The 2015 releases of Photoshop CC roll 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:
Artboards are much easier to work with in this release of Photoshop CC.
For more information, see Artboards.
Find content faster by searching across your libraries and across Adobe Stock. Drag and drop assets to and from the Layers panel, add your favorite brushes, and share your library with others. And get content into libraries faster with a new bulk import dialog box.
Additionally, you can now also quickly create a library from assets contained in a document.
For more information, see Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop.
Enhancements to Design Space (Preview) in this release further streamline and optimize design workflows with the following enhancements:
Design Space (Preview) now also offers access to Creative Cloud Libraries as well as seamless movement to and from standard Photoshop CC.
For more information, see Design Space (Preview).
The Oil Paint filter, reintroduced in this release of Photoshop CC, lets you quickly give an image the visual appearance of a classic oil painting.
For more information, see Use the Oil Paint filter.
If you own a Photoshop-supported Windows-powered device, such as the Surface Pro, you can use these convenient touch gestures while using Photoshop on it:
For more information, see Touch capabilities and customizable workspaces.
(Currently available only in English) Composite human characters from Adobe Fuse CC (Preview) into any Photoshop project from a layout to a final design and even print the characters with a 3D printer. Easily adjust camera angles and lighting within Photoshop CC to get just the look you want. Simply start with a model created in Adobe Fuse CC (Preview), apply poses and animations to it in the Properties panel in Photoshop CC, incorporate it into your image or design, and even add effects.
For more information, see Creative Cloud 3D Animation (Preview).
The brand new Start workspace in Photoshop gives you quick access to your recent files, libraries, and presets. Depending on your subscription status, this workspace may also display content tailored for your requirements. You can also look for the right Adobe Stock asset for your project directly from within the Start workspace.
Photoshop displays the Start workspace at launch or whenever no documents are open.
For more information, see:
To quit the Start workspace, simply press the Esc key. If you so prefer, you can choose to disable this workspace. Select Preferences > General and then deselect Show Start Workspace When No Documents Are Open.
The new Recent Files workspace in Photoshop displays your recent files in a pane for ready access when you're opening files. You can view the files as a list or in the thumbnail view. You can also search for Adobe Stock assets directly from within the Recent Files workspace.
The Recent Files pane is disabled by default. You can enable it by selecting Preferences > General > Show Recent Files Workspace When Opening Files.
Export faster and with better compression for all file formats, especially JPEG. Additionally, while exporting assets, you can now do the following:
For more information, see Export layers, artboards, and more.
Customize the Photoshop toolbar by destacking, regrouping and even removing tools. You can also save and share customized toolbars as presets. Select Edit > Toolbar.
For more information, see Customize the toolbar.
Quickly find the fonts you use often by starring individual fonts as favorites or selecting from recently used fonts. Narrow down your search by filtering fonts by classification, like serif or sans serif, or by visual similarity.
Try: Select the Type tool and, while working with the font list, click the Show Similar Fonts icon.
For more information, see Search for fonts.
You can now search for Adobe Stock assets and view the search results right within the Libraries panel. License your chosen asset straightaway from within the Libraries panel or continue to use its watermarked preview until you're ready to license it. When you license the stock asset, all linked instances of the asset in your open documents are automatically updated to the high-resolution stock asset without the watermark. Effects that you apply to the watermarked stock asset are preserved when you license it later.
For more information, see these resources:
Photoshop now provides two additional Depth Map options—Solid Extrusion and Double-Sided Solid Extrusion.
Open and place native SVG files—which can rescale for any size device or any resolution—in your Photoshop designs. Just double-click the object to edit it in Adobe Illustrator. Also export SVG image assets using the new export experience.
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 by 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 in Photoshop now offers reduced disk usage, more efficient bandwidth utilization, and faster propagation of library changes between Creative Cloud applications.
For more information, see Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop.
Adobe Stock is a new service that provides designers and businesses with access to 45 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 by 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 later 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 HTML5/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 the feature set is limited, but we wanted to get this out early so 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, and 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, and so forth—to a single layer style. Also, more than one instance of some effects can now be applied to a layer style.
You can now use the left pane of the Layer Style dialog to 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 later.
Sometimes after you apply a Blur Gallery effect, the blurred area of the image looks synthetic or unnatural. You can now restore noise/grain to a blurred image area to give it a more realistic appearance.
Set the options in the blur Effects panel on the Noise tab.
For more information, see Restore noise in blurred areas.
Photoshop now has a new panel that lets you work more efficiently with glyphs.
To access the Glyphs panel, do one of the following:
The Content-Aware Move tool now incorporates a Transform On Drop option. This new option allows for the transformation—scaling, rotating, and flipping—of the foreground object before it is blended into the new location. This option is particularly useful when moving/replicating an object to a different depth and when rescaling is required.
Selecting the Transform On Drop option enables the familiar Transform tool menu that allows you to scale and rotate the object after it is moved to the new location.
Once you've made the necessary changes, commit the changes. The content-aware move tool now begins to blend the object with its surroundings and fills in the old location.
If the Transform On Drop option is not enabled, the Content-Aware Move tool behaves as in earlier releases of Photoshop. The blending process in this case begins right after the mouse click is released.
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. Then, 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 printouts.
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 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 such as 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.