Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 was released a few days ago and there are some great improvements in the bundle. Some of the features though, are not so great and you will need to redefine your workflow. Adobe claims that it is for the best as they focus on productivity.
Here are some of the improvements that will make the difference compared to the old Photoshop versions.
Jump-start your creative projects
Now, when you create a document in Photoshop, instead of beginning with a blank canvas, you can choose from a wide variety of templates from Adobe Stock. Templates include stock assets and illustrations that you can build on to complete your project. When you open a template in Photoshop, you can work with it just as you would work with any other Photoshop document (.psd).
In addition to templates, you can also create a document by selecting one of the numerous presets available in Photoshop or create your custom sizes. You can also save your own presets for reuse.
Photoshop now features powerful search functionality that lets you search across UI elements, documents, Help & learning content, inspiring Stock assets, and much more—all from within a unified dialog. You can search for items right after launching Photoshop or when one or more documents are open.
To begin searching, do any of the following in Photoshop:
- Select Edit > Search.
- Use the Cmd/Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut.
- Click the Search icon () in the right extremity of the Options bar, to the left of the Workspace Switcher icon.
Select And Mask workspace
Select And Mask now features the following enhancements:
The Polygonal Lasso tool is now available in the workspace. This tool works just like the corresponding tool in classic Photoshop.
Polygonal Lasso tool in the Select And Mask workspace
High-quality refined previews on mouse down. Optionally, if necessary, you can switch to low-resolution previews for better interactivity.
Several experience improvements designed for closer alignment with the old, familiar Refine Edge workflow
You can now apply Face-Aware Liquify settings to the eyes independently or symmetrically.
Click the link icon () to lock the settings for the left and right eyes together. This option helps apply symmetrical effects to the eyes.
- Match Font improvements to include more results from locally installed fonts
- You can now simply click outside a text box to commit text.
- Ability to open PSD files in your Creative Cloud Files directory directly from the Start Screen
- The layer count feature now more accurately represents layer and group contents in the document.
- Improved marquee selection to only select elements on the active artboard
- Preference to select a highlight color in the UI: Blue or Gray. Select Preferences > Interface and, under Appearance, choose a Highlight Color.
- Minimum Radius threshold in the UI is now not enforced when Smart Radius is selected.
- Surface Blur is now up to 10X faster for 16-bit images.
- Improved contrast in the three lightest color themes under Preferences > Interface.
- New Preview checkbox in the Liquify dialog
- Added ability to hide on-screen widgets in Face-Aware Liquify
- On computers with AMD graphics processors running Mac OS X 10.11 and later, you can leverage Apple’s Metal graphics acceleration framework for use with the Oil Paint filter. For more information see Oil Paint filter.
- GPano metadata is now preserved when exporting via Export As.