The 2014 release of Photoshop CC rolls out several new features and enhancements that enrich your digital imaging experience. Read on for a quick introduction to new features and links to resources offering more information.
Note: For a summary of new features introduced in earlier releases of Photoshop CC, see New features summary | 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.