Adobe announced a major update to its Creative Cloud subscription service today, bringing a large number of improvements to the entire Adobe family of 15 CC desktop apps. Here’s a look at what’s new for photographers in Creative Cloud 2015.
As we shared earlier today, Photoshop CC (in Adobe Camera RAW) and Lightroom CC now have a new Dehaze slider for removing (or adding) fog and haze from photos. Here’s a quick look at how it works:
Black and White Sliders (LR)
Lightroom CC now has white and black sliders when you’re using the graduated filter, radial filter, and adjustment brush. This lets you have more control over the brightest and darkest parts of your photos when making local adjustments.
Better Photoshop Elements Compatibility (LR)
You can now transfer photos from Photoshop Elements to Lightroom CC more seamlessly. Info from your Elements catalog — things like photo ratings and people tags — stay intact in the transfer now.
Realistic Blurs (PS)
Blurring photos can be done with more realism, as you now have the option to add monochromatic or color noise to your photo in order to better match the original image (the noise was generally lost in the blur before). The feature also reduces banding in photos. Here’s a quick tour of this new feature:
Turbocharged Heal and Patch Tools (PS)
The Healing Brush, Spot Healing Brush, and Patch tools have now been enhanced with the Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine. You can now see Healing Brush results in real time as you’re using it, and the Spot Healing Brush and Patch Tool are 120X faster than they were in CS6.
Content-Aware Filled Panoramas (PS)
A simple checkbox lets you apply Content-Aware Fill to the edges of stitched panoramas, producing a complete picture as the end result without having to do extra work.
Better Content-Aware Move/Extend (PS)
Improvements to Content-Aware Move and Content-Aware Extend help you adjust the scale and rotation of objects you’re moving or the area you’re extending. A new Transform on Drop option in Content-Aware Move lets you scale an object you just moved to match the scale and position of the image.
Here’s a video in which Photoshop educator Howard Pinsky discusses some of the new features mentioned above:
You can find a list of new features in this Adobe page on the history of Photoshop feature updates.