#Creative Friday – Photoshop 14.2 update – Workflow Improvements (JDI’s)

Photoshop CC (14.2 update) includes some great workflow improvements, commonly called JDI’s (or Just Do It’s).
1. Specify custom background on new canvas
Now with Photoshop CC 14.2 you are able to create a new canvas and specify a custom background on creation
See Folder 14.2 – Custom Background folder
Click on the colour picker next to the background contents.
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2. Increase of number of sample points, from 4 to 10.

For images see 14.2 Colour Samples 10 folder
In this release of Photoshop CC the  number of  sample points has been increased from 4 to 10
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also notice the clear button has been renamed to clear all on the colour sampler tool.
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You are also able to change all of the sample points to the same reading by holding the ALT key down at the same time as right clicking on the eye dropper icon (marked in red below).
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Not new, but holding the CMD (Mac), Ctrl key on a PC will allow you to move the sample point
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3.  Unlock background layer with a click

In release 14.2 of Photoshop CC you can now unlock the background layer easily with just a single mouse click
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4. Access recently used colours via the Colour swatch panel.
You are now able to easily access the recent colours used from the swatches menu, and store upto 16 continuous ones.
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This option is on by default, but of course can turn it off by clicking on the Show recent colours option in the fly out menu (highlighted in red) below
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5. Better negative number support in Curves when used in Lab colour mode.
Another update in 14.2 is better support of negative numbers in the curves dialog for LAB values. If your  file is set to LAB mode then you are now able to enter larger numbers into the a and b entries
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The LAB image mode can be found under the Photoshop Image menu
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Lab Color mode
The CIE L*a*b* color model (Lab) is based on the human perception of color. The numeric values in Lab describe all the colors that a person with normal vision sees. Because Lab describes how a color looks rather than how much of a particular colorant is needed for a device (such as a monitor, desktop printer, or digital camera) to produce colors, Lab is considered to be a device-independent color model. Color management systems use Lab as a color reference to predictably transform a color from one color space to another color space.
The Lab Color mode has a lightness component (L) that can range from 0 to 100. In the Adobe Color Picker and Color panel, the a selector is used to modify the  green-red values, whilst the component modifies the blue-yellow. These colours can range from +127 to –128.

LAB Mode VS RGB Mode

It can be hard to pump up the colors in a photograph without making it look unnatural. In RGB mode, changing your colors in curves will also produce changes in brightness and exposure. To fix this, we can easily switch to LAB Mode by selecting it from the Image drop down menu.
LAB stands for Lightness, with an A and B Channel. If you apply a curves adjustment layer in LAB mode, you’ll see that your red, green, and blue channels have been replaced with Lightness, A, and B. Your A and B Channels will ONLY affect the colors in your image, so you are able to change the values without altering the exposure.
Once you are happy with the new colours you like (you can always quickly see the before and after image, by pressing the ‘\’ key whilst in the curves dialog box), you can then create a new layer above the rest (merge visible upwards) by pressting Shift + Alt/Option + Command + E keys. You can then drag this layer back into your RGB mode image and the incredible colors will stay the same (you will need to have the original. Try using this technique and post your re-colored images in the comment section below!
Workflow change in 14.2
Photoshop 14.2 now enables the linking of Smart Objects, as well as embedding of objects. This is great for this type of work, as it provides a mechanism to keep the Lab colour mode in the file and just link to it from the RGB document.
To use this method, you would need to save the Lab file as a separate file, then open the original file and place as a linked smart object into a new file. Then you can re-use the LAB version, modify it to your hearts content, the file which uses this modified file will then be updated on the next open / manually if you required.
If both documents are open will override the preferences “Auto update open documents”)
6.  New option for Narrow Options Bar, for small displays
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7.  Smart Sharpen filter now moves to the Mercury Graphics Engine (GPU) and gains a performance boost.
8. Other enhancements

  • Added a “do not 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
  • Layer names can now be up to 255 characters long
  • Generator now properly rescales Illustrator Smart Objects when exported at 200%
  • Smart Objects count and stats on Info panel.
  • Smart Object Search in the layers panel.
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