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.
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.
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
Photoshop CC 2014 is a major release delivering breakthrough features and enhancements that enrich your digital imaging experience. A quick list of key features follows:
- Smart Guides to make measurements easier and more productive
- Linked smart object improvements
- Layer comps in smart objects
- Typekit integration to bring a world of typographic possibilities to your Photoshop documents
- Improved font search
- New Blur Gallery motion effects – Path Blur and Spin Blur – that help you give your images that artistic edge
Spin Blur in action
A Path Blur
- Focus Area selection that lets you quickly select the area/pixels in an image that are in focus
Select areas in focus
- Content-aware features with color blending
Color blending in content-aware features
- Exciting enhancements to Photoshop Generator
- 3D Printing workflow enhancements
3D Printing interface and workflow improvements
- Sync settings improvements
- Experimental features:
- Scale the UI 200% for high-density displays
- Enable multitone 3D printing
- Touch gestures
And much, much more…
For details, see the Photoshop CC New Features Summary. This summary includes links to feature-level Help articles and tutorials.
Other useful resources
Adobe Photoshop What A Tip contest: Instructions
If you have been using Photoshop for work or playing with it for fun, you must have got a few tips and tricks up your sleeve. How about sharing them on Twitter so that other Photoshop users learn from you?
Take part in the Adobe Photoshop @WhatATip contest and tweet Adobe Photoshop tips.
- Contest Entry Opens: April 22, 2014 @ 12 AM PST
- Contest Entry Ends: May 5, 2014 @ 11.59 PM PST
The winners of the contest will be awarded the following prizes:
- Contributor of the best tip: Amazon gift voucher worth $150
- Contributor of the second best tip: Amazon gift voucher worth $100
- Contributor of the third best tip: Amazon gift voucher worth $75
Entries will be judged on accuracy, originality, and popularity (number of RTs and favorites the tweet receives during the contest period from users other than the contributor). Any number of tips can be contributed by a particular user. See detailed Terms and Conditions at Adobe_What_A_Tip_Contest_Offical_Rules_20140421.
- Read the Terms and Conditions before taking part in the contest.
- Log on to Twitter and compose a tip as a tweet. Remember to add the #PSTip hashtag and the @WhatATip handle. Click the Tweet button.
A tip can be any smart way of accomplishing a task with the product, for example, using a shortcut or an uncommon workflow. Your tweet can describe the tip completely or can include a link to a tutorial.
Example 1 (a tweet describing a tip):
Control + Option-drag (Mac), Right click + Alt-drag (Win) resizes your brush in Liquify. pic.twitter.com/LBFcDlXmgO#PsTip@WhatATip
Example 2 (a tweet pointing to a publicly available tutorial):
Make water drops look realistic in #Photoshop http://adb.la/1073 #PSTip @WhatATip
For more examples, see the tweets hosted on the Adobe Photoshop Tips page.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment on this blog or tweet your question to @WhatATip
- Joel Brandt and Samartha Vashishtha
The Photoshop Generator feature offers great flexibility in the ways you can rename layers/layer groups to specify size and quality parameters. Stepping beyond the recommendations in the Help article, this blog post looks at some valid variations that you can use while tagging layer/layer group names.
Before we begin, let’s look at the conventions followed in this blog post:
- The filename portion of a layer/layer group name can include space characters. For example:
250% Foo Bar Baz.gif
Result: Generates a single file named Foo Bar Baz.gif scaled by 250%
- While specifying absolute sizes, you can omit the space character between the height and the width. For example:
Result: Generates a 100 px x 80 px-sized PNG file named foo.png
- Do add a space character between the size parameter (prefix) and the layer name. For example:
- You can omit the space character following the separator (, or +). For example, any of the following layer names generates two files—foo 1.png and foo 2.jpg—from the tagged layer:
foo 1.png,foo 2.jpg
foo 1.png, foo 2.jpg
foo 1.png+foo 2.jpg
foo 1.png + foo 2.jpg
- Do not add a space character between an absolute size dimension and its unit. For example, the following layer names are invalid:
80 x 100 px imagename.png
4 in x100 imagename.png
90 mm x120 cm imagename.png
- Do not add a space character between the layer name and the suffix. For example, the following layer/layer group name is invalid:
100×100 imagename.png 5%
While specifying the size parameter, it’s OK to mix and match the supported units—px, cm, mm, and in.
If no unit is specified for a dimension, Photoshop assumes it to be px.
- 80 x 100px foo.png
- 4in x100 foo.png
- 90mm x120cm foo.png
While specifying absolute sizes, you can use the ? wildcard in place of a dimension.
- 100x? foo.png
- ?x60in foo.png
Hyphenated quality parameters
You can add a hyphen before the quality parameter (suffix) to make your layer/layer group names more readable.
Some other Don’t’s
- Don’t use unsupported units.
- Don’t mix absolute and relative sizes. For example, the following layer name is not valid:
50% 80×100 foo.png
- Don’t specify out-of-bounds values. For example:
That’s all for now! Hope you have fun using Generator and other exciting enhancements in the September 2013 release of Photoshop. In case you haven’t already reviewed the What’s New, here’s the link.
Photoshop CC has been updated with exciting new features and enhancements! See these Help pages to understand what has changed:
What’s New: http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new.html
Information about the new Generator functionality: http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/generate-assets-layers.html
General Help landing page: http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/topics.html
You can now upload your creative images as work-in-progress to Behance directly from within Photoshop. Behance is the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work. Using Behance, you can create a portfolio of your work and broadcast it widely and efficiently to get feedback.
Interesting? Read more here.
If you’ve played around with the camera shake reduction feature in Photoshop CC, you might have noticed it works best with decently lit still camera images having low noise. The following types of still images are particularly suitable for shake reduction:
- Indoor or outdoor images captured using a lens with a long focal length
- Indoor images of a static scene taken with a slow shutter speed and no flash
In addition, shake reduction can help sharpen blurred text in images affected by camera motion.
Here’s the documentation for the feature.
If I had to put my finger on the Photoshop CC feature that comes closest to “magic”, I’d pick Camera Shake Reduction. For most users, it is the powerful tool that deblurs pictures that got ruined in a sudden shake of the camera. For some, it breathes life right back into memorable moments that can never be captured again. Magic.
Excited? Let’s get you started with using this feature:
- For detailed step-by-step documentation, see this Help article
- A video introduction to camera shake reduction is here:
Happy reading and touching up your photos!