/designspace-help
- Design Space Forum adobe.com/go/designspace-forum
- Design Space on Twitter adobe.com/go/designspace-twitter
- Send feature requests and bugs to Feedback http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family
- Download source code on GitHub: http://adobe-photoshop.github.io/
To learn more about Design Space, watch the video below:
Adobe Camera Raw ships Dehaze, Merge to HDR and Panorama
We know that a large portion of our customers also rely heavily on Adobe Camera Raw to perfect images non-destructively. Versions 9.0 (shipped in April) and version 9.1 (available today) includes major updates to Adobe Camera Raw.
Introducing Dehaze: Many outdoor scenes have some amount of haze due to atmospheric conditions. Dehaze is a feature for removing haze/fog from pictures. It is based on a physical model that tries to estimate the amount of light transmission and how it varies across the picture. The user can then control how much haze to remove by adjusting a slider. This feature can also be used in the other direction to increase the amount of haze.
Now you can combine your photos to produce panoramas and HDR images non-destructively in Adobe Camera Raw. The merged result is a DNG file and is saved to disk alongside the input images. Because of this, you no longer need to edit your photos before merging.
Also included in this release are:
- Performance tuning that gives you a real-time Healing Brush, which means you can now see results on-the-fly when using the Healing Brush, and spectacular Patch Tool and Spot-Healing Brush results that are up to 120X faster than Photoshop CS6.
- Automatic Content-Aware Fill on panoramic images
- The ability to add noise to your Blur Gallery effects to get more realistic blurs
- The capability to adjust the scale and rotation of the object you’re moving or area you’re extending thanks to improvements to Content-Aware Move and Content-Aware Extend
There are also lots of other optimizations and improvements, including updates to 3D and 3D printing features. For more information, visit the Photoshop page on Adobe.com here.
Get started now.
- Install Photoshop CC (2015)
- VERY IMPORTANT – By default, when you install Photoshop CC (2015):
- It will uninstall prior versions of Photoshop you have installed
- It will migrate your presets, preferences and any compatible Add-Ons
- It will not migrate 3rd party plug-ins
- Install the Bridge 6.1.1 update – this update includes security updates, bug fixes and compatibility updates for Photoshop CC (2015).
- Install the Camera Raw 9.1 update – this update includes bug fixes, new camera support, and new features for Creative Cloud members.
For complete details, see this Photoshop CC (2015) FAQ.
As a member of the Photoshop team for over ten years across numerous versions of the product, I am proud to say this release truly stands apart in its comprehensive delivery of new and improved capabilities for our designer customers.
I can’t wait to hear what you like best!
Director of Product Management, Photoshop