Hi everyone, we are at that time of the year when Adobe MAX is on (I’m teaching 7 classes this year, come by and say hi! Mention you are a CAFÉ crew member).
This also means that, this is the time when Adobe releases major updates to all of their creative Cloud applications. This year is no exception. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like a big upgrade to Photoshop CC, but there really are some big changes.
Today Adobe Releases Adobe Photoshop CC 2019. As always, we here at PhotoshopCAFE have you covered (Check out all our superguides, for a running guide of new features added to Photoshop since about CS2 or CS3.)
So, here they are! Watch the videos and read the features and how to access them here.
We all love Content Aware fill (CAF). When it first appeared in Photoshop, it revolutionized how we do our retouching. We can make a selection and choose Fill>Content aware (Shift+Backspace) and the area is magically filled seamlessly. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work. Sometimes you get weird artifacts and we reach for the clone stamp tool. That’s because, CAF grabs pixel from another part of the document to heal the area and it either works or not.
Now, we get a Content aware workspace by choosing Edit>Content Aware Fill. You will see a live preview on the right, before committing.
The areas that appear in green are the areas that will be used to sample from. Paint with the brush to exclude areas. Hold down Alt/Option to add areas to sample from. We can now define the sample areas, this really changes things.) Watch the video to see this is action).
There are check boxes that allow rotation, scaling, or mirroring of pixels to help with perspective, faces and other things.
Choose output to new layer to get a non-destructive healing layer.
If you have ever had to create things like thumbnails, you will love this feature.
Here is what it replaces: You would create a rectangle. Drop in a photo. Create a clipping group to add the photo to the rectangle and then resize and reposition the photo.
Now you just grab the frame tool (rectangle or oval) and draw on the canvas. Now you can drag a photo from the library, or a different layer and it will go into the shape and resize to fit. Here are a few tips:
This is new in ACR (Camera RAW) and Lightroom Classic
To create an HDR Panorama (A panoramic image that is in HDR and has all the dynamic range). We would first merge all the bracketed photos to HDR. Then we stitch all the HDR images into a Panorama. (See the tutorial here on how to do all this).
Now, we can just select all the images in the filmstrip, right click and choose Merge to HDR Panorama. This saves a lot of steps.
There are some caveats though. At the moment, it doesn’t work with DJI drone images, because they are only .7 of a stop brackets. I’ve heard murmurings that you need 2 stops of bracket for it to work. (You can still do it with the 2 step method as shown here).
Instead of guessing the Layer Blending modes, choose the move tool. Click on Normal in the Layers panel, as you move through the different previews, Photoshop now shows a preview.
Thanks for checking this out and bookmark this page, as Ill be adding more videos here soon
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