Adobe Photoshop is a staple in offices all over the world. No longer just a tool in a graphic designer’s bag of tricks, Photoshop is used by experts and amateurs in equal measure.
Since its inception in 1990, it has grown from a somewhat simple image and graphics editor to become one of the most useful tools for creating truly unique and exceptional visuals. But in order to continue their domination in a saturated marketplace, Adobe have had to keep upping their game, adding new features constantly in order to stay ahead of the competition.
Last week, Adobe revealed it was making some significant changes to the platform in order to create a more streamlined, user-friendly and dynamic system for users to unleash their creativity. So let’s take a look at the developments:
Stock imagery is an important part of creative workflows. But in order to make working more efficient, Adobe have added two new features:
Open-In Photoshop from Adobe Stock: While previewing images, users can now also open them directly inside Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator.
In-Photoshop purchase: Users can now license a stock image directly from the layers panel or on-canvas by using a contextual menu.
As more features are added, Adobe need to up their game when it comes to performance in order to stop it from slowing down or becoming ‘glitchy’. Users should now notice that:
• the font menu is up to 4x faster
• Content-Aware Fill is up to 3x faster, while also delivering better results
• both the platform and documents open faster
And that’s not all. Over the next few releases, the Adobe wizards will also be working on improved start up time, the removal of unnecessary dialog boxes, warnings and clicks, as well as how quickly features return results.
Content Aware Crop
Users can now better preserve the look of an image when they crop using the magic of Content-Aware Fill. Photoshop will intelligently fill in the gaps when a canvas is rotated or expanded beyond the original image size using the Crop tool.
Selection and Masking Space
Selection and Masking Space is a dedicated workspace that brings many of the Photoshop selection tools together and updates them with new and improved algorithms to make creating selections and masks easier, more exact and efficient. The new work space will minimise clicks, mouse movements and user interface clutter, as well as house a few new features:
Visualization controls: A Transparency Slider and “Onion Skin” view mode will more accurately predict results with new visualisation and controls. These will make it easier to see the edges and other qualities of the selections users are creating in real time while they are making them.
Refine Edge Brush: This new tool will allow users to get more precise results with the new Refine Edge Brush. This will help them to more accurately separate the foreground and background for complex selections.
A simple brush: Allowing users to more precisely control exactly which areas of an image are selected or masked.
This is the ideal addition for photographers. Face-Aware Liquify was actually first introduced last year in the mobile application Photoshop Fix. However, this has now been improved and brought to Photoshop CC. The Liquify tool allows users to use the new Face-Aware technology to automatically identify and adjust facial features and retouch them or add creative effects.
Adobe have also released a couple of other features which users may find interesting and useful, however these are the main five. Will you be using any of these in your day-to-day life? Comment bellow 🙂