Adobe has been keeping busy for a few months now working on the new features of Photoshop CC 2015. And finally they released a new version recently. The engineers worked on the new artboards, improvements to Layer Styles, real time healing, the new Dehaze adjustment, and a lot more!
Photoshop Update - Photoshop CC 2015
Everything from artboards, to layering style adjustments, real time content to wear healing and a lot more. Here is the list of Top features from this new release.
The designers at Adobe have kept the design as before with next to no changes. Everything is exactly where it used to be. However you can now sync your work with other devices (Mobile, Tablets) with Creative Cloud.
The New Features
You can also select presets that Adobe has included for different screen types from Mobile design, web design, and even specific icon sizes. Simply go to Artboard Sizes in the New Document dialog box after selecting Artboards from Document Type, and choose the desired screen size. Here is a sample image
In the new artboard feature, the documents are not limited to single artboard. Instead of shuffling between multiple files, additional artboards can be created.
2. Layer Styles - When you first open the Layer Style dialog box, you may get confused after seeing a number of checkboxes, plus buttons, arrows and you may ask what is going on? In this new Photoshop CC 2015 you can now add multiple strokes, overlays, inner shadows, drop shadows, color overlays, gradient overlays just to name a few. These tools let you become creative with the layers without having to duplicate or place them in groups to add more styles.
To open layer style go to Layers - Layer Style and select the options you want to work with. The changes to Layer Style feature aren't big but are definitely welcomed.
3. Healing - Adobe has made some major improvements to few of the healing tools. The patch tool and spot healing brush will now heal the images almost instantly. The healing brush heals in real time. In the previous version of Photoshop, once you finish brushing with the spot healing tool, Photoshop started a thinking process which sometime took a few minutes if the image was large. In 2015 CC version, brushing over a picture no longer makes you wait to finish processing. It makes the changes as soon as you brush over an image.
To select a healing brush hit the keyboard shortcut 'J' or navigate to the brush tool as shown in the image above. Simply paint and the content aware engine does its magic.
4. Dehaze - This feature helps in removing any haze that may be present in your photo. At first I thought this new feature would basically just reproduce some of the capabilities from other basic sliders. However, once I used Dehaze, I quickly understood that this is a much more capable tool. See the below before and after photo and you would get an idea.
I took the above photo from one of my travels. As you can see the image on the left has quite a lot of haze. As it is a RAW file, when I drag it into Photoshop CC 2015, Camera Raw pops up. Now, traditionally I would fiddle with the basic adjustments such as Exposure, Highlights, White etc. to adjust the haze. But now the new Dehaze feature under the 'Effects' tab, has made the dehazing ability so much easier. Normally the slider is at 0 when you start. In the above screenshot, I moved the slider towards the right at 100, and as you can see it did a pretty amazing job. You can also introduce haze by moving the slider towards the left.
But if there is too much haze, the Dehaze feature would be able to do only so much. As you notice, Dehaze not only removes the heavy haze, it also adjusts and balances the photo.
5. Photomerge (Content Aware Fill Transparent Areas) - Photomerge is not a new feature for Photoshop CC 2015, but what is new is the Content Aware Fill Transparent Areas. This is a great feature as it allows to create Panorama photos. Normally, all of us use a mobile device to take panorama shots, and as it is a handheld operation, some images do not allign properly and when you stitch the images together you end up with an incomplete image that simply does not have proper fill areas.
With Photoshop CC 2015 that problem is solved with a single click. To navigate to Photomerge click on File - Automate - Photomerge.
On the following window, Browse the images you want to stitch together and click on 'Content Aware Fill Transparent Areas' and hit OK.
This process may take a while depending on the number of images you have, the speed of your computer and so on and so forth. Be patient and I am sure you will love the results.
And that's my favourite Top 5 features from the recently released Photoshop CC 2015.
**References used - Adobe Photoshop Help Section**
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