Adobe Photoshop CC 2015

Say hello to Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 – an update packed with new features, improvements, and Photoshop magic! Let’s take a look at what’s available right now!

Artboards have come to Photoshop! If you’re also an Illustrator user, you likely know how artboards work, otherwise, this may take some time to get used to.

What is an artboard?

As a Photoshop user, you’re likely familiar with your canvas – the area in which all the elements of your document are contained. Now imagine being able to create and access several canvases within a single document. In a nutshell, that’s what artboards will allow you to do.

Creating artboards

There are several ways to create an artboard in Photoshop!

  • When creating a new document (File > New), you can now choose to start with an artboard, and select from the many preset artboard sizes.
  • artboardtoolArtboards can also be created on existing documents using the new Artboard Tool, found with the Move Tool. This will let you create, move, and resize your artboards.
  • Finally, you can create an artboard from an existing document by selecting your layers, right-clicking on any of them, and choosing Artboard from Layers…

When you first open up the new Layer Styles dialogue box, you may have a moment of confusion. Plus buttons?! In Photoshop CC 2015, you can now add multiple Strokes, Inner Shadows, Overlays, and Drop Shadows. This will let you get further creative with your layers, without having to duplicate, or place them within a group just to add more styles.

The text above contains two Strokes, and Inner Shadow, and 5 Drop Shadows – all applied to a single layer!

This next feature you may have seen Terry White give a sneak peek of! As you can imagine, this feature helps remove any haze that may be present in your photos. When I first heard about this feature, I figured it would reproduce what a few of the basic sliders would be able to accomplish, but I’ve actually been quite impressed with the results. The photo below I took while in the Eiffel Tower, and as you can tell, it’s quite hazy in the distance.

Dehaze is only available within Camera Raw, so you’ll either have to open a raw file, or use the Camera Raw filter to access the new slider. Traditionally, I would start fiddling with the basic adjustments to try and reduce the haze. Drop the highlights, shadows, and whites, increase the contrast and clarity, and maybe even drop the exposure a touch, but it likely won’t give you the result you’re looking for.

Let’s see how this compares with the Dehaze adjustment, which is found within the Effects tab. You may notice that the slider is set to 0, in the middle. If you had a need to, you can introduce haze to a photo by dragging it to the left, but we’re not looking to do that. Pulling the slider to the right will start to reduce the haze in the photo, and does a pretty decent job! Of course, if there’s an insane amount of haze, there’s only so much it’ll be able to remove. You may also notice that it’s not just reducing the heavy haze, but also equalizing out the rest of the scene.

The additional styles you add can also be rearranged using the new arrows at the bottom of the window.

The next two highlights are improvements to Content-Aware and Healing. First off, Content-Aware Move isn’t just for moving anymore! Now, in Photoshop CC 2015, when you go to relocate an object using Content-Aware Move, the heal won’t take place right away. Instead, Photoshop will give you the chance to transform it, as well! This is perfect if you’re looking to not only move an object, but also change its size to give it a new perspective.

Next on the healing front, Adobe has made some major improvements to a few of the healing tools you use in your day to day work. The Patch Tool and the Spot Healing Brush will now heal your images almost instantaneously, and the Healing Brush heals in real time. No longer do you have to wait for Photoshop to ‘process’ the heal. It just, works!

Smart Objects received a small but handy update in Photoshop CC 2015. You now have the ability to apply adjustments directly to a Smart Object, similar to how you would clip an Adjustment Layer. This will allow you to apply adjustments to a single layer, rather than to the full document.

I’m not seeing the update!

If you’re unable to see the Photoshop CC 2015 update, try signing up of the Creative Cloud desktop app, and relaunch it. You may also want to make sure your computer meets the system requirements.

How do I install the update?

Within the Creative Cloud desktop app, you can either update individual applications, or all at once.

IMPORTANT: By default, when you install Photoshop CC (2015) it will uninstall prior versions of Photoshop CC you have installed. If you do not want to uninstall your prior versions of Photoshop (CC, CC 2014) – for 3rd party compatibility reasons or want to wait until you’re comfortable with the new version – click on “Advanced Options” and uncheck “Remove old versions.”

Do I have to reinstall my 3rd party plug-ins & extension panels after I update to Photoshop CC (2105)?

Yes. Because the Photoshop CC (version 2015.0) is a major version update it will install completely separately from the current version of Photoshop CC (version 2014.x) and have a separate plug-ins folder. To install your 3rd party plug-ins for Photoshop CC (2015):

DO:

Only use the plug-in manufacturer’s installer to install their plug-ins
Always check the plug-in manufacturer’s website for the latest version of your plug-in

DO NOT:

Do not manually drag plug-ins from a previous version of Photoshop’s plug-ins folder to a newer version of Photoshop’s ‘Plug-Ins’ folder
If you encounter unexplained problems or crashes in Photoshop, use the following documents to determine if plug-ins are the problem:

Troubleshooting Plug-ins | Photoshop

If you have extension panels installed from Adobe Add-Ons, compatible panels will automatically be installed on your system (as long as sync is enabled in the Creative Cloud desktop app).

If you have extension panels installed directly through Extensions Manager, those panels will need to be reinstalled via the original extension installer from the author.

Are my presets and preferences migrated automatically?

Yes. New in Photoshop CC (2015), your presets and preferences will automatically be migrated from your prior version that’s installed on your local system.

If you are installing Photoshop CC on a separate, new system, you should upload your settings from your existing system and then download them to the separate, new system. Choose Preferences>Sync Settings… to synchronize your settings.

If for some reason you run into trouble, you can also use migrate presets or manually export and import presets.

My sync settings function is disabled. How can I fix that?

In Photoshop, go to Help>Sign Out… to sign out. Choose Help>Sign In… to sign in again. Quit and relaunch Photoshop CC. Sync Settings should be enabled.
How do I install prior versions of Photoshop from Creative Cloud?

To download a older version of an app, see the following document: https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/help/download-install-app.html

About the Author

Howard Pinsky

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Howard Pinsky, an Adobe Community Professional, has been creating Photoshop video tutorials on YouTube for over 8 years, and has been using Photoshop for over 13. Through IceflowStudios.com, Howard provides written and video Photoshop tutorials, as well as similar applications.