The 2015 release of Photoshop CC rolls out exciting new features for designers and digital photographers. Read on for a quick introduction to these features and links to resources offering more information.
Note: For answers to common questions asked about the 2015 release of Photoshop CC, see the FAQ.
For a summary of features introduced in earlier releases of Photoshop CC, see:
If you are a web or UX designer, you increasingly find yourself designing websites or apps for multiple devices. Artboards, new in the 2015 release of Photoshop CC, help streamline your design process by giving you an infinite canvas on which you can lay out designs for different devices and screens. While creating artboards, you can choose from a wide variety of preset sizes or define your own custom artboard size.
Artboards are useful even if you normally design for just one screen size. For example, while designing a website, you can use artboards to view designs for different pages side-by-side and in context.
For more information, see Artboards.
When you use a graphic from the Libraries panel, a library-linked asset is created. This asset behaves in much the same way as a locally-linked smart object, but with the benefit of the asset being in the cloud. Also, when you create a new library graphic from a smart object, the corresponding layer is converted to a library-linked asset.
Adobe Stock integration with Libraries
You can now add a watermarked stock image to any of your libraries directly using the Adobe Stock website. You can then use the watermarked image in your Photoshop documents as a library-linked asset. When you choose to license the image—which you can do directly from within the Libraries panel—all instances of the watermarked asset in your open documents are updated to the high-resolution licensed image.
Libraries integration with Photoshop now offers reduced disk usage, more efficient bandwidth utilization, and faster propagation of library changes between Creative Cloud applications.
For more information, see:
Adobe Stock is a new service that provides designers and businesses with access to 40 million high-quality, curated, royalty-free images, illustrations, and vector graphics for all their creative projects. You can search for Adobe Stock content directly from within Photoshop. Select File > Search Adobe Stock.
Adobe Stock is also deeply integrated with Creative Cloud Libraries. You can now add a watermarked stock image to any of your libraries directly using the Adobe Stock website. You can then use the watermarked image in your Photoshop documents as a library-linked asset. When you choose to license the image—which you can do directly from within the Libraries panel—all instances of the watermarked asset in your open documents are updated to the high-resolution licensed image.
For more information, see:
Important: Design Space (Preview) requires Mac OS X 10.10 or Windows 8.1 64-bit OS or higher and is currently displayed only in English.
Design Space (Preview) is aimed at becoming a modern design experience inside Photoshop streamlined for the requirements of web, UX and mobile app designers. It's an HMTL5/CSS/JS layer built on top of Photoshop. We’ve separated out standard Photoshop from the interface so that we can use this layer to create new UI, smarter interactions, and top-requested features. This release is a Technology Preview, which means it's an early look at this new direction. It's rough and there is a limited feature set but we want to get this out early so that we can start hearing from you.
To enable Design Space (Preview), select Preferences > Technology Previews and then choose Enable Design Space (Preview). Help us shape Design Space (Preview) into the experience you want; give us feedback @psdesign.
For more information and a list of known issues in this release, see Design Space (Preview) .
You can now export artboards, layers, layer groups, or Photoshop documents as JPEG, GIF, PNG, PNG-8, or SVG image assets.
Select the artboards, layers, and layer groups in the Layers panel; right-click the selection, and then select one of the following from the context menu:
To export the current Photoshop document or all artboards in it, select File > Export As [image_format] or File > Export > Export As...
For more information, see Export artboards, layers, and more.
The Layer Style dialog now lets you apply multiple effects—strokes, inner shadows, color overlays, gradient overlays, drop shadows, etc—to a single layer style. Also, more than one instance of some effects can now be applied to a layer style.
The left pane of the Layer Style dialog now lets you perform the following operations:
Get real-time previews of your Photoshop designs on multiple iOS devices with the new Device Preview feature in Photoshop and the Adobe Preview CC mobile app. Changes you make in Photoshop CC are displayed in Preview CC in real time. You can reliably connect multiple iOS devices to Photoshop using USB or over Wi-Fi.
If you have a document with artboards, Device Preview attempts to show you the correct artboard by matching the size and position of the artboard with the size of the connected device. You can also use the navigation bar to preview a specific artboard on the device or swipe through artboards that have matching widths.
Preview CC supports iOS devices running iOS 8 or above.
Sometimes, after applying a Blur Gallery effect, the blurred area of the image looks synthetic or unnatural. You can now restore noise/grain to such a blurred image area to give it a more realistic appearance.
Set the options on the Noise tab in the blur Effects panel.
For more information, see Restore noise in blurred areas.
Photoshop now has a new panel that lets you work more efficiently with glyphs.
Do one of the following to access the Glyphs panel:
For a summary of the latest features in Camera Raw, see Adobe Camera Raw | New features summary.
Export as PDF or SVX files
You can now export 3D models as PDF or SVX files.
While specifying the 3D Print Settings, select Print To: Local. Now, select PDF File or SVX File as the Printer.
For more information about 3D printing, see Print 3D objects.
Control bump map depth
Updated PLA profile for Makerbot
The Makerbot PLA profile has been updated for more reliable print outs.
Simplify meshes in preparation for printing
See Simplify meshes.
The 3D menu now has a new command (3D > Simplify Meshes) that lets you reduce the number of triangles in a mesh to a more manageable number. The command algorithmically reduces the number of triangles to the number you specify while attempting to maintain the fidelity of the model. This enhancement is useful for reducing the complexity of a file in preparation for 3D printing.
You can view a live preview of mesh simplification changes before they're implemented.
Improved export UI
The UI for exporting 3D layers as Collada DAE, Flash 3D, Google Earth KMZ, 3D PDF, STL, U3D, VRML, and OBJ formats is now improved.
Select 3D > Export 3D Layer.
Export a single mesh
A 3D scene typically comprises many elements or meshes. You can now right-click a mesh in the overall scene and export it individually.
Right-click the mesh in the 3D Panel and then choose Export Mesh from the context menu. This functionality currently exports meshes only in Collada or KMZ formats.
Generate better bump maps and normal maps
Photoshop now lets you tweak your bump or normal maps using tools like Blur, Detail Scale, and High/Medium/Low Frequency.
Select Filter > 3D > Generate Bump Map or Filter > 3D > Generate Normal Map.
Create bump maps or normal maps from diffuse textures
You can now create bump maps or normal maps from diffuse textures. The texture attached to the diffuse texture is automatically loaded as filters for the purpose of creating bump maps or normal maps. Once you're satisfied with the way your map is looking, Photoshop applies the generated bump map or normal map to those textures.
Follow these broad steps:
Convert a vertex color to a texture color
3D-scanned PLY files typically have vertex colors and no textures. You can convert a vertex color to a texture color. Do the following:
The UI toolkit for building Photoshop plug-ins and scripts has been enhanced to support HiDPI/Retina displays. Also, plug-ins built using the toolkit now look more consistent with the overall Photoshop UI.
For more information, see Photoshop UI toolkit for plug-ins and scripts.