Photoshop CC is now in the wild! If you’re a Creative Cloud member, you’ll see the new updates in your Application Manager! This update contains some pretty hefty features, like Camera Shake Reduction, Camera Raw Filter, 32-bit HDR toning, editable rounded rectangles, improved Smart Sharpen, Upsampling, and a whole lot more!
Top 5 Features
Camera Shake Reduction
Demoed during the last MAX, Adobe’s ‘deblurring’ feature will be one of the most talked about features in this release.
What Shake Reduction Is
This feature is geared at blurry photos due to camera shake. For instance, if you were nudged during shooting, or the wind caught your camera, this feature will give you nice results.
What Shake Reduction Isn’t
Before you get disappointed in your results, Shake Reduction will not fix blurry images due to misfocus, or images that contain motion blur. If you focused on a subject in the background, instead of the subject in the foreground, Shake Reduction will give you disappointing results. Also, if your subject moved while you were taking the picture, motion blur will usually not be fixed using Shake Reduction.
Here are a few examples to show you the results that Shake Reduction can achieve.
Camera Raw Filter
Camera Raw has traditionally been used to edit raw images, but now in Photoshop CC, you’re able to access Camera Raw as a filter. This not only allows you to edit your raw images after they’ve been open, but it also gives you the option to use Camera Raw on your every-day layers!
Upright, Radial Filter, Improved Healing Brush
For those who have been using the Lightroom 5 beta, you may be familiar with Upright, Radial Filter, and improved healing brush. If you’re not a Lightroom user, you’ll be happy to hear that these features are now part of Camera Raw in Photoshop CC.
The new Upright feature allows you to automatically straighten out your images using the “Auto” mode, or the three specific modes that are also available; Level, Vertical, or Full.
In previous versions of Camera Raw, you were able to apply selective adjustments by using a Graduated Filter, as well as the Adjustment Brush. Now, a new Radial Filter has been added for even more selective adjustment goodness! If you were one of the many users who would have loved to create painless, customizable vignettes, life just got awesome!
Improved Healing Brush
In addition to spot healing, which has been available in previous versions of Camera Raw, you can now create brush strokes for your healing needs.
32-Bit HDR Toning in Camera Raw
If you’ve done work with 32-bit HDR images before, you may be familiar with steps that needed to be taken in order to properly tone that image. Photoshop CC makes the process a bit easier, especially for those who don’t use or own Lightroom.
Now, once you’ve brought your images into HDR Pro, you have the option to tone the image directly in Camera Raw, avoiding the need for Lightroom or any other external application.
Improved Smart Sharpen
Smart Sharpen has been in Photoshop for quite a while, but in Photoshop CC, improvements have been made to help reduce noise and haloing, which you may have gotten in previous versions.
Editable Rounded Rectangles
Finally, FINALLY, the corners of rounded rectangles can be edited after they’ve been created! In your Properties panel, you can adjust all four corners at once, or tweak them individually. What’s even cooler, is that if you started with a regular rectangle, you can still curve out the corners later on!
Multiple Path Selection
In previous versions of Photoshop, even when you had two vector shapes selected, their paths were not visible in the Paths panel. In Photoshop CC, the paths of your selected shape layers will appear in the Paths panel.
This also works for standalone paths. If you’ve created two paths on your document, you can now select both of them, just like you can select multiple layers. Multiple paths can also be reordered, deleted, and duplicated.
Working with many layers can be quite the chore! Wouldn’t it be great it there was a way to isolate one of your layers for a distraction free workflow? Now there is!
Isolating a layer is a great idea if your design contains many vector based shapes, and you’d like to avoid altering other paths.
Isolation can also be triggered by double-clicking on a path with either the Direct or Path Selection Tool.
Photographers and designers often find themselves with ‘smaller than desired’ documents, which they’d like to scale up for print. Unfortunately, scaling up a rasterized image usually results in heavy pixelation and blurriness. In Photoshop CC, the Image Size dialogue contains new options to help you enlarge your photos, while preserving details, sharpness, and giving you the option to reduce noise.
Creative Cloud Integration
Users have been asking for more syncing options for quite some time. Now that the Creative Cloud is in full swing, Photoshop CC users can now sync many aspects of Photoshop to the cloud, which syncs with other installations they may have.
When you first launch Photoshop CC, you’ll be asked if you want to sync your settings with the Creative Cloud.
If you choose not to sync on launch, you can always turn on and customize your sync settings within Photoshop’s preferences.
In Photoshop CS6, 3D received a huge upgrade from CS5. Since then, the 3D functionality within Photoshop continues to improve with each update. Photoshop CC brings more improvements to create a more fluid 3D workflow.
Similar to Cinema 4D BodyPaint, Live Paint in Photoshop CC allows you to paint on your texture document and view a live preview of the result. For best results, arrange your documents so you can see both the texture and 3D mesh at the same time. Window > Arrange will give you a few options to do you.
Now, once you start painting on your texture, you’ll see the updates in real-time!
When working in a 3D environment, lighting, shadows, and bump maps can obstruct the view of your mesh’s texture. If you’re live painting, you may want to view your mesh without any distractions to be able to see the full texture. Now, in the Scene properties, you can choose to view your textures as “Unlit“, which ignores any lighting, shadows, and bump maps.
There will be times where you have your mesh in the ‘perfect’ spot, but your texture isn’t displaying properly due to the viewpoint. With layer projections, you’re able to paint or place a texture on a blank layer right above your 3D mesh, then merge it down to project it right onto your mesh.
Photoshop CC is now available, and will only available on a subscription basis. You can subscribe to the Creative Cloud starting at $19.99/month, or individual applications like Photoshop starting at $9.99/month.