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!

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

Photoshop CC 2014 | What’s new and changed

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

    Typekit-Photoshop integration

    Typekit-Photoshop integration

  • Improved font search

    font-search

    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

    Spin Blur in action

    A Path Blur

    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

    Select areas in focus

  • Content-aware features with color blending

    Color blending in content-aware features

    Color blending in content-aware features

  • Exciting enhancements to Photoshop Generator
  • 3D Printing workflow enhancements

    3D Printing interface and workflow improvements

    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

A closer look at the Photoshop Generator syntax

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:

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Space case

  • 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:
    100×80 foo.png
    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:
    100×100 foo.png
  • 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%

Mixing units

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.

Examples:

  • 80 x 100px foo.png
  • 4in x100 foo.png
  • 90mm x120cm foo.png

Wild cards

While specifying absolute sizes, you can use the ? wildcard in place of a dimension.

Examples:

  • 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.

Examples:

  • foo.png-8
  • foo.jpg-100%
  • foo.png-32

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:
    foo.jpg-101%
    foo.png-42
    0% foo.png

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.

 

Lo and behold! Photoshop CC is now available!

Adobe has just made available Photoshop CC, a magical new update to Photoshop. This blog post lists out some resources that will help you get started with this new release.

Install Photoshop CC

  1. Go to http://creative.adobe.com and sign in with your Adobe ID.
  2. Click Download Center in the top bar.
  3. Click the Download icon next to the Photoshop icon.
  4. On the Photoshop product page, click Download. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

What’s New

Photoshop CC is packed with exciting features and enhancements that will enrich your digital imaging experience. Here is a select list:

  • Reduce camera shake blurring

    Before_After_CSR

    Before/After | Reduce camera shake blurring

  • Share your creative work on Behance

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    Uploading your creative work to Behance

  • Automatically straighten image content using the Upright modes in Adobe Camera Raw

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    Before/After | Straightening image content

  • Define elliptical marquees and apply localized corrections to them using the Radial Filter tool in Adobe Camera Raw

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    Before/After | Radial Filter tool

  • Work simultaneously with multiple paths
  • Paint 3D models with finer control and greater accuracy

    Live3D

    Live 3D painting in Photoshop CC

  • Work better with 3D objects using the revamped 3D panel
  • Type text in 10 Indic languages
  • Adjust dimensions, placement, and the corner radii of a rectangle or rounded rectangle shape

For more information, see:

Video resources:

 


PS: I had the privilege of documenting the new features and enhancements in Photoshop CC over the past few months. Watch this space for helpful resources and useful hints.

Story update now available—May 2013

We’ve just pushed live another exciting update to Adobe Story. This release takes collaborative script authoring to the next level. Coauthors and reviewers can now insert sticky notes into a script. They can also drag a sticky note to any location within the script. Cool, isn’t it?

We’ve also added numerous other features to simplify and streamline your workflows:

  • The Sync Schedule dialog now lists changes only for the properties that you’ve chosen to view.
  • You can edit tags that you created.
  • You can export the resource conflict results between two schedules as HTML (.htm). You can then open the exported results in word processing tools, such as Microsoft Word.
  • User interactions for several dialog boxes have been simplified:
    • Manage Scene Numbers
    • Manage Dialog Numbers
    • Manage Camera Shot Numbers
    • Manage Scene Durations
    • You can export project data (lists, scene properties, and schedules) as XML.
    • While working with schedules, you can choose a font size—small, medium, or large.
    • Layout improvements while printing schedules.
    • You can choose whether you want to display Revision Start Date or Last Modified Date in the header and footer for production revisions.
    • You can see a list of users with whom a project is shared. Invitees who haven’t yet accepted a share request are listed as well.
  • When you click the word count in the status bar, you can view the dialog word count in the current script.
  • Several critical bugs have been fixed in this release.