This morning, Adobe finally made their big announcement that has been teased over the last several weeks. Tons of features were added to virtually all of the Creative Cloud applications, but specifically of note to the Photography world, Photoshop got several neat new features.
New Photoshop CC Features
- Path Blur
- Spin Blur
- Focus Mask
- Improved Content Aware Color Adaptation
Both the Path Blur and Spin Blur features look like things I will never use, but I can see how some may find them very helpful. Basically, they allow you more control over how your blur affects the image, rather than an all-encompassing blur that affects the whole image. For example, if you took a static picture of someone waving their hands, but your shutter speed was too high so their hand just looks like it’s being held up, you could use these new features to create a realistic motion blur over just the hand and arm. Pretty neat stuff.
The Focus Mask feature was teased by Adobe last week, and it is supposed to make selecting people -hair and all – and objects out of an image based on the focus. If the example hair shown is any indicator of how easy it is to select the hair, then this could be a huge improvement and time saver for many photographers out there.
Finally, the last big feature update to Photoshop comes in the form of an improvement to the Content Aware feature that we have all come to know and love. In the past when you have used the tool, you could get uneven colors in areas like skies that were a pain to fix. This has now been corrected and the tool will now blend colors – like skies – to make the selection look more real right out of the box.
You can find out more about the full suite of Adobe CC upgrades over on Adobe’s website.
What are your thoughts on these new Photoshop Features? Do you think you will find any of them useful in your work? Leave a comment below!