Who moved my cheese?

Version 19.0 of Photoshop CC, released in October 2017, rolls out numerous exciting features and enhancements. The list is long; from new tools to artificial intelligence (AI) goodness, this update to Photoshop CC has a lot to offer to all users. From a recent sneak peek video by Meredith Payne Stotzner, Photoshop Product Manager, we can be sure that there’s much more to come that will simplify your work. Want to select a person in a photo faster? Simply click to select!

This recent release of Photoshop CC also embodies several experience improvements. If you’re a seasoned Photoshop user who’s used to finding her brushes and tools in a particular way, the changes may be obvious to you. For the better. Let’s bring you up to speed on what’s where now in version 19.0. Here’s a handy list:

  • The Brush panel in earlier releases of Photoshop is now called Brush Settings.
  • The Brush Presets panel in earlier versions of Photoshop has been streamlined and renamed as Brushes panel. For more information, see Streamlined brush preset management.
  • The Preferences > General > Show Recent Files Workspace When Opening A File setting is no longer available.
  • On macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) and newer, Photoshop uses a dark title bar for floating document windows when UI brightness is set to one of the two dark settings.
  • (MacBook Pro) Touch Bar-related changes:
    • The Enable History Scrubbing In The Touch Bar preference is no longer available. To suppress history scrubbing, simply remove the corresponding button from the Touch Bar layout.
    • You can now control brush smoothing using the Touch Bar. Add this control to the Touch Bar using the Customize Touch Bar user interface.
  • PNG files created using the Save As option are now compressed better. Also, the options for saving images as PNG assets have changed for better user experience:
    New options for saving images as PNG
  • Device Preview is no longer available in this release. Additionally, the Preview CC iOS app is no longer available for download or actively maintained as of October 2017. If you have a previously-downloaded version of Preview CC on your iOS device, you can continue to use it on an as-is basis with earlier versions of Photoshop.
  • Photoshop no longer prompts you to import assets into Creative Cloud Libraries while opening documents. You can still automatically import all assets from an open document using the Create New Library From Document command in the Libraries panel.

The long list of what’s new and improved is here: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new.html. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the big features and the little touches that this release brings to your design and imaging workflows. Stay creative!

Bringing this blog up-to-date

Let me end the silence that has rung on this blog for some time now. I was blogging elsewhere, but I promise to do so more often here about everything Adobe. Meanwhile, go through this select list of posts that you may find interesting:

If there are any specific topics related to Adobe digital imaging and design tools that you’d want covered, please leave a comment. Meet you later with more content!

My sessions at the 2015 STC India Conference

It’s been a few months now since I posted to this space. Most of my blogging focus in the meantime has been on the new Adobe Content Corner blog. Check it out if you haven’t already; it is fast becoming a go-to place for updates and discussions related to Adobe user assistance content.

So, what happens to this blog? You’ll see me posting more and more about my professional and research interests here in the future. I’ll also continue posting about Adobe products and more frequently than I’ve been able to this past year. Please stay tuned!

For now, I want to share with you two short videos introducing my upcoming sessions at this year’s STC India Conference. If you plan to attend this conference, I look forward to meeting you in Pune.

New FrameMaker user’s guide: sliced, diced, and enhanced

v2_fm_iconOver the years, many of you from the FrameMaker community shared rich feedback on the content and structure of the FrameMaker user’s guide. We’ve been listening and we’ve spent several busy months acting on the feedback to create an improved user’s guide that meets your content requirements better.

So, what exactly has changed? As we analyzed your feedback, some key themes emerged:

  • Content organization: FrameMaker is a powerful product packed with rich functionality. However, not all users use all of its functionality all the time. While improving the guide, we made a conscious attempt to minimize scattering of information and keep content around related features together. For example, information about using structured authoring features forms two neat chapters in the new user’s guide. This information was spread across several chapters in the earlier user’s guide.
  • Workflow-based approach: The new user’s guide makes it easier for you to just get things done. We’ve tried to step into your shoes and figure out what information you’d need and in what order. That you’d shared useful feedback over the years made our job a lot easier. So, whether it’s managing graphics or single-sourcing content, we walk you through relevant concepts and tasks in an order congruent with FrameMaker workflows. With apologies to Coleridge, might we say, the best content in the best order?
  • Responsive content experience: Content experience is two words—content and experience. We know you’re connected 24/7 and that you access instructional content on your devices. On your desktop, the new FrameMaker user’s guide opens in a little content viewer app of its own. When you access the content on a smaller screen, it is displayed in a responsive layout, ensuring a seamless content experience.

    Viewing the new FrameMaker user’s guide on a smartphone

  • Visual treatment: Wherever possible, we’ve tried to pull down the wall of words that traditional documentation is. So, as you glance through the new user’s guide, expect to see visuals and illustrations that help demystify a complex concept or task. Not sure how you can publish across multiple channels? Well, see it for yourself.
  • Discoverability: You turn to the user’s guide trying to find answers to questions that are blocking your everyday work. That’s why we kept titles in the new user’s guide crisp and the content search-friendly. So, whether you search on Adobe.com or Google, you can expect to find a useful Help article that helps you get back to your work as quickly as possible.
  • Resource ecosystem: We want the new user’s guide to be more than just your first stop for information on everything FrameMaker. We want it to be also the launchpad that propels you to other, often advanced, sources of information on the web. Hop right over to the appendix at the end to view a list of select FrameMaker resources. We promise to keep the list updated as more resources become available.

What we place in your hands today is just the version one of the improved user’s guide. Your feedback has helped us get it to this stage, and your feedback will be pivotal as we try to refine it even further. Keep the wishlists coming; we’re making a careful note of them.

And now that we’ve said enough, here are the links to the new guide:

HTML: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/FrameMaker/12.0/Help/Using/index.html
PDF: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/FrameMaker/12.0/Help/using-framemaker-12.pdf

Happy reading!

Solution | Muse website doesn’t display on devices

A while ago, I recorded this quick video to explain what to do if a website created in Adobe Muse doesn’t display correctly on phones and tablet devices.

Summary:  Your website created in Adobe Muse is good to go. However, when you view it on phones and tablet devices, random text appears instead of your content. Let’s help you solve this issue. 

Considerations for exporting 3D layers as U3D files

You can export 3D layers in Photoshop as files in several supported formats. This blog post touches upon considerations for exporting 3D layers as U3D files.

To begin with, ensure that any 3D layers that you’re exporting as U3D have only triangular object geometry. Additionally, keep the following export-related limitations in mind:

  • Export of higher-level primitives, such as NURBS, splines, and curves, is not supported.
  • Texture mapping is limited to only one diffuse map per material. Export of ambient, specular, luminous, or opacity texture maps is not supported.
  • Export of material animation is not supported.

Additional reading:

Adjust menu font size in the Photoshop CC 2014.2 release

The 2014.2 release of Photoshop CC simplifies how menu font size is determined. Now, to adjust the menu font size in Photoshop, you simply need to tweak the relevant operating system settings.

For example, on Windows 8.1, you can adjust the menu font size by following the steps in the “Make text and other items on the desktop larger” section of this Microsoft Help topic.


Adjusting menu font size in Microsoft Windows 8.1

Further reading:



Sync logic

While we’re on this topic, let’s take a look at the logic underlying how settings are synchronized.


  • Settings stored on Creative Cloud are updated to match the settings on your local machine. Any previously uploaded settings are replaced.
  • If you stop the sync operation during upload, settings already synchronized with Creative Cloud remain synchronized.


  • Settings on your computer are updated to match the settings stored on Creative Cloud. Settings not stored on Creative Cloud are reverted to their default values on your computer.
  • If you cancel the sync operation during download, no changes to the settings are applied to your computer.

Further reading

Photoshop: Migration and Sync Settings

I ran into a few questions about settings migration on forums and elsewhere, so I thought a blog post might help. Here are two key considerations to keep in mind:

  • Sync Settings synchronizes settings between installations of the same major version of Photoshop. For example, settings are synchronized between a Photoshop CC 14.1 installation and a Photoshop CC version 14.2 installation.
  • Sync Settings does not synchronize settings across installations of different Photoshop major versions. For example, Photoshop CC version 14.1 settings are not synchronized with an installation of the 2014 release of Photoshop CC (technically, version 15.0).

If you want to migrate presets/settings from one major version of Photoshop to another, you can do so in one of the following two ways:

  • When you first launch the newer version of Photoshop, you are prompted to migrate the presets/settings. Choose Yes.
  • At any point in time, select Edit > Presets > Migrate Presets to migrate settings.

Also note that the main preference file is not migrated as part of presets migration.

Further reading

New features in Adobe Camera Raw 8.5

Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 went live last week as part of the Creative Cloud 2014 release. ACR 8.5 rolls out several exciting enhancements, including the following:

  • Brush controls for Graduated and Radial Filter masks. Here’s a video introduction to this new feature:
  • Mask visualization for Graduated and Radial Filters
  • New per-panel default toggle button
  • Support for several new cameras and lens profiles

For more information about new features in ACR, see the following Help resources:

Related useful resources