Creative Cloud 2015 release – What’s new in Photoshop CC for Photographers?

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The Creative Cloud 2015 has now arrived and hopefully you have started to look at all of the new features and how they can enhance and turbo charge your current workflows. I just wanted to go through the new features new capability’s in Photoshop CC 2015 so that you can start to explore them. There will of course be more detailed deep dives over the up coming weeks.


Adobe Stock

Adobe stock is a new market place with over 40 million royalty free high quality, curated, relevant Photographs, Illustrations and Graphics that are available and are free for use in placement only sections of your work. There are also some great subscription plans to turn the placement only versions into High Quality licenses that can be used for your final compositions.

Adobe Stock search is available from within Photoshop, Illustrator, In design as well as the video apps. Within Photoshop, there are Search Adobe Stock under the file menu (marked in red below), as well within the Libraries panel (marked in Blue).
Once the Search Adobe Stock has been selected, the Adobe Stock website will be shown in your default browser.
Searching on a keyword (as in Nepal Hiker above), will filter the images found and present in a clean interface allow you to download or buy the image
Each image has a downward arrow, this is where you can download the watermarked version for your work in progress via a Creative Cloud Library. There is also the option to buy and license the image by using the cart with a + above it.
Clicking directly on the image will show more details about it.
 (The same options to either download the watermarked version or to buy and license are also available here.)
Once the Creative Cloud library has been chosen the Creative Sync and the Creative Cloud Desktop application will take care of the rest and automically download it into your Creative Cloud Libraries panel (marked in red below).
The Assets will then be available for placement in your documents. When the Library graphic is placed into your document it will be placed by linking to the original asset. This is represented in the layers panel by the cloud icon on the layer (marked in red below). This is essentially a smart object and adjustments can be made to it as per usual. Although it’s worth pointing out, you can now make an adjustment using Image / Adjustments to Smart Objects and they will be made as a non destructive edit.
 The image / adjustments is shown below. Also marked in yellow is the way that the adjustments are attached to a Smart object and are completely re-editbale.
 Once the image is ready, and are ready for purchase. A right click on the asset in the Library panel will bring up the license image option. At this point the license will come off your plan and a high resolution image will overwrite the placement only watermarked image. The benefit of the Smart Object Link, is that any adjustments that were made to the watermarked image, will also be applied to the high quality image, instantly (keeping the non destructive quality).
Buying Adobe stock is also super simple and highly affordable
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Creative Cloud Libraries
The efficiency of Creative Cloud Libraries has been increased, Creative Cloud libraries now exists in the main desktop apps (AI, ID, PS and the video tools). The Libraries are now a shared resource between the applications and once the Creative Cloud sync has completed, each app will get the asset. This means that the Creative Cloud sync only has to execute once for each activity across all desktop apps.
Creative Cloud Libraries & Sharing of Assets
When a Creative Cloud Library is shared with a colleague or a team, the assets within there become sharable as well. By default when an asset is used from the library, the content is link to the shared asset, rather than being embedded into the document that it’s being used by. This essentially means that the asset this exists on the Library will be a single source of truth. If some one else in the team, subsequently changes the asset, then Photoshop will update the layers where it’s being used and the user can then decide to take the changes into their document.
In the following example, a background has been created by painting with the paint bucket. This object is then dragged into a Creative Cloud Library. The Library is shared (it’s easy to share a library, clicking on the Library fly out menu and choosing collaborate, will take you to the Creative Cloud Collaboration screen within your browser, and allow you to place an Adobe ID email address in there. The person invited will then receive a notification that they have been included in a share folder).
 Once the content is shared, it can be change by the any user, as simply as right clicking on the asset and choosing edit (marked in red below). The contents of the asset will then be loaded into Photoshop, ready for changing.
The contents can then be changed and saved. The save will update the asset in the share, then will replace the change across the Creative Cloud into the hands of the other collaborators.
For people sharing the asset, the layer will be changed to include a notification (marked in red) as well as a notification on the layer properties (marked in yellow). It’s easy to update the contents from the source. clicking on the exclamation mark on the properties panel will open the ‘fly out menu’, selecting ‘Update Modified Content’ will update this content shown with the new updated content.
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Dehaze in Adobe Camera RAW and Lightroom CC
Sometimes a scene that is captured is hazy, or even the Photographer may want to add haze to an image.
 The de-haze can be used to add haze to the images
The de-haze can be used to remove any haze from the images

Noise and Blur gallery

The Blur gallery tools have been degined to create subtle in camera lens focus effects. This new addition of adding noise into the blur will help make noisy images from the camera more realisatic when Blur Gallery effects are being applied.

Let us take this example image, it has a bit of gain (added in Lightroom), but in my opinion has too much Depth of Field. This is a great example of when to use the Blur Gallery effects.


Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 10.33.18There are different Blur effects that can be used, but for this example, I think the Iris Blur will give me the desired results.

You can see from the following screen shot, the inline widget has been placed and the blur has been increased to give the desired effect. However, the blur has smoothed any grain from the orginal image and can in some circumstances look un natural.

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 10.34.07Increasing the Noise grain amount (other options extend to Gausian and Uniform), as well as other creative options on the Noise panel.

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Photography re-touch tools in Photoshop have been given a performance boost, some of the listed tools, performance gains of upto 120x have been made.

  • Content Aware Patch and Spot Heal – Performance improvement
  • Healing Brush – Real time healing
  • Content Aware Extend/Move – Transform on drop

Healing Brush – Real time healing

The Healing brush is now realtime, any areas that are removed and cloned from other areas of the image will be applied in realtime.


Content Aware Extend/Move – Transform on drop

The ability to move or extend an object in a scene and have Photoshop remove the original area and replace the moved object has been in Photoshop since CS6. But now, inside Photoshop CC 2015, you have the option to transform the re-placed object on the drop.

Maybe the boats need moving to the other side and placed in a different direction.

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 15.37.21Selecting Photoshops Content Aware Move and Extend tool, just as before, the area for moving is selected. But now there are transform handles on the moved content.

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 15.37.42The moved component can be resized, or it’s orientation changed by right clicking on the transform handles

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 15.37.49The object is then moved and the original place is removed.

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Panoramic Content Aware Fill

Photoshop’s Panoramic feature has received a great improvement, it now has the capability to automatically fill in any transparent areas that are created as result of the blend. This feature can improve the old multistep technique by be being more efficient as well as better results (as Photoshop is already aware of the edges that it needs information about).

Here are a few HDR images that i’ve already created from a set of 3, 1 stop each bracket exposurses.  There were already 15 images processed into 5 HDR images.

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 11.18.15From Lightroom it’s easy to open and take into Photoshop’s panoramic engine. A right click on the selection of iamges that will be used for the Panoramic, allows Lightroom to hand off to Photoshop to create the Panoramic.

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(or Bridge)

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Inside Photoshop 2015, there is now a ‘Content Aware Fill Transparent Areas’ check box on the Panoramic option.Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 11.30.48


The Creative Cloud 2015 update will be default remove older applications. If you would like to preserve the older applicaitons, then turn off the remove options on the Advance tab of the Creative Cloud Update Desktop application screen.






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