Photoshop CC New Features
It seems like Adobe doesn’t crank out many new features anymore, so when they finally do, it’s nice to see that they are things that solve problems and help streamline your workflow. Well, at least this update does. Adobe just released new updates for Photoshop and Illustrator, and they actually have me a little excited!
Speed & Performance
All I can say is that it’s about damn time! I don’t know about you but every time I have to start up or crack open Photoshop lately, I end up waiting or watching a beach ball. Keep in mind that I don’t have a hobbyist’s computer. I am running a Macbook Pro with 16GB or RAM and a solid state hard drive.
A New Selection & Masking Interface
I like the fact that you have a dedicated space for this. The reason is simple. Quick Selection and Refine Edge was great, but having all of your tools in one spot is better. Think of all of the times you used Refine Edge, only to have to redo it over again because the entire interface felt constricted and you ended up missing something. Now, you have a brush for that, which reminds me of the extract feature from a few versions back. This new setup is an amalgamation of both worlds.
Content Aware Crop
This feature is cool, because I find myself creating background where there isn’t any. I do that a lot, so it’s nice to see this as a built in feature now.
Fonts – Why Did THIS Take So Long to Implement?
In my opinion, this should have been a feature many moons ago. First off, the font menu runs much faster now. Often, I would get a beach ball when I needed to select a font. The font selection menu is much fast and now you can view font families, broken down in all of their glory.
If you’re like me, you use a handful of fonts regularly for different purposes. Photoshop now lets you star fonts you use frequently! This is fantastic! Now I don’t have to sift through hundreds of fonts to find my favorites.
These are always sketchy, but if you want to try and match a font from an image, you can use Photoshop’s new feature to tell what a font may be. Think of a couple of websites that do the same thing, or Font Squirrel’s Matcherator feature.
These aren’t all of the newest features, but they are my personal favorite and the most useful. What is your favorite new feature? I’d love to hear what you think. Go to our Facebook Page and join the discussion!