Photoshop Max release 2015.1 – New Features and enhancements

Hi everyone, I just wanted to make sure that you are all upto date with the new feaures in Photoshop CC from the Adobe Max update, so you can explore over the Christmas break.

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Major features

  • New Start Experience (includes recent file thumbnails, document presets, Libraries access, and personalized tutorial content. Can be disabled in the preferences)

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 07.59.11 Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 07.59.42 Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 07.59.47I quite like the recent files list, as it helps me open documents that i opened a few hours or a few days ago, but of course you can turn this off in the preferences (below)

To turn off the start workspace (files, presets and libraries) then uncheck the Show “Start” workspaces (marked in red). To turn off the “Recent files” panel, then uncheck the box within the area marked in yellow.

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  • Design Space (Preview) enhancements (I won’t be discussing this here, but as an action to all desginers, we would love to hear your thoughts on Design Space).
    • new 2-column User Interface
    • search across application and across-document
    • integration of Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud Libraries;
    • sampling unification and workflow simplification for all layer types + Sample All
    • swap layers,
    • Groups and Artboards support
    • create artboard or document specific guides
    • export single and batch with ability to add multiple settings and presets
    • other improvements to Select and Properties panels

Before “Design space”, can be used, you need to make sure that it’s turned on in the Technology Preview preferences setting (marked in Yellow) and the check box is checked (marked in Purple below). Design Space is turned on by default, but maybe turned off in your environment. Once turned on, Design Space can be accessed from the window menu, and selecting Design Space (marked in red below).

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  • Do more with Artboards
    • show only active Artboard layers
    • per-Artboard guides – Each Artboard, once selected, can have it’s own set of GuidesScreen Shot 2015-12-09 at 08.29.34 copy
    • on-canvas “+” to add ArtboardsScreen Shot 2015-12-09 at 08.27.28
    • new Artboard preferences, marked in red below.Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 08.53.21 copy


  • Modern user interface and new touch capabilities on the Windows operating system
    • dark dialogs (except Camera RAW)
    • support for larger tabsScreen Shot 2015-12-09 at 08.58.09 copy
    • new gestures,
    • Modifier Keys panel on the Windows operating system


  • Customise your toolbarScreen Shot 2015-12-09 at 09.05.17 copy
  • A new level of flexibility for your design work (3D character workflow from Fuse)


  • Do more with Creative Cloud Libraries
    • create Library from document
    • drag and drop between Layers panel and CC libraries panel (shown below)Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 09.16.12 copy
    • brush support
    • keyword search across Libraries and Adobe Stock
      • Area marked in red is for the keyword(s)
      • Area marked in yellow is where to search
      • Area marked in Orange shows an already licensed Stock imageScreen Shot 2015-12-09 at 09.20.24 copy
  • Find fonts faster
    • starring fonts as favorites (Stars now appear next to the fonts, click it to set as a favorite (shown in blue below)
    • filter by classification and similarity (Areas marked in light blue, orange and green are the filters to refine the font list)Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 09.31.56 copy
    • most recently used fonts (shown in red below)Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 09.41.02 copy
  • Faster Export with more control
    • improved performance especially JPG
    • applying settings to multiple assets in the Export dialog
    • convert to sRGB
    • export of multi-sized assets and metadata optionsScreen Shot 2015-12-09 at 09.44.25
    • Individual layers can also be selected and exported using the Export As dialog. Selecting the layers in the layers panel, then right clicking to bring up the fly out menu. The Export As will process the selected layes and give options for each (including the re-sizing for different screens)Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 09.47.15 copy
  • Use more vector content with SVG import
    • Open and place native SVG files—which can rescale for any size device or any resolution—in your Photoshop designs. Just double-click the object to edit it in Adobe Illustrator.

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 10.23.08 copyAlso export SVG image assets using the new export experience.

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  • Find the right glyph faster
    • most recently used
    • sort by glyph ID or unicode value


  • Dehaze with local adjustment brush/radial/graduated filters in Adobe Camera RAWScreen Shot 2015-12-09 at 10.04.20 copy
  • Re-introduced the Oil Paint filterScreen Shot 2015-10-01 at 22.49.30
  • Support sRGB export with new Export As options
  • Option to skip transform when placing Smart Objects on canvas (one of my favorite time saving aditions)Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 10.10.13 copy
  • Added an option to save to Libraries when pasting a Smart Object from Illustrator
  • Better default shape stroke value (1 px instead of 3 pt)Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 10.11.59 copy

Other feature improvements and JDI’s

  • New “Graphic and Web” workspace
  • Ability to resize the Export As dialog
  • Improved PNG interface in the Export As dialog (for exporting to PNG-32 or PNG-8)
  • Saved file type and quality settings between Exports
  • Improved stability of Device Preview connection, and added more troubleshooting options
  • Set type layer position on canvas (X/Y) in the Properties panel
  • Improvements to Copy/Paste/Drag between documents, clipboard and CC Libraries
  • Improve the display of artboard names, allow them to be turned off
  • Artboard and marquee snapping improvements
  • Added artboard preference for matte color and border type
  • Align command now works with single selected layer within artboard (artboard is implicitly selected)
  • Artboard custom presets now show up in the Artboard tool bar/property presets menu
  • Prevent Locked Layers from being auto-nested in artboards
  • Allow artboards to lock position
  • Added keyboard modifier (shift) to determine if layers get added to bottom of groups
  • Added 16pt as one of the preset values in the font size drop-down
  • Hyphenation now defaults to Off
  • Added several items to Designer Favorites in Glyph panel
  • Maintain selected glyph when switching fonts
  • Selecting a single glyph on canvas selects the glyph in Glyph panel
  • Added option for “diffusion” to Healing Brush, to reduce artifacts in some situations
  • Improved baseline alignment of many dialogs and widgets
  • Improved document presets with new iPad Pro, updated presets with DCI 4k, 8K, and moved HDTV up the list
  • Disabled the “no layers selected” error when clicking with Move tool outside the canvas
  • Dramatically reduced file sizes for 16- and 32-bit PSDs when “Max compatibility” is unchecked

Major bug fixes

  • Fixed issue GPU corruption issue where the corruption gets saved with the file and is irreversible, undoable
  • Fixed +/- keyboard shortcut issues for toggling shape addition/subtraction

Other changes

  • Removed Sync Settings capabilities from Photoshop CC 2015.1

More details for this release can be found by following this link

One Response to Photoshop Max release 2015.1 – New Features and enhancements

  1. The strange thing is that I have the latest update of PS CC on my computer and have the right boxes checked as you show in the Preferences dialog, but I do not get the new Start experience. Do you know how I can get it?