Today Adobe released Photoshop CC 2014.2, this post covers the updates to this amazing release, there will be upcoming posts covering some of the items in much more detail.
Creative Cloud Libraries
This new addition to the Creative Cloud will allow you to download graphics from the Adobe Market and have them available to inside both Illustrator and Photoshop. The Libraries panel also allows you to add fonts, graphics, PSD’s, colours etc all within the Photoshop and Illustrators. Any content here will be synced automatically to your Creative Cloud storage area. This feature is a wonderful enhancement if you have ever wanted to have a global set of favourites to your workflow. Of course you can create new libraries at any time to organise your content based on your preference
New Welcome screen
Have you ever wanted to learn new features and techniques straight from within Photoshop? The new welcome screen will present videos to you based on the activities and features that you use.
There is a new menu option called Extract Assets, this option is available under the File menu. The primary use for Extract is to pull assets from the PSD comp, especially usefull for Web designers.
The new guides feature enables new guides to be created from existing shapes on the canvas, or the ability to create new guides from a template that can be designed on the fly.
New Guides from Shape is available from the View menu option
If all layers are selected, then associated shapes will be included.
If just one is selected, then the menu item will create guides from just that one
New Guides Layout is available from the View menu option
The experimental touch features have now moved into the main line and will be enabled for touch based systems. This includes the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
Photoshop now has the ability to read COLLADA rigged and animation data. This feature is available on the timeline, it allows you to pose the model at a certain point, then print it. This feature will be covered in more detailed in a later post.
Photoshop CC also supports the option to export 3D PDF’s. The Export 3D PDF option is available from the 3D menu. Selecting this option will output a PDF with all of the 3D PDF controls enabled.
The Focus Area feature has had a performance boost, which is down to the Mercury Graphics Engine
Other feature improvements and JDIs
Scripted patterns have been moved to the Filter menu (Filter / Render / ). The different options have the same names as before Flame, Tree and Picture Frame.
The Flame option is a new addition and allows you to create a flame on a path or multiple paths..
Fill and Fill Path
Both of these options have had the UI improved.
Default Settings for Layer Styles
So that Photoshop CC makes objects more realistic and modern, default values for Layer Styles have been changed to be more conservative. This will give you a great look of elements like drop shadow out of the box.
Updated and new document presets and default document size
Mobile app design
Film & Video
You can find the new and updated patterns under Layer Styles.
Holding the CMD (Mac) /CTRL (Pc) with Move tool selected toggles Auto-Select for objects on the canvas
If this change does not suit your workflow, there is a workaround which should support the previous behaviour.
Locking and unlocking layers shortcut keys have been added
- New keyboard shortcut to toggle lock selected layers (CMD/CTRL + “/”)
- New keyboard shortcut to unlock all layers (CMD/CTRL + Opt/Alt + “/”)
- New keyboard shortcut to show/hide selected layers (CMD/CTRL + “,”)
- New keyboard shortcut to unhide all layers (CMD/CTRL + Opt/Alt + “,”)
New menu item to collapse all Layer Groups.
Save operation now recorded in the History panel
New Preference to enabling overscrolling
This feature allows you to scroll past the usual borders of an image when it’s in full view.
Overscroll = OFF
Overscroll = ON, the additional scroll bars are shown in red below.
Improved display of Properties panel for Live Shapes
Added transparency support for copy/paste from Photoshop to other applications (Mac only)
New edge padding option for Select > Modify commands
This option allows you to choose if the selection modification will go outside of the canvas edge or not. There is now a check box controller on each of the participating options under the Select /Modify option. The check box is turned off by default.
Adobe Color panel (formerly Kuler) is now included with the shipping version
Size of the Preferences, Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialogs have been adjusted to fit wide-screens