New features of Photoshop CC
Behance is now fully integrated into CC and with it comes ProSite, a package for building websites without the need for coding. It uses a very intuitive drag-and-drop editor that allows people to create a portfolio site using their own URL, which syncs with Behance. It is extremely customisable and a great way for artists to create and publish their portfolio for the first time or simply overhaul an existing site.
Some of the new features introduced to this version of Photoshop include Intelligent Upsampling, which essentially increases the size of your images without adding any noise. This is particularly useful when using a photo for texturing purposes with a resolution that is too small for your template. Instead of finding a new reference or photographing the subject again you can increase the size without any detrimental effects.
Another introduction to Creative Cloud is Camera Shake Reduction. If you have ever taken a snapshot of something as a reference for a 3D project and then opened it in Photoshop – only to realise to your horror that it looked far sharper in the viewfinder – then you will be aware of the sense of disappointment.
An unsteady hand or slow shutter speed can ruin an image but Camera Shake Reduction gives you the option to restore clarity and definition to what would otherwise be a blurry photo.
Smart Sharpen can be used to great effect when fine-tuning a render or accentuating specific regions and can be used to focus attention on key areas as well as reduce noise and halo effects. This kind of tool will also prove useful to digital painters who are attempting to create subtle emphasis across different areas of the canvas.
Adobe Camera Raw 8 now incorporates a new and improved Healing Brush, which permits the use of non-circular brush tips, allowing increased versatility and control. Another new aspect is the Upright tool, which is an automatic way of correcting perspective and aligning buildings and horizons; previously the reserve of the Lens Correction filter.
It utilises four presets that will straighten the lines in your image and then offer sliders for any fine-tuning. This is now a much faster way of manipulating perspective and straightening edges.
One of the best features introduced into Creative Cloud’s version of Camera Raw is the ability to apply these adjustments as a non-destructive Smart Filter. That is to say, the options for manipulating RAW images can now be applied to other file formats, including JPEG’s. This affords a lot more scope when it comes to post work and gives the user control of each render pass within a composite. Artists can now use the Camera Raw filter on each layer and have the level of precision that was only ever viable for RAW images.
Other useful enhancements are the improvements that have been made to the Blur Gallery. These are especially useful in the absence of a Z-depth pass. They are now non-destructive and support Smart Objects as well as integrating a new Minimum / Maximum filter. Such improvements fine-tune mask edges to allow further control as well as providing an option to use the Lasso tool to vary the degree of refinement in different areas of the mask.