The latest release of Photoshop CC 2014 rolls out several new features and enhancements that enrich your digital imaging experience. Read on for a quick introduction, and find links to resources that offer more information.
Note: For a summary of new features introduced in earlier releases of Photoshop CC, see New features summary | Photoshop CC.
Creative Cloud Libraries is a powerful new feature that lets you create, categorize, and store your favorite colors, brushes, text styles, graphics, and vector images in one easily accessible place. Then you can access them anywhere: Assets you create under the same Adobe ID will be visible across different computers—in a variety of applications like Photoshop CC—wherever you sign in.
Select Window > Library to open the Library panel.
Learn how to use Creative Cloud Libraries.
The 2014.2 release of Photoshop CC introduces Extract Assets, a brand new user interface that lets you easily extract optimized image assets from layers and save them to various formats and resolutions, including SVG, JPG, PNG, or GIF. Using the simple visual Extract Assets interface built on top of Adobe Generator, you may extract content either on-demand or in real-time with auto-updated extractions tailored to your workflow.
This feature is particularly useful for web and screen designers who frequently create assets in multiple resolutions for use in websites and mobile apps.
Select File > Extract Assets.
Quickly create multiple guides at one time. Accurately set the width and margins of multiple columns or rows, and even save guides as presets.
Select View > New Guide Layout.
You can also create guides that align with the edges of the selected layers or selected shapes within a shape layer.
Select View > New Guides From Shape.
A new Welcome screen in Photoshop CC helps you discover, learn, and use the many features in Photoshop. The Welcome screen greets you each time you launch Photoshop and displays content that is personalized and relevant to you.
A tab-based interface helps you discover new features, how to get started, and tips and techniques.
Select Help > Welcome.
The new Welcome experience is only available in the English version of Photoshop at this time.
A number of UI improvements make the Fill dialog more intuitive and easier to use. The enhancements are focused on the logical grouping of options in the dialog.
Photoshop CC now supports Windows 8.1 touch devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro, so you can use pinch, zoom, pan, and rotate.
In Photoshop, two-finger touch gestures are used to control the location, rotation, and scaling of the Image > Canvas view. Users may alternate between touch view control and other interactions using the mouse or stylus, but touch may not be used simultaneously with other input. Touch control is convenient when painting on large touchscreen monitors, which are difficult to rotate physically, and on tablets to avoid constantly shifting the device.
For more information, see Touch gestures.
The menu font size in this release of Photoshop is determined by the operating system settings. For example, on Windows 8.1, you can adjust the menu font size by following the steps in the “Make text and other items on the desktop larger” section of this Microsoft Help topic.
3D printing enhancements in this release include several workflow improvements, including higher fidelity mesh repair functionality and the ability to load assemblies. Also, previews in this release are more accurate than ever before.
Using the Pack Objects On the Ground Plane feature, you can easily arrange multiple objects for printing on the same build plate.
In earlier versions of Photoshop CC, for printing multiple objects, you'd need to manually position each object for printing. In this update to the Photoshop CC 2014 release, you can simply select the models in the 3D Panel and then choose 3D > Pack Objects On Ground Plane.
You can now disable ray trace preview in the 3D Print Settings dialog. The preview defaults to the OpenGL preview mode if you disable ray trace preview.
Ray trace previews now more accurately represent the output of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printers.
This update includes a new profile for the MakerBot fifth generation printer. Direct USB printing with this printer profile is not supported yet. You can export the files you want to print to a USB stick and then print them locally.
For more information about using 3D printing functionality in Photoshop, see Print 3D objects.
You can now create bump maps and normal maps from any image that you open in Photoshop. With the image open, select Filter > 3D > Generate Bump Map or Filter > 3D > Generate Normal Map.
In earlier versions of Photoshop CC, lines or points added to an object looked flat when rendered. In this update to the Photoshop CC 2014 release, the rendered points or lines have volume. Points look like little spheres on the object and lines look like cylinders.
Photoshop can now open files in the VRML, IGES, U3D, and PLY formats. Also, you can now export objects as U3D and VRML files.
Terry White walks you through all that's new and exciting in the June 2014 release of Photoshop CC
Option (Mac)/Alt (Win) + Drag a Layer: When you drag a layer while keeping the Option (Mac) or Alt (Windows) key pressed, Photoshop displays reference measurement guides showing the distance between the original layer and the duplicate layer. This feature works with both the Move and Path Selection tools.
Path measurements: Photoshop displays measurement guides while you're working with paths. Measurement guides are also displayed when you select the Path Selection tool and then drag a path within the same layer.
Cmd (Mac)/Ctrl (Win) + Hover Over a Layer: You can view measurement guides while working with layers. With one layer selected, hover over another layer with the Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) key pressed. You can use arrow keys in conjunction with this feature to nudge the selected layer.
Distances from the canvas: When you hold down the Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) key while hovering outside a shape, Photoshop displays distances from the canvas.
For details, see Grid and guides.
Consider a document with layer comps placed as a Smart Object within another document. When you select the Smart Object in the containing document, the Properties panel gives you access to the layer comps that were defined in the source file.
This feature lets you change the state of the Smart Object at a layer level without editing the Smart Object.
For details, see Layer comps.
Through integration with Typekit, Photoshop brings a world of typographic possibilities to your creative projects. You can use fonts from Typekit that are synchronized with your computer. These fonts appear alongside locally installed fonts. You can also choose to view only fonts from Typekit in the Text tool options bar and the Character panel font lists.
If you open a document that has some missing fonts, Photoshop also lets you replace those fonts with equivalent fonts from Typekit.
For details, see Work with fonts from Typekit.
You can now quickly search for fonts in the Text tool options bar and Character panel font lists. As you type the name of your desired font family, Photoshop filters the list on the fly. You can search for fonts by font family or by style. Font search doesn't support wildcards.
Using the Path Blur effects (Filter > Blur Gallery > Path Blur), you can create motion blurs along paths. You can also control the shape and amount of blurring. Photoshop automatically composites the effects of multiple path blurs applied to an image.
For details, see Path blur.
Using the Spin Blur effect (Filter > Blur Gallery > Spin Blur), you can rotate and blur the image around one or more points. The spin blur is a radial blur measured in degrees. Photoshop lets you work with center points, blur size and shape, and other settings, all while viewing a live preview of the changes.
For details, see Spin blur.
The 2014 release of Photoshop CC lets you select the areas/pixels in an image that are in focus (Select > Focus Area). You can broaden or narrow down the default selection.
Once you've adjusted the selection to your satisfaction, determine whether the refined selection should become a selection or mask on the current layer, or produce a new layer or document. You can choose one of the following output options:
For details, see Select the image areas in focus.
With the 2014 release of Photoshop CC, touching up images and removing unwanted elements from images is easier than ever before. The following content-aware features now incorporate algorithmic color blending:
While using the Content-Aware Patch, Content-Aware Move, and Content-Aware Extend tools, you can fine tune the degree to which algorithmic color-blending is applied to the image.
Enter a value between 1 and 5 to specify how closely the patch should reflect existing image patterns. If you enter 5, the patch adheres very strongly to existing image patterns. On the other hand, the patch adheres very loosely to the existing image patterns if you specify 1 as the value of Structure.
Enter a value between 0 and 10 to specify the extent to which you want Photoshop to apply algorithmic color-blending to the patch. If you enter 0, color blending is disabled. A Color value of 10 applies maximum color blending.
For more information, see the following Help articles:
The 2014 release of Photoshop CC rolls out the following enhancements to Generator functionality:
The 2014 release of Photoshop CC features exciting enhancements to 3D printing capability:
For details, see Print 3D objects.
Photoshop now ships with the following experimental features that you can enable and try out:
These features are not production-ready yet, so exercise discretion while using them. Do the following to enable an experimental feature:
For details, see Photoshop experimental features.
The 2014 release of Photoshop CC provides an improved Sync Settings experience featuring a simplified workflow and other useful enhancements:
In earlier versions of Photoshop, when you opened an OBJ file containing multiple meshes and multiple groups, all meshes were imported as a single group in the 3D panel. Beginning the 2014 release of Photoshop CC, the structure of the meshes and groups is preserved during import and export operations.
The 2014 release of Photoshop CC features useful enhancements to the Texture Properties dialog:
Scenes with surfaces emitting light—for example, self-illuminating textures or colors—converge faster in the 2014 release of Photoshop CC.
You can now export color lookup tables from Photoshop in multiple formats. The exported files can then be applied in Photoshop, After Effects, SpeedGrade, and other image/video editing applications.
You can export color lookup tables only from images that have a background layer as well as additional layers to modify colors.
For details, see Export color lookup tables.
For a list of enhancements in recent Adobe Camera Raw releases, see What's New in Adobe Camera Raw 8.x.
Due to architectural changes, the following features are no longer available in the 2014 release of Photoshop CC:
See this blog post for details.