The 2017 releases of Photoshop CC (December 2016 and November 2016) 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.
For a summary of features introduced in earlier releases of Photoshop CC, see Feature summary | Photoshop CC | 2015 releases.
If you're upgrading from an earlier version of Photoshop CC, see these considerations and tips.
Photoshop now supports Touch Bar, the multitouch display at the top of the new MacBook Pro keyboard. Touch Bar support in Photoshop is currently a technology preview feature.
A. Photoshop controls B. macOS system controls (Control Strip and Esc)
Additionally, several context-specific operations become available depending on what you're working on in Photoshop.
- When a modal tool, such as Text or Transform is active, the Touch Bar displays OK and Cancel.
- When the Select & Mask taskspace is active, the Touch Bar displays controls related to making selections.
For details, see Use the Touch Bar with Photoshop.
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 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.
For more information, see Create documents.
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.
For more information, see Photoshop search.
Photoshop supports OpenType SVG fonts and ships with the Trajan Color Concept and the EmojiOne font. OpenType SVG fonts provide multiple colors and gradients in a single glyph.
Emoji fonts are an example of OpenType SVG fonts. Using Emoji fonts, you can include various colorful and graphical characters, such as smileys, flags, street signs, animals, people, food, and landmarks in your documents. OpenType SVG emoji fonts, such as the EmojiOne font, let you create certain composite glyphs from one or more other glyphs. For example, you can create the flags of countries or change the skin color of certain default glyphs depicting people, usually colored , , or . Some composite glyphs also disintegrate into their constituent characters when you press the Backspace key.
For more information, see Work with SVG fonts.
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.
- 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
For more information, see Select And Mask workspace.
Click the link icon () to lock the settings for the left and right eyes together. This option helps apply symmetrical effects to the eyes.
For more information, see Face-Aware Liquify.
- Archive and restore library elements. For more information, see Archive and delete assets.
- Find stock assets similar to a library element using visual search. See Find stock images visually similar to a library element.
- Drag and drop Adobe Stock search results into Creative Cloud libraries.
- While sharing libraries and library assets, choose to let other users follow them. Whenever you update the library or the library asset, followers automatically get the updates across all supported Creative Cloud apps. For more information, see Share files, libraries, and more.
- The Properties panel is now part of the Essentials workspace.
- Additional properties are now displayed in the Properties panel for type layers. You can modify some text settings directly from from the Properties panel.
- The Properties panel now displays the document properties when no layers or other elements are selected.
- The Properties panel now displays bitmap/pixel layer properties.
For a summary of the latest features in Camera Raw, see Adobe Camera Raw | New features summary.
You can now bring your Photoshop CC assets directly into Adobe Experience Design CC (Preview), the new all-in-one tool for designing and prototyping user experiences for websites and mobile apps.
Do one of the following:
- Right-click a layer in Photoshop and select Copy SVG from the context-menu. Now, paste the SVG asset into your Adobe XD document.
- From the canvas in Photoshop, drag and drop an SVG asset into Adobe XD
Some design elements may not be supported when you copy a layer into Adobe XD.
For more information, see Adobe Experience Design CC (Preview) Help.
- Design Space (Preview) is no longer available in this version of Photoshop.
- In earlier releases of Photoshop, Cmd/Ctrl+F used to be the keyboard shortcut for reapplying the last-used filter. Beginning with this release, it invokes the Photoshop search experience. If necessary, you can use Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts to reassign keyboard shortcuts.
- Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) is no longer a supported operating system for this release of Photoshop CC.
- Auto-Select is now the default setting for the layer Move tool. You can revert to the default setting in earlier versions of Photoshop: in the Options bar, deselect Auto-Select and choose Group from the pop-up menu.
- Layer styles can no longer be applied to artboards. As a workaround, include the contents of the artboard in a layer group and then apply the layer style to it.
- 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.
- AppleScript: Open options error while launching Photoshop
- Patches for some vulnerabilities and various other bug fixes
- Touch bar sliders are too big
- Can't write file when you have group ACL for the file on macOS
- Numerous other issues fixed in the areas of 3D, Actions, Search, Learn Panel, Performance, Touch Bar, and Type
- Group blending modes act differently for 16/32-bit images.
- The hit area for closing folders is hard to click on.
- Error or crash with missing displacement map upon action playback
- Selecting a group expands it unexpectedly.
- An issue while exporting a document with a hidden layer group
- Copy Layer Styles is missing from the Layers panel.
- Crash while using the Lasso tool when the Messages app is enabled
- The Select & Mask taskspace responds slowly or crashes on computers with AMD processors.
- Content-Aware Fill quits unexpectedly when the CPU has more than four cores
- The Include Vector Data option is grayed out when you save an EPS file containing a type layer
- Crash while printing (macOS Sierra-only)
- Untabbed documents opened on non-Retina monitor that is secondary to a retina monitor, are opened at wrong percentage (macOS-only)
- Some blendmodes behave differently on layers vs. groups
- Batch processing "Source Folder" window cannot be resized (Windows-only)
- User Interface redraw issue when dragging the scroll bars in dialogs and panels (macOS Sierra-only)
- Improved contrast in the three lightest color themes under Preferences > Interface
- Taskbar shows in full screen modes (Windows 10-only)
- PDF Import reverses the order of pages
- Puppet Warp on Video Smart Object does not render on export
- Adaptive Wide Angle dialog flickers when adjusting the angle of a perspective line (Windows 7-only)
- Crash when changing the document bit depth with Mixer Tool selected
- Script UI slider hangs application
- Remove underlines, improve background colors for edit fills and pop-ups to distinguish whether they're clickable or disabled
- Active item highlight isn't distinguishable enough (selected layer, history state, channel, etc)
- Option Bar toggle for pressure/size does not deselect the option when disabled (Windows-only)
- Smart Object rendered with artifacts/cross-hatching
- Improve layout/readibility of Character panel (remove divider lines)
- If you delete a Libraries panel element, there is no warning and no way to recover the file
- Replacing contents for Smart Object with different sized content that has been distorted and warped crashes
- Select and Mask: The polygonal lasso tool is available via the 'alt' keyboard shortcut but not from the tool bar
- Smudge tool uses pressure strength in addition to size when Strength is set to 100%
- Don't open an OS window after "Quick export as PNG"
- Disappearing strokes in paths/shapes
- (Only on MacBooks with a single GPU and running OS X 10.11) While using the Refine Edge brush, you may notice heavy degradation along the edges of the image areas you're retouching. As a workaround to this issue, either upgrade to macOS 10.12 (Sierra) or turn off OpenCL (deselect Preferences > Performance > Advanced Settings > Use OpenCL).
- (Only observed on Surface Books) The Photoshop Search dialog freezes on first use. To resolve this issue, choose to run Photoshop with the Integrated graphics processor setting. To do so, right-click the Photoshop app icon or shortcut and then select Run with graphics processor > Integrated graphics.
- (Only observed on Windows) Sub-menus open on the left side instead of the right side. To resolve this issue, see this KB article.