Adobe #Photoshop CC 2015 – Top 5 Features

Adobe #Photoshop CC 2015 – Top 5 Features

– What's up, everyone? Howard Pinksy here.

Taking a look at my topfive features in the latest Photoshop update: Photoshop CC 2015.

Everything from artboards tolayering style adjustments, real time content to wearhealing and a lot more.

Let's go ahead and take a look.

All right, here we are inAdobe Photoshop CC 2015 with the first featureon my list, artboards.

If you're currently an Illustrator user, very little explanationshould be needed as artboards have been around forever.

But to Photoshop only users,this may take a little bit of time to get used to.

What you're looking at nowis a Photoshop document as you've known it.

A single canvas thathouses all the elements of your document which has worked great but if you needed to workon different variations of your project, there reallywasn't a simple solution.

There were layer compsbut it was pretty limited.

Let's look at how artboards can help.

When you're creating a new document in Photoshop CC 2015, inaddition to traditional canvases you can now choose to create an artboard.

Adobe has include presetsfor various situations from mobile design, web designand even specific icon sizes.

Let's choose one of the web presets.

At first glance, other thanthe label above the artboard, it may not look much different.

Just like with a standarddocument, elements can be placed on the artboard and areconfined to its boundaries.

So, what's the big deal? The difference is thatdocuments are not limited to a single artboard.

Instead of shufflingbetween multiple files, additional artboards can be created using the new artboard tool.

Clicking on "Add newartboard" on the options bar, I can either select one of the presets or enter a custom size.

I'll keep the height thesame, but enter a width of 480 pixels to helpme design and plan out my mobile CSS style sheet.

I can now either copy elementsfrom the larger artboard or to the new one, ordesign a few from scratch.

Just like before, they're all contained within the boundaries of the artboard.

Working with smart objectsalso has its benefits.

With all of your designs in one document, you'll now be able to see your changes without bouncing back andforth between your files.

Simply double click onthe smart object you wish to modify and make the change.

Once you save, all theduplicates will be updated across all of your artboards nomatter how many you have.

Finally, artboards aren'tjust for new documents.

If you have a projectyou've been working on that you think couldbenefit from artboards, select the layers you wishto confine, right click and choose artboards from layers.

Name it, choose a presetif you wish and press okay.

Now, some of the originallayers extended outside of the previous canvas.

The artboard tool can easilyresize it to perfection.

Those are arboards.

Again, if you haven'tbeen an Illustrator user, it may take a little bitof time to get used to, but if you're a designerwho uses Photoshop, you'll definitely wanna give it a try.

The second highlight onmy list are the changes to layer styles.

When you first open the newlayer styles dialogue box, you may have a moment of confusion.

Plus buttons, arrows, what is going on? In Photoshop CC 2015, youcan now add multiple strokes, inner shadows, overlays and drop shadows.

This will let you get furthercreative with your layers without having to duplicateor place them within a group just to add more styles.

Finally, the additionalstyles that you add can be rearranged using the new arrows at the bottom of the window.

The changes to layer stylesaren't a huge in depth feature but definitely a welcomed one.

My next two highlights are improvements to content aware and healing.

First off, content aware move isn't just for moving any more.

Now in Photoshop CC 2015, when you go to relocate an objectusing 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 lookingto not only move an object but also change its size togive it a new perspective.

Next on the healing front,Adobe has made some major improvements to a few of the healing tools that you use in your day to day work.

The patch tool and thespot healing brush will now heal your images almost instantaneously.

The healing brush heals in real time.

Let's take a quick look.

Switching over to PhotoshopCC 2014 for a moment, you'll notice that once I finish brushing with the spot healing brush,Photoshop starts the thinking process which can take a fewminutes if you're dealing with very large images.

Now, switching back to CC 2015,brushing on the same area, no longer makes you wait whilePhotoshop does its thing.

It just does it.

The healing brush has also received quite the update as well.

In CC 2014, when youbrush over top of an area you wish to heal, Photoshopdoesn't start the blending process until you finishyour brush stroke.

But now in CC 2015, allhealing is done in real time.

Notice when I'm brushing,the healing is already taking place which allowsme to see a more accurate representation of whatthe final product is going to look like.

The final feature on mylist is one you may have seen a sneak peak of in lightroom done by Terry White and that is dehaze.

As you can imagine, thisfeature helps you remove any haze that may bepresent in your photo.

When I first heard about this feature, I figured it would justreproduce what a few of the basic sliders willbe able to accomplish.

But, I've actually been quiteimpressed with the results.

Here's a photo I tookwhile in the Eiffel Tower.

As you can tell, it'squite hazy in the distance.

As it's a raw file, whenI drag it into Photoshop, camera raw fires up.

Now, traditionally, I would start fiddling with the basic adjustmentsto try and reduce the haze.

Drop the highlights,the shadows, the whites, increase the contrast and the clarity and maybe drop the exposure a touch.

Well, it helped, but barely.

Let's reset these adjustmentsand see what dehaze can do.

Popping over to the effectstab, you're going to see the new dehaze slider which isset in the middle at zero.

If you had a need to, youcould actually 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 anddoes a pretty decent job.

Of course, if there's aninsane amount of haze, there's only so muchit'll be able to remove.

You may also notice thatit's not just reducing the heavy haze, but it's also equalizing out the rest of the scene.

With most of the hazedealt with, I can hop back into the basic adjustmentsto make some final tweaks.

And, those are my top five features in Photoshop CC 2015.

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