New Design Features in Photoshop CC, Including Typekit, Smarter Smart Guides, and More
Today we launched a major update to Photoshop CC – the fourth version of Photoshop CC with new features since its launch in June 2013. These features build on many other features released in past versions of Photoshop CC, like Generator and Linked Smart Objects. In fact, if you do the math, there are 45% more new features in Photoshop CC in total than in Photoshop CS6!
Today’s launch is a big release for designers. Designers, including those who work on web design and mobile apps, are an important segment for the Photoshop team. We’ve been focusing more and more on the needs our designer customers, and you are going to see even more design-focused features in the future. Here’s what we’re delivering to you today:
Say goodbye to missing fonts. When you open a document with missing fonts, Photoshop CC will automatically check to see if that font is one of over 1,100 fonts in the Typekit portfolio. If a match is found, Photoshop will download and install the font for you, getting you back up and running in no time at all.
Font search and instant font preview
Find the perfect font in record time. Narrow down thelong list of fonts by searching by font name—even with just part of the name. And now you can easily preview any font with the text you want and in the context of your design—just select a type layer, and hover over any font that you want to try out.
Smarter Smart Guides
Pixel-perfect alignment. Every time. Smart Guides now show you pixel distances to the edge of the canvas when you hold Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows), and the distance to any other object by holding the same key and hovering over the other object. Smart Guides will also snap to common spacing when duplicating or moving an object.
Improved Layer Comps
Easier state and comp management. Layer Comps give powerful options for designing states of a design, or multiple variations of a design. In this release, Layer Comps are easier to keep up-to-date by allowing you to sync the position, visibility, or appearance independently across multiple comps.
Smart Object improvements
Smart Objects just keep getting better. Just a few months after the groundbreaking introduction of linked Smart Objects, you can now easily convert embedded Smart Objects to linked, making it easier to move existing documents over to a linked Smart Object workflow. The new Package command gets your PSD and links ready to share with other people. And if you have multiple Layer Comps inside a Smart Object, you can also toggle which comp is shown in the Properties panel, opening new possibilities for Smart Object reuse.
There is plenty of photo-centric magic in this release as well, whether you are doing design work with images or perfecting your own photography.
Focus on the best selection. When you have an image whose subject is in focus and the rest of the image is blurry, you can now easily select the subject with this new tool, making your workflow more precise and even faster.
Blur Gallery motion effects
Blur the bounds of creativity. Simulate complex motion or impossible-to-get creative looks with new Path Blur and Spin Blur. Leveraging the impressive math skills of expert Photoshop engineers, these blurring technologies create realistic effects, along with their Blur Gallery counterparts Field Blur, Tilt-Shift Blur, and Iris Blur.
We continue to adapt Photoshop to the latest hardware available as well. In this release, we are dramatically improving our stylus support under Windows 8.1, with out-of-the-box support for practically any stylus, and smoother strokes for drawing, painting and illustration.
We are also introducing a new Experimental Features capability in Photoshop CC. By turning on one of these features, our customers can get an early preview of some of the work going on behind the scenes. This version of Photoshop CC has experimental support for a 200% scaled UI on Windows for high DPI monitors, 4k displays, and tablet devices. Also included is experimental support for Windows touch gestures. Note that both of these features are already supported on Mac operating systems.
For a quick overview of the new features, take a look at the videos below from Adobe evangelists Paul Trani and Julieanne Kost:
New design features in Photoshop CC (Paul Trani, Sr. Creative Cloud Evangelist):
Photoshop CC 2014 Overview (Julieanne Kost, Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist):
For the full list of new features, check out the What’s New in Photoshop CC page.
How to get the Update
1. Look for the update in the Creative Cloud application and click “Update”. If it doesn’t appear, you may need to quit and re-launch the Creative Cloud application.
2. If you don’t have the Creative Cloud application running, start Photoshop and choose Help > Updates.
3. The Adobe Application Manager will launch. Select Adobe Photoshop CC and choose Update.
How to confirm that the Update worked
1. In Photoshop, choose Help > About Photoshop (Win), or Photoshop > About Photoshop (Mac)
2. The version at the top should say 2014.0.0 Release
1. See What’s New in Photoshop CC in Help
2. Visit the Photoshop forum
3. Visit Adobe.com/photoshop
4. Watch online video tutorials from Photoshop evangelist Julieanne Kost
5. Photoshop CC 2014: FAQ
6. Photoshop CC 2014: Experimental Features
7. Photoshop CC 2014: Separate 32-bit/64-bit installation
8. Photoshop: Spring Cleaning
A great way to get started or try some of the new features in Photoshop CC is to use the new CC Learn step-by-step tutorials here.
Give us feedback!
Once you’ve updated to the newest version of Photoshop CC, don’t forget to leave us feedback about your experiences. Photoshop wouldn’t be what it is today without the loyal community of customers like you who help us find and fix common issues. If you keep talking to us, we’ll keep listening.
Here are a few ways that you can send us feedback: