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Adobe Photoshop CC (2015)

Jun 22

Adobe Photoshop CC (2015)

Photoshop CC introduced an all-new Smart Sharpen tool designed to maximise clarity and reduce noise, together with a Camera Shake Reduction tool that can analyse the direction of movement (‘trajectory’) and then reverse the blur digitally. On Adobe’s sample images it works really well, but not all shots provide the right kind of blur, so don’t expect it to be a fix for every shaky shot.

Photoshop CC also brought an ‘Intelligent Upsampling’ feature to help you scale up pictures for big prints without the image degradation normally associated with upsampling. You don’t get any more detail, but sharp edges are better preserved.

But the biggest cluster of new features centres on Adobe Camera Raw 8, Photoshop’s companion RAW conversion tool. In fact, you can now carry out so many everyday photographic enhancements in Adobe Camera Raw that you may need Photoshop itself less and less. By the time the photo opens in Photoshop, you’ll have already done everything that needs doing.

A new Radial Gradient tool lets you highlight the focal point of your picture by darkening, blurring, desaturating or otherwise subduing the surrounding areas. It comes with grab handles you can use to change the shape and size and a central ‘pin’ you can drag it around with.

And the Advanced Healing Brush now enables you to heal irregular areas by painting over them, whereas previously you could only heal circular areas. It’s not as sophisticated as the Clone Stamp and Healing tools in Photoshop, but it can cope with simple touch-up jobs very easily.

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